ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Jan. 22, 2016) -- The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center will hold a two-day technical interchange meeting, or TIM, with industry to identify and align mutually beneficial R&D investments here, March 31-April 1.The CERDEC TIM is an opportunity for industry to learn about CERDEC's core mission, research and development plans and strategies. According to the FedBizOps announcement, released Jan. 4, 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.The CERDEC TIM will provide details that will assist attendees in aligning their organization's research efforts with CERDEC's mission areas by articulating technical requirements for high-level capabilities and presenting technology roadmaps and CERDEC's strategies to support these.Breakout sessions will decompose Army requirements into specific research and development activities in CERDEC mission areas. Those mission areas include mission command; tactical and deployed power; tactical and strategic networks; tactical cyberspace operations; electronic warfare; countermine/counter-IED; intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting; and intelligence analysis, exploitation and dissemination.The interchange is intended to kick off a series of more focused industry engagements that are expected to emerge from a clearer understanding of CERDEC's research and development direction."If we want to leverage creativity and innovation to its fullest, Army R&D must work more closely with industry in the earliest stages of the product lifecycle before requirements are firm and design concepts are determined. The sooner industry knows of our interest in a specific capability, the sooner they can begin to explore or invest in applicable technologies and formulate ideas for Army consideration," said Henry Muller, CERDEC technical director.Registration is scheduled for Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. The forum will also be open to academia and other government organizations; however, priority will be given to industry as registration is limited.---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.