ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 4, 2015) -- The U.S. Army requirements, acquisition, and research and development cyber community met here to collaborate on various cyber initiatives, Aug. 5-7.

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, sponsored the collaboration engagement, which was hosted by the Training and Doctrine Command's, or TRADOC's, Cyber Center of Excellence commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty.

"This meeting is intended to build and strengthen partnerships to gain and ensure a common understanding amongst key stakeholders on shared equities in order to achieve efficient and effective support to the warfighter in cyberspace operations," Fogarty said.

The meeting was a follow-on to an April meeting between the Training and Doctrine Command's Centers of Excellence for Intelligence and Cyber, or ICoE and Cyber CoE.

"Maj. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, former Intelligence Center of Excellence commanding general, and I agreed this past December that a home-on-home between the ICoE and the Cyber CoE was long overdue," Fogarty said. "The initial two-day home-on-home collaboration engagement was to be between the Cyber COE and ICoE, followed by continued engagements with additional cyber stakeholders."

ICoE and Cyber CoE are two key cyberspace stakeholders in TRADOC. The two are tightly aligned on their cyber strategic plan and associated implementations based on Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel and Facilities, or DOTLMPF, assessments, said Patricia Rimbey, CERDEC Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, or I2WD, liaison officer to and co-located with the Cyber CoE.

The cyber and intelligence CoEs train and develop Soldiers and shape Army doctrine for their respective areas, but they engaged additional cyber stakeholders ranging from research and development, acquisition, test and sustainment communities for the home-on-home.

"The Army can't afford to continue to stovepipe solutions in any of its systems, but we especially can't afford it in our cyber solutions where the environment changes every day and introduces new threats every day. Meetings like these help shape and inform requirements that TRADOC identifies as cyber needs for Soldiers," said Dr. Paul Zablocky, CERDEC I2WD director.

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The Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.