Chilean Ministry of Defense visits ARL

May 13, 2015

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • RDECOM Forward Element Command-Americas escorted a delegation of the Chilean Army's DIPRIDE to U.S. Army laboratories and research centers throughout RDECOM
  • ARL's international strategy will complement our overall focus on where to lead, follow and collaborate
  • ARL hopeful that its laboratories can build upon their existing and previous technical relationships and personnel exchanges with the Chilean Army

Chilean Brig. Gen. Hernán Araya, director of the Chilean Army Research and Projects Directorate (DIPRIDE), Santiago, Chile, and Col. Luis Araya, DIPRIDE Research and Development Department chief, recently visited Aberdeen Proving Ground to become familiar with the mission and structure of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and to identify areas for collaborative research and development. In addition to visiting ARL, the officers also visited the U.S. Army Research, Engineering and Development Command and the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.

The visit was part of a weeklong visit hosted by the RDECOM Forward Element Command-Americas who escorted the delegation of the Chilean Army's DIPRIDE to U.S. Army laboratories and research centers throughout RDECOM. The delegation visited RDECOM headquarters, ARL, ECBC, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center in Warren, Michigan, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts, and the U.S. Army's Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, New Hampshire.

During their visit to ARL, Dr. Pat Baker, Director of ARL's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, provided a tour of WMRD labs and discussed ARL's Open Campus opportunities.

"I am hopeful that our laboratory can build upon our existing and previous technical relationships and personnel exchanges with the Chilean Army," said Baker.

After the morning briefs and tours, the visitors went to the Top of the Bay for lunch. Following lunch, Baker and Col. Frederick Hughes, acting Chief of Staff at RDECOM, presented Brig. Gen. Araya with a couple tokens of appreciation. Araya presented Baker with his personalized coin and a book.

At ARL, we are strategically engaging in face-to-face international partnerships such as the Chilean visit. Like other recent initiatives, our international strategy will complement our overall focus on where to lead, follow and collaborate," said Dr. Thomas Russell, director of ARL. "The laboratory's Technical Strategy, Open Campus Concept and International Strategy will help build a strong foundational research portfolio that will guide science and technology into the future."

 

Last Update / Reviewed: May 13, 2015