The Frontline of the Future


Largest Manufacturing Workforce in the Southeast


Largest Military Base in the World at Fort Liberty


Active Military Exit into the Civilian Workforce Annually

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North Carolina Ranked CNBC’s #1 State for Business

For the second year in a row, CNBC has named North Carolina America’s Top State for Business. A world-class workforce played a major role in securing the top spot as did a thriving economy and a low cost of living.

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A top-notch tech innovation ecosystem, defense contractor opportunities, academic and industry partnerships, and an expansive commitment to national defense will help your company succeed here.

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Most Attractive State - Aerospace Manufacturing
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Expansive Commitment to National Defense

The NC Department of Military and Veteran Affairs ensures that our veterans, military members, and their families are supported while other partnerships exist to focus on developing innovative defense technologies.

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Active-Duty Military Makes Its Mark Here

North Carolina has the 4th-largest active-duty military population in the US. Over 20,000 (mostly aged 30 and younger) military personnel with in-demand experience in fields like engineering, IT, healthcare, and more re-enter the workforce each year.

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Top-Notch Training and Maintenance Infrastructure

Multiple training, research, and maintenance facilities are near NC’s military installations. The Fleet Readiness Center East serves as a Naval Aviation maintenance and repair depot and NC’s Global TransPark offers the Composite Center of Excellence training center.

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High Tech Research and Development

The Research Triangle Park in the Raleigh-Durham area is home to major federal defense contractors like IBM and GlaxoSmithKline. Three Tier-1 universities support research and development efforts in cybersecurity, AI, robotics, and more.

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Defense Companies in North Carolina

North Carolina is committed to maintaining the technological advantage for the nation and our Armed Forces. Blue-chip companies performing defense-related work in North Carolina include:

GE Aviation

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Lockheed Martin

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Pratt & Whitney

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RTX Corporation

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Bae Systems

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Booz Allen Hamilton

General Dynamics

General Dynamics

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GM Defense

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Northrop Grumman

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We chose North Carolina for its infrastructure, its consistent ranking as one of the top states to do business, its world-class education system, and its outstanding and diverse workforce.

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Lena Hobbs-Brown

Lena Hobbs-Brown

Business Development Associate