Department of the Navy Supports DOD’s Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative

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The Department of Defense (DOD) Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative (DPSI) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security and America’s Security Affairs, coordinates DOD efforts to identify, evaluate, deploy, and transfer technology, items and equipment to federal, state, and local first responders. Through this program, the DOD fulfills Congress’ intent to support public safety and homeland security by leveraging taxpayer investments in defense technology and equipment. Department of the Navy (DON) Technology Transfer (T2), as part of the DOD DPSI Working Group, has been instrumental in providing potential capabilities and solutions to high-priority needs of Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ)/National Institute of Justice (NIJ), as well as state and local first responder and law enforcement organizations. DON laboratories have received valuable feedback from the first responder community and forged new T2 partnerships. First responders have received valuable hands-on training and an increased awareness and demonstration of relevant DON technologies to aid in their mission.

Through the DPSI, seven law enforcement departments and one fire department used a limited-purpose Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (LP-CRADA) to assess SPAWAR Pacific’s robotics equipment in unique operational domains for potential acquisition by first responders. Each partner gained valuable hands-on experience in the operation of the equipment and provided feedback that will be used to enhance the robotics capabilities to both the warfighter and first responder communities.

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) in Patuxent River, Md., developed a novel water delivery method that supplies a minimal amount of water for cooling/quenching fire temperature and suffocating fire with the steam that is generated, dramatically improving the ability to extinguish fires in small contained areas. The technology is currently being tested by a firefighter equipment vendor under an LP-CRADA, with a nonexclusive license anticipated.

The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando, Fla., has partnered with the NIJ in developing a computer-generated imagery (CGI) based Advanced Use of Force Training Simulator (AUFTS) that can be commercialized and utilized by law enforcement agencies at a reasonable cost. The simulator incorporates CGI with weapons tracking and speech recognition. Through the DPSI, AUFTS will be loaned to the Massachusetts State Police Training Academy, allowing Massachusetts law enforcement personnel the opportunity to experience state-of-the-art simulation technology while providing valuable feedback to NAWCTSD.

The DON will continue to identify and transfer, through the DPSI, technologies that have cross-cutting mission applications to the Homeland Security, first responder, public safety, firefighter and law enforcement communities.

For more information, contact NavyTechTransfer@onr.navy.mil.

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