Future Outlook

  • Integrated air, land, and maritime architectures are needed to advance border and critical infrastructure security. The  Laboratory will leverage its expertise in sensors, cyber security, information processing, decision support, and open systems to develop these architectures.
  • Information-sharing architectures, novel sensors, and analytics for data mining and collaborative decision making will be developed to improve the ability of the DoD, DHS, and other organizations to efficiently and rapidly provide humanitarian assistance and respond to natural and man-made disasters.
  • The Laboratory will continue to lead the development, analysis, and testing of advanced architectures for chemical and biological defense, including biometrics and forensic technologies for theater and homeland protection. Key areas include sensors, rapid DNA sequencing and identification techniques, test beds, and data-fusion algorithms that provide early warning of human exposure to hazardous agents.
  • The DoD’s biomedical research goals of protecting the health and performance of soldiers in both training and operational environments will require miniaturized sensors for physiological monitoring, traumatic brain injury assessments, novel genetic sensing and analysis, and noninvasive musculoskeletal imaging.
Christopher Smalt (foreground) and Johanna Bobrow operate a shock tube in an
anechoic chamber to quantify blast-wave propagation effects on instrumented
headforms as part of the Laboratory's traumatic brain injury and auditory health research.




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