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March 8, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Meeting
Location: College of Engineering, Ford Activity Center #1520 | Map
5050 Anthony Wayne
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Faculty

Research and Engineering Opportunities with TARDEC 

March 8, 3-3:30 PM in the Ford Activity Center, 1520 Main Engineering


Come to meet Dr. David Gorsich, the Chief Scientist at the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).  Dr. Gorsich will discuss the engineering, research and engineering opportunities and challenges faced by TARDEC, their state-of-the-art facilities, and contracting mechanisms. 


Follow-up by meeting with TARDEC engineering leads and seeing detailed presentations on their technical innovation strategy and needs at the TARDEC Industry Days, 25-26 April 2017, at Macomb Community College, Warren, MI, and at TARDEC’s annual Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (GVSETS) & Advanced Planning Briefings for Industry (APBI), August 8-10, 2017, at the Novi Suburban Collection Showplace




TARDEC Industry Days, April 25-26


Follow-up by meeting with TARDEC engineering leads and seeing detailed presentations on their technical innovation strategy and needs at the TARDEC Industry Days, 25-26 April 2017, to be held at Macomb Community College, Warren, MI, to hear the latest information about its 30-Year Strategy and the research and development initiatives taking place at the Detroit Arsenal. TARDEC business group leaders highlight their key projects to present actionable information and engage their industry counterparts in two-way dialogue.

• Industry Days 2017 will continue to build awareness about TARDEC's 30-Year Strategy and its alignment to the Army Chief of Staff's focus to fundamentally change how the Army of 2025 and Beyond will fight and win in a complex world.

• The TARDEC Director will define key priorities, and illustrate how industry can leverage critical Army capabilities and align their research efforts and investments with TARDEC.

• Collaboration with industry is vital to TARDEC's success. Utilizing a variety of agreements, industry can leverage critical Army capabilities, facilities and the expertise of TARDEC's highly skilled workforce for mutual benefit.

• The Army of 2025 and Beyond must be expeditionary, lethal, autonomy-enabled and efficient. To achieve these objectives, TARDEC must provide capabilities that sustain a modular, flexible, adaptable and smart ground systems portfolio.




TARDEC Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (GVSETS), August 8-10


The 9th annual Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (GVSETS) and the Advanced Planning Briefings for Industry (ABPI) is the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Michigan Chapter’s key industry-government-academia event.

This three-day event brings more than 1,000 executives, program managers, engineers, and other key decision-makers together to discuss initiatives, programs, plans, and technologies in the ground domain for both manned and unmanned systems. This is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to chart the course and contribute to the future success of our nation’s War fighters.

GVSETS brings together leaders from the Army staff; Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC); Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Program Executive Offices (PEOs) for Army and United States Marine Corps (USMC) ground system portfolios; as well as industry and academia leaders.

The agenda for the Main Session and APBI, which will take place on day one and two, is taking shape with industry, government and other non-DoD organizations participating more than ever.

Day three will be focused on 5 main categories that will be presented in 5 parallel technical sessions. Sessions topics include:

  • Autonomous Ground Systems (AGS)
  • Modeling & Simulation, Testing & Validation (MSTV)
  • Power and Mobility (P&M)
  • Systems Engineering (SE)
  • Vehicle Electronics and Architecture (VEA)


For more information, see http://www.ndia-mich.org/events/gvsets




TARDEC Overview


The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center is the Nation’s laboratory for advanced military automotive technology and engineering integration. TARDEC is located in the heart of the world’s automotive capital. Its technical, engineering and scientific staff leads research in all ground manned and unmanned vehicle technologies, including a wide variety of logistics equipment, water generation and purification systems, fuels and lubricants, alternative energy, propulsion systems and mobility, robotics, military bridging, countermine and construction equipment.


TARDEC is a major element of RDECOM and partner in the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.  As a full life-cycle engineering support provider-of-first-choice for all DOD ground combat and combat support weapons and vehicle systems, TARDEC develops and integrates the right technology solutions to improve Current Force effectiveness and provide superior capabilities for the Future Force.


TARDEC’s strategic technology focus areas are ground vehicle Survivability, Ground Vehicle Power and Mobility, Intelligent Ground Systems, Vehicle Architecture and Electronics, and Maneuver Support and Sustainment. TARDEC is fulfilling its role as DoD’s Ground Systems Integrator and has a long history of strong partnerships and collaboration.  Its engineers and scientists are at the forefront of technology development and engineering and systems integration.


