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Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program

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For more information about the Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program, please contact:

Hiwot Gebremariam
Program Activity Lead, Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program
(703) 679-2901

The Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program is designed to support long-term community investments that strengthen national security innovation and expand the capabilities of the defense manufacturing industrial ecosystem. 

The Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program is authorized under Section 846 of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which enabled the Secretary of Defense to establish a program to designate and support consortiums as defense manufacturing communities to strengthen the national security industrial base. This program was developed in coordination with the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Industrial Base Policy (formerly known as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy) and the Under Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering. 

The Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation manages this program on behalf of the Department of Defense. A total of $50 million has been allocated ($25 million in each of the previous two fiscal years) to 11 Defense Manufacturing Communities to assist over 1,350 defense businesses and 29,000 workers. This program currently assists: 

  • More than 1,000 small and medium size companies to receive guidance on entering the defense sector; 
  • Development of 11 new defense technologies/ products; 
  • Improvement of 23 defense technologies/ products; and 
  • Enhancement of cybersecurity capabilities of 397 companies. 

The funding and technical assistance provided through the program enhances a region's ability to narrow gaps and address needs in defense manufacturing in the areas of:  

  • Critical skills 
  • Facilities 
  • Research and development  
  • Small business support