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FY 2015 Defense Spending By State report now available for download.

Southeast Michigan Region (DIA)


The DoD Office of Economic Adjustment awarded a 24-month Defense Industry Adjustment grant to Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Investment Board and sub-awardee, the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan, to build upon existing efforts by the University of Michigan to help defense suppliers seek opportunities in other industries in Southeast Michigan. Their collaborated approach will:

  • Assist dislocated defense workers and defense firms impacted by reduced defense budgeting and procurement;
  • Emphasize identification and strategic alignment of partners and assets;
  • Encourage supplier awareness and connection to contracting opportunities;
  • Promote commercialization, talent development, and economic development related to key defense- relevant sectors (specifically cybersecurity, connectivity and automation/robotics).


For over a century, Michigan has been a producer and supplier of defense industry innovation, machinery, weaponry and skilled personnel, and is home to eight major military installations and facilities. In the past twenty years, bases have closed and active installations have been reduced and eliminated, resulting in significant impacts to the state’s economy. Southeast Michigan has experienced the brunt of these Department of Defense (DoD) cuts, as it is home to U.S. Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal, which employs more than 7,500 DoD workers —97 percent of whom are civilian employees. In Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties, all located in the Southeast part of the state, the value of DoD contracts fell from $6 billion to $3 billion from 2008-2013. The decline continued – between 2012 and 2014, the region saw a decline of $1.2 billion in total defense spending, representing a disinvestment of 38 percent.