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The Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative (MDDI) is a program from the United States Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment, the University of Southern Mississippi, and public and private sector partners that believe in the promise of a diverse Mississippi economy.

The MDDI unites federal labs, defense companies, other private businesses, Mississippi entrepreneurs, Mississippi educational institutions, Mississippi public entities, and domain experts to design, develop, and roll-out strategies to transition from heavy defense-oriented revenue models to commercial revenue models. 


Helping Mississippi’s Economy to Take Flight

Leading global aerospace companies are thriving in Mississippi as a result of the state’s skilled and productive workforce, comprehensive workforce training programs, supportive business environment, strategic location, low startup and operation costs, and cutting-edge R&D capabilities. Our initiative helps support these companies and new start-ups by ensuring that they develop diversified products and sales channels to enhance their business prospects and Mississippi’s economy.

Blue Economy

Leveraging the Power of the Gulf Coast

Mississippi’s Blue Economy is driving the economic diversification of the Gulf Coast region to support innovations that contribute to the global economy based on oceans, seas, harbors, ports, and coastal zones. With maritime — or “blue” — industries dominating Mississippi’s economy and the state’s three coastal counties supporting 35% of its entire workforce through the blue economy, our initiative helps develop synergistic partnerships that will move the state's maritime economy forward into the 21st century.

National Security

Securing the Nation, its Businesses, and its Citizens

The Internet, wireless communications, semiconductors, and a host of other innovations on which the modern U.S. high-tech economy is built are derivatives of early defense investments. With Mississippi seeking to ensure that its companies are well positioned to deliver the next generation of innovations that benefit national defense, private industry, and consumers, our initiative develops partnerships to support civil-military innovation.

MS Defense Diversification Initiative

Promoting innovation, communication and diversification within Mississippi's defense community 


Mission Support provides assistance in seven major areas:
Finance, Human Capital / Workforce, Research & Development, Entrepreneurs & Business Startups, Markets, and Professional Networks / Assistance Providers.

There will be additional support in the form of Asset Mapping, Strategy Sessions, Implementing Divisification Models, and Conducting Workshops, as needed.

For more information on our mission support, please contact us and let us know how to help you and your business or search our list of partners. 



A Big Idea Rising Out of Mississippi – HiRO Drone

Mississippi innovates - The HiRo Telemedical Drone will shape the future of emergency and disaster response in the United States and around the world. Dr. Italo Subbarao, Senior Associate Dean at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Dr. Guy Paul Cooper, Jr., started developing this system after an EF-4 tornado hit the Hattiesburg area in 2013. This telemedical device utilizes advanced telecommunications and augmented reality to deliver lifesaving first aide to those injured in disaster zones or in an emergency. Watch the video below to learn more about the future of emergency response. More Info...


Raytheon Gets Half Billion for New Radar Systems

Raytheon Self Protect Systems has been awarded a $460,000,000 contract for the AN/ALR-69A digital radar warning receiver system. This contract provides for the fabrication, integration, testing and delivery of units. Work will be performed in Goleta, California, and Forest, Mississippi, and is expected to be completed by March 2025 More Info...


Tyonek Native Corporation Subsidiaries to Support $16 Million Air Force Contract

MADISON, Ala., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Tyonek Global Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Tyonek Services Group, Inc. (TSG) and Tyonek Native Corporation, has been awarded a $16 million contract to provide integration services of the Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for UH-1N aircraft. SOF/PR – Rotary Wing & Avionics, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity. More Info...

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