MIOX, Military, and Commercialization
Another small example of military influence in New Mexico. The Albuquerque Journal reported on Albuquerque-based company MIOX getting a Popular Science Best of What’s New award for a MSR MIOX Purifier. It was in use by the military and general public. It mentions Sen. Domenici and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency people in attendance at the award. They are director Tony Tether and deputy director Robert Leheny.
The Office of Naval Research purchased 1000 in 2003, the Office of the Secretary of Defense purchased 6500, and 3500 were to be purchased by the US Army.
They are used by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is mentioned that the purifier is one example of how technology funded by the military can have commercial applications.
DARPA funded initial research on this. For more information about DARPA check out these articles: http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0305-01.htm and http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174969/nick_turse_the_future_of_death_at_the_pentagon
“Popular Science Honors MIOX Tool.” Albuquerque Journal. July 26, 2004. Business outlook section, p. 4.