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Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military is a weekly webcast that discusses the importance of science and technology to military operations and the Department of Defense. We interview scientists, administrators, and operators to inform our listeners about cutting-edge scientific research and development sponsored by various defense offices. Tweet questions to @ArmedwScience and get SCIENCED!

Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military is a weekly webcast that discusses the importance of science and technology to military operations and the Department of Defense. We interview scientists, administrators, and operators to inform our listeners about cutting-edge scientific research and development sponsored by various defense offices. Tweet questions to @ArmedwScience and get SCIENCED!
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Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military is a weekly webcast that discusses the importance of science and technology to military operations and the Department of Defense. We interview scientists, administrators, and operators to inform our listeners about cutting-edge scientific research and development sponsored by various defense offices. Tweet questions to @ArmedwScience and get SCIENCED!




Episode #64: Making Waves -- Studying the Effect of Sonar on Marine Mammals

Dave Moretti of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI, is the principal investigator for the Marine Mammal Monitoring on Navy Ranges program sponsored by the Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Readiness Division. He will discuss ongoing Navy-funded studies into the effects of sonar on marine mammals based on research gathered from Navy ranges where populations of sonar-sensitive whales have been identified. Researchers are analyzing data from prototype passive acoustic tools...


Episode #63: World Malaria Day: Research Advances by Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

US Army Col. Christian Ockenhouse, director of the US Military Malaria Vaccine Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), will discuss WRAIR’s malaria efforts, which encompass vaccine research, drug development, and diagnostics. The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research is the premier biomedical research facility for the Department of Defense, focusing on the health and medical readiness of US military personnel while supporting global health efforts. WRAIR's portfolio...


Episode #62: EPA and DOD Decontamination Science and Collaborative Research

This segment of Armed with Science highlights the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) roles and responsibilities for homeland security research in two key areas: protecting critical infrastructure (drinking water and waste water systems) and recovering from biological, chemical or radiological attacks following domestic incidents. Joining the program is Dr. Peter Jutro, Deputy Director for Science and Policy at the EPA's National Homeland Security Research Center. He will discuss how...


Episode #61: Developing Today’s Breakthrough Science for Tomorrow’s Air Force

Dr. Joan Fuller, Program Director, and Major Michelle Ewy, Program Manager, at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Aerospace, Chemical, and Material Science Directorate, will discuss how basic research plays a crucial role in the development of future Air Force technologies. They will explain the process of finding the world’s top researchers and some of the breakthrough technologies that have resulted from basic research in their fields. As Women’s History Month comes to a close,...


Episode #60: Using Geoscience in Support of Marine Corps Operations

Our guest is Master Sergeant Kari L. Hubler, United States Marine Corps, who has been an enlisted specialist in the field of meteorology and oceanography for the past 17 years. While most of her career has been spent in operational forecasting, she currently serves as a curriculum developer and trainer at the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center in Gulfport, Mississippi. She also serves as the Marine Corps liaison to the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography...


Episode #59: The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium -- Leaping into the Future

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is a program that provides high school students the support and resources to design and conduct original research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas. We’re joined by Dr. Lynn Smith, director of the European Regional JSHS and member of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA), who will discuss the major goals of the program and how it’s working to widen the pool of trained talent that will ultimately...


Episode #58: The SAVE Program – Teaching Vehicle Control to SAVE Soldiers Lives

Sally Shoop and Barry Coutermarsh, research engineers at the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab, will discuss the SAVE (Synthetic Automotive Virtual Environments) program, which aims to building hardware and software that can teach soldiers how to control a vehicle to avoid accidents and rollovers, and save the lives of military and civilian vehicle operators. One third as many soldiers are killed in vehicle accidents than in combat. To get technology for accident avoidance...


Episode #57: UrbanSim -- Counterinsurgency Computer Training Game

Dr. Andrew Gordon, research associate professor at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) will discuss UrbanSim, ICT’s computer-based game to support the training of military commanders and their staffs in complex counter-insurgency and stability operations. Dr. Gordon is the project leader for UrbanSim and will talk about where and how the application is being used, as well as ICT’s development of methodology to ensure training objectives are being...


Episode #56: High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP)

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, more commonly known as "HAARP," is a joint Air Force and Navy research program to enhance our knowledge of the physics of the ionosphere and radio science. The ionosphere, an upper atmosphere layer between about 60 and 200 miles in altitude, contains charged particles created by solar activity. These charged particles can impact long-range communications and space operations. HAARP is a research program and facility whose goal is to...


