The motivation for research activities is often due to some combination of needs that were identified through observations of fielded armor performance, development of new materials and armor structures, knowledge that operational environments are changing, and periodic examination of test methodologies. Current and recent research activities include:
Characterization of ballistic witness materials, such as clay and similar materials used to support body armor during standards-based testing.
Characterization of shear-thickening fluids (STF) that are added to textile-based armor to enhance their ability to resist perforation from some stab threats and resist deformation due to ballistic impacts.
Development of improved data analysis methods.
Development of armor conditioning protocols.
Development of models for impact-protection materials and equipment.