These naval-generated technical ideas have become prototypes for actual field use

WASHINGTON, DC – Marines across the force are presenting “fix it” ideas to the Office of Naval Research, which has produced items such as field-ready hydrogen fuel production and a “talking robot” that can filter related items into a digital packet of chat data for information operations.

The Office of Naval Research shared these and other prototypes, created from ideas sent directly from the Marine Corps in operating units Tuesday at the Modern Day Marine Exposition in Washington, DC.

The program is known as TechSolutions. It can be accessed here by any Marine who has a well-researched issue that needs a unit-level needs solution, said Andrew Chubashko, ONR’s commanding officer.

Chubashko said the staff aims to return a prototype to the Marines and their unit within a year of receiving the order.

“They don’t wait five or ten years for this product to reach them,” he said.

The proliferation of hydrogen fuel cell devices, such as drones, power generators, unmanned ground vehicles and watercraft, is causing Marines in the field to look for better ways to get fuel wherever they are.

Rather than dropping batteries or moving loads of fuel across convoys of vulnerable vehicles, the Marines asked ONR to find a way to incorporate simple materials into a portable device to make their own fuel.

The result: Hydrogen Tactical Refueling Point, or H-TaRP.

By using simple ingredients like aluminum pellets and water, the Marines can mix them in and have the fuel at the ready, Chubashko said.

Well, they still have to deliver the aluminum pellets, right? not nessacary.

While these are available, the H-TaRP kit also allows Marines to make their own pellets from scrap aluminum from what they find around them.

Hello aluminum cleaning staff.

Researchers from MIT collaborated with ONR on the project.

“The purpose of the H-TaRP is to eliminate the need for diesel fuel transportation and battery charging by being able to use locally available resources to produce hydrogen fuel for all types of vehicles,” said Eric Limbacher, group leader for power systems at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. In a statement to the Navy.

This particular initiative correlates with recent work that Force Design 2030 efforts aim to resolve. Part of the Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations concept, or EABO, involves small naval units ready to quickly set up, operate, dismantle, and advance armament and refueling points, or FARPs.

FARPs provide a mobile platform for Marines to refuel and rearm over vast distances extended away from standard logistical hubs or supply lines.

In the recently released Marine Corps Flight Plan 2022, the authors note the importance of having these refueling options at different levels.

They noted that future battlefield refueling and rearmament would “require a move away from current munitions dictating practices and requiring a more flexible and responsive supply chain, capable of acquiring and reliably moving key munitions to the correct location at the right time to support the dynamic requirements.” “

H-TaRP gives similar capability in a much smaller package.

Deployed company-wide, the Marines can carry the full kit with two people, are suitable for existing Pelican and rifle cases and can fill the tank in about 30 minutes, with minimal training, according to materials provided by ONR.

Naval Chatbots arose because Marines needed a way to analyze the flow of data from chat features they were looking for for information operations. Information The Marines were sitting on the “watch chat” mission rather than actually analyzing the information using their mission-specific training.

“Anyone who has sat in a chat room knows that you have a tremendous amount of information coming to you,” Chubashko said. “And you’re going to sit there and try to decipher these things.”

Chubashko said ONR combined specific computer processors with custom software rules to build an automated alert system so that survivors could get the relevant information they needed at the right time.

“We need a system that can extract the information we actually need, and raise our attention to the information we really need to be aware of at the right time,” he said.

Other tools include micro-unit planning apps, air traffic control simulators, and field masks created in the field with 3D printers. A temporary inflatable dock for amphibious operations and an energy training game to help Marines better plan for operational energy use.

Chubashko said the energy training game won the 2019 Commandant Innovation Challenge.

Todd South has written about crime, courts, government, and the military for several publications since 2004 and was named a 2014 Pulitzer Finalist for a joint project on witness intimidation. Todd is a Marine veteran of the Iraq War.

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