Defense Consortium Seeks Auto Tech

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A new consortium aims to bring to the U.S. military such automotive technologies as lightweighting, connectivity and autonomous-driving systems, says Dan Rustmann, co-chair of the Global Automotive Practice for the Detroit-based Butzel Long law firm.

Rustmann also is a board member of the new organization, called the Defense Automotive Technology Consortium. DATC is a collaboration between SAE International and the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

The consortium, which has attracted more than 70 member companies, is backed by $700 million in funding over seven years. To learn more, click HERE or visit