Put on your innovation caps
By Mr. Eric Kowal (Picatinny)April 3, 2018
PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - An innovation challenge has been issued to the workforce at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC). Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to "identify and develop a capability that will establish dominance over our future adversaries."ARDEC Director John F. Hedderich III, presented the problem statement during the initial organizational Innovation Challenge overview. The presentation took place on March 26 in the Lindner Conference Center immediately following the ARDEC town hall meeting, serving as the kickoff event to help propel innovative thinking and idea collaboration among employees.To volunteer for the challenge, you must have appropriate clearance and first line supervisor approval. You will be required to meet with the innovation group three hours each work week until the session closes out on May 16.The first planning meeting, known as a "deep dive session," will be on March 28. Together with your team of peers, you will assess technology trends and viable solutions to develop that capability requirement issued by the director."This is not a regular tech-base call for proposal," Hedderich explained. "There is a path we are going to take. If we are ever going to get to overmatch, we better come up with something that the bad guys are not thinking about."Validation will then be determined and a white paper presented. After presentations are conducted, a panel will review the idea(s) and later an allocation of seed funding will be released. In August, the panel will once again receive a presentation followed by down-selection of the idea(s) and a final product(s) announced later that month.If you would like to be part of the innovation challenge, contact Sandrea Goldfarb, Andrea Stevens or Andrei Cernasov.