Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 105 Part 2.djvu/491

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PUBLIC LAW 102-190—DEC. 5, 1991 105 STAT. 1443 SEC. 827. FLEXIBLE COMPUTER-INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING PRO- GRAM. (a) PROGRAM REQUIRED.—The Secretary of Defense shall conduct a program for the development of advanced flexible capabilities for computer-integrated manufacturing and for the use of those capabilities throughout the Department of Defense and in commercial entities that are part of the defense industrial base of the United States. (b) JOINT SERVICES CENTER. —(1) For the purposes of the program Establishment. under subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall establish a center, to be operated with the participation of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, for the purposes set forth in paragraph (2). (2) The center established under paragraph (1) shall— (A) evaluate the potential for using flexible computer-in- tegrated manufacturing (FCIM) technology (such as the technology from the Rapid Acquisition of Manufactured Parts (RAMP) program of the Navy) for previously unidentified applications at Department of Defense depot-level maintenance facilities; (B) provide the means for the rapid transfer of such technology (including technology from the RAMP program, if appropriate) within the Department of Defense; and (C) provide any Department of Defense depot-level maintenance facility with technical guidance and support for initial training in the use of that technology and in the initial operation of that technology. (c) NAVY RAMP PROGRAM.— The Secretary of the Navy shall continue the program of the Navy designated as the Rapid Acquisition of Manufactured Parts (RAMP) program that is carried out to develop technologies and applications for the rapid acquisition of manufactured parts. For the purposes of that program, the Secretary shall determine the number of naval aviation and ship maintenance facilities and depots at which RAMP capabilities can be established economically. (d) FUNDING.—(1) Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated pursuant to section 201 for fiscal years 1992 and 1993, $21,500,000 shall be available for each such fiscal year for the program conducted pursuant to subsection (a). (2) Of the amount available under paragraph (1) for each such fiscal year— (A) $4,000,000 shall be available to carry out subsection (b); (B) $7,500,000 shall be available to carry out subsection (c); and (C) $4,000,000 shall be available for a grant to the Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing Systems. (e) PREVENTION OF DUPLICATION.—The Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force may not carry out any activity to develop a capability for flexible computer-integrated manufacturing (1) that would substantially duplicate the existing capabilities of the Navy for flexible computer-integrated manufacturing, or (2) that can be achieved using the design of the Navy in existence as of the date of the enactment of this Act for a system for the rapid acquisition of manufactured parts (RAMP).