IvChemicalbiologicalradiologicalexplosive CBRE detection and protection

Microfabricated sensor suites will provide ample, affordable, error-free forewarning of chemical, biological, radiological, or explosive threat. For those who must work in a contaminated environment, individual protection (masks and clothing) will induce heat stresses no greater than conventional uniforms while providing full protection. Decontamination and neutralization procedures will be effective against agents, yet will be relatively benign to people and the environment. Monitors will provide information on warfighter physiological status and initiate any necessary prophylaxis.

v) Warfighter systems. The warfighter is subjected to periods of intense stress where life or death decisions must be made with incomplete information available, where the physiology of fatigue and pain cloud reason, and where supplemental technology must compete with the 120 pounds of equipment weight s/he must carry. NBIC technologies can address all of these aspects of warfighting. Nanotechnology holds the promise to provide much greater information, connectivity, and risk reduction to the warfighter. The continued miniaturization of electronic devices will provide 100 times more memory with less bulk and weight (a terabit of information in a cm2). Processing speeds will increase to terahertz rates. Displays will be flexible and paper-thin, if not replaced by direct write of information on the retina. High-bandwidth communication will be netted. Prolific unattended sensors and uninhabited, automated surveillance vehicles under personal warfighter control will be providing high data streams on local situations. Weapons will automatically track targets and select precise firing times for greater accuracy. The marriage of semiconductors and biology will provide physiological monitors for alertness, chemical or biological agent threats, and casualty assessment. The small size of the nanodevices will limit the volume, weight, and power burdens.

vi) Non-drug treatments for enhancement of human performance. Without the use of drugs, the union of nanotechnology and biotechnology may be able to modify human biochemistry to compensate for sleep deprivation and diminished alertness, to enhance physical and psychological performance, and to enhance survivability rates from physical injury.

vii) Applications of brain-machine interface. The convergence of all four NBIC fields will give warfighters the ability to control complex entities by sending control actions prior to thoughts (cognition) being fully formed. The intent is to take brain signals (nanotechnology for augmented sensitivity and nonintrusive signal detection) and use them in a control strategy (information technology), and then impart back into the brain the sensation of feedback signals (biotechnology).

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