Tank and Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
Service or Branch: Army
Location: Warren, MI
STEM Fields: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Information Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Research, PhysicsTARDEC is one of the Research, Development and Engineering Centers (RDECs) that report to the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, or RDECOM. TARDEC has a workforce of more than 1,700 employees, including scientists and engineers recognized as the best in their fields. As the technology leader of the Army's ground systems enterprise, TARDEC provides technology solutions for all manned and unmanned Department of Defense ground systems and combat support systems for the current and the future force. To achieve this leadership vision, TARDEC must be at the forefront of developments in energy and mobility, vehicle protection, and design, analysis and integration. TARDEC was established in 1946 in Warren, Michigan, at the site of the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, in order to provide technical expertise in the building of tanks and other military vehicles. The location, at the hub of the commercial automotive world, has allowed TARDEC to form collaborative relationships with the automotive industry, to the benefit of both. Throughout its proud history, extending over 65 years, TARDEC has been responsible for innumerable technological innovations including advanced power-trains, effective armors, simulation, signature research, robotics, manufacturing, vehicle electronics, and force projection. TARDEC is responsible for the largest and broadest portfolio within RDECOM. It supports more than 3,300 systems used by our soldiers, which account for 60 percent of what is used in Afghanistan. From cradle to grave, TARDEC supports 14 ground vehicle systems in development, and 46 more in production and transition. Our top priority is to deliver the most advanced technological solutions to improve the military's ground vehicle fleet.