Defense Industry Assistance

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ESD is committed to assisting the NY State defense industry in remaining an integral part of the warfighting supply chain.  With the help of NYSTAR funded centers and partners, ESD is strengthening and growing the defense ecosystem, supply chain and industry in general to better protect U.S. troops and citizens.

Not sure where to start? Contact us for a free assessment.

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DOD Cybersecurity Assistance Grants

About: MVCC-AIM is providing funding assistance for DOD cybersecurity projects, from assessments through compliance, to DOD supply chain companies across New York State. 

More information:  For information and how to apply visit

Innovation Resource Center (IRC)

Opportunities coming soon!


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Current Events

June 25-27- Light + Sound Interactive Conference- Rochester, NY
Registration is open! Does your company have a technology or product that you want to get out in front of more than 500 people interested in photonics & optics, A/R & V/R, audio, media, gaming and sound?  Are you interested in networking with some of the big players in NY State?  Want a chance to meet with more resources and companies to help move your technology forward?  This is it! 

See why innovators, technologists and world-class brands will soon be in Rochester. Register now for the Light & Sound Interactive Conference and one of these high-energy tracks:

  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Audio and Music
  • Cinema
  • Games and Interactive Media
  • Optics | Photonics | Imaging
  • Department of Defense

Be part of it all June 25-27, 2019, in downtown Rochester, NY, home to optics, imaging and audio pioneers of the past, present and future.

October 7 & 8- NYS Innovation Summit- Rochester, NY
Registration opens late June.  Submit proposals now to be considered for a chance to display and demonstrate your product.  Learn about the technologies that are defining a new generation of products and manufacturing capabilities, showcase your own successes leveraging advanced technologies, and discover how New York State’s innovation ecosystem can accelerate your company growth.

Past Events
May 3, 2019- NYSTAR Defense Workshop- Westchester, NY
November 13, 2018- NYSTAR Defense Diversification Workshop- Rochester, NY
August 14, 2018- NYSTAR Defense Diversification Workshop- Saratoga Springs, NY

Market Research

2018 NY Defense Industry Market Study by Chmura Economics & Analytics

Executive Summary

Regional Snapshots

  1. Capital District
  2. Central New York
  3. Finger Lakes
  4. Long Island
  5. Mid-Hudson
  6. Mohawk Valley
  7. New York City
  8. North Country
  9. Southern Tier
  10. Western New York

NYSTAR Programs and Resources

Leverage New York State’s unparalleled investment in world-class technology assets and expertise with programs that can assist your company from start-up through maturity. Resources include NYSTAR's 70+ funded facilities and tools that enable growth.


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Email: [email protected]

Deanine Lena, Defense Industry Assistance Program Manager- (518) 292-5145

Christopher Medve, Defense Diversification Specialist- (518) 292-5206