CERDEC announces upcoming technical interchange meeting
On January 4, the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center announced that it will hold a Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) with industry on March 31 and April 1, 2016 at the Mallette Training Facility on Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland. The Army plans to open registration for this event in early February.
The CERDEC TIM is an opportunity for industry to learn about CERDEC’s core mission, research and development plans and strategies. Breakout sessions will present mission area details from the decomposition of requirements to the formulation of specific research and development activities. This interchange is intended to kick-off a series of focused industry engagements that will seek to maximize the mutual benefit of Independent Research and Development investments.
Morning Sessions of the first day will provide strategic perspectives from the CERDEC leadership. The Portfolio Roadmaps/Special Topics sessions will provide insight into CERDEC’s current science and technology roadmaps in the following mission areas:
- Mission Command – Research, develop and engineer advanced computing platforms, software architectures and visualization systems
• Tactical and Deployed Power – Advance the generation, storage, management and distribution of Soldier and mobile power and energy as required for training, moving and sustaining military forces and weapons platforms for military operations
- Tactical Cyberspace Operations – Provide capabilities that protect the network and enable capabilities that deny or manipulate information and infrastructure for intelligence protection, collection and other efforts
- Electronic Warfare – Extend capabilities to dynamically sense, protect and control the electromagnetic spectrum and deny its use by adversaries
- Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting – Provide advanced collection capabilities that adapt to changes in the operational environment and strategically narrow precision and focus based on signatures of interest
- Intelligence Analysis, Exploitation & Dissemination – Enable systematic processes to discover, select, organize, distill, share, develop and use information to provide a holistic understanding of the enemy and the enemy’s environment while conducting full-spectrum operations
- Countermine/Counter-IED – Provide dismounted forces and ground and air platforms with the ability to detect, identify and mitigate IEDs, landmines, minefields and other explosive hazards and obstacles
- Tactical and Strategic Networks – Enable networks and networking technologies that transport, secure, manage, filter, and analyze data from numerous Army, Joint and Coalition intelligence and information sources
In order to exploit industry creativity and innovation, the Army must work more closely with industry in the earliest stages of the product lifecycle, before requirements are firm and before design concepts are determined. The sooner industry learns of the Army’s interest in a new capability, the sooner industry can begin to explore or invest in applicable technologies and formulate ideas for Army consideration. The intent of the sessions will be to enhance Government-and-industry communication and enable industry to quickly respond to emerging requirements with innovative technology solutions and partnerships.
Full information is available here.