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September’s Highlight Article: Subcontract with Michigan Prime Contractors

Subcontractor Resources – From the Michigan Defense Center’s Online Resource Guide
The easiest way to enter the federal supply chain is to become a Subcontractor where you provide goods and services to companies that already have contracts with the federal government. Here are some resources to help you get connected with these Prime Contractors.

Register Your Company with Prime Contractors

Some large Michigan companies that regularly do business directly with the government have offices that actively seek suppliers. Below are information and links to these companies where you can learn more about their processes and register your business:

General Dynamics Land Systems, headquartered in Sterling Heights, is a global leader in manufacture of tracked and wheeled military vehicles. The Abrams main battle tank, the family of Stryker and LAV wheeled combat vehicles, and the AJAX armored fighting vehicles are at the heart of Land Systems’ military vehicle platforms. For more information and to register as a supplier go to:

BAE Systems, Inc. is an international defense, aerospace and security company that delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. The company’s combat vehicle headquarters is located in Sterling Heights. To register as a supplier go to:

Oshkosh Corporation is an American industrial company that designs and builds specialty trucks, military vehicles, truck bodies, airport fire apparatus and access equipment. Located in Warren, Oshkosh Defense is a global leader in the design, production and sustainment of tactical military vehicles and mobility systems. For more information and to become part of the Oshkosh Supplier Network, go to:

DoD Mentor-Protégé Program (MMP)
The DoD Office of Small Business Programs operates a mentor-protégé program (MMP) to help eligible small businesses develop technical capabilities and expand their footprint in the military supply chain. At the same time mentor firms use the MPP to fill unique niches and as part of their sourcing plans.  As a result small businesses and larger companies are able to partner to form winning relationships with each other and the DoD. Under the program protégé firms have added about 13 new full-time employees to their payroll and earned $7.3 million in additional revenue for each year of participation. Mentor companies receive reimbursement for costs associated with developmental assistance or credit toward small disadvantaged business goals. For more information and eligibility requirements go to

U.S. Army Tank-automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM)
TACOM unites a community of Army organizations into an “enterprise” that focuses on soldier and ground systems throughout the entire acquisition life cycle of those systems from concept development, engineering and manufacturing development, production and deployment, operations and support, and disposal. The TACOM enterprise community consists of Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) organizations as well as contracting support. TACOM has several long term contracts with many prime contractors and can provide contact information with basic contract information for subcontracting opportunities. Please email a message to to request the list.

Reverse Engineering Projects for Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS)
DMSMS is the loss of resources and material needed to build, maintain and operate warfighting equipment. In recent years, the U.S. Defense Industry has shifted its focus from producing new weapons, vehicles and other defense systems to sustaining existing systems. However, many of the original suppliers and manufacturers of the various parts that make up these systems are no longer in business or have ceased to supply needed parts.

In cases where the original supplier or manufacturer of a part needed by US Armed Forces is no longer in business, the technical data needed to continue manufacturing that part is often lost or is only available at a high price. In these cases, Automation Alley can identify companies that are capable of reverse engineering the parts and developing a corresponding technical data package and prototype. Automation Alley has a current contract with the Army Contracting Command – Warren for dealing with obsolescence and DMSMS issues. The contract is available to all services, other government agencies (both U.S. and non-U.S.), and customer organizations throughout the Department of Defense (DoD).

If your company is interested in a reverse engineering DMSMS project, please contact us at

Download the full version of the Online Resource Guide Here.

September Bid Opportunity of the Month

Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) Prototype Vehicle (PV)
The Government intends to issue an initial draft Request for Prototype Proposal (RPP) for the Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) Prototype Vehicle (PV) Project on approximately August 31, 2020.
The intent of this project is to pursue the development and acquisition of the Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) Prototype Vehicle (PV) for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The ARV PV is envisioned as a next generation platform with a combination of capabilities that will enable Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) battalions to function as a battlefield manager.  
The Government anticipates making up to four (4) awards for ARV PVs as a result of the final RPP. The awardees will deliver a prototype ARV for testing/evaluation by the Government per award. The anticipated Follow-on Production funding is currently estimated at $1.8B – $6.2B over five (5) years.

Landscaping Services, Grand Haven, Michigan (Sources Sought)
Agency: Department of Defense
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District is seeking firms that can provide Landscaping Services at our area office in Grand Haven, Michigan. The site is located on the Government owned property along the Grand River channel in Grand Haven MI. Interested and qualified companies are encouraged to respond. This is NOT a solicitation. This Sources Sought announcement is for planning and market research purposes only.

