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DOD Lab Day Showcases Innovative Technical Solutions

The Department of Defense (DOD) held its second biennial DOD Lab Day on May 18, hosted by Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering May J. Miller.

The event showcased more than 80 exhibits of innovative technical solutions developed by the Defense Laboratory Enterprise — a network of 63 defense laboratories, warfare centers, and engineering centers — throughout the United States.

More information about exhibitors and the advanced technologies highlighted at the event can be found at the DOD website.

Army exhibits:

  • Energy and Laser:  Dismounted Soldier Power; High Energy Laser Technology Development and Demonstration
  • Medical:  I-Portal Portable Assessment System (PAS); Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA); Research and Development for Medical Simulation and Training; Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin (WIAMan)
  • Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence:  Autonomous Systems—Manned/Unmanned Teaming (MUMT); Micro-Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST)

Navy exhibits:

  • Electronic Warfare and Communications:  Adaptive and Reconfigurable RF Technologies; Low-Cost Ultra-Wideband Phased Array Antennas; MIMO Millimeter-Wave Airborne Radars for UAVs; Rapid Development Integration and Testing of Nanosatellites
  • Medical:  Naval Medical Research Center’s Biological Defense Research Directorate Mobile Laboratory; Quantifying Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Offensive and Defensive Capabilities: Combatant Craft/Unmanned Surface Vehicles; Dusty Plasmas; Optical Tagging, Tracking, and Locating Technology (TTL); Navy Railgun; High Energy Laser and Counter High Energy Laser Lethality; Transparent Biomimetic Armor
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal:  Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal (JSEOD) Unmanned Systems 

During DOD Lab Day, GovConVideo provided media coverage of several lab exhibits. The following video is an interview with Jack Logan, Ph.D., electrical engineer at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Logan explains some of the low-cost benefits and potential applications of the lab’s ultra-wideband phased array antennas research and development.

Air Force exhibits:

  • Offensive and Defensive Capabilities:Advanced Ordnance Technologies; Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT); Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD)
  • Sensing:Advancing Biosensor Development using Synthetic Biology Approaches
  • Artificial Intelligence:  Machine Learning on a Neuromorphic Computer with TrueNorth Processors

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