Dave Roy, an operations analyst with NSRDEC
QRC, says the system will be useful to humanitarian missions executed by Government agencies, such as the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S.
NSRDEC's Combat Feeding Directorate is located in Natick, Mass., with a team of about 100 engineers and scientists, who are food technologists, food scientists, microbiologists, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineers, and nutritional biochemists.
Because there is potential in the marketplace for some of these food products, such as the UGR-E, the NSRDEC Technology Transfer Office is investigating the UGR-E's value in disaster response.
wants systems that could increase soldiers' situational awareness and protection on the battlefield, Jeff Sisto, an Army spokesman said.
Researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC
) are developing Soldier-borne energy-harvesting technologies.
Therefore, the SAO-A/LA team reached back to DoD organizations with this expertise in the U.S., such as the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC
) and Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Command in Philadelphia (formerly Defense Supply Center-Philadelphia, DSC-P).
Roy knew that there was no time to waste, because Soldiers on the ground needed a solution as quickly as NSRDEC
could get it to them.
"These are very passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable folks (who) are researching and developing items that our warfighters need to survive, but also will be comfortable wearing," said Jay Connors, division leader, Warrior Equipment and Systems Division at NSRDEC
. "They're dedicated daily to doing that.
government personnel at Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC
) to incorporate necessary quality improvement changes.
Fortunately for the "Natick Labs," as NSRDEC
is sometimes known, there are many close relationships with the nation's top colleges and universities.
We have had great support, both through reach-back and temporary duty visits from personnel at Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC
Personnel at NSRDEC
found that not only were warfighters tossing what they considered extra weight, such as the flameless ration heater and Tabasco sauce, but they were also tossing food items.