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The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is the Department of Defense's (DoD) environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in full partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other federal and non-federal organizations. To address the highest priority issues confronting the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, SERDP focuses on cross-service requirements and pursues high-risk/high-payoff solutions to the Department’s most intractable environmental problems. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies support the long-term sustainability of DoD’s training and testing ranges as well as significantly reduce current and future environmental liabilities.


Spring 2010 Information Bulletin Features Symposium & Workshop Highlights

Information BulletinThe latest issue of the SERDP & ESTCP Information Bulletin is now online. It highlights (1) the seven Project-of-the-Year Awards announced at the 2009 Partners Symposium; (2) SERDP’s development of a framework for sustainability metrics and reporting at military installations; (3) a Conservation Biology essay on the role of demonstration in translating conservation science into practice; (4) SERDP soot science research, recognized with a Distinguished Paper Award at the 32nd International Symposium on Combustion; (5) recipients of SERDP-sponsored travel awards to the 94th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting; (6) FY 2010 SERDP- and ESTCP-funded efforts in the Environmental Restoration focus area; and (7) new documents now available in our online library.  Past issues


Webcast Now Available on Classification Methods for Military Munitions Response

SERDP and ESTCP are pleased to announce the release of a webcast that provides a tutorial on the sensors, methods, and status of the classification of military munitions using geophysical methods. The webcast covers advanced processing of data collected with existing commercial instruments, as well as the promising results from emerging optimized systems. Click here to view the webcast.


DoD Policy Memo Points to ASETSDefense as Resource on Hexavalent Chromium Alternatives

The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics issued a memo on April 8, 2009, “Minimizing the Use of Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+),” that requires DoD to reduce usage of Cr6+ processes and materials, while ensuring performance and cost-effectiveness continue to be met. To assist DoD organizations with meeting these requirements, the memo points to ASETSDefense as a resource for knowledge on research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) efforts and experience with alternatives.

ASETSDefense – Advanced Surface Engineering Technologies for a Sustainable Defense – is a SERDP and ESTCP initiative that aims to facilitate the implementation of new, environmentally friendly technologies for surface engineering by providing ready access to information and data from RDT&E efforts supported by DoD organizations and the private sector. A central repository of data and information is now available through ASETSDefense for those responsible for qualifying and approving the use of new surface engineering technologies on weapons systems. An informational workshop “ASETSDefense '09: Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defense” was held September 1-3, 2009, in Denver, Colorado. All environment, safety, and occupational health (ESOH) coating issues in new and legacy aircraft, vehicles, and ships were covered; however, special emphasis was given to hexavalent chromium in response to the recent memo.

To access the surface engineering database and view briefings from the ASETSDefense ’09 Workshop, visit


Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Meetings

The SERDP SAB reviews all New Start proposals as well as Continuing projects requesting more than $900,000 for any one year. SAB meetings are open to the public. For additional information, send an e-mail to The upcoming SAB meetings are tentatively scheduled as follows.

  • September 14-16, 2010 (Arlington, VA)
  • October 19-21, 2010 (Arlington, VA)

Principal Investigators: Click here to view sample briefings for the SAB.

Registration Now Available for the Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop!

Partners SymposiumMark your calendars! Registration is now open for the 2010 Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop, sponsored by SERDP and ESTCP, to be held November 30-December 2, 2010 in Washington, D.C. This event typically attracts more than 1,100 attendees and will offer a dynamic opening Plenary Session, 14 technical sessions, three short courses, approximately 450 poster presentations, and a variety of networking opportunities of interest to attendees from the government, academic, and private sectors. Visit the Symposium site ( for details about this event. If you have any questions, e-mail or call (703) 736-4548.


Technical Report, Webcast, and Animation Introduce Geophysical System Verification as a Physics-Based Alternative to GPOs

ESTCP in collaboration with the military Services, state and federal regulators, and the National Association of Ordnance and Explosive Waste Contractors (NAOC) has designed a physics-based alternative to geophysical prove-outs (GPO). Geophysical system verification (GSV) moves resources from an upfront evaluation of geophysical systems to ongoing verification of system performance, building confidence that data generated throughout a munitions response project is meeting project objectives. A report, webcast (1hr 10min), and animation (9 min) present the physics basis of GSV, outline key elements of this approach (instrument verification strip and production blind seeding program), and describe its implementation on an example site.


SERDP Conducts Sustainability Assessment of a Military Installation
Report Presents Design for Sustainability Metrics and Reporting

Mission Sustainability FrameworkThe sustainable management of U.S. military bases requires a comprehensive framework as well as appropriate management metrics and reporting systems to highlight emerging issues and systemic problems. SERDP has developed a mission sustainability framework (MSF) and set of conceptual sustainability metrics for Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in southern California. The prototype framework and conceptual metrics may be considered as the basis for a comprehensive military installation sustainability reporting system. Installations may need to add additional metrics that reflect their unique situation. This report consolidates and presents the key results of this project, including (1) the MSF for categorizing and presenting metrics, (2) examples of sustainability metrics in each MSF category, and (3) a conceptual design for a sustainability reporting system, which can be further developed to work in harmony with other metric reporting systems now in use or development.


Monograph on In Situ Bioremediation of Perchlorate in Groundwater Now Available

Perchlorate Monograph Book CoverSERDP and ESTCP are pleased to announce the release of In Situ Bioremediation of Perchlorate in Groundwater, the first volume in an Environmental Restoration Monograph Series. While significant progress has been made in the development of innovative and more cost-effective environmental remediation technologies, efforts are needed to facilitate broader use of these technologies by government and industry. This monograph will serve as a reference tool for remediation professionals to effectively apply in situ bioremediation of perchlorate in groundwater by providing a critical review of the past decade of intensive research, development, and technology demonstrations. To obtain a copy, click here.

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