Maine has a proud history of supporting national defense. In the air, on land, on the seas, or in the stars, Maine’s defense community is here to help safeguard American interests abroad.

Beyond the traditional bullets, bombs, and band aids that are stereotypically associated with the sector, Maine has a uniquely diverse defense cluster, which includes small manufacturers of innovative products and experts consulting in a variety of safety and security areas including search and rescue, offshore wind, and port security.

Defense supply chain employs over 20,000 Mainers

More than 150 Maine companies sell directly into the defense supply chain

US defense market is expected to experience steady growth in the next few years

Workforce Development

Maine Defense Industry Alliance (MDIA) is a collaborative effort between government agencies, educational institutions, and industry partners to address the workforce needs of Maine’s defense industry. 

Economic Impact

The defense cluster in Maine has strong economic linkages with other sectors. Every 100 direct jobs created in the defense industry supports another 99 jobs in the Maine economy.

The Maine defense cluster generated $8.4 billion (10% of the total Maine GDP) in economic output in 2022.

There are numerous opportunities for Maine companies to sell in the defense sector through direct commercial sales (DCS) or foreign military sales (FMS).

MITC’s Defense Industry Maine (DIME) initiative can assist your business with technical and financial support, as well as provide valuable regional, national, and international connections.

SMEs in Maine's Diverse Defense Cluster

Innovative Shelter Protects Soldiers

The Expeditionary Shelter Protection System (ESPS) produced by Compotech is an innovative solution that ensures the safety of soldiers from blast and ballistic threats. The design is composed of state-of-the-art panel armor technology strategically placed for optimum safety and protection.

Lightweight and Reliable Breaching Kit

Internationally recognized for forced entry tools and training aids, Rapid Assault Tools manufactures lightweight, portable breaching tools for fire departments, police departments, SWAT teams, and military units. Four engineered tools are powered by a compact, reliable battery-powered hydraulic pump.

Financial Support for Maine Companies

Industry Support

Assisting active-duty military members, veterans, and spouses find meaningful work and put down roots in Maine

Offers comprehensive one-on-one assistance for small and medium-sized manufacturers in Maine on everything from safety credentials to product development to cyber security

Coordinates growth of defense-related businesses across the six states within the New England region using an approach built around collaboration and multidisciplinary solutions to address the challenges identified by the New England defense manufacturing sector

Formerly known as Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), provides the education and training to ensure that all businesses become capable of participating in federal, state, and local government contracts

Member organization representing 300+ defense communities and states to advance issues that build strong communities and strengthen the ability for service members to defend our nation

Non-partisan, non-profit, educational association founded to provide a platform through which leaders in government, industry, and academia can collaborate and provide solutions to advance the national security and defense needs of the nation

Strengthen the defense sector and bolster our national security by connecting, partnering with, and convening leaders across industry and government

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