NDIA committees & divisions.

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DIVISION REVIEW COUNCIL ARMAMENTS DIVISION

Chair

David E. Broden

Broden Resource Solutions

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, adapting 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, 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 division's activity is directed through two committees--the Small Arms Committee, chaired by Brian Berger (General Dynamics) Committee, and the Gun and Missile Systems chaired by Mike Till (NSWC).

The annual technical meeting of each committee provides a forum for presentation and discussion of armament systems, system platform integration, development, 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

Mr. Jack Riegel

Mission:

The mission of the Ballistics Division is to promote the exchange of technical information regarding interior, transitional, exterior, and terminal ballistics as well as warhead performance. 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. First-principles physics-based models to support research activities as well as practical engineering models are of interest.

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 Symposia on Ballistics, 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 supports the International Ballistics Committee in the organization of the off-shore international ballistics symposia. The Ballistics Division works jointly with the NDIA's Bomb and Warhead Division to organize an Annual Joint Classified Ballistics Symposium.

Staff Director: Sam Campagna (703) 247-2544

BOMB & WARHEAD DIVISION

Chair

Robert D. Ciccarelli

DE Technologies Inc.

Mission:

To encourage the development and fielding of improved military capabilities and the sustainment of a defense industrial base necessary to achieve these accomplishments; to provide a forum for the exchange of technical concepts, design techniques, and test and evaluation data related to bombs, warheads and both kinetic energy and explosive munitions of all types, including those for use against armor, ships, aircraft, submarines, structures and vehicles; to recognize leadership and technical contributions to the field of warhead technology.

Major areas of concern include warhead technology, warhead/target interaction methodology, advanced projectiles, counters to active protection systems, modeling and simulation, testing innovations, chemical energy penetrator technologies, kinetic energy penetrator technologies, terminal ballistics, quantification of terminal effects benefits, and multipurpose warheads.

Staff Director: Bruce Roulstone (703) 247-2574

CHEMICAL & BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE DIVISION

Chair

BG Dean Ertwine, USA (Ret.)

Battelle

Mission:

To promote the exchange of technical and operational information related to the defense of U.S. forces and personnel/interests at home and abroad against the threat of weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear-CBRN) within the Defense Department and among other government agencies, industry and academia.

Areas of interest to the division include policy issues, program/budget matters, research and development, acquisition, production, logistical support, training, doctrine and organization. The scope of the division's mission includes traditional defensive measures, chemical weapons demilitarization, treaty compliance, industrial base issues and domestic preparedness.

The division's mission is carried out in three different focus groups. The first is the program/policy area where we work with OSD (the Deputy for Chemical/Biological Defense and Counterproliferation in DDR&E) and the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of the Army for Chemical Demilitarization. This group sponsors quarterly executive roundtable meetings which provide an update on major program areas. The Director of Chemical and Biological Defense at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Joint Program Manager for Biological Defense are regular participants in this group.

The second focus area is directed toward the acquisition of goods and services related to chemical and biological defense, and includes technology development, research and engineering, procurement and logistical support. Our principal involvement here is with the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD). This office sponsors the annual Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry (APBI), as well as quarterly meetings of the Chemical and Biological Defense Acquisition Initiatives Forum (CBDAIF).

The principal activities of the third group address the specific needs of warfighters in the areas of operations, training, doctrine and readiness. The principal government agency in this area is the Joint Service Integration Group, which is chaired by the Commandant of the U.S. Army Chemical School. The major activity is the annual Joint CBRN Conference (formerly know as Worldwide Chemical Conference), held at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. It is the preeminent chemical and biological defense conference held in the United States and includes attendees from many allied governments and domestic/international industries.

Staff Director: Mike Dauth (703) 247-2593

CHEMICAL BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE ACQUISITION INITIATIVES FORUM (CBDAIF)

Chair

Bruce Dobbs

Washington Group International

Mission:

To provide a forum whereby the Joint Program Executive Officer, Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO CBD) can discuss items of interest in the area of acquisition initiatives with an industry group representing the chemical biological defense industrial base on a regular basis.

The CBDAIF was chartered in November 1996 to create a regular dialogue with representatives of the industrial base on issues such as acquisition reform, potential policy changes, problem areas and means for achieving viable partnerships with industry. The CBDAIF is composed of 11 industry members, each representing specific segments of the chemical and biological defense industrial base.

Meetings are conducted quarterly and are normally hosted by one of the members. Each meeting normally results in several action items for industry members, who may be asked to do a survey or recommend a course of action at the next meeting. Some of the items that have been addressed include contract logistics support, acquisition policy impact on preservation of the industrial base, partnership agreements and expanded use of commercial practices.

Staff Director: Mike Dauth (703) 247-2593

COMBAT SURVIVABILITY DIVISION

Chair

Maj. Gen. John W. Hawley

USAF (Ret)

Teledyne Brown CollaborX, Inc.

Mission:

To enhance survivability as an essential element of overall combat mission effectiveness. This involves promoting communications and the exchange of survivability technical information between individuals and organizations that develop requirements, design, build and tactically employ military weapon systems. The division's program covers all aspects of susceptibility reduction (probability of hit), vulnerability reduction (consequences of hit) and the overall survivability discipline, including countermeasures, signature reduction, tactics and training, camouflage, concealment and deception, as well as damage resistance, damage tolerance and combat damage repair. An additional focus is the transfer of information and technology between the military survivability and civil aviation communities to further flight safety and to mitigate the effects of terrorist acts.

The division's specific objectives are to foster greater understanding of combat survivability and flight safety issues by government and industry program managers as well as by those senior government officials who specify operational and safety requirements; encourage a cost effective and balanced approach to the design and development of survivable weapon systems and promote credible trade studies and integrated survivability assessments; bring crucial survivability issues directly to the attention of senior leadership in the Defense Department, industry and Congress, when appropriate; improve communications and cooperation between the Electronic Warfare and general Survivability Communities to a point where they are viewed as one; promote development of the combat survivability discipline as a key component of the systems engineering process; support the development and...

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