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Research & Development Associates Fall Forum November 2009. Fielded Individual/Assault Ration Improvement Project R&DA Boot Camp. Judith Aylward, MS, RD Sr. Food Technologist Supplier/Vendor Liaison Individual Combat Rations Team DoD Combat Feeding Directorate.

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Research & Development Associates

Fall Forum

November 2009

Fielded Individual/Assault Ration Improvement Project

R&DA Boot Camp

Judith Aylward, MS, RD

Sr. Food Technologist

Supplier/Vendor Liaison

Individual Combat Rations Team

DoD Combat Feeding Directorate

combat ration development integration process
Combat Ration Development & Integration Process

Bench-Top Sensory Evaluations

Produced/Packaged in USA

Packaging

IS ITEM APPROPRIATE FOR COMBAT RATIONS?

Shelf Stable

Nutrition Standards for Operational Rations

Historical Storage Data

PRODUCT EVALUATION CRITERIA:

WHERE COMPONENTS/ PRODUCTS ORIGINATE:

Warfighter Feedback – Through a variety of channels, Warfighters often “ask” for specific menu items to be considered.

Non-Developmental Item – Items that have been submitted by industry for evaluation and consideration.

In-House Development – Items that have been developed by CFD R&D personnel taking into consideration current industry trends and Joint Statements of Needs (JSN) Submittals.

individual combat ration team
Individual Combat Ration Team

Carbopack

First Strike Ration®

Meal, Ready-to-Eat™

(MRE™)

Modular Operational

Ration Enhancement

Meal, Cold Weather

Long Range Patrol

meal ready to eat
Meal, Ready-to-Eat ™

Requirements:

  • Provides 1300 calories per meal
  • 24 menus
  • 4 vegetarian meals
  • Weight/volume crucial
  • Approved as sole source of

food for 21 days

  • Shelf life: 3 years at 80oF & 6 months at

100oF

  • Current production – MRE™ XXIX (2009 date of pack)
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Meal, Ready-to-Eat ™

Continuous Product Improvement

  • 226 new items approved since 1993
  • 69 least acceptable items removed
  • 4 vegetarian menus
  • FDA food label w/allergens & trans fats
  • Hot beverage bag in each meal
  • Horizontal tear pouch
  • New menu bag graphics
  • More whole muscle meats
  • More ethnic foods
meal ready to eat improvements
Meal, Ready-to-Eat ™ Improvements

Commercial Foods

Horizontal Tear Pouch

Beverage Pouch

Breakfast Meals

Hot Beverage Bag

New Graphics

first strike ration
First Strike Ration®

First Strike Ration®:

  • OTSG approved restricted ration (10 days)
  • Calorie dense, 2900 kcals
  • Modular- eat on the move
  • Lightweight/low cube
  • 3 menus
  • Performance enhancing
  • 2 year shelf life
  • Continuous product improvement
  • Available for procurement
modular operational ration enhancement pack more
Modular Operational Ration Enhancement Pack (MORE)

Mountain Warfare Training Exercises

High Altitude Prototype Pack

Date: 01 Oct 08

JSN 06-11

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  • To augment combat rations with scenario specific enhancement packs
    • High altitude/cold weather/extreme exertion
    • Combat Warfighter weight loss
    • Decrease significant loss in cognitive and physical abilities that can occur in extreme environments
  • To provide potential performance optimizing ingredients to the Warfighter
    • Tyrosine for cold weather
    • Quercetin for extreme exertion
    • Caffeine and carbohydrate for long duration/high altitude

Date: 01 Oct 08

JSN 06-11

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MORE-High Altitude

Version 1 (2010)

NSN number 8970-01-577-9691

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MORE-High Altitude

Version 2 (2011)

meal cold weather long range patrol mcw lrp
Meal, Cold Weather/ Long Range Patrol (MCW/LRP)
  • Dual purpose in single product: 12 menus
    • MCW – Cold weather missions
      • Lightweight/low volume
      • Issued as 3 per day
      • Calorically dense (4600 calories)
      • Dehydrated components won’t freeze
      • White meal bag
    • LRP – Special Operations missions
      • Issued as one per day
      • Restricted ration 1500 calories
      • Tan colored meal bag
new item introduction for individual combat rations
New Item Introduction for Individual Combat Rations

Natick In-House or Non-Developmental Item submittal

Contact project officer &

send to Natick

2QY1

Is item appropriate for ration?

3QY1

Item storage tested

(4 wks 120F, 6 month 100F)

Yes

Sensory score acceptable ?

No

4QY1

No further testing

Item field tested

No

Yes

Item score acceptable in the field?

No

Yes

2QY2

Item recommended at

Joint Services Operational Ration Forum (JSORF)

questions
Questions?

Warfighter Recommended,

Warfighter Tested,

Warfighter Approved™