SCRA Applied R&D of Charleston, S.C., recently announced a new, cost-shared contract with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The multiyear, $8.3 million contract, Procurement Readiness Optimization – Forging Advanced Systems (PRO-FAST), will focus on advanced technologies for forging supply chains. This program supports nearly every major U.S. weapons system with structural parts. It will investigate, develop and deploy a variety of technologies aimed at reducing lead time and managing costs. The goals are to improve the quality of forgings critical to the nation's defense and enable the U.S. to maintain its competitiveness in international markets.  

SCRA Applied R&D is implementing this program in concert with the Forging Industry Association (FIA) in Cleveland, Ohio, under the collaborative name FDMC. “The Defense Logistics Agency Research and Development Program, supported by Headquarters DLA at Fort Belvoir, Va., continues to demonstrate its commitment to modernizing the forging industry through strategic investments cost-shared by industry,” said SCRA Applied R&D Senior Program Manager and FDMC Executive Director Jon Tirpak.