U.S. Army operational effectiveness relies on the ability to rapidly bring together the right information, resources and capabilities for Soldiers to take timely, definitive action.
The Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, more commonly known as CERDEC, actively advances Soldier capabilities that enable situational awareness and understanding, establish and secure communications, and protect Soldiers from surprise attack.
As an Army applied research center under the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, CERDEC provides the diverse technical expertise and operational awareness and understanding to develop, engineer and foresee essential Army needs in mission command and intelligence technologies, applications and networks designed to connect and protect the Soldier. Whether Soldier-borne or on vehicle or aviation platforms, the Army relies on CERDEC’s technical expertise to develop and/or seek out capability advancements to address Soldier needs.
CERDEC works with Defense Department and national basic research organizations and labs to influence research investment and adopt, adapt and mature relevant scientific breakthroughs. CERDEC maintains close ties to the Army Training and Doctrine Command’s centers of excellence and operational units to stay in touch with the evolving realities of the Soldier environment, anticipate challenges, refine requirements and inform operational tactics, techniques and procedures.
More than 2,500 Department of Army civilians, military service members and contractors make up CERDEC’s workforce of scientists, engineers and business support professionals.
CERDEC's long history of researching and engineering excellence continues in state-of-the-art laboratories and administrative facilities that opened in 2011 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. CERDEC has its second largest concentration of labs at Fort Belvoir, Va., with additional facilities at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. and other areas across the U.S. and overseas.