ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - Delegates from armies throughout the Western Hemisphere will convene here May 31 to June 4 to discuss peacekeeping and disaster-relief operations and to improve their collective capabilities and interoperability.

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, the leading developer of Army technology, will host this session of the Conference of American Armies. U.S. Army South, headquartered in San Antonio, serves as program manager for the CAA, which is a continuing series of conferences now in its tenth year.

The CAA works to refine capabilities, interoperability and camaraderie among participating armies. During the upcoming session, delegates from an estimated 11 armies will discuss how technology will help future international peacekeeping and disaster relief operation efforts.

"RDECOM is honored and proud to serve as host to the CAA," said Brig. Gen. Harold Greene, RDECOM Deputy Commanding General. "The work of the CAA directly aligns with RDECOM's intent of creating and delivering technology-enabled solutions."

Delegates will address the conference theme: CAA and its contribution to peacekeeping operations and disaster-relief operations, through the creation and use of mechanisms and procedures designed to improve the collective capabilities and interoperability of their members.

The conference will include breakout and small group learning sessions, facility tours, sightseeing and social events for the participants.

"Our guests will be impressed with the accomplishments of our dedicated workforce and we will all benefit from the exchange of ideas and information shared during the conference," Greene said.

In the past 10 years, CAA has been successful due to the exchange of ideas by participants, strengthening of integration and collaboration between American armies and through fostering unity and strengthening inter-American friendships.

"The CAA promotes collaboration and integration among American Armies. It has a commitment to hemispheric security and development through a permanent exchange of defense-related information and ideas," Greene said.

"I'm confident that the CAA will be an extraordinary experience for all participants," he continued. "With the recent earthquake devastation in Chile and Haiti and other conflicts and crises on our continents it is more important than ever that we, the American Armies, work together in peacekeeping and in humanitarian and disaster relief efforts."

For more information about the Conference of American Armies visit: www.redcea.org/.

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