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 by the Joint PEO Armaments and Ammunition (JPEO A&A), Project Director Joint Services (PD JS) and is located at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. PD JS exercises day-to-day governance, and approval for use of funding of the program. Additional support for the ARMS Program is provided by a team at Joint Munitions Command (JMC) located at Rock Island Arsenal Illinois.
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 7551 - definitions
This section introduces the legislation and provides basic definitions, which include ARMS Initiative, Eligible Facility, Property Manager, Property Management Contract.
SECTION 7552 - 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 7553 - 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 7554 - 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.