Castellano named METC director
The U.S. Army has appointed David R. Castellano to the position of Executive Director, Munitions Engineering Technology Center, effective Sept. 18. The center is part of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, or ARDEC, the largest organization at Picatinny Arsenal.
In his most current position, Castellano served as Executive Director, Weapons and Software Engineering Center or WSEC, also a part of ARDEC.
“Please join me in congratulating Dave Castellano on his reassignment as Executive Director of METC,” said ARDEC Director John Hedderich in an email message to the workforce. “I would like thank Dave for the many years of excellent leadership that he provided to WSEC.
“I also want to thank Tony Sebasto, Ross Benjamin, Bill Smith, Brian Bosworth and Joe Brescia for their outstanding service and support as Acting METC Executive Director,” Hedderich added.
Castellano has been Executive Director of WSEC since February 2008. His responsibilities included leading a large research, development and engineering center with a team of more than 1,100 government employees and 300 contractors.
With more than 37 years of experience in technical leadership, engineering excellence, and project/organizational management, Castellano directed his core efforts at WSEC toward systems integration and rapid development/fielding of systems in direct support to the warfighter, as well as fielding advanced and weapon systems to the Army, Navy and Marines. Castellano was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in December 2003.
The U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.