MISSION: To network and expand the defense industry job and technology base of the Upper Midwest and promote the region's innovative contributions to the nation's defense. Participation in the Defense Alliance is sought among groups and individuals with an interest in seeing the region's defense contributions grow, including large and small firms, academic and R&D institutions, our elected officials, and professional military and trade organizations. Its founder is Paul Wagner, Chairman & CEO of Minnesota Wire. Defense Alliance was acquired by Logistic Specialties, Inc. (LSI - Layton, Utah - www.lsiwins.com) in February, 2017.
OPERATIONS: The operations of the Defense Alliance include several important elements:
Events held quarterly that provide a forum to link industry, academia and government organizations engaged in the defense industry and high technology
Ongoing networking by the Membership to help other Members match technologies and services to opportunities that address needs for the nation's defense
An Advanced Defense Technologies (ADT) Cluster centered around Advanced Power & Energy solutions for defense industry needs (for more on this initative, click HERE.)
A free Job and Resume posting service on the Website (go to the "Jobs" TAB, above)
MEMBERSHIP: Membership in the Alliance has always been free - however, registered Members agree to assist other Members in their business development goals where possible by sharing information and making connections. While the Alliance is anchored in Minneapolis-St Paul, it has pioneered an "extra-regional" approach to technology-based economic development. As of 2017, the Alliance has Member organizations in 34 states. Click Here to Register your Company!
HISTORY: The Defense Alliance aims to enhance the network of individuals and organizaitons originally created by the Minnesota Defense Industry Roundtable (and the associated on-line Newsletter) begun in 2003. The organization formed in July, 2004 as an independent organization within a small business, Minnesota Wire.
In 2010, the Alliance became an Advanced Defense Technologies Cluster, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Among more than 60 technology clusters that are in part or wholly funded by the federal government, Defense Alliance is the only small business (the others are large nonprofits or academic institutions).