Innovation from the inside out

ECBC biologist Crystal Harris works in the Environmental Monitoring Lab, a full-service laboratory for processing a high volume of samples, including soil, liquid, air, wipes, biological tissues and food for chemical or biological warfare material.

ECBC biologist Crystal Harris works in the Environmental Monitoring Lab, a full-service laboratory for processing a high volume of samples, including soil, liquid, air, wipes, biological tissues and food for chemical or biological warfare material. (U.S. Army photo by Conrad Johnson)

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For nearly 100 years, the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center has served the warfighter with latest protection, detection and decontamination technology and equipment. The evolution of the center, from developing the nation’s first protective mask to producing the technology set to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile in the coming months, has enabled ECBC to become the premier resource for research, engineering and operations solutions.

In December 2013, ECBC put the future first by investing in applied science proposals through its 219 Innovative Project Program. The program provides a platform for ideas that generates increased business from external customers and create a transition to the warfighter. In fiscal year 2013, the ECBC workforce submitted 34 proposals, nine of which were funded for the first Innovative Project Program.

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ARDEC Technology Demo Day reaches out to law enforcement

NJIT Tech Demo Day_15 The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) partnered with professors and grad students from the New Jersey Institute of Technology during a joint technology demonstration day here Sept. 22.

With 40 displays, 23 exhibits, and a multitude of ideas, the event was a hands-on way for ARDEC and NJIT (through contract agreement) to reach out to other government agencies  to include law enforcement and first responder agencies, and share their knowledge on a range of homeland security and defense technologies.

 “This is the first time we’ve partnered with academia for an event like this,” said Jackie Barnum, of ARDEC’s Business Interface Office. “ARDEC and NJIT displayed several of our joint research and development efforts for homeland defense and homeland security initiatives, as well as some other ARDEC technologies that may be of interest to our public sector partners.”

The Business Interface Office at the Homeland Defense Center works to provide opportunities for “dual use capabilities” of ARDEC’s innovations and knowledgebase. Essentially, it’s taking warfighter technologies and developing them into useful and practical systems that can also help the public sector, Barnum said.

“We take our knowledge and share it with the public sector and law enforcement,” she said. “ARDEC has become a defense leader in these technologies, so we can capitalize on those successes by interfacing them for dual-use, thereby providing added value to ARDEC’s capabilities.” Barnum said the event was a success, and the team hopes to coordinate another technology demo day next year. “We’ve received lots of positive feedback. It’s been a learning experience,” she said.

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