US Army Awards for Top 10 Inventions of 2005

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Technical innovation is present in all militaries, but America’s combination of do-it-yourself types, large defense budgets, and a gadget-happy national character makes it particularly fertile ground. Now add a global war and its challenges, plus a defense sector with a strong small business component made up of ex-military types. The overall innovation transmission belt may not be as tight or as effective as Israel’s or Singapore’s, but the scale of the US defense establishment more than compensates in terms of the sheer number produced. Adoption, of course, is another matter. One way to improve it is to raise the profile of sucessful innovations through awards. Along those lines, the US Army recently recognized some special innovators by naming its “Top 10 inventions of 2005,” a list that should be of interest to many militaries around the world. It includes… # Combat Application Tourniquet. A total of 145,000 tourniquets were purchased and fielded to personnel in the Central Command area of operation between April 2005 and July 2005. See June 2006 MedGadget article re: the HemCom bandage; also June 2007 UK MoD article. # Persistent Threat Detection System. An aerostat-based persistent surveillance and sensor set. In addition to the tethered blimp, […]

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