Four reasons why defense and homeland security excels in Florida


Florida’s workforce makes it easy to gather intelligence.

From aerospace engineers to consultants, Florida has the badgeable workforce you need. At more than 194,000 strong, your business will benefit from a talent pool that includes former NASA employees and more than 50,700 active duty military personnel.

2Industry Leaders

Access critical resources with speed and efficiency from your strategic position in the state that nearly every major contractor calls home.

Home to one of the nation’s largest defense and homeland security industries, there are few states that can compete with the scale and scope of its network of major contractors and suppliers. The U.S. Department of Labor ranks us #2 in the nation for space and defense systems manufacturing.

3Military Assets

Build the foundation of your success on a strong base.

There’s a reason we’ve won more than $13 billion in Department of Defense contracts. Florida is home to 20 major military installations and three unified combatant commands, including key procurement offices, research operations, testing units and training commands for all branches of service.


Sharpen your tactical edge with one of the most extensive multi-modal infrastructures in the world.

In addition to 19 commercial airports, 100 public-use airports and two spaceports, Florida offers thousands of square miles of controlled land over water air space, 300+ days of VFR flight conditions per year and multiple aerospace and defense parks with “through the fence” access.


Florida offers a broad range of industry expertise to power your business.

17,000+Defense & Homeland Security
Companies in Florida

Home to the industry’s top flight

  • Boeing
  • Drs
  • General Dynamics
  • Harris
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Raytheon
  • Saic
  • Sikorsky
  • Thales

Areas of Excellence

cover-brief-defense-homeland-security-floridaFrom cyber security to defense electronics, Florida has the assets to support all sectors of the defense and homeland security industry.


Areas of Excellence: missiles and missile defense systems, C4ISR, electro-optics and lasers, simulation and training, logistics/ warfighter support, defense electronics, aircraft and aircraft components, military flight training, and weapons RDT&E

Select Companies in Florida: Boeing, BAE Systems, DRS/ Finmeccanica, Exelis, General Dynamics, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, L-3, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, SAIC, Sikorsky.

Homeland Security

Areas of Excellence: cyber security and systems integration; disaster preparedness, response, and recovery; airport, port, and maritime security; biometrics; and rugged communications equipment

Select Companies in Florida: Crossmatch, General Dynamics, Harris, L-3 Communications, Motorola Solutions, SRI International, Sypris Electronics, Thales eSecurity, Tyco Fire and Security Inc.

Why Florida?

It’s time to protect your bottom line.

Comparative Costs for Defense and Homeland Security Companies in Florida vs. Other Markets

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Global Access

We have a 50+ year relationship with the Space Coast going back to the days of our nation’s race to put the first man on the moon. We knew this was a great place to attract and retain talent. Efficiency and affordability factors helped make the decision to locate operations here.

Rick Matthews

Vice President of Florida Operations for Northrop Grumman

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