A Mark 38 Mod 2 machine gun system is tested at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Picatinny detachment, before being delivered to the fleet. The detachment is the Navy’s integrated specialty site for guns and ammunition, supporting the fleet by providing ordnance and combat systems program management, in-service engineering, logistics support services and acquisition engineering. (Photo by Todd Mozes, January 2014)
Picatinny Arsenal is the Joint Center of Excellence for Guns and Ammunition, providing products and services to all branches of the U.S. military. Nestled in the northern New Jersey Highlands, the nearly 6,500-acre installation is about 35 miles west of New York City. The arsenal’s team of more than 6,000 personnel includes soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, U.S. federal employees and contractor personnel who lead in the research, development, acquisition and life cycle management of advanced conventional weapon systems and ammunition. Picatinny’s portfolio comprises nearly 90 percent of the Army’s lethality and all conventional ammunition for joint war fighters. Examples of arsenal products include improvised explosive device defeat technologies, precision-guided munitions, mortars, fire control systems, small-arms weapon systems, Howitzers, warheads, fuzes, gunner protection armor, insensitive munitions, and small, medium and large caliber conventional ammunition.
Organizations at Picatinny include the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center; Program Executive Office for Ammunition; Joint Munitions and Lethality Lifecycle Management Command; Project Manager Soldier Weapons; Program Executive Officer for Ground Combat Systems; and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division. For a full list of organizations and activities at Picatinny Arsenal, visit www.pica.army.mil/Picatinny/organizations.
MAJOR UNITS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center
ARDEC is the Army’s “Center of Lethality,” a designation reflecting its important role as the provider of more than 90 percent of the Army’s lethal armaments and munitions to our war fighters.
Program Executive Office for Ammunition
The Program Executive Office for Ammunition is the life cycle manager for the conventional ammunition, leap-ahead munitions and counter-IED products that increase the combat firepower of our war fighters.
Joint Munitions and Lethality Lifecycle Management Command
The Joint Munitions and Lethality Lifecycle Management Command develops, acquires, fields and sustains value-added ammunition for the joint war fighter through the integration of effective and timely acquisition, logistics and cutting-edge technologies.
Project Manager Soldier Weapons
Project Manager Soldier Weapons supports soldiers through the development, production, fielding and sustainment of current and future weapons systems, as well as associated target acquisition and fire control products.
Program Executive Officer for Ground Combat Systems
The Program Executive Officer for Ground Combat Systems manages the development, acquisition, testing, systems integration, product improvement and fielding of ground combat support weapons systems used by the Army and other U.S. military services.
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Picatinny Detachment, provides research, development, evaluation and in-service support of energetic systems for the Navy’s energetic enterprise.