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2012 William J. Perry Award Announced

March 2012

For the first time in its 33-year history, ARA received the William J. Perry Award as a partner on the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) program team.  According to the award citation, the MOP is "the Secretary of Defense's number one weapons program."  The reason for the priority is clear.  As the award citation continues, "[t]he MOP Quick Reaction Capability will satisfy an urgent operational requirement for attacking the most challenging types of hardened and underground targets and is more lethal than any current hard and deeply buried target conventional weapon."

Awarded annually by the Precision Strike Association (PSA), the William J. Perry Award recognizes public or private sector leadership or achievement that results in significant contributions to the development, introduction, or support of precision strike systems.

The award is the culmination of more than seven years of ARA support to the development of the MOP.  ARA supported the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's (DTRA's) initial weapon effectiveness analyses that ultimately led to DTRA's MOP Technology Demonstration (TD) Program, which started in 2004.  The MOP TD Program included not only sub-scaled development tests but both full-scale static and flight tests, which demonstrated the overall effectiveness of the weapon.  The program transitioned to an Air Force Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) program in 2010 and multiple Divisions across ARA continue to provide support to the MOP QRC Program Office.

"The MOP program shows the diverse capability of ARA, as the development, testing, and fielding of MOP has involved a wide-spectrum of ARA offices," says Darren Durkee, ARA Senior Scientist.  "The Capital Area Division (CAD) was instrumental in helping develop initial concept and system requirements as well as providing systems engineering support throughout the program.  CAD not only provided computational support to assess weapon design, but also interfaced with the warfighter to develop requirements for the MOP weaponeering tool set and assisted in the development of MOP weaponeering solutions.  The Southeast Division (SED) created the MOP software tool set for weaponeering, the Southwest Division (SWD) provided computational analysis to assess weapon survivability, and the Shock Physics Division (SPD) contributed subscale and full-scale weapons effect testing support."

As the MOP moves to an initial operational capability (IOC), ARA will continue to be part of this award-winning team.  Mr. Durkee describes it best: "ARA is a key member of a team helping to deliver another important capability to the US warfighter."

For more information about the range of ARA's weapon system simulation or design capabilities, visit the ARA Weapon Systems Capabilities page.  For more information about this project, please contact us.