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 and Defense sector

  • Infrastructure (missions, installations & workforce)
  • Industry (suppliers & contractors)
  • Partnerships (public, private & social organizations)

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 and 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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Kristiné Reeves

Director, Military and Defense Sector

A Washington native, Kristine serves as the Director of Economic Development for the Military & Defense Sector, focusing on the public investments that fuel the private elements of economic development as it relates to military infrastructure, defense suppliers and contractors, community advocacy and public non-profit 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, Kristine was instrumental in facilitating increased relationship development with the military installations, military families and veterans in the state on behalf of the Senator, and worked intimately on military transition and workforce development issues that resulted in successful implementation of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 and has led Washington to become a national leader on military transition & quality of life efforts.

Kristine’s passion for military families and veterans comes from her family’s long history of military service. As the daughter, granddaughter and twin sister of veterans, Kristine has devoted most of her career to enhancing the quality of life for military families and veterans across our state.

Kristine received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University-Pullman and her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Kristine has graduated from the US Army War College’s Leadership Seminar, has served as past-chair of the Association of Defense Communities State Advisors Council, and currently serves as an advisory member for the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition and as an executive board member to the Washington Military Alliance. Kristine currently lives with her husband and two small children in South King County, where she is actively engaged in her community.

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 M. Reeves
Military & Defense Sector Lead
Phone: 206-256-6105