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U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command
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U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command
Active October 2003 – present
Country United States
Branch U.S. Army
Role RDECOM is the Army's technology innovator and integrator.
Part of United States Army Materiel Command
Garrison/HQ Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Motto(s) Cum Scientia Commutare (“Through Science We Change.”)[1]
Dale A. Ormond (First Civilian Director)[2]
Major General Nick Justice,
Major General Paul S. Izzo,
Major General Fred D. Robinson Jr.,
Major General Roger Nadeau,
Major General John Doesburg


The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is a major subordinate command of the Army Materiel Command, and is charged with "creating, integrating and delivering technology-enabled solutions to our Soldiers."[3] With its headquarters at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, RDECOM scientists, engineers and researchers work at laboratories and research center across the nation and the globe. With more than 17,000 employees, RDECOM performs nearly all of the Army's basic and applied research and technology development. The unit is the Army’s technology leader and largest technology developer, with thousands of scientists, engineers and researchers.

To meet this commitment to the Army, RDECOM develops technologies at seven major laboratories and research, development and engineering centers across the United States. It also integrates technologies developed in partnership with an extensive network of academic, industry, and international partners.

The organization provides the U.S. Army with an organic research and development capability. The RDECOM team of Soldiers, civilian employees and direct contractors work to provide technology solutions for America's Warfighter. There are 11,000 engineers and scientists, many of whom are the Army’s leading experts in their fields. A fundamental characteristic of this workforce is the focus on the Soldier. RDECOM seeks to provide technology solutions to meet current operational needs and developing break-through technologies for the next generation.


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