DIVISION REVIEW COUNCIL
Joseph S. Bravman
Satellink Technologies, Inc.
ACS Defense, Inc.
Dale W. Church
Mechanical Technology Inc.
Timothy B. Fleischer
Robert Ken Guest
Mary E. Lacey
Naval Surface Warfare Center
Joanna T. Lau
John H. Moellering
Tofie M. Owen, Jr.
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 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. The council also recommends divisions for elimination.
AIR TARGETS, UAVS & RANGE OPERATIONS DIVISION
Meggett Defense Systems
To provide a forum for open exchange of technical and programmatic information between the Defense Department, its military services, industry representatives and foreign governmental and civil agencies in the test and evaluation of air-to-air and ground-to-air weapons systems. These agencies provide air and ground crew training necessary for combat readiness. The division originally was chartered as the Aerial Targets Section under the Air Armaments Division. With the increased emphasis on joint operations by the Defense Department and supported by industry, the section expanded its focus to include UAVs and range operations.
The division conducts an annual symposium, which is the premiere gathering of government and industry representatives from the aerial targets, UAV and range communities. The 41st Annual Symposium & Exhibition, "Contributions to Transformation," is scheduled to be held in Palm Springs, California. Anticipate around 300 Defense Department and industry representatives from the U.S. and Allied nations to attend the event.
The division annually presents the Willis Howard Award to the member who has contributed the most to the division in furthering its goals and objectives. This year's winner was Walt Gribble, Meggett Defense Systems, who has dedicated more than 20 years to the manned and unmanned aerial target field and is a long time contributor to the community. The division also selects recipients for its annual Hugh Harris Scholarship award for high school seniors or graduates pursuing engineering, physical science or other technically related field of study. Division members may request an application form for potential candidates from Cort Proctor. Phone: (850) 244-2332, ext. 202, or e-mail email@example.com.
Staff Director: Joe Hylan (703) 247-2583
* Targets, UAVs and Range Operations Symposium & Exhibition, Palm Springs, CA, November 17-19, 2003
David E. Broden
Alliant Techsystems, Inc.
To provide focus on integrated armament systems, including those used by individual soldiers, built into crew-served systems and integrated into land, sea and air platforms. The purpose is to provide a forum for industry, government and the military services to help 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 emphasizes understanding needs, listening to lessons learned and after-action 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, training, other ancillary equipment, logistic support, and manufacturing. Attention is given to total systems, technological application and state-of-the-art technological advancements. Armament capabilities for lethal and non-lethal missions are also addressed. The complete system life cycle--from identification of deficiencies to requirements, technology evolution, development through production--is also addressed. Through these topics, committees within the division provide assessment of current armaments and related platform integration. The division focuses on both readiness of existing systems and development of a vision of emerging military equipment and operational capability by applying advance technology to total armament systems. Attention to development, production, maintenance and training is included to ensure cost effective current and future capability. Modeling and simulation to enable efficient development and measure performance is stressed. Attention to capability growth through spiral development is encouraged. Dialogue converges on technologies for gun systems, rockets and missiles are discussed.
The division's activity is directed through three active committees: Small Arms, chaired by Brian Berger; Gun and Ammunition, chaired by Don Guziewicz, and Missiles and Rockets, chaired by Bob Foster.
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 and needs. The approach is to include emerging trends and technology, highlighting a vision of the future and encouraging 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 provides hands on assessment of topics of interest.
Each committee holds executive board meetings at least twice each year to identify topics and trends which need to be addressed through annual meetings or special studies. We encourage participation in workshops and systems. The division's goals are (1) to provide leadership in topics related to each committee's area of responsibility and through synergism in armament systems and technology, (2) to strengthen NDIA membership participation and (3) to provide personnel resources for studies or support on requested Defense Department identified topics for NDIA attention.
Staff Director: Sam Campagna (703) 247-2544
* Gun, Ammunition, and Missiles Symposium and Exhibition, Baltimore, Md., April 13-16, 2004
* Joint Services Small Arms Symposium & Exhibition, Las Vegas, Nev., May 10-13, 2004
COMMITTEE OF SMALL ARMS PRODUCERS (CSAP)
FN Manufacturing, Inc.
U.S. Army, Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command, Rock Island (TACOM-RI)
To provide a forum for government, industry and other parties to exchange data and information regarding the small arms industry. Primary focus is on the policies, procedures, requirements planning and other initiatives relating to government procurement, life-cycle costs and the outlook for an ongoing industrial base. This committee is now starting its seventh year and is composed of a chair from industry, a co-chair from TACOM-RI, representatives from NDIA, the product manager (PM) for Small Arms, a representative from TACOM Armament Research, Development & Engineering Center (ARDEC) and five individual memberships representing the Small Arms industry. The committee meets two to three times a year. One-half of the industrial membership normally will be reassigned every two years. Topics of discussion in the past have been the fielding policy for small arms, the threats faced in the "new battlefield environment," short and long term requirements Planning, common industrial base issues in a downsizing environment, acquisition reform, and the value of "best value." The strength of the committee comes from the diversity within the committee membership and the many differing views and the open forum in which these are discussed and challenged by the individual members. Our continuous challenge is to channel this diversity into a direction and common goal for industry and the government.
Staff Director: Sam Campagna (703) 247-2544
Dr. Joseph Carleone
Aerojet Fine Chemicals, A GenCorp Company
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 these 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 Division's 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 NDIA's Bomb and Warhead Division), an Annual Joint Classified Ballistics Symposium at a Secret U.S. only level.
Staff Director: Sam Campagna (703) 247-2544
BOMB & WARHEAD DIVISION