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A New General for a New Century at APG
October 2017
As Aberdeen Proving Ground celebrates its centennial, a new commander is settling into his office and his new community. Major General Randy S. Taylor assumed duties as the 15th commander of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) and Senior Mission Commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground April 13. Taylor, 54, has witnessed the fall of the […]

U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
August 2017
The year 2017 marks the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center’s 100th year of operations, a century of excellence and dedication by generations of scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel. Together, they have safeguarded the nation through a century of tumultuous events and unprecedented challenges. While ECBC is widely known to be the nation’s principal research and […]

The Computer Hack You Want
April 2017
Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance recently held the first Network Science Research Laboratory Hackathon at the Adelphi Laboratory Center. Hackathons are proving grounds for innovative ideas and designed to bring a group of computer programmers together to collaboratively code in an extreme manner over a short period of […]

Shaping the Future
February 2017
At the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), the Army’s premier research laboratory for chemical and biological defense based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, women have long held influential leadership roles in the research and development of technology that protects the warfighter and the nation. During the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Center, and of […]

Partnering for Advances in Research ECBC, Harford County Business
December 2016
The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Harford County business leaders have developed a unique partnership with minority-serving institutions (MSI) of higher education to support new research programs that may lead to additional technological advances for the Army and cultivate a new generation of Army scientists. Leaders at ECBC and members of […]

Take Two
October 2016
Two separate transportable systems for destroying chemical weapons are currently being tested at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, leveraging decades of experience held by the nation’s chemical weapons destruction experts at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC). As one of its core capabilities, ECBC operates explosive destruction systems for U.S. and […]

Standing Tall
August 2016
When a soldier trips over a rock, he picks himself up, dusts himself off and presses on. Bomb-defusing robots, for the moment, are not so good at recovering themselves in the same way. Chad Kessens, a robot manipulation research engineer with the Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, part of the Research, Development and Engineering Command, […]

April 2016
Almost every communications device issued by the U.S. Army has some level of encryption capability to help prevent sensitive military information from falling into the wrong hands. Encryption capabilities are traditionally developed during the communications devices’ development, which leads to numerous cryptographic engine cores. These cryptographic engine cores securely process key product information for sender […]

Addressing the Reliability Challenge
February 2016
The Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA), located on Aberdeen Proving Ground, conducts analyses across the Materiel Lifecycle to inform critical decisions for current and future soldier needs. AMSAA is engaged across the Army and Department of Defense (DoD) to provide analytical solutions to the most challenging reliability problems. The U.S. military has many great […]

From STEM to Employment
December 2015
The Army Operating Concept dictates that “future forces conduct operations consistent with the tenet of adaptability, anticipating dangers and opportunities and adjusting operations to seize, retain and exploit the initiative.” The Army is arguably the nation’s foremost leadership training institution, and one of the roles of the research, development and acquisition communities is to develop […]

Tap Into Top Scientific Minds
October 2015
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has initiated an Open Campus business model designed to create a more adaptive, efficient and effective defense research environment that can be responsive to future national security challenges. It intends to expand its science and technology ecosystem by enhancing access between government laboratories, academic institutions, small businesses and industry to […]

Collaborating to Build the Economy
October 2015
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 […]

October 2015
Every year, American companies conduct trillions of dollars worth of business online, and individual consumers use the Internet to pay bills, manage their investments, connect socially, and purchase everything from pet foods to prescription drugs. Such convenience does not come without serious risks to our individual identity and our collective safety. As our use of […]

A Journey Back to Calmer Waters
October 2015
“Project Healing Waters may not have saved my life, but it sure saved my sanity.” This is how Valerie Takeslle summed up her experience with Project Healing Waters. Takeslle, a retired Major in the U. S. Army, first got involved with the group in 2011. She had recently returned from a hospital stay in Korea […]

Life-Saving Work
August 2015
The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), are partnering to help expedite progress in the global fight against Ebola. ECBC is working with USAMRIID on two critical studies – a vaccine study and a biomarker study – that will advance the global fight against […]

