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ARDEC helps develop safer, extended range rocket-assisted artillery round

The Army is developing a new 155 mm artillery round that will extend cannon range to more than 24 miles (40km), with the added benefits of greater safety for service members and the ability to deliver near-precision strike capability.
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Picatinny Arsenal delegation visits Chile

A delegation from Picatinny Arsenal met with Chilean Army leaders during the week of July 12-15 during which the visitors from Picatinny toured facilities and identified areas of mutual interest with their Chilean counterparts.
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PAO News

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt networking event, certification ceremony held

On June 22, the ARDEC/PEO AMMO Lean Six Sigma Competency Office (LSSCO) held its third Black Belt networking event and certification ceremony at the Cannon Gate Catering & Conference Center at Picatinny Arsenal.
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Summer interns say Arsenal provides ways to apply classroom lessons

Emerging from their work stations, more than 40 interns participated in a summer hire tour on July 12 at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. The installation tour was hosted by one of the Arsenal’s main organizations, the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, or ARDEC.
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Vermont and Massachusetts National Guards conduct live-fire exercise of Picatinny howitzers

Working with Picatinny Arsenal, Vermont and Massachusetts National Guard Soldiers fired live rounds with new M777A2 and M119A3 Howitzers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix on July 27.
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Picatinny employees create grenade fuze and detonator with flying disc

A major concern in the field of fuzing and detonators is the ability to meet the Insensitive Munitions (IM) compliance requirements. Insensitive munitions are designed to replace munitions that can easily be detonated by unplanned stimuli, including heat and impacts.
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PAO News

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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PAO News

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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PAO News

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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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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