Defense & Military

Southeastern North Carolina has a long and proud heritage with the presence of military installations in the region including: Fort Bragg (Cumberland County), Marine Corps Base Camp Lejuene and Marine Corps
Air Station New River (Onslow County) and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (Wayne County). The installations combine to house more than 100,000 soldiers, marines and airmen. 


North Carolina's Southeast has partnered with the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance to assist with marketing the Fort Bragg region to the Defense Industry. Please visit the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance website for additional information.

North Carolina has recently completed a new project for logistics to support the Defense industry. Download our brochure and the memorandum for the North Carolina Logistics Initiative.


Defense Presence in and around the Region:

  • Fort Bragg & Pope Army Airfield near Fayetteville  - Units on base include the US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), the US Army Reserve Command (USARC), the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division, the US Army Special Operations Command, and the US Army JFK Special Warfare Center, as well as the AF 43rd Airlift Wing and the 440th Airlift Wing. Ft. Bragg supports a population of over 150,000 military and civilian personnel on base.
  • Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU) near Southport- is the largest munitions installation in the world.
  • US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington is the regional operations center with forty personnel.
  • Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville - Units on base include the II Marine Expeditionary Force and the US Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, making the base one of the Marine Corps' most important strategic assets.
  • Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is home to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, the Navy's Fleet Readiness Center East and the nation's only Vertical Lift Center of Excellence.
  • Marine Corps Air Station New River  just outside of Camp Lejeune, supports and enhances the Marine Corps Aviation Combat Element.
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro is home to the 4th Fighter Wing and the multi-role, all-weather F-15E Strike Eagle.
  • The US Navy's Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC East) at MCAS Cherry Point  provides extensive maintenance and engineering support to Navy and Marine Corps aviation, as well as other armed services, federal agencies and foreign governments. 

Support Infrastructure

  • Center for Defense and Homeland Security at Fayetteville State University - a new research and development initiative in support of the mitigation and recovery of natural and man-made catastrophic disasters, within the U.S.
  • All American Defense Corridor– A key national security zone stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Research Triangle Region resulting in one of the largest defense installations in the western hemisphere.
  • NC Military Business Center – assists NC companies in locating and bidding on defense contracts.  Also helps companies locate ex-military workers for jobs.
  • NC Military Foundation– works to coordinate state and regional efforts to grow NC’s military and defense sectors.
  • Specially designed Military Business Parks – designed with defense contractors in mind, parks under construction to be ready for defense/security companies. 

General Advantages

  • Mid-Atlantic location gives access to 170 Million US and Canadian residence in a one-day drive time.
  • 10,000+ exiting military personnel annually.
  • Workforce that is 10% more productive than the national average.
  • The lowest unionization rates in the country (1.9%).
  • Existing large metalworking cluster and advanced manufacturing workforce.
  • 2 deep water ports in NC and within 200 miles of the highest volume ports on the east coast (Norfolk, VA and Charleston, SC)
  • Free customizable training programs through NC’s Community College system at any of our eight Community Colleges.
  • Foreign Trade Zone at the Port of Wilmington.
  • Highly competitive incentives and financial assistance.
  • Population growth at nearly twice the national average.
  • Quality of life that attracts and retains talent with a cost of living that is lower than the national average.
Company Name Product County
Axicor Parts and equipment Bladen
Danaher Industrial controls Bladen
BAE Systems Prime Contractor Cumberland
Boeing Aeronautical and other service offices Cumberland
DRASH High-tech, soft-walled shelter systems Cumberland
General Dynamics Prime Contractor Cumberland
ITT Mission Systems Prime Contractor Cumberland
K-3 Enterprises Consulting and Program Management Services Cumberland
L- 3 Communications Prime Contractor in C3ISR and other major program areas Cumberland
Lockheed-Martin Prime Contractor Cumberland
ManTech IT services Cumberland
RLM Communications Tactical / strategic communication services Cumberland
US Logistics Distribution and logistics services Cumberland
QRP Inc. Quick release pins Cumberland
4G Communications Communications Cumberland
Booz Allen Hamilton Telecommunications consulting Cumberland
DK Enterprises Inc Weapons supplies and equipment Cumberland
Global Services Corporation Information distribution and e-learning Cumberland
The Logistics Company Inc. Warehousing, storage and logistics Cumberland
Shee Atika Languages Training, translation and interpreting Cumberland
Sierra Nevada Corporation Electronic systems Cumberland
Tactical Support Equipment Communications, recon/surveillance & training equipment Cumberland
WECC Inc Civil engineering construction building and maintenance Cumberland
Worldwide Language Resources Language services Cumberland
Johnson Controls Inc. Electrical equipment Cumberland
Graybar Electric Company Electrical hardware and supplies New Hanover
Military Wraps Camouflage capabilities for military vehicles Robeson
MSA Paraclete Armor and Equip. Ballistic protection vests Robeson
Porter Scientific Inc Testing and inspection Robeson
Meritor Integrated systems, modules & components for Auto industry Scotland