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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

The Michigan Defense Center congratulates the following Michigan companies on their DoD Contract Awards!

Company/Location:  Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan
What the contract is for:  Joint Service General Purpose Mask systems and spare components for the Army
Contract amount:  $49,621,502
Estimated completion date:  June 22, 2025

Since the 1920’s, Avon Protection Systems has been a world leader in manufacturing respiratory protective equipment.

With the contract estimated completion date of June 2025, Avon is able to see the next five years of production.  In response to COVID-19, manufacturing masks at Avon Protection Systems doesn’t expect to decrease anytime soon.
Learn more about Avon Protection Systems Here

Company/Location:  GM Defense LLC, Detroit, Michigan
What the contract is for:  Infantry Squad Vehicle, installation kits, ancillary hardware and logistical support
Contract amount:  $214,297,869
Estimated completion date:  June 24, 2028

Company/Location:  GM Defense LLC, Detroit, Michigan
What the contract is for:  Infantry Squad Vehicles and integrated product support
Contract amount:  $8,580,666
Estimated completion date:  June 24, 2021

The GM Defense ISV is built utilizing 90% of the commercial off-the-shelf parts for the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck platform.  The ISV can deliver what the Army needs with its occupant and cargo superstructure that is powered by 186-horsepower, 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine, and six-speed automatic transmission.

“GM Defense is driving the future of military mobility by leveraging the best-in-class capabilities of General Motors for unmatched innovation, proven performance and breakthrough life-cycle economics.” GM Defense

To learn more about this award, read GM Defense’s Press Release from June 27, 2020 here.
Learn More About GM Defense Here

From the Executive Director Vicki Selva – June 2020


Opportunities are the theme for this month’s newsletter! We all have been struggling to stay safe, and stay solvent simultaneously through these trying times. But, now is the time to begin to look forward in our businesses and develop new strategies, seek out new customers and create new revenue streams,  and we hope the information in this communication will help.

On the right you will see that each month we leverage our Bid Targeting System (BTS) to highlight hot or new bid opportunities that fit into the capabilities of Michigan companies. We urge you to bid on these or other posted contracts that can be found in the BTS. Speaking of which, if you want to see how contracting officers score your company using publicly accessible information, sign up for the BTS webinar to learn how to utilize that information and the contract offerings  that match your company’s capabilities.

Also, in this edition we’ll recap the NDIA Michigan Defense Exposition (MDEX) and the Advanced Program Briefings to Industry presented by every buying organization at the U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal held on May 20 and 21st. Because of the current COVID crisis, this newly renovated opportunities conference had to undergo even more changes to become a virtual event in only 3 weeks—but the great NDIA leadership and MDEX committee pulled it off, building a brand new web platform that showcased 60 Army speakers, defense exhibitors and sponsors, and even creatively  offered direct engagement between attendees, presenters and colleagues. Take a look at the article about V-MDEX and stop by to access recordings of the presentations and Army slide decks that will help you position your company to do business with Army Contracting Command, PEO CS&CSS, PEO GCS, Army Futures Command and GVSC for the next several years.

And if you need some help understanding how to capitalize on all of these opportunities, check in with your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTACs of Michigan) who have a video on the MDEX site to guide you in federal contracting.

Finally, we’ll look at the big picture opportunities presented to Michigan in our pursuit of recognition for the assets, talent and capabilities here in the state. Our design and engineering, R&D, and manufacturing is unmatched anywhere in the world, and the opportunities for the state and our companies in defense, defense aerospace and homeland security are boundless. This is why in 2016, the Michigan Defense Center initiated the first Protect & Grow strategic report that created a structure for the state to grow this sector. Last fall we undertook a comprehensive look at the state and matched our strengths to national security needs in a new version of the strategic plan and produced Protect and Grow 2.0. Please give it a read to better understand the role that you and your company or organization can play in Michigan’s success as we strive to provide opportunities to protect and grow our defense missions and industries.

As always, reach out and let us know what you’re working on and if this information is helpful to you!

Vicki Selva

Read Protect and Grow 2.0 Strategic Strategy Here

Meeting DoD contract requirements – NIST SP 800-171 Self Certification

The Michigan Defense Center is the state of Michigan office tasked to protect and grow the state’s defense, defense aerospace missions and industries.

Part of what we do is offer programs, resources and grants to assist Michigan companies navigate the complexities of defense/federal contracting.

One of the most daunting regulations facing Michigan defense and supply chain business are the new federal cybersecurity requirements that need to be met to keep your contracts or to pursue new defense business. The Michigan Defense Center is building a program that we think will help by standardizing the initial costs and the regulation process to make it easier for you to become compliant.

