WASHINGTON, DC – Marines throughout the military submit ideas to “fix” a Navy research office that has produced items ready for flight hydrogen fuel production and ‘chat bot’, which can filter the relevant elements in digital gamma chat data for information operations.

The Office of Naval Research shared these prototypes and others generated by ideas sent directly by Marines to operational units on Tuesday at the Modern Marines Exhibition 2022 in Washington, DC

The program is known as TechSolutions. Access can be obtained here from every Marine with a well-thought-out problem that needs to be addressed at the unit level, said ONR Commander-in-Chief Andrew Chupashko.

The staff aims to return the prototype to the Marine Corps and their unit within a year of accepting the application, Chupashko said.

“They haven’t waited five or ten years for this product to arrive,” he said.

The proliferation of hydrogen fuel cell devices, such as drones, power generators and unmanned land vehicles and vessels, has led Marines to look for better ways to get fuel where they are.

Instead of dropping air batteries or hauling fuel through vulnerable vehicles, the Marines asked ONR to find a way to combine simple materials into a portable device to make its own fuel.

The result: a hydrogen tactical charge point or H-TaRP.

With simple ingredients such as aluminum pellets and water, the Marines can mix it and have ready-made fuel, Chupashko said.

Well, they still have to supply the aluminum pellets, right? Not necessarily.

Although available, the H-TaRP kit also allows marine pellets to make their own aluminum scrap pellets from what they find around them.

Hello, a detail from the working group for cleaning aluminum.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have partnered with ONR on the project.

“The aim of the H-TaRP is to eliminate the need to transport diesel and recharge batteries, and it can use local resources to produce hydrogen fuel for all types of vehicles,” said Eric Limpacher, leader of the Energy Systems Group in the MIT Lincoln Laboratorysaid in the Navy release.

This particular initiative is related to the work that the recent efforts of Force Design 2030 aimed to solve. Part of the concept of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations, or EABO, includes small naval units ready to quickly set up, operate, demolish and move forward arms and refueling points or FARPs.

FARPs provide a mobile platform for Marines to refuel and rearm over long distances, extending far from standard logistics centers or delivery lines.

In the recently released aviation plan of the Marine Corps for 2022, the authors noted the importance of these loading options at different levels.

They noted that future combat loading and rearmament will “require a departure from current munitions positioning practices and will require a much more flexible and responsive supply chain capable of reliably delivering and transporting key munitions to the right place at the right time to maintains dynamic operational requirements. ”

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

Deployed at company level, the Marines can carry the entire set with two people, it fits into existing pelican and pistol cases and can fill a tank in about 30 minutes, with minimal training, according to materials provided by ONR.

The Marine chatbot came about because the Marines needed a way to analyze the flow of data from the chat features they were looking for for information operations. The Information Marines sat around on chat duty, instead of actually analyzing the information using their mission-specific training.

“Everyone who sits in a chat room knows that you have an excessive amount of information coming to you,” Chupashko said. “And you’re going to sit there and try to decipher these things.”

ONR has assembled specific computer processors with customized software rules to build an automated warning system so that the resilient can get the information they need at the right time, Chupashko said.

“We need a system that can extract the information we really need, to draw our attention to the information that we actually need to be informed about in time,” he said.

Other tools include small unit planning applications, air traffic control simulators, and field masks created with 3D printers. Inflatable, temporary quay for amphibious operations and an energy training game to help Marines better plan operational energy use.

The energy training game won the Commandant’s 2019 innovation challenge, Chupashko said.

Todd South has written about crime, the courts, the government and the military in numerous publications since 2004 and was named a 2014 Pulitzer Finalist for a joint witness intimidation project. Todd is a veteran of the Marines in the Iraq war.


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