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Mentors help to navigate possible career paths, approaches to problems

The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal has a formal mentoring program with more than 300 participants. The program provides a framework for promoting a mentoring culture through training, mentor selection, meetings, and social events.
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Army leaders visit Picatinny to learn about modernization efforts

Picatinny Arsenal provided briefings to several visiting general officers in December in order to provide insight on modernization efforts being conducted at the arsenal. Click on the headline to see details about a visit on December 12.
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Guest speaker helps Picatinny remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Picatinny Arsenal community remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., through a special presentation on Jan. 18 at the Lindner Conference Center.
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ARDEC wins DOD award for innovative manufacturing

An Army project management team was presented with the Defense Manufacturing Achievement Award at the recent Defense Manufacturing Conference held in Tampa, Florida, in December 2017.
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Automatic targeting system sets sights on improving hit probability

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - AIMLOCK aligns the target and the weapon's barrel automatically, eliminating aiming errors. The weapon free-floats independently in a protective exoskeleton with electromechanical actuators. The weapon direction is actively stabilized relative to the target.
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West Point cadets tour Picatinny Arsenal

Approximately 30 cadets enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point visited Picatinny Arsenal on Nov. 30 and spoke with engineers from the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.
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Picatinny Arsenal Ten Miler Team gives competition a run for their money

Picatinny Arsenal sent 29 runners to the AUSA (Association of the United States Army) Ten Miler race held on Oct. 8 in Washington D.C. The Picatinny representatives were a mix of military, civilian, contractor, and military family members.
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To support readiness, Army team demonstrates ability to make essential parts with 3-D printing

As a way to enhance mission readiness, a broad-based U.S. Army team joined forces to demonstrate the ability to manufacture essential parts using 3-D printing at the “point of need,” applying a system called Rapid Fabrication via Additive Manufacturing on the Battlefield or R-FAB.
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New Army facility expedites prototypes of experimental battlefield maintenance and equipment systems

A new system integration facility at Rock Island Arsenal will help to provide quick turn-around prototyping for the delivery of experimental battlefield systems. Under the oversight of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, the facility will help hasten innovation.
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Picatinny breaks ground on $8.4 million co-generation energy facility

The new $8.4 million, 2-megawatt co-generation facility is one project of seven, totaling near $17 million. Each project is energy efficient and will make Picatinny less dependent on outside energy sources.
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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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