PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- Picatinny employee Paul Manz has been selected to receive the 2015 Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award for his work strengthening national security by increasing the U.S. military’s precision strike capability.

Manz is chief scientist of the Program Executive Office for Ammunition. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding personal technical achievements that have contributed to precision strike systems.

Precision strike capability gives Department of Defense technologies the ability to more accurately find, track, target, attack, and assess military targets. These technologies include cruise missiles, stand-off weapons, precision guided bombs and munitions, smart sub-munitions, and associated weapons control systems. 

“Precision strike capabilities have been and continue to be a positive combat force multiplier for the joint warfighters who defend and protect the United States,” said Manz. 

Manz has worked for the U.S. Army for more than 30 years. He has held positions across the joint munitions, battle command, fire support, enterprise architecture, systems engineering and electronic devices communities. 

Over the last several years, Manz has been proactively championing and coordinating service-level implementation strategies for improved Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) capabilities across DoD’s more than $10 billion portfolio of GPS-based Precision Guided Munitions, including the acceleration of M-Code GPS, Network Assisted GPS, and improved Anti-Jam solutions. 

“I was both surprised and flattered to be selected for this prestigious award from the National Defense Industrial Association’s Precision Strike Association, since it says that—in the eyes of my peers from industry, government, and the military—I am trying to do something significant and collectively good on behalf of the entire joint lethality community and the U.S. taxpayer,” Manz said. 

As chief scientist, Manz oversees the transition and addition of new ammunition and weapons that help to significantly increase the warfighter’s performance capabilities.