Upgrade HVAC Systems in Various Buildings, Battle Creek, Michigan (Pre-Solicitation)
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Contractor shall furnish all labor, material, equipment, supervision, As-Built Documentation, and all other related information to Upgrade HVAC Systems in Various Buildings at the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek. This announcement is a 100% Set Aside for Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB).

Industry Engagement for Construction of New Soo Lock Chamber (Industry Event)
Agency: Department of Defense
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District, is conducting a series of Industry Engagement events from 1 Oct 2020 through 8 Oct 2020 to seek feedback from potential contractors on the New Lock at the Soo Chamber construction at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The intent is for USACE to share the 70% plans with contractors (28 Aug 2020), present an Overview of Chamber Design webinar (1 Oct 2020), conduct an Industry Site Visit (6 Oct 2020), and meet individually with contractors to gain feedback from a contractor perspective towards clarity and constructability of the current plan (6 ‐ 8 Oct).

Defense Contracts Awarded to Michigan Companies – August 2020

Congratulations from the State of Michigan to the businesses highlighted below who were awarded DoD contracts in the month of August 2020! We recognize the effort it takes to compete for defense contracts and the benefits they bring to Michigan companies, the state economy, and our national security.

August 3, 2020
Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc.,* Grand Rapids, Michigan, was awarded a $160,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for domestic aseptic fill and finish manufacturing capacity for critical vaccines and therapeutics in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work will be performed in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 2, 2021.  Fiscal 2020 Health and Human Services funds in the amount of $160,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QY-20-C-0086).

August 10, 2020
General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $428,229,970 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the field level maintenance, field service representative support, contingency maintenance support, new equipment training and total package fielding for the family of Stryker vehicles. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-20-D-0075).

August 14, 2020
Morrish-Walace Construction Inc.,* Cheboygan, Michigan, was awarded a $7,276,650 firm-fixed-price contract to replace the mechanical drive system, excluding the motor, used to operate the four filling and emptying tainter valves on the MacArthur Lock.  Bids were solicited via the internet with four received.  Work will be performed in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2022.  Fiscal 2020 civil construction funds in the amount of $7,276,650 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W911XK-20-C-0020).

August 25, 2020
SeaLandAire Technologies Inc.,* Jackson, Michigan, is awarded a $9,706,013 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N68335-20-F-0456) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N68335-20-G-1049.  This order provides for continued advanced technology research and development efforts for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) products for airborne anti-submarine warfare systems under SBIR topic N010-014 titled, “High Gain Array of Velocity Sensors.”  Further development and research efforts will include systems engineering, modeling and analyses, measurement of target and environment data, architecture, fabrication, installation, test, maintenance, aircrew training and procurement activities.  Additionally, this order provides engineering services for prototyping and delivery of 36 digital directional frequency analysis and reporting vertical line array sonobuoys in order to transfer this SBIR technology to the UnderSea Advantage Next Generation Multistatic Active Coherent system.  Work will be performed in Jackson, Michigan (90%); Columbia City, Indiana (5%); and Key West, Florida (5%), and is expected to be completed in August 2025.  Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $370,770 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

Construction Helicopters Inc., Howell, Michigan, has been awarded a $168,759,265 modification (P00010) to contract HTC711-17-D-R016 for continued rotary wing airlift support within the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility.  The option period of performance is from Sept. 1, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2021.  Funds were not obligated at award.  This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $653,647,312 from $484,888,047.  U.S. Transportation Command, Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

Nora Contracting LLC,* Detroit, Michigan, was awarded a $10,576,854 firm-fixed-price contract to construct a columbarium for the Veterans Administration (VA) at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.  Bids were solicited via the internet with two received.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 26, 2022.  Fiscal 2019 and 2020 VA construction funds in the amount of $10,576,854 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, Kentucky, is the contracting activity (W912QR-20-C-0033).

August 27, 2020
Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan (W911SR-20-D-0001); and Canadian Commercial Corp., Ottawa, Canada (W911SR-20-D-0002), will compete for each order of the $127,200,000 firm-fixed-price contract to qualify and procure M61 canisters for the Joint Service General Purpose Mask. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 26, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

August 28, 2020
AMG Engineering & Machining Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana (SPE4A7-20-D-0363, $17,236,056); and Janel’s Industries Inc., Dowagiac, Michigan (SPE4A7-20-D-0362, $13,155,156), have each been awarded a maximum firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract under solicitation SPE4A7-20-R-0032 for aircraft structural fittings.  This was a competitive acquisition using justification 15 U.S. Code 657f, as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.206.  This is a five-year contract with no option periods.  Locations of performance are Michigan, Florida and Indiana, with an Aug. 28, 2025, performance completion date.  Using military service is Air Force.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2020 through 2025 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Richmond, Virginia.

