Engineers throughout the aerospace and defense industry are under constant and increasing pressure to improve corrosion and wear performance of materials while reducing the overall costs of acquisition and lifecycle sustainment. Simultaneously, occupational and environmental safety and health concerns are driving the replacement of the most widely used surface treatments. Under REACH, European companies are under pressure to assess and manage chemical risk.
The Department of Defense (DoD) operates over 500,000 buildings and structures with diverse inventory encompassing barracks, commissaries, data centers, office buildings, laboratories, and maintenance depots, among others. Most of these bases are largely dependent on a commercial power grid that is vulnerable to disruption from cyber-attacks, aging infrastructure, weather-related events and direct attack.
A vital piece of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) ability to meet its mission is the effective treatment of wastewater to protect public health and the environment as well as maximize operational flexibility. Advances in wastewater treatment at fixed installations and at forward operating bases (FOBs) can significantly contribute to meeting DoD’s sustainability goals, reduce operational costs, and improve overall mission performance.
NMFWA highlighted a number of key projects in the Resource Conservation and Resiliency program area at the recent National Military Fish and Wildlife Association’s (NMFWA) 2018 DoD Natural Resources Annual Training Workshop in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Preston led the session with a synopsis of SERDP and ESTCP’s management areas as well as the mission of the Resource Conservation and Resiliency program area. The session then shifted focus to specific projects.
We received some sad news last week that I want to share. Prof. Costel Denson, ‘Cos’ to us, passed away on April 23rd after a long illness. Cos was a two-term member of the SERDP Scientific Advisory Board and a favorite of the staff and fellow members of the board.
SERDP and Noblis, Inc. hosted a second SERDP workshop on the acoustic detection and classification of underwater UXO in 2017 and the Workshop Report has just been posted. The workshop brought together modelers and experimentalists working in SERDP Underwater Munitions program, Office of Naval Research (ONR) Program Managers, and other knowledgeable members of the field to evaluate recent progress made in development of acoustics sensing and processing, and platform development to detect and classify underwater munitions and to recommend future R&D initiatives.
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD), WP-201708, has begun the laboratory evaluation of a High Shear Rotary Membrane System (HSRMS) for treatment of shipboard produced bilgewater. Expectations of HSRMS are to reduce both the cost of operation and shipboard footprint – in comparison to the bilgewater treatment systems aboard Armed Forces vessels.
A cloud service offers flexible, fast, right-sized and cost-effective on-demand service with broad network access without the large upfront investment and ongoing maintenance cost of hardware ownership. While the private sector has been quick to adopt and move to cloud services, the transition has been slow at Department of Defense (DoD).