Can We Determine the Genetic, Physiologic, & Behavioural Predictors of Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Specialised Military Men?

Research Paper Title Genetic, Physiologic, and Behavioral Predictors of Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Specialized Military Men. Background Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is a crucial performance requirement of specialised military occupations. Age and physical activity are established predictors of CRF, but it is not clear how these predictors combine with each other and/or with genetic predisposition. The goal… Read More

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US Navy EOD Operators’ use of Psychological Strategies is Comparable to that of Elite Athletes

Research Paper Title Psychological Strategies During Military Training Are Linked to Resilience in US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operators. Background The researchers describe the psychological strategies (PS) used by a specialised military population, US Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), during training and military operations. They also aimed to establish the relationship between PS and resilience.… Read More

What is the Defence General Munitions (DGM) Team?

The Defence General Munitions (DGM) Project Team, part of the Weapons Operating Centre, is responsible for the acquisition, in-service management and disposal of all general munitions in support of all three Services. Within the inventory, DGM manages over 700 different explosive natures as well as several hundred non-explosive items. Reference Doing Business with Defence Handbook. Edition 24 (2018).

Bacteria & Clearing Landmines

“Genetically engineered fluorescent bacteria can hunt for mines Battlefields strewn with mines are one of the nastiest legacies of war. They ensure that, long after a conflict has ceased, people continue to be killed and maimed by its aftermath. In 1999, the year the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty came into force, there were more than 9,000 such casualties, most… Read More

Is there a Metabolic Cost (Premium) of Walking in an EOD Suit?

Research Paper Title Predicting the Metabolic Cost of Walking while Wearing Explosive Ordnance Disposal Protective Clothing. Introduction The use of improvised explosive devices (IED) is becoming more prevalent in modern warfare, civil unrest and lone wolf terrorism. This has led to a greater role for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians to neutralise the threat of… Read More