Michigan Defense Center

The Michigan Defense Center, an agency of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, connects defense industry buyers and prime contractors with Michigan-based companies. The relocation of its headquarters from the state capitol of Lansing to its new location at Velocity in Sterling Heights in February of 2012 was a strategic decision to increase synergy with area businesses and resources. In his comments at the grand opening of the center Michael A. Finney, MEDC President and CEO said, “Macomb County is the heart of our defense industry so it makes sense that this is the new home of our state’s defense center.” We agree!

Some of the largest prime defense companies in the world have facilities in Macomb County. Among them are:

General Dynamic Land Systems

At its Sterling Heights campus headquarters, this leading defense industry OEM undertakes the research, design, engineering and prototyping of the next generation of land assault vehicles and weapons technology. GDLS designs and engineers armored vehicles and vehicle sub-systems for the U.S Army, U.S. Marine Corps, NATO partners, and other international customers. Its Shelby Township location provides engineering and support services.

BAE Systems

In March 2012, BAE Systems opened the company’s new design, engineering and prototype center. Operations here will support the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, M113 family of vehicles, M109 family of vehicles, Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (MMPV), and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.

Oshkosh Defense

As the company’s Midwest Regional Logistics Center, this operation provides engineering, maintenance and recapitalization support to customers for the company’s light-, medium-and heavy-duty vehicles, including their exclusive M-ATV all-terrain family of Mine Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

U.S. Army

Just miles away from these defense facilities, in Warren, is the U.S Army’s national center for ground vehicle and armaments procurement, design, engineering and R&D activities.

The U.S. Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) is responsible for the purchase, support and contracting of 70 percent of the Army’s ground combat, tactical vehicles and supporting services including small arms, components and munitions.

The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is Michigan’s only federal laboratory for advanced military automotive technology. Their mission is to develop and maintain vehicles for all U.S. Armed Forces, many federal agencies and over 60 foreign countries.

The Army’s National Automotive Center (NAC), located at TARDEC, serves as the link to academia, industry and the various government agencies in all aspects of automotive technology. Recognizing the dual needs of both the Department of Defense and the automotive industry, the NAC acts as a platform to develop and nurture these relationships that will develop tomorrow’s automotive technology.