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  • Natick testing beneficial in uncertain climate

    Mar 28, 2013

    In an era of budgetary uncertainty, the Doriot Climatic Chambers at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Mass., recently conducted tests that not only saved taxpayer money, but generated revenue.

  • ARL scientist's deployment results in new invention

    Mar 26, 2013

    The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) periodically asks civilians to volunteer to support overseas missions for a period of up to six months. Dr. Richard Tober, a scientist with ARL's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD), is one of those rare people in the laboratory who stepped out of his comfort zone for not one theater assignment -- but two.

  • Studying the Soldier as an athlete

    Mar 21, 2013

    To better understand how carrying heavy loads affects Soldiers, Tyler Brown, Ph.D., looks at them as if they were athletes.

  • Research center partners with Army Health Clinic

    Mar 21, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Traveling to Australia can feel like a time warp. Sixteen hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time can result in jet lag that causes the body's physiological responses to be out of sync with its normal circadian rhythms.

  • Quantum sensing using laser-cooled atoms shows promise for Army navigation, detection

    Mar 20, 2013

    U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists in the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate are currently exploring the field of quantum sensing and are discovering ways in which the Army can benefit from innovations that were once thought impossible.

  • Rigid-wall camp saves money, fuel, water

    Mar 18, 2013

    When it comes to providing comfortable living spaces for deployed Soldiers while saving time, money, fuel and water, rigid walls beat canvas every time.

  • ARL employees support Read Across America Day at local elementary school

    Mar 18, 2013

    Employees from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) supported Churchville Elementary School, who along with the National Education Association, celebrated Read Across America Day by reading stories to children in grades one through five on March 1.

  • Women's History Month: ENIAC, first computer programmers

    Mar 18, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Anyone interested in the history of computing knows of the U.S. Army's ground-breaking Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. ENIAC was the world's first operational, general purpose, electronic digital computer.

  • U.S. Sen. Warren visits Natick

    Mar 18, 2013

    U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts visited the Natick Soldier Systems Center, March 15, 2013, as the installation braced for the impact of across-the-board budget cuts, known as sequestration.

  • RDECOM History Office

    Mar 14, 2013

  • University calls on Army for chemical testing of meat product

    Mar 14, 2013

    When a South Dakota beef producer voiced concerns over the safety of its product to a meat inspection staff, the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University, called on the Food Emergency Response Network for help in early January. Within a few days, the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's chemical-biological center answered.

  • 'Fighting fuel' for military aviators

    Mar 13, 2013

    Eating on the go can be tough, especially when your job requires you to fly an aircraft for the U.S. military. The Aircrew Build to Order Meal Module (ABOMM), designed by the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center's Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate, or CFD, will make refueling these aviators a lot easier.

  • Picatinny supports local students in robotics competition

    Mar 13, 2013

    Scientists and engineers at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., have volunteered their time to mentor local students in a robotics competition as part of an ongoing effort to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to students.

  • Future innovators exhibit talents at Maryland JSHS

    Mar 12, 2013

    LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. -- America's next cancer research pioneer, space explorer or cyber security whiz could be one of the Maryland high-school students who presented their research at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

  • Daughter of ARL employee delivers Girl Scout cookies for deployed RDECOM Soldiers

    Mar 11, 2013

    Ashlynn Kidwell, daughter of Shawn Kidwell, ARL Laboratory Operations, recently delivered boxes of Girl Scout cookies to military personnel located at the Adelphi Laboratory Center for deployed RDECOM Soldiers.

  • A Town Hall gathering in the midst of sequestration fears

    Mar 4, 2013

    Dr. Gerardo Melendez, Director of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, added a new twist to his most recent Town Hall Meeting on Feb. 11 by taking questions from the audience at the Lindner Conference Center and from remote television viewers who sent questions by e-mail. The questions showed that the listeners were attuned to the fiscal uncertainty that surrounds the lack of an appropriations bill and the looming sequestration.

