Enabling the Warfighter in the name of Islam

“Whenever these bad things happen I pray, ‘please don’t make it another Muslim-sounding name’ because these guys claim themselves to be Muslim, but they are not following anything at all,” said Dr. Rony Shahidain, a U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC engineer.

By Kashia Simmons and Gregory Woolston, RDECOM CERDEC Public Affairs

FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. – Anwar al-Awlaki. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Major Nidal Malik Hasan. Three extremists focused on harming Americans through their harsh words and violent actions in the name of Allah.

Azza Meshal. Dr. Rony Shahidain. Muhammad Mizan. Three American-Muslim engineers supporting the U.S. Army to equip the Soldier with the tools he needs to defeat this country’s enemies abroad.

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a radical Islamist stereotype, based largely on the words and beliefs of extremists, has formed in the minds of many Americans.

For Muslims working as scientists and engineers in U. S. Army, as well as the estimated 3,000-plus Muslim Soldiers, the stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Army, Microsoft extend cooperative research agreement

The U.S. Army extended a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement with Microsoft on April 16 to share research in support of developing hand-held and multi-touch technology for the Warfighter through 2013.

Although the U.S. government represents Microsoft’s single biggest customer, the CRADA with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center represents only the second joint research project Microsoft has throughout the federal government and the Department of Defense.

The initial CRADA between Microsoft and the RDECOM Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center was signed in 2009 and focused on the applicability of multi-touch technologies to command and control systems. The new agreement with CERDEC’s Command and Control Directorate will include hand-held devices, apps development and cognitive-based software.

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