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Memorandum Allows Collaboration Between U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Research Labs


The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s (CCDC) corporate laboratory, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), which gives both parties permission to collaborate on technological research and projects.

The MOU, signed by Capt. Gregory Rothrock, RDC commanding officer; Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, commander, U.S. Army CCDC; and Dr. Phillip Perconti, director, CCDC ARL; gives full authority to RDC and CCDC ARL to work together on tasks that will be mutually beneficial to both parties.

According to the memorandum, both parties may provide technical services that will include collaboration between the parties through the provision of subject matter expertise, potential access to Coast Guard and Army assets, data, and joint applied research.

The CCDC ARL may provide technical services related – but not limited – to research focus areas in Wide Area Persistent Surveillance, Real-time EO Imagery, Acoustic Sensor Detection, Modeling and Simulation, and Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems. The RDC may provide technical services related – but not limited – to research focus areas in Unmanned Systems (Air, Surface, Sub-surface) for Arctic Operations; Sensor Optimization, Automation, Visualization Intelligence, and Cyber; and Waterways Management and Environmental Response Modeling and Simulation.

“The professionalism and willingness to collaborate is exciting,” Rothrock said. “In the last 18 months, I had the chance to visit with elements of the ARL team. Working together, CCDC ARL and RDC show the strength partnerships bring to the national security research enterprise.”