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Congress Supports the Foreign Military Sales Mission to Selfridge

After working with the Michigan Defense Center, members of Michigan’s congressional delegation wrote to Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara M. Barrett. On December 11, 2020, a letter was sent urging her to select Selfridge Air National Guard Base (ANGB) as the preferred location for the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) F-35 training mission and the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s F-16 training operations.  In all categories on the strategic basing scorecard, Selfridge ANGB outscores the other sites. 

This letter discussed the core Michigan advantages like Airfield, Airspace and Training Ranges, National All-Domain Warfighting Center (NADWC), Fight Operations Experience, Environmental Analysis, Optimal Weather, Community Support, and Freedom from Constraints.  To conclude the letter, an appendix was included to add the full Michigan Advantage document. 

To read the full letter:

Executive Director’s Note


As this challenging calendar year draws to a close, The Michigan Defense Center would like to thank our partners around the state for engaging in our meetings, collaborating on missions and promoting defense as an important sector of the state’s economy. 

We’d like to give a special shout-out to our partners at the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, a state cabinet level organization that encompasses Michigan Veteran Affairs, The VA hospitals and nursing facilities and the Michigan National Guard.  Throughout this year they have responded to Michigander’s needs tending to veterans’ medical challenges exacerbated by COVID-19 and have helped distribute food to the needy. They have been called on to work with state healthcare authorities and the DoD on plans to distribute vaccines all the while creating opportunities for innovation and growth under the Michigan National Guard. The Michigan Defense Center honors the service of our hometown heroes.

To say that the collaboration between The Michigan Defense Center and the Michigan National Guard is critical to Michigan’s Unity of Effort is an understatement.  Because the state has not designated this partnership by statute, it was imperative that the MDC and the DMVA incorporate each other into our strategic plans when forming our mission objectives. This partnership will continue to strengthen to provide success in the coming years.

This understanding lays the groundwork for mutual support when submitting proposals for new missions, developing joint projects and sharing resources and intel which has resulted in exciting new opportunities for the state! Today’s highlight article shares some of the many ways we are working together.

As always, let us know how we can assist you. Email us at

Vicki Selva
Executive Director
Michigan Defense Center

The Michigan Defense Center’s Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Progress Report highlights the partnership with the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

The MDC and DMVA synchronized their efforts in developing the state’s defense ecosystem by aligning their respective strategic plans in 2019. Nesting strategic objectives in each plan provides a shared understanding and sets conditions for powerful partnerships with elected leaders and members of the defense industry. The MDC and DMVA partnership increases resources and support for the DMVA while supporting the Governor’s priority of economic development in Michigan.

  • DMVA Strategic Objective 2.3: Partner with MDC to market DMVA assets, obtain new missions, and obtain additional resources.
  • MDC Strategic Objective 8: Partner with DMVA to Connect the Military Enterprise and Defense Industry

In 2020 the Michigan Defense Center continued their efforts in securing new missions in partnership with the DMVA. Increasing military missions creates more jobs and attracts companies to grow Michigan’s defense economy. The MDC and DMVA collaborated on the following initiatives:

  • Proposal to host the new Space Command Headquarters at Selfridge
    • Impact: increases military and DoD civilian jobs, and attracts companies in the space sector to the state

While the City of Sterling Heights was ultimately not selected for the Space Command Headquarters, the pursuit of that mission and the assets highlighted in the submission lets DoD and Space Force know that Michigan is collaborative, hungry for new missions and has the talent, industry and facilities to support DoD objectives. Partnering on such a large proposal has strengthened the relationship between the MDC and DMVA.  Michigan stands ready and is looking forward to pursuing more missions in the future.

  • Proposal to become the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) training site for F-16s and F-35s at Selfridge
    • Impact: increases military and DoD civilian jobs, and attracts companies in the defense aerospace sector to the state

This exciting mission is at the heart of Michigan’s pursuit of increased DoD investment. Partnering with DMVA to showcase Michigan to the Air Force continues to show our ability to help DoD meet their needs.

