PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Barbara Machak,the executive
director of the Enterprise and Systems Integration Center
(ESIC) here, began a 120- day temporary assignment June 10
as the acting deputy director of the U.S. Army Research,
Development and Engineering Command at Aberdeen, Md.
The systems integration center is part of the Armament
Research,Development and Engineering Center. Joseph
Wienand, the former acting deputy director at RDECOM,
returned to his position as technical director, Edgewood
Chemical Biological Center.
"I will have more insight as to what the headquarters
is trying to do, what they need, and how we at the
development engineering centers across the Army can better
serve the warfighter," Machak said.
The Army appointed Machak to the Senior Executive Service
(SES) in June 2010 when she became the Executive Director
for ESIC. In her regular position, she is responsible for
more than 600 people performing science and technology
planning, business development, and management of knowledge
and human capital.
In addition, her duties include maintaining and growing
ARDEC's core competencies in program management, system
engineering,and logistics research and engineering.
EXCITED FOR THE CHALLENGE
She oversaw the Joint Small Arms Program and Army Fuze
Management Office. She coordinated the Army's armaments
enterprise efforts with numerous Program Managers, Program
Executive Offices, Defense Services, academia, and
"I'm looking forward to the new area (Maryland). I
anticipate a lot of work.I'm ready and excited for the
challenge," Machak said.
"I have every intention of coming back to Picatinny. I
will never forget where I come from. The workforce here has
been extremely supportive," she said.
In Machak's absence, Kevin Hayes will serve as acting
executive director of ESIC.
"He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in
managing the diverse ARDEC technology portfolio, program
management and building enhanced customer service,"
ARDEC Director Dr. Gerardo Melendez said in a message to
"Kevin has integrated the collective capabilities of
ARDEC to help assure integrated solutions for the