DuPont Showcases 200-Year Commitment to the U.S. Armed Forces with Historic Look at the Safety of the American Soldier

Oct 25, 2004, 01:00 ET from DuPont

    WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont, the driving innovator
 and present day leader behind the life-saving protective materials of
 DuPont(TM) Kevlar(R) and DuPont(TM) Nomex(R), is showcasing its longstanding
 relationship with the U.S. Armed Forces with a historical display at the
 Association of the U.S. Army convention.  The display depicts the science
 company's innovations in supporting and protecting the American soldier over
 the last 200 years.
     As a global leader in safety and protection, DuPont's bullet-resistant
 Kevlar(R) and flame-resistant Nomex(R) are essential materials protecting
 today's U.S. military personnel stationed abroad and serving the public at
 home.  DuPont(TM) Kevlar(R) brand fiber is a key component in nearly all
 helmets and body armor used by U.S. military soldiers.  DuPont(TM) Kevlar(R)
 is the life-saving force in blast mitigation, bomb blankets for bomb
 decommissioning and detonation, armored vehicles and aircraft security
 applications.  DuPont(TM) Nomex(R) brand fiber is designed for thermal
 protection and is a key component in flight suits worn by nearly all military
 aviation personnel.
     Long before these modern scientific breakthroughs, DuPont began its
 relationship with the country at the urging of Thomas Jefferson, who persuaded
 company founder E.I. du Pont to help supply gunpowder for the emerging nation
 in 1802.  Since that time, DuPont has continued its commitment to U.S.
 military personnel by developing safety and protection products and services
 that shield, shelter, outfit and support U.S. military and civilian personnel
 at home and overseas.
     "DuPont has a storied heritage and relationship with the U.S. Armed Forces
 which extends back to this country's formative years," said Greg Parker, North
 America business manager, Life Protection.  "With its proud record of service,
 DuPont continues to be a scientific ally for the United States Army.  We help
 provide the armed forces with an arsenal of protection that was unimaginable
 in the past, and we look forward to continuing this role long into the
     One example of the DuPont commitment to enhance the technology of
 materials for use by today and tomorrow's warfighter is through the company's
 partnership with the U.S. Army Research Office and the Massachusetts Institute
 of Technology in the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN).  The goal
 of ISN is to increase the protection and survival rate of U.S. soldiers with
 new technologies.  As a founding science partner of ISN, DuPont is exploring
 nanotechnology and developing protective lightweight molecular materials to
 equip the U.S. soldier of the future with uniforms and gear that will help
 heal them, shield them and protect them in warfare.
     In addition to protecting the health of the warfighter, DuPont is
 developing technology to provide power for the dismounted soldier.
 State-of-the-art Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) technology uses DuPont
 components (based on DuPont(TM) Nafion(R)) and provides 4 times the energy
 density of primary batteries for a 72-hour mission.  A member of the Army
 Collaborative Technology Alliance on Power and Energy, DuPont is actively
 working to enhance the performance and durability of membrane electrode
 assemblies, the core components in a fuel cell.  Through partnerships with
 system developers, the improved components are enabling next-generation DMFC
 power supplies that are smaller, lighter and able to deliver power to the
 soldier under a broader range of environmental conditions.
     "Throughout DuPont's long history with the U.S. military, there has always
 been a single driving force behind our work - the safety of the American
 soldier," said Parker.  "We look forward to continuing this relationship for
 many years to come and developing products to help ensure American soldiers
 are protected from every battlefront scenario."
     DuPont is a science company.  Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work
 by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life
 for people everywhere.  Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a
 wide range of innovative products and services for markets including
 agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection,
 home and construction, transportation and apparel.
     The DuPont Oval, DuPont(TM), The miracles of science(TM), Kevlar(R),
 Nafion(R) and Nomex(R) are trademarks or registered trademarks of DuPont or
 its affiliates.