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FY 2015 Defense Spending By State report now available for download.

Greater Wichita Region


In 2015, DoD’s Office of Economic Adjustment provided a grant to Wichita State University (WSU) to strengthen and diversify the regional advanced manufacturing supply chain, accelerate the quality and scope of defense technologies, and increase the competitiveness and sustainability of defense-impacted businesses. The project will enhance technology development and commercialization networks that support manufacturers, innovators, and entrepreneurs engaged in technology-based economic development for defense applications.

The region is looking to develop, scale, and operate manufacturing development and demonstration facilities that build on its advanced manufacturing strengths such as aerospace manufacturing and equipment manufacturing. By creating national assets, the Wichita region looks to enable and empower innovative small- and medium-sized companies to reduce time-to-market development and commercialization of defense-related and marketable products and processes.


In 2005, Boeing divested its commercial aerospace manufacturing operation in the Wichita Kansas area, maintaining 4,500 workers for defense work, with layoffs later slashing that number. In January 2012, Boeing announced closure of the defense manufacturing facility, which then resulted in more than 2,160 job losses and ended the firm’s presence in the city.