November 2019 - Army Research Efforts

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There are ten efforts that have been deemed essential research programmes and these include the long range distributed and collaborative engagements program the science of additive manufacturing for Next Generation Munitions Program Graham the artificial intelligence for maneuver and Mobility Program The convergence of the theology protection and autonomy to dominate ground combat program the Human Autonomy Learning Program the foundational research for electron warfare and multi domain operations program Graham the Versatile Tactical Power and propulsion program the physics of soldier protection to defeat evolving threats program the quantum artem information sciences program and the transformational syn Bio for military environments program the Laboratories Long Range Range distributed and collaborative engagements program falls in line with the services top modernization priority long range precision fires. The the aim of the effort is to take multiple munitions and have them communicate and operate in a coordinated way across long distances. The lab is trying to figure out how the army can develop network weapons full of cutting edge sensors and other components that can survive hundreds of Jeez and be delivered precisely objectives include improved range speed maneuverability and survivability the army is also studying ways to build future weapons through the science of additive manufacturing for next generation munitions programs currently there is not a good understanding of how metal plastic or polymer micro structures change or are impacted by new Three D. printing techniques. The lab's director said there needs to be a detailed understanding of the material science and physics associated with constructing parts this way because soldiers on the battlefield must be able to account on the systems they are using the labs program is designed to achieve that understanding and bring that science to machine vendors and manufacturers so that they can create fully qualified added ably manufactured parts that can be sent wherever the army needs them or even manufactured onsite another program intelligence for maneuver and mobility will contribute to the services number two modernisation priority next generation in combat vehicles new autonomous platforms must be able to operate in urban environments. Where digital maps aren't reliable and be able to maneuver super off road? The lab is also looking to improve vehicle technology through the convergence of the thallady protections and autonomy to dominate ground combat programs. The army wants to see how it can leverage advances incensing machine learning and autonomy to make ground combat platforms platforms more survivable and potent. It is already pursuing active protection systems that can intercept rockets and missiles before they strike. US military vehicles additionally in the future the army might be able to use hacker official autonomous platforms as an advanced protection technology another effort the human autonomy teaming program seeks to exploit emerging opportunities. New Technology could be used for multi domain operations nations across Land Air Sea Space and cyberspace facing off against peer competitors will require multi domain command and control capabilities. The lab's director said a enabled mission. Command will be driven by advanced algorithms because speed and accuracy of decision making will become a deciding factor in dominating a particular battlespace. He said autonomous agents could also help address electron electronic warfare challenges. Pentagon officials are particularly concerned about countering Russia and China's E W capabilities. Another effort effort. The versatile tactical power and propulsion program is pursuing a multi fuel capable engine. That could be installed on a drone. The program also also seeks to aid troops. That have power hungry equipment. The lab is saying wireless power transfer capabilities to enable the Thomas Aircraft and ground vehicles vehicles to redistribute energy and fast charging batteries. They can reach full charge and just six minutes while much which of work is aligned. With the army's current modernization priorities. It is also looking far ahead to twenty thirty five and beyond the quantum want of information. Sciences program could yield far reaching technology breakthroughs in the long term quantum systems could eight with positioning navigation and timing by providing soldiers with a very precise measure. Time down to the pike second however it will require years of of effort before the army has these types of quantum capabilities meanwhile researchers are also hard at work boosting soldier performance at the army natick. Hey take soldier. Systems Center and Massachusetts scientists are developing equipment and looking for ways to enhance human performance research at the centre covers covers a variety of focus areas such as nutrition bio mechanics and neuroscience to help further these studies. The army is developing soldier and Swan Performance Research Institute. The purpose of the facility is to help. Experts conduct multidisciplinary research in one place. The building will host eleven labs for different types of performance research in areas such as human systems integration marksmanship training uh-huh and Neuro Science. The facility includes a configure -able combat maneuver lab which will allow scientists to study soldier performance in a field the environment. The natick center has developed new technology. Such as a decision aid that helps users determine the probability that someone will survive when submerged submerged in water which can be used in situations such as search and rescue missions researchers also examined nutrition requirements for for soldiers guidelines for athletes have already been developed but the army looks to see how various nutrition standards hold up in operational environments and for example scientists are looking to find the best dietary requirements for various scenarios. Their studies examined the amount of protein soldiers. Soldiers should consume and the right formulation of those proteins components. The findings from the nutrition division feed into the development of food such such as meals ready to eat. Researchers are also making improvements to the close combat assault ration which is designed to sustain units for seven seven days without resupply by using microwave vacuum drying technology. The service is working to shrink down everything in the package to be light and the easy to transport many of the foods such as cheesecake are shrunk into a bar form for test subjects the combat capabilities development in command soldier center recruits human research. Volunteers who are fresh out of basic training and advanced individual training. Each volunteer goes through through a one hundred twenty days test cycle. During which time they participate in multiple experiments. The army tries to recruit male and female research. Volunteers volunteers with a variety of military. Occupational specialties to gain different perspectives. For instance female soldiers were needed to test. Different types of underwear aware paired with a device that would allow them to urinate in the field while standing up one test. Subject provided feedback on the cleanliness of the urination coronation tube noting that it was difficult to take part in transport without getting dirty. New Soldiers. Also provide feedback on new footwear. This year the army issued about sixteen hundred prototype boots to basic combat trainees at two different bases. Researchers returned to the basis a few months months later to gather feedback information on the best attributes of each prototype. Were used to make recommendations for a new iteration of the boots. It's the army is working on ways to improve soldiers performance in multiple environments because the services preparing for a future in which it envisions troops oops working in smaller groups within dense urban environments one of the US Army Research Institute Environmental Medicine's fields of study include lewd physiological status monitoring a technology area which has also been improved in the commercial sector. However the service hopes to to use information such as heart rate and skin temperature to see how it can affect a warfighters operational performance another focus area from the institute include soldier performance in extreme environmental conditions as the United States looks to become a larger player in the Arctic region to counter Russia Russia and China researchers will examine ways to ensure that warfighters are able to operate effectively? In cold temperatures. The institute is able to study effects in different environments with technologies such as its hyperbaric chamber which allows researchers to simulate different altitude attitude exposures check out our blog and read more defense stories in the most recent issue of national defense at www UW dot national defense magazine Dot Org and in November. Look for our centennial issues celebrating one hundred years since the founding the National Defense

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