Military support efforts

The Hawthorn Foundation and Kit Bond Strategies have supported numerous efforts to ensure Missouri's military-based economy remains strong.

The Department of Defense (DoD) plays an integral, expansive role in Missouri’s economy and the lives of many Missourians. 

Hawthorn works with the Office of the Military Advocate in the Department of Economic Development to assist with programs and initiatives designed to strengthen and grow our defense sector businesses and the bases and agencies that call Missouri home.

Hawthorn recently conducted an economic Impact study examining DoD's contributions to Missouri's economy. The study found that the total economic output of DoD contract spending in Missouri averaged $33.2 billion and supported 162,000 jobs. Missouri's three military installations—the Missouri National Guard, Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base—make up the largest share of the state's military footprint, while the defense industry makes up an even larger share in terms of total economic impact.

Hawthorn continuously work with defense communities and constituencies throughout the state in a well-coordinated partnership aimed at educating policymakers, senior military officials and DoD leaders about Missouri's military strength. Hawthorn also continuously seeks input, shares ideas and supports the execution of initiatives that will protect and enhance Missouri’s military-based economy. Click here for a PDF containing more information.