Date: July 5, 2006
Picatinny center selected to compete in Malcolm Baldrige competition
The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center
here is one of the first Defense Department organizations to
compete for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National
ARDEC will participate in the 2006 non-profit category
under a new DOD pilot program.
The center hopes to join several past Baldrige winners
from New Jersey.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, N.J.,
is the last organization in the state to win the award. RWJ
Hospital received the award in 2004 in the health-care
Previously, Ames Rubber Corp., Hamburg, N.J., won the
Baldrige small-business category award in 1993. Three former
AT&T divisions also earned the award
two in 1992 and one in 1994.
According to Michael B. Donley, DOD director of
Administration and Management in the Pentagon, ARDEC and the
Naval Air Depot North Island, San Diego, Calif., are the
first DOD organizations ever selected to compete for the
Donley congratulated both organizations for "taking the
crucial steps necessary in defining the processes, services
and products that protect and serve our nation."
The Baldrige competition is overseen by the Department of
Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The award is presented annually by the President to
organizations judged to be outstanding in the areas of
leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus,
measurement, analysis, knowledge management, human resource
focus, process management and results.
Dr. Joseph A. Lannon, ARDEC director said that being
selected by DOD to compete was an enormous honor.
"The employees of Picatinny and its industrial and
academic partners continue to demonstrate their ability to
use all of their given resources to support our warfighters
in the most effective and efficient manner," he said.
"This prestigious nomination recognizes dedication and
commitment to excellence of the Picatinny workforce," he
said. "I am proud of each and every one of them."