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ARDEC plays key role in ensuring software reliability

As the U.S. Army replaces its aging fleet of armored personnel carriers, Picatinny Arsenal is playing a crucial role in ensuring that the software for the new Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, or AMPV, meets rigid standards of performance.
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Collaboration propels innovation at Picatinny’s 9th Science and Technology Networking Day

Like a muscle that is exercised consistently, Picatinny Arsenal’s Science and Technology (S&T) program gets stronger and bigger every year.
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The Drive for Safer Munitions

On the morning of July 11, 1991, a defective heater in an M992 ammunition carrier loaded with 155mm artillery shells caught on fire in the North Compound of Camp Doha in Kuwait.
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What will future munitions look like?

ARDEC Technologies 2016
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Soldier training is safer during training with projectiles that fragment on impact

Picatinny engineers have patented a new training projectile that fragments into pieces on impact in order to better contain fired projectiles during Soldier training.
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ARDEC, NASA leverage partnership to share knowledge

While military technology and space exploration may seem like two very different areas of expertise, there is enough common ground for engineers from Picatinny Arsenal and the nation’s space agency to share best practices and leverage business processes.
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Container with offset handles can help reduce costs when changes made to equipment

Although modifying military equipment to accommodate packing changes could be expensive, a Picatinny Arsenal engineer's latest patent--a container with offset handles--potentially could help to avoid high investment.
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Picatinny senior leader stresses teamwork across complex organizations

When Anthony Sebasto became the newest member of Senior Executive Service in August 2015, he said that the military business "is a team sport."
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Col. Turner receives Legion of Merit Meritorious Service Medal upon retirement

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - At a retirement ceremony April 7, Col. J. Scott Turner Jr., received the Legion of Merit Meritorious Service Medal for his 30 years of service to the U.S. Army from John Hedderich, Director of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC).
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ARDEC personnel participate in Junior Science Symposium

At the 54th Monmouth Junior Science Symposium, 20 personnel from the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center and 49 from the Communications Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center graded 109 student technical papers and mentored the authors.
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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

Welcome to the home page of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

ARDEC is the “real-time, right-now” problem solver for the Army and the joint warfighter’s armaments needs, which includes weapons, ammunition, fire control, and protective systems. Warfighters go into harm’s way for us, and we believe we owe them the best technological edge and the most responsive support possible to ensure that every aspect of their ever changing, armament-related needs are met with urgency.

In short, we provide armaments with overmatch so that our warfighters have a technological advantage and don’t have to be in a fair fight.

Nearly every U.S. Army armament leverages the prowess of an ARDEC employee who contributed to some, or all, aspects of its design, development, and production. Our workforce of nearly 2,500 scientists and engineers provides fully integrated life-cycle engineering for armaments (from leveraging science and technology to design and develop new armaments, to improving existing armaments, to developing and implementing state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and techniques, to production, and to the demilitarization of obsolete or retired armaments systems). All of our efforts are integrated with and leverage the vast technological resources within the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

Our workforce also designs and improves the logistics and sustainment aspects that ensure that armaments are available to the warfighter where and when they are needed. We are also good stewards of the environment, for example, by developing lead-free ammunition and eco-friendly methods of production and demilitarization.

We are also developing new and cutting-edge technologies that will ensure our warfighters remain the best equipped and maintain their technological advantage in the years to come. Our ARDEC employees do not, however, operate in a vacuum. Each day that our employees support the RDECOM mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter, and our Nation, they are interacting with other researchers, businesses small and large, along with academic institutions that enable our success.

This engagement is critical. Our warfighter support depends on you—our fellow citizens—industry and academia. This website is here to help you understand our mission and activities, and to assist in obtaining your confidence and support.

While you are here, 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 with our teams. Visit the “Career Opportunities” link to learn how you might begin a rewarding career supporting American warfighters. Check out our “Outreach” link to learn about how our engineers support 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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