Posted on May 28, 2020 | Completed on February 12, 2020 | By: Travis J. Kneen

What materials or design features can improve the lethality of future small arms ammunition?

DSIAC was tasked with determining and summarizing research being done with materials and/or design features to improve the lethality of future small arms ammunition. DSIAC performed searches within the Defense Technical Information Center Research and Engineering Gateway and other sources, though very little information was found in the unclassified domain. DSIAC contacted subject matter experts (SMEs), presenters from the most recent National Defense Industrial Association armament systems forums, and authors of relevant open-source articles.  They also contacted SMEs from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane and facilitated connections to the inquirer for further discussion.

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