TARDEC’s technicians, scientists and engineers are dedicated to enhancing the lethality, survivability and sustainability of our Soldiers, regardless of where the battlefield or mission takes them. Our Enterprise commitment: Lead, Innovate, Integrate & Deliver.




Working with TARDEC


TARDEC’s External Business Office (EBO) is central point of contact for outreach to external domestic and international organizations. The EBO identifies and cultivates new business opportunities to support and implement TARDEC's 30-Year Strategy. EBO's scope of engagement spans: academia; commercial product industries and related associations; military agencies; military product industries and related associations; and federal, state and local government agencies.


EBO scope of engagement includes:

► Creating awareness of TARDEC's specific technical needs

► Connecting TARDEC with organizations ideating, developing, maturing, demonstrating and accelerating the deployment of technologies enabling a more agile, mobile and effective fighting force

► Contributing to the generation of new technical standards

► Collaborating in the joint creation of future ground vehicle requirements

► Promoting personnel professional development

► Facilitating business agreements


The National Automotive Center (NAC) now included as part of the EBO is a charted organization continuing its 20 plus year affiliation with the automotive industry, acting as the Army focal point to leverage dual-use automotive technologies and development - for application to military ground vehicles. Dual-use partners include automotive, trucking, and off-road vehicle manufacturers, their supplier base, and associations. The NAC links with these entities to build collaborative relationships based on mutual technical interests and legislative impacts, standards and research. Current Focus areas include: Vehicle Cyber Security, Vehicle Autonomy, Hydrogen power vehicles and their infrastructure, vehicle and infrastructure electronics architecture and vehicle energy efficiency.


Current NAC connections include:

• The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), Automation Alley, and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). Our memberships provide access to discuss collaboration and technology development venues of mutual benefit.


• The High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) is a NAC funded program that brings truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, fleets and other industry stakeholders together to ensure commercial product offerings are capable of meeting high-efficiency military requirements.


• The Automotive Research Center (ARC) is a university-based, U.S. Army Center of Excellence in Modeling and Simulation. TARDEC manages the center in partnership with The University of Michigan, Clemson University, Oakland University, University of Iowa, Virginia Tech University and Wayne State University. The ARC conducts basic and applied research projects each academic year based on current Army and TARDEC needs in alignment with TARDEC's 30-Year Strategy.




The EBO employs several collaborative methods to engage industry, academia and other government agencies, depending upon stakeholder requirements, some of those methods are listed below. To start communications with the EBO go the main section of this Web Site and click on the Ground Vehicle Gateway link.


The Ground Vehicle Gateway serves as the central point for external communications into TARDEC, providing a process for evaluation of submissions by government subject matter experts, and a resource for questions or guidance when working with the federal government.


► Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR): This highly competitive program encourages domestic small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has potential for commercialization. https://www.armysbir.army.mil/default.aspx


► Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR): This program provides funding opportunities in the federal innovation (R&D) arena providing for joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. www.sbir.gov/about/about-sttr


► Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) are established between federal laboratories and commercial, academic or association partners to facilitate technology transfer between the parties for mutual benefit. Under a CRADA, the partner may contribute resources such as personnel, services, property and funding to the effort. The government may contribute all of the above except funding.


► Test Service Agreement (TSA): TSAs allows commercial entities to utilize the unique capabilities of government labs. The government is reimbursed for operational and equipment expenses but cannot compete with private industry.


► Ground Vehicle Systems Other Transaction Agreement (OTA): The OTA is designed to attract non-traditional defense companies/industries, who are interested in doing business with DoD agencies to develop prototype efforts to best support ground vehicle system technologies.


► U.S. Army Manufacturing Technology (MANTECH): Army ManTech program submissions focus on products and processes that reduce manufacturing costs and production risks in key technology areas. Life cycle cost reduction and sustainability improvement of current systems support critical S&T efforts unique to the Army's Advanced Manufacturing Technology Initiatives (AMI).


► Transition Maturation Initiatives (TMI) also called Budget Activity Four (BA4): Projects using Integration or 6.4 funds can be used to bridge activity gaps between research / development and manufacturing.


► Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF): The goal of RIF is to accelerate transition of innovative technologies that resolve operational challenges or save significant costs for acquisition programs.


► Educational Partnership Agreements (EPA): Encourages institutions to enhance study in scientific disciplines at all levels of education

For more information about this event, please contact Beth Madigan at 313-577-1196.