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Agreement Signed for Corrosion Science and Technology

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Story Number: NNS100128-20
Release Date: 1/28/2010 6:42:00 PM

From Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock

WEST BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- Officials from the United States and the Australian Defence Department convened Jan. 12 at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock to revise a 1962 Data Exchange Agreement (DEA) on corrosion science and technology.

The agreement will advance the common cause of corrosion prevention for both countries. In 2007, the U.S. Navy spent $3.2 billion on corrosion control. Since the two nations control similar assets and lessons learned, the agreement will enhance the exchange of information between the countries.

"NSWC Carderock has a long history of collaborative efforts with the Australian Navy. This agreement will add to our already strong relationship," said Capt. Chris Meyer, NSWC Carderock commander.

Daniel J. Dunmire, Office of the Secretary of Defense's director of the Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, signed the agreement on behalf of the United States; and Dr. Peter Gerhardy, counselor for the Australian Government Defence Science, signed on behalf of the Australian Department of Defence. Representatives from OSD, the Australian Defense Department, the DOD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, NACE International, and the University of Akron.

"We intend to collaborate at all levels from policy makers to technical experts and in every service," said Rich Hays, NSWC Carderock Corrosion Research and Engineering Branch manager. "This DEA helps facilitate communication between individuals at all levels and across the spectrum of interest areas. In addition, the Office of Secretary of Defense has established a strategic partnership with NACE International and has actively support information exchange at the Australasian Corrosion Association annual conference."

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