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About 3M Defense

Agile Innovation. Real-world Solutions.

3M Defense is laser focused on understanding and engaging all branches of the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. We're problem solvers who research and develop solutions to help protect our country and those who serve.

Our nimble team draws upon 45 core technology platforms developed by 3M scientists and engineers. We often use conventional items for extraordinary applications and combine technologies or products to produce uncommon solutions.

Built On a Strong Tradition of Innovation and Success

St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M Company is known for its technical expertise, depth and breadth. We have a solid relationship with the Federal Government, including a long history of research and development. For more than 60 years, 3M has worked hand in hand with the aerospace and defense industries to develop high-performance materials.

After fulfilling a 2009 Master Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Army and realizing the value 3M could offer to all national defense branches, we created 3M Defense. We are a small, start-up team with the power of a $27 billion organization behind us. While we enjoy the benefits of 3M's scale and size, we also have the freedom to adapt, create and innovate.

Customer-inspired Innovation

With thousands of successful products on the market, 3M has perfected a model for understanding and engaging customers. Our formula for success is proven and documented. As a young, growing team within the larger corporation, 3M Defense uses this model as a foundation in creating solutions to the challenges you face every day. In everything we do, we apply a culture of customer-inspired innovation to meeting national security, homeland defense and warfighter needs.

Off the Shelf or Highly Customized

We're featuring a few of our products and capabilities on this website, but as you can imagine, they are only the beginning. At 3M we don't start with products — we start with you. We take time to understand your challenges and requirements. Our expertise is in matching, modifying and customizing products to meet your needs.

Interested? We Are.

Together we can solve some of your toughest challenges by applying the wealth of potential solutions available through 3M's technology portfolio. Call us:


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Norb Biderman
Norbert J. Biderman

Strategic Key Account Manager, 3M Defense

Todd Schwarzenbach
Todd A. Schwarzenbach

Defense Solutions Business Unit Manager, 3M Defense

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