The New England states of Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island received a joint grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to create The New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration (NERDIC). The State of Vermont Department of Economic Development (VTDED), acts as the fiscal agent for the New England Regional Defense industry Collaboration (NERDIC) project
The New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration coordinates the growth of defense-related businesses across the New England region. The goal of the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration is to build a resilient regional industry ecosystem that assists small and medium defense-related manufacturers (SMEs) across New England in meeting contracting requirements, achieve certifications, qualify for and ultimately gain capabilities that will allow them to be stronger participants in the defense-related manufacturing supply chain. Success depends on supplier participation in a broad industry system which assists in overcoming the existing impediments created by an increasingly complex manufacturing environment and allowing these businesses to successfully navigate the complex requirements of the US Department of Defense and its contractors. The primary objective of the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration is to build an ecosystem that proffers Industry 4.0 readiness, creates network connections that facilitate rapid responses and enhances capacity in the manufacturing supply chain.