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Lockheed Martin is Exploring Advanced Applications to Help Make Soldiers Leaner, Smarter and Safer in the Battlefield

Imagine preparing for your routine jog outside, quickly grabbing everything you might want to bring with you for the outing. You might need your keys to lock the door, maybe your wallet that has your I.D. and money, and your phone with headphones to listen to some music. The idea of going running with all that clunky gear gets less appealing very quickly. Now imagine if you could eliminate all of those items by just putting on a shirt that functioned the same way. Sound Impossible? Well so did most of the technology we are using today 50 years ago.

With the latest advancements in nanotechnology this idea is slowly getting closer to reality. This type of innovative nanotechnology would allow people to do everyday tasks from making purchases to controlling the alarm system of their house. The benefits are far-reaching, across applications and multiple sectors.  Wearable solutions could have influential applications like monitoring your vital signs and physical state, or scanning food items to ensure proper nutrition. 

In the battlefield environment where situational awareness is essential to survival, consider how these innovations could impact servicemen and women in the field.

“Today, soldiers can carry heavy gear upwards of 100 pounds in the field. We are researching different avenues that can utilize nanotechnology to lessen that load where possible,” said Rebecca Schwartz, Nanotechnology Lead, Lockheed Martin Advanced Programs. “We are investigating ways to improve the safety of soldiers through improved situational awareness in the field.”

The advanced programs team has been testing a variety of materials in their Nano research to exploit the unique properties and possibilities enabled at that scale. The nanoscale is on the order of 100,000x smaller than the width of your hair-  the physics at that scale can accomplish some interesting things.

A strategic challenge to producing this technology in the future lies in manufacturing. Lockheed Martin is working with vendors to investigate techniques which will result in producing materials at a high volume, thereby keeping the cost affordable.

Keeping pace with the high speed of these breakthrough innovations requires smart investments. Attracting the right people with the skillsets in this next wave of technological advancement is vital to making Lockheed Martin’s vision a reality for their customers. “We are excited to see more Universities adding nanotechnology to their current programs,” noted Schwartz. “Nanotechnology impacts all our Engineering functions enabling a broad improvement across many of our existing solutions.”

“The key to our long-range success in shaping the Nanotechnology vision of the future for our customers will be the convergence of nanotechnology innovations across technology, strategy and business models,” said Macy W. Summers, vice president, Lockheed Martin Advanced Programs.

Posted October 21, 2013

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  • The benefits of nanotechnology are far-reaching, across applications and multiple sectors.
  • Lockheed Martin is investigating ways to improve safety of soldier through improved situational awareness in the field.
  • Producing nanotechnology in the future will require efficient manufacturing techniques that can produce high volume, keeping the cost affordable. 
  • Attracting the right people with the skillsets in this next wave of technological advancement is vital to making Lockheed Martin’s vision a reality for their customers.

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