TARDEC tagline - Lead, Innovate, Integrate, Deliver


Detroit Arsenal 1940s In the early 1940s, the Army's 1.3 million-square-foot Detroit Arsenal was built in just seven months. The facility had a single purpose: to build quality tanks. The Army chose the site for the arsenal because of the area's wealth of automotive technology and manufacturing capability.

In 1946, the Tank-Automotive Components Laboratory, now known as the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), was formed at the recommendation of a committee led by Chrysler Corporation's President K.T. Keller. This committee comprised of leading engineers from Chrysler, Continental Aviation & Engineering, Ethyl, Ford, General Motors, Hudson Motor Car, International Harvester, Packard, Studebaker and Timken Detroit Axle determined that Detroit would be an ideal location for a military automotive laboratory. The newly created Components Laboratory spawned many successful collaborative working relationships.

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As part of the current TARDEC organization, the National Automotive Center (NAC) is responsible for advancing this emphasis on collaboration. This is accomplished by working with private industry to leverage commercial automotive technologies for military use.

With more than 60 percent of U.S. automotive engineers living and working in Michigan, TARDEC resides in the heart of a concentrated source of automotive intellectual property unmatched anywhere in the country.