Board Members

Our Board is a cross-section of leadership at Picatinny Arsenal. 

Paul Chiodo

Mr. Chiodo is the Vice President of Quality Assurance for UTRS, Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in quality assurance with the U.S. Army and private industry; he is recognized as the voice of quality engineering on a national level. He currently is responsible for Quality Engineering Core Competencies, including quality, safety and reliability, as well as Lean Six Sigma initiatives. He is presently engaged in developing the architecture for design for Lean Six Sigma in the R&D environment for RDECOM, infusing probabilistic technology and predictive engineering, leading root cause teams, and working with NASA in future robust design initiatives using advanced techniques in probabilistic technology, axiomatic designs, and design for Lean Six Sigma.

Previously, as Director, Quality Engineering and System Assurance for ARDEC, Mr. Chiodo was responsible for leading an organization of approximately 500 employees and managing, planning, and executing the overall life-cycle quality, reliability and system safety mission for RDECOM-ARDEC. He provided leadership for home base core competency for quality, reliability and system safety for both hardware and software for 1,500-plus product lines. In addition, he served as Deployment Director (Certified Master Black Belt) for the Picatinny site (ARDEC, PEOs, and PMs) for Lean Six Sigma deployment and program direction; served as an internal government expert in Lean Six Sigma to AMC Headquarters and DA, ARDEC Standardization Executive; and chaired most senior-level independent review boards, including Material Release Review Boards, Test Readiness Review Board, and Red Team Investigations. He also consulted with top officials from other command elements, other commands, industry, and foreign governments.

While serving as Director, Quality Engineering and System Assurance, Mr. Chiodo was selected for and served on the ten-person NASA Columbia Accident Independent Assessment Team and worked directly for NASA operations on the Return to Flight, Space Shuttle Program. He developed risk mitigation and performed assessments on the external tank and thermal protection system (TPS) at Mishoud Facility, Louisiana, as well as Space Shuttle flight certification and reprocessing at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. He worked with other team members to redefine the overall quality program and to redefine processes for acceptance, certification, manufacturing, etc., of all Space Shuttle components. He also co-authored a report of the team’s assessment and recommendations, and briefed NASA administrators and associate administrators. Most of the recommendations were implemented for a successful return to flight by the Space Shuttle.

Mr. Chiodo began his career at the U.S. Army ARDEC as an engineering intern in the Quality Engineering Directorate for the Pershing IA, Pershing II, Howitzer program and Cannon Artillery Weapon Systems. He served in numerous project engineering, project leader and branch chief positions before being promoted to Chief, Predictive Technology and Quality Evaluation Division, Quality Engineering Directorate.

Bill Morelli

Bill Morelli is President of SAVIT Corporation—a small business in Rockaway, New Jersey that supports the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal Armament mission in the areas of engineering, rapid prototyping, innovation and manufacturing expertise. With over 29 years of combined experience as a DoD civilian supporting Picatinny and Fort Monmouth and as a defense industry support contractor, Bill has a wealth of knowledge in defense acquisition research, development, and engineering. During his time supporting the Army’s mission, Bill was involved and held several leadership roles in projects ranging from fielding counter-IED warfighter solutions that support the Global War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, to developing the first Electric Armaments strategic plan for the DoD Office of Munitions; and, evaluating Army Laboratory science and technology programs for requirements and funding for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) among other tasks.

Prior to his current role as President of SAVIT, Bill served as the company’s COO and Director of Marketing. Combined with his additional service as the President of Warrior One Corporation, and the numerous government professional leadership positions at both Picatinny and Fort Monmouth, Bill has an extensive background in providing R&D support to the warfighter by fulfilling urgent requirements through teaming with Government and Defense providers. Bill is also an active public member, appointed by the Governor of New Jersey, to the New Jersey Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs located in the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs.

Through the course of his career, Bill has developed and executed strategies that led teams to improved efficiencies, cost savings, and dramatic increases in throughput. Bill brings much passion to the acquisition of military systems and expertise in working with top government and industry leaders and scientists to advance technology from idea to tangible items that will benefit our nation’s warfighter. These skills have transferred to the success of his own entrepreneurial endeavors. His companies have been leaders in innovation, dual-use technology (commercial/military) and rapid fielding products for military use.

Bill’s vision for PEC is to provide a construct to develop a closer working relationship between traditional and nontraditional defense contractors, academic institutions, and government defense agencies to provide our warfighters tactical advantage through superior tools and equipment and to support the enhancement of Picatinny Arsenal missions.

