Posted: November 14, 2008

U.S. Army looks to nanotechnology for disruptive military technology

(Nanowerk News) Two weeks from now, from December 1-4, the U.S. Army will host the 26th installment of its annual Army Science Conference in Orlando, Florida. This year's conference theme is "Transformational Army Science and Technology – Harnessing Disruptive S&T for the Soldier". In support of this theme, the Conference agenda will focus on the following seven areas:
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Biotechnology
  • Immersive Technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Network Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Emphasis on the seven focus areas will be evident throughout the conference, including invited talks, topical panel discussions, parallel technical sessions, poster presentations and exhibits. The theme supported by these focus areas will also enable conference participants to better appreciate the potential these technology and research areas have to provide disruptive capabilities to our Soldiers in the future.
    army soldier of the future
    This futuristic looking soldier decorates the conference website
    The 26th ASC will feature talks by eminent scientists and engineers from the US and foreign governments, academia and industry. Papers and posters judged as best among those submitted by scientists and engineers from government, industry and academia will be selected for oral presentation. Also, winners of the 2007 and 2008 Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Awards will present their winning papers (go to for additional information on JSHS). Authors of the most outstanding papers will receive special recognition and awards. Additionally, an International Collaboration Award will be presented to the most outstanding collaborative research effort between US Army and foreign scientists that has expanded and enhanced the Army’s research and technology program while benefiting the scientific interests of the collaborating foreign scientist(s).
    The third day of the conference is dedicated to nanotechnology with a dedicated session that covers presentations on such topics as "Production and Characterization of Silicon Nanostructures for the Advancement of Novel Energetic Formulations" and "Control and Optimization of Coherence of A Nano-sized Spin-torque Microwave Oscillator for Military Nano-electronics" and numerous posters on topics like "Simulation and Design of Nanocomposite for Application in Ballistic Protection" or "Nanoporous Silicon Based Energetic Materials".
    Source: 26th Army Science Conference
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