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JUL 2013

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Coatings news from naCe international NACE Participates in NATO Event Focused on Military Corrosion T he United States and its allies are serious about battling corrosion on aging aircraft, ships, submarines, and ground vehicles. Officials from the Department of Defense (DoD) Corrosion Policy and Oversight (CPO) Office; the German, French, and U.K. ministries of defense; the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International; the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC); the National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance at the University of Akron; and Aalen University compared best practices in combating material degradation on weapon systems and facilities during a four-day workshop, April 23 to 26, 2013, at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) School in Oberammergau, Germany. "This is the first time that policy and technical experts have convened to share corrosion prevention policies, practices, and scientific expertise since the NATO School was founded in 1954," said Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the DoD CPO Office. "Because Germany, France, and the United Kingdom are NACE Executive Director Bob Chalker gave a presentation on corrosion and NACE during the seminar. vigorously pursuing their own technological solutions to prevent corrosion, it only makes sense that we cooperate to discuss our greatest challenges and the best means of tackling them. We began securing international exchange agreements with our NATO allies in 2007." On Tuesday, April 23, spea kers representing the German, French, and U.K. ministries of defense discussed the importance of corrosion prevention a nd control to t heir agencies. C or ro sion O f f ic e C h ie f E ng i ne er DoD CPO Director Daniel J. Dunmire welcomed attendees from Europe and the United States to the Corrosion Prevention and Control Seminar and Workshop at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany. 16 CoatingsPro g July 2013 Dick Kinzie briefed attendees about the DoD's ongoing cost of corrosion study of weapon systems and infrastructure, addressing how European defense ministries might tailor U.S. methodologies to suit their own needs. Matt Koch, corrosion prevention and control program manager, out lined U.S. Marine Corps' initiatives to reduce corrosion costs for ground and amphibious vehicles. Dunmire and Corrosion Office staff members also discussed how they provide direction to the DoD and federal government agencies through policy guidance, inter-service collaboration, research and technology oversight, and the promulgation of maintenance practices that prevent corrosion. "DoD's commitment to partnering with allied nations complements NACE International's dedication to its large international membership," said NACE Executive Director Bob Chalker, who participated as a NATO seminar speaker. "More than 15,000 NACE members live outside the United States, and we strongly support initiatives, including education, conferences, and publications, that will benefit those members who work in military organizations." CP

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