Led by the University of Tennessee (UT), SEAMTN is a consortium of companies, universities, federal laboratories, non-profit organizations, and the Tennessee state government that seeks to strengthen the US national security manufacturing base by investing in machine tools research and development, education, workforce development, and supply chain support.
Why is SEAMTN being formed?
SEAMTN seeks to create a regional defense manufacturing ecosystem and stimulate regional economic development. The consortium will allow its members to obtain a $5M grant from the Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP), which is administered by the DoD Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (formerly the Office of Economic Adjustment). To be eligible, a consortium must be designated as a Defense Manufacturing Community, which is based on a competitive evaluation of proposals submitted to DoD by consortia across the nation.