Many communications techniques essential for missile guidance were developed by Army Signal Corps scientists based at this central New Jersey installation. For example, Signal Corps Electronics Laboratory provided radar tracking beacons for the post-war
Corporal missile program. A detachment from this command assigned to White Sands, New Mexico, in the late 1940s eventually became the U.S. Army Signal Missile Support Agency.
The Signal Corps made another key contribution as the development of synthetic materials for electronic communications led to experiments with gallium phosphide to create materials with high heat resistance. The Army Ballistic Missile Agency later used these materials to protect reentry vehicles.