WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. -- A team from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering visited Watervliet Arsenal as part of a study on the role of future technology in manufacturing and quality. The goal of the study is to help ensure that the Department of Defense is well positioned to perform its production, quality and manufacturing related management functions in the future.The team met with arsenal and Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center-Benet manufacturing experts to gather information on current manufacturing and technology initiatives. The core of this study is to make sure that the workforce prepares, understands and manages manufacturing in a new technology environment.Watervliet Arsenal's Deputy to the Commander, Joseph Turcotte, accompanied the team through the manufacturing areas and facilitated discussions following the tour."This study demonstrates that the Department of Defense is committed to readiness now and in the future," said Turcotte. "Watervliet Arsenal is an important partner in achieving those goals." The information gathered at Watervliet Arsenal will be part of a report to be issued at a later date.Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned-and-operated manufacturing facility and is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations during the War of 1812. It celebrated its 200th anniversary on July 14, 2013.Today's Arsenal is relied upon by U.S. and foreign militaries to produce the most advanced, high-tech, high-powered weaponry for cannon, howitzer, and mortar systems. This National Historic Registered Landmark had revenue in fiscal year 2017 that exceeded $125 million and provides an annual economic benefit to the local community of nearly $100 million.