One of our very own DHPC leaders was recently inducted into the Wall of Honor at the InfoAge Science-History Center in Wall Township, NJ. Michael Ryan, DHPC Director of Cyber Electromagnetic Activity (CEMA), and two other defense research scientists were recognized for their significant contributions to the nations defense with their prior accomplishments at the Army’s former Camp Evans and Fort Monmouth located in New Jersey. The three honorees were Harold Webb for his work on Project Diana, Felix Lavicka for his work on nuclear testing, and Michael Ryan for his work on electronic countermeasures.
Both Harold Webb and Felix Lavicka were posthumously awarded for their work. Mr. Webb was a physicist and pioneer in research and development in early radar, and worked on the then highly classified Diana Project that successfully beamed the first radio signals at the moon and back to Earth in 1946. This led to the creation Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) or “moon bounce” communication and the technology was used to eavesdrop on military communications from the Soviet Russians. Mr. Lavicka was an astro-physicist who worked at Camp Evans from 1951 to 1984, where he designed and built early radiation detection equipment and magnetic and seismic sensors used in the Vietnam War.
Michael Ryan worked at Fort Monmouth from 1991 until the Fort closed in 2011 and moved its mission to Aberdeen Proving Ground MD. In the early ‘90s Mr. Ryan worked on the AN/VLQ-7 Stingray and Outrider programs which were laser-based electro-optic countermeasure systems integrated on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Scout HMMWVs to detect and damage threat target acquisition systems. In 2004 the #1 killer of American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq was the improvised explosive device or IED, which caused devastating loss of life and limb. Mr. led the charge in developing and fielding lifesaving force protection systems such as the Warlock Red/Green/Blue and Duke systems as the Product Director for Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) from 2004-2006. He deployed several times to both theaters of operation and today there are over 32,000 CREW Duke systems in the Army inventory.