However, first we need your help to understand how these regulations are affecting you and where we can best add value. The need to make our companies and computer systems secure from hackers and other bad actors is understandable, but we know that the regulations to do so can be burdensome.

To better understand where Michigan companies currently stand with cybersecurity compliance, the Michigan Defense Center will be sending out a cybersecurity survey to federal contractors in June. Your answers will help in creating resources and opportunities for your business to remain competitive in the Defense Industry. We will follow up with you in the coming months to invite you to learn more about the programs we will be offering.

NDIA-MI Virtual Michigan Defense Exposition


Vicki Selva, VMDEX Event Chairperson, NDIA Board Director
National Defense Industrial Association Michigan (NDIA-Michigan) 
(586) 243-6810   

May 22, 2020

NDIA-MI Virtual Michigan Defense Exposition
In the face of adversity, MDEX goes Virtual!

STERLING HEIGHTS, MICHIGAN – For the past eleven years, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) of Michigan has hosted the Michigan Defense Exposition (MDEX) in Macomb County Michigan. MDEX 2020 was the first year this exposition partnered with all of the organizations at the Detroit Arsenal to create the Detroit Arsenal Opportunities Conference Program Briefings with the objective of joining the U.S. Army with industry to share opportunities and solutions for the nation’s security.  By early March, this event, conceived and managed by an all-volunteer committee, and slated for May 20-21, had over 100 exhibitors and 60 Army presenters and was on track to sell out with 2,000 attendees expected. 

By the end of April, it became clear that the Covid crisis that hit Michigan particularly hard, was not going to allow the live show as planned. The show and the opportunities it would provide to business and the U.S. Army was headed for cancellation. 

However, the NDIA MDEX committee of volunteers took a path different than other large events and decided to go virtual! Dubbed V-MDEX, NDIA Michigan hoped that a virtual platform would allow companies from Michigan and from around the nation to continue to do business, learn about the needs of the army and get face time with DoD buyers. 

The event was held May 20 and 21. Access was gained through the event website, and was free to attend.   

The entire platform was built and the show was moved to its new “venue” in 3 weeks, including an all new marketing plan.   

Over 6,500 visitors attended the two-day virtual event.   

“It was a challenge both logistically and technologically to pull this off, and with a volunteer team, but, the talent in Michigan allowed us to do it.” Said, Vicki Selva, MDEX 2020 Event Chairperson and Executive Director of the Michigan Defense Center, the state of Michigan’s defense office. “I felt it was imperative that we attempt it and not just scrap the event, particularly in this economy so ravaged by the Covid crisis. The companies that attended, exhibited and sponsored needed the information provided by the Army, the networking connections and the comradery to protect and grow their businesses after the financial and personal hit dealt by the virus.”

  • 60 presentations and panels from every buying unit at the U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal announced the programs and RFP’s that will be posted over the next few years. The entire show was live streamed through the computers of the attendees.
  • In addition to the Army, remarks were made by Senator Gary Peters (Senate Armed Services-MI) and Representative Elissa Slotkin (House Armed Service-MI).
  • 58 event exhibitors and 9 event sponsors.  Exhibitors ranged from large businesses like General Dynamics Land Systems, to small businesses like Suburban Bolt & Supply. 
  • One unique feature of the event was the “Networking Lounge” that allowed attendees to enter a moderated live video conference where Army presenters joined after their presentations to take questions and engage with industry on the spot and where companies shared information, networked and discussed success and challenges in doing federal contracting and the current business climate.

“MDEX 2020’s online platform provided opportunities for small businesses like Suburban Bolt and Supply, to virtually connect and network with folks in the Defense Industry with more intent and using less company resources. We’re already looking forward to MDEX 2021!” Nikki Gordon, Director of Marketing at Suburban Bolt and Supply.

All of the event’s content will be available at after May 26, in the Library, registration will be required.

Protect and Grow 2.0; Michigan’s Path to Success in Defense

The Michigan Defense Center launched the State of Michigan’s Protect and Grow 2.0 Strategic Plan earlier this year.  Building on the previous success of first Protect and Grow Initiative, Protect and Grow 2.0 is a comprehensive look at Michigan’s assets and strong suits and aligns our capabilities with the U.S. National Security Strategy to lay a map for projects and funding to move Michigan’s defense missions and industries forward. The Michigan Defense Center will continue to work with their community partners around the state to coordinate their efforts into the larger vision for the state. This strategy drives unity of effort and assists community partners in accomplishing their objectives.

