National Defense Center for Energy and Environment selects eight technology projects for demonstration and validation in 2024

By Clayton Ferguson (USAEC)January 24, 2024

C-5 Wing Fastener Inspection
C-5 Structural Engineering team examines galvanic corrosion on fasteners. The Selective On-Aircraft Corrosion Remediation system enhances this process, reducing aircraft ownership costs by minimizing repairs, improving safety, and aligning with NDCEE’s mission to promote environmentally friendly corrosion control technologies. (Photo Credit: Corrdesa LLC and Robins Air Force Base C-5 Structural Engineering) VIEW ORIGINAL

The National Defense Center for Energy and Environment has slated for funding and demonstration eight 2024 cutting-edge technology projects. These initiatives emphasize NDCEE's commitment to advancing capabilities, enhancing efficiency, and ensuring compliance with regulations across Department of Defense installations, ranges, and weapon systems.

In fiscal year 2024, the NDCEE program is set to kick off a diverse range of projects to achieve performance advantages, improve efficiency, and address critical issues. These projects include:

  • Advanced-Data Loggers
  • Airborne Malfunction: Automatic Detection and Notification
  • Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) EOD Robot Small Tactical Universal Battery (STUB) Conversion Kit
  • Demonstration and Validation of Brush Sulfuric Acid Anodize as a Hex Chromium Alternative using Dripless Tool System
  • Demonstration of Selective On-Aircraft Corrosion Remediation as Cadmium and Hex Chromium Alternatives
  • Self-Decontaminating Interior Paints to Prevent Mold Growth
  • Sustainable Management of Operational Waste Streams
  • Waste Oil Disposal and Energy Recovery

Originally established to address high-priority environmental issues, NDCEE's mission has evolved to include safety, occupational health, energy, and climate change technologies. Employing a proactive strategy, the program aligns with mission, readiness, and modernization goals, addressing environmental, safety, occupational health, energy, and climate change challenges through research, demonstration, validation, and technology transition.

NDCEE focuses on identifying and resolving issues by providing a platform for exploring and applying sustainable technologies. This proactive stance contributes to building a more resilient and robust future. Technologies chosen by the NDCEE are sourced from various DoD agencies, aiming to validate and transition both commercially available off-the-shelf and recent laboratory innovations suitable for military applications at DOD installations. Successful projects are transitioned to services, federal agencies, and the public, ensuring a broad impact.

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health is the program’s DOD lead agent appointed by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment. The U.S. Army Environmental Command at Joint Base San Antonio’s-Fort Sam Houston in Texas, oversees program management.

The NDCEE program is a productive platform for research, demonstration, validation, and the transition of sustainable technologies, all contributing to a more resilient and robust future. Looking ahead, the NDCEE program aims to sustain its role as a facilitator in accomplishing the DOD mission, with a focus on achieving dominant capabilities through innovation and technical excellence.

The window for submitting project proposals for fiscal year 2025 is open from March 1 to April 1, 2024. For additional information on the NDCEE, visit the program's official web page at