Weapons and Materials Research teams earn 2012 Defense Standardization Program honors

March 27, 2013

Two teams from U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD) have won achievement awards from the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO).

The Laminated Armor Materials Team and the Military Coatings for Department of Defense Assets Team both received the DOD-level honor for reducing total ownership costs and sustaining readiness.

The DSPO is the leader of standardization processes, products, and services for warfighters and the acquisition and logistics communities within DOD.

The WMRD standardization efforts at ARL were recognized for the outstanding accomplishments that took place during the last fiscal year, according to Dr. Patrick Baker, director, WMRD, ARL. "Thanks for a job well done."

The ARL Specifications Standards Office of WMRD is responsible for the specifications and standards of materials used on armor vehicles.

The work from one of the awardees, the Laminated Armor Materials Team, came from identifying and addressing the problem of counterfeit materials being used on armor vehicles in theater that would hinder the use of safer, newly developed composite armor materials, said Richard Squillacioti, team member, who also leads the Specifications and Standards Office.

The team created two new specifications and revised an older one that detailed commercially available materials with better quality assurance provisions, which allowed them to be available for immediate procurement on both legacy vehicles, like the M1114, the Armored Security Vehicle and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, and future production vehicles, like MRAP-II.

By using the new specifications on the 5,000 Army and Marine MRAP vehicles, plus 45,000 future vehicles, the military will realize a total cost saving of $50 million. And more importantly, will better protect the Soldiers using these vehicles, said Squillacioti.

Since the onset of Operation Iraq Freedom, more than 4,000 tests were conducted and more than 1,500 Rocket Propelled Grenades were shot to ensure armor system durability. "To protect the investment of more than $10 million spent on laminated armor already in the design database, the suitable commercial materials that would best protect Soldiers had to be specified more clearly," said Brian Scott, a mechanical engineer with the Multi-Threat Armor Branch and the other member of the Laminated Armor Materials Team.

The other awardees, ARL's Military Coatings for DOD Assets Team of WMRD, provides the research, development, and validation for camouflage coating materials used by the Army and Marines.

"The team is dynamic in that not only do they approve the military coatings, but they also do the underlying studies to evolve the coating technology," said John Escarsega, team leader.

In less than two years, the Military Coatings team revised 10 specifications.

For more than 25 years the DSPO has honored individuals and organizations of the military departments and defense agencies who achieve significant improvements in interoperability, cost reduction, quality, reliability, and readiness through standardization.

"I sincerely appreciate the hard work of your respective staffs," said Gregory E. Saunders, DSPO director. "Our winners are clearly deserving of recognition."

DSPO has historically recognized these outstanding performers during a formal awards ceremony. Budget uncertainty surrounding sequestration and travel restrictions this year has led to seeking out other ways to acknowledge the hard work and dedication, Saunders said.

"The awards were truly appreciated, especially since it's the fifth year in a row that ARL's Specifications and Standards Office has received one, and this year ARL is credited with winning two awards," said Squillacioti.

Other Defense Standardization Program (DSP) Achievement Award winners include, Dr. Thomas Kozlowski, NATO Retrograde of Materiel based in Tobyhanna, Pa., Department of the Navy's Technical Standard for Future Airborne Capability Environment Reference Architecture Team, Department of the Air Force Fuel System Icing Inhibitor Reduction Study and Implementation Team based in Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and the Defense Logistics Agency Development of Specifications for Fitting Adapters of Mechanical Spherical Fluid Seal Point Technology Team from Columbus, Ohio.

For more information about the Defense Standardization Program, visit the DSP Web site at http://www.dsp.dla.mil.


Last Update / Reviewed: March 27, 2013