ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Gary Martin, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command deputy to the commanding general, presented as a guest speaker at the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council Expert Speaker Series March 8 at the Higher Education and Conference Center in Aberdeen, Md.

The speaker series represents a mutual beneficial relationship between the speaker and the NMTC, according to John Casner, NMTC executive director. Speakers gain exposure to senior and influential leadership from the council, which provides an opportunity to share information between government, academia and industry, Casner explained. NMTC members gain access to leaders who have impact on the technological community.

As guest speaker, Martin discussed the state of the Department of Defense budget constraints and the logistical and acquisition challenges involved with retrieving C4SIR equipment from theater. He announced the arrival of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command's new commander, Maj. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, in February.

Martin also thanked the council for their work in establishing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM, Summit in Harford and Cecil Counties. During the event, Aberdeen High School Science and Math Academy student, Stephanie Vert, presented her scientific study on color blindness. Martin said students like Vert are testament to the value of supporting STEM outreach programs in the community to encourage youth to go into the STEM-related fields to resource the technological workforce of the future to meet the nation's future needs.