  • Civilian engineering team secures Soldiers' compound in Afghanistan

    Mar 1, 2013

    American Soldiers in Afghanistan were recently challenged in securing a facility for coalition forces. They turned to deployed U.S. Army civilian engineers for a solution. Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, known as the 1-9 Cav, had been unsuccessful in finding the expertise they needed to design, build and install new force-protection measures. After meeting with the forward deployed engineering cell from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, a fix began to take shape.

  • Army supports STEM and Beyond Night

    Mar 1, 2013

    BEL AIR, Md. -- In one classroom, students made batteries out of lemons. In another they performed scientific tests to see whether their eco-system was healthy -- with earthworms. More than 250 students, 40 to 50 siblings and 200 parents converged on Bel Air Middle School Feb. 21 to take part in STEM and Beyond Night with 30 hands-on demonstrations and 20 exhibits.

  • Teaching an old water can new tricks

    Mar 1, 2013

    A system developed by researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate, would help bring water to Soldiers in the field, either cool or heat it, and then keep it that way for days at a time.

  • 1-9 Cav Regt recognizes engineers for force protection enhancements at 401st AFSB HQs

    Feb 27, 2013

    Four Research, Development and Engineering Command personnel deployed to the RDECOM Field Assistance in Science and Technology Center at the 401st AFSB headquarters were reccognized for force protection enhancements engineered, fabricated and installed at a combat outpost used by the unit.

  • Army improves training equipment sustainability with iPad app

    Feb 27, 2013

    The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center has upgraded training for an explosive hazards detection kit with the development of an iPad application. The digital simulation software assists the Warfighter training with the Husky Mounted Detection System, reducing costs and eliminating the risk of damaging equipment during training certification.

  • Army researchers develop better remote sensors

    Feb 26, 2013

    U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center latest project -- the Global Strike Near Real Time Battle Data Assessment System - incorporates unattended sensors and a remote Warfighter Interface to provide timely reporting of conditions during reconnaissance operations.

  • Self-cleaning clothing: wear without wear

    Feb 25, 2013

    Imagine a world without dirty clothes. Quoc Truong, physical scientist at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, wants to make that a reality.

  • Leaders: Army network evaluations to adapt, endure

    Feb 25, 2013

    As the Army grapples with budget austerity and prepares for future operations beyond Afghanistan, the Network Integration Evaluations will endure as an effective, cost-efficient way to quickly modernize the force, senior leaders said.

  • Will 'Ironman' reach the end zone?

    Feb 25, 2013

    The Large Capacity Ammunition Carriage System, or "Ironman," began as the brainchild of Iowa National Guardsmen and was named one of the Army's top inventions of 2010. The system was recently assessed by Soldiers in Afghanistan.

  • Black History Month: 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment

    Feb 25, 2013

    In February 1863, the United States raised its first Army regiment of black Soldiers during the Civil War. Massachusetts Gov. John A. Andrew received approval from U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton Jan. 15, 1863, to recruit "persons of African descent, organized into special corps" to fight for the Union cause.

  • Next generation smartphone technology capable of diagnostic biological detection

    Feb 22, 2013

    The latest applications for smartphones go beyond the conveniences of modern society--they save lives. ECBC scientists have teamed with UCLA to develop a smartphone app that collects and analyzes bio samples, geotags the location and sends the results to a lab for further review.

  • Army ManTech Program bridges gap between lab and Soldier

    Feb 22, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Transitioning a technology prototype from an Army engineer's laboratory to the Soldier on the ground is filled with potential obstacles. To overcome challenges associated with manufacturing Soldiers' equipment, from helicopters to helmets, the U.S. Army enlists the Manufacturing Technology Program, commonly known as ManTech.

  • 5-year Army R&D outreach initiative brings science, engineering to elementary students

    Feb 20, 2013

    In its inaugural year, the STEM Superstar program, the brainchild of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics center Educational Outreach Team engages students from kindergarten to fifth grade in stimulating activities challenging students to think creatively and solve problems like an engineer.

  • APG to launch centralized STEM education center

    Feb 20, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Maryland students will soon have a unified APG facility at which to explore the world of science and engineering with Army professionals. The APG STEM Education and Outreach Center will be ready in late May, said Dr. Sandy Young, an Army Research Laboratory materials engineer. She is coordinating the project with ARL laboratory operations and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach offices on APG.

