PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) partnered with professors and grad students from the New Jersey Institute of Technology during a joint technology demonstration day here Sept. 22.

With 40 displays, 23 exhibits, and a multitude of ideas, the event was a hands-on way for ARDEC and NJIT (through contract agreement) to reach out to other government agencies to include law enforcement and first responder agencies, and share their knowledge on a range of homeland security and defense technologies.

"This is the first time we've partnered with academia for an event like this," said Jackie Barnum, of ARDEC's Business Interface Office. "ARDEC and NJIT displayed several of our joint research and development efforts for homeland defense and homeland security initiatives, as well as some other ARDEC technologies that may be of interest to our public sector partners."

The Business Interface Office at the Homeland Defense Center works to provide opportunities for "dual use capabilities" of ARDEC's innovations and knowledgebase. Essentially, it's taking warfighter technologies and developing them into useful and practical systems that can also help the public sector, Barnum said.

"We take our knowledge and share it with the public sector and law enforcement," she said. "ARDEC has become a defense leader in these technologies, so we can capitalize on those successes by interfacing them for dual-use, thereby providing added value to ARDEC's capabilities."

Barnum said the event was a success, and the team hopes to coordinate another technology demo day next year. "We've received lots of positive feedback. It's been a learning experience," she said.