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Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program

As the Department of Defense (DOD) continues the process of downsizing, there will be a corresponding reduction in the number and size of current and future defense contracts awarded to private sector manufacturing firms. The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP) provides cash grant assistance to identify and fund projects that address critical needs and areas of improvement for communities and companies to help strengthen and diversify defense contractors by leveraging Manufacturing Extension Partnership services and subject matter experts.

The Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is accepting inquires for DMAP partnership projects by
Indiana defense manufacturers.  The grant will pay 50-90% of project costs.

Eligible companies

  • Small to medium size enterprises – under 1000 employees
  • 5% reduction in sales, production or employment within past
  • 24 months (or imminent threat of reduction in the next 24 months)
  • Defense Contractor or tier 1,2,3,4, etc. supplier to defense
  • Management team dedicated to improving and growing
    their business

Partnership focus areas

  • Core strengthening
  • Market diversification and growth
  • New technology commercialization

Projects will be selected by Purdue MEP with an emphasis on projects with high-potential outcomes.


Defense Industry Manufacturer's Innovation Checklist

Seven steps to initiate and plan innovation projects to become a more successful defense supplier.

Innovation is an essential element of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Innovation Initiative. The program represents an important paradigm shift in that it outsources research and innovation activities to the supply chain, a change that is being embraced and implemented not only by the DoD, but by government laboratories and prime contractors as well. The critical importance of innovation was evidenced at the 2015 Aviation & Aerospace held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prime defense contractors taking part in the conference stated that the principal qualifying parameters for being part of their supply chain were as follows: price, quality, delivery and innovation. While Indiana manufacturers were aware of the importance of price, quality and delivery, they were less clear of how to become an innovative supplier.

This article is intended to provide clarity on the specific actions a manufacturer can undertake to qualify as an innovative supplier. 

Click here to read the remainder of the article.


Gene Jones
Gene Jones
Senior Services Manager - Cybersecurity and Defense

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