Armament Systems Forum

"Shaping the Armament Enterprise to Meet Evolving Global Requirements"

25 - 28 April 2016

Fredericksburg, VA


Monday, April 25, 2016

Tutorial Sessions

  • JCIDS: How It Drives Acquisition of Armament Systems and Influences Armament Science & Technology Investment, Edward Dooley, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • Roadblocks to Success: Lessons Learned from Science & Technology Project Management, Mark Serben, U.S. Army ARDEC


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Small Arms Forum

Pushing Capability Down, Not Up - Soldier/Squad Overmatch

Hathcock Award

Wounds Ballistic Testing Panel
Moderator: Jim Schatz

  • Tissue Damage Tool for Industry, Mark Minisi, Technology Branch, Small and Medium Caliber Weapons Systems Division, ARDEC

PM Soldier Weapons Panel
Moderator: COL Brian Stehle, USA, PM Soldier Weapons

PM MAS Panel
Chair: COL Moises Gutierrez, USA, Product Manager, Maneuver Ammunition Systems


Wednesday, April 27, 2016


JSSAP Science and Technology Advisory Council (18268)

Active Stabilization of Firearms by Optical Target Tracking(18314)

Cased Telescoped Systems: 6.5mm Carbine and 7.62mm Machine Gun (18325)


NATO Weapons and Sensors Working Group Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Bart Halpern, U.S. Army ARDEC

Next Generation Small Unit Weapon Systems - A Path to Overmatch (18260)

America's Foot Soldiers New Round (18261)

Low Plasticity Burnishing for Fatigue Life Extension of the M4A1 Carbine Bolt (18263)

A John Browning View of the U.S. Small Arms Industry (18278

MK 48 MOD 1 Machine Gun - Sustained Fire Upgrade (18355)

Light Weight .338 Medium Machine Gun System Development (18356)


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Concurrent Sessions


  • 18283 - 5.56mm Proof Load Development(How to Ruin A Perfectly Good Weapon), Chris Gandy, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • 18298 - One-Way Luminescence (OWL) Technical Achievements, Matthew Horch, U.S. Army ARDEC

Test and Evaluation

  • 18374 - How Industry Can Leverage the Resources of NSWC Crane for Small Arms Weapons Development, Dr. Mark Thoreson, NSWC Crane
  • 18357 - Development of Standardized Test Methods for Quantitative Small Arms Flash Measurements, Dr. David Dye, NSWC Crane

Fire Control and Ancillary Equipment

  • 18371 - Development of Next Generation Small Arms Weapons Fire Control System, Dr. Ben Bachrach, Intelligent Automation, Inc.

Weapon Suppression

  • 18272 - Measurement and Quantification of Blowback Resultant of Suppressor Use in Small Arms, Adam Jacob, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • 18301 - Machine Gun Suppression Lessons Learned, Daniel Cler, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • 18305 - Thermal Isolation For Integrally Suppressed Weapons, Howard Kent, Armor Development Group, LLC
  • 18366 - Development of an Integral Suppressor for the M4A1 Carbine, Jason Davis, NSWC Crane
  • 18293 - The Use of Finite Element Analysis in the Design of a Light Weight Cartridge Case, Raymond Chaplin, U.S. Army ARDEC


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Guns, Ammunition, Rockets & Missiles (GARM) Forum

U.S. Army Keynote Speaker

  • Jim Shields, PEO Ammunition

ARDEC Keynote Speaker

ARDEC's Science and Technology Strategic Plan

  • Joe Pelino, U.S. Army ARDEC

JNLWD's S&T Investments and Capabilities Gaps

DOTC Enterprise Overview

NDIA Government Policy Update

Armament Systems Session Continued

  • Stryker Lethality Upgrade, LTC Jason Toepfer, USA, Stryker Brigade Combat Team
  • Cluster Munition Replacement for 155mm Artillery (18578), Ryan Gorman, U.S. Army
  • Commander's Independent Weapon Station Demonstrator (18254), Dirk Jungquist, BAE Systems
  • Options for Light/Medium AFV Gun Armament (18258), Anthony Williams, IHS Jane’s Weapons
  • 40mm Case Telescoped Armament System (18360), David Coughtrie, CTA International

Direct and Indirect Fire Guns Session

  • Benefits of an Active Recoil Control System (18296), Joshua Stapp, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • Use of SmCo T550 Magnetic Materials on Weapon Applications at High Temperature (18333), Steven Sadowski, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • Electronic Gun Tag for Artillery Systems (18292), Anthony Cannone, U.S. Army ARDEC


