I assure you that the US defense industry is deeply involved in nanotech research and development...
The US Navy opened a large nanotechnology research center back in October 2003,called the
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB NANO CENTER
In addition my employer, Raytheon is conducting heavy research and development in nanotech in
conjunction with UCLA,
and also partnering with MIT in
the US Army's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies,
as well as many other endeavors.
All of the US defense industry corporations are into this technology, it is the new revolution and it will change the way we go to war, play video
games, work on the personal computer, get medical asttention, etc. In fact, the US defense industry has been all over nanotech for the last 15
years, in 1990 the US DoD was miserly putting a few million into it, now they are throwing
hundreds of millions per year, (possibly billions) at
Not only is the defense industry in this thing but the commercial market as well.
(A quick note to you investors)
This technology is rapidly expanding and I would venture to say that if you were looking to buy a stock and ride a wave much like the internet surge
of the late 90's this is a sector to invest in.
There will be much excitement in this and so investment will most likely exceed value just as the internet did - so be wise, ride the wave then get
out - but nanotech stocks are at their ground floor right now, get'em while their hot.
Examples of what could be achieved with the use of nanotechnology:
Shrinking the entire contents of the Library of Congress in a device the size of a sugar cube through the expansion of mass storage electronics to
multi-terabit memory capacity that will increase the memory storage per unit surface a thousand fold;
Making materials and products from the bottom-up, that is, by building them up from atoms and molecules. Bottom up manufacturing will require less
material and pollute less;
Developing materials and products that are 10 times stronger than steel, but a fraction of the weight for making all kinds of land, sea, air and space
vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient;
Improving the computer speed and efficiency of minuscule transistors and memory chips by factor of millions making today’s Pentium's and Athlon's
Using gene and drug delivery to detect cancerous cells by nanoengineered MRI contrast agents or target organs in the human body;
Removing the finest contaminants from water and air and to promote a clean environment and potable water;
Doubling the energy of solar cells.
The potential for this science surpasses anything that has come before, including the development of computers, the discovery of DNA, and the
splitting of the atom, and will make profound changes in all areas of technology. Aerospace, Life Sciences, Energy, Education, etc.