  • Established the Kelly Johnson All-Domain Innovation Center (KJADIC) at Selfridge ANG Base
    • Impact: facilitates collaboration between the military, industry, and academia to develop emerging technologies in the air, land, sea, and space domains

The MDC is proud to support this opportunity to engage industry, academia and the military to provide solutions to the most challenging problems. Stay tuned for more information as this mission launches!

Defense Contracts Awarded to Michigan Companies – November 2020

November 4, 2020

Altamira Technologies Corp., McLean, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0076); Amergint Technologies Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado (FA8612-21-D-0077); Carahsoft Technology Corp., Reston, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0078); Geosite Inc., Stanford, California (FA8612-21-D-0079); Lyteworx Automation Systems LLC, Alexandria, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0080); MarkLogic Corp., San Carlos, California (FA8612-21-D-0081); Rebellion Defense Inc., Washington, D.C. (FA8612-21-D-0082); Rhombus Power Inc., Moffett Field, California (FA8612-21-D-0083); Soar Technology Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan (FA8612-21-D-0084); Vidrovr Inc., New York, New York (FA8612-21-D-0085); Advanced Simulation Research Inc., Orlando, Florida (FA8612-21-D-0086); Borsight Inc., Ogden, Utah (FA8612-21-D-0087); Datanchor Inc., Columbus, Ohio (FA8612-21-D-0088); Digital Mobilizations Inc., Warrenton, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0089); EFW Inc., Fort Worth, Texas (FA8612-21-D-0090); F9 Teams Inc., Snohomish, Washington (FA8612-21-D-0091); Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., Reston, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0092); ); Infinity Labs LLC, Xenia, Ohio (FA8612-21-D-0093); Radiant Mission Solutions Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0095); Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Washington (FA8612-21-D-0096); Ortman Consulting LLC, Alexandria, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0097); Peraton Inc., Herndon, Virginia (FA8612-21-D-0098); R2 Space Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan (FA8612-21-D-0099); and Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada (FA8612-21-D-0100), have collectively been awarded $950,000,000 ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts to compete for future efforts associated with the maturation, demonstration and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software and algorithm development in order to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control.  These contracts provide for the development and operation of systems as a unified force across all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber and electromagnetic spectrum) in an open architecture family of systems that enables capabilities via multiple integrated platforms.  The locations of performance are to be determined at the contract direct order level and are expected to be complete by May 28, 2025.  These awards are the result of fair and open competition.  Initial deliver orders will be funded with fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds.  The Air Force Life Cycle Management, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

November 13, 2020

LOC Performance,* Plymouth, Michigan, was awarded a $76,078,977 firm-fixed-price contract for Bradley engineering change kits, spare parts kits and heavy-duty lifting slings.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work will be performed in Plymouth, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 7, 2023.  Fiscal 2021 weapons and tracked combat vehicle procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $76,078,977 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-21-F-0034).

November 16, 2020

General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $25,982,972 modification (P00004) to contract W56HZV-20-C-0031 to provide maintenance training and procedural technical assistance to the Kuwait Land Force.  Work will be performed in Kuwait City, Kuwait, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 5, 2023.  Fiscal 2010 Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $25,982,972 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

December Bid Opportunity of the Month

USAO Marquette Renovation Project

Contract Opportunity Type: Solicitation (Original)

Solicitation: 47PF0021R0012

The project is to renovate the 2nd floor at the United States Attorney’s Office. The renovation will include but is not limited to furniture demolition, removal of wall finishes, floor finishes and millwork. The renovation will include new carpet, resilient tile finishes, wall paint and wall covering, and millwork cabinets and counters.

View full opportunity here:  

Coordinating & Driving Unity of Effort Across the State of Michigan

—- Watch the Full Event Recording Here —–

The Michigan Defense Center would like to thank everyone who participated in the state’s strategic program, Protect & Grow Community Discussion – Year In Review, especially our partners at the Michigan National Guard, Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium (MUASC) and PTACs of Michigan for the work they do to support the Defense Industry here in Michigan.

On October 29, 2020, the Michigan Defense Center held a virtual Community Discussion to review the MDC Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Progress Report. Every quarter the MDC holds a Community Discussions to highlight the efforts of our partners that contribute to fulfilling the state’s strategic plan for the defense, aerospace, and homeland security economy.

