Department of Defense
The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight (CPO) is tasked with the development and implementation of a long-term strategy to reduce corrosion and the effects of corrosion on DoD military equipment and infrastructure. In fiscal year 2016, a DoD-contracted study reported the cost impact of corrosion to the department was $20.6 billion. Corrosion can affect military readiness by taking critical weapon systems out of action and creating safety hazards, and it can also lead facilities to experience structural failures and loss of capital investments.
According to DoD, the long-term strategy includes having established criteria for the testing and certification of new corrosion-prevention technologies; implementing programs, including supporting databases, to ensure a focused and coordinated approach; and developing a coordinated research and development program to transition new corrosion-prevention technologies into operational systems. Each year’s strategy is to include policy guidance, performance measures and milestones, and an assessment of the necessary personnel and funding for each goal.
Since 2005, DOD’s Corrosion Office has selected NACE International to provide its world-renowned training and certification programs to DoD personnel in all of the services in the war against corrosion.