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Protect The Force Wins DoD ‘Game Changer’ Award for No-Contact Technology

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

VANCOUVER, B.C. – January 16, 2017 – Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or the “Company”) (TSX-V : MRS) announces that Protect The Force (“PTF”) has won the US Army Department of Defense Proof Challenge ‘Game Changer’ award for the integration of its proprietary No-Contact technology into BioChemical Warfighter Protection suits.

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPOE-CBD) of the Department of Defense Armed Forces invited the textile technology and innovation community to participate in the Proof: Department of Defense BioChemical Warfighter Protection Challenge for a chance to win cash prizes. In addition to the awarded prize money, winners will have their work seen by some of the top companies in the apparel industry, be showcased on the Proof Challenge Facebook page and will work with JPEO-CBD on the next steps of bringing their suit ideas to reality.

Protect The Force’s winning submission incorporates its proprietary No-Contact technology into a matrix of pulse electric conductive textiles and wearable components that can be modulated at different energy levels. PTF’s proposal is based on the concept of on-demand activation and deactivation of the No-Contact system, killing chemical and biological agents by means of modulated electricity discharges. “We are essentially introducing a wearable protective force field into the BioChemical Warfighter Protection industry”, states Francisco Martinez, Chief Technology Officer of Protect The Force.

The current chemical biological suit’s burden, weight and bulkiness restrict the Warfighter’s agility, range of motion and maneuverability necessary to conduct their duties. The incentivized prize competition sought innovative ideas for solutions that will increase Warfighter mobility, dexterity and tactility, allowing the Warfighter to complete all relevant tasks in a fast and comfortable manner, without cognitive/physiological fatigue associated with the ensemble.

Francisco Martinez further states, “Winning this award is a tremendous honor and an accomplishment that we are very proud of considering that all proposals were reviewed by the Department of Defense Subject Matter Experts (SME) – highly respected scientists and experts in the field of chemical and biological protection – and ours selected for the Game Changer technology award. We look forward to working with the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense.”


Friday, September 30th, 2016

At Modern Day Marine the WL Gore & Assoc booth has traditionally been about organizational clothing and individual equipment but with an ever increasing emphasis on CBRNE, Gore brought out its latest CHEMPAK technologies. Created as an alternative to traditional carbon fabric suits, Gore has incorporated not only new, breathable membranes, but also innovative design features to enhance the garment’s functionality and by extension, the comfort and endurance of the wearer.

They displayed three different suits. Although they all look similar, and are based on the same technology, they offer different sets of features. Named the CPCSU-2 Chemical & Biological Protective Combat Suit family, they are based on work done for SOF Chem-Bio suits and designed for a wide range of mission sets including combatting WMD, military humanitarian support operations and military support of civilian authority operations.

CPCSU-2 with Integrated Optional MOPP Scale Hood & Gloves

Providing durable, broad protection, it is easy to don and offers MOPP interfaces to the suit. When compared to traditional carbon suits, the CHEMPAK material improved heat loss by more than 20 percent.

CPCSU-2 Flex Fit Design

This Flex Fit design was created for increased range of motion and lower audible signature. The thermal burden in this suit is also lower than others.

CPCSU-2 Jumpsuit Design

This suit was designed for affordability. Consequently, it doesn’t incorporate some of the features of the other two suits. However, thanks to the CHEMPAK membrane, the thermal burden remains lower than carbon suits.

Design Features

Gore has done some great work on these suits. Those of you who are divers may see some familiar concepts from dry suits. However, the features below may not be available for all of the suits.

Many of you are familiar with Gore-Tex TOPO fabric, a recently introduced stretch membrane for protection from the elements. The CHEMPAK suits integrate a similar stretch technology. These are incorporated as panels into key areas of the coverall to ensure flexibility while maintaining integrity of the suit’s environment.  In all three cases, these are coverall designs which decrease the possibility of contamination via a compromised suit. 

Another example is this glove interface which allows the wearer to quickly transition from MOPP 3 to 4 by pulling his hands in and inserting them into the attached gloves. Then, the user simply rolls up the opening and secures it with Velcro to seal it off and stows it under the cuff.

The CPCSU-2 also offers a removable hood which integrates into the suit as well as the mask. The advantages here are obvious; there’s no entry of outside air under gaps in the skirt of the traditional external hood. The membrane will also breath better than the rubber hood traditionally used with protective masks.

Finally, the legs of the CPCSU-2 open up to facilitate donning, yet close easily. Here, you can see the stretch material.

You may notice that the outer shells are removable. This is for maintenance as well as allowing the user to change his ‘paint job’ based on the environment he will be working in. In addition to environmental camouflage patterns, the user can select solid colors for low profile work or high visibility hues for disaster relief. Additionally, the user can specify different face fabrics for the shell. For example, full FR protection, no melt/no drip or anti-static are different shell fabric options.

Finally, independant testing shows that the CPCSU-2 family is lighter and lower unpacked volume than carbon-based suits.

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US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center Develops Integrated Respiratory and Eye Protective Scarf

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Researchers Dave Caretti, Dan Barker and Doug Wilke, at the US Army’s Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center submitted a concept for a new simple-to-don mask to protect wearers against riot control agents such as 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile, also known as CS, to the center’s Internal Innovative Development of Employee Advanced Solutions Program. The program gives developers one year to work on a project.


