ABOUT THE DEFENSE MANUFACTURING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP) completed its five year programming in May 2018. The program provided support to companies and communities affected by the downsizing of the defense supply-chain. The University of Michigan, along with its partners, The Ohio State University and Purdue University, provided stabilization, resiliency, and diversification assistance to companies and communities across the states of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The program was funded primarily by the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment.
According to the Department of Defense’s Comptroller’s Green Book, total defense spending in constant dollars declined 34% as of fiscal 2015. This was the largest draw-down in defense spending – larger than the reduction after the Cold War. 50% or more of the defense supply chain was at risk. This impact was also felt in the communities where military suppliers reside, leading to job losses, erosion of technical capabilities, and community hardship.
While challenges continue for defense suppliers, the DMAP program produced outstanding results over its two phases. Along with new sales and increased employment, the program sparked new innovations, including 139 new products and 26 commercialized technologies. The program produced an 18 X return on investment for its funders.
The results below demonstrate the impact of the combined efforts of UM, OSU, and Purdue, as well as the committed firms and dedicated consultants that participated in this program.