The Army may have a solution to the problem of resupplying squads with food without taking up significant space on their trucks. While a normal supply of food for a seven-day mission weighs 32 pounds on average, the Combat Feeding Directorate is working to reduce the load to a mere 10 pounds. Work with scientists has revealed a way to process food at the microscopic level to maintain nutritional value and flavor while shrinking the weight and volume. Vacuum microwave drying is one method that removes some of the moisture from the food and compresses it. Another method is agglomeration technology that uses vibrations to instantly compress food down to a small size. With small packages of food instead of large crates, soldiers would be able to carry their rations on their person.