Unfortunately, the year long development came to a close before Integrated Respiratory and Eye Protective Scarf was completely finished. The design works well for those with beards and accommodates other headborne equipment such as earpro and the filter component passed the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health standards for protection from a CS riot control agent and demonstrated a filtration capacity of up to 140 minute.  Although, the team still needs to work out the Eye protection element of the project.  Since so few wear goggles but rather rely on eyeglasses, the team has experimented with gaskets around the edges.  


Monday, September 21st, 2015


CQC Limited has been manufacturing combat clothing and equipped for the UK Ministry of Defence and allied nations for over 60 years. As you can see from their booth, they are still going strong.

This Is How The French Do CBRN

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015



Friday, May 15th, 2015

Army RDECOM’s DeconGel is a peelable, liquid polymer that sticks to surfaces and removes contamination. No need to hose anything down with water. Just spray it on and peel it off.


Warrior Expo ADStv | Specialized Chemical Ordnance Transportation System

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

ADS Inc and United Tactical Supply teamed up to offer the Specialized Chemical Ordnance Transportation System. The SCOT system includes all the tools and materials necessary for sealing, decontamination, and transport of unexploded chemical ordnance.

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Got Some Time To Kill on Thanksgiving? Give Nukemap A Whirl

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Nuke Map is a GoogleMaps-based Nuclear effects planning tool. Developed by Alex Wellerstein and hosted on Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog, it allows you to visualize the effects of nuclear weapons on geographic areas you are familiar with. You select the location and weapon; Nukemap does the rest.


I chose a local area and a 100kt terrorist weapon. Looks like we’d lose Jungle Golf. Fortunately, the Dairy Queen would be spared, although I wouldn’t eat there for a few hundred years or so.

Dairy Queen is safe

Gallows humor aside, it’s an interesting look into a threat that many have forgotten. You can also try Nukemap 3D.

Tennessee Apparel and WL Gore Partner to Produce New CBRN Ensembles for USSOCOM

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013


Tennessee Apparel Corp. (TAC), manufacturer of military garments, has been identified as the only qualified source for the procurement of chemical and biological protective garments under the Uniform Integrated Protection Ensemble Increment 1 (UIPE I1) effort. TAC has received the production option on a $129MM firm-fixed-price contract that had been issued in February 2012.

The chemical and biological protective ensemble is a layered clothing system that consists of a lightweight combat uniform worn over a CB protective undergarment. W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore), a world leader in the development of high-performance protective fabrics, is the key material supplier on the contract. Gore’s stretch GORE® CHEMPAK® selectively permeable fabric is used in the protective undergarment layer of the clothing system.

This clothing system provides enhanced individual protective capabilities through superior protection from warfare agents after wear, and after exposure to petroleum, oils, lubricants (POL) and other environmental contaminants. In addition, the innovative undergarment design integrates easily with current combat gear and personal protective equipment.

The breathable performance of GORE® CHEMPAK® selectively permeable fabric reduces thermal burden by allowing perspiration vapor (sweat) to escape. In addition, the stretch construction allows for a comfortable, next-to-skin fit, which further reduces heat stress by eliminating the thermal insulating layer that surrounds the body and by increasing heat loss through convection.

“We are excited about the launch of the UIPE I1 chemical and biological protective garment for the Special Operations community,” says Rick Francis, Co-President of Tennessee Apparel Corp. “This durable, low-profile protective undergarment is truly a revolutionary CB product that will protect the Operator while allowing them to be more functional during operations in adverse conditions.”

Mike Kienzle, Product Specialist at Gore for GORE® CHEMPAK® products, says, “This is another instance of a user group choosing GORE® CHEMPAK® selectively permeable fabric because of the combination of durable, broad protection, and reduced thermal burden. This is a paradigm shift when compared to traditional chemical and biological protective fabrics.” Kienzle adds, “Our commercially available selectively permeable fabrics have been certified for use in civil responder protective ensembles and approved for use in other US military CB protective ensembles.”

The chemical and biological protective clothing system is suitable for wear while performing combat operations, whether on land or at sea, in any climate, with minimal impact on combat effectiveness. The versatile design allows for easy integration with current and developmental clothing and equipment including load-bearing equipment, handwear, footwear, and protective masks.

For more information about Tennessee Apparel Corporation’s military product offerings call 931.455.3491, or email Rick Francis at

For more information about GORE® CHEMPAK® products, visit or call 1.800.463.GORE (4673).

DSEi – UK Trade & Investment Defence and Security Organisation

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The MoD posts members over to UK Trade & Investment to provide the defense industry with SMEs and support for foreign sales. They are displaying a wide variety of products at DSEi that are examples of the work conducted by this team of service members but one seems a great fit for SSD.


This Technology Demonstrator Program for Low Burden CBRN Protective Combat Clothing ensemble was developed by Bluecher consists of a separate hood, UBACS, Combat Trousers and Boots. It is compatible with the new General Service Respirator from Scott (not shown). The garment can be worn for 6 months while retaining CBRN protective characteristics in addition to FR.