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Defense

Defense

THE FRONTLINE OF THE FUTURE

A top-notch tech innovation ecosystem. Deep Department of Defense, academic, and industry partnerships. A statewide commitment to national defense. Your company can find success here. Join our ranks today.

Top-notch Tech Innovation Ecosystem

NC is home to a thriving technology workforce. Our IT sector is growing more than twice as fast as the national average. Home to the nation’s largest research park (RTP) and boasting the highest share of industry-funded research in the nation at our top universities, your company will have immediate access to exceptional technology and game-changing innovations.

Deep DoD, Academic, and Industry Partnerships

With 7 major military bases, NC has numerous university and industry partnerships with the DoD and Intel communities, including USASOC, JSOC, ARL, NSA, and more. These long-standing relationships combined with a robust defense industrial base that invest heavily in future technologies make NC the premier location for defense companies.

Statewide Commitment to National Defense

Our state is home to numerous statewide offices that facilitate an understanding of and support to national defense. The NC Department of Military and Veteran Affairs ensures that our military members, their families, and our veterans are supported. Public and private partnerships focused on developing and promoting cutting edge defense technologies make NC a leader in national defense.

4TH LARGEST ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY WORKFORCE IN THE NATION

North Carolina has the fourth-largest active-duty military population in the US, with over 18,000 military personnel re-entering the workforce each year. More than 82% of the individuals leaving the military in the next three years will be 30 years old or younger and have highly-demand experience in fields such as engineering, information technology, healthcare, communications, research, and more.

LOW COST OF DOING BUSINESS

The lowest corporate income tax in the US makes NC a smart location for defense contractors. Our low cost of doing business makes our state even more business-friendly – from building costs 16% below the national average, electricity costs 10% below the national average, and the costs of living up to 11% below the national average in major metropolitan areas.

OUTSTANDING INFRASTRUCTURE

Access to customers is made easy thanks to NC’s prime location on the eastern seaboard. With four international airports, two deepwater seaports and extensive railways and interstates, our unparalleled infrastructure can help you accelerate your growth.

IN GOOD COMPANY

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