National Security & Defense

The Indiana Uplands is a premier, vibrant, and thriving defense region. Advances in technology are energizing the region’s deeply rooted cluster of visionary defense anchors, industry leaders, academia, and innovation partners.

Regional Excellence

Opportunities are multiplying in the Indiana Uplands. As the world’s third-largest Naval Installation, Naval Support Activity Crane (NSA Crane) is not only a major employer but also serves as a magnet for private-sector companies and a catalyst for an ever-expanding innovation ecosystem in partnership with Indiana University and Purdue University.

The Uplands is seven times more concentrated in federal civilian defense employment than communities across the country.

For every ten jobs at NSA Crane, another six jobs exist in defense-related industry and activities throughout the region.

NSA Crane and regional defense contractors have a combined economic impact of over $1 billion annually for the Uplands region.

Defense Technologies

Innovation is driving defense development. Advanced technologies and collaborative partnerships are driving cutting-edge innovation and economic growth in the Uplands.




Fueled by development nodes Bloomington, East Gate, and WestGate@Crane, the Indiana Uplands defense industry footprint is continuously growing across the region.



Defense Companies & Organizations

Collaboration is at the heart of this vibrant ecosystem. Public-private partnership initiatives are developing the region’s business and workforce in tandem.