Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks and Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk tour the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee


Attributable to Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon:

Today, Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks and Deputy Secretary of Energy David M. Turk visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

“Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s research and education programs are state-of-the-art and teach the essential skills American workers need to stay competitive in the global marketplace,” Assistant Secretary Hicks said. “Advanced manufacturing innovations here are already transforming defense production through major gains in productivity, quality and business model. The program also incorporates learning opportunities for students who will provide the talent and creativity needed for the next era of American manufacturing.

While there, they toured the Oak Ridge Battery Manufacturing Facility, the largest open access battery manufacturing research and development facility in the United States. The Department of Energy’s Battery Manufacturing Facility provides scientists with the opportunity to analyze all aspects of battery production. Scientists use advanced computer modeling to accelerate the prototyping of cell designs, to select new battery materials and to develop accurate life predictions. Open to any US battery manufacturer, material supplier, equipment manufacturer, or battery end user, the center offers the ability to integrate any component into a complete battery and analyze how it works and how it works. can be improved.

Undersecretary Hicks and Undersecretary Turk also toured the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility that houses “America’s Cutting Edge” (ACE), a joint effort between the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. to strengthen the American machine tool sector, which is essential for defense. and clean energy production.

Since March 2020, the DoD has invested $42 million in ACE, a National Machine Tool Innovation Center that seeks to reinvigorate the U.S. machine tool industry, as well as the managed training program by the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). Institute of Composites.

Finally, they visited Frontier, the first computer to reach the exascale computing threshold. Delivered in 2021 and open for first operations in 2022, Frontier accelerates scientific and technological innovation and maintains American leadership in high-performance computing and artificial intelligence. Frontier users will model the entire lifetime of a nuclear reactor, uncover the genetics of disease, and leverage recent developments in science and technology to further integrate artificial intelligence into data analysis, to modeling and simulation. Frontier is part of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, a Department of Energy Office of Science user facility located at ORNL.

The visit underscored the importance the Biden-Harris administration places on U.S. manufacturing capabilities and building supply chain resilience.

The Biden administration’s bipartisan infrastructure act is providing up to $8.2 billion to address issues in the nation’s battery supply chain. The DoD coordinates with energy, state, commerce, and others to ensure these investments are dual purpose and benefit national security to the greatest extent possible.

During the tour, Undersecretary Hicks and Undersecretary Turk had the opportunity to interact with scientists and students who research energy storage, materials science, and other critical areas.

The assistant secretary is on a two-day tour of four Midwestern states. Throughout her journey, Assistant Secretary Hicks will work to connect the department’s resources to our strategic competition priorities, including the growing threat from China, and ensure the DoD remains the global leader. cutting-edge innovation.


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