Welcome to Defense Industry Maine

Defense Industry Maine is an initiative of the Maine International Trade Center established in 2018 to help Maine companies diversify into and out of the defense industry. Participation in Defense Industry Maine and our Supply Chain Database is completely FREE, so don't wait to register as a company or search for a new partner. 


How We Can Help

Defense program impacts come in all shapes and sizes. When defense programs change or are cut, contractors and manufacturers may be faced with budget cuts, staff layoffs, or factory closings. 
 
Defense Industry Maine, the Maine International Trade Center, and the Office of Economic Adjustment support the Maine defense industry by:
 
  • Providing Market Research and Diversification Assistance
  • Holding Industry Trainings and Events
  • Providing Compliance and Certification Assistance
  • Participating in Defense Trade Shows

Find out if you are eligible for DIME assistance. 


News and Events

Great ITAR Training!

Great ITAR Training!

11/5/2018 | George Lindbom

It was great to see several Maine companies at the "International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Training" last week who learned about the compliance requirements for exporting defense articles, services, and related technical data. Mike Allocca from Allocca Enterprises led the informative and insightful training and answered questions from companies about defense trade and compliance issues. Thanks to all who attended this great event and to the University of Southern Maine for hosting us!

DEFSEC a Success!

DEFSEC a Success!

10/12/2018 | George Lindbom

Defense Industry Maine and the Maine International Trade Center would like to thank the hosts of DEFSEC Atlantic 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a fantastic trade show and a productive week of establishing connections between Maine and Canada. Our companies met with Consul General Kevin Skillin to better understand the resources available to American companies doing business in Canada, attended Canadian procurement training to learn how to provide to the Canadian government, and networked with countless partners on the trade show floor.

$162M for improvements at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard needs executive approval, set to be signed soon.

$162M for improvements at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard needs executive approval, set to be signed soon.

9/18/2018 | George Lindbom

According to a September 14 Mainebiz article,  “Federal legislation that would provide over $162 million for improvements at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery has received U.S. Senate approval and will be considered by President Donald Trump for signing into law, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Thursday in a news release.”

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard looking to fill 800 new jobs in 2018

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard looking to fill 800 new jobs in 2018

11/20/2017 | Mariah Cunningham-Knaus

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard hopes a job fair on Tuesday will help fill 160 positions created by an increasing workload that is expected to add as many as 800 jobs in fiscal year 2018, which would bring the shipyard's civilian workforce to 6,100.