HISTORY AND AWARDS

2011 Named Department of Defense Joint Specialty Site for Guns and Ammunition
Awarded 2011 Shingo Bronze Medallion for Operational Excellence � 1 of 2 organizations worldwide to have Baldrige and Shingo recognition at enterprise level. Shingo Bronze Medallion
2010 First federal organization to achieve CMMI Level 5 for Development Version 1.2
2009 Army’s Large-Development Laboratory of the Year Award
2008 Army’s Large-Development Laboratory of the Year Award
2007
First Federal and only DOD organization to receive Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
2006
First DoD Organization to receive CMMI Level 5 in all 3 disciplines Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
2000 2000 U.S. Army R&D Organization of the Year Award
  • Army Communities of Excellence Commander in Chief Award
  • Army Communities of Excellence Chief of Staff of Army Award
  • Presidential Award for Quality Improvement
2000s More Accomplishments in rapidly responding to real world urgent requirements
  • Emergency stockpile non-lethal munitions
  • IED Defeats
  • Small munitions advances
  • Precision guidance advances
  • Mortars
1999 U.S. Army R&D Excellence Award
1998 Army R&D Excellence Award
New Jersey Quality Achievement Award
1997 U.S. Army R&D Excellence Award
1996 U.S. Army R&D Excellence Award
Presidential Award for Quality
Army Communities of Excellence Commander in Chief Award
Army Communities of Excellence Chief of Staff of Army Award
New Jersey Quality Partnership Award
1995 U.S. Army R&D Organization of the Year Award
President's Quality Improvement Prototype Award
1993 U.S. Army R&D Organization of the Year Award
1991 Vice President’s National Performance Review Hammer Award
1990s Named US Army R&D Organization of the Year
  • Patriot Missile
  • High tech weaponry
  • Reactive armor
  • Provide lethality component of Solider System to NATO
  • Rapid Response to more than 20 urgent operational requests
  • Fielded non-lethal munitions to Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo
1989 U.S. Army R&D Excellence Award
1986 Named US Army R&D Organization of the Year
1983 Picatinny becomes home to the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC)
1977 Army recognizes Picatinny by headquartering Armament Research and Development Command at the Arsenal
1970s
Supported Vietnam war and provided a complete family of 40 mm ammunition for grenade launchers and helicopter gun ships Vietnam 40 mm
1960s Contributions in radar, pyrotechnics, missiles, time fuzes, nuclear munitions
1950s
Supported Korean war and improved bazooka and an developed an illuminating rifle grenade korean war bazooka
1940s Research triumphs during this period:

  • Development of delay fuzes for skip bombing
  • Special bombs for dams and oil fields
  • Pioneered production processes
1930s
WWII, Arsenal employs 18000 people, runs three shifts turning out bombs and artillery shells
1921 Arsenal takes over responsibility for fuzes;  Significant accomplishments:
  • New methods for storing smokeless powder
  • Improved processing of RDX
  • Discovery of new explosive � halite
1919 Lab open for development of artillery ammunition
1911 Establish test and control labs
1907
Picatinny Arsenal establishes first powder factory and moves into research and development with school for weaponry powder factory
1880 Picatinny Powder Depot (formerly Dover Powder Depot) created