NSRDEC Public Affairs
NATICK, Mass. (Dec. 18, 2015) — Henry Girolamo sees endless possibilities for developing new capabilities for the Soldier under the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center’s collaboration with the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Girolamo is the lead, Emerging Concepts & Technologies, Warfighter Directorate, at NSRDEC, and he is the driving force behind the partnership. He developed and implemented the collaboration, serves as the NSRDEC point of contact and continues to manage the effort, which was formalized in 2014 under a Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU. The USMA key point of contact is Lt. Col. Phil Root with Lt. Col. Paul Evangelista serving as the alternate.
The three-year MOU involves joint research projects and the sharing of training sites, research staff, historical data, field equipment and facilities. At the end of each academic year, several NSRDEC technologies are deployed with cadets during USMA Cadet Leadership Development Training.
For the academic year 2015 to 2016, NSRDEC/USMA will continue research begun last year under the MOU in several areas, including shelter technologies; Soldier microclimate conditioning; biomechanics-focused load carriage solutions; and anthropometric female helmet fit analysis. The new academic year would also continue NSRDEC/USMA’s involvement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Warrior Web program, which aims to develop a soft, lightweight under-suit that would protect against injury and reduce stress on joints. NSRDEC is working to ensure DARPA’s technology can be integrated into existing Soldier equipment.
For the academic year 2015–16, NSRDEC/USMA have initiated three new areas of research, including meteorological sensing that supports aerial delivery systems; rotor guards and landing chassis to improve durability and enable capabilities for the NSRDEC Soldier-Borne Sensor in micro-unmanned aerial vehicles; and enhancing the potential for vertical takeoff and landing of the platform for micro-unmanned aerial vehicle reconnaissance in subterranean tunnels. Continue reading