These in-depth stories were developed to raise awareness about the importance of Defense laboratories, engineering centers, and warfare centers as unique catalysts for innovation as well as showcase the critical work they perform. By sharing stories about the people and institutions behind science and technology, DoD STEM aims to increase interest in STEM careers.
The DoD labs are the foundation for research to support our nation’s defense. Since the earliest days in our history, private industry has built upon knowledge discovered by DoD and developed tools and conveniences for everyday use.
DoD STEM scientists and engineers are people who love problems – a good fit because the DoD labs have some of the most challenging problems out there. DoD STEM scientists and engineers are given the latitude and the responsibility to try to answer them.
A Wealth of Poisons: Toxins, Spores and Nerve Agents
The advent of mega-cities, advanced robotics and cyber threats are converging with existing dangers like diseases or lethal hybrid drug concoctions. ECBC researchers are tasked with developing solutions for a battlefield that hasn’t quite come into focus yet, but one that, when it does, could pose an immediate national security threat.
Drawing A Line In The Sand
Army pilots say that simply maneuvering a helicopter to land in the superfine dust of Iraq or Afghanistan is more dangerous than any threat of combatant fire. For them, sand is the greatest enemy. Scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army Research Lab at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland are developing new coatings for engine components that will enable pilots to operate in any kind of environmental condition, making it possible to carry on in any hazards like dust, volcanic ash, debris, and smoke.
How a squad of creative Marines teamed up with scientists from SPAWAR to create a rolling laboratory that can 3-D print just about anything that warfighters might need on the battlefield.
MODERN WARFARE LOOKS TO THE SKIES
In many remote areas where soldiers operate, communication over large bodies of water or rugged terrain from the field to headquarters is nonexistent, raising uncertainty of a successful operation and increasing risk of loss of life and failure of the mission. U.S. Army researchers at the Huntsville, Alabama-based Space and Missile Defense Technical Center are developing the Kestrel Eye, an elecrooptical microsatellite to produce tactically useful 1.5-meter imagery for the ground warfighter.
OUR ANGRY INNER FISH
Researchers at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center are using fish as a model to understand if exposure to common environmental pollutants can trigger extreme aggression in susceptible people.