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Introducing: The Digital Depot


The Department of Defense has a vast and widely complex manufacturing system that needs to be both technologically modern but also cost effective. Nearly 44% of the total Defense budget, an astonishing $284 billion, is allocated towards the operations and maintenance of their 400,000 tactical and combat vehicles, 17,000 aircrafts, and 200+ ships. DoD organizations work on the maintenance, repair, and overhauls of defense systems in arsenals and depots. However, these sites have not returned their expected profit. In the 2014-2015 fiscal year, Congress re-allocated an additional $375 million to help recover lost arsenal operating expenses. Since then, the DoD has been focused on trying to improve capital expenditures and profitability of these sites. Still, the efficiencies of these depots are key to the United States’ overall national security, and as such, cannot afford to lack any functional capabilities or modernity due to budget pressures.

In order to improve effectiveness, military depots need to become more than just a manufacturing site; these spaces need to be optimized to increase agility across all aspects of production and storage. The depots of the future, or digital depots, are adaptable and scalable IT environments ready to support agility, efficiency, and cost-effective modifications, like robotics, automation, additive manufacturing, reverse engineering, and much more. With this adaptive technology approach, the Department of Defense can put their focus on more important maintenance aspects, critical readiness of warfighters, and innovation within supply creation.

For more information on how digital depots are the future of military manufacturing and optimization specifics, check out the infographic below on how Autodesk is spearheading the transformation to the digital depot.

Digital Depot

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