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The INSIDER

The INSIDER

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Published by U.S. Army RDECOM
January 2013 workforce newsletter. We develop technology and engineering solutions to make America's Soldiers Stronger. Smarter. Safer.
January 2013 workforce newsletter. We develop technology and engineering solutions to make America's Soldiers Stronger. Smarter. Safer.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
DIRECTOR’S CORNER
Happy New Year, Page 2
RDECOM NEWSBRIEFS
News and information fromacross the organization, Page 3
ECBC SCIENTISTS IMPROVEGARBAGE-TO-ENERGYPROTOTYPE DEVICE
Page 4
ARMY PROGRAM AIMSTO PROTECT SOLDIERS’HEARING
Page 6
AMRDEC SENIOR RESEARCHSCIENTIST RETIRES
Page 7
SPOTLIGHT: ROGERS RUNSTARDEC
Page 8
ARL TECHNOLOGYNAMED ENVIRONMENTALTECHNOLOGY, SCIENCEPROJECT OF THE YEAR
Page 10
C4ISR COMMUNITYCONTINUES SUPPORT TOSTEM PROGRAM
Page 11
LEADERS PREDICT ARMY OFTHE FUTURE
Page 12
ARMY INVESTS IN IDEASFOR STRONGER FUTURE
Page 14
JANUARY 2013
ISSUE NO. 7
Army uses battleeld forensics totrace explosives
New technology spatially identies trace amounts of explosives by collecting thousands of wavelengths of scattered light across magnied images of a collected ngerprint. (U.S. Army photo)
By Kristen DaltonECBC Public Affairs
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.
 A scene decimated by a suicide bomber or an improvised explosive device leaveslittle evidence of what life was like before itsdestruction. It does, however, leave traces
of life in ngerprints that can be collected by
weapons intelligence personnel and analyzedat forensic laboratories to identify the enemybehind the explosion.“The Department of Defense has adopted
battleeld forensics as a capability for 
future operations, primarily from the counter insurgency operations that have gone on inboth Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Dr. AugustusW. Fountain III, a senior research scientist atthe U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical BiologicalCenter.
“When the Warghter is confronted with
an enemy that’s not wearing a uniform,they’re shadows that don’t follow the normalconventions of a Westphalian state army. Soyou have to be able to separate the sheep fromthe goats in that environment, and in manycases, forensics has been very instrumentalin identifying a bad actor, or a person who
has left signicant evidence that builds upinto a case le and then gets turn over to local
authorities for prosecution.”
Imagine if that case le could be lled with
hard data in minutes. Using Raman ChemicalImaging technology, Fountain is leading a team
CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 
 
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JANUARY 2013 – ISSUE NO. 7 
By Dale A. Ormond
 As I reect on my rst year at RDECOM,
would like to tell you how proud I am to servewith you in this state-of-the art organization.2012 was a year of great progress and tech-
nological contributions to the Warghter. Our 
value is unmistakable, as is the critical rolethat each of you play.
I’m excited about RDECOM’s prospects for 
2013 and the continued opportunities we have
to impact our Warghters and enhance their 
technological edge.
Most of all, I’m impressed with the compe
-tence and dedication of our entire workforce.
RDECOM personnel do fascinating and impor 
-tant work every day. One of the things I realize is
the sun never sets on RDECOM. From our folksin harm’s way at the RDECOM Field Assistance
in Science and Technology-Center at Bagram Air 
Base, Afghanistan, to our team at the RDECOMForward Element Command - Pacic in Tokyo,
we have professionals seeking technology solu-tions the world over. I have been traveling seem-ingly non-stop and yet I have just scratched thesurface of our 16,000-strong workforce.To better support these endeavors, we aremaking a number of changes in the headquar-ters and I want to make sure you hear aboutthem directly from me:
 Aviation and Missile Research Development
and Engineering Center Technical Director Eric Edwards is currently serving as actingdeputy director. Edwards will serve as the ADD for 45 days. I would like thank Jill Smith
for her terric support to the headquarters
serving most recently this role.Eric Stevens, the current Edgewood Chemical
Biological Center liaison ofcer supporting theG5, will serve as Mr. Edwards’ executive ofcer.
Paul Brozovic from ECBC will serve as the
next acting RDECOM chief information of
-cer/G6 behind Dr. Nate Buchheit. I would liketo thank Nate Buchheit for his leadership asour acting G-6.Effective Jan. 13 the G1 and G8 staff sectionswill return to their original state of two separate
staff sections. Todd Morris, the current deputy
chief of staff, will assume duties as the G1 andresponsibility for maintaining and enhancing our world-class work force. I would like to thank Toddfor taking on this important leadership role in theheadquarters. The role of deputy chief of staff 
will not be back-lled at this time. Paul Dunaway
will re-assume his role as the G-8.Lionel Brown will return from an overseasassignment in Korea to assume his role asthe G5, Strategy and Communications. Lionelpreviously served as the G5 before leaving
RDECOM to accept an OCONUS position.
 Also, I am establishing a Strategic InitiativesGroup, led by Linda Longo, to help with plan-ning and coordination across the headquar-ters and the Command. The SIG will consist
of three sections: strategy integration; STEM;
and a fusion cell.Col. Chris Oliver, currently assigned toCommunications - Electronics Research,Development and Engineering Center, willreplace Bob Lyons and assume responsibil-ity for Programs and Engineering. Bob will re-turn to ECBC after an overlap period with Col.Oliver. I would like to publically thank Bob for his willingness to take on this position and hisleadership in this important role.
Maj. Mike Baker, currently a member of P&E, will serve as my military executive of
-cer in a developmental assignment rotation.Larry Dougherty will remain in his position as
my civilian executive ofcer.Other details are yet to be nalized, but I want
-ed you to be aware of these coming changes,
and we can discuss further at the RDECOM
headquarters town hall scheduled for Jan. 14.I also want to let you know that there are nofurther Task Force APG updates at this time. Analysis and coordination is ongoing and wewill keep everyone informed as the situationprogresses.Once again, I would like to commend youfor your dedicated efforts on behalf of our Soldiers and thank you for your continued to
support to RDECOM.
RELATED LINKS
Biography: http://go.usa.gov/vK8
U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Director Dale Ormond (right) enjoys the festivities as the organization’s holiday party Dec. 12 at  Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. (U.S. Army photo by Conrad Johnson)
Director’s Corner: Happy New Year 
 
