Nearly 300 military and industry defense partners attended the first Armaments Collaboration Industry Day hosted at Picatinny Arsenal on Oct. 25-26 by the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center and the National Armaments Consortium.

The theme was “Overmatch the Spectrum of Threat.” Leaders from the Army, Department of Defense and distinguished guests, including U.S Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, 11th Congressional District, New Jersey, and New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, spoke on a variety of defense related topics from perspectives from the secretary of defense to New Jersey’s support for Picatinny Arsenal.

"We never want our warfighters to be in a fair fight with an enemy," said John Hedderich, Director, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

“The purpose of having this Industry Day is to further the collaboration and partnership between government and industry that drives armaments innovation,” continued Hedderich. “Working together will yield superior weaponry that will overmatch against the spectrum of threats, so that our warfighters can complete their missions and come home safe."

Speakers included Kristin French, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, Logistics and Material Readiness; Lt. Gen.  Michael Williamson, Principal Military Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology; Maj. Gen. Robert Dyess, Deputy Director, Training and Doctrine Command, Army Capabilities and Integration Center; James Shields, Program Executive Officer, Ammunition and Brig. Gen. Patrick Burden, Deputy Program Executive Officer and Senior Commander of the Joint Center of Excellence for Guns and Ammunition, Picatinny Arsenal.

Participants on Day 2 attended sessions ranging from Munitions and Directed Energy, Weapons and Fire Control and Multi-Role Armaments Systems. They also engaged in one-on-one sessions with government subject matter experts.

”This was an unprecedented collaboration event setting the stage for a great year of armaments innovation. A new benchmark has been achieved,” said Charles Zisette, Executive Director, National Armaments Consortium.

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The U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, whose mission is to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation.