SERDP 2017 Project-of-the-Year Award for Resource Conservation and Resiliency

Over the past sixty years there have been important long-term changes in the atmospheric conditions during the period of the annual monsoon in Southwestern United States. Given the potential impact of these changes and the risk they pose to infrastructural limits and operational capabilities of the many Department of Defense (DoD) facilities in the region, the DoD requested an evaluation of the changes in extreme weather during the late summer.



SERDP 2017 Project of the Year Award for Munitions Response

SERDP has been sponsoring development of a simple, engineering model of mobility, burial and re-exposure of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and UXO-like objects for a number of years.  Several SERDP-funded investigators are contributing to this development through in-situ and laboratory measurements of the important processes involved and development of environmental predictions.



SERDP 2017 Project of the Year Weapons Systems & Platforms

Contamination of military ranges from low order detonation and unexploded submunitions is a significant environmental and personnel safety concern for the Department of Defense (DoD). Even the acceptable failure rate of submunitions results in a significant number of items that must be removed from DoD training ranges.



It is with great pride and pleasure that SERDP and ESTCP announce the 2017 Projects of the Year. This year’s awards recognize scientific advances and technological solutions to some of DoD’s most significant environmental and installation energy challenges...



Have you ever tried connecting some innovative technology to a military network only to be overwhelmed by the complex and protracted authorization process?  

That process is called the Risk Management Framework or RMF.  The concept originated in the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2014 as a concept for use by all Federal agencies to protect their computer networks from cyber exploitation.



The Department of Defense (DoD) produces more classified documents than any other organization in the United States. These documents ultimately windup being destroyed, often by pulverization. As a result, a sizable waste stream is created.  



We have just completed the fall meetings of the  SERDP Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).  I don’t know if it is generally recognized how valuable the SAB is to SERDP so I want to spend a little time this week expanding on that premise.



At a recent award ceremony held by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, an Intergovernmental Data Quality Task Force Team was awarded an EPA Bronze Medal for their work in developing a Quality Assurance Project Plan template to support the implementation of Geophysical Classification technologies developed by SERDP and ESTCP.



In 2014, SERDP invited proposals toward development of environmentally sustainable monopropellants, hypergolic bipropellants, and gas generators that avoid the use of hydrazines for divert-attitude control systems (DACS) and other liquid rocket propulsion systems.  Two projects were selected and have since been working toward meeting the objectives stated within the Statement of Need



Energy consumption in buildings is largely driven by the building envelope, as it is one of the primary determinants in how comfort and indoor air quality are maintained. Approximately 35% of energy consumption in buildings is used to maintain a comfortable and safe indoor environment. Building envelope leakages caused by either unconditioned air infiltrating into the building or conditioned air leaking out through cracks/openings in the building result in significant increase to the building energy use due to increase in the heating and/or cooling load.


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