Michigan looks to double DOD dollars

U.S. defense contracting dollars are on the upswing in Michigan, thanks to efforts made by the Pentagon and by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, according to a column today by Tom Walsh of the Detroit Free Press.

The volume of defense contracts landed with assistance from Defense Department Procurement Technical Assistance Centers in Michigan was $500 million for the first nine months of 2008, in comparison to $315 million in 2007, Walsh writes.

In addition, the governor hired retired U.S. Marine Corps Major Gen. Bradley Lott a year ago to be the first director of a new entity, Michigan's Defense Contract Coordination Center. His mission is to help Michigan win a larger share of military and homeland security contracts.

Lott's goal is to increase total defense contracting in Michigan to $2 billion by 2010, from $1 billion last year.

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