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International Landing Zone

If you are a foreign company looking to land lucrative Defense and Homeland Security contracts, consider applying for the International Landing Zone (ILZ) program.

Situated at the Michigan Defense Center and within Michigan’s defense corridor, the ILZ provides space for international companies interested in exploring the feasibility of opening or expanding operations in the United States.

The ILZ can help your company:

  • Meet potential customers
  • Gain access to mentors and industry experts
  • Expand and extend contractor relationships
  • Explore adjacent industrial sectors
Internal-Landing-Zone-a Enjoy physical space benefits, including:

  • Co-located with the Michigan Defense Center
  • Well-appointed office with full suite of amenities and support, including phone and mailbox
  • Dedicated meeting and training rooms
  • Access to local training and workshops
  • Large printers
  • Videoconferencing technology

Application Process:

Click here to access the online application.

Companies that submit successful applications will be invited to conduct an interview with the Michigan Defense Center team and key partners.

Step 1
Submit a completed application to determine eligibility at the Michigan Defense Center’s International Landing Zone.

Step 2
The Michigan Defense Center directors and key partners will invite successful applicants to participate in an interview.

Step 3
Applicants who have successfully completed both the application and the interview will be notified of admission to the ILZ within five business days. Companies selected to locate to the International Landing Zone will be invited to move in to their designated space for a six-month period.

Michigan Cyber Range: Test. Teach. Train.

Michigan is where the worlds of commercial auto, military vehicles, robotics and aerospace align. Here, R&D, talent and testing come together in a symbiotic relationship and cyber is the link between these vehicles of the future.

Vehicles are no longer just steel and rubber but platforms for complicated and interconnected communications and computers. Commercial vehicles currently have up to 200 million lines of code that must be tested and protected. Autonomy is no longer a futuristic dream. Their reality requires protecting these systems; that’s where the Michigan Cyber Range (MCR) comes into play.

An unclassified, private cloud operated by Merit, the MCR delivers cybersecurity classes and exercises and enables product development and testing to clients and Merit members across the nation and throughout the world.

Michigan has more unclassified cyber hubs than any other state in the nation, making us the “go to” place for students, workforce professionals, academia and government to test their skills through various hacking exercises. Via these cyber hubs, these entities are able to gain educational experience, and validate the security of software technologies and perform penetration testing on their networks.

Learn more about Michigan’s Cyber Hubs

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  • 10th Annual Women in Defense-Michigan Black Tie Gala
    6:00 pm-11:00 pm
    2018-11-09

    600 E University Dr, Rochester, MI 48307, USA

    600 E University Dr, Rochester, MI 48307, USA

    Please join us for an evening of amazing Women in Defense at our 10th Annual Black Tie Gala – we encourage you to wear red, as we will be recognizing our Women Marines as part of the Marine Corps Birthday weekend. This gala allows us to celebrate leadership, award scholarships and strengthen our Defense community through camaraderie. Enjoy fine dining, a short recognition program, and a great afterglow with dessert and dancing.

    Royal Park Accommodations: Rates Apply through 10/27/18

    Executive King: $179.00 / Double Queen: $ 179.00 plus $30 per night upgrade fee

    $25.00 charge for an additional person over 18 and/or over two people per room

    Mention WID-MI Black Tie Gala when booking

    6:00p-9:30p: Cocktail hour & Program

    9:30p-11:00p: AfterGlow 

    Register here 

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  • The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) – Army Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence Symposium and Exposition
    All day
    2018-11-28-2018-11-29

    W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

    W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

    Autonomy, Robotics and AI in the Future Force

    November 28, 2018 – November 29, 2018 at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan

    This symposium will explore and showcase innovative ways the U.S. Army is developing critical capabilities in robotics, autonomy, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.  The goals are to explore how the Army-Industry team can best collaborate to achieve cost-effective, innovative solutions to military problems, seamlessly reallocate resources as conditions change, and with the speed and efficiency that adversaries cannot match.

    Support to America’s soldiers will be balanced, focused, and technologically superior in order to maintain superiority over any other force in the world.  Senior U.S. Army, Department of Defense, Industry and academic leaders, and other subject matter experts will provide dialogue and information on efforts to leverage autonomy the Army seeks to modernize and sustain the force –  and to win on any battlefield.

    The key objective of AUSA’s Army Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence Symposium and Exposition will be to provide an open forum for attendees to interact and participate in discussions about the Army’s efforts to develop autonomous capabilities in all domains. It will also provide a platform for industry partners to demonstrate breakthroughs that could help the U.S. Army take full advantage of this technologies across all Army requirements.

    Click here for the event page

    For any questions about registration, please contact Suzanne McCollum at smccollum@ausa.org or 703-907-2416

    Register here as rates are valid until November 19.

     

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