ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 14, 2021) – A recent agreement with Australia will help the Army Futures Command (AFC) maintain awareness of technological developments in one part of its international community and ensure its own science and technology advancements remain on the cutting edge.
The Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center – a component of AFC’s Combat Capabilities Development Command – recently signed a terms of reference (TOR) document with the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group establishing a formal working relationship between the two science and technology organizations.
The TOR directs the establishment of a C5ISR Work Group, which will be a forum to review the exchange of information regarding C5ISR-related research between the two countries as well as a way to establish dialogue for potential collaborative projects and activities.
“Technology cannot be developed alone,” said Joseph Welch, the C5ISR Center director. “With more than 80% of research and development being done outside the United States, we need agreements with our international allies to encourage a sharing of ideas. This will ensure both the U.S. Army and the Australian Army can share information and ensure the strongest solutions are developed for both our countries.”
In addition to allowing the exchange of ideas, this agreement will help the two countries to develop interoperability in technology right from the beginning.
“If we want to truly be interoperable during the fight, then the work, the planning, the discovery and delivery has to begin in our science and technology labs,” said Stephen Conley, chief of the C5ISR international programs.
This agreement is one of many international armaments cooperation agreements the C5ISR Center has with multiple partner nations. These agreements are used to share research, development, test, and evaluation information; and they reflect the Center’s commitment to ensuring joint operations with its international allies.
William Hoppe, the C5ISR associate director for science, technology and engineering, noted, “It is imperative that we ensure interoperability on the future battlefield and that we have an open exchange of science and technology research with our international allies, and this TOR reflects our commitment to both those priorities.”
For more information, contact the C5ISR Center Public Affairs Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 U.S. Army DEVCOM. Through collaboration across the command’s core technical competencies, DEVCOM 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. DEVCOM is an AFC major subordinate command.