Michigan company J.F Ryba Marine Construction Co. has been awarded $7,276,650 to replace the tainter valves for the MacArthur Lock at the Soo Locks. Read the MLive article published on August 25, 2020 for more details.

August 31, 2020
Beaver Aerospace & Defense Inc., Livonia, Michigan, has been awarded a $14,658,882 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for sustainment of the Fast Rising B-Plug components.  This contract provides for remanufacture, shipping, testing and packaging for the Fast Rising B-Plug components used for the Fast Rising B-Plug program by the Air Force.  Work will be performed in Livonia, Michigan, and is expected to be completed Aug. 26, 2025.  This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.  Fiscal 2020 working capital funds in the amount of $34,255 are being obligated at the time of award.  Air Force Material Command, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8206-20-D-0001).

(*Small Business)


These 3 steps that are listed below have been pulled out of the MDC Online Resource Guide.

The Michigan Defense Center created the resource guide for Michigan companies and innovators who are interested in doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The purpose of the guide is to provide information on the various organizations, tools and other resources available locally and at the state or national level that can help you win federal contracts. These resources are free or available at a low cost for Michigan companies.

Why Get Into Defense Contracting?
• Diversify your portfolio to reduce risk and weather economic downturns
• Create opportunities for steady work and revenue
• Defense, defense aerospace and homeland security cross over into every industry
• Grow your business

Getting Started
There are three main paths to get into defense contracting. Perhaps the easiest way to enter the federal supply chain is to become a Subcontractor where you provide your goods or services to a company that already has a contract with the federal government. If you have an innovative idea that you would like to develop, prototype or produce, you can get a federal contract through Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs). Finally, you can become part of the federal supply chain by providing your goods or services directly to the federal government as a Prime Contractor. Whatever path you take to win a federal contract or become part of the federal supply chain, you must first do the following things:

  1. Register your company with the U.S. government through the System for Award Management (SAM) at SAM is a federal government-owned and operated website that allows companies to register and do business with the U.S. government. You must complete your SAM registration in order to bid on federal contracts, work as a federal contractor, or apply for federal grants.
  2. You also need to comply with NIST 800-171, a federal cybersecurity requirement. This requirement ensures that government contractors are able to protect the confidentiality of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Contact your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at or the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) at to receive assistance with NIST compliance.
  3. Connect with your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at to receive free or low-cost support for entering the federal supply chain such as individualized business counseling, training, registration and certifications, bid proposals, and matchmaking.

The Michigan Defense Center, an operation of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), is the lead voice for Michigan’s defense and homeland security economy. It has galvanized 34 academic institutions and local, state, and economic development organizations to become partners in protecting and growing the defense assets and industry in the state. To date, the Michigan Defense Center has distributed $6.5 million in grants to these partners and small businesses in Michigan including the Upper Peninsula. The tools and resources that the Michigan Defense Center has developed to assist Michigan businesses such as the Bid Targeting System (BTS) and Proposal Writing Services (PWS) has resulted in 400 new Michigan small businesses becoming engaged in the defense industry, and winning $500 million in contracts.

Download the full version of the Online Resource Guide Here.

Bid Opportunity of the Month- August 2020

Furniture Installation and Transportation
Department of Veterans Affairs – Sources Sought

Solicitation: 36C25020Q0951
Primary NAICS Code: 484210 – Used Household and Office Goods Moving
Status: REQUST FOR INFORMATION ONLY – Base+4 – 10/01/2020-09/30/2025
Summary: ***THIS IS A REQUST FOR INFORMATION ONLY*** Furniture Relocation/Installation Please complete the Vendor Information Document and email to NLT Noon 08/04/2020. No phone calls shall be received. The Department of Veterans Affairs, Network Contracting Office 10, 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, Lobby M, Suite 2200, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, is seeking contractors who can provide all parts and hardware (including toggles, zip ties and related installation equipment), labor, on-site supervision, uniforms and identification, equipment, tools, transportation, supplies, and materials necessary to perform all tasks related to the transportation of furniture/equipment, installation/de-installation, reconfiguration of all government owned new and used freestanding, wall mounted and modular furniture for the following locations: Clinic: Location: Pontiac CBOC 44200 Woodward Ave., Suite 208, Pontiac MI 48341 Detroit Warehouse 8747 Brandt Street, Dearborn, MI., 48126 Piquette Square HPACT 301 Piquette Street, Detroit, MI, 48202 Detroit VET Center 4161 Cass, Detroit MI 48201 Dearborn VET Center 19855 West Outer Drive, Dearborn MI., 48127 Pontiac VET Center 44200 Woodward Ave., Suite 108, Pontiac MI 48341
View full opportunity here:

