Before any great innovation or advancement ever took place, someone first asked one very important question.


challenges the convention of today and helps us achieve what others might believe to be impossible.

With responsibilities that now include homeland security, natural disasters and global conflict, the need for innovative solutions has never been greater.


connects new technological possibilities from one of the world's largest commercial companies to expanding capabilities for our country's defense.

Hydrogen fuel-cell technology allows ground vehicles to operate silently, with zero emissions, reduced thermal signature, & 10 times longer on a single recharge. It provides a large amount of stable, exportable power for advanced weapons applications or to power potential undersea applications.


combines innovation, electrification capability, manufacturing expertise and autonomous vehicle proficiency, to provide mobility solutions that remove the warfighter from harms' way.

Versatile off-road chassis provides a configurable mobility solution for transporting power intensive payloads. Leveraging an optionally manned architecture, these vehicles can provide Leader-Follower and fully autonomous functionality.


is just the beginning.


Great Heights. Remarkable Depths.
And Everywhere in Between

When it comes to linking with today's military, collaboration requires greater flexibility and agility to provide scalable options that meet the ever-changing customer needs. That's why General Motors launched the specialized division, GM Defense, to develop technology that provides innovative solutions anywhere they may go.

While General Motors continues to provide advanced propulsion systems, GM Defense is focused on expanding the military portfolio:


  • Advanced electrified propulsion
  • Payload power source (50 — 100kW)
  • Rapid recharging (3 minutes)
  • Mobile water source (2 gallons per hour)
  • Tactical capabilities: odorless, smokeless, quiet, low heat signature


  • Range of high power density solutions
  • Flexible form factor
  • Reliable automotive technology
  • Proven safety & quality (over 4 million consumer miles)
  • Scalable solution leveraging expert manufacturing


  • HYDROTEC and JOULETEC propulsion
  • Electrified and autonomous
  • Highly modular and adaptable
  • Stable power source for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems
  • Leader-Follower capability
  • Utility superstructure


  • Derived from GM's light & heavy-duty manufacturing experience
  • Exceptional off-road mobility derived from truck portfolio, special purpose & competition desert race vehicles
  • Scalable high & low volume applications
  • Ultra quiet vehicle operation with low thermal signature, no smoke & odorless
  • Special forces, multi-purpose scout vehicle, mobility solution for high power weapons & surveillance equipment

Who We Are




David J. Albritton is the lead executive and general manager of General Motors Defense LLC, GM's new business entity focused on providing a variety of innovative and advanced automotive technologies and services to the global aerospace, defense and security industries.

Prior to this, he was GM's Executive Director, Product Development & International Communications, where he was responsible for the development and execution of communication strategies for advanced engineering, vehicle design, quality, safety, propulsion systems, purchasing, supply chain and the underlying technical leadership in new product development. He also had oversight and responsibility for internal and external communications for all of GM's global regions, including China, South America, Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada and Mexico. He was also a member of the Board of Managers for GM Defense.

Albritton came to GM following the sale of Exelis Inc., a global aerospace, defense and information solutions company, to Harris Corp. in 2015. He was the Exelis Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, a role he assumed upon the company's spin off from ITT Corporation in 2011. He was the architect of the creation and successful launch of Exelis' global brand and a key member of the executive leadership team that created and executed the company's business strategy.

He joined Exelis, then ITT Defense & Information Solutions, in November 2008 as the Vice President of Communications. Prior to that, he was Director of Media Relations in the Global Business Development and Government Relations office for Raytheon Company and has also held senior communications positions with United Way of America, Hewlett-Packard Company/Compaq Computer Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Early in his career, Albritton spent 10 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, which included service aboard USS PORTLAND (LSD 37) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He also served in the Pentagon as an official Navy Spokesman on the Navy News Desk and as the Flag Lieutenant / Aide for the U.S. Navy's Chief of Information. He spent nearly three years living abroad in London, England, while assigned as the Deputy Public Affairs Officer on the headquarters staff of Commanderin-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe.

Albritton holds a B.S. in General Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., as well as an M.S. in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.


Vice President, Business Development
General Motors Defense LLC

Nigel J. Sutton was appointed to the role of vice president, Business Development effective April 1, 2019. He is responsible for forming and implementing plans to identify, pursue and capture new business opportunities for GM Defense LLC while building relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

Previously, Sutton was vice president of International Business for Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems and responsible for overseeing international business and operations for the Defense Systems Division. He also held this position with Orbital ATK prior to Northrop Grumman’s acquisition of the company in 2018.

