Gridiron to Battlefield:




We were approached by U.S. Army medical staff in 2016. They asked us to adapt VICIS football helmet technology for use in advanced combat helmets. In early 2018, we received a contract from U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) to support this work.

We're motivated by the opportunity----the imperative----
To Improve warfighter head protection.



Current combat helmets are optimized for ballistic protection, but most peacetime head injuries result from blunt force impact.

We've replaced current combat helmets’ suspension pad systems with an engineered structure derived from our top-ranked football helmet technology that greatly improves blunt impact performance.

*VICIS RFLX® WARRIOR GRADE intentionally camouflaged to preserve confidentiality For Illustration purposes only



This approach allows currently deployed combat helmets to be retrofitted, allowing our servicemen and women to immediately benefit.

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    Military Grade Tech

    VICIS RFLX technology, used to revolutionize football helmets, demonstrates significant reduction in blunt impact force when implemented in military pad sets.

    The transition membrane is constructed from a lightweight, flexible material that bonds RFLX to our military grade foam.

    Our military grade foam provides the comfort and fit required by our servicemen and women in the course of duty.


    Performance in the
    lab, protection on the battlefield

    Using our expertise in football, our engineering team has designed new pad set technology for military helmets that show improved blunt impact protection.

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      Suspension Pad Type 1
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      Suspension Pad Type 3
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      Suspension Pad Type 4
    Lat Procedure III Front Pad 14.1FT/S
    Peak Acceleration (G)
    These results were obtained using the Department of Defense Test Protocol for Combat Helmets: Helmet Pad Suspension System Lot Acceptance Test Plan – Procedure III. Each suspension pad was placed on the Modular Elastomer Programmer and twice impacted at 90 second intervals with a spherical impactor at 14.1 ft/sec. The VICIS pad results were obtained at Chesapeake Laboratories. Currently deployed suspension pad results were obtained in VICIS RDI Test Lab (data averaged over 4 to 10 different new pad sets per category).

    Our team

    Several decorated military advisors provide strategic counsel to VICIS as we work to improve the protective capabilities of combat helmets, bringing decades of military experience to the VICIS Military Coalition:

    USA (Ret.)

    General Peter Chiarelli served as the U.S. Army's 32nd Vice Chief of Staff and led Department of Defense efforts to address post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). He recently retired as CEO of One Mind, an organization dedicated to improved diagnostics, treatments, and cures for brain illnesses and trauma. Chiarelli retired as a four-star general after serving 39 years.

    USN (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Kevin Cosgriff commanded the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, overseeing some 30,000 Sailors and Marines throughout a region encompassing 22 countries, and simultaneously commanding the U.S. Fifth Fleet, directing naval forces in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and off the coast of East Africa. Earlier in his career, Cosgriff was Director of the White House Situation Room under President Clinton.

    USAF (Ret.)

    General Charles Wald is the former U.S. Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations and was the Supporting Commander for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Wald retired as a four-star general after serving more than 35 years. He was drafted into the National Football League by the Atlanta Falcons in 1970.