Defense and Aerospace

Industry Sector:  Defense and Aerospace

Defense and aerospace make for one of the fastest-growing industry sectors in Fairfax County, which is already home to some of the biggest names in the business including Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

One reason is the instant access to leading customers in the federal government and Pentagon as well as business-to-business partners.  Fairfax County also provides the necessary workforce, with more than 300,000 employed in science and engineering occupations in the Washington, D.C., area. 

When it comes to our nation’s defense and homeland security, Fairfax County is the leader in supplying technology, ideas and the hardware to keep our country safe. Of the $22.8 federal procurement dollars awarded to Fairfax County businesses in 2015, the U.S. Army ($5.2 billion), Air Force ($2.3 billion) and Navy ($1.9 billion) were the leading beneficiaries.

Other major defense and aerospace companies with headquarters or a significant presence in Fairfax County include Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, CSRA, Leidos, ManTech, Engility, Vencore, Harris, Raytheon, HP, CACI, MITRE Corporation, BAE Systems, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Salient CRGT and The Aerospace Corporation.

These companies focus on C3 (command, control and communications) and C4ISR (computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) as well as systems engineering, research and development, cybersecurity and homeland security. 

Of course, people are Fairfax County’s greatest resource, and the large pool of candidates with security clearance, the presence of prime contractors and suppliers, and the abundance of retired and former military personnel contribute to the success in all related fields, including education, training and needs specific to the government.

Fairfax County is also home to the largest number of veteran-owned businesses in the Commonwealth of Virginia and Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Additionally, it is the site of the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (at Dulles International Airport), where the past, present and future of aerospace technology are intertwined.

Among the government agencies headquartered in the county and drawing from the large pool of workers with security clearance are the Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency  (DARPA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Department of Homeland Security and Fort Belvoir.