Manufacturing Division Meeting : Integrating Innovation: Transitioning Advanced Manufacturing
Taking over the program in April 2016, Ms. Tracy Frost is the Director of the Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology (DoD ManTech) Program. In this capacity, she helps coordinate collaboration across the Military Services and Agencies to reduce the acquisition, supportability, manufacturing, and repair cycle times costs of defense weapon systems.
Ms. Frost is also responsible for the Office the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology (OSD ManTech) Office which helps meet cross-cutting defense manufacturing needs and stimulate the early development of manufacturing processes and enterprise business practices to achieve cost-effective solutions that enable our Warfighters.
Some of these responsibilities include:
• supporting the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) Research & Engineering’s (R&E) modernization priorities,
• maintaining a joint planning process and providing centralized guidance to the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel,
• managing the Manufacturing Science and Technology Program,
• overseeing the Federal government’s partnership with the DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs),
• furthering the DoD’s Manufacturing Education and Workforce Development (EWD) initiatives, and
• collaborating across the Department and Federal Government to advance manufacturing in the United States.
Prior to leading the DoD ManTech Program, Ms. Frost spent seven years managing small business programs for the Office of Naval Research’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program before becoming the Director of the DoD SBIR and STTR program for the OSD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). Here she implemented innovative initiatives to assist the small business community transition viable technologies to the military and commercial marketplace.
Prior to her small business involvement, Ms. Frost served as a science and technology program manager for over 10 years in the areas of unmanned systems and ship logistics. Ms. Frost has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University.