BEL AIR, Md. -- Collaboration among the military, academia and industry at Aberdeen Proving Ground is key to making base realignment and closure a success, a senior Army official said.

Gary Martin, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command executive deputy to the commanding general, concluded the 2011 APG Showcase at Harford Technical High School June 23.

“APG continues to transform itself as new tenants come to post. We continue to try to find a way to reach out to you in a synchronized way,” Martin said to the audience of local defense contractors.

Martin said APG is looking to improve the forum that small businesses use to access information on contracting opportunities. He would like to consolidate several events into one.

Martin added that RDECOM leverages its partnerships with academia and industry to provide the best technology to Warfighters. He encouraged attendees to go to and for contracting opportunities with RDECOM.

The showcase speakers’ PowerPoint presentations are available at