Boeing, one of the top aerospace companies in Arlington
Boeing, one of the top aerospace companies in Arlington

Aerospace & Defense

Home of the Nation's Defense Infrastructure

It is no coincidence that eight of the top 10 defense contractors maintain a large presence in Arlington, including the headquarters for Boeing and Raytheon Technologies. Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Airbus have a significant presence in Arlington as well.

Arlington, VA's rich history with the aerospace and defense industry began in 1908 when Orville Wright conducted test flights for the Army over Fort Myer. Since then, global aerospace companies have flocked to Arlington for its proximity to the world’s largest aerospace customer — the U.S. Department of Defense.


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Aerospace & Defense Companies in Arlington

Ideal Location

Top Aerospace and Defense Companies Choose Arlington 

Many of the top aerospace companies in Virginia and across the nation choose Arlington for their operations. Eight of the top 10 defense contractors maintain a presence in the county. These companies locate here to not only gain primary access to key clients, but also to take advantage of the highly experienced aerospace and defense talent pool.

These large corporations often serve as prime contractors for major aerospace and defense programs and provide subcontracting opportunities for businesses of all sizes. 

Contract Opportunities

Prime Territory for Federal Contractors 

In FY 2022, Northern Virginia companies were awarded nearly $84 billion in federal procurement awards, accounting for almost 16% of all federal procurement dollars. Federal contracts awarded to Arlington-based companies have increased by 9% annually over the past five years. (Source:



A Top-Notch, Specialized Talent Pipeline

The Washington, D.C. metro region has more than 300,000 workers in the science and engineering sector. Many of them are experienced in systems engineering and integration, cybersecurity, software development/engineering, as well as federal government processes and procurement practices.  

With the cluster of firms creating abundant job opportunities in aerospace, Arlington is one of the best communities for aerospace engineers. The steady flow of industry professionals pouring into the area makes Arlington the ideal location for finding and hiring skilled talent.

Defense companies in D.C. and Northern Virginia hire from the pool of thousands of active and former service members transitioning to civilian life and military veterans with security clearances. They bring skills that align well with in-demand jobs requiring specific experience such as project management, civil engineering, information technology, logistics and supply chain management.  


The World’s Largest Customer is in Arlington

The Pentagon, a hub for aerospace purchasing in Arlington.Arlington is home to the Department of Defense (DOD), which is headquartered at the Pentagon. Awarding nearly two-thirds of federal contracts by value, the DOD is the largest buyer of aerospace and defense goods and services in the world.

Arlington is also home to other key defense research agencies: 

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Additionally, it’s a quick trip from Arlington to numerous other federal agencies in the D.C. region, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the nation’s policymakers on Capitol Hill.

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