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Michigan is a proud and powerful contributor to the defense industry. From world-class training grounds to the most advanced aerospace technology, we’re always working to strengthen our country by developing next-generation tech and reshoring the U.S. manufacturing supply chain. In FY22, Michigan captured $722 million in federal grant funding - ranking second in the U.S. With continued federal funding opportunities, we look forward to continuing to build a strong pipeline in close ties with the DOD.
Michigan Hosts the Largest Military Exercise of its Kind

Michigan Hosts the Largest Military Exercise of its Kind

Michigan hosts the annual Northern Strike, the country’s largest National Guard Bureau-sponsored military exercise across land, air, sea, cyber and space, with over 7,000 participants from 25 states, one territory and four international partners.

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WATCH: Michigan Powers America's Defense Industry

Michigan’s strong R&D assets, infrastructure, advanced manufacturing expertise, and exceptional skilled and engineering workforce, make the state a leader in the defense-sector and related industries.

Mission Focused. Michigan Made.

Michigan is where the automotive industry got its start. More than 100 years later, it’s still the global center and nexus of commercial automotive, electrification and military vehicle technology.

The Department of Defense (DOD) chose the Michigan Defense Resiliency Consortium to create the foundation for the federal government’s rapid transition to electric vehicles. The group of Michigan universities, state agencies and industry partners was selected for their significant part in advancing the country’s energy storage, electrification and national security.

Why Michigan for Defense

Leaders in the Defense Industry

Michigan is home to the nation’s largest ground vehicle defense companies and U.S. DoD major industry such as General Dynamics Land Systems, BAE Systems, GE Aviation, GM Defense, and more.

Michigan is home to the nation’s largest ground vehicle defense companies and U.S. DoD major industry such as General Dynamics Land Systems, BAE Systems, GE Aviation, GM Defense, and more.

The defense industry contributes $30 billion in economic activity for the state of Michigan. In 2020, the economic impact of defense spending to Michigan was up 8%.

The defense industry contributes $30 billion in economic activity for the state of Michigan. In 2020, the economic impact of defense spending to Michigan was up 8%.

Michigan is #1 for military vehicle production in the U.S.

Michigan is #1 for military vehicle production in the U.S.

Nearly 4,000 Michigan business are currently serving the defense, defense aerospace and homeland security industries.

Nearly 4,000 Michigan business are currently serving the defense, defense aerospace and homeland security industries.

The Michigan National Guard boasts five major installations and additional armories, including the National All-Domain Training Center in Grayling, and one of the largest Air National Guard bases in the nation at Selfridge in Macomb County.

The Michigan National Guard boasts five major installations and additional armories, including the National All-Domain Training Center in Grayling, and one of the largest Air National Guard bases in the nation at Selfridge in Macomb County.

Michigan’s defense sector supports more than 116,000 Michigan jobs.

Michigan’s defense sector supports more than 116,000 Michigan jobs.

Michigan is a Founding Partner in the Region’s Semiconductor Hub

The DOD announced Michigan will be a core partner in the new Silicon Crossroads Microelectronics Commons Hub (SCMC) because of our existing semiconductor manufacturing, research and education base. The SCMC will get cutting-edge microchips into our troops’ gear and vehicles and the autonomous systems of the DOD's Replicator initiative.

Top Michigan Defense Contractors

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Defense Success Stories

Michigan's National Security Defense Industry Assets

From the Upper Peninsula to South East Michigan, Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security defense industry assets can be found across the state.

Michigan is an Industry Leader