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Northrop Grumman and University of Central Florida Partner for Military Physiological Study

Representatives from Northrop Grumman and the University of Central Florida signed a partnership agreement to collaborate on a military study. Seated: Dr. Jim Barry, Northrop Grumman; and Dr. M.J. Soileau, Univ. of Central Florida. Standing (left to right): Northrop Grumman's Colleen McGuigan, Jeff Jancek, Dan Spalding and Andy Mohler; Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission's Eric Ushkowitz; and the Univ. of Central Florida's Dr. Tom O'Neal and Ed Schons.
by Staff Writers
Orlando FL (SPX) Oct 20, 2006
Northrop Grumman has announced a partnership agreement with the University of Central Florida, Orlando, to collaborate on a study that examines the effects of physiological stress on warfighters. As part of the agreement, Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector and the University of Central Florida will collaborate on research and development that study human performance under high-stress environments.

"This partnership with the University of Central Florida will bring together strong backgrounds and expertise in military operations, research and development," said Dr. Jim Barry, vice president of technology integration and applications at Northrop Grumman's IT sector. "Through the analysis of our research findings, the results of this project will impact the way our military and homeland security personnel are trained and respond to critical situations."

The first phase of the project will examine research of similar analyses for results and lessons learned. Additional phases will include studies of rigorous exercises on military personnel to assess human performance under realistic physically and mentally-demanding environments.

"This dynamic partnership of industry, academia and the state of Florida will result in updated findings that can be better adapted to current field conditions," said Dr. M.J. Soileau, vice president for research at the University of Central Florida. "This effort would not have been possible without the support of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council."

In addition to military applicability, the data collected can provide valuable information about the effects of motion-based stressors on the human psyche to law enforcement and first responder agencies.

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