Armament Systems Forum & Firing Demonstration

"Shaping the Armament Enterprise to Meet Evolving Global Requirements"

1 - 4 May 2017

Fredericksburg, VA


Monday, May 1, 2017

Concurrent Tutorial Sessions:

Tutorial A:

  • Insensitive Munitions Requirements, Technology, and Testing, Dr. Ernie Baker, NATO MSIAC

Tutorial B:

  • ARDEC Tissue Damage Model - An Unclassified Damage Model for Use by Industry
  • Lead Free Primer Formulation and Manufacturing Solutions for Small Caliber Ammunition - Board
    • Dan Mansfield, Orbital ATK Lake City
    • Anthony Hawthorne, ARDEC Project Engineer, Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems, U.S. Army
    • Jeremy Mills, Winchester
    • Jared Smith, Fiocchi
    • Peter Spatz, RUAG
    • Bruce Webb, NAMMO


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

General Session:

Welcome and Administrative Announcements

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

NDIA Welcome:

MRAS Keynote Address:

U.S. Army Keynote Address:

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Keynote Address:


Awards Presentation
Small Arms Awards

  • Chinn Award: Dan Shea, Phoenix Defense
  • Hathcock Award: Todd Hodnett, Accuracy 1st, Inc.
  • Ambrose Award: Oehler Research, Inc.

U.S. Navy Keynote Address:

PEO - Ammunition Presentation

  • Jim Shields, Program Executive Officer, PEO Ammunition

DARPA Presentation

  • Jerome Dunn, Science & Technology Program Officer, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Views from Congress on Acquisition Reform Presentation

  • Jeremy Hayes, Professional Staff, Section 809 Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition, Former Professional Staff Member, Senate Armed Services Committee


Additional Presentations


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Concurrent Tracks: (SA, GARM & UEA)

Small Arms Track

Session I: MCSC PM Weapons

Session II: PM Soldier Weapons
Chair: COL Brian Stehle, USA, PM Soldier Weapons

Session III: PM MAS
Chair: COL Moises Gutierrez, USA, Project Manager, Maneuver Ammunition Systems

Session IV: NATO Weapons and Sensors Working Group Panel Discussion
Chair: Dr. Barton Halpern, NATO Weapon and Sensor Group Chairman

  • Mark McFadden, JSSAP, U.S. Army ARDEC
  • Dr. David Dye, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division
  • David Long, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division
  • Wayde Thomka, PM Soldier Sensors and Lasers, U.S. Army
  • Hendrik Vercruyssen, Belgian Defence
  • CWO John Yoshida, Soldier Systems Program Management (DSSPM) Canadian Armed Forces

Session VI: JSSAST Panel
Chair: Augustine Funcasta, U.S. Army RDECOM-ARDEC

Optimization of Machine Gun Barrels Using Additive Manufacturing (19254)

JSSAP Science and Technology Advisory Council (19258)

Measurement and Quantification of Blowback Resultant of Suppressor Use in Small Arms (19270)

Guns, Ammunition, Rockets & Missiles Track (GARM) Track

MRAS Panel Discussion
Chair: Dave Broden, NDIA Armament Division Chair; President, Broden Resource Solutions, LLC

  • John Hedderich, III, U.S. Army, ARDEC
  • Chris King, BAE Systems
  • Mike Pattison, Meggitt Defense Systems
  • Rollie Dohrn, Orbital ATK
  • Jerome Dunn, Program Manager DARPA Tactical Technology Office

A New Concept in Mobile Weapon Systems (19375)

Abrams Lethality Enabler (ALE) (19476)

25mm MK38 MOD 3 Machine Gun System Qualification Status (19444)

Guided Projectiles for Enhanced Expeditionary Engagement Capability (19271)

Rethinking User Interface Design and Evaluation (19343)

Automated Pointing of Indirect Weapon Systems - A Lesson in Kinematics (19256)

MSIAC - Supporting the Munitions Safety Community (19250)

Unconventional Emerging Technology Armaments (UEA) Track

Integrated Antenna and Package Technologies for Projectiles (19292)


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Small Arms Track

Concurrent Sessions: (0800-1030)

Session VIII: Ammunition
Chair: Dr. Dion Serben, PhD, NSWC IHEODTD

  • The Effects of Propellent Position on Small Caliber Ballistic Performance (19293)
  • Factors Affecting Dispersion of M118LR Sniper Ammunition (19393)
  • Maintaining Overmatch and Standardization for Future NATO Small Arms (19394)
  • Design and Implementation of Reduced Range Training Ammunition (19429)

Session IX: Related Enabling Technology and Modeling and Simulation (RETMS)
Chair: Raymond Chaplin, ME, ARDEC

  • Test Methods for Quantitative Small Arms Flash Measurements (19406)
  • Development of Standardized Test Methods for Quantitative Small Arms Thermal Signature Measurements (19407)
  • Studies on Composition and Manufacturing Process for 5.56mm Tracer Ammunition (19420 and 19433)
  • Suppressed Upper Reciever (SURG) Testing Methods (19422)
  • Improving 5.56 Tracer Ammunition Dispersion (19435)

Multiple Trajectory 40mm Grenade Launching System (19185)

Phase Change Micro-Barrel Jacket Liquid Cooled Machine Gun Barrel For Continuous Fire (19187)

KEYMOD™ VS. M-LOK™ TM Modular Rail System Comparison (19427)

Evolving Legacy DON Stabilized Small Arms Weapon Systems by Enhancing At-Sea Live Fire Testing Without Using Water (19291)


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Guns, Ammunition, Rockets & Missiles Track (GARM)

Concurrent Sessions: (0800-1030)

Continuation of Warheads and Energetics Session
Chairs: Ralph Tillinghast, U.S. Army ARDEC and
Jeff Siewert, Arrow Tech Associates, Inc.

Sub-Miniature Laser Igniters (19472)

Accurate Determination of Weapon System Attitude in a Testing Environment (19426)

Development of Accurate Finite Element Models and Testing Procedures for Bolted Joints in Large Caliber Gun Weapon Systems (19409)