CRG is proud to enter into an MOU with Freedom Atlantic that will help American troops and support the United States Department of Defense's battery strategy.
August 16, 2023
Cornerstone Research Group (CRG), a leading high-tech company specializing in aerospace and defense solutions, has announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Freedom Atlantic, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business focused on training, product development, and delivery of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) technology solutions for the warfighter.
The collaboration between CRG and Freedom Atlantic is a strategic effort to support the United States Department of Defense’s (DoD) battery strategy, as emphasized in the recent DoD article, “Collaboration and Standardization Are Key to DOD’s Battery Strategy, Meeting U.S. Energy Objectives.” The article, published on June 5, 2023, highlights Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks’ emphasis on a healthy battery supply chain for military capabilities and national security, emphasizing that “America needs to lead the world” in battery technology.
In line with this vision and in a strategic relationship facilitated by Rushlight Ventures, LLC, CRG will leverage its expertise in Li-metal battery cells to tailor low-temperature Li-metal battery cell chemistry specifically for Freedom Atlantic’s high-energy AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR) and Small Tactical Universal Battery (STUB) batteries.
“We are thrilled to join forces with Freedom Atlantic to push the boundaries of battery technology for defense applications,” said Brian Henslee, vice president of power systems for CRG. This proprietary technology allows the battery cells to operate under extreme environmental conditions and extended equipment run time to significantly enhance defense capabilities and support critical battlefield operations.
Under the MOU, Freedom Atlantic will exclusively manufacture and distribute MBITR and STUB battery packs using CRG’s advanced battery cell chemistry. This collaboration aligns with the DoD’s efforts in energy storage and batteries to mitigate supply chain risks and leverage the commercial industry, as outlined in the 2022 DoD report, “Securing Defense-Critical Supply Chains.”
“Our partnership represents a significant step toward securing a robust battery supply chain, meeting warfighter needs, and bolstering national security,” said Christopher Hemmelgarn, president of CRG.
Freedom Atlantic’s dedication to delivering real-world solutions, combined with CRG’s pioneering research and development in aerospace systems, advanced manufacturing, power and energy, medical and sensors, and hypersonic systems, creates a powerful partnership for addressing the nation’s defense requirements.
In light of the DoD’s investment in battery standardization, analytics, and infrastructure, including $125 million in battery and energy storage, CRG and Freedom Atlantic’s collaboration reaffirms their commitment to contribute to the Department’s strategic goals and support the nation’s clean energy future.
“We are excited to partner with CRG to deliver innovative battery solutions to our DoD customers,” said Ken Jillson, Freedom Atlantic’s chief technology officer. “With CRG’s advanced battery cell technology, we can provide real-world solutions that overcome the unique challenges when operating in extreme temperature environments.”
Through this partnership, CRG and Freedom Atlantic aim to strengthen the U.S. battery strategy, optimize defense capabilities, and reinforce the nation’s position as a leader in battery technology.
For more information about Freedom Atlantic, please visit their website at freedom-atlantic.com. To learn more about Cornerstone Research Group and their diverse portfolio of solutions, visit crgrp.com.