In addition to the review of the Progress Report, MDC partners presented their current and future programs and efforts that are improving the ecosystem in Michigan.

This quarter’s presenters and highlights were:

Vicki Selva, Executive Director, Michigan Defense Center – Protect and Grow; the state’s strategic plan – Year In Review
MDC FY 2019-2020 Progress Report

  • Protect & Grow; the state’s strategic plan- key initiatives
  • MDC & DMVA Collaboration
  • Michigan’s Federal Success
    • Partnership with Michigan’s Congressional Delegation fueling new missions and projects
  • Industry Indicators
  • Direct Defense-Related Spending in Michigan
  • Resources for Michigan Companies
  • Strategic Communications & Outreach
    • Racking Up Engaged LinkedIn Followers
  • The Way Ahead: FY21 Programs

Brig Gen Bryan J. Teff, Assistant Adjutant General, Michigan Air National Guard – MI NG Pursuing New Missions

  • F-16 and F-35 Foreign Military Sales Mission Initiative
  • Kelly Johnson All-Domain Innovation Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • Space Command

Jim Makowske, CEO, Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium – P&G Innovation Around the State: Alpena

  • The mission of the MUASC is to foster a favorable environment for supporting the development of the unmanned vehicles supply chain and contributing to the accelerated growth of the industry for both the commercial and military sectors throughout the State of Michigan
  • Their vision is to provide unique capabilities to test and develop UAS and UAS related products in Michigan
  • Key Partners: Planet M, Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA), Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), and the Michigan Defense Center (MDC)

Dustin Frigy, Program Manager – Business Resources, Michigan Defense Center – MDC’s Cybersecurity Compliance Program

  • NIST 800-171, DFARS 252.204-7012, and CMMC
  • CMMC Advisory Committee
  • Digital & Phone Surveys for NIST Compliance
  • Cybersecurity Vendor Pre-Qualification Program
  • BTS Integration with Learning Module, Vendor Page
  • Program Roll-Out

Beth Cryderman-Moss, Program Director, Macomb Regional PTAC – PTACs of Michigan Update

  • PTACs of Michigan is a professional development organization that helps individual Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) throughout the state better serve their clients
  • PTACs of Michigan seeks to engage in collaborative relationships to find the WIN/WIN for the taxpayer (e.g. MOUs w/DAU and AUSA)
  • 2,508 Michigan firms were active with PTACs of Michigan in FY19-20 (1 Oct 19 – 30 Sept 20), resulted in a $409:$1 ROI
  • PTACs (nationally) will be playing a larger role in DoD’s Office of Industrial Policy

End of Meeting/Roundtable Chat

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“The MDC holds these quarterly stakeholder discussions because it is a great opportunity to share with everyone the kind of defense activities occurring around the state, and to coordinate efforts to make sure that everyone is rowing to the same beat; driving Unity of Effort!.” – Vicki Selva, Michigan Defense Center, Executive Director

As we partner with Michigan businesses small and large alike, we want you to know that we appreciate the time and focus you put into the work that you do and we are here to support you.  If you need support to get your business into the defense industry, please view 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. 

If you have any questions for the MDC team, please email us at

November Bid Opportunity of the Month

Occupational Health Services for USACE Detroit
This Request for Information (RFI) is now closed, but a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) will likely be published for this opportunity within the next 60 days.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) to determine a competitive basis for  Occupational Health Services  for district and area office locations within the USACE Detroit District Area of Responsibility (AOR).  This is not a solicitation.  No reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this Sources Sought posting. 
This notice is for market research purposes only.  Only contractors capable of performing this type of work should respond to this RFI notice.
The contemplated NAICS code for this action is 621498, All Other Outpatient Care Centers, with a SBA Size Standard of $22 Million in average annual receipts.
View full opportunity here:

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV)
Notice ID W56HZV15C0095P00307
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) – Pre-Solicitation Synopsis:
(1) Action Code: Pre-Solicitation Notice
           (2) Date: 15 October 2020
           (3) Year: 2020
           (4) Contracting Office ZIP Code: 48045-4940
           (5) Product or Service Code: 2355/2590
           (6) Contracting Office Address:      6501 East 11 Mile Road
Detroit Arsenal, MI 48397-5000
           (7) Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV)
           (8) Proposed Solicitation Number: RFP Number 0095-P00307
           (9) Closing Response Date: 30 October 2020
           (10) Contact Point or Contracting Officer:
Karl Boedecker (Contract Specialist) karl.j.boedecker.civ@mail; and
Christopher Valevich (Contracting Officer)
View full opportunity here: 

