State-of-the-Art Reports (SOARs)

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The Effects of Blast On A Combat Systems

Modeling the response of ground vehicles and its occupants against underbody, buried blasts has been a continued challenge that is often tackled through utilizing complex computation simulations. However, approaching the scenario from first principles of…

Understanding Thermal Protection Systems and the Development of the Hypersonic Speed Regime in the United States

Global advancement in hypersonic weapons development poses a significant threat to U.S. security and defense strategies. Hypersonic weapons have the speed and maneuverability to thwart current radar detection and alert systems–affording previously unavailable military and…

Counter-Materiel (CM) Non-Lethal Weapons (NLW) Technologies

This state-of-the-art report addresses the defini­tion of counter-materiel (CM) non-lethal weapons (NLW) technologies. It presents a brief overview of the history associated with the evolution of CM NLW technologies. This report focuses on the in­vestigative…

Counter-Personnel (CP) Non-Lethal Weapons (NLW) Technologies

This state-of-the-Art Report (SOAR) describes counter-personnel (CP) non-lethal weapons (NLW) technologies and provides a brief discussion of the CP NLW human effects characterization process. The SOAR also presents a brief overview of the evolution of…

Underbody Blast (UBB) Protection for Ground Combat Vehicles

This state-of-the-art report (SOAR) summarizes current principles and technologies of underbody blast (UBB) protection for ground combat vehicles. The UBB environment is described along with a brief overview of the recent history of UBB protection….

Advancements in Minimum Signature (MS) Propellants for Insensitive Munitions (IM) Rocket Motors

An extensive summary of contemporary research and development into MS rocket motor propellants is provided, with emphasis on achieving IM compliance. MS propellants have existed since the late 1800s and continue to progressively improve. Developing…

Vehicle Navigation: Autonomy Through GPS-Enabled and GPS-Denied Environments

This state-of-the-art report (SOAR) discusses current and future technologies and techniques for ground and aerial navigation under Global Positioning System (GPS)-denied environments. GPS is an inaugural part of modern navigation and, when spoofed, can have…

Unmanned Aerial Systems for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance

This report summarizes information about various unmanned aerial systems (UAS) platforms currently used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). The applicability of various UAS platforms and sensor payloads for specific types of missions is discussed,…

Qualifying Additive Manufacturing Parts

This report is a summary of the state of the art for additive manufacturing (AM) certification. Because the development of AM certification is ongoing across multiple domains and disciplines, and due to the limits of…

Protection for the Homemade Explosive (HME) Researcher: Laboratory Shielding and Personal Protective Equipment

This state-of-the-art report (SOAR) is an attempt to summarize current and available information to inform and assist energetic researchers in the selection of commercially available personal protective equipment, along with the design and construction thereof….