DTRA program working on unique chem-bio defense projects

Scientists and engineers at the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Chemical and Biological Technologies Department are looking for innovative ideas to stop chemical and biological threats against U.S. military personnel and civilians.

DTRA's Focused Innovative Technology program was created as way for science and technology program managers to collaborate with the scientific community in academia, industry and at government research laboratories, according to DVidsHub.com.

In addition, external service laboratories in the Army, Navy and Air Force are encouraged to participate in order to identify potential requirements or future program needs.

FIT has resulted in projects that are more focused than those in other programs and often ones that fill known or expected gaps in chemical and biological weapons defense.

One of FIT's most eagerly anticipated projects is a chemical and biological protective garment currently known as the Dynamic Multifunctional Materials for a Second Skin. The garment is designed to be worn as an everyday uniform, which would eliminate the need for troops to spend extra minutes preparing for a WMD attack.

The DMMSS also caught the attention of civilian clothing companies that see potential in materials that can react to the environment they are worn in.

"I am looking forward to the future impact that Dynamic Multifunctional Materials for a Second Skin Program will have; not only in providing an enhanced [chem-bio] capability to the warfighter, but in the day-to-day lives of civilians," Tracee Harris, a science and technology manager at DTRA CB, said, DVidsHub.com reports. "This broadened scope is where the myriad of possible uses for this kind of fundamental technology developmental effort exist."