  • Future Soldiers will have flexible electronics everywhere

    Feb 19, 2013

    More than 10 years ago, Army researchers saw potential in flexible displays. With nothing in the marketplace, the Army decided to change that by partnering with industry and academia to create the Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University.

  • Navigating new waters: Army samples ocean floor for underwater munitions project

    Feb 13, 2013

    U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center scientists conducted a sample analysis on board a research vessel for the Hawaii Underwater Military Munitions Assessment project.

  • War of 1812 bicentennial: Battle of Frenchtown

    Feb 8, 2013

    As the year 1813 began, the War of 1812 was still in its early stage. Britain was occupied with European matters and could not send any sizable land or naval forces to the conflict in North America. The United States had the strategic initiative and planned to recapture Detroit and invade Canada over Lake Ontario.

  • Aberdeen Proving Ground-sponsored team 'Electrobots' wins STEM competition

    Feb 4, 2013

    Seven students, sponsored by U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., took top honors at the FIRST LEGO League competition at the University of Delaware, Jan. 26, 2013.

  • Army laboratories collaborate on octopus-inspired suction cups

    Jan 31, 2013

    Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis can unveil points of weakness in man-made infrastructure, and now robots are being called in to help.

  • ECBC mentor helps local students tackle FIRST Tech Challenge

    Jan 31, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center have long extended their talent and expertise in science, technology, engineering and math beyond the defense against chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives threats. They have mentored students in their surrounding community in an effort to inspire, develop and attract a highly-skilled STEM workforce that is prepared to find solutions to complex problems and to tackle the challenges of the future.

  • Army engineering team marks a year of solutions in theater

    Jan 25, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- A team of U.S. civilian engineers and technicians deployed to Afghanistan recently marked one year of solving Soldiers' technological hurdles. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Field Assistance in Science and Technology-Center, or RFAST-C, Forward Deployed Prototype Integration Facility provides a platform for its subject matter experts' knowledge and talents to be translated into battlefield solutions, said Michael Anthony, the team's director.

  • Mask facility receives praise for customer service

    Jan 23, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The Mask Issue facility serves all installation chemical workers who are required to have two M40A1 masks properly fitted for use at any time -- one for operational use and one in case of an emergency.

  • Army War College Fellows visit Natick

    Jan 23, 2013

    Army War College Fellows at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University and Harvard University learned about the important work done at the Natick Soldier Systems Center during a Jan. 18 visit to the installation.

  • Lab testing seeks data on modified gunner protection design

    Jan 23, 2013

    With a newly developed Virtual Environment Test Bed scientists and engineers at the Target Behavioral Research Laboratory at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., can record how Soldiers react and perform inside a newly modified Objective Gunner Protection Kit.

  • Army showcases latest technologies at All-American Bowl

    Jan 23, 2013

    SAN ANTONIO -- The U.S. Army showed off its latest technology advancements, including the Containerized Kitchen that can serve three hot meals a day for up to 800 soldiers, at the Army All-American Bowl Jan. 5.

  • New Army network gets final check-out on way to field

    Jan 22, 2013

    As Soldiers prepare to deploy with the Army's new tactical communications network later this year, Army engineers are stretching the equipment to its limits to ensure it can support complex, on-the-move operations and extend the range of communications to the farthest edges of the battlefield.

  • Natick tube foods keep U-2 pilots flying high

    Jan 18, 2013

    Tube foods, produced only by the Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, keep Air Force U-2 reconnaissance pilots and NASA ER-2 pilots nourished during their long flights.

  • Picatinny scientists test body armor integrity, protect Soldiers' lives

    Jan 17, 2013

    Ensuring the integrity of ceramic body armor plates is the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., which developed the Armor Inspection System.

  • ECBC supports its customer--the Warfighter

    Jan 15, 2013

    A part of Military Appreciation Month, employees at the Edgewood, Md. and Rock Island, Ill., ECBC sites wrote heartfelt messages on large vinyl banners that were sent to two locations that directly support Warfighters abroad and at home.

