As the land-based portion of the program comes to a successful conclusion, the Munitions Response Program Area has shifted its focus to munitions in the underwater environment. The goals of the underwater program are to develop an understanding of techniques for detection, classification, and remediation of submerged military munitions. Four recent new starts illustrate the breadth of this SERDP investment. More


ASETSDefense is an initiative funded by SERDP and ESTCP to facilitate the implementation of environmentally benign surface engineering technologies. As part of this initiative SERDP and ESTCP sponsored ASETSDefense 2014: Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defensea technical workshop that provided attendees from DoD, industry, and academia the opportunity to exchange information related to the testing and implementation of environmentally friendly coatings and surface treatments. More


Members of the ESTCP Energy and Water team recently traveled to Fort Bragg, NC, home of the Army’s Airborne and Special Operation Forces, to tour several ongoing ESTCP projects. Fort Bragg is a critical installation for the Army as well an instrumental energy test bed for the EW program, currently hosting six active projects. More


Winter is a busy time at SERDP and ESTCP. The FY 2016 solicitations are moving along and we are in the midst of our review of ongoing projects. Here is a quick overview of some of our key, ongoing efforts. More

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SERDP has selected a suite of projects to examine the impact of several natural processes on the fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater. Ultimately, the goal of this combined research effort is to quantify the long term impacts of natural processes on contaminants in groundwater and to estimate the resulting contaminant attenuation rate. More 


A new report, Infrastructure Damage/Fragility Models and Data Quality Issues Associated with Department of Defense Climate Vulnerability and Impact Assessment, issued by SERDP reviews models and data needed to support climate change vulnerability and impact assessments of infrastructure assets located at military installations. This report assesses the availability, quality, and usefulness of two types of information to support assessments: (1) damage and fragility information, and (2) topographic, bathymetric, and infrastructure asset data. More


An innovative sensor system, demonstrated in a series of ESTCP-funded studies by Dr. Steinhurst and Mr. Harbaugh of Nova Research and Dr. Bell of Leidos Inc., could save DoD billions of dollars by dramatically increasing the efficiency of munitions response actions at former testing and training ranges around the country.  More


Mr. Ruben Prado and Mr. John Benfer of NAVAIR Jacksonville demonstrated that nanocrystalline cobalt-phosphorus (nCoP) meets the majority of acceptance criteria for coating quality, adhesion, fatigue, corrosion, hydrogen embrittlement, fluid compatibility, wear, and impact testing for a wide variety of applications. Based on testing to date, the team anticipates that nCoP will be widely specified per MIL-DTL-32502 as a hard chrome alternative. More


To help DoD comply with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 mandate to conduct energy audits on 25% of covered facilities annually, ESTCP funded FirstFuel Software to show the impact of conducting “touchless” energy audits. Traditional energy audits involve experts who review building records, do a thorough hands-on assessment of building systems and compile a detailed report with recommendations to implement energy conservation measures.  More


Working concurrently on two ESTCP projects, Dr. Thomas McHugh of GSI Environmental Inc. and his team performed a field investigation to validate the use of compound-specific stable isotope analysis as a method to distinguish between vapor intrusion and indoor sources of VOCs, and developed a step-by-step protocol that can be used to provide an independent line of evidence to determine whether buildings are impacted by vapor intrusion. The team also investigated the use of on-site analysis using a portable gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer to allow users to understand the distribution of VOCs in real-time and support identification of the VOC source while in the field. More

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