Polaris GWAC Request for Information
Notice ID 47QTCB21N0001
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is seeking feedback from small businesses in relation to the upcoming Polaris Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). Polaris will be GSA’s new small business GWAC, enabling the federal government to obtain customized IT solutions from highly qualified small businesses. GSA has developed the following electronic survey to gauge the capabilities present in the small business IT community and their alignment with customer agency requirements.
GSA invites small business IT service providers to complete the survey available at:  
The electronic survey will remain open through 5:00 p.m. Central Time on October 30, 2020. Any questions relating to this RFI should be directed to
GSA also invites interested parties to join the Small Business GWAC Community of Interest on GSA Interact at:
View full opportunity here:

Defense Contracts Awarded to Michigan Companies- October 2020

Congratulations to Michigan Companies Thriving in Defense Contracting!

The State of Michigan recognizes the effort it takes to compete for defense contracts and the benefits they bring to Michigan companies, the state economy, and our national security.

October 5, 2020
General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded an $11,949,962 modification (P00118) to contract W56HZV-17-C-0067 for Abrams systems technical support.  Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2022.  Fiscal 2019 weapons and tracked combat vehicle procurement (Army) funds; and 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Morocco) funds in the amount of $11,949,962 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

October 13, 2020
Spence Brothers, Saginaw, Michigan, was awarded a $19,304,000 firm-fixed-price contract to modify the Union Street Dam and a bi-directional fish passage.  Bids were solicited via the internet with five received.  Work will be performed in Traverse City, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 2, 2024.  Fiscal 2021 Great Lakes Fishery Commission funds in the amount of $19,304,000 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W911XK-21-C-0001).

October 14, 2020
General Dynamics Land Systems Inc., Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $12,076,618 modification (P00013) to contract W56HZV-19-C-0062 for Utility Bus Interface Modules.  Work will be performed in Tallahassee, Florida, with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2021.  Fiscal 2021 revolving funds in the amount of $12,076,618 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

October 28, 2020
Megan-PCI JV LLC, Dayton, Ohio (FA8601-21-D-0002); CPM-AWA LLC, Dayton, Ohio (FA8601-21-D-0003); Peak Runge Co. JV, Port Clinton, Ohio (FA8601-21-D-0004); John Cecil Construction Co., Columbus, Ohio (FA8601-21-D-0005); NISOU LGC JV LLC, Detroit, Michigan (FA8601-21-D-0006); CAM Management and Services, Dayton, Ohio (FA8601-21-D-0007); Pontiac Drywall Systems Inc., Pontiac, Michigan (FA8601-21-D-0008); OAC Action Construction, Miami, Florida (FA8601-21-D0009); Butt Construction Co., Dayton, Ohio (FA8601-21-D-0010); Dawn Inc., Warren, Ohio (FA8601-21-D-0011); A&H Ambica JV LLC, Livonia, Michigan (FA8601-21-D-0012); and Pinnacle Construction & Development, Independence, Ohio (FA8601-21-D-0013), have been awarded a $247,000,000 multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for construction projects.  Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is expected to be completed Aug. 31, 2025.  These awards are the result of a competitive acquisition and 21 offers were received.  Fiscal 2021 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,500 are being obligated to each contractor at the time of award.  The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

October 30, 2020
Avfuel Corp., Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been awarded a $9,610,200 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for jet fuel.  This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received.  This is an 18-month contract with one six-month option period.  Locations of performance are California and Michigan, with a May 31, 2022, performance completion date.  Using customer is Air National Guard.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2021 through 2022 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Virginia (SPE605-21-D-4500).

Michigan National Guard Unveils Kelly Johnson Joint All-Domain Innovation Center

The Michigan Defense Center is proud to partner with the Michigan National Guard in standing up the Kelly Johnson All Domain Innovation Center (KJADIC) at Selfridge ANG Base. On September 11, 2020 Michigan’s government, military and defense industry leaders including Lt Gov Garlin Gilchrist, MG Paul Rogers, Vicki Selva and Mr. Jeff Langhout participated in the official ribbon cutting for this new facility.

