ARDEC receives workplace health award

John F. Hedderich, director of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, accepted an American Heart Association Silver Award Level recognition for the Workplace Health Achievement index survey, which serves as a benchmark for employee wellness programs.
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Domestic violence often misunderstood, riddled with myths

The term domestic violence may evoke images of bruises and black eyes, but the scope of domestic violence is broader and extends into many types of relationships where a pattern of behaviors is used to establish and maintain control. Learn how to spot signs of abuse and how to provide support.
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SECARMY: Establish foundation for future when funding is good

Although recent funding for the Department of the Army has been good, future funding levels are uncertain, which means the Army has to establish firm priorities while it has the opportunity, Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper told employees at Picatinny Arsenal during a visit on Oct. 26.
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Trust, accountability among vital elements to create great teams

The idea of strong teamwork has great appeal, but actually achieving effective team dynamics can collide with other factors: competing interests, fear of damaging relationships with too much candor, hiding failures, or a feeling that actual accountability is weak or rarely enforced.
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Latest graduates achieve specialized education in armament engineering

Three employees of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center were presented Master of Armament Engineering certificates during the fourth commencement ceremony for the Armament Graduate School at Picatinny Arsenal.
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Picatinny provides advanced system for efficient fires for field artillery

To meet the challenges facing the Army’s field artillery community, engineers at Picatinny Arsenal have developed a light-weight, man-portable field artillery survey system that enables accurate, efficient fires and maneuvers in GPS degraded or denied environments.
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From a patent to a published paper, STEM Scholars get top engineering experience

Summer scholars at Picatinny Arsenal concluded their internships with real-life engineering experience and accomplishments under their belts, all while supporting our nation’s military.
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Family of Picatinny Arsenal contractor part of Triple Crown history

When "Justify" won the Triple Crown, renewed interest in Triple Crown history put the spotlight on legendary Hall of Fame horse trainer, James “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons, the first person to train two Triple Crown winners. His grandson, Fred "Fitz" Fitzsimmons, is a contractor at Picatinny Arsenal.
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Fort Benning "greening" course inspires innovative solution

Picatinny Arsenal employees have developed an innovative device to make mortar training more efficient after attending a recent Phase 4 "greening" course at the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCOE) at Fort Benning, Georgia.
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Ann Suzette Burnett named eCYBERMISSION Ambassador of the Year

Ann Suzette Burnett, an employee of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, was recognized as the eCYBERMISSION Ambassador of the Year at an awards luncheon in Reston, Virginia, on June 22.
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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


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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