ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Nov. 9, 2016) -- The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center received the 2016 Wilbur B. Payne Memorial Awards for Excellence in Analysis - Special Topic Category, Nov. 1 during the Army Operations Research Symposium.The Wilbur B. Payne award has three categories: large group, small group and special category. The Army's Deputy Chief of Staff G-8 determined the winners.CERDEC's Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate, or S&TCD, won for a Communications Vulnerability Analysis in which it conducted a groundbreaking systems-of-systems network vulnerability analysis on the Army's tactical network.S&TCD's engineering and investment strategy provides technical solutions for the Soldier to perform uninterrupted communications, defensive cyber, and networking to improve maneuver and expeditionary operations.The CERDEC S&TCD team consisted of John Willison, John Boksiner, Seth Spoenlein, Wayne Schoonveld, Richard Hoffman and Eugene Ivanyutin."Our team is dedicated to developing innovative solutions in support of the Soldier," said John Willison, S&TCD director. "Winning such a prestigious award brings great credit to our directorate and CERDEC."The S&TCD team traveled to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and presented its analysis to a panel that reviewed and compared the findings to that of two other nominations. During the ceremony, the team was recognized for its "significant advancements and innovation from August 2015 through February 2016 in developing a risk-based assessment strategy," as written on the award certificate."The network is a critical component in how we fight in the 21st century," said Seth Spoenlein, S&TCD associate director for Technology, Planning, and Outreach. "While we often focus on the specific technology solutions, the analysis the team performed provided a comprehensive method to quantitatively relate technology to operational capabilities. This allows leaders to make informed trade space decisions."According to the Army Operations Research Symposium website, Dr. Wilbur B. Payne was a pioneer in Army Operations Research and the preeminent leader in the field for three decades. Dr. Payne was an enthusiastic advocate for applying methods of science to practical defense decision making, enforcing the highest standards of professionalism, and nurturing and mentoring operations research analysts."Maintaining a reliable, robust tactical network is critical for Soldiers to communicate both now and into the future, and the S&TCD team has been instrumental in providing technical solutions toward this effort," said Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, RDECOM commanding general. "This award recognizes the team's hard work and dedication to the RDECOM program and the Army overall."----The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.