PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- A delegation from Picatinny Arsenal met with Chilean Army leaders during the week of July 12-15 during which the visitors from Picatinny toured facilities and identified areas of mutual interest with their Chilean counterparts.


The Picatinny delegation represented the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), as well as two organizations that are part of the Program Executive Office Ammunition: Project Manager Combat Ammunitions Systems-Indirect Fire (PM CAS-IF), and Project Manager Close Combat Systems (PM CCS).


Leading the Picatinny delegation were Anthony Sebasto, Executive Director, Enterprise and Systems Integration Center (part of ARDEC); Col. Willie D. Coleman (PM CAS-IF); Gary L. Barber, Acting Deputy Project Manager, Close Combat Systems (PM CCS); and John Finno, Director, Quality Engineering and Systems Assurance.


The visit included meetings with Lt. Gen. Oscar Bustos, Chief of the Military and Engineering Industry Command, and Brig. Gen. Hernan Araya, Director of Projects and Research of the Army, and with other Chilean Army leaders.


During the delegation’s visit, there were also tours of the Chilean Army facilities of the Research and Development, and Weapons Manufacturing Facility. 


The areas of mutual interest identified during the visit included Ammunition Surveillance, Stockpile and Reliability of Munitions including Missiles and Rockets, and Simulation of Emergency Situation, Demining Simulation, Demilitarization Process Technology, Area Access/Area Denial, Counter Explosives Hazard Identification, and Precision Guidance Kit Smart Fuze.


An Information Exchange Annex has been proposed on the topics discussed.  


The U.S. delegation was supported by Col. Allen B. Garrison, Director, and Denisse Szmigiel, Deputy and Technical Director, of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command-Americas. 


The research and engineering center at Picatinny reports to the engineering command, which is headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.