Sutton has held many international business roles in the defense industry over the course of his career. Prior to joining Orbital ATK, he was vice president, Unmanned Air Systems International Business for AeroVironment, Inc. Prior to that, he was regional director, Middle East and North Africa and director of International Operations for Raytheon International Inc.

Before joining Raytheon in 2005, Sutton was a member of the U.S. Navy and Air Force for 23 years where he rose to the rank of commander and served in numerous command and staff positions in the naval aviation and procurement career fields.

As a U.S. Naval Test Pilot School graduate in 1993, he became an aerospace engineering duty officer and has over 12 years of Navy flight test, system engineering, and program management experience in both the E-2C and F/A-18 program offices. While in the Navy, Sutton was designated in the defense acquisition professional community with Level III certificates in program management, flight test, and system engineering from the Defense Acquisition University, and a subspecialty designation in finance.

Sutton is a board member and treasurer for the national non-profit organization World Affairs Council of America and is an active member of numerous foreign policy and national security programs. He currently holds the title of Fellow for the Royal Aeronautical Society in the United Kingdom. Sutton is also a member of the State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group.

Sutton also holds an M.S. in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, MBA from Florida Institute of Technology, M.S. in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee and a B.S. in computer science from Park College, Missouri.

Jeff Ryder

Vice President, Growth and Strategy
General Motors Defense LLC

Jeff Ryder was appointed to the role of vice president, Growth and Strategy effective April 1, 2019. He is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for GM Defense LLC that leverages GM’s core competencies and generates profitable growth in the defense, aerospace and security industries.

Ryder brings twenty years of diverse experience in strategy, management and consulting across global government, aerospace and commercial technology industries. Prior to joining GM, Ryder was vice president, Mobile Robotics at Oceaneering where he led a cross-divisional team in industrial, theme park and outdoor mobile robotic applications.

In 2015, Ryder founded and led Glacier Point, an innovation advisory firm focused on the intersection of commercial and government markets. He consulted Fortune 500 defense and technology companies, ran collaboration events among the Department of Defense, NASA, tech startups and established defense companies, and demonstrated emerging artificial intelligence applications in aerospace and defense. Glacier Point was highlighted as a feature story in National Defense for its pioneering work in bringing commercial technology to the national security community.

Ryder was the chief strategy officer at Exelis, a $5B diversified aerospace, defense and information solutions company in McLean, Virginia. He joined ITT in 2010 and helped lead the spin-off of ITT Defense, the creation of Exelis, and the development and execution of the corporate strategy, including M&A and portfolio strategy, the spin-off of a $1B-plus technical services division, deployment of a customer relationship management system, and the due diligence and pre-merger integration of Exelis into Harris. Over the period, Exelis returned 170 percent to its shareholders despite a severe market downturn.

From 2007 to 2010, Ryder held strategy and new business roles with BAE Systems, a $30B-plus global aerospace and defense company. He was director of Advanced Energy Programs where he led an integrated project team in the development of civil and military power and energy solutions. In other roles, he managed strategic planning and market analysis for $20B of US-based business.

Ryder was a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where he led teams in support of Fortune 500 aerospace, defense and energy clients. Earlier in his career, Ryder was an analyst with CSP Associates where he consulted aerospace, defense, private equity and NASA clients.

Ryder served two years in the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan. He has a BA from Skidmore College, a MALD in international security policy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and an MBA from Georgetown University, with additional studies at the Wharton School of Business, the International Space University, Harvard University, Cambridge University and the London School of Economics.

Angela M. Ambrose

Vice President, Government Relations
General Motors Defense LLC

Angela M. Ambrose was appointed the role of vice president, Government Relations effective May 1, 2019. She is responsible for executing strategic initiatives for General Motors Defense LLC with the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch of the federal government.

Prior to joining GM, Ambrose led Government Relations activities for Accenture Federal Services since 2015 focused on defense, intelligence, cybersecurity, and veterans affairs legislative policy matters.

Ambrose served as the chief congressional strategist for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) from 2011 to 2015 where she analyzed congressional authorization policies, annual appropriations, and the Administration’s fiscal year budget requests. She provided intelligence to NGAS profit and loss divisions focused on defense and civil space, unmanned systems, manned aircraft, strike platforms, restricted programs and emerging strategic capture priorities.

Ambrose held two senior roles as a federal civil servant in the Executive Branch from 2008 to 2011. She served as a senior Legislative Liaison for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and as the Deputy Director of Congressional Affairs at the Defense Department’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. During her tenure at JIEDDO, Ambrose received two Superior Civilian Service Awards.

