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.
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
|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
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|
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.
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
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