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ED 761: Defense Communities

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This fully online, 10-week summer course is designed for economic developers whose economy is defense dependent and military personnel involved with civilian affairs, logistics, and procurement. The course makes extensive use of data analytics to understand the defense industry and how to diversify local economies.

This course was piloted in Summer 2018.

The course was designed under the Support National Security Technology Acceleration and Economic Diversification program funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment. It is part of the Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative


  • The Military in the National Economy
  • The Social, Economic, and Community Impacts of the Defense Industry
  • Defense Contractors and the DOD Procurement Process
  • Shifts in Defense Procurement
  • Tools for Measuring the Economic Impacts and Mapping the Supply Chains of the Defense Industry
  • Shifts in Defense Procurement
  • Case Studies of Successful Diversifications

Interested in taking this 3 credit hour course?

No prerequisites, but acceptance through the Graduate School is required.

Graduate Tuition and fees can be found on the Business Services website

NOTE: This graduate course can be taken as an elective for the Masters of Science in Economic Development Program or other graduate program as well as non-degree seeking for those not enrolled in a graduate program.


Chad R. Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Masters of Science in Economic Development Program

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