ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (July, 17, 2019) -- Army communications science and research is advancing as more capabilities are getting out of the labs and into experimentation where Soldiers and senior leaders can assess their success.

According to the Combat Capabilities Development Command director for space and terrestrial communication Michael Monteleone, the focus for this team under the C5ISR Center is to execute and deliver on the science and technology objectives. Integrating capabilities to tackle modernization priorities is essential, because the old "stove-pipe" approach wasn't effective.

"Our science and technology portfolios are linked to those vulnerability assessments to say 'I am spending these resources, tax payers resources, to close this operational gap' and …as I progress in my science and technology program I can now say I made this, this much better, or I have solved that problem, or look I completely mitigated that threat," Monteleone said.

In conjunction with CCDC's communications R&D efforts, experimentation events like NetModX and CyberBlitz are examples of how the command is integrating Soldier touchpoints early into the capability development process. Soldier feedback, early and often in the process provides information senior leaders need to inform program management decisions and allows for risk reduction in threat-based scenarios.

In the eighth episode of the "CCDC In the Lab" podcast, Monteleone discusses career advice, support to the Army Cross Functional Teams and how cooperative research and development agreements are building deeper partnerships with industry.

"CCDC in the Lab" is a bi-weekly podcast highlighting the people behind the technology being developed within the command. To listen to the podcast, copy and paste this link (https://ccdc.podbean.com) or search "CCDC in the Lab" in the Apple Podcast, Google Play or Spotify apps.

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The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), formerly known as the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), has the mission to provide the research, engineering, and analytical expertise to deliver the capabilities that enable the Army to deter and, when necessary, decisively defeat any adversary now and into the future. CCDC collaborates across the Future Force Modernization Enterprise and its own global network of domestic and international partners in academia, industry and other government agencies to accomplish this mission under the strategic vision of the Army Futures Command.