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DARPA Launches Warfighter Performance Measurement Initiative; Eric Van Gieson Quoted

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched a program helping the Department of Defense sustain and reinforce U.S. military readiness through the study of warfighter biology. The Measuring Biological Aptitude program seeks to understand biological processes and factors that could affect the performance of specialized military roles, DARPA said Tuesday.

Researchers will analyze samples and performance data from select military specializations to identify biological imprints and define a measurement process. The results will allow the agency to update the baseline for upcoming recruits and assess soldiers' potential. DARPA also noted that commanders may leverage the program to adjust combat strategies, confirm potential health risks and provide recovery methods.

Eric Van Gieson, MBA program manager, said providing people with their biological information assists them in the consideration of other career opportunities. The agency intends to host an industry day on Feb. 12 to explain the program and accommodate proposals from interested MBA service providers.

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