CERDEC strives to make a positive difference in the daily lives of Soldiers by conducting applied research, advanced technology development, and systems and sustainment engineering for mission command and intelligence technologies.
CERDEC provides the Army with technology and engineering solutions in eight Core Technology areas across command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or C4ISR, technologies' and systems' lifecycles.
CERDEC's technical agility allows for the interdependency of all eight technology areas, an operational understanding of their application and an extensive collaborative network to access and integrate innovation.
CERDEC nurtures, matures and cross-pollinates its core technology areas at every stage of the acquisition cycle and feeds lessons learned back into the development process. From its vantage point, CERDEC can foresee trends and opportunities, rapidly leverage breakthroughs in the technology, and shape future capabilities.
The blending of technology areas can be seen in the work done to leverage common C4ISR and electronic warfare hardware and software to meet both areas of need and lead to significant reductions in size, weight, power and cost profiles on platforms while alleviating interference issues.
CERDEC is providing an engineering capability to collapse intelligence and mission command capabilities, building architectures that integrate cyber and electronic warfare assets, and integrating a distributed network of sensors to provide greater situational awareness.
Mission Command accounts for the commander’s view of the world. It allows for the integration, management and dissemination of mission-essential information that enables unified action and execution throughout the military chain – from commander to rifleman. CERDEC advances numerous systems that enable and support mission command objectives.
The military uses intelligence and information data to create strategic and better defined mission plans. Commanders use the intelligence information gathered by the Army to reinforce their decisions. CERDEC systems assist in data collection, analysis, exploitation and dissemination.
C4ISR technologies, systems and programs often require additional support from CERDEC beyond standard research and development. CERDEC provides acquisition and sustainment support, program leadership, specialty engineering expertise, integration and testing services, and certification and accreditation of systems for other Army C4ISR organizations and systems.