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ARDEC engineers modify M119A3 Howitzer to make it safer, simpler, more reliable

After a year of re-designing the recoil system on the M119A3 Howitzer, Picatinny engineers have made the howitzer safer, simpler and more reliable while also reducing the cost of the recoil system.
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Summer STEM students use ‘The Martian’ movie themes as backdrop for experiments

The Picatinny Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Summer Enrichment Program is "breaking new ground in the summer of 2016," says Shahram Dabiri, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center and Picatinny Arsenal STEM Manager.
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Picatinny chrome tubes put to the test

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, fired six Pilot Production M776 Chrome Tubes for the 155mm M777A2 Lightweight Towed Howitzer in the Lead Mountain Training Area aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, on May 3.
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ARDEC efforts ‘always a step ahead’

On Sept. 30, 2015, ARDEC Director John Hedderich shared with his senior leaders at an offsite meeting his new vision for the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.
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Picatinny honors 11 patent holders during ARDEC ceremony

Picatinny Arsenal added 11 more patents to its “Innovation Wall of Fame” on June 21 during a ceremony in Building 93. The wall, which was created earlier this year, honors an innovative culture and represents successful partnerships that focus on developing solutions for warfighters.
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Approaching 8th deployment, civilian trainer relishes bringing new equipment to Soldiers

Although Picatinny Arsenal’s workforce has more civilians than active duty military members, its employees are no strangers to the battlefield.
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Science students meet with top Army executive

Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy spoke to students from the Pre-Engineering Academy at Newark Central High School during their visits to Picatinny Arsenal.
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Armament Software Engineering Center appraised at CMMI Level 5 for fourth consecutive time

A Picatinny Arsenal organization that develops software for numerous weapons systems used by U.S. military personnel worldwide has attained another top quality rating that no other Army organization currently holds. The Armament Software Engineering Center researches, develops and sustains advanced software products and services used by U.S. service members in Army weapons systems.
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Regular meetups help to spur innovation, collaboration

The director's corner on the homepage for the Armament Research, Development and Research Center speaks to ARDEC's slogan of "Always a Step Ahead."
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Army's top technology executive Katrina McFarland visits Picatinny

During a visit to Picatinny, the Army’s top civilian for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology told employees and leaders that she appreciated the innovative work done at the Arsenal.
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Mission

Lead research, development and engineering of systems solutions to arm those who defend the nation against all current and future threats, both at home and abroad

Vision

ARDEC, centered at Picatinny Arsenal, is a critical national asset that is vital to National Security and is unfettered in its ability to deliver products and provide world class facilities and services

ARDEC Director's Corner

Mr. John F. Hedderich III

At ARDEC our slogan is, “Always a Step Ahead.” We act as though somebody’s life depends on being a step ahead because it does.

ARDEC provides armaments that overmatch those of our adversaries. We do this so that our warfighters and homeland defenders succeed in every fight. To achieve this we provide world-class leadership in engineering, science excellence, quality and innovation, and we are relied upon to objectively evaluate armament solutions so that we know our true progress and how it relates to our adversaries.

There has never been a more challenging or exciting time for this mission. ARDEC is a strategic national asset that has contributed to some or all aspects of the design, development, and production of the U.S. armaments used from World War II into our current conflicts.

Our current challenges have expanded such that we prepare for a full spectrum of threats. Our Nation faces non-state and hybrid actors, networks of small militant groups, more dense urban environments, confounding mixtures of terror and propaganda, enemy operations planned within the homeland and other challenges, some still unknown.

ARDEC’s legacy is built on understanding and solving complex warfighter problems and saving lives. We are leveraging this strength to support the needs of homeland defenders who plan for interagency operations. This includes working with New York City and other major northeastern centers from our regional hub to the nation, centered at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.

We succeed because we are:

  • Steeped in the Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.
  • Collaborative: This is key to our success. Our workforce embraces teamwork, mutual respect, open communication and creativity. All of our efforts are integrated with and leverage the vast technological resources, nationally and internationally.
  • Innovative: We embrace all forms and sources of innovation, internal and external, evolutionary and revolutionary. Disruption to the key to remaining, “Always a step ahead”.
  • Good Partners: Partnership is an important part of our organizational strategy. ARDEC proactively seeks partnerships with customers, industry, academia, and other government agencies. These partnerships accelerate the development and transition of new technologies for the Warfighter.

While you are on our website, please read our news or explore the “About Us” and “Facilities” links to learn about our mission. Explore the “Business Opportunities” link to learn how your business or academic activity can join us in solving our nation’s biggest challenges.

Everything we do is built on a quality and well-trained workforce. We are always seeking world-class talent. Please follow the “Career Opportunities” link to learn how you might begin a rewarding career supporting American warfighters.

Always being a step ahead starts at school. Please visit our “Outreach” link. It will take you to a page where you can learn how we support the future of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in our local schools.

Thank you for visiting ARDEC on the internet.

John F. Hedderich III
Director, ARDEC

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