Chemical and biological (CB) threats have become increasingly ubiquitous and diverse. They present a risk to our stability operators in pandemic outbreak scenarios, and our warfighters serving in diverse operating environments. State-of-the-art protective equipment continues to severely limit mobility and performance of the user because of a dependence upon protective garments that are thick, heavy, and cumbersome. The Personalized Protective Biosystem (PPB) program aims to reduce protective equipment needs while increasing protection against existing and future CB threats.
PPB technologies aims to improve stability and provide flexibility for field-forward individuals operating in austere environments--regardless of threat. This will be achieved with lightweight materials and adaptable, tissue-protective countermeasures acting independently, or as an ensemble, to provide on-demand, broad spectrum, and rapid protection. Most importantly, the program will leverage molecular components or commensal organisms at key points of vulnerability to remove protective equipment burden from the user. Successful PPB technologies would therefore change how the military and public health communities perform in unpredictable threat environments.
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