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We conduct operationally relevant research to support modern expeditionary and special forces and traditional ground forces by focusing on enhancing the readiness and resilience of our warfighters. We have seven teams that conduct both individual studies and integrative research to optimize performance and build resilience.
  • Applied Translational Exercise and Metabolic Physiology Team (ATEAM)
  • Biobehavioral Sciences Laboratory (BSL)
  • Expeditionary Cognitive Sciences (ExCS)
  • Food Utilization and Energy Laboratory (FUEL)
  • Physical and Cognitive Operational Research Environment (PhyCORE) Laboratory
  • Sleep, Tactical Efficiency, and Endurance Laboratory (STEEL)
  • Thermal Physiology Laboratory
Researchers who support our Readiness & Resilience portfolio have expertise in biomechanics, physiology, neuroscience, psychology, nutrition, and hardware and software engineering.


Our readiness and resilience research optimizes human performance by developing strategies to increase physical and mental resilience, enhancing physical and mental skills training, defining the physical and cognitive limits of healthy warfighters, and investigating individual genetic characteristics that may mediate stress effects.


  • Increase understanding of warfighter physiology
  • Support performance tracking and mental skills training
  • Identify factors that influence and mitigate chronic stress exposure
  • Improve warfighter physical and cognitive readiness and resilience
  • Define the physical and cognitive limits of healthy warfighters
  • Preserve warfighter performance by investigating the individual differences in genetic predisposition, hormone profiles, physical fitness, cardiac modulation, dietary habits, and coping skills that may buffer the effects of stress


  • State-of-the-art 3-bedroom sleep physiology laboratory that includes an ecologically valid shipboard berthing compartment
  • Physiological and cognitive research using the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) to provide an IVRE that mirrors real-world situations and scenarios
  • Evaluation of the operational effects of fatigue and countermeasures
  • Field research and physiological monitoring using experimental and commercial off-the-shelf wearables
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) testing and evaluation
  • Cognitive function, skills, and performance assessments
  • Physical fitness and body composition standards research
  • Analysis of urine, saliva, and blood biomarkers
  • Evaluation of nutritional approaches to optimize warfighter performance
  • Effects of the physiological and cognitive effects of extreme environments (e.g., cold, heat, altitude) on performance


  • Study of the impact of intense exercise on hormone levels and inflammatory response
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) measurement to identify objective neuromarkers of performance
  • Static and dynamic validation of mobile EEG systems
  • Evaluation of body armor systems on the biomechanics of walking and marksmanship in infantry Marines
  • Characterization of physiological and physical changes in special operators while training and operating undersea
  • Assessment of mind and body in special forces operators moving through close quarters combat training

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