REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (April 10, 2018) -- Industry, academia, and other government agencies are attending a two-day event to learn what the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center needs to support the Warfighter and the future Army.

Industry Days is a free event outlining the current and future strategy regarding AMRDEC's Aviation and Missile Science & Technology portfolio. The event is being held on Redstone Arsenal, April 10- 11 and will include remarks by AMRDEC leaders and subject matter experts, question & answer sessions, and breakout meetings.

AMRDEC Director Dr. Juanita Harris provided opening remarks and encouraged attendees to participate in the conversation, knowing their areas of expertise.

"This is an opportunity for industry partners to come in and learn who we are, what we do, and how they can help and assist us in meeting our mission for the Army," said Harris. "We want to make sure we are delivering effective products, taking care of our people, ensuring our processes are in place, but also building our partnerships. This forum allows us to communicate our mission, our priorities, and potential contract opportunities where others can partner with us."

The first day focused on aviation platforms, while the second day will discuss missile systems. The presentations cover a variety of topics including air defense, fire support, ground tactical, aviation weapons, mission systems, platforms, sustainment, concept designs and assessment, power, basic research and contracting opportunities.

Harris also discussed the roadmap used to expand AMRDEC's technologies. In October 2017, the Army announced six modernization priorities designed to equip the future force. According to Harris, AMRDEC plays a role in three of the six efforts.

"AMRDEC supports three of the six modernization priorities including long-range precision fires, future vertical lift platforms, and air and missile defense capabilities," Harris said. "In the future, we cannot afford to waste time moving a program of record from development to fielding. Sometimes this process takes 10 to 15 years, which could make the technology antiquated. As we move forward, we will work well with our partners and customers to make sure the Warfighter receives the capabilities they need as quickly as possible."

Harris explained AMRDEC's future efforts will require collaboration with longstanding partners and new ones.

"One of the things we're doing in order to expand our envelope is we're standing up a new contract vehicle called an Other Transactions Authority, or OTA," said Harris. "This allows us to establish a consortium of industry partners we can work with, not limited to our current partnerships, but also new partners or small businesses."

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U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center is operationally aligned to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, and administratively aligned to the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. This joint alignment established a closely woven research, development, acquisition, and sustainment team to provide increased responsiveness to the nation's Warfighters. AMRDEC has the mission to deliver collaborative and innovative aviation and missile capabilities for responsive and cost-effective research, development and life cycle engineering solutions.