Armament Research, Development & Engineering Center (ARDEC)
Service or Branch:
Picatinny Arsenal, NJ
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer and Computational Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Research
ARDEC is heavily involved in the development of the Soldier and
Future Combat Stystems and in the continued efforts in the
development of advanced weapons that exploit technologies like
high-power microwaves, high energy lasers and nano-technology.
Currently ARDEC is responsible for several hundred programs that are
in one of the following phases of the acquisiton process: basic
research, applied research, concept demonstration, development,
production or deployment. The center's efforts are concentrated in
ten major technical areas: smart munitions, indirect fire, direct
fire, soldier weapons. mines and demolitions, gun propulsion,
fuzing, legal mechanisms, fire control, munitions survivability and
Example of Research:
How to replace perchlorate in simulators such as the M117/M118/M119
which are booby trap simulators and in the M274 which is a smoke
signature test warhead.
ARDEC has received such national awards as the Presidential Award
for Quality, two Army Communities of Excellence Awards, and several
Army Research and Development Organization of the Year Awards.
Additionally ARDEC was recognized as the No. 1 large-development
laboratory in the Army for 2008 during the Army Acquisition Corps
annual awards, in addition to receiving the Malcolm Baldrige
National Quality Award. It is also a one-of-a-kind facility that
provides virtually all of the lethal mechanisms used in Army weapon
systems and those of the other military services.
ARDEC (Picatinny Arsenal, NJ) is located between the Pocono
Mountains, 40 minutes to the west, and the Jersey Shore, an hour to
the east, and is ideal for a variety of leisure activities,
including summer and winter sports. Nearby New York City offers
famous museums, the Broadway theater district, the Lincoln Center
for the Performing Arts and home of the Metropolitan and New York
City Operas and the New York City Ballet. Atlantic City, within
driving distance from Picatinny, provides a wide spectrum of
entertainment activities. For professional sports fans, the area has
football’s Giants and Jets, baseball’s Mets and Yankees,
basketball’s Knicks and Nets, and hockey’s Devils, Islanders and
Rangers. For indoor sports, within an hour in any direction is the
greatest shopping in the World.
The site itself offers excellent recreational facilities, including
an employee’s club, tennis courts, softball diamonds, soccer fields,
an 18 hole golf course, fishing, a swimming pool, a water park, and
fitness center. Leagues for basketball, volleyball, softball,
soccer, bowling, golf and flag football draw many employees into
exciting off-duty competition. Employee/Family friendly programs are
also in place that allows flexi-time and flexi-place, and a
childcare facility is located on premises.
ARDEC employs approximately 2,500 scientists and engineers in
varying fields comprised mostly of mechanical and electronics
engineers but offering opportunities in other fields. ARDEC hires
about 100 new employees each year and within the next 2 to 5 years
the STEM fields of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering
are most likely to receive placement.