Michael van Ter Sluis, director, innovation services for the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII)
Michael van Ter Sluis, director, innovation services for the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) will be among the presenters at the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) webinar on supply chain mapping to be held on January 24 in a closed session designed for DIA grantees.
Many DIA grantees are conducting supply chain mapping as a critical component of their efforts to strengthen and diversify the aerospace and defense sector in the face of shrinking federal budgets. Defense manufacturing involves complex supply chains that link prime contractors to hundreds of suppliers and subcontractors, making supply chain mapping a complex analytical exercise. Acquiring data, successful industry engagement and stakeholder buy-in, strategy setting, producing reports, building web systems and tools, and sustainability planning were all critical challenges identified by grantees at an August OEA Learning Community meeting in Washington, DC. In response, van Ter Sluis will describe NJII’s DIA efforts and how it tackles the challenges faced in mapping the defense supply chain.
The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) is an NJIT corporation that applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state’s science and technology university to challenges identified by industry partners. Through its Innovation Labs (iLabs), NJII brings NJIT expertise to key economic sectors, including healthcare delivery systems, bio-pharmaceutical production, civil infrastructure, defense and homeland security, and financial services.