July 13, 2011

Choctaw Defense

Choctaw company shows military commitment

By M.A. SmithLocated at the far end of McAlester with no signs or logos identifying its occupants sits an ordinary looking industrial factory and office complex. Many would never suspect this is home to a company that builds bomb components and other military equipment.

Choctaw Defense—one of the manufacturing businesses owned and operated by the Choctaw Nation—has manufactured missile components, trailers, heaters and other military equipment for over 20 years.

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Today, with more than 200 employees, Choctaw Defense continues that tradition, building inventive military tech, from trailers to heaters to laser-guided weapons.

“[It’s a] small company with a lot of big capabilities,” CEO Steven Benefield told FoxNews.com. “We do want to support that warfighter. We're motivated by being able to provide good quality jobs and supporting the mission.”

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the third largest Native American tribe in the United States with more than 200,000 members, owns Choctaw Defense, headquartered in McAlester, Okla. It has contracts with the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, as well as major players like Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

The company’s slogan is “Built for the Battlefield” and while it began with laser-guided bomb components and military grade-shipping containers, it now has a range of defense tech.