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    Founded in 1910 by the U.S. Forest Service to serve as a centralized, national wood research laboratory, the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) has a long history of providing technical services to other government agencies, including those within the Defense (DoD). A recent search of FPL’s library and correspondence files revealed that approximately 10,000 articles, reports, manuals, other technical publications, and communications have been generated and provided to the DoD since 1910. FPL has provided support on a broad array of technical questions—from designing lightweight packaging systems for transporting materiel to Europe and the South Pacific during World War II to assisting in the design and repair of motor mounts for minesweepers used in Desert Storm. This article offers a brief review of some of the contributions FPL has made in support of the United States’ military.

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    Risbrudt, Christopher D.; Ross, Robert J.; Blankenburg, Julie J.; Nelson, Charles A. 2007. Forest Products Laboratory : supporting the nation''s armed forces with valuable wood research for 90 years. Forest products journal. Vol. 57, nos. 1/2 (Jan./Feb. 2007): pages [6]-14.


    Forest products, military aspects, United States, wood, history, research institutes, Dept. of Defense, Forest Products Laboratory, utilization, research

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