ADELPHI, Md. -- The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command will transition from the Army Materiel Command to the Army Futures Command Feb. 3, a process that officially began Jan. 31 during a transfer of authority ceremony held at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

The key goal of AFC, which began operations July 1, 2018, and is headquartered in Austin, Texas, is to enable collaborative development and use the Army's future force modernization enterprise to enable full integration of the Army's Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities and Policy on the front end to drive synergistic future solutions for Soldiers and formations.

The four-star command complements the Army's other four-star headquarters, Forces Command, Training and Doctrine Command and Army Materiel Command, and is scheduled to reach full operational capability in summer 2019.

RDECOM will become AFC's Combat Capabilities Development Command, and will be comprised of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, seven major centers and three international elements.

"This is an exciting time for the laboratory and a historic reorganization for the Army," said ARL Director Dr. Philip Perconti. "Joining AFC symbolizes the Army's effort to transform how we approach modernization efforts to ensure dominance over our adversaries well into the future."

With this transition, ARL's role as the Army's corporate research laboratory is strengthened and focused to emphasize discovery, innovation and transition of science and technology for future multi-domain operations.

"The technical expertise and strategic, collaborative partnerships that the elements of CCDC bring to the table will help the command with its intent to deliver the scientific knowledge for future concepts; discover, develop and integrate overmatch capabilities Soldiers need; and provide technological expertise for state-of-the-art warfighter systems, all at the speed and scale required by the Army to maintain overmatch in multi-domain operations," Perconti said.

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The RDECOM Army Research Laboratory is the Army's corporate research laboratory (ARL). Its diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government and private sector partners make up the largest source of world-class integrated research and analysis in the Army. Currently, ARL 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. ARL will become an element of the Combat Capabilities Development Command in the newly formed Army Futures Command Feb. 3.