DoD Presents Dual Use Technology Awards
By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service
MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 9, 2000 DoD rewarded innovative thinking at a Nov. 8 award ceremony here recognizing science and technology projects that benefit both the military and civilian industry.
The Army's National Automotive Center, Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, took top honors for working with Continental Teves to develop an electronically controlled active braking system for medium duty vehicles. The system can be used on Humvees and commercial trucks to improve safety and performance.
Brad McNett, TACOM's program manager, and Mark A. Mushenski, project engineer and team leader, received the Dual Use Science and Technology Achievement Award and a $5,000 cash award.
DoD oversees the Dual Use Science and Technology Program within the Army, Navy and Air Force. The program links the military and civilian research and development communities, allowing the services to leverage scarce research funds by forming partnerships with private industry and universities.
DoD's fiscal 2001 budget includes about $9 billion for basic, applied and advanced science and technology research. About $60 million of that is allocated for the dual use technology program, a pilot program set up in 1997 to develop partnerships with private industry, according to Dan Petonito, program manager.
The overall goal, he noted, is to set up a process within the services so that when funding for the pilot program ends in fiscal 2002, cooperative research projects will be an accepted way of doing business.
So far, he said, DoD has initiated 283 dual use projects, about 45 more have been selected, but not yet awarded. DoD set up the awards program this year to provide an incentive to encourage people to initiate projects and work with industry to develop needed technologies.
Delores M. Etter, deputy undersecretary of defense for science and technology, presented program achievement awards at the start of the Commercial Technology for the Warfighter conference in McLean, Va. She told about 250 technology specialists that revolutionary capabilities give America's warfighters the winning edge.
"Our mission is to be sure that we are developing affordable and superior technology for the warfighter," she said.
Affordability must be a key consideration in the development process, she noted. "If things aren't affordable, we just aren't going to be able to purchase enough of them … to make a difference."
The TACOM project involved developing and integrating the MK50 active braking system with low speed traction control on a M1097A2 HMMWV. The project aimed to advance the state- of-the-art technology for commercial vehicles and include the needs of the HMMWV. The goal, project officials said, was to provide a commercially available set of components common to both commercial and military vehicles.
Two runners-up also received trophies and cash awards of $2,500: They were:
- Renewal of Legacy Software Systems: Charles D. Caposell, electronics engineer, led the Naval Air Systems Command project at Patuxent River, Md. Working with CPU Technology, the project developed a process for updating aging and obsolete hardware without requiring costly rewrite and validation of already proven software. The resulting savings from the project are estimated at up to $1 billion over the next decade. Initial applications are underway on the F-16.
- Future Air Navigation and Traffic Avoidance Through Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance: Joel Arnold, project engineer, led the Air Research Laboratory project at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Working in partnership with Rockwell Collins, the project developed a cost-effective solution for upgrading tactical fighters and general aviation aircraft and business jets. The upgrade would allow compliance with requirements mandated by the FAA that would require all aircraft to report their GPS position, altitude, heading and air speed.
DoD officials selected the three winning projects from a total of twelve finalists nominated for the awards. The other nine are:
- Infrared Imaging System for Medicine: Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, Fort Belvoir, Va.
- Smart Battery Initiative: Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Mich.
- Voice Over ATM Testbeds: Army Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
- UL3 Sensor System: Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, Army Communications Electronics Command Research and Development Center, Fort Belvoir, Va.
- Freeform Manufacturing of Spares Using Laserforming: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA.
- Advanced Motor Drive: Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
- Affordable Dual Use Millimeter Wave Electronically Scanned Antenna: Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Paterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
- Identification and Quantification of Structural Damage in Aging Aircraft: Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
- Integrated Media Analysis Tool: Air Force Research Lab, Rome, N.Y.