Technical DNA

Building the Digital Enterprise for Next-Generation Sustainment


Modern sustainment requires agility, flexibility, and interoperability. Emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing, virtual reality, and digital twin have transformed sustainment practices. These capabilities rely on a digital foundation, a system and infrastructure that provides the right data at the right time to the right stakeholder. A modern digital enterprise that supports the agile application of new capabilities to improve readiness and reduce costs is now possible.

To fully realize these benefits, the government and its industrial partners must embrace a common and shared vision of this digital enterprise. Unfortunately, standard practices differ within departments, services, supply chains, and individual programs across the federal space. Organizational and functional boundaries can create barriers to implementation that prevent desired benefits from being realized. LMI champions a digital-enterprise approach that emphasizes the total lifecycle and cost of ownership. Our Technical DNA (tDNA™) approach combines digital engineering, lifecycle management, supply chain risk management, and intellectual property (IP) management to ensure that the modern sustainer has the right data at the right time at the right price.

Technical data are descriptive data, models, standards, process descriptions, quality test plans, and other information that represent the physical reality of an object in digital space.

Technical Data-Enabled Capability

Available, accessible, secure, and model-based technical data facilitate the enterprise-wide adoption of emerging technologies.

Technical DNA is made from the following tech data: additive manufacturing, digital engineering, condition-based maintenance, augmented reality, digital twin, virtual reality, digital thread, and artificial intelligence.

What is tDNA™ ?

LMI’s tDNA™ vision is for required technical data to be available, accessible, secure, and model based throughout the digital enterprise:

  • Available. Program management offices (PMOs) procure model-based data along with equipment and systems as well as appropriate IP rights for its use throughout the lifecycle. Data are available within the PMO’s IT systems, shareable across the enterprise. 
  • Accessible. No longer stovepiped within acquisition programs or by organizational boundaries, model-based data reside on IT systems that enable enterprise-wide users and stakeholders to access it in real time. 
  • Secure. Data security best practices are implemented while building the infrastructure required to protect growing repositories of valuable technical data from bad actors. 
  • Model based. The enterprise manages comprehensive model-based data on a digital thread and, when appropriate, converts legacy technical data into modern 3D formats.


tDNA™ in Every Phase

LMI enables PMOs to realize the benefits of modern sustainment tools, reducing total cost of ownership and improving lifetime readiness. Our internally developed approach prioritizes interoperability and modularity while avoiding obsolescence issues.

  • Pre-Acquisition

    • Technical data maturity assessment
    • IP assessment and tradespace strategy (continuous through lifecycle)
    • Lifecycle value of technical data policies
  • Systems Acquisition and Development

    • Technical data delivery verification
    • Trusted third party for technical data maintenance
    • Product lifecycle data management software selection
    • Digital thread activation (machine-to-machine exchange and use)
  • Operations and Lifecycle Sustainment

    • Technical data adequacy assessment for sustainment and new technologies
    • Technical data modernization strategy
    • 2D-to-3D conversion
    • Technical data for additive manufacturing, augmented reality, CBM, and digital thread
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    “Innovation in government is best when it marries two thrusts simultaneously: long-standing challenges and opportunities presented by new technologies and methods. Technology for technology’s sake is usually a costly mistake.”

    Bruce Kaplan

    Principal, Logistics Strategy and Integration