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DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY

DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY

 

Indiana has a rich tradition of developing safe, reliable and innovative products that support our nation’s military. With a strong military presence and network of defense assets, combined with the tactical advantage of the state’s low-cost, tax-friendly business climate, Indiana is perfectly positioned to be at the center of global advancements and growth in defense. 

Under Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s leadership, Indiana is advancing a more collaborative, strategic approach to growing and enhancing its defense industry. With a new business unit led by General Clif Tooley focused solely on defense development, Indiana is strengthening its efforts to target industry growth and job creation, collaborating with industry, government and academic partners to increase the state’s competitiveness in the sector. 

In support of these efforts, Gov. Holcomb recently announced defense development as a key priority of his Next Level Agenda, identifying strategic goals to triple federal defense investment in Indiana by 2025.

Triple federal defense investment in Indiana by 2025.

  1. IEDC’s President of Defense Development will identify priorities for state investment in the defense market space with the advice and input of military, nonprofit, and private defense stakeholders.
  2. Repurpose existing IEDC funds to support defense research and development, smart manufacturing, and emerging defense companies.
  3. Leverage the Indiana Defense Network, a collaborative structure of industry, research and development and military assets, to create a statewide digitally connected defense solutions ecosystem capable of identifying and fulfilling emerging national security requirements at the speed of relevance.
6.69 million people

3rd

Best State for Regulatory Environment
Forbes, 2018

2nd

Best states for Long-Term Fiscal Stability
US News & World Report, 2018

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BOND RATING
Standard & Poor's, 2018