Pat Toensmeier

Pat Toensmeier
Sustainable Cooking Fuel Has ‘Green’ Benefits 
A “green” fuel is intended to make hot meals cooked in the field safer—from an environmental standpoint.
Modeling Technology Calculates Effect on Crew of Ship Attack 
Casualty modeling program developed by the U.S. Office of Naval Research predicts how soon injured crew can return to their posts.
Occupant-Centric Approach Influences Armored Vehicle Development 
Advances have been made in designing vehicles to withstand blasts from IEDs and mines, mostly through use of heavy armor and blast-deflecting underbodies.
Researchers Use Internet Videos to Teach Robots 
Maintenance and repair and logistics soon could be among tasks completed by cognitive robots.
DLA Adds DNA Identifier To Eliminate Counterfeit Microcircuits 
A plant-based DNA molecule used to mark microcircuit is reportedly robust. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) says this anti-counterfeiting process cannot be replicated, reengineered or digitally copied.
Navy Adds Video Game To Ship Defense Training 
U.S. sailors train for anti-missile defense via a video game. Team play is said to improve collaboration skills, and the exposure to different threat environments gives novices a rapid introduction to threat assessment, tactics and decision-making.
Cheap Oil Does Not Deter Middle East Procurement 
Oil prices are not yet having an impact on Middle Eastern states, although that could change if the decline lasts for years.
Rifle Optic Has Innovative Zoom Lens 
Eight years of research and development have produced a riflescope with a patented “adaptive zoom.
Darpa Plan Has UAS Launch From Aircraft 
Darpa wants to weigh in on a tactical debate that could have a far-reaching impact on air operations
Researchers Target UAVs for New Lidar 
Researchers develop a proof-of-concept lidar prototype that improves the speed and accuracy of ocean scans and allows the collection and transmission of data in real time for production of high-resolution 3-D images.
Separating Target Amplitude From Background Noise 

Target-tracking systems rely on algorithms that plot the movement, speed and position of threats, while filtering background noise that obscures this data or produces false alarms. Algorithms have been formulated that address most tracking needs with varying degrees of success, but it appears that no single algorithm has thus far been able to meet every tracking need, especially when it comes to distinguishing one or more dynamic targets from background noise.

Simulator Allows Accurate Testing Of Infantry Equipment 

The days of front-loading equipment programs with costly prototypes and field trials may be over—at least if a simulator developed by Chemring Technology Solutions (CTS) gains wide acceptance for research and development initiatives.

The U.K.-based company, whose focus is defense and security technologies, recently developed the Dismounted Close Combat (DCC) simulator, which provides a fully immersive environment for preliminary testing of concepts and prototypes.

Marines Practice Shooting On Moving Robots 

One problem in war is that enemies do not stand still to be dispatched with one shot. Hence, the importance of hitting moving targets. Rifle practice in this area, though, is rare—even the U.S. Marine Corps falls short. This could be changing, however. The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) tested techniques for accurately engaging moving targets last month in Quantico, Va. Marines fired M-4 carbines and M-27 infantry automatic rifles at life-size plastic mannequins on tracked robots moving at 4-8 mph.

Alloy Increases Thermocouple Heat Resistance In Jets 

A thermocouple developed at Cambridge University in England to measure jet engine temperatures near their combustion source reduces drift by 80% at 1,200C (2,192F), and 90% at 1,300C. Drift is degradation in a sensor, typically a double-walled nickel-based thermocouple in this application, which monitors engine heat. High temperature affects the integrity of components and thus, engine maintenance and life. Most nickel-based thermocouples drift above 1,000C. This is a problem because many engines reach 1,500C.

Navy Seeks Onboard System To Predict Resupply Conditions 

The U.S. Navy wants to develop an onboard sensor that provides ships engaged in resupply at sea forecasts of environmental conditions, wave motions and ship movements such as pitch, heave and roll. The objective is to base materiel transfer decisions on the best available data to increase safety and efficiency. A research partnership of industry and academia, led by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Div., tested hardware and software last month for the Environmental and Ship Motion Forecasting (ESMF) system.

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