New Defense Office Announced

Apr 26, 2024

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the creation of the Office of Defense and Aerospace Innovation (ODAI), aimed at growing the state’s defense and aerospace industries.

Key Points:

    • ODAI will build on the Michigan Defense Center, increasing awareness of Michigan’s capabilities, supporting attraction and expansion of businesses, and enhancing commercial and defense-related aerospace segments poised for growth.
    • The office will also work to increase federal Department of Defense spending and industry-related R&D in the state.
    • It will support growth in advanced aerial mobility innovation, testing, and attraction in both defense and commercial-related applications.
    • The defense industry contributes $30 billion in economic activity for Michigan, supporting more than 116,000 jobs.


    • John Gutierrez, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), will serve as executive director.
    • He began his military service in 1990, serving most recently as the portfolio manager for Logistics Combat Element Systems, U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command.
    • Gutierrez holds a B.S. in biology from Arizona State University, an M.S. in management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, an M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a Master of Military Studies from the U.S. Marine Corps University.

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