Dimitra Stratis-Cullum, biomaterials team leader at the Army Research Laboratory, said at a Defense One event in Washington, D.C. that the Army is studying synthetic biology capabilities for camouflage applications, Defense One reported Monday.
âWe want our soldiers to be able to move and not be detected on the battlefield. We donât want their infrared signature to be detected. Thereâs a whole host of signatures that we worry about that could allow them to be targeted,â Stratis-Cullum noted.
TâJae Gibson Ellis, the Armyâs spokesperson, added that synthetic biology is one of ARLâs top research priorities that will build on previous developments under the Living Materials program. According to Startis-Cullum, the labÂ will focus on studying capabilities for soldier survivability rather than modifying warfigtersâ genetic makeup.
âNow we can actually take from nature, so if we could do that in a scalable, stable, limited way, we could bring new concepts to concealment,â she said.