Scientists gather at Indian Head base

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Nearly 100 scientists and engineers from the U.S. departments of energy and defense representing the Energetic Materials Technology Coordination Group met to discuss progress on current projects and to develop a five-year plan for future cooperative goals at a meeting sponsored by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division that was held at Science Applications International Corp. in La Plata on March 22 through 24.

The technology coordination groups are made up of DOD and DOE members who review projects being conducted by the DOE that are of mutual interest and jointly funded by both the DOD and DOE.

NSWC IHD Gun Propellant Program Manager Christine Michienzi said one of the focuses of the meeting was to anticipate future requirements.

"Many of these proposed projects will address identified technology gaps based on the needs of both the DOE and DOD," Michienzi said in a U.S. Navy press release.

TCGs utilize DOE labs to allow members to use equipment and capabilities that may not be found in a DOD lab. Michienzi said using TCG research saves DOD time and money because the DOE shares in the time commitment and costs.

Michienzi's gun propellant program team at NSWC IHD recently used a compound developed by the Energetic Materials TCG to develop and test a new propellant that will make the Marine Corps' 81 mm mortar fly farther and be safer, according to the release.