Army, General Motors sign partnership

TARDEC Director Dr. Paul Rogers, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, GM's Charlie Freese and U.S. Rep. Sander Levin cut the ribbon on the three Fuel Cell Automated Testing Systems which will be shared by TARDEC and GM through a CRADA.

TARDEC Director Dr. Paul Rogers, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, GM’s Charlie Freese and U.S.
Rep. Sander Levin cut the ribbon on the three Fuel Cell Automated Testing Systems
which will be shared by TARDEC and GM through a CRADA. (U.S. Army photo)

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Army officials formalized a major new research partnership with General Motors in a Dec. 16, 2013 ceremony near Detroit.

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, both of Michigan, joined U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center Director Dr. Paul Rogers and Charlie Freese, General Motors global fuel cell activities executive director in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory at the Detroit Arsenal.

GM and TARDEC will share three Fuel Cell Automated Testing Systems to evaluate and demonstrate hydrogen fuel cell technology. Sen. Levin emphasized the importance of these two respected partners working toward a common goal — clean energy.

“All across the world, companies and governments are hoping to build the next ‘Detroit’ — the next international center of innovation and middle-class prosperity,” Levin said. “This [agreement] is about assuring that the next ‘Detroit’ stays right here in Michigan. This is a competition we cannot afford to lose for the sake of our troops, our economy, our security and the environment.”

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Research agreements yield results

CRADAs

RDECOM Public Affairs

Cooperative research and development agreements advance scientific and engineering knowledge through partnerships. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has more than 250 of these agreements, known as CRADAs, with industry, universities and other government agencies to help expedite research goals.

“These CRADAs are with small businesses, large businesses and entities across the globe on matters of interest to Army research and development,” said Kendra Meggett-Karr, RDECOM Technology Transfer program manager.

CRADAs are formal agreements between one or more federal laboratories or research centers and one or more non-federal organizations. The government, through its laboratories, provides personnel, facilities, equipment or other resources with reimbursement from the partnering entity.

Non-federal partners also provide personnel, funds, services, facilities, equipment or other resources to conduct specific research and development that is consistent with the RDECOM mission.

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RDECOM, Morgan State University sign research agreement

RDECOM, Morgan State University sign research agreement
BALTIMORE – The Army expanded its partnership with higher education today creating a formal research agreement with Morgan State University.

In a May 10 ceremony at the campus, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Morgan State University President Earl S. Richardson.

The CRADA formalizes a partnership between RDECOM and the university to work on research projects through school laboratories, personnel, facilities, equipment and other resources.

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Army leverages private industry, academia to advance robotics research

Army leverages private industry, academia to advance robotics research
ADELPHI, Md. — Developing smart robots with the ability to work for and alongside Soldiers is the ultimate goal of the Army’s $63.2 million investment in a new robotics cooperative agreement with industry and academia over the next five years.

The Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance is expected to push the research needed to make autonomous robots accomplish more missions and take some of the burden off Soldiers on the battlefield, said Army Research Laboratory’s Dr. Jon Bornstein, chief of the Robotics Autonomous Systems Division and CTA manager.

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