The CERDEC organization is structured into six directorates located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Fort Belvoir, Va., Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Fort Sill, Okla. and Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
CERDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which develops technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.
RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, which is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness including technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations.
If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.
Mr. Patrick J. O’Neill is the Director of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC). As Director, he is responsible for establishing CERDEC's comprehensive Science and Technology (S&T) Portfolio providing strategic program formulation guidance involving short-and long-range goals utilizing existing and anticipated state-of-the art advances in communications, mission command, sensors, electronic warfare, intelligence and countermeasure equipment and services. Programs encompass technology thrusts in Mission Command, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance technologies and systems in various stages of the life cycle model. In addition to the center's S&T mission, he oversees its engineering support and services provided to the acquisition Program Executive Offices, Life Cycle Management Commands, and other DOD and Federal customers.
Mr. O’Neill was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in March 2011. In his previous position, he served as the Chief Technology Officer for U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama from October 2014 to November 2017. As the senior civilian technical authority for science, technology and engineering, he was responsible for developing and executing a long-term research, development, technology, and engineering transformation strategy for AMC and the Army. In this role, he led and established the technical vision for AMC technology development, set the strategic direction for a full range of Army systems investments, and drove strategic alignment with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to ensure rapid and responsive delivery of products.
Prior to that, Mr. O’Neill served as the Acting Director, U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA) from November 2012 to July 2013. As Acting Director, he executed a budget of more than $100M, and oversaw a multi-disciplined workforce of more than 325 analysts, engineers, mathematicians, and scientists that provide lifecycle materiel/ logistics systems analysis to support the AMC and senior decision makers across the Army. He was also responsible for the oversight of the DoD Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Munitions Effectiveness and for developing/providing joint service-approved methodology, Modeling and Simulation, data and analysis for Army systems. He served as Technical Director from March 2011 to November 2012, and was responsible for overseeing the entire Technical Program performed by approximately 325 analysts within AMSAA.
Mr. O’Neill, who is Army Acquisition Corps Certified Level III in two functional specialties – Test and Evaluation and Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering – received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2011 and 2015, the Department of the Army Wilbur Payne Systems Analysis Award, and multiple AMC Systems Analysis Awards. He holds two Master of Science degrees: one in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington D.C. in 2000, and the other in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1983. In 1979, he earned a Bachelor of Science from Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland, with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Mr. Michael C. Monteleone III serves in the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Communication-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) as the Director of Space and Terrestrial Communications (S&TCD). He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in August 2018.
Mr. Monteleone has served with distinction as acting chief of S&TCD’s Satellite Communications or (SATCOM Systems Division) and chief of the Cyber Security and Information Assurance Division (CSIA). In addition to serving as acting S&TCD director, his career also features various leadership and senior technical roles, including chief of the Tactical Network Branch and chief engineer of the Global Information Grid Tactical Networks Division.
S&TCD adapts and develops emerging technologies to provide secure, tactical communications support to the Soldier. As director, Mr. Monteleone is responsible for the planning and executing of the Army’s science and technology investments in resilient, survivable military communications, network situational understanding, cyber electromagnetic activities and defense, next generation waveforms, software defined radios, network operations, content and context based networking, protected SATCOM, antennas, spectrum management and evolutionary commercial wireless technologies. With an annual budget of approximately $200 million and a staff of over 700 scientists, engineers and administrative support, S&TCD provides vital research, development and engineering support to the Army Program Executive Offices, Project Managers and Life-Cycle Management Command communities.
Mr. Monteleone began his career at CERDEC in 2004 as a staff computer engineer at the S&TCD Satellite Communications Division at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. That followed a rise through various technical and leadership positions throughout S&TCD, including chief of the Tactical Networks Branch where he managed laboratory facilities and integration efforts focused on technology insertion, test and evaluation and life cycle support to include the Warfighter Information Network–Tactical and Persistent Surveillance Systems–Tethered. He also served as chief engineer of the former Global Information Grid Tactical Networks Division and as the principle lead for Quick Reaction Capabilities, deploying important communications and intelligence enabling capabilities to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
As the chief of the CSIA Division, Mr. Monteleone was responsible for managing the Defensive Cyber Operations and Information Assurance mission portfolio and customer support services. Under his leadership, CSIA’s 175-plus person workforce was responsible for conducting Science and Technology development efforts focused on delivering critical cyber-defense capabilities to the U.S. Army and Joint Services enhancing protection of the military’s communications infrastructure.
A graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Naval Post Graduate School, Mr. Monteleone holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, a Master of Science in Management and a graduate certificate in Advanced Acquisition. A member of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corp and a graduate of the Army Management and Staff College, Civilian Education System Advanced and Senior Leader Executive Courses, he also holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Among the many distinguished honors and awards, Mr. Monteleone was presented the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in 2017 and 2018, the Army Certificate of Achievement in 2017, and the CERDEC Employee of the Year in 2013.