  • SLAD advances survivability in under-body blast attacks

    Jan 14, 2013

    "The IED is the weapon of choice for threat networks because they are cheap, made from readily available off-the-shelf components, easy to construct, lethal, and accurate," said Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero, director of the Joint IED Defeat Organization, in his September 2012 testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Because of the prevalent use of IEDs on today's battlefield, U.S. forces are working to adapt equipment to offer better protection and survivability for Soldiers.

  • Developing an active approach to defense

    Jan 14, 2013

    For the past decade members of the Army's research community have worked to develop models of an active protection system with multiple configurations. The goal is to eventually field APS variants on Army vehicles.

  • Army displays future of ground-vehicle technologies

    Jan 14, 2013

    While the Army All-American Bowl showcased the talents of top-ranked high school football players and band members from across the nation, the Army displayed its top technologies and innovations in the Army Strong Zone just outside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Jan. 4-5, 2013.

  • Army lays out Network path ahead at industry day

    Jan 11, 2013

    Facing both new missions and fiscal constraints, the Army will use the Network Integration Evaluations to respond to emerging requirements, make smarter acquisition decisions and keep pace with technological change, Army senior leaders told industry partners this week.

  • Army researchers develop robot intelligence to support Soldiers

    Jan 10, 2013

    Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Human Research and Engineering Directorate are developing robot intelligence that will enable robots to successfully navigate (move around) in their environment when given a voice command (instruction) by a human.

  • ARL holds semiannual greening course

    Jan 9, 2013

    For the past few years, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has held courses designed for civilians throughout the organization to learn about and experience the daily activities of its Soldiers. The most recent class was held from Dec. 3-7 at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), with some activities conducted at the Edgewood Area.

  • Engineers develop, test rapid nerve agent detectors

    Jan 8, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- U.S. Army engineers are creating and testing a new technology to detect and classify nerve agent in minutes.

  • Army uses sense of smell to drive biodetection technology

    Jan 8, 2013

    What the nose doesn't know, technology does. ECBC scientists are using Volatile Organic Compound applications to detect biological pathogens and test for the spoiling of foodstuffs. What was onced used to determine whether coffee beans were Starbucks or Folgers is now being used to identify biological agents.

  • Natick makes resupply from sky possible

    Jan 8, 2013

    Dozens of forward operating bases and thousands of service members depend on supplies that drop daily from the sky and Afghanistan is shaping up to be the largest combat aerial resupply operation in history.

  • Army assesses electromagnetic vulnerabilities

    Jan 7, 2013

    The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate's Electromagnetic Vulnerability Assessment Facility at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., is a state-of-the-art facility that is used to conduct experiments that address the electromagnetic vulnerability requirements of the U.S. Army Weapon and Communication-Electronics Systems.

  • eCYBERMISSION program registers a strong year in STEM outreach

    Jan 7, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army's eCYBERMISSION program reported a record year in 2012 for science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach, officials announced.

  • Army issues Sources Sought Notice to support NIE 14.1

    Jan 7, 2013

    The Army announced that it is seeking interested industry and government sources with mature solutions to enhance existing network systems capabilities to participate in the Network Integration Evaluation 14.1 event, scheduled to take place in October/November 2013, at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

  • Microstructures fold under a beam of light to make useful 3-D devices

    Jan 3, 2013

    A U.S. Army Research Laboratory electrical engineer and a visiting research student from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland were interested in forming useful three dimensional structures similar to origami art. It led them to a scientific method to control folding pathways and enable sequential folding on a millimeter scale that works using a low-intensity laser beam.

  • Army invests in ideas for stronger future

    Dec 21, 2012

    The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is giving its workforce the financial push it needs to creatively pursue projects that could yield high rewards.

  • Community asks for support, Watervliet digs deep, delivers

    Dec 21, 2012

    WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. -- The Watervliet Arsenal heard the community's call for support this holiday season and it responded, as it has for nearly 200 years, with workers reaching deep into their pockets to provide support to hundreds of Albany-area children, as well as to national non-profit organizations. The Arsenal raised nearly $60,000 in the way of cash, toys, and clothes for the Troy Salvation Army, City of Watervliet Head Start Program, and for the Combined Federal Campaign.

