What We Learned Today

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Scientists and engineers discuss how to shape the U.S. Army of the future

Episode Date
Army researchers pursue tactical edge in electronic warfare
22:01

In the age of technology, the Army’s ability to dominate the electromagnetic spectrum can significantly influence the outcome of future conflicts on the battlefield. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory designated several research programs as essential for future Soldier capabilities. Of these major flagship programs, the Foundational Research for Electronic Warfare in Multi-Domain Operations, or FREEDOM, Essential Research Program recognizes the value of electronic warfare competencies as a necessary requirement for success in large-scale combat and multi-domain operations. Join us for a discussion with program manager Dr. Matthew Higgins. Read more... https://www.army.mil/article/237128

Jul 09, 2020
Essential Research in Artificial Intelligence for Maneuver and Mobility
20:40

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory has several research programs it deems essential for future Soldier capabilities. Of these major  programs, the Artificial Intelligence for Maneuver and Mobility Essential Research Program endeavors to reduce Soldier distractions on the battlefield through the integration of autonomous systems in Army vehicles. In this episode of What We Learned Today, we talk with Dr. John Fossaceca, the program manager. Read more at Army.mil

Jun 25, 2020
Essential Research in Human Autonomy Teaming
28:39

American Soldiers will partner with technology to accomplish the mission on the battlefield of the future. The U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory has an essential research program to focus on Human-Autonomy Teaming. Join us for an in-depth discussion with Army researcher Dr. Amar Marathe about the future of artificial intelligence and machine learning and the quest to make America's Soldiers stronger and safer!

Read more... https://www.army.mil/article/236301

Jun 10, 2020
Essential Research for Additive Manufacturing
16:16

Additive manufacturing has the potential to provide Soldiers with cutting-edge munitions. Researchers at the U.S. Army CCDC's Army Research Laboratory are exploring the technology through a program designed to push the application of additive manufacturing to new boundaries. The lab's Tracie Dean speaks with Dr. Jason Robinette, program manager for the Science of Additive Manufacturing for Next Generation Munitions Essential Research Program in this episode of What We Learned Today!

Feb 25, 2020
Essential Research for Soldier Protection
11:43

When faced with battlefield threats, American Soldiers depend more than ever on body armor to protect them. To adapt to the evolving dangers of getting shot, the Army created a flagship program dedicated to protection technologies. The U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory has an essential research program to focus attention and resources on this important topic. Join the lab's Tracie Dean for an in-depth discussion with Army researcher Dr. Chris Hoppel about the future of materials engineering and how they plan to make America's Soldiers stronger and safer!

Hoppel is the program manager for the lab's Physics of Soldier Protection to Defeat Evolving Threats Essential Research Program at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Read more... https://www.army.mil/article/232585/

Feb 11, 2020
Safer Batteries for Soldiers
06:34

Army scientists and their partners at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory have developed a high-energy aqueous lithium-ion battery that won’t catch fire no matter how damaged it becomes. These new batteries continue to operate in conditions where traditional batteries fail. Join ARL's Tracie Dean for a special edition of What We Learned Today with the lab's Dr. Arthur von Wald Cresce!

Read more... https://www.army.mil/article/229601/

Nov 07, 2019
High-Speed Aerodynamics
23:33

Cracking the code of how aerodynamics affect high-speed projectiles will enable the Army of the future to realize its number one Army Modernization priority: Long-Range Precision Fires. U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Phil Perconti talks with aerospace engineer Dr. J.D. Vasile from the lab’s Weapons and Materials Research Directorate.

Oct 25, 2019
Neuroscience Research
17:10

Neuroscience and the Soldier: How will future troops sense, perceive and interact with the world of technology? U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Phil Perconti talks with recently promoted Dr. Vernon Lawhern, a mathematical statistician from the lab's Human Research and Engineering Directorate.

Oct 11, 2019
Stronger, Lighter, Better Materials
21:24

What’s the next big thing? Imagine thinner, stronger and lighter metals, ceramics and plastics. How will that change the world? More importantly what will it mean for the U.S. Army of the future? Dr. Phil Perconti, director of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, talks with up-and-coming materials engineer Dr. Victoria Blair.

Sep 17, 2019
How Quiet Can Researchers Make Future Drones?
29:15

Army researchers are investigating how to make future unmanned aircraft systems stealthier. Current rotors are noisy. U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory aerospace engineer Dr. Matthew Floros is investigating a potential technology solution to decrease the sound of certain rotor blades by as much as 10 decibels. That's a lot quieter. Listen to the conversation about what we learned today!

Read the academic paper by Dr. Floros: http://www.arl.army.mil/www/pages/shared/documents/quiet.pdf

Photos of the Common Research Configuration: https://www.flickr.com/photos/armyresearchlab/albums/72157701825301015

 

Sep 10, 2019
Batteries for the Future
16:58

Join us for a conversation with research chemist Dr. Marshall Schroeder from the U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory about the future of batteries and the work he's doing to power technology for American Soldiers.

Aug 26, 2019
Learning from Failed Experiments
22:29

Sometimes experiments don’t go as planned, but researchers end up learning from failure. In this week’s episode, U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Phil Perconti talks with research chemist Dr. Jesse Sabatini about why a possible contender to replace TNT didn’t pass muster.

