What is "ARMS"
The Armament Retooling and Manufacturing Support (ARMS) Program was created by Congress to encourage the commercial and government use of underutilized property at select installations, in order to compensate for reduced production volumes and facility closures that would adversely impact the local economies.
The ARMS Team
The ARMS program is managed through a cooperative effort between the PEO Ammunition (PEO Ammo), located at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, and Joint Munitions Command (JMC), located at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois.
The Project Director Joint Services (PD JS) at Picatinny Arsenal exercises day-to-day governance of the program, supported by a team at Rock Island.
The ARMS program is executed locally by the facility operators at the Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) sites for which the ARMS program was created. For contact information for each site, visit the Locations.
The Statutory Authorization section at right offers more information on the origination of the program.
The ARMS Program was authorized by the ARMS Act of 1992 (10 USC Chapter 434). A brief description of the relevant sections of that Act is provided below. Click here for the complete text.
SECTION 4551 - definitions
This section introduces the legislation and provides basic definitions, which include ARMS Initiative, Eligible Facility, Property Manager, Property Management Contract.
SECTION 4552 - Policy
This section provides information on the purpose and general policies of the legislation. In summary, the purpose is to encourage the use of unused eligible Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) facilities as a means of promoting domestic manufacturing, creating and maintaining skilled jobs, and helping to lower the facility sustainment costs, thus lowering the cost of ammunition.
SECTION 4553 - ARMS Support Initiative
This section formally establishes the ARMS Initiative, with a purpose that includes ten (10) distinctively defined elements. It also provides guidance on the availability of facilities, consideration for leases, and program administration.
SECTION 4554 - Contracts & Leasing
This section further defines and clarifies program elements regarding contracts/leases and the types of consideration that may be accepted.
2016 NATIONAL DEFENSE ACT
The 2016 National Defense Act (25 November 2015, Section 343) effectively extended the maximum lease duration to a total of 50 years.