  • Teamwork, synergy sparks prototype development at Watervliet

    Dec 20, 2012

    Watervliet Arsenal's historic "Big Gun Shop" in New York State has seen a lot of action since the first brick and mortar were laid there nearly 130 years ago.

  • Army labs join forces for healthier smokes

    Dec 20, 2012

    Soldiers know the value of smoke grenades in various scenarios, yet the grenades contained potentially harmful chemicals. Now, the Army is working to produce pyrotechnic smoke grenades that are not only safer but also as effective as earlier grenades.

  • U.S. Ambassador thanks Army for demilitarization effort in Albania

    Dec 19, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center received a letter of gratitude from U.S. Ambassador to Albania Alexander A. Arvizu Nov. 21. The note thanked the organization for a successful demilitarization operation that destroyed a recently discovered stockpile of chemical munitions in Tirana, Albania.

  • Aberdeen Proving Ground volunteers recognized for service to eCYBERMISSION program

    Dec 19, 2012

    The U.S. Army honored three civilian employees at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Dec. 1, 2012, for their commitment to enriching students' experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly known as STEM.

  • Army engineers design, build roadway threat detection system

    Dec 18, 2012

    U.S. Army engineers have developed a system for detecting possible threats by identifying potential threat locations on unimproved roads.

  • Aberdeen Proving Ground organizations establish STEM agreement with Harford schools

    Dec 14, 2012

    Eight major Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., tenant organizations agreed to a partnership, Dec. 14, 2012, with Harford County Public Schools to expand educational outreach efforts in science, technology, engineering and math, commonly known as STEM.

  • Nothing elementary about this Army science

    Dec 13, 2012

    WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. -- An inspection team toured the Army's Benét Laboratories last Friday and this visit tested the ability of this premier weapons research and design center to reduce their scientific jargon to an elementary level of understanding. Maybe, elementary is the wrong use of verbiage because, after all, these were high school students.

  • Army uses battlefield forensics to trace explosives

    Dec 13, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- A scene decimated by a suicide bomber or an improvised explosive device leaves little evidence of what life was like before its destruction. It does, however, leave traces of life in fingerprints that can be collected by weapons intelligence personnel and analyzed at forensic laboratories to identify the enemy behind the explosion.

  • Natick official named to Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council

    Dec 12, 2012

    An official from the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center was named to the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Advisory Council in Massachusetts.

  • Army's C4ISR community continues support to STEM program

    Dec 12, 2012

    Army engineers, scientists and business professionals volunteered to be virtual judges for an online science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM, competition for students during an annual sign-up road show at the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance campus at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Dec. 11, 2012.

  • West Point team developing algorithm to help shape operations against terrorist organizations

    Dec 12, 2012

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point Network Science Center hosted a briefing Dec. 5, 2012, about an algorithm which could help shape future operations against terrorist organizations.

  • Army senior research scientist retires

    Dec 11, 2012

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Much of the details of Jay Loomis' career are secretive, as a matter of national security, but what is not a secret is that his 40-year career as a radar frequency sensors expert has made a lasting impact on the Army's aviation and missile efforts. Loomis is retiring this month after a long Army career, the last two decades of which were spent as a senior research scientist at the Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. A retirement ceremony in his honor was held Nov. 30.

  • Fort Bliss Soldiers first to fire Army's new near-precision artillery rounds

    Dec 11, 2012

    Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, from Fort Bliss, Texas, became the first troops to fire the Army's upcoming near-precision projectile, the XM1156 Precision Guidance Kit, during tests in October, at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz.

  • RDECOM shares contracting opportunities at APBI

    Dec 6, 2012

    The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command presented contracting opportunities Dec. 5 as part of APG's first installation-wide Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry, or APBI, conference.

  • Army program aims to protect Soldiers' hearing

    Dec 6, 2012

    The U.S. Army is evaluating commercial-off-the-shelf options for a new hearing-protection system that will provide Soldiers with the situational awareness to increase mission effectiveness and the safety and survivability they need, officials said.

