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Effectiveness of Electrostatic Sprayers in Cleaning Touch Surfaces

DSIAC was asked to identify if cleaning chemicals applied by electrostatic sprayers are effective at sanitizing touch surfaces. COVID-19 has highlighted the need…

Department of Defense COVID-19 Initiatives to Address the Shortage of Medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Respirators

DSIAC staff collected information and the proper contacts related to several DoD initiatives addressing the production of PPE, respirators, ventilators, and other medical equipment in support of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Information and the pertinent…

Reusable Protective Face Masks With Antimicrobial Copper Mesh-Based Filters

DSIAC was asked about the development of tactical and surgical/medical reusable face masks that use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved copper mesh antimicrobial filters. DSIAC coordinated with the developer to obtain references on the effectiveness of…

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U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Uses 3-D Printing to Create N95 Respirators

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity’s (USAMMDA’s) Warfighter Expeditionary Medicine and Treatment Project Management Office (WEMT PMO), as part of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command’s…

Five Ways the U.S. Military Will Change After the Pandemic

The global pandemic is about to profoundly change the U.S. military’s role in defending the United States — even if Pentagon leaders don’t know it yet. As we noted in our last column, many Americans will…

DoD Uses 3-D Printers to Ease COVID-19 Ventilator Shortage

Developers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) are collaborating with civilian partners to manufacture low-cost, emergency ventilators using 3-D printers. The handheld gas ventilator, dubbed the Illinois RapidVent, is roughly the size of a…