From the Director: It is with great pride and pleasure that SERDP and ESTCP announce the 2016 Projects of the Year. This year’s awards recognize scientific advances and technological solutions to some of DoD’s most significant environmental challenges. These projects will be featured in the slideshow on the home page of the SERDP and ESTCP web site through the middle of February.
Through its Weapons Systems and Platform Program area, SERDP is funding a 3-year research and development project to develop sustainable pyrotechnic gasless delay formulations, free from perchlorate, lead and hexavalent chromium.
We are pleased to announce that we will again be hosting the SERDP & ESTCP Symposium! It’s been five years since we last held the Symposium and we’re very much looking forward to November 28 – 30, 2017 when we’ll be back at the Washington Hilton for the next one.
In today’s age of being able to perform and/or access any activity electronically from anywhere, cybersecurity has become a critical part of the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) research and development. As DoD facilities incorporate more networked systems as part of a transition to smart buildings, threat and vulnerability to cyber-attacks has increased. In order to protect and defend the DoD’s information and information technology, the DoD has established a cybersecurity program.
The Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) hosted a workshop from August 9-10, 2016 in Seattle, WA. The workshop focused on determining research and demonstration needs for the long-term management of contaminated sediments.
Bats appear in a lot of the décor this time of year and as many are carving pumpkins with this animal in mind, they may be surprised to learn that a deadly disease is threatening the species. White-nose syndrome (WNS) is an emergent disease of hibernating bats that is rapidly decimating bat populations across the United States. Bats are essential to a healthy environment, providing agriculture pest control and pollination.
As many of you know, we have been a little short-staffed the last six or seven months. Anne Andrews has left us and John Hall has moved to be Program Director of the Joint Fire Science Program in Boise, ID. This has left us all scrambling and has led to some things that are important to you falling through the cracks. We’re about to get most of our staffing issues resolved so I thought I would take this opportunity to provide an update to our PIs, friends, and customers.
Protecting military assets from the negative effects of corrosion is a significant effort for DoD. The extreme environments in which these assets are required to perform makes this effort especially challenging. Unfortunately, surface coatings containing hexavalent chromium (Cr6+) and cadmium (Cd) provide the best corrosion inhibiting properties but also have significant environmental and human health concerns. The SERDP and ESTCP Weapons Systems and Platforms (WP) Program Area recently developed and published the Advanced Coating 5-Year Strategy and Roadmap to eliminate >90% of the Cr6+ and Cd in use at DoD maintenance depots over the next 5 years.
On August 22, 2016, reporter Jay Price of NPR’s WUNC published a piece entitled “Pentagon Conservation Efforts Protect Rare Species — And Troops' Training Grounds”. In this two-part series, the correspondent interviewed Dr. Nick Haddad, an investigator on a SERDP project developing and testing protocol and framework for determining which species are likely to become conservation reliant in the face of a changing climate ( RC-2512). Last week’s director’s blog featured the above story.
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