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – Lt. Governor Gilchrist joined ranking members of the Michigan National Guard and the Michigan Defense Center for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the Kelly Johnson Joint All-Domain Innovation Center at Selfridge Research Park.

“Michigan continues to bring together the greatest academic, commercial and military minds to develop new ways of protecting our service members and securing our nation,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “The Kelly Johnson Join All-Domain Innovation Center will allow the Michigan National Guard and our partners in the private sector to build upon their strong reputations of innovation to further push the boundaries of what is possible in pursuit of our national defense.”

The ceremony marks an important milestone as Michigan continues to draw attention from Department of Defense decision makers as a thought leader, piloting future capabilities and providing unrivaled training opportunities that leverage Michigan’s unique blend of geography, people, and technology-based industry.

“The purpose of the Kelly Johnson Joint All-Domain Innovation Center is to provide opportunities (and a location) for all military members, government, and industry professionals to research, problem solve, and collaborate in direct support of state, national, and Michigan leadership objectives,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

“Included in the State of Michigan’s strategic plan, Protect and Grow, this Military Innovation Center will be an asset to the eco-system in bringing industry, innovators and the Department of Defense together to solve national defense challenges. The Michigan Defense Center is pleased to partner with the Michigan National Guard to create these opportunities.” Said Michigan Defense Center Executive Director, Vicki Selva.

The innovation center has been named in tribute to Michigan native Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, Lockheed’s master aeronautical engineer, who contributed to the successful design of dozens of U.S. military aircraft including the F-80 Shooting Star, the U-2 Dragon Lady, and the SR-71 Blackbird.

Michigan has long been an engine for innovation within the Department of Defense. Michigan’s close ties to the defense industry date back to World War II and the “Arsenal of Democracy.” The Kelly Johnson Joint All-Domain Innovation Center will link this proven track record with future initiatives to defend the air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace warfighting domains.

Excerpts from the Michigan National Guard

Uncle Sam wants to do Business With You!

Are you a Michigan small, minority owned business? Learn how more Michigan companies are getting defense contract opportunities.

Defense Small and Minority-owned Business Roundtable

In a diverse state like Michigan with thousands of companies engaged in direct federal contracting or supplying goods and services to the government, you would think that there would be hundreds of companies benefiting from set asides for small and minority owned contractors. But, that is simply not the case.

Turns out that Michigan has only 73 companies certified 8A, and so, on Friday September 18, the Michigan Defense Center began a conversation with business leaders and associations representing the hundreds of minority businesses in the state to figure out how we can assist companies in deriving benefit from this government program.

The roundtable participants heard opening remarks from Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence. Participants included Marie Gapinski- U.S. Army Office of Small Business Associate Director, Jeanne Schabath-Lewis – General Dynamics Land Systems Supply Chain Manager, Thomas Vargo – U.S. Small Business Administration Lead Business Opportunity Specialist, Jim Foucher – RBV Contracting Vice President, Vicki Selva-Executive Director, Dustin Frigy-Resource Program Manager, both from the Michigan Defense Center.

Participation from business organizations included Wayne County Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Area Black Business (GRABB), Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Goldman Sachs 10k SB, Gun Lake Tribe, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council, SBDC Region Directors, The Right Place Inc., Lakeshore Steel Works, Lakeshore Advantage, Resolute Education Solutions, and Infinite Technologies LLC.

Great discussions and suggestions about how to increase company awareness and interest in seeking certification as well as adding value to the federal program were shared.

To keep this conversation going and to develop a strategy to get more Michigan companies certified, the MDC will schedule a follow up meeting to take place in January 2021. 

Stay tuned for the developments on how Michigan will increase the accessibility of the 8(a) Certification program. If you are part of a business organization representing small and minority owned businesses in Michigan and would like to join the conversation, please contact Callie Oppertshauser, MDC’s Communications Specialist.

If your company is interested in seeking 8(a) certification, visit the Michigan Small Business Administration.  For resources, contact your local PTAC.