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Department of Defense Approves $30 Million in Grants Under Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program

October 05, 2023

The Department of Defense recently awarded six Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP) grants totaling approximately $30 million from the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC). The DMCSP invests long-term in critical skills, facilities, workforce development, research and development, and small business support to strengthen the national security innovation base.

The awards derive from Fiscal Year 2023 appropriated funding and leverage an additional $10,934,491 in non-Federal funds for a total investment of $40,759,243. The award winners focus on defense-critical sectors, from battery and energy storage to microelectronics and castings and forgings.

The grant awards are:

$4,997,965 to the Michigan Defense Resiliency Consortium. The consortium will undertake a $6,302,965 project to create the critical foundation for energy storage and battery manufacturing necessary to support the Department of Defense's rapid transformation from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles. They also will provide technical assistance, technology acceleration, and workforce training initiatives.

$4,999,950 to the Missouri Defense Manufacturing Community Consortium. The consortium will undertake a $7,875,486 project to create a pipeline of engineers and tradespeople skilled in modern digital advanced manufacturing technologies applied to the Department of Defense priority area of castings and forgings.  

$5,000,000 to the New York Consortium for Space Technology Innovation and Development. The consortium will undertake a $6,814,586 project to address the need for advanced defense space technology manufacturing and supply-chain capabilities. They will foster collaboration among universities, research institutions, industry experts, and government agencies in New York.

$5,000,000 to the New York State Microelectronics Defense Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Workforce consortium. The consortium will undertake a $7,809,500 project to address challenges in the microelectronics industry. They will strengthen talent pipelines, cultivate an innovation ecosystem, and enhance local supplier resilience.

$4,908,960 to the Central Pennsylvania Defense Shipbuilding Talent and Innovation Defense Ecosystem. These awardees will undertake a $6,137,444 project to support the U.S. Navy's national security goal of increasing production from one to three submarines annually. They will support a sustainable pipeline of skilled defense-specific talent and the submarine industrial base’s increasing adoption of production automation.

$5,000,000 to the America's Additive Foundry Consortium. The consortium will undertake a $7,526,385 project to secure a U.S. supply of tactical alloys through additive, hybrid, and intelligent manufacturing. This supply will address casting and forging supply chain issues facing the U.S. military. They will develop and provide technical support for novel materials and processes, offering certificate/training programs and serving as a regional tech demonstration hub.

For additional information about these programs, visit the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation website at https://oldcc.gov/defense-manufacturing-community-support-program.

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