GM Defense LLC welcomed Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks earlier today at the GM Technical Center, highlighting how GM’s defense and government-facing business will support the Department of Defense (DoD) in becoming a more electric, autonomous and connected organization, now and into the future.
Secretary Hicks and her team visited GM Design, responsible for advanced, production and industrial design operations supporting GM’s entire portfolio of brands and subsidiaries. Hicks also toured GM’s Estes Engineering Center, the largest battery validation lab in North America, enabling GM to perform major battery durability tests in-house at the cell, module and pack levels. Further highlighting GM’s innovation, GM Defense also showcased its light and agile nine-Soldier, all-terrain Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) and accompanying ISV demonstration variant. Secretary Hicks got behind the wheel of the ISV and experienced firsthand how GM Defense is redefining military mobility.
Steve duMont, president of GM Defense, discussed the importance of being able to leverage GM’s investment of $35 billion in electric and autonomous technologies through 2025.
“GM Defense has a tremendous opportunity to leverage our parent company’s investments in advanced battery technologies and adapt them to meet defense requirements,” said duMont. “The more we can adapt existing commercial technology, the faster we can modernize warfighter capabilities and quickly deliver technology at the speed of relevance.”
“I appreciate Secretary Hicks taking the time to get to know GM Defense as we look to partner with Department of Defense on its electric future. As the leader executing the DoD’s priorities, her leadership in the pathway to electrification is inspiring,” said duMont.
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SOURCE: General Motors