The Department of Defense recognized the Program Executive Office (PEO) Ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal for developing an innovative strategy to meet the surging demands of supplying ammunition to our coalition partners, while ensuring competition and keeping costs low.

Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L), presented the 2016 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award to the Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition (PM MAS) during a ceremony at the Pentagon Jan. 4. PM MAS is part of the PEO Ammunition organization.

The David Packard Award recognizes organizations that have demonstrated superior management and accomplishment in the successful execution of one or more of the Better Buying Power acquisition efficiency initiatives, according to the defense department.

Since 2008, PM MAS’s Product Director Non-Standard Ammunition (NSA) has delivered over 1 billion rounds of munitions to 23 countries on five continents. The largest demand for NSA has been and remains in the Central Command area of responsibility, specifically to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of counter Islamic State of Iraq and Levant efforts. 

PM MAS received the Packard Award for their innovative acquisition approach, which shortened delivery times when supplying the Iraqi and Afghan National Army with ammunition to fight ISIL.

The Packard award was first awarded in 1997 in honor of the late David Packard, a former deputy secretary of defense and an advocate of excellence in defense acquisition practices. It is the highest award in DoD acquisition. This is the fifth time PEO Ammunition has won the Packard Award, and the third time for PM MAS.