AMC commander visits CERDEC sensors, power

Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, sees a demonstration on ground combat sensor technologies during a visit to CERDEC Oct. 16. (U.S. Army photo by Julie Goldberg)

CERDEC Public Affairs

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 19, 2015) — Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, saw the latest in Army night-vision and power technologies for the Army of 2030 and beyond during a visit to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, Oct. 16, 2015.

Via received demonstrations that included the evolution of the thermal weapon sight; target handoff with coded spot tracker; third generation forward-looking infrared technologies; infrared cameras for future applications in heads up navigation, tracking and reporting; and multifunction video displays.

Via was pleased by the strides in technology that CERDEC is making to improve technologies and unburden the logistics load on the Soldier, he said.

“This work is very important and so very impressive. There are thousands of Soldiers deployed around the world conducting various operations. The capabilities you provide enable them to perform their missions,” Via said.

CERDEC’s work in sensors aims to give the Soldier the ability to enable and create decisive effects.

“CERDEC NVESD is delivering to our Soldiers novel sensor and display capabilities, which increase Soldier situational awareness and understanding without increasing their cognitive burden,” said Dr. Donald Reago, CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate director, who hosted the visit.

Via saw a demonstration on NVESD’s mitigation sensors for Degraded Visual Environments, or DVE, during the visit.

“Our efforts in the research and development of technologies to mitigate the effects of DVE on our aviators is an important component in enabling our Soldiers to not only survive in degraded visual environments but to thrive in them,” Reago said.

“This [DVE] technology is a game changer, it’s huge. This technology is leap ahead along with night vision and other capabilities you’re providing to our Soldiers and pilots. This is a game changer — hands down,” Via said.

Via also saw a demonstration of the Advanced Medium Mobile Power Source Microgrid from CERDEC’s Command, Power and Integration Directorate. The microgrid set-up consists of four intelligent generator sets, which enable a microgrid capability that provides up to a 25 percent reduction in fuel consumption when compared to standalone grids.

“CERDEC CP&I understands that Army power solutions will be addressed by a mixture of better power sources and the intelligent management of the power that is generated and used. This microgrid is one of the many ways we’re making Soldiers and their base camps more energy efficient,” said Gary Blohm, CERDEC CP&I Director.

“It’s very important that the Warfighter knows you’re trying to provide capabilities that they don’t even know they need yet, which are focused on empowering, unburdening, and providing more firepower and increased mobility to the Soldiers. You’re impacting the Army in a huge way,” Via said.

Editor’s note: The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

Originally published at on October 19, 2015.