Defense Industry Assistance

Is your company heavily involved in the defense industry but is looking to ramp up business in the sector? Or perhaps you want to enter the sector for the first time in order to diversify your portfolio? Automation Alley has several programs and resources available to help you determine where to focus your efforts to get results, whether that is with the Department of Defense, defense-sector OEMs or elsewhere.

Reverse Engineering Projects for Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS)

In recent years, the U.S. defense industry has shifted its focus from producing new weapons, vehicles and other defense systems to sustaining existing systems. However, many of the original suppliers and manufacturers of the various parts that make up these systems are no longer in business or have ceased to supply needed parts.

In cases where the original supplier or manufacturer of a part needed by the Army is no longer in business, the technical data needed to continue manufacturing that part is often lost or is only available at a high price. In these cases, Automation Alley can identify companies that are capable of reverse engineering the parts and developing a corresponding technical data package and prototype.

If your company is interested in a reverse engineering DMSMS project, please contact us at

Defense Consulting

Our relationships with defense industry leaders provide multiple access points for companies to approach the industry. We have relationships throughout the defense ecosystem in Michigan and can help a company connect with programs at the federal, state and regional levels and the OEMs developing systems for the defense and aerospace industry, including:

  • Autonomous Ground Systems (AGS)
  • Materials & Advanced Manufacturing (MAM)
  • Modeling & Simulation, Testing & Validation (MSTV)
  • Power and Mobility (P&M)
  • Systems Engineering (SE)
  • Vehicle Electronics & Architecture and Cyber Engineering (VEA)

To request a meeting to discuss your next steps in the defense industry, contact us at

Industry 4.0 Supplier Reboot

Host a supplier day at Automation Alley to give potential suppliers the chance to learn about your defense industry projects, identify a broad range of key partners and suppliers and build collaborative relationships.

Learn more about what your supplier day could look like by viewing our recent Raytheon and Rheinmetall supplier day in partnership with Automation Alley:

“Southeast Michigan has a long, proud legacy supporting the Army and its combat vehicle programs and we’re looking to protect and extend that. We’re hosting our first large-scale supplier day in Detroit because we recognize how critical this area is to strengthening the combat vehicle industrial base.”

-- Brad Barnard, Raytheon program director for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.

Government Affairs Roundtables

Join Automation Alley as we welcome a local, state or national political leader to discuss Industry 4.0 initiatives at this invite-only roundtable of 15-20 companies from a cross-section of industries. Help shape future policy while highlighting your company’s unique perspective on Michigan’s leading challenges.

Do you belong to an Automation Alley Foundation or Corporate member company are are interested in participating in an upcoming roundtable? Contact Cynthia Hutchison, Automation Alley vice president, at Not an Automation Alley Foundation or Corporate member? Learn more about the benefits of high-level membership today.

Trade Mission to the Paris Air Show

For the last several years, Automation Alley has lead a trade mission of Michigan companies to The Paris Air Show, the largest air show and aerospace industry exhibition event in the world. Defense companies and those looking to enter the sector are welcome to participate as the show features military and civilian aircraft, and is attended by many military forces in addition to major aircraft manufacturers.

For more information, contact Lisa Lasser, Automation Alley manager of International Business Services, at

Industry 4.0 Assessment

Did you know Automation Alley's Industry 4.0 Assessment is subsidized for veteran-owned companies? Take our Industry 4.0 assessment today and understand how the digital revolution will impact your business in the areas of culture, finance and technology. The assessment further helps business leaders transform their companies by fostering an organizational culture that embraces learning, change and technology acceptance. Companies going through the program boost productivity, profits and are empowered with the tools to guide long-term strategy and success.

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