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.

 

Seeing the Cyberthreat

The U.S. Army’s Cyber Protection Teams are about to get a new view into the cyber battle space thanks to virtual reality (VR), the computer-generated three-dimensional world that allows users to interact with data through specialized headgear and hand controls. Researchers are using VR to help information security analysts—those who man the Army network’s virtual wall—deal with the huge amounts of data they must constantly sift through to find evidence of intrusions.

Military Branch: 
Army
Science Type: 
Applied Science, Engineering, Earth and Space, Logic, Mathematics, Technology
Battling the Military’s Most Ancient Foe by Nurturing Gut Bacteria

Slaying the Traveler’s Demon

When soldiers deploy to different parts of the world, they must contend with many different threats and challenges. Combat comes to many people’s minds when they think of the hardships of deployment, but another major problem soldiers face is the unwanted encounter of getting sick from bacteria or other pathogens in food or water.

Military Branch: 
Army
Science Type: 
Functional Biology, Chemistry

Stopping the Bleed

Tourniquets are an ancient technology, but were long believed to cause nerve damage and gangrene, leading military and civilian medics to avoid using them. Now, researchers at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research are conducting groundbreaking research showing how to use tourniquets safely and effectively, and developing commercial tourniquets that can stop not just bleeding from extremity injuries, but also from previously untreatable pelvis, shoulder, and even neck wounds. That’s led to a sea-change in military trauma care: all soldiers are now routinely issued tourniquets, saving an estimated 2,000 lives since the start of the war on terror. The devices are also being widely adopted by civilian first responders, saving thousands more lives across the US.

Military Branch: 
Army
Science Type: 
Life Science
Air Force Research Laboratory Developing The Worlds First Sweat-Based Biosensors

Sweating The Small Stuff

In today's ever-changing, fast-paced digital world, it is clear that every aspect of people’s lives are being transformed through emerging technologies that impact the way they work, learn and live. These technological advancements have helped individuals on a national and global scale to digitize, analyze, and simplify the way in which they operate and function on both a personal and professional level.

Military Branch: 
Air Force
Science Type: 
Engineering, Cellular Biology, Functional Biology, Technology

The Aircraft Doctor is In

Being one of the world’s greatest militaries doesn’t stop with developing well-trained forces and outfitting them with the best vehicles and equipment. It also demands that fighting forces be ready for the call of duty whenever it comes. To help accomplish that mission, an Oxford-educated engineer and his team are developing advanced diagnostic tools in their New Jersey laboratory to keep sometimes decades-old Navy and Marine Corps aircraft flying night and day.

Military Branch: 
Navy
Science Type: 
Engineering, Logic, Mathematics, Physics, Technology