QuikClot will be made available to public

If ONR’s Dr. Michael Given has his way, horrific scenes like those in Columbia Pictures’ Black Hawk Down, where an Army Ranger in Somalia’s Mogadishu bleeds to death after his buddies desperately try to clamp his gushing femoral artery wound, won’t happen again. Given knows the gruesome reality that 50 percent of troops wounded in the battlefield die before they are evacuated to field medical units because they hemorrhage to death (a statistic unchanged since the Civil War). He also knows that 50,000 Americans die each year at the site of auto accidents because of uncontrollable bleeding. As head of ONR’s Casualty Care and Management program, Given is providing funding for research on a remarkable granular mineral compound called QuikClot, developed by Z-Medica, Inc. (www.z-medica.com), a small company in Connecticut.

Navy takes cue from dolphin in fighting barnacles

“They’re very good at what they do, says the U.S. Navy’s Paul Armistead. Powerful even. They work fast, possess a tenacity that is remarkable, make it look easy, and they’ve been at it since the beginning of time. What’s more, they do it underwater. Billions of them glue themselves to ship hulls and cost the U.S. Navy over $50 million a year in fuel costs alone due to friction and drag. What’s worse is that each of the Navy’s ships is obliged to be cleaned in port yearly ? sometimes even more frequently. We’re talking the humble barnacle. Historically, everything from pitch to pesticides has been used to try to deter it, but nothing seems to repel completely this lowly, but determined crusty fouler. Now consider the sleek, smooth dolphin, which can spend its entire life in the water and never host a single barnacle, while a ship ? also designed with a smooth, sleek hull ? can develop a bad case of them in less than a month….

Navy wants ‘affordable’ weapons for war on terrorism

Cruise missiles have proven themselves in combat many times since the Gulf War, but the Navy would like to drive their cost down–the ones currently in service cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has a program to use commercially-based equipment to build a “cruise-like” missile with good performance at a price ten times less than the norm. The new missile is called, appropriately, the Affordable Weapon.