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MACC 2014 - Multi Agency Craft Conference - Little Creek VA

MACC is Back!! Following a two year break this unique event explored the latest technology in small craft design, acquisition and operations. The theme for MACC 2014 was, ‘Tactical Applications of Technological Innovation’.

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) presented an excellent mix of high level keynote speakers, technical conference, exhibition area and on water demonstrations. MACC 2014 was held from 10 to 12 June at the Joint Expeditionary Base, Little Creek, Virginia Beach.

The Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC) provides a forum for open exchange and discussion between the Department of Defense, government agencies, industry and the maritime community. Types of craft discussed range from Navy and Coast Guard patrol boats to Naval Special Warfare and Marine Corps combatant craft. Special purpose craft include insertion craft, landing craft and riverine craft.

MACC serves as a way to capitalize on the joint nature of today's military environment. No service can afford to re-learn lessons that another service has already solved, whether this pertains to operations and tactics, equipment solutions, maintenance practices, or evaluating and implementing new technology.

MACC 2014 demonstrated that each organization has a valuable corporate background that can greatly assist other activities. Within each service, boats and craft remain low on the funding priority list and the conference helps prevent different agencies from expending funds solving a common problem.

MACC 2014 had a recurring theme that related to identifying best value and viable Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) procurement. The RIB & HSC Directory, supporters of MACC and ASNE, presented the article Fast Craft and Innovative COTS Solutions for the MACC 2014 edition of Marine News.

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RIB & HSC are proud to be media partner with ASNE & MACC supporter



Since its founding in 1998, MACC has served as a primary venue for leveraging knowledge and lessons-learned across multiple Government agencies that develop, procure, or operate small boats and craft.

Previous conferences have covered a broad range of topics including; requirements generation, boat and craft design, acquisition processes, maintenance and repair practices, logistics and training, and new technology development and integration.

The shared information results in effective use of resources, opportunities for collaboration, a more knowledgeable industry-base, and best-value small boats and craft for all end-user communities.

Each day of the event features technical presentations focusing on one of these key areas. Each day has a keynote speaker from the military and civilian leadership on small craft who will be followed by a plenary session speaker who introduces the focus area of the day, and provides their perspective on the focus area and sets the stage for the individual track sessions.

After the plenary speaker, presentations run concurrently and the group can breakout to attend the presentations of interest. The key focus areas for MACC 2014 were:

Small Craft Design

  • Hull Form, Seakeeping, Powering
  • Structures, Materials
  • Human System Integration
  • Propulsion
  • Electrical, Electronic and C4I Systems


  • Requirements and Understanding Impact on Design
  • COTS versus Custom Design
  • National & International Classification Societies. Impact on Acquisition & Design
  • Risk Management
  • Cost Management


  • Total Ownership Costs, Logistics, Warranties, and Supply Chain Management
  • Configuration Control and Part Commonality
  • Mission Requirements to Design

RIB & HSC are proud to be media partner with ASNE & MACC supporter


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