Ndia Committees & Divisions

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Ndia Committees & Divisions


The Division Review Council is a standing committee of the NDIA Board of Directors. The council reviews and advises on the status of activity for the NDIA Divisions. The council evaluates the work of divisions to ensure that they remain focused and are contributing to the overall purpose of the association. The council advises the president of the association regarding their observations on the performance and relevancy of the various committees and divisions, adequacy of staff support, overlaps in effort or subject matter, and need for additional integration and interface with other divisions.

ARMAMENTS DMSION

Chair

David E. Broden

Alliant Techsystems Inc.

Mission:

To provide a forum for industry, government and the military services to address issues which ensure a superior armament system capability today and in the future. Division themes link to Defense Department initiatives, as well as identify needed change. The division emphasis is understanding needs, listening to lessons learned and afteraction reports and providing responsive technology and system solutions to the warfighter.

The division addresses many topics including: armament and concepts, system integration, weapons, munitions, fire control, ancillary equipment, logistic support, and manufacturing. Attention is given to total systems, technological application and state-of-the-art technological advancements. Committees within the division perform assessments of current armaments and related platform integration.

The divisions activity is directed through three committees-the Small Arms Committee, chaired by Brian Berger (SNC Technologies), the Gun and Ammunition Committee, chaired by Bob Glantz (ATK), and the Missiles and Rockets Committee, chaired by Ed DePasqual (TALLEY).

The annual technical meeting of each committee provides a forum for presentation and discussion of armament systems, system platform integration, development and deployment, status, technologies, operational lessons learned, and new objectives or needs. The approach is to be inclusive of emerging trends and technology to ensure a vision of the future and to encourage discussion. The use of panel discussions to address priority and challenging topics with diverse opinions provides in-depth analysis. These meetings are complimented by hardware displays and live-fire demonstrations, and provide hands on assessment of topics of interest.

Staff Director:

Sam Campagna (703) 247-2544

BALLISTICS DIVISION

Chair

Dr. Joseph Carleone

Aerojet Fine Chemicals

Mission:

To promote the exchange, among the Defense Department, other government agencies, national laboratories, industry and academia, of technical information relating to the various fields of Ballistics, including concepts and theories. Emphasis is both on research results and the application of theories and concepts to the design, development and evaluation of weapon systems and their performance against materiel such as armor and other potential targets.

The Ballistics Divisions executive board, whose membership includes world-class U.S. ballisticians, organizes and conducts the widely attended, U.S.based, unclassified, International Ballistics Symposia, at three-year intervals. They are assisted in this effort by world-class ballisticians from more than 24 countries, who also report on their own current unclassified work in ballistics and in many cases, assist in the paper selection process.

The Ballistics Division also contributes technical support in the paper selection process to the offshore international ballistics symposia, which are also held at alternating three-year intervals between U.S.-based symposia. The offshore symposia are conducted under the auspices of the International Ballistics Committee, which includes many members of the Ballistics Division's executive board. Finally, since May 1998, the Ballistics Division has undertaken to organize and conduct, (jointly with the NDIAs Bomb and Warhead Division), an Annual Joint Ballistics Symposium (secret-U.

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