April 02, 2016

"US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced an initiative Friday to create smart textiles that one day could see tents made of power-generating fabric, running shoes as light as socks and uniforms that detect chemical and nuclear contamination."

Phys.org: The Department of Defense is investing $75 million to help create "Advanced Functional Fabrics of America"—a consortium of 89 companies, universities, researchers and startups that will innovate new fibers and textiles, Carter said as he unveiled the program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). via AFP

'"Revolutionary fibers and textiles have enormous potential for our defense mission," the Pentagon chief said.

'"For example, lightweight sensors, woven into the nylon of parachutes, will be able to catch small tears that otherwise would expand in midair, risking paratroopers' lives."

'Carter, a physicist, frequently stresses the need for the Pentagon to invest in new technologies and likes to cite GPS, jet engines and the Internet as examples of military innovations that have also transformed civilian life.'

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