Science on the Battlefield
June 2015
For 30 years now, the Army has embedded scientists and technology experts in the field – to ensure the exchange of new technology and the feedback it yields moves efficiently between the researchers who develop it and the soldiers who use it. Since the summer of 1985, Army science and technology advisors, part of the […]

Shedding Light on Everyday Life
February 2015
Thirty-one civilian employees experienced the “opportunity of a lifetime” when they attended the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Greening Course that was held recently at Aberdeen Proving Ground and the surrounding area. The semiannual course is designed to give civilian employees the opportunity to gain insight and to experience various activities, duties and responsibilities of the […]

American Strong
February 2015
With an aim to cultivate and support the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security, Women In Defense was established to provide women a formal environment for professional growth through networking, education and career development. Women In Defense is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), which represents all […]

600 Metric Tons in 42 Days
December 2014
Tim Blades got up from his seat and walked across the black stage without looking at the handful of Department of Defense stakeholders sitting to his left. He didn’t look out to the nearly 500 friends, families and colleagues sitting offstage to his right either. When he reached the podium, he looked only at the 45 U.S. Army civilian employees sitting in the front rows – the ones who voluntarily deployed to the Mediterranean Sea to destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons stockpile.

Smooth Transition
December 2014
As the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) continues to counter WMD threats as part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command in 2015, it does so on a foundation most recently built by Joseph Wienand, former director of ECBC. Wienand stepped down from his role as ECBC Director when he retired from government […]

Working for APG
June 2014
Regional Advocacy from Annapolis to Washington, D.C. The defense community of Aberdeen Proving Ground is large in number and high in impact. More than 120 defense firms are located in the APG region, and they employ more than 6,000 people. These contractors support over 90 federal government organizations and approximately 22,000 government employees at APG, […]

Top Lab is Right Here in Maryland
June 2014
Joseph Wienand, director of the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) received the Laboratory Director of the Year Award at the 2014 Federal Laboratory Consortium national meeting on April 23. The award recognizes ECBC’s many outstanding contributions to support technology transfer activities, including internal accomplishments, industry involvement and community services.

Making STEM A Priority
April 2014
Army scientists inspire young students A team of Army scientists and engineers descended on Southampton Middle School recently with a mission to ensure future soldiers have the best technology available. Jyuji Hewitt is the deputy director of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. He was also recently named the STEM Champion for Aberdeen […]

Science & Engineering in the 21st Century
February 2014
The single serving-college degree is a thing of the past. No longer does a degree concentration have to pigeonhole a career path; it can serve as the cornerstone that helps one jump tracks in multi-disciplinary fashion. Just ask Lindsey Lyman, a biologist for the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, who has spanned the scientific infrastructure of work at the Center while exploring the depths of her knowledge with a curiosity for real world applicability.

Striving for a World Free of Chemical Weapons
December 2013
The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center has long supported the non-proliferation of chemical weapons and the demilitarization of their stockpiles and destruction facilities. These two areas reflect the mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which will be awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10 “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.”

Equipping the Warfighter
October 2013
In 1981, Jim Foulk, an early leader in aircraft survivability, founded a small company with just a few employees in the basement of his home in Bel Air, Md., to support the U.S. warfighter with unparalleled survivability services hence the name “SURVICE.” Now, more than 30 years later and with approximately 400 employees working in […]

Clear Communication
October 2013
Harford County has seen explosive growth in the last few years due to the increased work at APG. Adams Communications & Engineering Technologies, Inc., (ACET), is a Maryland-based, veteran-owned, small, disadvantaged business serving the federal and state communities. The vision of the owner, Charles Adams, reverberates throughout the company’s staff and is mirrored in the […]

Tech Transfer Makes an Impact
October 2013
ECBC Transitions Technology to Warfighter, First Responders Contact sports are hard-hitting. The competition elevates the intensity of the game, builds pressure to execute a plan and heightens the risk associated with decision-making during time-sensitive moments. These characteristics are the reasons why sports resemble business: the outcome makes an impact. But unlike sports, instead of having […]

