Logistics Research and Development

Logistics research and development experts at Picatinny provide a single focus for managing improvements to the total ammunition logistics systems, an area that encompasses ammunition and missile asset management. Today, there are six major thrust areas including battlefield rearm, logistics command/control/communications, logistics analysis, combat service support, packaging, and explosives safety and insensitive munitions. In each of these areas, Picatinny develops or integrates state-of- the-art logistics enhancements to get ammunition to the soldier at the right time, in the right place, safely, securely, at the right cost, and in good conditions, anywhere in the world, at any time of the year under the most demanding delivery conditions. No conventional commercial products could withstand such extremes.

Battlefield Rearm
The goal of this thrust area is to develop technologies to improve the "rearming" or "reloading" of munitions onto weapons platforms making it more like an "Indy 500" pit stop. Picatinny provides systems integration and management of material and process improvements to enhance ammunition rearm for artillery, armor, infantry, aviation, engineer/mine warfare and air defense artillery mission areas. This includes the development of automated rearm systems for weapon platforms like the Future Combat Systems Multi-Role Armament and Ammunition System planned as part of the Armys transformation effort.

Logistics Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4)
The goal of the Logistics C4 thrust is to develop information technologies to keep track of munitions quantity, location and "health". To accomplish this, Picatinny manages the development and integration of micro-electronic prognostic and diagnostic sensors that can be embedded in munitions to record environmental conditions and enable remote assessments of the health of munitions throughout the logistics system.

Logistics Analysis
The goal of the logistics analysis thrust is to manage the modeling and simulation "what- if" analysis effort to quantify the logistics impact of proposed changes to ammunition logistics material, tactics, techniques and procedures. The objective is to provide armament and munitions developers with "real-time" analysis of the logistics impact of their items. Picatinny logistics experts are working on a modeling effort that uses a systems approach to analyze the distribution system for ammunition. It emphasizes trading off alternative solutions to efficiency and effectiveness of the choices based on clear information. Picatinny will use modeling and simulation as a prototyping mechanism to determine the potential benefits of a new or improved process or system. To quantify these improvements, the existing system's baseline must be understood clearly, with all human machine and material interactions completely defined and measured.

Combat Service Support
The goal of this thrust area is to manage material and process improvements to material handling equipment, transportation systems, munitions containerization, munitions storage and airdrop systems to improve strategic, operational and tactical ammunition distribution. Picatinny is involved with many aspects of combat service support. They are integral to the development of a Smart Distribution System for the future force; established the Airdrop Certification Program so that items could be certified for airdrop during combat; enhanced the Palletized Loading System (PLS), are developing the Enhanced Delivery System - Air (EDS-A); and, maintain an active membership in the Containerized Ammunition Missile Distribution Executive Group (CAMDEG).

Munitions Packaging
As the Army transforms itself to a lighter, quicker and more easily deployable force, ammunition packaging will become increasingly important. This thrust area demonstrates technologies that enhance munitions packing for both ammunition and missiles including requirements that they be cushioned from harm, protected from water, temperature extremes and dropping, maintain a three pounds per square inch (psi) pressure differential, and do all these things while stored for 20 years in protected space and at least two years in the open. When used, the ammunition must work like new and function as intended. The logistics experts at Picatinny focused on incorporating new technologies to solve some of the intrinsic problems in the shipment and storage of ammunition such as reducing the weight and cube of packaging, reducing battlefield debris caused by packaging, providing safer storage of high explosives and propellants, easing Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) decontamination, providing faster and easier access to packaged ammunition and enhancing moisture and corrosion protection.

Explosives Safety and Insensitive Munitions
The goal of the explosives safety and insensitive munitions thrust is to improve the safety and survivability of U.S. Army munitions. To accomplish this, Picatinny logistics experts manage explosives safety projects to develop and demonstrate fixes to reduce the explosive hazards posed by munitions throughout the total Army ammunition logistics system. Picatinny also manages the Army Insensitive Munition (IM) Program, and the Research and Development Army IM Improvement Program and serves as the principle Army representative to the Joint Service Insensitive Munitions Technical Panel and representative to DoD's IM-integrated product team and NATO IM activities.