Defense contractors in Georgia are able to compete for government contracts and maintain the competitive advantage of a highly-skilled and trained workforce thanks to a strong military presence, a partnership with the U.S. Air Force and an outstanding education system.

In FY2015, $6.4 Billion in U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contract work was performed in Georgia with 49,558 people in DoD Contract dependent employment. Of this, the Aerospace sector accounts for $2.7 Billion (42%) and 13,656, respectively.


operationworkforceGeorgia has one of the best workforces in the nation. You will maintain a competitive advantage with a highly-skilled workforce of former military personnel ready for virtually all defense-related areas.

In addition, Operation Workforce supports Georgia’s veterans and connects them to job opportunities, resources and services.


Georgia’s technology ecosystem has turned it into a hub for cybersecurity research and application. The state is home to 115 IT/Cyber companies including IBM, Dell, Verisign and VMware Airwatch.

Georgia’s “Cyber Corridor” stretches from Ft. Gordon in Augusta over to Ft. Benning in Columbus, and up to Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

The state is also home to the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS), which opened the Georgia Cryptologic Center at Ft. Gordon in Augusta.

The Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence is also moving to Georgia and will bring nearly 4,000 new jobs by 2019.

Within the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the state’s Center of Innovation for IT serves as the connection point between business, government and academia to increase industry innovation. It is the go-to resource for issues and trends that support the growing cybersecurity industry in the state. Click here for more.



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Exclusive to Georgia, the Centers of Innovation provide over 1,500 businesses each year the technical industry expertise, collaborative research, and partnerships to help connect, compete and grow globally in the state’s strategic industries: aerospace, agribusiness, energy technology, IT, logistics and manufacturing.

The Center of Innovation for Aerospace advances recognition of Georgia’s strength in the global aerospace industry and contributes to the entrepreneurial and educational ecosystems required for its continued growth. Its areas of focus include aerospace manufacturing, MRO and Air Transportation.

microchip_handsThe Center of Innovation for IT is the go-to resource for Georgia’s robust technology community and helps businesses seize new opportunities. Its areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobility, and health IT and medical devices.


International Trade

In addition, businesses can leverage the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s International Trade team to discover new opportunities for increasing foreign business and exports.


georgiatech_studentsGeorgia Institute of Technology

The state’s partnership with Georgia Tech, one of the nation’s leading technology institutions, serves as a gateway for companies looking to take advantage of world-class technological innovation, workforce training, and defense-related research and application.

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) solves the most complex technical problems facing government in Georgia, across the nation and around the globe. Much of GTRI’s work with the U.S. federal government supports security and defense.

In addition, its Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory conducts applied research focused on cyber threats and countermeasures, secure multi-level information sharing, and reverse engineering among other things.

georgiatech_skylineGTRI is also the primary contractor of the Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST) program, which aims to investigate open security methods, models, and technologies and identify viable sustainable approaches that support national cyber security objectives.

Georgia Tech offers certifications in nine defense technology areas, including modeling and simulation via its Defense Technology program.



guard-logoLaunched in 2015, the GUARD Initiative is a multi-phase effort designed to assist Georgia and defense companies who perform Department of Defense(DoD)-related work in creating new business opportunities for managing their talent and resources.

For more information on the effort and to read current reports, click here.



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