Lab Narratives

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.

 

From anthrax to VX agent, Army scientists provide a first line defense against some of the deadliest weapons the world has ever seen

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.

Military Branch: 
Army
Science Type: 
Formal Science, Cellular Biology, Chemistry, Technology
How Army Researchers Will Conquer the Helicopter Pilot’s Greatest Enemy

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.

Military Branch: 
Army
Science Type: 
Engineering, Physical Science, Technology
An Expeditionary 3-D Printing Laboratory for the Battlefield

EXMAN

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.

Military Branch: 
Navy
Science Type: 
Engineering, Physical Science, Technology
How Army researchers developed an eletro-optical microsatellite that will give warfighters a real-time tactical edge

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.

Military Branch: 
Army
Science Type: 
Engineering, Mathematics, Technology
Can a Humble Minnow Reveal Why Some People Become Violent?

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.

Military Branch: 
Army
Science Type: 
Applied Science, Engineering, Life Science, Chemistry