ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (October 28, 2019) -- The cyber domain's role will only grow more critical as near peer advisories technologies mature, this ensures the engineers develop this capability must be in lock step.

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR Center with the Association of Old Crows, saw the gap in this relationship and established the Cyber Electromagnetic Activity Conference.

"A lot of what we do in this space tends to be classified at various levels we noticed a gap in an event if you will that can bring together all of the stakeholders across the community to talk a fully classified level and share ideas and information and the state of the arts, both technical and operational requirements based threat in an open forum periodically…," explained Giorgio Bertoli, acting director at the CCDC C5ISR Center's Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD).

This annual event is kicked off with a cyber update from senior leaders across the materiel process from development, to test and evaluation and acquisition.

"That's everybody involved in the acquisition between the user and materiel developer, combat developer and tester, so we have an opportunity here from a cyber stand point and EW (Electronic Warfare) to really address all the gaps, shortfalls address process, policies and everything we need to do to do a better job for the Army," said Rod Knecht, a system engineer at the Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors.

The event is a unique opportunity for engineers and users to network and share lessons learned in a classified environment, this includes foreign partners.

"We need to be able to talk in the open and how do it and do it better and then the whole idea of working across the international communities, because a lot of the times we fight shoulder-to-shoulder with our NATO or FVEYS partners and some are here today to do that," said Michael Lombardi, deputy director CCDC C5ISR Center's I2WD.

In the fifteenth episode of the "CCDC In the Lab" podcast, Bertoli, Knecht and Lombardi talk about the partnership that made this event possible, the critical nature it plays going forward in multi domain operations and specifics about the theme this year.

"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.