ABOUT THE DEFENSE MANUFACTURING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program, primarily funded by the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment, provides 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, provide stabilization, resiliency, and diversification assistance to companies and communities across the states of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
As of FY2015, according to the Department of Defense’s Comptroller’s Green Book, total defense spending in constant dollars has been reduced 34%. This is the largest draw-down in defense spending – larger than the reduction after the Cold War. There is common discussion of a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) due to the excess capacity that now resides in the military; with the reductions that will occur from that process, it is anticipated that the military supply chain will be impacted by as much a 50% or more. This impact is then referred into the communities where the military suppliers reside via job loss or instability and the impending hardships that result from these impacts.