Missions of APG

Home to the world’s leaders in research, development, testing and evaluation of materiel, APG military and civilian personnel profoundly impact the way that wars are fought. The missions at APG span the lifecycle of materiel development. The primary missions are:

Research and Development

Every day, scientists and engineers at APG discover something new about the world we live in. These discoveries are resulting in more lightweight materials, longer-lasting batteries, new ways of removing contamination, better protective gear, and better situational awareness. APG has become increasingly focused on the research, development, testing and evaluation of technology for military and civilian use. In fact, it has grown to become the Army’s recognized center of gravity for research and technology development. Read more about APG’s Research and Development.
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Test and Evaluation

Aberdeen Proving Ground has a rich history in military testing going back to 1917, making it the Army’s oldest testing ground. BRAC 2005 consolidated the headquarters and decision-makers in the test community at Aberdeen Proving Ground, which transferred approximately 600 military, government civilian, and contractor positions to APG. Read about APG’s test and evaluation organizations.
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APG is home to several medical research organizations – US Army Public Health Command, US Army Medical Institute for Chemical Defense, and the deployable units 1st and the 9th Army Medical Laboratories. Learn more about APG’s medical research organizations.
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Aberdeen Proving Ground is the new home of the C4ISR community. C4ISR stands for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and is the term used to describe the organizations collectively responsible for the life cycle of C4ISR systems found across the spectrum of military operations. Together, C4ISR systems help warfighters maintain situational awareness in the battlefield. See the C4ISR page for more information.
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Keeping information networks protected from cyber threats is a challenging job for any organization, requiring constant technology updates and architecture reviews to address vulnerabilities and defend systems. For the U.S. Army, which operates networks spanning from office buildings at the Pentagon to warfighters in the theater, securing communications requires the constant development of technology specifically designed to defend its wide-reaching networks, keep systems operational, and enable soldiers to be as successful as possible. Read about APG’s Cybersecurity capabilities.
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Chemical and Biological Defense

The Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground is known world-wide for its expertise in chemical and biological defense. BRAC legislation validated this by creating the Chemical and Biological Defense Center of Excellence at Edgewood and consolidating program management and acquisition functions at Aberdeen Proving Ground, in order to be collocated with the research and development functions of the community. This led to approximately 460 positions moving to Aberdeen as a result of BRAC 2005. Learn more about chemical and biological defense.
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