- 70,000+ active duty military personnel; 1.5+ million veterans
- 20 major military installations;
3 unified combatant commands: Southern, Central and Special Operations
- 2nd among U.S. states for space and defense systems manufacturing
- 5th among U.S. states for Department of Defense contract awards
In the NEWS
THALES International aviation defense firm expanding in Melbourne
and Orlando with a target of 500 new jobs by 2021.
BAE SYSTEMS Awarded a $51.3-million contract for maintenance and modernization of the U.S. Navy’s USS Roosevelt guided missile destroyer at its Jacksonville shipyard.
EASTERN SHIPBUILDING Awarded $10.5 billion — the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest-ever vessel procurement contract — to build 25 next-generation Offshore Patrol Cutters at its Panama City shipyards.
LOCKHEED MARTIN Adding 500 jobs at its Missiles and Fire Control plant in Orlando and 300 jobs in Brevard County to support testing/maintenance of Trident II Ballistic Missiles.