Arming Soldiers with Smart Solutions
October 2013
AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Recent conflicts have shown that information can be a powerful contributor to warfighter safety. Military users are considering how to turn the many available streams of sensor data, intelligence, analysis, full-motion video and other inputs into a common operational picture that gives them readily actionable information. AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, headquartered […]

Battling Chemical Warfare
October 2013
ECBC, Academia Collaborators Develop Human-on-a-Chip for Critical Research There was a time when the thought of manufacturing organs in the laboratory was science fiction, but now that science is a reality. Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and academia collaborators have been conducting research of “organs” on microchips. ECBC is one of […]

Unintended Consequences
August 2013
Loss of Critical Training & Development Budget Participants in the ECBC Leadership Cohort Program take a tour of the laboratories in the Research and Technology Directorate. This marquee three-month program is broken into eight sessions that feature formal classroom sessions, tours of ECBC facilities and group work where participants are divided into three teams to […]

June 2013
A Good Offense is the Best Defense If you had to look up the pronunciation or definition of ‘sequestration’ before, chances are you can now rattle it off in your sleep. This act of Congress, a scare tactic that no one ever thought would see the light of day, leveled a uniform reduction in spending […]

Research Scientists Team Up At New Facility
April 2013
proteomics: the branch of genetics that studies the full set of proteins encoded by a genome ge·nome: The total genetic content contained in a haploid set of chromosomes in eukaryotes, in a single chromosome in bacteria, or in the DNA or RNA of viruses; an organism’s genetic material One of the most valuable pieces of […]

Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: ECBC Celebrates Women in STEM
February 2013
The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) is working to shatter the notion that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career fields are dominated by men. With personnel and programs committed to inspiring the females of today and tomorrow’s workforce to pursue career paths in the STEM fields, ECBC continually puts equality and employee development at […]

Encrypted DNA technology protects the warfighter
December 2012
If you have ever wondered whether the luxury handbag you got for Christmas was authentic or just a haggled-over knock-off from Canal Street in New York City, there may be a way to find out: DNA encryption. Customers may not even be aware that DNA barcodes are sometimes hidden inside luxury goods, a piece of […]

95 Years of Innovation and Discovery
October 2012
World War I saw the introduction of chemical agents on the battlefields in Europe. In 1915, the German Army released chlorine gas on French Terri-torial and Colonial forces in Ypres, Belgium killing and maiming thousands of soldiers, including their own. While European countries continued to use this tactic as the war progressed, the United States […]

Teamwork and Transparency—There is No Gate
October 2012
His office is overflowing with memorabilia from his travels and deployments around the world. African artifacts line the long windowsill. Pictures of past platoons are stacked on the floor. Hundreds of military challenge coins are displayed on racks, across his desk and under the glass top of his conference table. “I like bringing back souvenirs […]

A Civilian Career Dedicated to Army Values
October 2012
He doesn’t wear a uniform anymore, but Gary Martin is a dedicated and decorated Army professional. For nearly 30 years, he has worked to support the various missions of the United States Army – as an active duty Signal Corps Officer from 1984 to 1988, to his recent roles supporting the Commanding Generals of Communications-Electronics […]

Building a Better MRAP
August 2012
Today’s warfighter – Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine –faces “a combination of mines and small arms employed by unconventional forces operating in a contiguous battle space,” according to That’s military-speak for the enemy doesn’t necessarily wear a uniform, is making weapons that kill from whatever they can scrounge and is using these improvised […]

High-Tech Ballistics: H.P. White Laboratory
March 2012
A Power Player in Military Testing Hidden away between farms in Street off Scarboro Road is an unlikely business, H.P. White Laboratory. Owned by Intertek, a global quality safety and solutions provider, H.P. White remains a separate entity due to its heavy ties to the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. military […]

Front and Center at The Gate: Raytheon
October 2011
Small Business Initiatives Are a Big Priority Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) is a big fish in a sea of large government contractors at APG. What’s unique and different about Raytheon is not just the company’s front and center location at Aberdeen Proving Ground’s (APG) The Gate, although Raytheon boasts it was the first building onsite. It’s […]