Episode #55: African American Women in the Military

Dr. Regina Akers, historian at the Naval History and Heritage Command and expert on African American history, will discuss the little-publicized contributions of African American women in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Akers will also discuss the importance of oral history in documenting African American contributions in the military, what today's youth can learn from the experiences of African Americans, and her motivations for pursing a career in research. Naval History and Heritage Command On...


Episode #54: OPERATION DEEP FREEZE -- Military Science Support in Antarctica

We’re broadcasting live from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, with Col Paul Sheppard, Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force – Support Forces Antarctica. Col Sheppard will discuss the major contributions by Servicemembers in support of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) efforts in Antarctica. The 13th Air Force-led Joint Task Force, aligned under the US Pacific Command, is responsible for the coordination of strategic airlift, field support airlift, emergency response and aeromedical...


Episode #53: Developing a “Window into the Brain” for Traumatic Injury Diagnosis

The number of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) casualties has increased tremendously, especially for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers who are exposed to IED associated blasts are often not aware of any resulting mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and return to duty without proper medical diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Thomas Meitzler, scientist at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), and Dr. Joy Hirsch, professor at Columbia...


Episode #52: Adding DoDTechipedia to Your Arsenal

Mr. R. Paul Ryan, administrator of the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), will discuss DoD Techipedi a scientific and technical wiki, designed to increase collaboration among DoD scientists, engineers, program managers and operational warfighters. Defense professionals and researchers in science and technology (S&T) have to rely on increasing number of resources for monitoring current trends and advancements in their various fields of knowledge. They need to be aware of how these...


Video Episode #51: Game-Induced Enhancements in Adult "Fluid Intelligence"

Dr. Ray Perez, program officer with the Office of Naval Research, will discuss how video games can impact adult “fluid intelligence,” the fundamental ability to reason and solve problems in novel contexts. When people think of the U.S. Navy, they may visualize ships, planes, and other military hardware -- not necessarily neuroscience or cognitive research. Scientists studying brain function point to a growing body of research suggesting that the brain continues to learn and improve cognitive...


Episode #50: The Science and Entertainment Exchange

Jennifer Ouellette, director of the National Academy of Sciences' Science and Entertainment Exchange, and Jamie Paglia, co-creator and executive producer of the SyFy Channel’s EUREKA, will discuss their experiences connecting the entertainment industry with top scientists and engineers to bring the reality of cutting-edge science to engaging storylines. The Science & Entertainment Exchange bridges this gap and addresses the mutual need of the two communities by providing the credibility and...


Episode #49: Solar Physics Research at the Naval Research Laboratory

Dr. George Doschek, head of the Solar Terrestrial Relationships Branch at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and Dr. Russell Howard, astrophysicist at NRL, join us for a discussion of solar physics research. Solar events such as flares and coronal mass ejections have potentially damaging effects on such diverse things as space-based operations, communication and navigation systems, and electrical power grids. The goal of the solar physics research program at the Naval Research Laboratory...


Episode #48: Recovering, Conserving and Protecting the Navy's Underwater Historical Treasures

The Naval History and Heritage Command Underwater Archaeology Branch addresses issues related to underwater research, including the science and technology used to locate and study wrecks, recover artifacts, restore and protect them.The appearance of advertising on this Web site, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, of the products or services advertised on this site. Read Transcript Underwater Archaeology Branch Naval History and Heritage Command WATCH: Artifacts...


Episode #47: DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge -- Top Guns

The Defense Department Cyber Crime Center (DC3) has conducted their DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge for the last 4 years to identify and recognize the Top Guns in the community and solve real-world challenges that digital forensic examiners face every day. The real-world cases could be the forensic examination of a terrorist's laptop, the artifacts of a sophisticated intrusion by an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) into a critical infrastructure system, the desktop of a suspected spy, or to...


Episode #46: Air Force Office of Scientific Research - 60 Years of Transformational Basic Research

For almost 60 years, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has expanded the horizon of scientific knowledge through its leadership and management of the Air Force’s basic research program. The resulting accomplishments have led to the creation of numerous revolutionary capabilities, which have been the result of a continuous search to identify and fund exceptional talent working on the frontiers of science. The many AFOSR-funded breakthroughs throughout its history have been...


Episode #45: Nutrition Science and the Combat Ration

Dr. Andy Young, chief of the Military Nutrition Division at the US Army Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), and Mr. Gerry Darsch, director of the Combat Feeding Program at the Natick Soldier Systems Center, will discuss how military organizations work together to provide Soldiers healthy, good-tasting, sustainable, and nutritionally sound combat rations. Read Transcript USARIEM homepage USARIEM Publications and Downloads US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Ft. Detrick,...