Aerospace and Defense

Aerospace & defense companies choose Arlington, VA for immediate access to the nation’s top customers, decision makers and workforce. Arlington is adjacent to the Nation’s capital and easily accessible to policy makers on Capitol Hill, the White House, and other Federal Agencies. The U.S. Department of Defense (Pentagon), the world’s largest aerospace & defense customer, is headquartered in Arlington.  

Arlington's A&D Ecosystem


Facts and Figures

  • Many of the world’s largest aerospace & defense (A&D) companies have a significant presence in Arlington, including Boeing, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon Technologies. These large corporations often serve as prime contractors for major A&D programs and also provide subcontracting opportunities for small businesses.
  • Arlington has a rich ecosystem of innovative companies leveraging federal funding to create and develop new product lines with application in the A&D sector, such as Battlespace, Battelle, Center for Naval Analysis, RAND Corporation, SAIC and SRI International.
  • In FY 2020, Northern Virginia companies were awarded nearly $87 billion in federal procurement awards, exceeding the total of any other single state. Specifically, Arlington companies were awarded $10.6 billion, a 58% increase from FY 2016. (Source:


Why Arlington

Customers and Decision Makers

Arlington is home to the Department of Defense at the Pentagon, which alone awards nearly two-thirds of federal contracts by value, plus the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Office of Naval Research (ONR). Located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington is a quick trip to numerous federal agencies, including DHS, FAA, and NASA, and the nation's policymakers on Capitol Hill.

Highly Skilled and Veteran-Rich Workforce

The Washington DC region has more than 250,000 people working in the science and engineering sector. Arlington boasts the highest level of educated residents in the nation with over 73% of adult residents having a bachelor’s degree and more than 39% with an advanced degree.

Additionally, the region is home to thousands of military veterans and active service members who are transitioning to civilian life. Many of them bring skills that align neatly with in-demand jobs that require experience such as project management, civil engineering, information technology, and logistic and supply chain management.  

Welcoming Business Environment

In 2019, Virginia was named as the Top State for Business by CNBC for its world-class workforce, high-performing education system, and business friendly regulations. Additionally, Arlington was ranked as the second easiest place for business operations by Arizona State University's Doing Business North America report, which highlighted the County's regulations for employing workers, paying taxes, and starting a business.




Learn More

For more information on Arlington's A&D ecosystem, contact Sindy Yeh, Senior Business Ambassador, Business Investment Group at (703) 228-0858 or [email protected].

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