DVIDS – News – Navy EOD shows SECDEF Current and Near-Future Expeditionary Capabilities of Unmanned Systems Triad Designed to Compete and Win


SAN DIEGO (NNS) – Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper visited components of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 1 at Naval Base Point Loma, Calif., Sept. 17, to learn how Navy EOD is building a more lethal, agile and resilient force by augmenting human expertise and decision-making with autonomous unmanned systems (UMS) capabilities for the fleet and Joint Force.

While meeting with Esper, EODGRU-1 Commodore Capt. Oscar Rojas described how Navy EOD is an integral member of the UMS triad, which is composed of the surface, subsurface and expeditionary (EOD and Naval Special Warfare) communities.

The UMS triad enables strategic effects by leveraging cutting-edge technologies to pair real-time, relevant information with immediate tactical options to deter adversaries in the maritime environment.

“We are enhancing our human-machine teaming efforts to more efficiently illuminate and eliminate or neutralize surface and undersea threats,” said Rojas. “Our UMS systems development efforts are

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DVIDS – News – Nano-Bio Materials Consortium and AFRL release RFP for Smart MedTech innovations


The Nano-Bio Materials Consortium (NBMC), led by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in partnership with SEMI, have publicly released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for dual-use projects designed to accelerate Smart MedTech innovations in health monitoring, diagnostics and performance augmentation. AFRL has provided primary funding for the approximate $7 million fiscal year 2021 call for projects as part of its mission to address key capability and technology gaps in support of human performance monitoring and aeromedical evacuation.

NBMC was founded in 2013 to bring together scientists, engineers and business development professionals from industry, government and universities to collaborate in research and development. To date, NBMC has funded 26 separate projects, with more than 24 organizational participants. They have developed materials, electronics, microfluidics, manufacturing processes and algorithms to create low-cost, wearable sensors. Most of these integrated sensing systems communicate wirelessly, are flexible, and incorporate high-performance silicon devices that are

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DVIDS – News – NUWC Division Newport chief technology officer wins National Defense Industrial Association Bronze Medal


NEWPORT, R.I. — Dr. Jason Gomez, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport’s chief technology officer, was recently selected as the 2020 National Defense Industrial Association Bronze Medal winner, an annual award that recognizes outstanding individual achievements in science or engineering in the field of undersea warfare.

Gomez, a resident of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, began his 28-year career at Division Newport in 1992 as a mechanical engineer. While working with the fleet, he managed the Contender Program, a $290 million program for the Strategic Capabilities Office, which will transition into the heavyweight torpedo program of record to deliver both long-range anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare capabilities. He managed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Underwater Express program and successfully developed the world’s fastest electric underwater vehicle and the first controlled supercavitating vehicle in the U.S. This success led to the Blue Wolf program, where his work enabled significant

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DVIDS – News – ERDC researchers participate in U.S. Army Foreign Technology (and Science) Assessment Support program


VICKSBURG, Miss. – Until engaging in conversation with colleagues while on temporary duty in the United Kingdom, Dr. Ahmad Tavakoly was not aware of the U.S. Army Foreign Technology (and Science) Assessment Support (FTAS) program. This summer, Tavakoly, a research civil engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research a Development Center’s (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), and co-principal investigator Dr. Mark Wahl, also from CHL, completed the first ERDC project funded by the program.

FTAS creates opportunities for U.S. scientists and engineers to acquire and assess international technology. Researchers submit proposals, and the FTAS program provides the initial funds for subject-matter experts to perform technology assessments, basic research studies, as well as test and evaluation efforts of foreign research and technology that is deemed as unique, state-of-the-art, and has the potential to meet critical Army needs that are aligned with the Army’s modernization priorities for both the future

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