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Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Dec. 26 2007,7:53)]Tony,
What did you uncle do? It sounds interesting!
its my wifes uncle, but thats beside the point.
I don't want to mention names since this is a public forum I don't think he would appreciate it very much, but i will give you some more info.
This is from his "bio" written by someone else...but i edited the heck out of it for privacy.
Between $12and $14billion of the defense budget flows through the xxxx in xxxx Michigan. He was director of the National xxxx and executive director for Technology Transfer at the U.S. xxxx, (xxxx), part of xxxx. If it has wheels or treads, he is most likely the person responsible for bringing it from the drawing board to the battlefield.
All of the research and development as well as the procurement of end products and the sustainment of those end products that has anything to do with soldiers on the ground that move, comes out of this command...
a Detroit native, grew up around cars, but opted to work for the Defense Department in order to do good for America’s soldiers.
We need lighter materials and better fuel economy because a battlefield operates on four things that just always have to happen: fuel, water, food and bullets. Anything that we can do to reduce that logistics burden and improve it, are things that we need to talk about and do together. We really do have more effort going… probably not so much with the Big Three as with the first tier, second tier and those kinds of suppliers in the area.
he says that R&D-focused suppliers, both small and large, are welcome to partner with xxxx, xxxx and xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxxx xxxx. Just bring ideas…
There is a lot more to him, but you get the idea...and obviously it was with military.
He was a big part of the development of the smart truck also.
(*****HE DID NOT WORK FOR THE COMPANY MENTIONED IN THE VIDEO!**** It was a govt. job.)
Pretty cool or what?
His "talent" is connecting people/biz together to better everyone involved.