Beginning her professional career in Washington, DC in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, Ambrose served on the policy staff of the Honorable John E. Peterson. While managing a variety of legislative oversight issues in the Legislative Branch, her time on Capitol Hill was predominately focused on appropriations, defense, homeland security, veterans affairs, and foreign operations matters.

Ambrose earned a B.A. in communications from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, with additional studies in national security at the National Defense University.












Ninety percent of GM's truck production was directed toward war manufacturing with over 8,500 trucks going to the war effort.



"Victory is our Business" proclaimed more than 100 GM plants had been converted to produce, "an avalanche of weapons" totaling $12,322,000,000 in 1945 dollars. over 113,000 employees entered the service during the war.


General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the DUKW, "one of the most valuable pieces of equipment produced by the United States during the war."



Continuing support for the Military effort, GM manufactures J65 Turbo Jet aircraft engines, 8.46 million bazooka shells and 5,431 anti-aircraft guns.



General Motors built 20mm automatic anti-aircraft guns and was the largest producer of the M-16 rifle with over 469,000 built.


GM IN THE 1980s

GM introduces the Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle (CUCV) for military use and delivered over 70,000 units.



After 3.2 million consumer-driven miles accumulated through General Motors' Project Driveway, the U.S. military partners with GM to demonstrate the practicality and applicability of hydrogen fuel cell technology, with the world's first military fuel cell vehicle fleet.


General Motors, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are cooperating to incorporate automotive hydrogen fuel cell systems into the next generation of autonomous unmanned undersea vehicles.



GM and U.S. Army TARDEC partner to develop and successfully test the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric truck, with low acoustical and heat signatures as well as the advantages of on-board water production, exportable electric power and off-road capability.



The first autonomous fuel cell vehicle with an adaptable superstructure can be configured as a truck, cargo, command center, ambulance and mobile power generator. Benefits include quiet and odor-free operation, exceptional off-road mobility and maneuverability, field configurable and on-board water generation.


The first heavy duty truck architecture capable of supporting the next generation of vehicle requirements for higher payload, flexible configuration, longer range, and faster re-fueling times with more compact & capable propulsion system.

Case Studies


Designed as a mobility platform for power hungry commercial & vocational vehicle applications, this system is equally well-positioned to address demanding military application needs. The Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) combines a quiet, efficient electrical propulsion system with autonomous operation, to solve some of the toughest mobility & power availability challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics and global conflicts. It refuels in minutes, supporting missions requiring extended periods of silent watch, provide 80kW of exportable power, and support dismounted soldiers as a cargo mule. As an optionally manned platform, SURUS provides a potential solution to remove the warfighter from harms way.


Provide modern silent off-road mobility solution for human & cargo transport, able to power payloads & operate autonomously


  • Leverages General Motors' vast experience in electrified vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, high-voltage batteries and electric drive systems, autonomous vehicles, off-road mobility & heavy truck vehicle manufacturing
  • Showcases the scalability, reusability and performance capabilities of flexible autonomous platform
  • Utilizes General Motors' HYDROTEC fuel cell technology to tackle the toughest mobility challenges by austere environments, where water & electrical power are in short supply — this vehicle produces both
  • Recharges rapidly, allowing utilization of in-theater energy sources
  • Provides heavier payload capacity with no odor, visible smoke, reduced thermal and acoustic signatures
  • Offers flexibility to configure vehicle in the field, to support multiple missions, from reconnaissance to mobile weapons platform
  • Supports enhanced air transport capabilities, through compact vehicle package and lightweight materials selection

Potential Military Applications:

  • Mobile Power Generation
  • Ambulance & Medivac System
  • Utility Truck
  • Radar
  • Shipping Container Transportation
  • Direct Energy Weapon
  • Command Operations
  • Optionally Manned Variants
  • Leader-Follower Convoy Operations

In the News

General Motors Establishing New Military Defense Division

Automotive News

General Motors aims to solve some of the toughest transportation challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics environments and global conflicts. The company will display its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS), a flexible fuel cell electric platform with autonomous capabilities, at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) from Oct. 9-11, 2017. The commercially designed platform could be adapted for military use.

General Motors Launches New Military Defense Division Called GM Defense


General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) and Honda (NYSE: HMC) today announced the executive structure for their recently established joint venture company, Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC (FCSM).

New GM product Segment Will Focus on Military

The Detroit News

The physically imposing Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, the most extreme off-road-capable fuel-cell-powered electric vehicle ever from General Motors, was revealed today at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).

General Motors Wants to Disrupt the Military Truck Market

Defense One

Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC (FCSM), the joint venture company established by General Motors and Honda for the production of advanced hydrogen fuel cell systems, today revealed its company logo at an event where local elected officials were recognized for helping bring the operation to metro Detroit.

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