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20 military facilities and 60+ federal civilian agencies advance the nation in critical areas, from cybersecurity to public health.

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Maryland is a vanguard that helps keep the United States, and the global community, safe and thriving. The state’s highly skilled and diverse workforce, deep-rooted in research and development, includes a collaboration of thousands of civilian and military scientists, engineers, educators, administrators and technicians. Our workforce has expertise in combating bio terrorism, developing innovative weapons and defense gear, aiding the nation’s healthcare system, safeguarding food and medicine, advancing aerospace and tracking the ever-changing patterns of climate change, among many others.

MILITARY: SUPPORTING A FULL CIRCLE OF DEFENSE

  • $57.4 billion military industry represents 17% of Maryland’s total output.
  • Home to 20 military facilities, including 12 major installations.
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground supports chemical and biological defense R&D, as well as military intelligence, cybersecurity, basic research, engineering and technology.
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is the nation’s largest military medical center and the first continental U.S. stop a wounded warrior makes.
  • Defense contractors include Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton and Lockheed Martin
  • Fort George G. Meade is the largest employer in Maryland and third largest workforce of any Army installation in the U.S.
  • 9,040 aerospace and defense businesses annually generate $33.03 billion.
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FEDERAL RESEARCH POWERHOUSE

  • Access to 60+ federal agencies.
  • 1st in federal obligations for research and development – $16.8 billion.
  • Home to NIST, FDA and NIH, and a total of 74 federal laboratories, twice as many as any other state.
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – home to nation’s largest organization of scientists, engineers and technologists.
  • Maryland’s aerospace and defense businesses secured $8.54 billion in federal contracts.
  • NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect one-third of America’s GDP.
74 federal labs, twice as many as any other state

BUSINESS TO GOVERNMENT

Maryland's aerospace and defense businesses secured $8.42B in federal contracts
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FEATURED FACILITY: Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division

For more than 100 years, the U.S. Navy has built and conducted extensive testing on physical prototypes of ships called scale models before building the real ship in full scale. In 1962, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Maryland, just north of Washington, D.C., built the Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) basin in order to test the scale model performance of ships, platforms and moored systems in realistic sea conditions.

This time-lapse video of the MASK renovation shows the six-year upgrade of the original pneumatic wavemaking system with 216 individually-controlled electro-mechanical waveboards that significantly enhances the capability to create a precise wave environment. The 360-foot long and 240-foot wide facility holds approximately 12 million gallons of water and is used to evaluate the maneuverability, stability and control of scale models.

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