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West Valley Defense Alliance Resources

Made up of community and business leaders within the defense, aerospace, energy, and information
technology industries, the West Valley Defense Alliance serves as a united voice for the Arizona
defense community to promote economic development and pro-defense/industry legislation.

Arizona 2022 Defense Priorities

Arizona is home to over twelve hundred aerospace and defense contractors, from major industry leaders to the small mid-size suppliers, as well as ten military installations: six major active-duty installations (Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca, Luke Air Force Base, Marine Corps Air Station – Yuma, Yuma Proving Grounds, and US Naval Observatory – Flagstaff Station) and four National Guard facilities in central, northern, and southern Arizona. These operations create and support over ten thousand jobs and generate nearly $11.5 billion in economic impact to our state economy from the facilities themselves and other economic activity generated by their presence.

Because of Arizona’s massive defense presence, when US Senator John McCain became Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2015, he prioritized opening clearer lines of communication between Congress and America’s defense industry, including creating a pool of localized knowledge he and his colleagues in Washington could reach back to for on-the-ground insight.

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AZDIC Letter to Industry on Ukraine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arizona Defense Coalitions rallied together to provide much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to underserved and highly affected areas of Arizona, such as the Navajo Nation. AM Safe, a west valley-based provider of aviation seatbelts and seatbelt airbags, refocused its manufacturing to produce masks and protective gowns. MD Helicopters and Boeing worked to transport materials to the reservation. As the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated, Arizonians can successfully work together to achieve incredible results, and we know that providing aid to Ukrainian citizens is no exception.

As integral members of the Arizona community, we are calling industry members within Arizona to provide much needed resources, equipment, and supplies to civilians in Ukraine.

AZDIC Letter on Ukraine to Congress

We are calling on Congress to urge the United Nations to enforce the green corridors established in Ukraine for evacuation out of the country. On March 9, Russia and Ukraine reached a diplomatic agreement to establish six green corridors that would serve as routes to allow citizens to evacuate the country and provide resources and medical supplies to citizens remaining in the country. However, the ceasefire agreement in the green corridors is not being honored in Ukrainian territories despite being agreed upon internationally. In central Ukraine, evacuations are only being “interrupted” with artillery fire once per day, but in Eastern Ukraine, it is a catastrophe; vehicles cannot enter despite existing corridors, and those who try to leave are constantly under artillery fire. Please call on President Biden and Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, to work with the United Nations to ensure and uphold the safety and security of these green corridors.

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Letter Supporting the Military Affairs Commission (MAC)

Arizona is home to over twelve hundred aerospace and defense contractors as well as ten military installations: six major active-duty installations (Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca, Luke Air Force Base, Marine Corps Air Station – Yuma, Yuma Proving Grounds, and US Naval Observatory – Flagstaff Station) and four National Guard facilities in central, northern, and southern Arizona. These operations create and support tens of thousands of jobs and generate nearly $11.5 billion in economic impact to our state economy from the facilities themselves and other economic activity generated by their presence.

Given the competitive nature of military mission sets and Department of Defense resources across the US, as well as the $11.5 billion annual economic impact on the state’s economy, an update is needed to expand the purpose of the MAC to protect Arizona’s current missions further and to attract additional ones.

Learn More About Our Collaboration With the Arizona Defense Coalitions