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Project Title:

Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions
PIN: DEPS-BAST-17-01        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Board on Army Science & Technology DEPS

RSO: Braun, Bruce

Subject/Focus Area: Math, Chemistry, and Physics

Project Scope
The Secretary of the Army shall enter into an arrangement with the Board on Army Science and Technology of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study of the conventional munitions demilitarization program of the Department of Defense. The study shall include the following:

A review of the current conventional munitions demilitarization stockpile, including types of munitions and types of materials contaminated with propellants or energetics, and the disposal technologies used.

An analysis of disposal, treatment, and reuse technologies, including technologies currently used by the Department and emerging technologies used or being developed by private or other governmental agencies, including a comparison of cost, throughput capacity, personnel safety, and environmental impacts.

An identification of munitions types for which alternatives to open burning, open detonation, or non-closed loop incineration/combustion are not used.

An identification and evaluation of any barriers to full-scale deployment of alternatives to open burning, open detonation, or non-closed loop incineration/combustion, and recommendations to overcome such barriers.

An evaluation whether the maturation and deployment of governmental or private technologies currently in research and development would enhance the conventional munitions demilitarization capabilities of the Department.

Project Duration: 12 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 08/22/2017
 Meeting 2 - 10/23/2017
 Meeting 3 - 10/26/2017
 Meeting 4 - 12/11/2017
 Meeting 5 - 03/19/2018
 Meeting 6 - 06/11/2018


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