The Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award recognizes and honors those individuals from government and the private sector most responsible for outstanding technical accomplishments that further the achievement of the vision of the Department of Defense (DoD) Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program. That vision is to "realize a responsive world-class manufacturing capability to affordably meet the Warfighters' needs throughout the defense system life cycle." Sponsored by the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel (JDMTP) the award was established in 1999.
Award recipients are selected based on the following three criteria:
- Manufacturing Technology Achievement - Results of the project are unique, outstanding, and important to the DoD and ultimately the Warfighter.
- Transition / Implementation - Results of the project have been implemented on a specific platform / weapon system and/or at an industrial facility or there is a high degree of assurance that they will be implemented.
- Potential or Realized Benefits. - Benefits resulting from the project are significant to the DoD (may include increased capability, reduced cost, improved performance, reduced cycle time, higher reliability, weight reduction, environmental compliance, etc.)