ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The Army's research, development and engineering center for tactical cyber operations hosted informational sessions for representatives from the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence here, Dec. 2-4.Col. LaRoy Peyton, director of the Cyber Center of Excellence Capability Development and Integration Directorate, or Cyber CoE CDID, visited the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, to gain a familiarity of the center's cyber capabilities and mission functions.The Army approved the transformation of the Training and Doctrine Command's Signal Center of Excellence to the Cyber Center of Excellence in May 2015. This was Peyton's first visit to CERDEC to learn how the two organizations work together to deliver Soldiers tactical cyber capabilities.After two days of lab tours, program overviews and technology demonstrations, Peyton had learned more than he'd expected about the center. "It's about knowing," Peyton said. "To understand all the work that is done [at CERDEC] and how we can tap into this expertise has been a pleasant surprise…it is important for us to grow this relationship."CERDEC provides the Army's technical expertise in applied research and engineering to inform the art of the possible for Soldiers in the areas of tactical networking, offensive and defensive cyber operations, electronic warfare and a number of other "information" science areas. One of its functions is to refine requirements and assist the Army's doctrinal writers and cyber Soldiers on matters of research and development advances in cyber.Cyber CoE CDID provides Soldiers and units the capabilities required to support combatant commanders by developing, evaluating and integrating cyberspace operations, signal communications networks and information services, and electronic warfare across the warfighting functions and formations of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities, or DOTMLPF, according to a Nov. 17 brief to the Association of the United States Army.Peyton and CDID Senior Enlisted Advisor Sgt. Maj. Perry Summerville toured CERDEC labs related to cyber electromagnetic warfare, signals intelligence, network and information assurance, and position, navigation and timing during their visit."Our job is to help you write realistic requirements that can be built, tested and deployed. 'Together' we can do a better job of shaping those up front. And with your partnership, our engineers can have a better operational understanding of capabilities as they're developed," said Henry Muller, CERDEC director.---
The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, 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.