Several initiatives are underway at and around APG, and they’re not flying under the radar. Utilizing the strength of the existing infrastructure and knowledge base, the programs are designed for business development throughout the region. “Together, these initiatives not only serve as opportunities for development of strategic relationships among the military and defense organizations and the surrounding communities, they also represent a true collaboration of resources from APG, government, education and industry that will have a far-reaching impact on the health of this region’s economy,”says Denise Carnaggio, who recently retired as CSSC BRAC Coordinator.
First, one of two critical initiatives by The Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor (CSSC) includes a wide-reaching study addressingcompatibility planning around Aberdeen Proving Ground. The Joint Land Use study (JLUS) is a collaboration of regional leaders outsideof APG working with APG representatives inside the gates of the Proving Ground. Their mission is to design a plan that will reduce potential conflicts between APG and surrounding areas, accommodate new growth and development, sustain economic vitality and protect public health and safety. Funded by the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment, the study examines three areas of compatibility: man made resources, natural resources and competition for scarce resources.
According to Carnaggio, the plan and the process have already brought more open communication between APG and constituents. “The study is coordinating communication with the community for things like energy development, noise, roadway capacity and land use,” she says. “It has already improved communication and collaboration with the Army Alliance and others, and opened the doors to facilitating discussion with tenants and APG.”Citizens were briefed in a series of public meetings, and they had the opportunity to comment and affect the plans. Carnaggio estimates the project will be completed by year-end, with recommendations selected for implementation by APG and community leaders.
The second initiative by the CSSC is the re-signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which took place at the CSSC’s September meeting. A panel of four representatives from government, military and civilian organizations discussed the intention of open communication between all facets for continued positive economic development. “The MOU keeps the region talking to each other and opens communication with over 50 partners from these entities,” Carnaggio says.
Research and development commitments have also been forged between the Army Research Lab (ARL) and educational and economic entities. The ARL has created a global collaborative network with the University Center, Northeastern Maryland University Research Park, Northeastern Maryland Technology Council and Susquehanna Workforce Network, which will foster a partnership between government laboratories, academic institutions, small businesses and industry. This partnership will focus on ARL’s Open Campus business model that is driven by an emphasis on enhancing STEM disciplines in education and their benefits to students, government, industry and non-profit organizations.
APG has been chosen as one of the few partners for the Open Campus model in Northeastern Maryland, according to Danny Demarinis, president of NEMD-URP. Demarinis says, “This partnership will provide additional research resources and higher education resources for our soldiers and government contractors.” An academic Open House highlighting the model is scheduled for Nov. 3-4.
At the same time – Nov. 3-5 – Aberdeen Proving Ground will host an Advanced Planning Briefing (APBI) to encourage communication with APG tenants and industry representatives about upcoming opportunities in the defense industry.
Finally, the Susquehanna Chapter of the Association of Old Crows is planning its inaugural conference for Oct. 6-8. CEMA 2015, “Synchronizing Cyber Electromagnetic Activities to Win in a Complex World,” will facilitate the exchange of ideas and information in the fields of cyberspace operations, electronic warfare and electromagnetic spectrum operations – one of seven core Army competency areas critical to shaping the operational environment and winning decisively. According to Association Vice President Mark Nolletti, the event will become an annual program focusing on the various timely interests of the group. CEMA 2015 includes keynote and breakout sessions, product demonstrations and discussions, efficiencies and connections with industry partners. I95.