Army Science Board looks at lethality, protection research

ARL Public Affairs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 21, 2016) — Members of the Army Science Board visited the U.S. Army Research Laboratory March 4.

The Army Science Board, or ASB, advises senior service leaders on science and technological matters of concern to the Army. Dr. Bill Snowden led the group on its quest to gather information for a 2017 armor and anti-armor technologies report.

“A significant portion of the visit centered on ARL’s armor protection program,” said Michael Keele, ARL vehicle protection engineer. “Our discussions focused on ARL’s adaptive armor program as well as interactions between high energy lasers and modern armor technologies.”

Adaptive and cooperative protection fuses battlefield information to predict an evolving threat with the ability to sense and respond uniquely to threats as they are deployed.

Keele said they made sure the panel was aware of the Army’s state-of-the-art protection technologies.

“The visitors were very receptive to the discussion and requested follow-up documentation to help them develop a summary on the state of the Army’s overarching approach to protection,” he said.

Snowden is a materials scientist and defense technologist. His doctorate is in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. As an ASB member, he has been involved in a number of studies on combat vehicle survivability.

He also served at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, as a program manager for the agency’s armor and anti-armor research and technology program.

Engineers at ARL’s Weapons and Material Research Directorate are part of the laboratory’s Science for Lethality and Protection Campaign. Army researchers are focused on gaining a fundamental understanding of army, underbody, scalable effects, directed energy and human injury mechanisms.

Editor’s note: The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

Originally published at on March 21, 2016.

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