Some projects being pursued by community partners around the state and supported by the Defense Center and community partners include the all new Michigan Defense Center CyberSecurity Compliance Program for Michigan businesses, Michigan National Guard innovation activities and other statewide projects, the Macomb County Robotics Collaboration Center, marketing and promoting our statewide defense eco-system, workforce development initiatives and more!

Please, stay engaged with the programs and projects that benefit Michigan’s defense eco-system by checking in on our website Contact the Michigan Defense Center to discuss how you too can work with us on important initiatives and keep an eye on future communications to learn more. 

Read Protect and Grow 2.0 Strategic Plan Here

(586) 884-9327,  

Bid Opportunity of the Month- June 2020

***DUE JUNE 15, 2020***

Department of Defense – Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Original)
Solicitation: W911XK-20-R-0012
Summary:  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District is seeking contractors to provide armed security guard and patrol services at the St. Mary’s Fall Canal and associated areas located in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.
The contractor is to provide all personnel, supervision, uniforms, personal protective equipment, weapons, ammunitions, transportation, facilities, equipment, tools, supplies, materials, and any and all items and non-personal services necessary to perform private contract security guard services as defined in the upcoming Performance Work Statement (PWS) with exception of items specified as government-furnished property and services. Standard routine guard services and patrol duties will be outlined in the upcoming solicitation with requirement of additional guard service requirements as required for special events, threat response, and emergencies at the St. Mary’s Falls Canal facility and other USACE locations within a 50 mile radius.
Guards will be required to perform duties at fixed posts and during roving patrols throughout the facility, indoors and outdoors, in all seasons and weather conditions, in close proximity to, and interacting with, deep water, heights, vessels, vehicles, equipment, machinery, government and contract personnel, law enforcement agencies, and the public. Patrol frequency and response times will require the contractor to provide operational motor vehicle(s) and additional mobile equipment to accommodate.
Primary NAICS Code: 561612 – Security Guards and Patrol Services
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Department of Defense – Sources Sought Information
NOTE: The listed opportunity is sources sought and that is why it is “expired.”  It is due out in the next 30-90 days.
Solicitation: W50S85-20-R-0001
Status: Sources Sought Original Response Date: Nov 01, 2019 05:00 pm EDT
Next Steps: The sources sought was due in November and the solicitation is expected to be released in June 2020
Summary:  The Michigan Air National Guard Consolidated Contracting (MACC) here at Selfridge Air National Guard Base WILL BE putting together a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) for “horizontal” construction services in support of the National Guard activities in the State of Michigan, in FY 2020 (this year). These contacts will consist of a base award period of two calendar years, and three one-year option periods. The total contract period, including options, shall not exceed five calendar years. The Government intends to award a minimum of five (5) individual contracts and a maximum of seven (7) individual contracts.
Primary NAICS Code: 237310, Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction, size standard of $39.5 M.
Secondary NAICS Code: 237110, Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction, size standard of $39.5 million
Secondary NAICS Code: 237130, Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction, size standard of $39.5 million
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MICHIGAN _ Vertical Construction MATOC

Department of Defense – Sources Sought Information
NOTE: The listed opportunity is a pre-solicitation and that is why it is “expired.”  It is due out in the next 30-90 days.
Solicitation: W50S85-20-R-0002
Status: Pre-Solicitation Original Date Offers Due: Jan 30, 2019 01:00 pm EST
Next Steps: The pre-solicitation ended in January and the solicitation will be out in May 2020.
Summary:  The Michigan Air National Guard Consolidated Contracting (MACC) here at Selfridge Air National Guard Base WILL BE putting together a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) for “vertical” construction services in support of the National Guard activities in the State of Michigan, in FY 2020 (this year). These contacts will consist of a base award period of two calendar years, and three one-year option periods. The total contract period, including options, shall not exceed five calendar years. The Government intends to award a minimum of twelve (12) individual contracts and a maximum of fifteen (15) individual contracts.
Primary NAICS Code: 236220, Commercial and Institutional Building Construction $39.5 M.
Secondary NAICS Code: 237990, Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction, size standard of$39.5 million
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Michigan’s Increasing Defense Revenue

Michigan’s defense contracts have increased $1.6 billion from Fiscal Year 2017 to Fiscal Year 2018.  $5.4 billion in defense contracts went to Michigan companies in FY18.

Michigan is trending upward and has continued to increase its number of contracts since 2015, the year the state implemented its first Protect and Grow Strategic Plan.

As stated in the MDC’s Protect and Grow Fall 2019 Progress Report, “Increased investment will not only improve Michigan’s ranking, but also further bolster the state’s defense economy. With increased defense funding, Michigan can increase the importance of our installations to the DoD, reduce their operating costs, diversify the state’s economy, and offer good paying defense industry and related jobs.”