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Comprised of the Research Liaison Officer (RLO) and the Deployed War-Fighter Protection Program (DWFP) Technical Advisor, the Research Division’s mission is to advocate for pest management and vector control research of interest to the Department of Defense (DoD). The RLO coordinates, prioritizes and identifies research needs and opportunities within DoD, other Federal agencies, universities, private industry and other organizations around the world.
One of primary roles of the Research Division is to manage the DWFP research program. DWFP is an initiative to develop and validate novel methods to protect United States Military deployed abroad from threats posed by disease-carrying insects. Starting in 2004, and administered by the Armed Forces Pest Management Board, the program is funded at $5.1M per year. The DWFP research portfolio is concentrated in 3 specific areas: novel insecticide chemistries/ formulations, application technology and personal protective systems. Program consists of a noncompetitive funding process for United State Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) based research, and a competitive grants process open to non-USDA scientists (investigators from academia, industry, other governments and military entomologists). Up to $3M per year is provided to the USDA ARS, specifically to National Program 104, dealing with veterinary, medical and urban entomology. The ultimate objective is to find techniques to kill disease carrying insects of importance to the military and ultimately find industry partners to get useful products into the market and military stock system.