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Research, Development, Testing, & Evaluation (RDT&E)


The DoD Lock Program Research, Development, Testing, & Evaluation (RDT&E) Team is primarily sponsored by the Physical Security Enterprise and Analysis Group (PSEAG).  The PSEAG mission is led by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Programs/Nuclear Matters (OASD(NCB/NM)).  The mission of PSEAG is to harmonize physical security material requirements to develop, demonstrate and evaluate emerging interoperable RDT&E solutions.  It focuses on closing DoD-wide capability gaps through investments resulting in programs of record, technology insertions, or commercial off-the-shelf solutions.  The PSEAG leverages solutions across nuclear and conventional physical security environments as well as counter nuclear threats.


The DoD Lock Program RDT&E Team provides state-of-the-art solutions using advanced materials and engineering designs for securing and hardening mission critical facilities, security tracking of AA&E, and improved locking devices, seals, safes, vaults, and containers. We support warfighter operations and mission accomplishment using the most cost efficient and timely approach.


Contact the DoD Lock Program for more information:

Toll-free:  (800) 290-7607
Commercial:  (805) 982-1212
DSN:  551-1212
E-mail:  RDT&E Team


Some of the projects the DoD Lock Program’s RDT&E is working on:

Internal Locking Device - Develop high security locking systems to address security vulnerabilities in high security padlock and hasp systems currently used on structures protecting nuclear, chemical, and category I and II conventional weapons.  Integrate biometric access controls into the ILD locking system for positive identification of personnel accessing weapon storage magazines.  Visit our ILD page for more information.
Shipboard Security Systems - This project identifies security, operational, and functional requirements for shipboard security containers to ensure these containers meet storage, shock, vibration and mounting requirements.  In coordination with the Chief of Naval Operations, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and Shipbuilders, tasks for this project include the development of Government Services Administration (GSA)-approved shipboard security containers and mounting systems; federal specifications for testing equipment for usage in shipboard and other harsh environments; and updates to policy requirements to mitigate current security vulnerabilities and standardize protection of classified information aboard ship.  The current generation of products developed ensure that shipboard security containers are able to stay in place during all sea states, are operable when needed, and do not modify the GSA container in any significant manner.  The new lightweight container products developed from this effort will meet the performance requirements of GSA Class 6 containers, also meeting environmental, functional, and operational requirements.  Once the manufacturers’ products are approved through GSA testing, they will be available for procurement.
Advanced Container Security Device (ACSD) - This project adapts the capabilities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Container Security Device (CSD) to meet Navy/DoD physical security, explosive safety, anti-tamper, and situational awareness requirements for munitions transport and storage.
  • Automated Chain of Custody
  • Tamper Evidence
  • Improved Situational Awareness
  • Autonomous GPS
  • Targeting and Interdiction in Case of Theft
Weapons Tracking Seal - This project leverages approved Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) global communications and tracking tag concepts to provide an automated chain of custody for weapons and other assets.  The Weapons Tacking Seal project will provide DoD with the following benefits: tamper evidence, improved situational awareness, targeting and interdiction capability in case of theft.  The tracking seals used by DHS are reusable, ruggedized devices with a simple operator interface, which are interoperable in intermodal transport.  Use of these tags within a structured, web-based Command, Control, Communications, Computer, and Intelligence (C4I) network provides material shippers with near real time situational awareness of the sealed shipment with regards to location, and information on container door openings.  When used in conjunction with Advanced Container Security Device system, the proposed material tracking tags help system operators meet physical security and situational awareness requirements when shipping sensitive items.
Physical Security of Storage Magazines - Doors - This project provides design criteria for magazine door systems (new and retrofitable) that provide a known and acceptable level of delay against specific forced and unauthorized entry threats.  Improved attack technology has advanced to the point where conventional storage magazines often do not meet physical security requirements.


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