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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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

The Health and Readiness of the Defense Industrial Base 

The National Defense Industrial Association's third annual Vital Signs report is now available. While our main team of authors is based out of Arlington, VA, where the Association is headquartered, our contributing Junior Policy Fellows come from across the nation.

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The Pennsylvania Talent Pipeline Project Expands to Pittsburgh

We are pleased to announce that on April 7th, the Navy committed to establishing the Pittsburgh Flag for the Mid-Atlantic Submarine Talent (MAST) Pipeline Project (Formerly Pennsylvania Talent Pipeline Project).

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Recap: Digital Transformation for Manufacturing

Digital Transformation, like so many other terms in the Industry 4.0 buzzword bingo wheel, can easily get lost in translation and be dismissed as another “sounds neat, but not realistic for me” technology topic.

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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.