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DoD Corrosion Office Awards Contract to SSPC to Administer the 2017 Department of Defense - Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference

October 19, 2016

Pittsburgh – SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced today that it has been awarded the contract to administer the 2017 Department of Defense - Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference, with renewal options for the 2019 and 2021 conferences.  The conference will take place August 7 – 10, 2017 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel and Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in Birmingham, Alabama. The Call for Abstracts has also been announced.  

The corrosion and material degradation of military equipment and infrastructure cost the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) over $22 billion each year.  In addition to the direct financial costs of equipment repair, maintenance, and sustainment, there are myriad related impacts driven by corrosion, including the adverse effects upon the safety and readiness of our armed forces.  

To raise awareness and to help combat the insidious effects of corrosion, the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office hosts a technical conference every two years to bring together all U.S. military departments, several allied nations, and the most innovative minds in government, private industry, and academia. 

Because resources directed toward corrosion control and prevention are increasingly constrained, the DoD – Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference provides the opportunity for critical interaction between technical and management personnel from all communities.  In addition, the event provides the armed forces with innovative strategies and corrosion-control best practices. 

“Note that our battle against material degradation is not just about machines and structures,” said Daniel J. Dunmire, Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office Director and conference overseer. “The people operating our tanks, ground vehicles, aircraft, ships, and submarines, and those who maintain our facilities and weapon systems also need to be protected from the damaging effects of equipment degradation. We need to ensure that all military equipment and infrastructure are protected from the ravages of the pervasive menace, so that our warriors can return home to their loved ones.” 

Currently, the DoD Corrosion Office is accepting abstracts for presentations at the 2017 conference. Interested presenters may submit abstracts to https://dodcorrosion2017cfp.hubb.me. Direct questions about the call for abstracts to Sara Badami at badami@sspc.org or 412-281-2331, extension 2208. 

The DoD – Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference will feature a 10,000 square-foot exhibit hall where attendees can network with industry suppliers demonstrating the latest in corrosion prevention and management technology.  Companies and organizations interested in exhibiting at the conference are encouraged to contact Kate Jurik at jurik@sspc.org or 412-281-2331, extension 2211, for additional details.

Please watch sspc.org and corrdefense.org for more information regarding the event in the next several weeks.

About SSPC

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit professional society concerned with the use of coatings to protect industrial steel structures. In 1997, the name of the association was changed to SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings to better reflect the changing nature of coatings technology and the ever-expanding types of construction materials.

SSPC is the only non-profit association that is focused on the protection and preservation of concrete, steel and other industrial and marine structures and surfaces through the use of high-performance protective, marine and industrial coatings. SSPC is the leading source of information on surface preparation, coating selection, coating application, environmental regulations, and health and safety issues that affect the protective coatings industry. 

About the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office

The DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office is responsible for conducting the DoD’s Corrosion Prevention and Control Program. Its major functions include developing and recommending policy guidance on corrosion prevention and control (CPC); coordinating CPC activities among the armed services; administering a science and technology program to advance the state of the art in corrosion prevention and control; ensuring that CPC is fully considered throughout the life cycle of military assets; providing guidance for improving corrosion maintenance and training; and serving as a resource for information on CPC methods and products.  

Visit www.CorrDefense.org for more information.