Mr. Michael J. Lombardi is the Acting Director of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Intelligence and Warfare Directorate (I2WD). As Director, he and his organization are responsible for providing signals intelligence, electronic warfare, measurement and signature intelligence, information operations, intelligence dissemination/fusion and quick reaction capabilities through the research and development of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems in Acquisition Support to the U.S. Army. He also leads his organization in providing expert technical support to various Program Executive Offices and Project Managers across the Army and Joint Service acquisition communities.
Mr. Lombardi was previously the Deputy Director of I2WD. Before that, he was Associate Director of CERDEC’s Command and Control Directorate (C2D); earlier he was CERDEC headquarters Associate Director for Transformation.
Mr. Lombardi holds a Master of Science in Software Engineering from Monmouth University, New Jersey, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from City University of New York. He completed the Harvard University Senior Executive Fellows program in 2008, as well as the Aberdeen Proving Ground Senior Leader CoHort Program in 2014.
Dr. Donald Reago, Jr. is the Director of the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In this capacity he is responsible for planning and executing the Army’s science and technology investments in Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) and Countermine/Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices sensors and signal processing. He is responsible for the technical direction of a science and technology program with a $200 million annual budget, a staff of approximately 470, and a technical scope comprised of in-house research, contract research and development, and support to various Program Executive Offices and Program Managers across the Army and Joint Service acquisition communities.
Dr. Reago is an internationally recognized authority in night vision and countermine technology, and has served on numerous Joint, National, and International coordinating activities. He is currently the Chairman of the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) Sensors and Processing Community of Interest and the Army representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Sensors and Electronics Technology Panel. He is a fellow and member of the Executive Committee for the Military Sensing Symposium.
Dr. Reago received a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Missouri-Rolla, Missouri, in 1983, and a Doctor of Philosophy in physics from the University of Missouri-Rolla, Missouri, in 1986.
Mr. Christopher P. Manning is the Director of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Command, Power and Integration Directorate (CP&ID). As Director, he is responsible for planning and executing the Army’s science and technology investments in mission command, positioning, navigation and timing, power and energy, and quick reaction and prototyping technology.
Mr. Manning, who entered the Senior Executive Service in 2018, previously served as the Acting Director for CP&ID. Prior to that, he was the Division Chief of CP&ID’S Prototyping, Integration and Testing Division. Prior to that he was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T). In 2013, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Deputy Director Forward Operations for the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Manning was chartered as the first Project Director for Communications Security under PEO C3T and charged with staffing, building, and establishing the program office.
Mr. Manning served as the Deputy Product Manager for Global Positioning Systems (GPS) from October 2006 through May 2010. Before this he was Chief of Control Management Systems, in CERDEC’s Software Engineering Directorate. He started his Department of the Army Civilian career as a Chief Engineer for Product Manager GPS.
Mr. Manning was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Signal Corps, through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Michigan State University where he graduated from the Honors College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He later completed his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s of Science degree in Engineering (Management of Technology).
Mr. Manning’s first military assignment was Communications Platoon Leader for 4th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (PATRIOT) at Fort Lewis, Washington. He later served as Executive Officer for D Company, 29th Signal Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington. His other assignments included Assistant S-3 (Systems Integration Branch) and Assistant S-3 (Operations) for 22nd Signal Brigade in Darmstadt, Germany. He commanded the 578th Signal Company for 24 months including a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon completion of company command, he was assigned to the Army Acquisition Corps. His last military assignment was Assistant Product Manager, Firefinder Radars, at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
Al Visconti serves as the Director of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center’s (CERDEC) Product Realization Systems Engineering and Quality Directorate (PRD).
Mr. Visconti leads an organization that applies engineering and technical skills across the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) product lifecycle to reduce risk and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of products, systems and operations for the Army.
Prior to being named PRD’s director, Mr. Visconti served from 2014 as PRD’s Engineering Operations Division Chief, a position in which he recruited and developed the high quality workforce to ensure subordinate capabilities and core competencies were appropriately aligned to support evolving mission requirements.
From 2012-2014, Mr. Visconti was the Chief of Program Execution at CERDEC’s Space & Terrestrial Communications Directorate (S&TCD). He served as Acting Deputy Director for 6 months, then as Associate Director for Mission Programs for more than 18 months. As Associate Director, he was responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of more than 450 engineers and scientists, and he managed the planning and execution of all science & technology mission programs and R&D/engineering development efforts.
He also served from 2008-2011 as the Military Deputy Director for S&TCD which included a deployment into Afghanistan for an Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) as the 2-star level Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) representative.
Mr. Visconti holds a Master of Science in Acquisition Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. He completed the Post Graduate Intelligence Program at the Joint Military Intelligence College of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington D.C and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics Studies (Nuclear Science) from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY.
Among the many distinguished honors and awards Mr. Visconti has earned throughout his career are the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara (Field Artillery recognition).