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

S&T Needs and Gaps - How to Better Communicate - Panel Discussion

Moving Target Artillery Round (MTAR) (18280)

40mm EAPS Gun ATO Integrated Demonstration vs. Class 2 UAS (18295)

40mm PGU-47/U SAPHEI-T Cartridge Qualification Status Presentation (18320)

Mortars Session

  • Mortar Ammunition Across The Globe (18259), Anthony Williams, IHS Jane’s Weapons
  • Advanced Capability Extended Range Mortar (ACERM) (18279), Sanford Steelman, NSWC Dahlgren
  • Use of Security Overlays or Control Sets in Addressing Control Deviations for Mortar Systems (18424), Daniel Campbell, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • 60mm and 81mm Non-Lethal (18311), Bryan Drake, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • The Future of Rocket Artillery, Paul Turner, Precision Fires Rocket & Missile Systems Project Office


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Concurrent Sessions

Fire Control Session

  • 18334 - Utilizing Low Cost Sensors on Mortar Platforms for Fire Control Applications, Ralph Tillinghast, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • 18262 - Mimimalist Foreign Artillery Digitization, David Musgrave, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • 18275 - An Analysis of the Visual Automated Scoring System Performance During Live Gunfire Events, Dr. Chris Weiland, NSWCDD

Modeling, Simulation, and Testing Session

  • 18253 - Pointing Accuracy Analysis for a Commander's Independent Weapon Station Demonstrator, Dirk Jungquist, BAE Systems
  • 18291 - Automatic Hit Detection System for Real-Time Target Hit Feedback, Daniel Holden, NSWC Dahlgren
  • 18297 - Projectile Soft Recovery Facility, James Fetsko, NSWC Dahlgren
  • 18319 - Flight Modeling and Simulation Capabilities for Gun and Mortar Systems, Kishore Pamadi, NSWC Dahlgren


  • 18579 - Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS), Hannibal People, U.S. Army RDECOM ARDEC
  • 18336 - 120mm Mortar System; A Synopsis of Extended Range Technologies Maturation Efforts, Ryan Hooke, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • 18327 - Analytical Approach to Quantifying Pressure Vessel Loads as a Function of Cartridge Case-to-Chamber Clearance
    and Friction, Patrick Barnhill, Orbital ATK Armament Systems


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Unconventional Emerging Technology Armaments (UEA) Forum

NDIA Welcome and Armament Division Update

  • Dave Broden, President, Broden Resource Solutions, LLC; NDIA Armaments Division Chair

Role of MCOTEA in Testing of Small Arms

  • Col Mark Brinkman, USMC, Director, Marine Corps Operational Test & Evaluation Activity

Future Concepts for the Next Fight

Directed Energy - U.S. CITIZENS ONLY

  • Radio Frequency Vehicle Stopper (RFVS) Development (18368), Dr. Yeong-Jer Chen, NSWC Dahlgren
  • Implementation of Electromagnetic Modeling for Directed Energy Applications (18347), William Catoe, NSWC Dahlgren


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Non-Lethal Technology, Payloads and Effects

  • Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program's Next-Generation Non-Lethal Directed Energy Weapons and Enabling Technologies Portfolios, David Law, JNLWD Chief Scientist
  • Anti-Class One Drone & Multi-Purpose 66mm Launch System For The M-4 Carbine (18317), Howard Kent, Armor Development Group, LLC
  • NATO Non-Lethal Capabilities Update (18330), John Edwards, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • Active Denial Technology (18339), Michael Hatfield, NSWC Dahlgren

Sensors and Enabling Technology

  • Illumination Warning for Individual Soldiers and Vehicles (18277), Howard Kent, Armor Development Group, LLC
  • Architecture and Design of a System to Counter IEDs with Automated Detection and Human in the Loop Decision-Making (18378), Jorge Buenfil, U.S. Army ARDEC

U.S. Army Research Laboratory

  • Weapons Technology COI, Michael Zoltoski, ARL Weapons and Materials Research Directorate
  • Collaborative Cooperative Engagement - Parent Child Concept (18521), Dr. Frank Fresconi, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
  • Disruptive Energetics - The Future (18522), Dr. Jennifer Ciezak-Jenkins, U.S. Army Research Laboratory