The Arsenal of Democracy Meets The Arsenal of Innovation

Michigan: The Arsenal of Democracy and The Arsenal of Innovation.

It Started Here

Michigan has played a prominent role in the defense of our nation since 1940.

Creating A More Robust Michigan

Michigan Defense Center helps Michigan-based companies cash in on defense contracts.

Symbiotic Relationship

The defense industry and the automotive sector share a culture of innovation, R&D and leading-edge technologies.

Michigan Defense Center / Protect and Grow

The Michigan Defense Center is an operation of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation focused on the support, protection and growth of Michigan’s defense and homeland security missions and the Michigan businesses that support our nation’s security and our military’s safety.

The Michigan Defense Center is the State of Michigan’s lead voice on the defense and homeland security economy and guides the state’s policies and programs to protect and grow this important sector of the economy. The MDC acts as a liaison between the state and defense interests in the federal government, defense agencies, the defense industry, academia and the defense community and supporting organizations.

Nearly 4,000 Michigan businesses are currently serving the defense industry and there’s room for more. Companies are getting involved in a range of projects, including information technology solutions, construction services and generating energy-saving ideas that can be applied in the field.

Find out how the Michigan Defense Center can get you connected to these important business opportunities.

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Michigan Defense Center Resources

Protect & Grow

Michigan's National Security Profile


Michigan Engineers Solutions To Cyber Threats
Michigan companies are at the forefront of identifying and resolving global cybersecurity threats.

Dual Use

More Than Cars

Our reputation as the Motor Capital of the World goes well beyond the family sedan.


At The Forefront of R&D

Michigan has an abundance of R&D centers and highly qualified personnel.

Tech and Defense Communities

The Right Connection

We can connect your business with the defense industry and its $580+ billion budget.

DOD in Michigan

DoD Loves Michigan

Michigan’s defense economy is a multibillion industry, supporting over 100,000 jobs.