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Barbara J. Machak

Barbara J. Machak

Barbara Machak was assigned as Acting Director of the U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., on June 1, 2014.

In her position, Machak provides strategic leadership and managerial accountability to ARDEC’s obligation authority of over $1.3 Billion, 64 laboratories and a workforce of over a 4,000 government and support personnel of mostly engineers and technical staff in four major locations dedicated in delivering superior lethal and non-lethal armament solutions to the Warfighter.

The Army appointed Machak to the Senior Executive Service in June 2010 when she became the Executive Director for the ARDEC Enterprise and Systems Integration Center (ESIC).

Machak then remained the Executive Director of the ESIC, except during a 120-day assignment where she served as the Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. starting on June 10, 2012.

RDECOM is the Army’s key research, development and engineering organization within the U.S. Army and it is senior to ARDEC within the Army’s organizational structure.

ARDEC is internationally recognized center for the advancement of armament technology and engineering innovation, and provides life-cycle engineering support for nearly 90 percent of the Army’s lethality by designing, integrating and supporting advanced small, medium and large-caliber weapons and ammunition systems.

Machak has received an Executive Master of Science Degree in Technology Management, from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J. and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Penn.

Her significant awards include a Superior Civilian Service Award in 2012, Memorandum of Recognition from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology in 2003; National Defense Industry Association Firepower Award in 2002, and the Saint Barbara's Medal for Contributions to Field Artillery in 1997.

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