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subject-matter experts as addressing bona
fide requirements that ultimately under-
pin the development of next-generation
Army technologies," Sennett said. "More
recently, the United States and our allies
benefited from developments in mine-
resistant vehicle design from South Africa.
Research continues in this area of vehicle
design for blast survivability."
Recently RDECOM combined the
warrior support mission with the S&T
mission. RFEC Atlantic has FAST advi-
sors on the staffs of U.S. European
Command, U.S. Africa Command, U.S.
Army Europe, and U.S. Army Africa, as
well as at the European Readiness and
RFEC Americas is the most recently
established RFEC. Headquartered in
Santiago, Chile, it also maintains offices
in Argentina and Canada, with FAST
advisors at U.S. Southern Command
and U.S. Army South. Focused on North
and South America excluding the United
States, RFEC Americas has a long history
of working with Canada and Chile, and
recently initiated an S&T search in Peru.
Brazil and Mexico are priorities for fur-
The United States and Brazil agreed to
increase S&T exchange to foster innova-
tion and improve the economies of both
nations, leading to engagements in nano-
technology. The RFEC also funds projects
at Brazilian universities and facilitates
subject-matter expert exchange visits to
Brazilian and U.S. Army R&D facilities.
Mexico has the hemisphere's third most
productive economy and R&D produc-
tion. One niche technology discovered by
RFEC Americas in Mexico is the Auto-
matic Text Entity, Location, Time Tagger
for Intelligence and Information Fusion.
RFEC Americas worked with RDECOM's
Development, and Engineering Center
to coordinate funding and to adapt the
system for Army use, with the goal of
delivering better-corroborated and time-
lier intelligence to the Soldier.
RFEC Americas engages nations in the
region through the Conference of Ameri-
can Armies (CAA). U.S. Army South
conducts this conference, during which
22 member armies from the Caribbean
and Central, North, and South Ameri-
can countries come together to improve
interoperability, capacity, and capability
in peacekeeping operations, disaster relief,
and humanitarian assistance.
The CAA, begun in 1960, conducts a
two-year cycle of specialized conferences
and exercises hosted by different member
armies, culminating in a commander's
conference. Specialized conference top-
ics include S&T, peacekeeping, education
and training, and environmental issues.
SMEs from RDECOM and other
member nations formed international
integrated product teams charged with
creating plans that they briefed to the
leaders of the 29th conference in October
2011 in Lima, Peru.
RFEC Pacific is headquartered in Tokyo,
with offices in Singapore and Australia.
From these locations, it reaches out to
S&T partners in academia and industry
throughout the Pacific Basin, an area rich
in basic scientific R&D. Historic partners
such as Australia, New Zealand, Korea,
and Japan and the emerging economies of
India, China, and Malaysia create a diver-
sity of opportunities for S&T partnerships.
RFEC Pacific FAST military and civil-
ian science advisors support U.S. Forces
Korea, U.S. Forces Japan, U.S. Army
Pacific, U.S. Army Alaska, and I Corps.
Because of unique political and military
operational environments in the Pacific
Theater, the FAST team can capitalize on
the opportunity to develop processes and
procedures for optimal S&T support to
RFEC Pacific is the first to "operational-
ize" RDECOM regional FAST advisors
and the Combatant Command/Army
Service Component Command science
advisors by actively assuming the S&T
Acquisition Corps Advisor and S&T
Advisory Team missions during exer-
cises to train for overseas contingency
operations. This framework has proven
effective in supporting operations in Iraq
and Afghanistan by immediately address-
ing technology gaps and supporting
technology insertions for the Soldier.
The RFEC Pacific's FAST representatives
participated in the Ulchi Freedom Guard-
ian joint exercise in the Republic of Korea
in August 2011. UFG-11 was a first for
RDECOM. Participation in this annual
exercise extends RDECOM's S&T com-
munity into operational centers of the
warfighting commanders, to benefit those
training for engagement on the battlefield.
DR. EDWARD JOHNSON, a retired U.S.
Navy Commander, is Technical Director
for RFEC Americas. New to the Army and
the Acquisition Corps, he has 35 years of
S&T experience as a Naval Officer, Tech-
nical Director of the Naval Oceanographic
Office and Director Applied Science, NASA.
He also has acquisition experience in tele-
communications, marine engineering, and
health information technology. Johnson holds
a B.S. in oceanography from the U.S. Naval
Academy and an M.S. in meteorology and
oceanography and a Ph.D. in physical ocean-
ography from the Naval Postgraduate School.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
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