PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- The display recently erected in front of building 1 commemorates Picatinny's designation as the Department of Defense's Joint Center of Excellence for Guns Ammunition.

The display features some of Picatinny's joint products, such as a howitzer, Navy and Air Force bombs, and Army and Marine tank, mortar, and artillery cartridges and Bunker Defeat Munitions. A bronze plaque commemorating the installation's designation as DoD's Joint Center of Excellence for Guns and Ammunition resides in the center.

As part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) requirement that began in 2005, the Department of Defense realigned Navy gun and ammunition research, development, acquisition, and weapons and armaments packaging, handling storage and transportation to Picatinny.
This move enabled technical synergy across the different services, and positioned the Department of Defense to exploit scientific, technical and acquisition expertise within the weapons and armament research, development and acquisition community.

"We're focused on streamlining the joint acquisition process to deliver quality-engineered guns and ammunition solutions when and where they are needed, on time and at the right price," Brig. Gen. John McGuiness, Picatinny Senior Commander. "This display represents the true "jointness" of Picatinny with a small sample of products we provide to our joint warfighters."

For the BRAC realignment, the Navy and Army had a total of 12 new construction or major facility renovations on Picatinny.