U.S. Army Secretary Mark Espers Gets Up-Close Look at Michigan’s Defense Industry During Tour

Last week, in her first official duty as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Tammy Carnrike, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s chief operating officer, greeted U.S. Secretary of the Army Mark Esper and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters for their visit of the Detroit Arsenal in Macomb County, including the Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM).

As escorting officer, Carnrike greeted both men at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and accompanied Esper and Peters through a series of meetings as well as demonstrations of mission-enabling technologies being developed in Michigan. In addition to TACOM and TARDEC, they also visited the Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support and Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems during their visit of the Detroit Arsenal and Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

“I am very proud that Secretary Esper was able to visit TACOM and TARDEC for the first time to see the incredible innovation and technology being developed here due to collaboration between the private sector, transforming automotive industry, and the U.S. Army,” Carnrike said. “It was also very impactful to show Secretary Esper and Senator Peters the great work that is being done by the thousands of military and civilian employees stationed in the Detroit Arsenal who work to support our soldiers in sustainable readiness and protect the nation.”

Esper and Peters reiterated the importance of integrating the use of autonomous vehicle technology for future wars, protection of soldier, and deterring threats.

During a recent interview at the Pentagon, Esper discussed the need for next-generation combat vehicles and plans to accelerate the deployment timeline for military use. Peters serve on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Homeland Security and Government Reform Committee. He noted that Southeast Michigan’s strong automotive, manufacturing and technology roots will better prepare the country’s military for conflicts that are dramatically different from years past.

Esper and Peters also toured the  Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support and Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems during their visit of the Detroit Arsenal and Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Learn more about the visit as well as collaborative work between the U.S. Army and the automotive industry here.