  • TEAM APG reaches out to industry

    Dec 6, 2012

    More than 1,100 business and economic development representatives from across the country gathered Dec. 4-6 for the first installation-wide Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry here.

  • Army scientists improve garbage-to-energy prototype device

    Dec 5, 2012

    The year was 2008 and the on-going war in Iraq was a dangerous landscape for Soldiers on the ground, especially convoys traveling to and from base camps.

  • WSMR employee receives ARL's Honorary Award for Community Service

    Dec 4, 2012

    The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) held its 18th Annual Honorary Awards ceremony at the Top of the Bay located at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Nov. 8. Edward Creegan from the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD) located at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico was the recipient of this year's Community Service Award. Creegan, who was unable to attend the ceremony, works in the Battlefield Environment Division of ARL CISD where he is an electronics engineer. He participates as a member of a team developing biologically inspired approaches for autonomous robotic systems, for example sensing and reactions of a Micro Air Vehicle to cope with a turbulent atmosphere.

  • BRL-CAD, the world's oldest open-source software system

    Dec 4, 2012

    Since 1938, the Ballistic Research Laboratory (BRL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., was the center for the United States Army's research efforts in ballistics and vulnerability/lethality analysis. That remained the case until 1992, when BRL was disestablished and its mission, personnel and facilities were incorporated into the newly created U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). But during the decades of providing support to the nation, BRL quickly became involved in the move toward modern computing. Indeed, nearly 70 years ago, BRL unveiled the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the world's first operational, digital computer. The development of this computer was driven by the Army's need to speed calculation of firing tables. And ever since the development of the ENIAC, ARL has provided the U.S. military with unprecedented scientific computational capabilities. One such capability was BRL-CAD.

  • Watervliet receives $7.8M contract to supply Australian Army with new lightweight cannons

    Dec 4, 2012

    WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. -- The Arsenal announced this month that it received a $7.8 million contract to provide the Australian Army, via BAE Systems, with 19 M776 155mm cannons as part of the U.S. State Department's Foreign Military Sales program.

  • ARDEC Town Hall covers Hurricane Sandy, sequestration

    Dec 4, 2012

    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, employees of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) gathered Nov. 14 for a Town Hall meeting. Part of recalibrating the workforce toward the future meant addressing the swirl of talk about lower defense spending as overseas wartime operations unwind, as well as the potential for automatic budget cuts from sequestration.

  • Army Black Hawk flies autonomously over California

    Dec 3, 2012

    RDECOM's Aviation and Missile Center successfully demonstrates low-level autonomous behaviors in a flight over the Diablo Range.

  • Beyond the blast: Soldier head protection research moves from ballistic to shock wave threats

    Dec 3, 2012

    Ballistics and material research experts told Army senior leadership on Friday that novel approaches to basic research are advancing new findings in Soldier head protection solutions against blunt impact and even shock waves.

  • M2A1 Machine Gun features greater safety, heightened lethality

    Nov 30, 2012

    The U.S. Army recently announced that the M2A1 .50 Caliber Machine Gun was among its top 10 "Army Greatest Inventions" for the 2011 calendar year. The M2A1 includes new modern features and design improvements that make it easier and safer to use including a quick change barrel, fixed headspace and timing and a new flash hider that reduces the weapon's signature by 95 percent at night.

  • Army researchers seek secure quantum communications

    Nov 28, 2012

    Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are pioneering data teleportation -- for the real world.

  • Army biologist developing next-generation tools for Soldiers

    Nov 27, 2012

    U.S. Army scientists are developing new technologies, including smartphones that detect and identify chemical and biological agents, to empower Soldiers.

  • NOVA features Natick food technologist's 'secret life'

    Nov 26, 2012

    As he described his work and personal life, Tom Yang asked, "So, am I a nerd?" You decide.

  • Army experiments with barcoded spore technology

    Nov 26, 2012

    New technology expands testing opportunities across research communities and could improve emergency response to biological attacks. Henry S. Gibbons, Ph.D., along with more than 30 ECBC employees, are the authors of two articles on the methodology and process of the genetic barcoded spore technology that will be published in the December issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The academic journal is peer-reviewed and published by the American Society for Microbiology located in Washington, D.C.

