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Defense companies in Georgia benefit from a strong military presence in the state and a robust manufacturing industry across multiple sectors. We are ranked 7th in Department of Defense spending nationwide, with the majority of the spending allocated to professional services like scientific research, engineering, and construction. Locating or expanding your company in Georgia provides you with a highly-skilled workforce, and the resources needed to get connected.

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A few of the companies located in Georgia are:
BPI Outdoor
Check-Mate Industries
Daniel Defense
Dasan USA
Honor Defense
Pryotechnic Specialty, Inc.
Taurus USA
“We looked at a number of potential locations and finally decided on Thomasville, Ga…We felt impressed by the leadership there. The school system, technical schools and universities are actively developing training programs for trades. Everyone demonstrated an interest in our long-term success, ensuring our move would be successful not only from the start, but for years to come. ”
Joseph DeBello, President and COO Check-Mate Industries
The GUARD Initiative and Georgia Defense Exchange

The GUARD Initiative is a statewide program designed to assist Georgia aerospace and defense companies who perform Department of Defense related work to explore ways to strengthen their business base through new business opportunities, both domestically and internationally. Funded through a grant by the DoD Office of Economic Adjustment, the GUARD Initiative is also intended to help communities be resilient to changes in DoD spending. 

To be part of this effort to build stronger companies and communities, contact Amy Hudnall, Director of the Center of Innovation for Aerospace.

Georgia Defense Exchange - shop your next defense contract

Our directory provides detailed company profiles and contract histories. Search new opportunities, research existing contracts, and connect to new business partners through the Georgia Defense Exchange. Once your online account is approved, you will be able to communicate and collaborate with other companies on the list. A few of the top contractors in Georgia are: 

Top Georgia Defense Contractors, FY 16

Contractor Dollars 
Lockheed Martin $2.5 billion
Northrop Grumman $239.5 million  
General Dynamics $175.5 million
S&K Aerospace $167.3 million
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp.  $141.6 million




Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment




Military Presence in Georgia

Georgia remains one of the nation’s most military-friendly states. More than 60,000 active duty military are stationed across the state’s eight military bases. When you include the National Guard, Reserves, and APF DOD civilians, the total number of service members in Georgia is over 120,000. 

Georgia has 660,000 veterans living in the state, making their specialized skills and training available to businesses.  Additionally, they have strong educational attainment.  Almost all of Georgia’s veterans have a high school diploma or higher (93.6%), and 38.0% have some college or an associate’s degree, which typically correlates to technical skills education.

Each month, people are discharged from the military, providing a near constant stream of skilled and experienced workers. Many companies, especially in the defense and aerospace industries, proudly claim veterans as a sizable portion of their workforce. 

Military Base Est. Annual Exiters Specialty
Ft. Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield 3,600 Home of the 3rd Infantry Division and the Army's longest runway on the East Coast
Ft. Benning 2,700 Maneuver Center of Excellence and Home of the Infantry and East Coast home to Trident nuclear-powered submarines
Ft. Gordon 1,350 Home of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence
Moody AFB 720 Home to the 23rd Wing and 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing
Robins AFB 600 Home of Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, the 78th Air Base Wing, and more than 60 other units
Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base 500 East Coast home to Trident nuclear-powered submarines
Dobbins Air Reserve Base 400 Home of the 94th Airlift Wing
Marine Corps Logistics Base 50 Home to Marine Corps Logistics Command and Marine Depot Maintenance Command/Production Plant Albany


Map of Georgia's Military Base Locations
Cybersecurity: Defending our data

Georgia’s “Cyber Corridor” stretches across the state and consists of 115 information security companies with a workforce of 27,260 people. The new Georgia Cyber Center for Innovation and Training is a $100 million project and is the single largest investment in a cybersecurity facility by a state government to date. Visit the Cybersecurity page to learn more.

The state is also home to the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS), which opened the Georgia Cryptologic Center at Ft. Gordon in Augusta.

The Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence is also moving to Georgia and will bring nearly 4,000 new jobs by 2019.

Georgia Map of Cyber Corridor
Georgia is the No. 1 State for Business

Come to Georgia and take advantage of our pro-business culture and competitive advantages:

  • Highly-skilled workforce
  • Outstanding education system
  • Tax credits for R&D
  • Logistics

View our Georgia Competitive Advantages


Small Business

Explore information, resources and opportunities for starting, growing or financing your small business in Georgia.

Expansion Services

Expanding your company’s footprint in Georgia is made easier with our team of experts located in 12 regions around the state.


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Centers of Innovation

The state’s leading resource for facilitating business innovation, we help companies translate new ideas and technologies into commercially viable products and services.