Architect Engineering and Design Services
Department of Defense – Pre-solicitation
Solicitation: W911XK20R0005
Primary NAICS Code: 541330 – Engineering Services
Status: Partial Small Business Set-Aside
View full opportunity here:

Search more opportunities at

Michigan Defense Center Proposal Writing Services Grant Recipient

In Fall 2019 KEO and Associates, Inc. were approved for the Proposal Writing Services (PWS) grant, which they used to hire one of the PWS pre-qualified proposal writers, JetCo Solutions, to develop and submit their federal contract proposal. 

In March 2020 they were awarded a GSA Schedule contract to sell their services to the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies.

KEO and Associates, Inc. was founded in 1994 to provide General Contracting, Construction Management, Design-Build and Construction Technical Services.

The Michigan Defense Center would like to Congratulate KEO and Associates, Inc. on their success!

To learn more about KEO and Associates, Inc., visit their website at

Your company can apply for Proposal Writing Services grant funding to hire a professional proposal writer to pursue a federal contract too!

Visit to sign up for a free Bid Targeting System (BTS) account and apply for grant funding today.

Email for more information.

From the Executive Director Vicki Selva – July 2020

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”


I confess, I don’t know much about Antoine de Saint-Exupe’ry, but, I believe in his admonition that a team can talk about lofty goals, what should, could be done, but, there must be a plan to engage supporters and partners and keep the train moving on the tracks.

It is with this understanding that the Michigan Defense Center created the state’s first strategic plan in 2016, Protect and Grow.

The first thing that had to happen to move Michigan forward was to coordinate all of the agencies and high level decision-makers that touched all of the different components of defense in Michigan.

By creating a clear and prioritized path, state and federal leaders, regional and industry stakeholders were willing and able to support the state’s defense effort which included state funding.

This also allowed us the ability to coordinate federal resources and grants and created a great ROI for Michigan.

The next step was to build a network of stakeholders and partners around the state that would help us in building the recognition this sector deserves and to create the grass root effort in every part of the state. To do this, MDC developed the Defense Community Grant and offered funding for each economic region to identify and work with their companies, colleges and local leaders to create the eco-system that would allow defense companies and R&D to thrive.

These grants continue now as we support financially and work with partners in Mt. Pleasant, Wayne County, National Guard and others to build their local activities that fall under the MDC’s State of Michigan Protect and Grow 2.0 Initiative.

These efforts and the ground work that has been laid over the last 4 years has led to a significant rise in return on investment and in economic numbers.

The importance of unity of effort and partnerships together with a well thought out strategy cannot be understated–or underestimated.

In this edition of the Michigan Defense Center communication, you will be able to dive into the strategic plan, hear more about the implementation projects undertaken by the Michigan Defense Center and our partners around the state and how these projects and programs can assist and benefit your work.

We have determined that a comprehensive and executed strategic plan is a must for success…and, in the end the goal is to support Michigan’s defense companies, missions and community.

If you need support to increase your defense portfolio or are just beginning to consider defense as a business strategy, please check out our Online Resource Guide that lays out the steps to get you started. 

In addition to the Resource Guide, we encourage you to register your business on the Bid Targeting System (BTS).  BTS was developed by MDC exclusively for Michigan companies to provide business intelligence support that help companies better assess which contracting opportunities to pursue, as well as keep track of the status of current and past bids. 

We are proud to serve the men and women who wear our nation’s uniform and those of you who support our armed services with the tools and services they need to do their jobs safely. As always,contact the MDC team with question or comments at

Vicki Selva

Bid Opportunity of the Month- July 2020

A pre-solicitation notice has been released by the government for an 8(a) set-aside contract worth up to $50 billion. The notice is for computer design system services, and the government is requesting proposals for a tailored solution.

The Michigan Defense Center has several programs that can assist qualified Michigan companies compete for this contract, you may even qualify for a Michigan Defense Center  grant to help you hire a pre-qualified professional proposal writer to work with you as you develop a winning bid.

You can apply for grant funding with a free Bid Targeting System (BTS) account at
You can find the opportunity details below.