Michael Skurla currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Software Engineering Directorate (SED). In this capacity, he supports CERDEC’s efforts to conceptualize, develop, provide and improve software products, services and technologies to enhance the warfighting capabilities of the Army, Joint Services and Coalition Forces, along with supporting Homeland Defense initiatives. These products and services include: system level software engineering for over 200 individual battlespace systems; system-of-systems level software integration; software architecture design and implementation; software technology assessment and application; software quality assessment, and world-wide technical support to deployed systems. Mr. Skurla previously served as SED Deputy Director from July 2004-2008.
Mr. Skurla also serves as the Executive Secretariat for the DOD Joint Advisory Council and Joint Advisory Council Executive Group that oversee the Software Engineering Institute, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center that conducts software engineering research in acquisition, architecture and product lines, process improvement and performance measurement, security engineering, and system interoperability and dependability.
Prior to this assignment, he served as the Chief of Homeland Operations for the U.S. Army Combatant Command Interoperability Program Office. He worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA Region II, State of New Jersey, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey fostering improvements in interoperability and situational awareness.
Mr. Skurla holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Wilkes College, Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Science in software engineering, from Monmouth University, New Jersey. Mr. Skurla completed the Software Engineering Program of the U.S. Army Logistics Management College, Texarkana, Texas.
Mr. Gary W. Blohm is the Director of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD). As Director, he and his organization are responsible for providing signals intelligence, electronic warfare, measurement and signature intelligence, information operations, intelligence dissemination/fusion and quick reaction capabilities through the research and development of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems in Acquisition Support to the U.S. Army.
Mr. Blohm served as the Director CERDEC'S Command, Power & Integration Directorate (CP&ID) where he was responsible for planning and executing the Army’s Science and Technology investments in mission command, power generation and quick reaction and prototyping technology.
Mr. Blohm served as the Director, Army Architecture Integration Center, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Chief Information Office/G6 from October 2010 to July 2015. He was responsible for ensuring the interoperability and supportability of the Army’s Information Technology Architectures and leading the planning, developing and implementation of the Army’s Enterprise Architecture, used in decision support regarding governance, policies, compliance, standards, investment strategies, engineering, identification of capability sets, force development, fielding and blueprints for operations.
Mr. Blohm served as Director of CERDEC from 2008 to 2010. He has also served as the Deputy Program Manager for Networks and Complimentary Programs for Future Combat Systems from 2007 to 2008. He ran a special network study with OSD on Tactical networks for CIO/G6 in 2006 and was the Director for CERDEC’s Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate from 2003 to 2006.
Mr. Blohm earned his Master of Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, N.J., 1991 and a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, N.J., 1985.
Col. Matthew F. Schramm assumed his duties as the Military Deputy for the Director of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) on Feb. 1, 2016.
Schramm’s previous assignment was the Deputy Director, C4ISRED at the Army Evaluation Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. His acquisition assignments include Assistant Product Manager for Future Combat Systems - Network Systems’ Integration (PM FCS-NSI) and Counter Radio-Controlled IED Electronic Warfare (PM CREW, PEO IEW&S) programs, Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey; the Biometrics Task Force, Multi-National Corps Iraq (MNC-I), Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Proponency Officer, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He served as the Product Manager for the General Fund Enterprise Business System - Sensitive Activities (GFEBS-SA, PEO EIS), Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.
Schramm’s military assignments include various command and staff positions with the 123rd Signal Battalion, Kitzingen, Germany; the 121st Signal Battalion in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Operation Joint Endeavor; the 1st Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas; the 57th Signal Battalion, 3rd Signal Brigade, Ft. Hood, Texas and Operation Bright Star, Egypt; and the U.S. Army Garrison and the Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
Schramm graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was commissioned on May 14, 1994. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.
Sergeant First Class David M. Worthington assumed duties as Senior Enlisted Advisor of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) on Jan. 2, 2018
Worthington previously served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for CERDEC's Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate (S&TCD), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
Worthington’s assignments include the U.S. Army's Flight Concepts Division, Ft. Eustis, Virginia, the 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Special Operations Command Africa, Stuttgart, Germany; Special Operations Command Korea, Camp Kim, Korea; the 304th Integrated Theater Signal Battalion, Camp Stanley, Korea; the 307th Integrated Theater Signal Battalion, Camp Carroll, Korea; the 615th Aviation Support Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas; and the 701st Main Support Battalion, Kitzingen, Germany.
Worthington’s military education includes Radio and Communications Security (COMSEC) Repairer Course (Secondary MOS: 94E) Standardized COMSEC Custodians Course, Local COMSEC Management Software Operators Course, Basic Airborne Course, SERE 400, the Army Space Cadre Basic Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and Senior Leaders Course.
Worthington’s industry certifications include FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License with Ship Radar Endorsement, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching, and CCNA Security.