Secretary Larry Hall

NC Defense Industry Diversification Initiative Launches Website

July 24, 2017


Raleigh, NC, July, 24th, 2017 – The North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and NC State’s University’s Industry Expansion Solutions, proudly announces the launch of the North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative (NC DIDI) website.

Are you a North Carolina Company receiving DoD Contracts as Prime or Subprime Contractor? If so go online today to:

  • Apply for a chance to be accepted into  the Pilot Project aimed at Expanding and Diversifying NC Firms whose portfolios were affected by DoD Contract Reductions
  • Learn about the Impact of DoD Contracts in NC
  • Discover the valuable resources and publications available to DoD Contractors in NC
  • Learn about Taking the NC DIDI Supply Chain Study Survey

In a proactive response to changes in federal defense budgets the North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative (DIDI) was created. The initiative is being managed through a partnership of  NC State Industry Expansion Solutions and theNorth Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The goal is to understand, support, and respond to the needs of North Carolina’s defense businesses at the state level.

Awarded in April 2017, this program is funded through a $1.9 million grant from the United State Department of Defense (DoD)Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).  North Carolina will use the grant from the DoD to devise a plan to help lessen the impacts of defense cuts resulting from the 2011 Budget Control Act. Data on defense spending collected by the DoD OEA for Fiscal Year 2015 show that prime defense contracting activity in North Carolina has decreased by more than $1 billion since 2011.

In commenting on the grant, Governor Roy Cooper said “We’re proud to be the most military-friendly state in the nation and recognize that the businesses and people supporting our men and women in uniform are an economic engine across North Carolina. Therefore, it is crucial that we take steps to create jobs and encourage businesses to grow throughout our military communities.”

“North Carolina is proud to be the home to so many businesses and people who work to support our military,” Secretary Larry Hall said. “The defense sector is the second largest driver for North Carolina’s economy, and this grant can help these businesses find new ways to thrive in our state.”

The NC Defense Industry Diversification Initiative will conduct an analysis with the goal of helping vulnerable companies pursue alternative markets or find other methods to reduce their dependence on the DoD and, in doing so, lessen economic risk to the state. The initiative seeks to ensure that the defense supply chain remains robust, so that it is able to quickly absorb sudden high demands from Department of Defense agencies.

The NC DIDI Pilot Project is open for application submissions until September 1st, 2017.  Applications as well as criteria for the Pilot Project can be found on the website at