Pre-solicitation Notice for the 8(a) STARS III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC)

  • Notice ID: 47QTCB20R0005
  • NAICS Code: 541512 – Computer Systems Design Services
  • Set-Aside: 8(a) Companies
  • Estimated Value: Ceiling value of $50 billion
  • Description: The Government is requesting proposals for the next generation 8(a) Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). GWAC is an information technology (IT) contract and concentrates on IT services and IT services-based solutions. Read more.

Supporting Michigan’s Defense Communities

As part of its mission and Protect & Grow 2.0 strategy, the Michigan Defense Center supports the state’s defense communities to increase military value, readiness and quality of life. Most recently, the MDC worked with the Michigan National Guard, their host communities and military installations throughout the state to pursue federal grants for infrastructure projects that impact military installations, military personnel and their families. As a result, on June 26 the City of Alpena and the City of Grayling submitted federal grant proposals to improve infrastructure under the Defense Communities Infrastructure Program (DCIP).

The City of Alpena submitted a grant proposal to improve the water plant, which provides all of the water used by the city and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC). The city also submitted a proposal for the development of the Maritime Heritage Waterfront Park that will provide recreation and improve quality of life for the residents as well as the men and women serving the nation at the Alpena Training Center.

In the City of Grayling, home to the Michigan National Guard All Domain Joint Training Center, the Michigan Defense Center assisted community leaders in submitting a proposal to develop a trailhead for better and safer access to a popular trail that provides recreation and fitness opportunities for the community as well as those at the installation. The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is scheduled to announce grant awards in September.

The Michigan Defense Center is proud to support our military communities by introducing them to federal opportunities and providing resources and funding to strengthen our community partners.

Stakeholders, Lawmakers and Experts Talk Defense in Michigan

On June 18, 2020 the Michigan Defense Center (MDC) held a virtual Community Discussion on the state of Michigan’s Protect and Grow 2.0 Defense Strategic Plan.  Protect and Grow Strategy meetings are held on the quarter and are always well attended by military leaders and staff, Legislators and staff, industry, academia and stakeholders. The P&G 2.0 Community Discussions will highlight the efforts of partners from around the state that contribute to fulfilling the state’s strategic plan for the defense, aerospace, and homeland security economy.

During the meeting, MDC Executive Director, Vicki Selva, announced the new impressive 2019 economic impact numbers for the state of Michigan:

“Since we implemented Protect and Grow in 2016, Michigan has been experiencing unprecedented growth in contracts, gross regional product and employment numbers associated with the DoD and DHS.” Said Selva. “Although it is hard to predict what 2020 numbers will look like, we don’t expect to see the same type of economic devastation in this sector that other parts of the economy will experience as defense was an essential service, the federal defense dollars continue to flow during this crisis and Michigan companies will benefit from the re-shoring efforts that will now take place.”

  • 14,270 Michigan Companies Registered to do Defense
  • 155,000 defense-related jobs
  • $12.7 Billion in Personal Income
  • $13.4 Billion in Gross Regional Product
  • $24 Billion in overall Activity for Defense in Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer kicked off the meeting with her remarks to the Defense Industry here in Michigan.  State Senator MacDonald followed to share the progress his Legislative Defense Caucus is making to support P&G 2.0 and the Associations that make up an important part of the state’s stakeholders.

The MDC would like to thank Governor Whitmer, State Senator MacDonald, MG Rogers and all of the other partners for their support of Michigan’s Defense Community and the Michigan Defense Center. 

With over 130 partners and businesses registered for the event, The MDC was able to share the ongoing projects our partners are implementing to strengthen the state. A Q&A break out session following the event hosted more than 25 participants who engaged directly with the presenters and MDC experts in congressional and Pentagon actions and economic impact.

If you would like to watch the meeting to learn about these projects, click here.

This quarter’s presenters and highlights:
Vicki Selva, Executive Director, Michigan Defense Center
—Protect and Grow 2.0 Briefing, program, and project announcements
Dustin Frigy, Resource Program Manager
—Announcement: Cybersecurity Compliance Program
Major General Paul D. Rogers, Adjutant General, Michigan National Guard
—The future of the Michigan National Guard
Cynthia Hutchison, Vice President, Automation Alley
—Industry 4.0 and the “New Normal”
Jim McBryde, President and CEO, Middle Michigan Development Corporation
—Industry 4.0 Rapid Response, Workforce Development Pilot Projects for Defense
Vicky Rad, Director, Department of Planning and Economic Development
—Macomb County Robotics Collaboration and Innovation Center

“We are builders and makers, and pivot to defense during this time with COVID” – Jim McBryde, President and CEO, Middle Michigan Development Corporation