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Even though you don’t see at APG the huge photovoltaic solar panels that are widespread in Florida, California and the Southwest, our installation is making strides towards harnessing sunlight to power our lives.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 and other Department of Defense energy mandates require military installations to improve energy efficiency and reduce reliance on fossil fuels by using renewable resources like the sun. Read about solar energy initiatives at APG in the June 23rd, 2011 issue of the APG News (http://www.apgnews.apg.army.mil/).
For more information on Solar Air Heating: click here
For more information on Daylighting Solar Tubes: click here
Over 600 people attended the fourth annual showcase of Aberdeen Proving Ground hosted by Harford Community College at Harford Technical High School’s Amoss Center June 22-23.
This year’s showcase theme was “Transforming the Army Together.”
The conference highlighted the latest technical and scientific capabilities developed by government and industry to support the Warfighter. The event also focused on contracting and technology transfer opportunities available at APG.
“Over the years the number of people that take advantage of this conference has grown exponentially,” said Dr. Dennis Galloway, president of Harford Community College during opening remarks.
Galloway added that HCC is involved in the nation’s effort to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education by hosting several STEM camps for students and special training sessions for teachers.
“We are promoting higher education that will serve APG,” he said.
During the showcase APG leadership provided an overview of their commands, directorates or activities and presented opportunities for contracting.
During a Base Realignment and Closure overview, Tim McNamara, deputy to the APG Garrison Commander, said that as a result of BRAC APG is now home to more than 70 support organizations with a strong focus on research, development, testing and evaluation.
“APG is a world-class technology campus,” he said. “We are focused on what comes next, what is going to happen in the future.”
McNamara said the scope of activities on APG has increased allowing for more partnership and collaborations with contractors and small businesses.
In addition to hearing presentations attendees also networked and viewed technology displays from 63 organizations like SAIC, ManTech International Corporation, Raytheon, CACI, Boeing, who support the mission of APG.
Ted Koblick, director of sales for WFS Defense Inc. said that he attended the event to learn more about how the military uses technology.
“Lots of good things are happing at APG,” Koblick said. The future is at APG.”
The Tech Council of Maryland held a joint conference with the Maryland Economic Development Association, April 14 at the Mission Training Facility Auditorium. More than 130 stakeholders from the state attended.
The main topic of discussion was how the growing cyber security industry will impact future economic development in Maryland.
“This is an excellent opportunity to get stakeholders in the same room together to discuss cyber security,” said Kristen Valerio, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council. “We are optimizing our success by establishing a partnership with the MEDA.”
The Aberdeen Proving Ground Showcase will be held June 22-23, 2011 at the Amoss Center, Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, Md., and coordinated by Harford Community College. This year’s showcase theme is Transforming the Army Together and embraces the broad spectrum of cutting-edge technical and scientific capabilities developed in collaboration with government and industry, and available at APG to support the warfighter. Aberdeen Proving Ground is home to more than 70 support organizations with a strong focus on research, development, testing and evaluation.
Aberdeen Proving Ground’s mission areas now encompass Team C4ISR, including the Communications and Electronics Life Cycle Management Command and Communications Electronics Research Development & Engineering Center; Army Test and Evaluation Command and Army Test Center; Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, and Army Research Laboratory’s Vehicle Technology Directorate. The overall result is the transformation of the U.S. Army installation in to a world-class technology campus.
“The variety of missions being executed at Aberdeen, including research, development, acquisition and testing for C4ISR, Medical, Chemical/Biological, and ground combat systems provides many opportunities for industry to support the APG community,” said Gary Martin, Executive Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Research Development & Engineering Command . “The APG Showcase is a great venue for industry to gain insights into the business opportunities at Aberdeen Proving Ground and to interact with government representatives across APG,” added Martin.
The comprehensive format of the APG Showcase spotlights opportunities for contracting and partnerships with the private sector within the posts commands and activities. The two-day event features three key aspects:
- Two exhibition halls of companies and organizations who support Aberdeen Proving Ground and the execution of its mission;
- A full program featuring high-level leadership who will provide an overview of their commands, directorates or activities and present opportunities for contracting;
- Two great social activities: a pre-event golf tournament hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Women in Defense on June 21; and the Army Alliance Crab Feast held the afternoon of the first showcase day, June 22.
“Harford Community College is pleased to host the APG Showcase again this year,” said Dr. Dennis Golladay, President of Harford Community College. “This event not only highlights the technologies and contracting opportunities associated with APG, it demonstrates the partnership between government, industry, and academia within our growing defense community,” said Golladay.
Corporate sponsorship for this event is critical to the showcase and a distinguished list of sponsors is offering their support of this year’s event. As of print time, sponsoring companies and organizations include: SAIC, Raytheon, ManTech International Corporation, ASRC Communications, BRTRC, Harris Corporation, St. John Properties,
University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering, Battelle, Global Infotek Inc., Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals, MECHSIM, Praxis Engineering, SRC Inc., URS, BAE Systems, ITT, and Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor.
Registration and tickets for the APG Showcase are available online here.
SediMite—not to be confused with Vegemite, a yeasty food paste from Down Under that Australians love to spread on their toast– consists of activated carbon pellets with a weighting agent that allows the pellets to sink through the water and onto the sediments. Once there, the activated carbon is released and the native creatures, such as worms, shrimps and clams, mix it into the contaminated sediments. Acting much like a carbon filter in a fish tank, the activated carbon within the sediments sucks up chemicals—mercury, methyl mercury and PCBs, which are of concern in the Canal Creek. This process helps prevent the animals in the creek from being exposed to the chemicals.
Since 2008, scientists funded through the Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program, commonly known as ESTCP, have been working at APG’s Canal Creek in an effort to demonstrate and fine-tune their activated carbon-based technology for sequestering, or isolating, harmful sediment contaminants away from the organisms and animals that may be storing the toxins in their organs and tissues.
The research conducted at APG by the SediMite team may provide practical methods and lessons learned to share with other installations facing similar environmental challenges.
See the full story in the March 17 edition of the APG News here
For more detailed information on SediMite, click on:
Low Impact Development, known as LID, is essentially a management approach using special landscaping techniques and small-scale green technologies to slow, filter and absorb storm water.
Examples of LID techniques include establishing rain gardens, installing bioretention cells and infiltration planters, planting grassed swales, trees, and pocket wetlands up to a half-acre in size, and other revegetation efforts that use native plants and grasses when possible. Porous pavements also serve to slow the rate of runoff and increase water infiltration into the ground. Rain cisterns can capture rainwater to reuse the water for other purposes.
For more information on Low Impact Development at APG, see APGNews archives 17 FEB 2011 here. For information on implementing federal/state regulations for LID, click on the following web links:
Low Impact Development: link
link : “Technical Guidance on Implementing the Stormwater Runoff Requirements for Federal Projects under Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act.”
Sustainable Design and Development Policy Update (Environmental and Energy Performance): link
DoD Implementation of Storm Water Requirements under Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act: link
EPA LID site: link
EPA Green Infrastructure site: link
Whole Building Design Guide/LID: link
UNIFIED FACILITIES CRITERIA (UFC) Low Impact Development: link
The Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center hosted the Multitouch Mission Command Working Group, which brought together more than two dozen organizations from government, industry and academia for discussions and live demonstrations of Microsoft’s latest touchscreen technology, Surface 2.0. The APG event was the military debut of the new technology which “…is a prime research target for both military applications and the computing industry as a whole,” according to Robert Beckinger, project lead for the CERDEC Command and Control Multitouch Enabled Technology team. The full story is here.