ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (August 28, 2019) -- Jamming signals, learning cyber defense tactics and 3D printing. This isn't your average summer internship program.

At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, an internship program puts cadets from the U.S. Military Academy and Army ROTC programs into C5ISR Center laboratories working side-by-side with engineers and scientists.

"The whole point of this program is to broaden their understanding of the Army," explained Chuck Hoppe, associate director for science, technology and engineering at the CCDC C5ISR Center.
As an intern, a cadet's duties range from assisting with research projects, executing field based risk reduction experiments, and interacting with military and senior civilian leaders.

"My biggest takeaway is the exposure to learning what the battlefield of the future is going to look like-- and not in some big abstract level-- what's it going to look like for an infantry platoon leader," said Cadet Colin Stiers, a junior at Georgia Tech University.

In the twelfth episode of the "CCDC In the Lab" podcast, Hoppe talks about the history of the program and the value it provides to the cadets. The cadets also share what they got to explore, their biggest takeaway and how this opportunity has impacted them.

"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.