Defense & Military



Defense is BIG business in North Carolina's Southeast Region

  • More than 109,000 active duty military operating in region
  • $2 Billion spent annually by DoD
  • 18,000 military personnel exit the service each year
  • 530,000 veterans employed in region


To learn more, download our Defense Industry Brochure

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 200 Million US and Canadian residence in a one-day drive time.
  • 18,000+ exiting military personnel annually.
  • Workforce that is 10% more productive than the national average.
  • The second lowest unionization rates in the country (4.1%).
  • 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 214 at the Port of Wilmington and Foreign Trade Zone 93 inland.
  • 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
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Military installation Wayne