Warfighter Protection Division

Welcome to the Warfighter Protection Division

WPD conducts research on and develops standards for Warfighter injury mechanisms, human tolerance levels, injury risk mitigation technologies, and health hazards present in the full spectrum of Army operational and training environments including aviation and ground operations, medical evacuation platforms, combat vehicles, and weapons systems.

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Operational Survival Analysis Branch

  • The Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury (JTAPIC) section focuses on Warfighter personal protective equipment analysis, safety, and the identification of injury mitigation strategies.
  • The Aviation Life Support Equipment Retrieval Program maximizes the level of protection afforded to Army aircrew members by analyzing aviation life support equipment (ALSE), studying injury mechanisms, tracking patterns, and bringing awareness to issues that can potentially decrease the level of protection afforded to Army aircrew members.

Injury Biomechanics Branch

  • Studies the effects of exposure to physical forces on the health, safety, and performance of U.S. Army aviation and ground, mounted and dismounted Warfighters.
  • Uses various standardized and unique methods, such as epidemiological research, computer modeling, laboratory simulation, crash manikins and human volunteers, mishap investigations of combat ALSE studies, the investigation of ground vehicular incidents.

Airworthiness Certification and Evaluation Branch

  • Contributes to the protection of the injured or ill Warfighter through the MEDEVAC system.
  • Tests and evaluates the performance of medical systems in the U.S. military aeromedical evacuation environment.
  • Provides recommendations for improving rotary-wing and ground ambulance medical interior design to accommodate varying skill sets of ground and rotary-wing patient care providers
  • Studies the impact of transport environmental factors (e.g., jolt and vibration) on patient physiology, medical technologies, and immobilization techniques; quantifying environmental stress dose-patient response relationship.
Last Updated 09/06/2013

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