Research and Development

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APG is home to the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which is the Army’s primary technology developer. RDECOM develops technologies in its eight major laboratories and research, development and engineering centers. It also integrates technologies developed in partnership with an extensive network of academic, industry, and international partners. RDECOM employs more than 17,000 Soldiers, civilian employees and direct contractors across the country, of which 11,000 are engineers and scientists.

In addition to RDECOM headquarters, APG is home to the following research organizations:

  • Army Research Laboratory scientists conduct research that provides the underpinning science, technology and analysis for technology development. ARL is focused on basic and applied research and survivability, lethality and human factors analysis. This research transitions to the Army research, development, engineering centers (RDECs) and is infused into technologies across all areas of Army equipment and supplies.
  • Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC) develops and integrates Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) technologies that enable the war- fighter to sense the battle space, deny and disrupt enemy efforts, and remain “connected” to achieve and sustain information superiority, and to strike with decisive lethality, and survive.
  • Edgewood Chemical Biological Center conducts research and development for non-medical chemical and biological defense. It provides life-cycle support for equipment and procedures that enhance warfighter survival and mission capability in environments that are contaminated by chemical and biological warfare agents.
  • The Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity’s (AMSAA) role in research and development is to provide systems analysis as technology moves through the development cycle. This includes analyzing performance of systems, conducting technology and risk assessments, and performing program management.
  • The Medical Research Institute for Chemical Defense and the Public Health Command conduct research that benefits the medical community and underpins development of medical technologies.