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Critical Chemicals Collaborations Colloquium (C4)

Please mark your calendars and save the date for our first NAC hosted Critical Chemicals Collaborations Colloquium (C4) regarding Hydroxyl Terminated Polybutadiene (HTPB) in support of the OUSD/Acquisition & Sustainment Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III office.  This C4 event will be held on Thursday, 13 January 2022.  HTPB is the primary polymer utilized in the production of many propellant formulations. While we will dedicate the first session solely to HTPB, we are looking to establish this as a series of events focused on discussing the current state of the market of other materials, which have been identified as critical for the Defense Department. We will cover HTPB’s supply chain and its risks; discuss the market, including approximate usage volume, recent years fluctuations, and go in depth into the technical requirements and specifications. The event will include breakout sessions, and one-on-one opportunities moderated by government experts.

We hope to strengthen the relationships between DPA Title III and industry partners, and as part of this greater outcome, gather data that will be the center of upcoming funding opportunities announcements (FOA) and request for proposals (RFP) which are crucial to the success of the DPA Title III programs. One goal of this event will be to establish an HTPB working group, as part of the Critical Energetics Materials Working Group (CEMWG), to unravel the challenges of the HTPB production to resolve them and establish sufficient U.S. production capabilities. Subsequent C4 events will focus on the same intent but for other critical chemicals that will be selected prior, based on input from NAC, CEMWG and DPA Title III. This first event will kick off a series, which will serve to generate future DPA Title III requirements.

Registration details for this event will be issued in early December.  Participation is not limited to NAC members.  We look forward to your participation in this first session of the C4 series.