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The Michigan Defense Center | Arsenal of Innovation

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. The Michigan Defense Center has tools to help your Michigan business. Click through to find out more.

Michigan Defense Center Team

Vicki Selva

Vicki Selva

Executive Director

Vicki Selva is the Executive Director of the Michigan Defense Center and leads a robust team of professionals to Protect and Grow Michigan’s defense, defense aerospace and homeland security industries and missions.

Vicki has been managing budgets, developing programs and strategies for the Michigan Defense Center since 2013 in various roles and is a leader in reshaping the State’s efforts to protect and grow missions and industry in federal contracting sectors of the economy:

  • An Architect and Manager of the State of Michigan’s Protect & Grow Initiative; a strategy for Michigan’s defense assets, industry and community.
  • Federal Contract Bid Writing Services Program; Co-developed and implemented this tool for Michigan companies to begin federal contracting.
  • Strategic Communications; Develops the state’s messaging, marketing strategies and materials for Michigan’s defense sector.

Prior to taking a leadership role at the Michigan Defense Center, Vicki built her reputation working with defense entities, global, national and local companies and has developed many important relationships with key members of industry, government and academia through her decade long service with U.S. Senator and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin.

Vicki is a Board Member for the National Defense Industry Association- Michigan Chapter and has been appointed Michigan Representative to the NDIA National Policy Committee. Vicki is the Chairperson and Director for the Michigan Defense Exposition, a nationally recognized annual showcase of Michigan’s Army assets and supporting industries. Ms. Selva has also volunteered her time to mentor young professionals with the Women in Defense (WID) Association and is also a member of the Association of U.S. Army (AUSA).

Vicki Selva has been awarded the Macomb County Partnership Award, the NDIA Volunteer of the Year Award and is recipient of the 2017 Women in Defense/Crain’s Horizon Innovation Award. Nominations include the NDIA National Red Ball Express Award given to members of the defense community with expertise and a history of supporting tactical wheeled vehicles and the National Association of Defense Communities Annual Accomplishment Award.

Dustin Frigy

Dustin Frigy

Program Manager - Business Resources

Dustin Frigy is the Manager for the Business Resources Programs offered to Michigan companies and MEDC by the Michigan Defense Center. These programs directly assist Michigan companies in all stages of defense, defense aerospace and homeland security contracting and engagement.

Dustin has been involved with purchasing for more than 19 years in professional positions with the Federal Government, State of Michigan, and various local government agencies. Before his role with the Michigan Defense Center, he served as the Director of Defense Logistics Agency – Procurement Technical Assistance Center in mid-Michigan for over 12 years, where he led a team of Procurement Consultants helping regional businesses secure hundreds of millions of dollars in government contracts. Dustin holds a Bachelor of Business and Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan.

The Michigan Defense Center's Official Partnership Entities

The Michigan Defense Center has developed official Public Private Partnerships with entities around the state which multiplies the Center’s ability to assist companies and compete for DoD and DHS missions.