Defense Systems Digest

12 JULY 2022

Featured Technical Inquiry

European Energetic Additive Manufacturing (AM) Research

  The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was tasked with determining the extent of energetics additive manufacturing (AM) research and development capabilities in Europe. DSIAC searched available resources for any projects or research being performed by universities or defense organizations in Europe that involve the three-dimensional printing of energetic munitions, explosives, propellants, or rocket engines. There were a few organizations and universities that had […]

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Steve Rowley

Division by Zero (DbZ) Labs

Steve Rowley is the founder of DbZ Labs, a testing lab that specializes in spray-drying process development, scale-up, and manufacturing of powdered products. The lab has provided development services to over 200 customers, commercialized novel powdered products, and currently provides spray-drying expertise to the U.S. Army and Air Force in their efforts to develop various novel nitramine-based, secondary, high-explosive compositions. Steve began his career maintaining scientific equipment and building structural apparatuses for testing. He then worked in an oxidation process development lab, where he supported the design, construction, and startup of the world’s first commercial glucaric acid manufacturing plant. He is a former Marine and holds one patent.

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Featured News

More HIMARS, “Phoenix Ghost” Drones Bound for Ukraine

The Defense Department has announced another package of security assistance for Ukraine, which will include additional High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), ammunition, and a substantial number of Phoenix Ghost unmanned aerial systems. This latest package includes about $175 million in equipment pulled from existing U.S. military stocks through presidential drawdown authority and $95 million in equipment from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, or USAI […]

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