  • ECBC engineers collaborate to create cost-effective training options

    Nov 19, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Teachers use it to teach. Football players study their plays on it. And now Soldiers can use it for one-stop training refreshers and an easy-to-carry installation manual. In addition to being cost-effective, 21st-century advancements in technology, coupled with a desire to equip the Warfighter with a single-source for every need, makes the use of iPad applications increasingly necessary.

  • Army research centers partner for improved ammunition packaging

    Nov 16, 2012

    U.S. Army research and development centers are collaborating to design new ammunition packaging that could yield significant cost savings and improve battlefield capability, officials said. Two organizations within the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command -- the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center and Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center -- are developing a packaging system for 5.56-millimeter ammunition as an alternative to fabric bandoleers.

  • Encrypted DNA technology combats counterfeiting in the chem-bio world

    Nov 16, 2012

    ECBC scientist looks for new ways to integrate anti-counterfeiting technologies to protect the Warfighter. New test ticket system could verify foodstuffs, supplies and equipment in theater.

  • New Army research facility to focus on proteomics, genomics

    Nov 13, 2012

    Two Army institutions unveiled an unprecedented shared resource designed to support basic and applied research projects that will apply a broad but integrated biological approach to a wide variety of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives issues.

  • Army researchers link ground robots wirelessly

    Nov 8, 2012

    New algorithm that will make it easier for the Department of Defense to maintain wirelessly networked Army PackBots and other military assets using radio communications.

  • Simulation and Training Technology Center shows support for wounded warriors

    Nov 7, 2012

    The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's SFC Paul Ray Smith Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC), located in Orlando, Fla., actively participates in programs focused on supporting combat wounded warriors. There are several nonprofit organizations that members of the STTC are actively involved in including Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Home At Last, Operation Giveback and Fairways for Warriors.

  • Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center adds fun factor, earthworms to elementary science lessons

    Nov 7, 2012

    BEL AIR, Md. -- As one of its major science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational outreach initiatives, the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) continues to help implement the 'Engineering is Elementary' (EiE) curriculum in Harford County Public Schools' elementary school classrooms.

  • Collaboration Breeds Synergy... and an iPad App

    Nov 7, 2012

    Through collaboration, communication and a chance conversation, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL's) Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate (SLAD) delivered an iPad application that could shave hours off the assessment process on the home front, and in a combat zone, allow the capture of forensic data that would typically be lost.

  • GCS AoAs Tackle Army's Big Problems

    Nov 7, 2012

    For more than a year, U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL's) Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate's (SLAD) Janet Short led her team through ambitious project timelines to complete the Army's Program Executive Officer Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS) analyses of alternatives (AoAs). Short, SLAD program leader for the GCS AoAs, and her team cleared a final milestone this summer, completing the first review of the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle (AMPV) AoAs draft report in June. The report was written by the study's-lead, Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), with support from other Army analytical organizations like SLAD. AMPV is the Army's second-highest-priority program.

  • SMART program paves the way for recent ARL hire

    Nov 6, 2012

    After completing two eight-week internship's through the Department of Defense's Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship for service program, Chris Garneau, who is a recent graduate of Penn State University, began working full time at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED) in the summer of 2012.

  • ARL supports Career Day at Aberdeen area school

    Nov 6, 2012

    Employees of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) participated in a Career Day event held for students at St. Joan of Arc School in Aberdeen, Md., on Oct. 3. Students had the opportunity to see and hear about more than 20 career opportunities to include seeing an up-armored Humvee and trying on armor vests.

  • ARL engineers honored with Achievement Medal for Civilian Service

    Nov 6, 2012

    U.S. Army Research Laboratory engineers David Lynch and Tanya Lynch both from the Survivability, Lethality and Analysis Directorate (SLAD) and Dr. Bryan Cheeseman and David Hackbarth from the Weapons, Material and Research Directorate (WMRD), were honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions as members of the Namer Capability Assessment Program Team.