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Eager to soak up knowledge, Picatinny kindergarteners learn how to mine for gems

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Kindergarteners enrolled in Picatinny Arsenal’s Child Youth Services School Age Services program experienced firsthand what it is like to be a geologist during a class on May 23.
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The road to providing a faster, more accurate mortar firing system

Picatinny Arsenal engineer Michael Wright had the idea of developing an advanced fire control system for mortars that could be easily carried by the warfighter. Through perseverance, collaboration and crucial science and technology funding, Wright's system is closer to fielding.
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ARDEC fires ammo, grenade launcher created with 3-D printing

Using additive manufacturing, Picatinny scientists and engineers have successfully manufactured and fired a grenade launcher and training round, a significant step on the path towards decreasing the time it takes engineers to research, develop, and manufacture ammunition and guns.
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Acting Army Secretary visits ARDEC

The Hon. Robert M. Speer, the Army’s top civilian, visited Picatinny March 27 to gain a better understanding of how the installation contributes to the strategic readiness of the Army and Joint Force.
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ARDEC-backed high school teams compete in FIRST robotics competition

Twenty-three Picatinny-sponsored high school robotics teams from area high schools met for the annual regional For Inspiration of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics competition at Mount Olive High School in Flanders from March 10-12.
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ARDEC engineers double range with modified M777A2 Extended Range howitzer

Picatinny Arsenal engineers have fired the newly modified M777A2 howitzer at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, completing the next step towards expanding the system's current firing range.
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Army moves forward to develop new laser-guided, precision mortar

The Army has closed its initial solicitation phase for designs to create a next generation precision mortar that will allow Soldiers to put their rounds on target with extreme accuracy.
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Picatinny Arsenal celebrates African American Black History Month

A panel of educators and community leaders led a discussion about some of the ongoing issues in education among young African American students. The panel was then followed by a performance by the Newark Boys Choir. The event was held February 28 in the Lindner Conference Center.
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Award-winning Picatinny engineer helps to promote STEM

Aisha Haynes, shown second from left, is a mechanical engineer at Picatinny Arsenal, A native of Brooklyn, Haynes set her sights on engineering after a summer camp program where she met chemical engineers.
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ARDEC engineers at Benet Laboratories enhance crew safety, lethality with large caliber muzzle brake

Engineers at Watervliet Arsenal have designed the 105mm Low Blast Overpressure Muzzle Brake or LBOP, which is the first large caliber muzzle brake designed specifically for an existing gun system.
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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 is 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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