Bill holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from New York Institute of Technology.  He is also Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Level III certified in Program Management and System Planning, Research, Development and Engineering (SPRDE).

Steven George

Steven George, Executive Vice President of Universal Technical Resource Services, Inc. (UTRS), began his career at Picatinny Arsenal in 1980 and has over 38 years of professional, technical, and management experience with government and commercial organizations, including program management of high-visibility military system acquisitions, aviation safety, and computer automation programs that involve multidisciplinary expertise. Steve is responsible for all of UTRS’s support to ARDEC and currently supports every ARDEC Directorate as well as the Program Executive Office Ammunition, Program Executive Office Soldier, and Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems. With well over 150 individuals working onsite at Picatinny, Steve is involved with most ongoing programs and activities, including financial management, knowledge management, technical data, quality assurance, information assurance, prototype development and manufacturing, logistics, and automated test initiatives.

Steve is committed to ARDEC’s mission and supporting our warfighter in every way possible. He has been involved with most ARDEC-engineered major weapons systems development efforts, including 105mm and 155mm howitzers; 106mm recoilless rifle; electromagnetic gun (EMGUN); small arms; 60mm, 81mm, and 120mm mortars; Gator and Volcano Mine Systems; M1 Abrams tank; Unit and Linked Conduct of Fire Trainers (L-COFT); and propellant and interior ballistic analysis. He has written numerous business and strategic plans for defense and commercial organizations, and collaborated on a plethora of comprehensive technical studies, assessments, and cost and management proposals. He also has implemented ISO 9000-series quality assurance audits and training seminars for government and commercial clients in the U.S. and Asia.

Previously, Steve managed UTRS’s support for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Headquarters Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) Program. Prior to joining UTRS in 1994, he served as a Program Acquisition Manager for Hilton Systems, Inc. (HSI), where he was responsible for HSI’s support of several U.S. Army weapons system development programs at ARDEC, including but not limited to the Advanced Field Artillery System (PM Crusader), Tank Main Armament Systems (TMAS), PM Paladin, Objective Combat Rifle, and EMGUN.

Steve holds a B.A. in Economics from Drew University and has worked toward an M.B.A. in Management/Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has served as President of the NDIA Picatinny chapter for more than 14 years.

James Shields

James Shields became the Program Executive Officer (PEO) Ammunition in July 2014. In this position, he was responsible for conventional munitions and select weapon systems life-cycle management and served as the Department of Defense Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition. With a fiscal year 2017 operating budget of more than $3 billion and a portfolio of more than 500 items, the PEO manages conventional ammunition programs for all United States armed services as well as select allied partners. Major responsibilities include ammunition and weapons research and development, production, industrial base management, demilitarization, and modernization of the Army Ammunition Plants, all of which are focused on providing warfighters with leap-ahead munitions, weapons and counter improvised explosive device (IED) systems.   

Previously, Mr. Shields served as Deputy PEO Ammunition from November 2009 - June 2014; Joint Program Manager (JPM) and Deputy JPM for Towed Artillery Systems, where he developed and fielded the M777A2 Lightweight 155mm Towed Howitzer and the M119A2 105mm Towed Howitzer, as well as the M111 Improved Position and Aiming Determining System; Chief, Systems Engineering Division, Crusader Self-Propelled Artillery System; Lead Armament Engineer for the Advanced Field Artillery System; Team Leader, Wide Area Mine; Mechanical Systems Specialist, International Programs Office, Autonomous Precision Guided Munitions; and Mechanical Engineer for the 155mm M712 Copperhead Laser-Guided Projectile.

Mr. Shields graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and received an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Program Management Course and the Executive Program Management Course of the Defense Systems Management College. He was inducted into the Senior Executive Service in 2009, and is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps, the United States Field Artillery Association, and the Association of the United States Army.

Significant Awards and Honors

  • Exceptional Civilian Service Medal
  • Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
  • Superior Civilian Service Medal
  • Ancient Order of Saint Barbara Medal (Field Artillery Association)
  • Saint Barbara Medal (Field Artillery Association)
  • Saint George Medal (Armor Association)
  • Samuel Sharpe Medal (U.S. Army Ordnance Corps)
  • Firepower Award (National Defense Industrial Association)
  • John A. Ulrich Award (National Defense Industrial Association)
  • DeFleury Medal (Army Engineer Association)