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Three former Picatinny employees inducted into Ammunition Hall of Fame

Three former Picatinny Arsenal employees were inducted into the Ammunition Hall of Fame in honor of their contributions to U.S. military ammunition.
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ARDEC brings STEM to library summer programs

Demonstrating the uses of sensor technology, Picatinny Arsenal engineer Ralph Tillinghast gave a student presentation at the Louise Childs Library in Stanhope, New Jersey, on Aug. 5.
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Researchers try to find light in the darkest of moonless nights

If the old adage that "light gives life" is true, then the work that Army researchers are conducting at the U.S. Army's Benét Laboratories with private industry and academia should, if application follows research, provide a better life for mankind and for Soldiers.
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Breaking the fast, Picatinny celebrates Islamic holiday, Eid

Approximately 80 Picatinny Arsenal employees attended a Ramadan/Eid Celebration Aug. 3 for a lunch of Middle Eastern delicacies and cultural sharing.
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Sebasto appointed to Senior Executive Service in ceremony

Anthony J. Sebasto became the newest member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) during an appointment ceremony on Aug. 4 at Picatinny Arsenal.
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ARDEC engineer urges students to challenge gender, career stereotypes

Integrate. It means to combine, to bring something, a person or group, into a part of a larger organization and unite them through equal membership. It’s a concept that you might see at work, within the classroom or on a team project, and, at Picatinny Arsenal, it’s vital to Kimberly Griswold, a material engineer.
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New Jersey homeland security director visits Picatinny

Chris Rodriguez, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, came to Picatinny Arsenal on Aug. 10, a visit that coincides with the Army’s Antiterrorism Awareness Month.
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Student enrichment program prepares future scientists

During the dog days of summer, where can a student construct a model bridge that can withstand an earthquake, or build model rockets, and miniature roller coaster, while making new friends?
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New center director welcomed into SES Corps

Anthony J. Sebasto became the newest member of the Senior Executive Service during an appointment ceremony at Picatinny Arsenal Aug. 4.
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To expand boundaries, leaders need to constantly balance issues

We all have boundaries--at home, work, within our communities and personal relationships. They've remained quick and convenient ways to understand our individual roles, as well as another's role, within groups and projects.
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Mission

Empower, unburden, and protect the Warfighter by providing superior armaments solutions that dominate the battlefield

Vision

Innovative Armaments Solutions for Today and Tomorrow

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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