Defense Systems Digest
19 May 2020


Notable Technical Inquiry

What is the status of face masks utilizing copper mesh filtration systems?

DSIAC was asked about the development of tactical and surgical/medical reusable face masks that use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved copper mesh antimicrobial filters. DSIAC coordinated with the developer to obtain references on the effectiveness of the copper mesh, determine an estimate of production capability, and produce a white paper. DSIAC researched recent developments involving the use of copper and copper/silver, nanoparticle, embedded fabrics for antimicrobial purposes, as well as previous uses of and issues with silver, nanoparticle, and embedded fabrics.…

Voice From The Community

David Francis

System Engineer, Reliability Availability and Maintainability (RAM)/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

I have held a variety of engineering and leadership positions on programs ranging from F-16, F-2, T-50, and F-35, as well as experience outside of Lockheed Martin in design, maintenance, and operations. Additionally, engineering, maintenance, and safety in flight operations were intertwined during my time with Mission Aviation Fellowship as a pilot and mechanic. I am currently working as a technical advisor in Sacheon, Republic of Korea, where I specialize in reliability, maintainability, diagnostics, condition-based maintenance, and reliability-centered maintenance analysis.

In This Issue

DoD Remains Flexible, Agile in Face of Coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will continue its work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the governors across the country to try to stay ahead of the pandemic, said Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper at a Pentagon news conference. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaking alongside Esper, said the military has been flexible in changing its responses to the needs of the various communities. Some 62,000 Service members are supporting the fight against COVID-19, with more than 3,500 DoD health care professionals working on the front lines of some of the hardest-hit areas, Esper said, adding that he will continue to assess the situation and tailor the DoD's capabilities to what civilian agencies might need.

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