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TACOM AND BIG THREE AUTOMAKERS REACH HISTORIC R&D AGREEMENTS

 WARREN, Mich., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM) became part of a historic program to develop technologies for fuel-efficient vehicles today.
 At a signing ceremony hosted by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) in Washington this morning, the Army signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Big Three automakers to reduce substantially the time required to initiate cooperative R&D and promote dual technology.
 TACOM's role in the Army/industry partnership will be to provide expertise in virtual reality design and prototyping. In addition, an office within TACOM called the National Automotive Center will be a catalyst linking academia, industry and government agencies in all aspects of automotive technology.
 The agreement allows for rapid initiation of cooperative research and development efforts in other areas such as electric drive, active suspension, crashworthiness, advanced electronic and composite materials. The process is not limited to the auto industry; it can be employed by any commercial industry in the nation.
 The CRADA will be used to speed up agreements between all Army laboratories and any commercial industry by negotiating only the technical scope of work once blank agreements have been signed. Processing time for future cooperative agreements can be shortened to days instead of months. This new, accelerated process will enhance the strength of U.S. companies by shortening the time it takes to get advanced technologies into their products. It will also enhance the development of new technologies which can be used in a military application.
 For more information about TACOM or the Army/industry CRADA, contact Brenda Lewis, acting public affairs officer, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command, 313-574-5663.
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 /CONTACT: Brenda Lewis, acting public affairs officer of U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command, 313-574-5663/


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