Identify, prioritize, and execute research and development projects that satisfy interagency requirements to provide advanced tools, techniques, and guidelines that enhance personnel security.
The Personnel Protection (PP) Subgroup develops new equipment, reference tools, and standards to improve the protection of high risk personnel (HRP). Projects focus on putting innovative tools such as automated information management systems, communication devices, and mobile surveillance systems, as well as personnel and vehicle protection equipment in the hands of those tasked with the safety of HRP. The subgroup delivers new technologies to military, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The PP Subgroup is co-chaired by representatives from the Department of Energy and the Department of State.
Communications, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
Develop technologies that provide military and law enforcement personnel with a greater capability of covertly communicating and collecting surveillance data to identify and mitigate terrorist threats against personnel. Provide tools to tag, track, and locate mission critical personnel. Develop technology that enhances situational awareness of mission operations.
Individual Protection and Survivability
Enhance the protection of personnel during blast and ballistic events. Develop technologies that increase the performance of body armor by reducing weight and optimizing material performance. Develop test devices and procedures that provide more biofidelic responses during blast and ballistic testing events in order to mitigate the probability of personnel injury. Quantify the effects of conventional and enhanced blast damage mechanisms to the body.
Develop reference materials, information management systems, and analytical tools to enhance mission preparation, facilitate decision making, and improve incident response capabilities. Automate software tools to more efficiently exploit intelligence and surveillance data. Generate tools that will augment the detection of networks, relationship resolution, and tracking terrorists through large amounts of data
Enhance personnel security during vehicular, marine, and air transportation. Develop techniques to increase protection against blast and ballistic threats during transit. Conduct performance evaluations and studies to assess the protection capabilities of transport mechanisms, and generate solutions to optimize protection.