Congressional staffer visits with Army researchers

March 02, 2016

By ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • Army scientists briefed the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee majority staff director on armor development
  • The staffer also met with Team APG senior leaders

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Feb. 16, 2016) - Leaders from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and Army Research Laboratory hosted a visit from the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee majority staff director here Jan. 29.

Bob Simmons, who serves as the HASC majority staff director, met with RDECOM Commanding General Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton and acting Director David Lyon, ARL Weapons and Materials Research Directorate to reinforce the value of Army research, development and engineering efforts.

"RDECOM leads the critical effort of connecting requirements to programs of record, which deliver capabilities to the force of today, and to Force 2040 and beyond," Wharton said.

Simmons reports directly to Committee Chairman U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry (R-Texas).

Army scientists briefed Simmons on armor development.

"Protecting Soldiers to allow them to complete their mission is our highest priority as we explore adaptive and cooperative protection techniques," Lyon said. "We are exploring innovative concepts that will deliver leap-ahead capabilities and ensure our Army maintains a decisive overmatch through Force 2040 and beyond."

Simmons also met with Team APG senior leadership representing the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, the Army Test and Evaluation Command, Program Executive Offices for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensor, and Command, Control, Communication-Tactical.

"Visits like this show how important the efforts of APG's world-class workforce are to our nation and its future," Wharton said.


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: March 2, 2016