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Principal Deputy for Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment ASA (IE&E), Mr. Paul Farnan and team members, along with faculty members and cadets from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, recently traveled to Warren, Michigan to visit with representatives from General Motors Defense Global Technical Center Campus, BAE Systems, and Detroit Arsenal.

Representatives from the General Motors Defense Global Technical Center Campus provided an overview of cutting-edge vehicle and battery equipment and presented technology demonstrations, including the new Hummer Electric Vehicle (EV), capable of crab walking and performing other advanced agility movements.

BAE Systems representatives provided a tour of their facilities, which included the Prototype Lab and the Mobility and Electronical Technology Lab, demonstrations of vehicle electrification technology and a multi-mission, autonomous Robotic Tech Demonstrator.

While at Detroit Arsenal, the team met with Army Program Executive Office Combat Support & Combat Service Support (PEO CS & CSS) Project Managers who provided detailed briefs on initiatives supporting climate, operational energy, Joint Light Tactical Vehicle electrification efforts & PM transportation systems.  PEO CS & CSS directly supports shaping opportunities for solutions as outlined in the Army Climate Strategy and the Army Futures Command Power and Battery Modernization Framework.

The Army, Detroit Arsenal, and industry partners are leading efforts to electrify the Army’s tactical ground vehicle fleet and put our warfighters in a position of advantage on the future battlefield. These efforts will extend vehicle range and endurance, accommodate advanced capabilities, reduce fuel consumption, and mitigate the operational Army’s climate footprint.

The office of the ASA (IE&E) and USMA and have teamed up to establish the Sustainable Infrastructure, Resilience, and Climate Consortium, also known as SIRCC, which will educate future Army leaders on the role sustainability and resilience can play to increase national security, and the capabilities and effectiveness of the force while simultaneously addressing the threats of climate change.

This joint initiative will provide cadets formal academic opportunities in the areas of climate change, energy and water resilience and sustainability, all of which directly impact the Army’s readiness and modernization efforts.  This new program will generate a community of experts that will go on to lead in the Army.