Military & Defense Sector

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Governor Inslee’s top priority is to create an economic climate where innovation and entrepreneurship can continue to thrive and create well-paying jobs in every corner of our state. The Military & Defense sector, as Washington’s second largest direct public employer, just behind the state itself, and a key industry that cuts across many sectors in Washington, helps create the backbone for a strong economy through our diverse defense missions and military installations, our pioneering companies, and our military friendly communities.

How do we define Washington State's Military & Defense sector:

  • Infrastructure (missions, installations & workforce)
  • Industry (suppliers & contractors)
  • Partnerships (public, private & social organizations)
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    Impacts of Washington State's military installations and defense related assets:

    As the second largest public employer in Washington employing more than 127,000 active duty, reserve, guard and civilian personnel, home to over 540,000 veterans including 71,000 retirees and 88,674 military families; Washington’s military and defense community supports over $13 billion dollars in annual procurement supported by nearly 2,000 businesses across the state, representing nearly 3% of the state’s GDP.

    What’s next for Washington State's Military & Defense sector:

    Top four items to focus on in 2017-19:

  • developing & promoting strong military-civilian partnerships that help us advocate and advance the sector regionally & nationally,
  • provide for military & defense compatible use in local communities all across the state,
  • promote a business climate that enhances an innovative military & defense industry, and
  • continue to enhance the successful transition of service members, veterans & their families to civilian life
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    Key Sectors

    Communication and coordination

    Working to ensure that defense communities and the public infrastructure that enables the military to meet its mission needs must be a high priority and requires a broad strategic perspective that must take into account the needs of the military, defense, public, private and social sectors. Through coordinated stakeholder engagement we will have significant impact on Washington’s military and defense sector and the people who live in our communities.


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    Kristiné Reeves

    Director, Military & Defense Sector

    A Washington native, Kristiné serves as the Director of Economic Development for the Military & Defense sector, focusing on the public and private elements of economic development as it relates to infrastructure, suppliers and contractors, community advocacy and public infrastructure organizations. Before joining the Department of Commerce, she served as the Kitsap & Olympic Peninsula Director, the South Sound Regional Director and the Statewide Veterans Constituency Coordinator for U.S. Senator Patty Murray. As a member of the senator’s staff, Kristiné was instrumental in facilitating a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Field Hearing in Tacoma, increasing networking and relationship development with the Navy and the Army, and worked intimately on military transition and workforce development issues in the state. Kristiné received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University-Pullman and her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration.

    Need Help?

    Kristiné M. Reeves
    Military & Defense Sector Lead
    kristine.reeves@commerce.wa.gov
    Phone: 206-256-6105

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