The US Army has awarded a contract to technology business association Automation Alley to support the Army’s Tacom Life Cycle Management Command in Warren with production needs on a military parts replacement programme.

As part of the Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages programme (DMSMS), the business association will analyse trends and risks and build a database of companies with production capacity to suit the Army’s needs.

The list of companies for DMSMS include makers and distributors of mechanical or electrical systems, air conditioning systems, hydraulics and fuel.

In addition, the list accommodates manufacturers of pneumatic systems, information technology-data management, materials suppliers and advanced design processing.

Under the $1.5m contract, Automation Alley will serve primarily as liaison between the Army and participating companies while the Army will select vendors as needed.