Two Defense-related Firms Arrive in Wake of Post-BRAC Expansion

The massive expansion of Fort Bragg, already the U.S. Army’s most populous post, is spurring business opportunities for surrounding communities as new military personnel, dependents and operations arrive.  In recent months two Pentagon contractors have begun establishing a presence in Cumberland County in order to serve Fort Bragg and its growing mission.

TigerSwan Tactical Training, a unit of a privately held TigerSwan, Inc., is undertaking plans for constructing a 50-acre training ground out of farmland near Cedar Creek. The company, founded in 2005 by former members of the Delta Force counterterrorism unit, contracts with the Department of Defense for training and security, and provides business intelligence and crisis management services to corporate clients. Based in Apex, N.C., the firm also has offices in Japan, Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. North Carolina’s Southeast generated the lead for the project through its contacts in the industry.

In February, officials of Virginia-based BoozAllenHamilton announced plans to grow their Fayetteville presence from 30 to 300 workers. The global consulting firm provides the Army with expertise in strategic planning, organizational development, cyber security, I/T, systems engineering and program management. “North Carolina continues to be a growing force when it comes to attracting jobs in the defense, homeland security and aerospace sectors,” said Governor Beverly Perdue in a statement welcoming the company. “Today’s announcement shows why Cumberland County is a hub of economic activity with the relocation of FORSCOM and USARC, and these 300 jobs are a perfect fit.”

The Army’s Forces Command and Reserve Command are major military organizations relocating to Fort Bragg as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommendations. By March 2011, the two commands will begin their moves into newly constructed facilities at Fort Bragg. In their wake will come the arrival of 7,445 additional military and civilian personnel and more than 16,000 dependent family-members.