• Bill Would Bolster Companies Supporting New Jersey Military Installations

    Bill Would Bolster Companies Supporting New Jersey Military Installations0

    The New Jersey General Assembly last week approved legislation that would provide greater access to state workforce development funds to companies that provide equipment or services to the state’s five military installations. A-2517 would extend a preference for Department of Labor and Workforce Development grants to employers that support military installations, as well as those who provide training for veterans, reported the Cape May County Herald. The bill also prioritizes workforce grant funding to companies that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, or advanced manufacturing within those fields. “This legislation will help ensure that New Jersey’s defense-related industries have the employees they need to continue supporting our state’s military installations,” said Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak …

  • Hawaii to Map State’s Defense Industry

    Hawaii to Map State’s Defense Industry0

    The state of Hawaii will complete a supply chain map for its defense contracting community, under a $763,856 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. This grant will enable the state to identify the prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to the military, allowing state leaders to better support the defense industry as Pentagon spending faces uncertainty, according to a press release from the office of Gov. David Ige (D). Past analyses of the military’s impact on Hawaii have only been completed at the macro-economic level. “This project will reveal how the defense sector impacts every island and aspect of our economy,” said David Carey, chairman of the Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii …

  • Prospects Bright for Connecticut’s Defense Base

    Prospects Bright for Connecticut’s Defense Base0

    Connecticut’s defense industry remains healthy, a trend that is expected to continue, according to the annual report by the state’s Office of Military Affairs. “What we’ve seen over the years has been a very consistent trend in Connecticut, because we’re building the right things at the right time, we’re seeing high demand in the national security strategy, even as we’re drawing down from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Bob Ross, the office’s executive director, told the Day. The state’s major defense contractors — Electric Boat, Sikorsky, and Pratt and Whitney — have prospered, but so have the second- and third-tier suppliers throughout the state, according to the report …

  • DOD Needs a BRAC Focused on Slashing Costs, Berteau Says

    DOD Needs a BRAC Focused on Slashing Costs, Berteau Says0

    A new round of base closures is urgently needed for the Pentagon to handle its growing responsibilities in the face of tight fiscal constraints, David Berteau, CEO of the Professional Services Council, said last week. “We desperately need another round of base closures,” said Berteau, who served as assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness until joining the council in March. “And that round of base closures has to be done in such a way that is focuses on reductions that produce early and real savings, not on realignments that may make sense from a business point of view but won’t make sense from a budgetary point of view …

  • Michigan Unveils Plan to Expand Defense Industry0

    Michigan officials on Thursday introduced a strategic plan to preserve and build the state’s $8 billion defense industry through a variety of initiatives aimed at leveraging its 7 military facilities for economic development and focusing on growth areas such as aerospace, advanced manufacturing and autonomous systems. The Protect and Grow strategic plan was developed by the Michigan Defense Center in conjunction with the state Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the state’s congressional delegation …

  • Indiana Partnership Adds Post to Support Crane

    Indiana Partnership Adds Post to Support Crane0

    An economic development organization for south central Indiana has created a position to attract defense business investment in the region and raise the profile of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division locally and nationally.
    Next week, Matt Craig, who had been a deputy technical director at Crane, will become the director of Crane community support for Radius Indiana, reported Inside Indiana Business. “Crane is vitally important to our local economy, and it is also indispensable to our military and our country. The director of Crane community support will help ensure that the public is well informed on the impact and opportunities the naval installation brings to our area,” said Becky Skillman, CEO of Radius Indiana …