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Business Executives for National Service Dive Into Picatinny's STEM Initiatives

Members of Business Executives for National Service
Members of Business Executives for National Service came to Picatinny Arsenal on
April 18 to learn about its capabilities and take a close look at the various initiatives
to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Above,
members of the group participate in one of the various briefings they received
during their visit to Picatinny Arsenal.

Picatinny Arsenal and the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) hosted 18 members of Business Executives for National Service (BENS) on April 18.

Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz serves as the chief executive for the non-profit organization, which is comprised of more than 450 senior business and industry executives who volunteer their time and expertise to address the national security community's most pressing challenges.

The purpose for the visit was for BENS to learn about Picatinny's capabilities and to take a look at initiatives to promote careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Schwartz said BENS was interested in Picatinny's approach to STEM.

“There were two purposes. One, to become informed about what happens at Picatinny and the great work that occurs here, but also to better understand the STEM initiative to encourage people not only to pursue science and technology career paths but also to do it in public service,” Schwartz said.

“Those are things that our organization is very interested in.”

Although BENS was initially focused on restraining the proliferation of nuclear arms and reducing defense overhead, today it leverages the diverse expertise of its membership to also support government efforts in tackling other prominent challenges, such as cybersecurity and domestic terrorism.

The group met with Brig. Gen. Alfred Abramson, program executive officer for ammunition and senior commander of Picatinny, as well as John F. Hedderich, the director of ARDEC, before touring the installation.

The visitors received hands-on demon­strations of gaming, interactive technology, and virtual reality projects.

From there, they were able to crawl inside an Abrams Tank and learned about the armored vehicle fire-control system.

The BENS members also visited the Armaments Technology Facility, Remote Weapons Branch, and Additive Manufacturing Lab.

“The team here has invested in our understanding and appreciation of what happens here but more broadly in the armed forces—that's a plus,” Schwartz said.

- ERIC KOWAL, Picatinny Arsenal Public Affairs


Original article:
The Picatinny Voice