DoD and German Officials Broaden Scope of Corrosion Agreement

By Cynthia Greenwood
DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office

On March 29, 2017, officials from the Department of Defense and several German Armed Forces research and test and evaluation organizations gathered at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., to renew and broaden the original 1992 data exchange agreement between the U.S. Navy and the German Armed Forces Research Institute for Materials, Fuels, and Lubricants (WIWeB).

The newly signed data exchange agreement will allow the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office and WIWeB –plus, several Bundeswehr Research, Test, and Evaluation Centers– to exchange unclassified data associated with preventing corrosion on facilities and weapon systems and sustaining air, land, and sea systems. The new agreement between the DoD and the Ministry of Defense of the Federal Republic of Germany is eligible to be renewed every five years.

Corrosion Office Director Daniel J. Dunmire (left) signs the new data exchange agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Ministry of Defense for the Federal Republic of Germany. (Photo: Greg Redick)

Corrosion Office Director Daniel J. Dunmire (left) signs the new data exchange agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Ministry of Defense for the Federal Republic of Germany. (Photo: Greg Redick)

Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, signed the agreement on behalf of the United States DoD while Director Michael Engelmann signed on behalf of the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).

Under the new agreement, both countries will be at liberty to exchange research and development information related to:

  • specific corrosion prevention and control technologies and materials degradation,
  • general descriptions of corrosion prevention and control approaches and sustainment practices for common systems and facilities,
  • test methods and technologies for assessing corrosion and its mitigation and management, and
  • policies and strategies for research and development programs to address all aspects of materials degradation.

Both countries will also benefit from sharing information about how each assesses current corrosion-related practices and procedures, and their impact on cost, readiness, and safety.

Director Daniel J. Dunmire (center left) and Dr. Markus Spallek (center right) join their colleagues in a toast to the signing of a new data exchange agreement between the United States and Germany at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo: Greg Redick)

Director Daniel J. Dunmire (center left) and Dr. Markus Spallek (center right) join their colleagues in a toast to the signing of a new data exchange agreement between the United States and Germany at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo: Greg Redick)

Since 2011, the DoD Corrosion Office and the German Armed Forces Institute for Materials, Fuels, and Lubricants have engaged in several information exchanges, many of which have related to the issue of finding replacements for chromium VI in military weapon systems. The two countries have also carried out extensive information sharing related to the insertion of new technologies on equipment and infrastructure. In addition, they have cooperated with corrosion science experts to develop university-level courses and standardized testing material.

The DoD Corrosion Office and the Bundeswehr co-hosted the 2013 NATO Corrosion Prevention and Control Workshop in Oberammergau, Germany, in which both presented briefings related to military corrosion prevention and control strategies and training. Through their collaboration, both countries are committed to sharing technical data associated with specific corrosion prevention and control technologies, controlled approaches to common systems and facilities, test methods and results, and policies and strategies associated with research and development.

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