Dave Lyon, Chief of the Guidance Technologies Branch at the Army Research Laboratory, explains the functionality of conventional mortars to John McHugh, Secretary of the Army, during a conference at Fort Belvoir, Va., March 15. Armament Research and Development Engineering Center engineer Christopher Stout (far left) looks on.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Christopher Stout, an Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center engineer partnered with Dave Lyon, Chief of the Guidance Technologies Branch at the Army Research Laboratory, to brief some of the Army's top officials at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Night Vision and Electronic Sensor Facility in Fort Belvoir, Va., March 15.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Army Materiel Command Commanding General Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody and RDECOM Commanding General Maj. Gen. Nickolas G. Justice, were each shown presentations from the Precision Mortar Fires program.

Stout and Lyon discussed how they have been working to develop a low-cost, precision-mortar capability, based on an integrated in-house design of both government and commercially available technologies.

"The Army's senior leaders had a positive reaction to ARDEC support in developing designs, expertise and technical data packages to support program managers," Stout said.

The Army's senior leaders received several other briefings and presentations from other RDECOM representatives showcasing an array of high-tech gear to include night-vision devices, next generation batteries and the latest recipes for field rations consumed by Soldiers in training and deployment.

Secretary McHugh was also shown integrated solutions that have been fielded, helping Soldiers and saving lives, Stout said.

The purpose of the visit was to keep senior Army leaders informed and aid in the decision-making process.

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