Aug 19, 2019
Stirling Engines for the Future
26:49

Imagine a future where a vehicle would convert any form of heat into electricity for ground propulsion. What will that mean for the Army of tomorrow? Let’s find out as Dr. Phil Perconti, director of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory talks with computer scientist Justin Shumaker.

Aug 12, 2019
67 Years of Service
14:27

Robert B. Reams Jr., started his research career for the federal government in 1952. Sixty-seven years later, he will retire after a distinguished career with the U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory. Listen to the conversation as Director Dr. Phil Perconti has “Bob” tell his story and why his work was important for American Soldiers.

Aug 05, 2019
Pioneering Army researcher earns Presidential Early Career award
22:31

A pioneering Army researcher has earned the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Listen to U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Phil Perconti interview Dr. Nathan Lazarus.

 

Read more:

Pioneering Army researcher earns Presidential Early Career award: https://www.army.mil/article/224221/

Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-announces-recipients-presidential-early-career-award-scientists-engineers/

Jul 29, 2019
Augmented Reality
27:36

Army researchers are looking at augmented reality from a psychological perspective. Listen to the conversation with U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Phil Perconti and research psychologist Dr. Jennifer Cowley.

Jul 22, 2019
Keeping it Cool
18:55

When you touch an electronic device, you notice how much heat it gives off. In the military, keeping electrical components cool and functioning optimally is a goal for researchers. U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Phil Perconti talks with thermal/packaging engineer Dr. Lauren Boteler about "keeping it cool!"

Jul 15, 2019
Power On Demand from Aluminum and Water
16:13

Imagine a squad of future Soldiers on a long range patrol far from base with dead batteries and a desperate need to fire up their radio. One of the Soldiers reaches for a metal tablet and drops it into a container and adds water. Immediately the tablet starts to dissolve and hydrogen is released into a fuel cell. And just like that, the radio has power. This is not science fiction. This is something scientists at the U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory have figured out how to do. It’s a disruptive discovery that could change everything! Listen in on a conversion with Dr. Kris Darling and Dr. Anit Giri, both materials scientists at the lab's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Jul 08, 2019
Supercomputing and Sensors
19:29

Imagine having a complete understanding of what's inside a building without having to step inside. That's the kind of thing that scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army CCDC Research Laboratory are working on using research into low-frequency imaging sensors and supercomputers. Listen to the conversation between lab director Dr. Phil Perconti and computer scientist Ross Adelman about the future of supercomputing and sensors!

Jul 01, 2019
Fueling the Army of the Future
16:41

Army researchers are exploring the development of versatile fuels for the future. U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Philip Perconti talks with mechanical engineer Dr. Constandinos Mitsingas. Will we someday have transportation that runs off anything -- like Mr. Fusion from Back to the Future?

Jun 24, 2019
Exploring Potential Navigation with Electromagnetic Fields
15:20

In the future, Soldiers and autonomous vehicles will use tricorder-like sensors to measure electromagnetic fields. That might be valuable information for navigation in a GPS-denied environment. That's the kind of cutting edge research the Army is pursuing. U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Philip Perconti talks with research physicist Dr. Kevin Claytor about this intriguing potential technology!

Jun 17, 2019
Robot Evolution and the Future Army
28:58

Robotics has the potential to move Soldiers out of harm's way. How will the future Army use robots to accomplish complex missions and ensure dominant strategic land power? Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Phil Perconti talks with roboticist Phil Osteen about the current state of research.

Jun 10, 2019
Army Research Laboratory and Synthetic Biology
21:49

Will futuristic materials self-heal using synthetic biology? The American Army of the future will leverage science and technology advances to make its Soldiers stronger and safer. At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, ARL Director Dr. Phil Perconti discusses the challenges and applications of Army research into synthetic biology with ARL research chemist Dr. Meagan Small.

May 31, 2019
Army pushes for higher speeds in future tiltrotor aircraft
14:26

The U.S. Army is developing a new wind-tunnel testbed that will help future tiltrotor aircraft attain higher speeds, improved stability and enhanced safety. We talk to the researchers on the project and learn about how the Army hopes to attain its goals!

May 08, 2019
Researchers make significant findings related to traumatic brain injury
10:18

A team from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Argonne National Laboratory released a Traumatic brain injury study. ARL's Joyce Conant talks with TBI researcher Ashley Eidsmore. Read more!

Mar 27, 2019
Researchers 3-D print ultra-strong steel parts from powder
09:48

Soldiers needing replacement parts may turn to 3-D printers in the future to rapidly deliver reliable and ultra-strong metal parts. Army researchers are looking at new technologies to create steel alloy parts from powder using a laser. At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, materials manufacturing scientists say this technology may change everything. Read more... https://www.army.mil/article/217861

Mar 25, 2019
Martian meteorites land at Army lab
26:44

NASA officials say that some rare and distinct meteorites found on Earth were actually blasted off Mars by a large impact event. One such rock from the red planet made its way to an Army laboratory recently for a special X-ray look inside. Researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory have powerful tools to look deep inside metal and rock using X-ray scanning technology. 

Mar 25, 2019