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John F. Hedderich III

John F. Hedderich III was assigned as Director of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ on February 8, 2015. As Director, Mr. Hedderich provides strategic leadership and technical management of ARDEC’s annual budget of over $1.3 billion, 64 laboratories, and a workforce of over 4,000 government and support personnel, including more than 2,000 engineers and scientists dedicated to delivering superior lethal and non-lethal armament solutions to the Warfighter. From June 2008 to February 2015, Mr. Hedderich served as the Executive Director of the Munitions Engineering and Technology Center at ARDEC. While maintaining state-of-the-art facilities, people and equipment, Mr. Hedderich provided leadership that impacted the lifecycle of numerous Army and Joint Service armaments, including a wide range of ammunition, explosives, propellants, fuzes, sensors, guidance, mortar, mine, countermine and explosive ordnance disposal systems. Mr. Hedderich also successfully overhauled ARDEC’s safety program and hazardous operations. A career civil servant, Mr. Hedderich was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in November 1998. Mr. Hedderich’s other executive assignments include:
- Director of the Armaments Engineering Technology Center (Jan 2007 - Jun 2008): Managed and gave technical direction to over 2000 engineers and scientists engaged in ARDEC’s core mission of weapons, ammunition and fire control.
- Director for Enterprise Management (Oct 2003 - Jan 2007): Responsible for ARDEC-wide business development, customer interface, alignment of investments with strategic goals, performance measurement, business process design, and knowledge management. In this position, Mr. Hedderich was architect of a new ARDEC-wide organizational paradigm to better support customer requirements and accelerate the pace of technology discovery and delivery. These organizational changes contributed to ARDEC being the first Department of Defense organization to win the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
- Senior Technical Executive, Close Combat Armaments Center (Jun 2002 - Oct 2003): Developed and executed scientific and technology strategies for small, medium and large caliber weapons, ammunition, mines and countermine, non-lethal weapons and ammunition and special operations gear.
- Associate Technical Director, Systems Concepts and Technology (Nov 1998 - Jun 2002): Managed the Armament Technology Base Program and authored a new technology and integration strategy for armaments that better met customer requirements for lighter, mobile, more lethal, and logistically efficient weapons systems.
Mr. Hedderich earned his bachelor’s of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. His significant awards include the Achievement Award for Civilian Service (1998), Army Superior Unit Award (2000 and 2009) and the National Defense Industrial Preparedness Award (1998)

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