Armaments Center


The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center, headquartered at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, serves as the Army’s primary source for armaments and munition research, development and engineering. The CCDC Armaments Center ensures decisive capabilities for unified land operations to empower the Army, the Warfighter and our nation.

The CCDC Armaments Center is a strategic national asset that has contributed to some or all aspects of the design, development and production of the U.S. armaments used from World War II into current conflicts. The Armaments Center traces its history to Sept. 6, 1880, when the Army opened the Dover Powder Depot, which was renamed the Picatinny Powder Depot just four days later. The CCDC Armaments Center’s legacy is built on understanding and solving complex warfighter problems and saving lives.

As part of Army Futures Command, the CCDC Armaments Center will continue to develop high quality weapons and munitions for U.S. Warfighters, today and in the future.


John F. Hedderich III

Director, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center

John F. Hedderich III is the director of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center. In this role, he provides strategic leadership and managerial accountability to the CCDC Armaments Center’s obligation of over $1.3 billion, 64 laboratories, and a workforce of over 4,000 government and support personnel, including engineers and technical staff dedicated in delivering superior lethal and non-lethal armament solutions to the warfighter.

Prior to his role as the CCDC Armaments Center director, John served in a variety of positions at Picatinny Arsenal within the armaments and munitions community. John holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in November 1998.