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January 5th, 2009

Q&A: Army’s top research scientist

Abstract:
Cutting-edge technologies such as robots that drive themselves, electronics embedded into uniform fabric and liquid armor are at the forefront of development efforts by the Army's research and technology program.

The Army's chief scientist, Thomas Killion, leads the service's $11 billion research and technology program, which employs more than 10,000 scientists and engineers.

In an interview with Defense News, a sister publication of Army Times, Killion described the projects underway and what military gear of the future will look like.

Q. Which applications of nanotechnology are showing promise?

A. Nanotechnology will provide benefits across the spectrum. Think in terms of two classes — [one is] structural materials like armor. The other class of materials is functional materials, like a sensor function, electronics or a communications function. Some electronics in devices today are reaching down into the nanoscale in terms of nanofeatures and microelectronics. If you can build the electronics at the nanoscale, you can embed electronics into fabric. In the next five years or so, fibers will be made and put into uniforms.

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armytimes.com

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