Joint Additive Manufacturing Groups

The Joint Additive Manufacturing Groups

The Joint Additive Manufacturing Groups are cross-cutting DoD communities focused on communication and coordination among the Services and Defense Agencies to maximize the application of additive manufacturing (AM) in support of the warfighter and sustainers.  Formalized in July 2017, these groups consist of leaders from their organizations that engage across the Department and other Federal agencies, industry, and academia to reduce barriers to adoption of innovative AM technologies that benefit the Department and the warfighter.

DoD Additive Manufacturing Vision

Additive manufacturing (AM), or three-dimensional printing (3DP), is a family of technologies that uses three-dimensional models to build objects layer by layer. The Department employs AM to produce high‑quality, reliable products for warfighters and sustainers efficiently and collaborates in research, development, acquisition, manufacture, and sustainment of AM-enabled products, systems, and capabilities.

The Joint Additive Manufacturing Groups’ initiatives align with the National Defense Strategy as rapid production of prototypes and end items using AM can reduce down time, increase readiness, enable more lethal systems, and facilitate rapid field response to forward deployed operators.

Objectives of the Joint Additive Manufacturing Groups


The Joint Additive Manufacturing Steering Group (JAMSG) is composed of senior leaders appointed by their Service or Agency.  The primary role of the steering group is to define and then achieve goals toward maximizing the benefits of AM for DoD.


Stakeholder Councils are subgroups of the JAMWG composed of subject matter experts convened to define, monitor, and track focused activities initiated and tasked by the JAMWG. The councils lead research, provide recommendations on specific technical and policy issues, and engage in additional focused efforts as needed to support the JAMWG and JAMSG.


The Joint Additive Manufacturing Working Group (JAMWG) consists of the action officers for the relevant organizations on the JAMSG and other key DoD stakeholders.  The primary role of the working group is to jointly coordinate and execute strategic and operational activities in support of the community goals.

DoD Joint AM Organization

The Joint AM Groups include representatives across the Department, including:


  • Air Force Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
  • Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
  • Air Force Research Laboratory


  • Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Strategy and Acquisition Reform
  • Army Logistics
  • Army Research Laboratory
  • Army Materiel Command


  • Joint Staff Logistics
  • Defense Logistics Agency Information Operations
  • Defense Logistics Agency Logistics Operations


  • Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development, and Acquisition
  • Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Marine Corps Installation and Logistics


  • OUSD(A&S) Materiel Readiness
  • OUSD(A&S) Logistics
  • OUSD(A&S) Industrial Policy


  • Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation
  • OUSD(R&E) Systems Engineering


  • Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Component and Materials Engineering Division


  • Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Headquarters Technical Directorate

Partnerships, Plans, and Reports

DoD Supported Additive Manufacturing Partnerships

Links to Key DoD Additive Manufacturing Plans and Reports