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  • AFRL researchers innovate, ‘sprint’ to create waterproof rescue duffel

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  The ability to rapidly innovate is key to ensuring the Air Force advantage in today’s operational environment. And, solving problems faster often calls for new ways of doing business that leverage creativity and flexibility to create rapid solutions for warfighter needs.For junior scientists at the Air Force
  • AFRL-led patches make ‘sense’ of sweat

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – It’s a sweaty project, but the sweat is worth the effort for scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory working to better understand the links between materials, technology and warfighter performance.Born out of an AFRL and industry collaboration within the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium, a wearable
  • AFRL partners with entrepreneurs to light the way for the warfighter

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Nearly everyone has used a common glow stick to light up the night sky, or even as part of a highway emergency kit. But these handy devices are also useful in the battlefield, and AFRL researchers have discovered a way to make this useful tool even better.Materials Engineer Dr. Larry Brott of the AFRL
  • AFRL helps enable laser paint removal technology

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- AFRL Materials Integrity engineers recently played a key role in enabling the safer and more efficient removal of paint from F-16 aircraft through the newly-adopted Robotic Laser Coating Removal System.At the request of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Engineering Division, the research team, part
  • AFMC leaders craft new command vision and goals, strive for more agility, cost effectiveness

    A revised vision statement and updated goals reinforce Air Force Materiel Command's continuous push to find more ways to be agile and cost effective in providing war-winning support to the warfighter. Commanders, other senior leaders and even key community leaders from across the command gathered at AFMC Headquarters March 7-9 to refocus the command's current strategic plan that is a year old and must keep pace with rapidly changing technologies and world events.
  • Researchers turn to liquid metals for agile electronics

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Self-healing electronics, antennas that can change shape and function with the flick of a switch and clothing woven with conductive threads able to electrically connect devices may seem like science fiction fodder. But, for scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory, these concepts are much closer to
  • Flexing in the line of fire: lightweight, flexible body armor for the force of the future

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- In the line of fire, protective body armor plays a critical role in survival. Hard-plated, rigid and heavy—today’s National Institute of Justice Type IV body armor—the kind that protects warfighters against armor piercing bullets-- defends the wearer, but adds weight and bulk that a fast-moving operator
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