Blohm selected as CERDEC acting director

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The U.S. Army has selected Gary W. Blohm to serve as acting director of its Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, as the search continues to fill the position left open in the wake of Henry J. Muller Jr.’s retirement on March 31.

“Within RDECOM, Gary Blohm has demonstrated his leadership in many ways,” said Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, or RDECOM. “As a former director at CERDEC, he is a long-time member of the communication-electronics family and has the trust support of many peers and associates. This detail will ensure that CERDEC leadership will be in capable hands as the Army proceeds with the process of permanently filling this critical position.”

Blohm, who entered the Senior Executive Service in 2003, previously served as the director of CERDEC’s Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, or I2WD.

In this capacity, he was responsible for researching and developing capabilities and quick-reaction capabilities in the areas of signals intelligence, electronic warfare, measurement and signature intelligence, and information operations, intelligence dissemination/fusion. He also led his organization in providing expert technical support to various Program Executive Offices and Project Managers across the Army and Joint Service acquisition communities.

Prior to that, Blohm served as the director of CERDEC’s Command, Power & Integration Directorate, or CP&ID, from July 2015 to April 2016, where he was responsible for planning and executing the Army’s science and technology investments in mission command, power generation and quick reaction and prototyping technology.

Blohm also served as director of the Army Architecture Integration Center, under the Department of the Army Chief Information Office/G6 from October 2010 to July 2015. Here, he was responsible for ensuring the interoperability and supportability of the Army’s Information Technology Architectures and for leading the planning, developing and implementation of the Army’s Enterprise Architecture.

This is his second stint in the CERDEC front office, having served as CERDEC’s director from 2008 to 2010.

A graduate of the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, with a Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, Blohm began working for the Army in satellite communications, or SATCOM, in 1985. He also holds Army Acquisition Corps Level III Certifications in Information Technology and Systems Planner, Research and Development.

Blohm takes over for Dr. Donald Reago Jr., whose detail as acting director began April 1 and ended July 29. Reago has returned to his former position as director for CERDEC’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

As with Reago, Blohm’s detail is slated to last no more than 120 days. A replacement has yet to be selected to serve as the acting director for CERDEC I2WD.

By Edric Thompson, CERDEC