Growing a Competitive Defense Manufacturing Force

The AIM Higher Consortium is a wide-ranging program funded by the Department of Defense with the goal of strengthening the defense supply chain in the Greater Pittsburgh region of Southwest Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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The AIM Higher Consortium has Resources to Assist Manufacturers

AIM Higher is led by Catalyst Connection with over 30 academic, economic development, technology institute, and manufacturing partners from around the region. The Program is funded by the Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (DoD-OLDCC). The AIM Higher Consortium will directly support DoD-OLDCC’s mission to enhance the readiness, resiliency, and innovation of the national defense manufacturing supply chain. This program supports that effort by providing comprehensive technical assistance to small- and medium-sized defense manufacturing entities in key technology areas. The objective is support to small and medium-sized manufacturers in the defense industry seeking to expand business and operational capabilities to strengthen the supply chain and create and retain jobs in defense manufacturing sectors.

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CONNECTIONS

Access to consortium members and partners who can assist manufacturing companies with advanced technology.

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RESOURCES

Defense industry supply chain, cybersecurity, technology adaptation and various improvement resources.

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GRANTS & TRAINING

Assistance & grant opportunities to offset project costs that will make a company more successful in the defense supply chain.

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NEWS & EVENTS

The latest developments and national events related to defense supply chains and advanced technology.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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AIM Higher Consortium provides industry information and resources to implement business improvements. By compiling resources from all thirteen AIM Higher partners, including several leading universities and research institutes, we place a wealth of information at your fingertips.

News & Updates

DoD Forms New Task Force

The Defense Department has created a new task force dedicated to addressing ongoing challenges with its supply chain visibility and resiliency, including ways to mitigate risk.

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U.S. Army Pittsburgh Technology Hub: Why Regional Manufacturers Should Stay Tuned

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) hosted an event in conjunction with AIM Higher partners CMU, the ARM Institute, and Catalyst Connection to connect with the regional Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain.

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Showcase for Commerce organizers plan late-summer defense gathering

JARI President and CEO Linda Thomson said. “In fact, I think being one of the few events this year relative to the defense sector, I’m really thinking we’re going to have a pretty good showing.

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If you’re a small or medium-sized manufacturer in the defense industry seeking to expand business and operational capabilities to strengthen the supply chain and create and maintain jobs, we’d love to hear from you. Please fill out the form and we’ll be in touch soon.