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PROTECTION TOMORROW
AND TODAY

Dyneema® UHMWPE is used in stronger,
lighter body armor for law enforcement.
Photo: DSM Dyneema.

Working in partnership with the
government, tech industry and
academia, the U.S. Army Combat
Capabilities Development Command
(CCDC) is the incubator for the
research and development of ballistic
protective apparel. Tested and worn
successfully by members of the
military and law enforcement, these
new technologies may eventually find
their way into end uses for civilians.
Focusing on 2040 and beyond, the
CCDC Army Research Laboratory
(ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground,
Md., deals with scientific discovery,
technological innovation and
knowledge transfer, while the CCDC
Soldier Center (SC) at Natick, Mass.,
optimizes the combat readiness,
survivability, sustainability, mobility,
combat effectiveness and quality of life
for the person in uniform.
" Soldiers carry over 100 pounds
of body armor and kit, which reduces

their mobility, " says Dr. Chris
Hoppel, program manager at ARL.
" We are looking at the mechanics of
kinetic energy, and the integration
of materials, in order to increase
protection while reducing weight.
Warfare is moving more quickly,
so there is an increased emphasis
on the ability of the soldier to move
and react. "
" At Soldier Center we are trying
to increase soldier survivability by
ultimately making the soldier less
vulnerable to ballistic and blast threats
to be encountered in the future
operating environment, " adds Robert
DiLalla, ballistic and blast protection
team leader. " We need to better
understand the trade-off between
performance versus protection across
all potential operating environments
and how to best balance protection
over the body using the latest in
materials technology. "
The CCDC is investigating
protective materials for the soldier
of the future, including nextgeneration aramids, gel-spun ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene
(UHMWPE), solid-state extruded
polyethylene film, shear-thickening
fluids, graphene composites, superhard ceramics and new additive
manufacturing techniques.
For users today, all body armor
marketed in the U.S. is certified by
the National Institute of Justice (NIJ),
which has developed standards related
to threat level. There are important
trade-offs between weight, mobility
and levels of protection in hard versus
soft body armor.
Levels IIA, II and IIIA are
considered soft armor; the latter will
stop bullets from handguns up through
a .357 Sig or a .44 Magnum. They are
typically made from aramid fibers
and/or UHMWPE and stop bullets by

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