Veridian and the U.S. Air Force Join Forces to Conduct Bio-acoustic Research and Development

Dayton, Ohio, July 2, 2001 -- Veridian is pleased to announce the company has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Air Force Research Laboratory to conduct mission-related hearing protection research and development. This agreement enables Veridian to test and evaluate new and improved hearing-protective devices for a broad range of customers, including commerical firms, military organizations, academic institutions and, with prior approval, other governments.

The CRADA is between Veridian and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Human Effectiveness Directorate. The research will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The AFRL will allow Veridian access to bio-acoustics facilities for this work. These include the Real Ear Attenuation Testing, Microphone in Real Ear, Auditory Localization Facility, and Voice Research and Evaluation System. Bio-acoustics R&D focuses on protecting human hearing from high-intensity noise and on ensuring the quality of the information presented to the listener.

The AFRL's bio-acoustics facilities are certified to perform the tests specified by the Department of Defense (DoD) Hearing Conservation Working Group. Vendors selling hearing protection to DoD agencies must have their products tested against the most recent American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards (ansi.org). Veridian's Human Systems Group will conduct these tests.

Veridian scientists and engineers will work along side the world-class AFRL Human Effectiveness Directorate staff. Through this CRADA, the Directorate will acquire information about bio-acoustics developments essential to the DoD mission. Further, Veridian will maintain and enhance the capabilities of important AFRL R&D resources and facilities.

Al Kart, Veridian Program Manager explains, "Working hand-in-hand with our DoD, indsutry, non-DoD organizations and academic partners, we look forward to this promising work. Through effective use of AFRL's unique facilities, Veridian and the firms we serve will benefit greatly. This CRADA will bring long-needed attention to the important area of hearing protection and conservation and will allow access to unique Air Force facilities that have not been available to the private sector."

Veridian is an information technology solutions company serving government and commercial customers. A private company with annual revenues of $650 million, Veridian operates at more than 50 locations in the US and overseas, and employs nearly 5,000 computer scientists and software development engineers, information security specialists, systems analysts, scientists, engineers and other information technology professionals. The company is known for building strong, long-term relationships with a highly sophisticated customer base.

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