Identifying Hazardous Materials to Improve System Sustainment and Safety

NCMS Project #: 142161

Problem: Currently, Department of Defense (DOD) organizations do not have adequate tools and processes to quickly identify where heavy metals reside within weapon systems, parts, and processes.  In the Army, current methods to identify hazardous chemical locations require mass taskings to the entire Army resulting in hundreds of hours of research for each chemical of concern as well as the potential for missed locations.  In addition to the potential health effects due to hazardous materials exposure, the supply base for these hazardous materials is shrinking due to increased regulation within the United States (U.S.) and abroad.

Benefit: The completion of this project will serve as a model to commercial industry of how to identify hazardous materials and review their impact on the supply chain for various products.  This will provide a safer environment for workers, consumers, and the public as hazardous materials can be quickly identified, and their impact efficiently mitigated.

Solution/Approach: The intent of this project is to advance commercial technologies and processes to more effectively and efficiently identify hazardous chemicals contained in parts and components found in military vehicles and other equipment.  By improving commercial Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence technologies, this initiative will allow the Army and industry to better understand the location and impacts of hazardous chemicals and develop targeted ways to identify and implement greener, safer solutions in a more effective, efficient, and affordable way.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Enhance mission and warfighter readiness 
  • Increase health and safety of maintainers 
  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Decrease equipment failure and delays 

DOD Participation:

  • Program Executive Office, Ground Combat System (PEO GCS) 
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA) Installations, Energy, and Environment (IE&E) 
  • ASA, Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ALT) 
  • Army Materiel Command 
  • Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) 
  • Defense Logistics Agency  

Industry Participation:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton 
  • MNP Fasteners 
  • SAIC Corporation 
  • BAE 
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Safety

Focus Area:

  • Business IT and analytics