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RDECOM’s THE INSIDER 
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.
RDECOM headquarters staff members
enjoyed an afternoon of comraderie andholiday cheer Dec. 12 at the Ruggles Golf 
Club. Photos are online at http://ickr.com/
rdecom.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.
 Army Research Laboratory Military Deputy
Col. John Shanklin (left) awarded Staff 
Sgt. Markus P. Whisman with the ArmyCommendation Medal Dec. 4 for winning the Army Materiel Command NoncomissionedOfcer of the Year Competition.
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md.
— Fred A.Brewington retired after 40 years of serviceand received the Superior Civilian Service Award. The award and many letters of 
recognition were presented by RDECOM
Director Dale A. Ormond.By Dan Lafontaine
RDECOM Public Affairs
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.
The U.S. Army Research, Developmentand Engineering Command presentedcontracting opportunities Dec. 5 as partof APG’s first installation-wide AdvancedPlanning Briefing for Industry, or APBI,conference.
Jill Smith, RDECOM acting deputy
director, provided an overview of thecommand and discussed how the Army’sresearch and development communitypartners with industry during her openingremarks at the Post Theater.“Across the command, we leverageindustry for about 40 percent of applied
research funding,” Smith said. “RDECOM
partners with industry for about 60 percent
of RDECOM’s advanced technology
development budget because that processinvolves integration, and we want industryto be prepared if we proceed to productionin quantity.”Smith also emphasized that technologicalsolutions usually require collaborationbetween at least two of the command’sseven research organizations. She gave theexample of the Objective Gunner Protection
Kit in which RDECOM’s tank-automotive
and armament centers joined to deliver aproduct.“When we look at the capabilities that weare being asked to deliver by the [Trainingand Doctrine Command], 86 percent of them cross our RDECs. We need to worktogether, whether it’s a rapid-equippingprogram or a long-term program. We lookacross the RDECs,” she said.Representatives from the command’sthree organizations at APG -- Army ResearchLaboratory; Communications-ElectronicsResearch, Development and EngineeringCenter; and Edgewood Chemical BiologicalCenter -- then discussed forecastedbusiness opportunities and explained their acquisition priorities. APBI is taking place Dec. 4-6. Thecommand, control, communications,computers, intelligence, surveillanceand reconnaissance, commonly knownas C4ISR, presented first; followed byresearch, development, test and evaluationon the second day; and chemical andbiological defense on the final day. Army representatives will present morethan 180 potential contracts worth anestimated $19.5 billion.
RELATED LINKS
More photos: http://bit.ly/XmK8Du
RDECOM shares contractingopportunities at APBI
Jill Smith, acting deputy director of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command,discusses RDECOM’s partnerships with industry during the Advanced Planning Brieng for Industry conference at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Dec. 5. (U.S. Army photo by Tom Faulkner)
RDECOM HQ ENJOYS HOLIDAY PARTYRDECOM RECOGNIZES WHISMANFRED BREWINGTON RETIRES

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