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Agent Defeat Weapon Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA!-05-P-0032
Agency Tracking Number: T041-012-0014
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA04-012
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-12-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-06-22
Small Business Information
4001 Office Court Drive, Suite 303, Santa Fe, NM, 87507
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gerald Smith
 (505) 438-2654
Business Contact
 Gerald Smith
Title: Managing Member
Phone: (505) 438-2654
Research Institution
Penetrating radiation holds the greatest promise as a non-intrusive means of destroying biological and chemical agents inside sealed containers, if the appropriate form is used. There are two recognized means including exposure to neutrons or application of pulses of gamma rays. Because of the pervasiveness of neutrons and the extremely large threat of collateral damage to humans, neutrons are only effective in remote locations or highly shielded areas (4-6 ft. of concrete). Gamma ray flashes can be provided by nuclear isomers or annihilation of positrons. Since nuclear isomers comprise long-lived radioactive materials, they also present the threat of collateral damage to humans and the environment. Only positrons are deployable in both remote and confined areas, can be turned on and off at will and can be used without threat of contamination of humans or the environment (no collateral casualties). New technology capable of destroying, disabling or denying use of chemical and biological (CB) agent attacks, as well as neutralizing stockpiles, must be explored. Positron Annihilation Energy (PAE) holds great promise as a novel agent defeat system.

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