Many debates have been held on this board as to the merits of saving or not saving the American Auto companies. I thought I might add a few little known things about them that people may not be aware of. Many people are aware that of course they all make cars. However these companies have been a major part of American life for over 100 years. In fact in World War 2 everything from B-24 Liberators made by GM in Michigan, to Sherman tanks, Jeeps, Anti-Aircraft Guns, and Liberty Ships were made by these companies. They have a long tradition up until GM's recent sale of it's aerospace division to Boeing. GM in fact bought much of Hughes Aircraft which is responsible for such things as Air to Air Missile Technology like in the AIM-120 AMRAAM. Further, they recently sold part of the communications division to News Corporation which for all you people who watch DirectTV "which it was renamed" too have a little GM in every box. As a matter of fact there is a web of technologies that the Big 3 have been involved in the defense industry for many many years, everything from the F-16 to the development of look down shoot down radar. One of the most recognizable is the M1 Tank which was developed by Chrysler Defense which later became part of General Dynamics In Lima Ohio. The XM1 Abrams was designed by Chrysler Defense (in 1979, General Dynamics Land Systems Division purchased Chrysler Defense Division) and is currently produced by General Dynamics Corporation in Lima, Ohio, and first entered US Army service in 1980. It was armed with the license built version of the 105 mm Royal Ordnance L7 gun. M1 Abrams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia These companies although for many years have been mismanaged as it applies product and keeping cost in line in order to compete are for the last 100 years very much a part of the American way of life. Not only have they changed the way we lived by giving us the ability to be a mobile society but they have also come when called when this nation needed them most. While I still believe that these companies much change in order to survive and to provide a blank check to them would be a mistake of epic proportions , I do believe that our nation has the ability to solve this issue only if they would muster up the courage to do so. Yes, it would require some sacrifice on the part of EVERYONE that works for these once great companies, but I ask you is it not worth the effort to make a sacrifice , so that future generations of Americans can enjoy the benefits that these companies have given us and the ones they are yet to give?