French Soldiers from the 1st Artillery Regiment and CH-47 crew members from B Co “Big Windy,” 1-214th General Support Aviation Battalion load a French artillery piece onto a 12th CAB Chinook during air assault training on Oct. 13 near Belfort, France for exercise Royal Blackhawk 20.
French Soldiers from the 1st Artillery Regiment and CH-47 crew members from B Co “Big Windy,” 1-214th General Support Aviation Battalion load a French artillery piece onto a 12th CAB Chinook during air assault training on Oct. 13 near Belfort, France for exercise Royal Blackhawk 20. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Maj. Robert Fellingham) VIEW ORIGINAL

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — U.S. and French Army research and development organizations are expanding upon their partnerships to improve modernization and coalition interoperability.

U.S. Army Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center leaders and their French counterparts met virtually Dec. 17 to strengthen long-standing cooperative relationships in science and technology. C5ISR Center Director Joseph Welch hosted the meeting with French Maj. Gen. Michel Sayegh, director of Space, C4I and Cybersecurity Programs Management Unit, Direction Générale de l’Armement.

The Center’s international programs enable its scientists and engineers to tap into mutually beneficial research conducted by partner nations, according to William “Chuck” Hoppe, associate director for science, technology and engineering.

“The U.S. and its long-standing allies have a strong history of partnerships that develop better capabilities for our forces,” Hoppe said. “American researchers need to be plugged in with their international colleagues to understand state-of-the-art technology across the globe.”

Potential topics and experimentation with France focus in the areas of 5G and high frequency communications; night vision, electro-optics and sensors systems; and tactical power and energy. The meeting follows talks with the United Kingdom’s Army in September 2021 and planned discussions with the Australians in 2022.

“These meetings are one way C5ISR Center senior leaders integrate with allied partners to create a world-class team,” Welch said.

The C5ISR Center uses armaments cooperation agreements with key allies to build interoperability in systems from the beginning through the sharing of research, development, test and evaluation information.

“International research cooperation supports the Center’s priority to recruit, develop and retain a world-class workforce,” Welch said. “These relationships help to ensure our advancements deliver cutting-edge capabilities to our Soldiers.”

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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 (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 a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.

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