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Aerospace and Defense

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Maryland is a thriving location for space exploration, satellite technology and research, design and manufacturing of UAVs and robotics. The industry includes Department of Defense related activities such as biodefense, cybersecurity, avionics, informatics and ordnance and weapons testing. Under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, Maryland added thousands of jobs, primarily at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Meade, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Maryland's 8,720 aerospace and defen​se businesses annually generate $33.03 billion in economic activity and secure $8.52 billion in federal contracts.​​

For more information, contact Ken McCreedy​ at 410-767-6379.

Featured Maryland Aerospace Resource: Johns Hopkins University APL​

Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab (APL), located in Laurel, Md., is the nation’s largest university-affiliated research center. APL researchers continuously innovate and engineer to meet critical needs in aerospace and defense. A UAV that can stay beneath the water, then launch into air to perform a variety of missions is among the innovations to come out of APL.


​Industry Snapshot

  • Employment (2015) - 90,470 private sector jobs (131,970 including public sector)
  • Leading subsectors:
    • Computer systems design and related services - 65,400 jobs
    • National security - 35,300 jobs
    • R&D in physical, engineering and life sciences - 11,600 jobs
  • Business establishments (2015) - 8,720
  • Total wages (2015) -$14.18 billion
  • Average salary (2015) - $107,430
  • Gross state product (2014) - $33.03 billion
  • Federal procurement (FY2015) - $8.54 billion

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