ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Nov. 19, 2019) -- The new commander of the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command spoke about his direction for the Army research and engineering entity during a town hall with his Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center -- or C5ISR Center, Nov. 18.
Maj. Gen. John A. George, who assumed leadership of CCDC Nov. 1, acknowledged the C5ISR Center's distinct role and also said the command is placing a renewed emphasis on collaboration across its eight research centers, which are composed of about 14,000 civilians and military personnel in dozens of locations around the world.
"You are a unique part of this enterprise as you are touching every one of our modernization priorities and developing capabilities the Army needs in the future," George said.
"We have to operate across organizations to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts," he continued. "We have Army Futures Command to help provide unity, purpose, priorities and management so that we can all keep headed in the right direction."
In addition to hosting the town hall, George toured several of the C5ISR Center's labs, where subject matter experts demonstrated capabilities that are helping the Army counter emerging threats through reverse engineering and predictive analysis; detect electromagnetic spectrum for use by air and ground vehicles; and evaluate the performance of countermeasures intended to increase aircraft survivability in the event of an attack.
"It was great to take our new commander through our laboratories and have him interact with our technologists in their backyards," said Michael Monteleone, the C5ISR Center's director for Space and Terrestrial Communications. "His approach of getting out to the workforce to engage them directly is incredibly effective in linking our higher headquarters' strategic messages to the contributions our team makes to the mission every day."
C5ISR Center Director Patrick J. O'Neill also expressed his appreciation for the general's visit.
"We appreciated the opportunity to provide Major General George with an overview of our world-class facilities, to include our science and technology research and development mission and the engineering support we provide to our Army partners," he said. "I know the workforce also enjoyed learning more about the commander, his leadership style, and his planned way ahead."
The C5ISR Center was George's first stop on the tour of his new command; he is slated to visit the remaining components of the organization over the next few weeks.
The C5ISR Center is the Army's applied research and advanced technology development center for C5ISR capabilities. As the Army's primary integrator of C5ISR technologies and systems, the center develops and matures capabilities that support all six Army modernization priorities, enabling information dominance and tactical overmatch for the joint warfighter.
The C5ISR Center is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.
For more information, contact the C5ISR Center Public Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.