26 out of 100 based in the county or have U.S. headquarters in the county; another 42 have presence here
Washington Technology magazine published its 2011 list of the 100 largest government contractors, and 26 of the firms are based in Fairfax County or have U.S. headquarters here. Another 42 companies on the list are based elsewhere but also have operations in the county.
Four of the top 10 companies on the Washington Technology list are headquartered in Fairfax County: Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics, which are based in the Falls Church area of the county, and Tysons Corner-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Booz Allen Hamilton. Click here for a list of all Fairfax County-based firms on the list. Click here for the entire list.
Fairfax County companies won $22.6 billion in federal contracts ($15.1 billion in defense agency work, $7.5 billion in civilian agency work) in fiscal year 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Consolidated Federal Funds Report. That was the second-highest total for any U.S. locality.
“Fairfax County is a natural headquarters location for government contractors because of the proximity to Washington and our highly skilled workforce,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “We have built a significant and still-growing critical mass of such companies in Fairfax County. This attracts other firms that want to join this cluster of companies so they can partner and compete.”