BALTIMORE, MD (November 30, 2021) – Maryland ranked fourth out of U.S. states for overall defense spending in the federal fiscal year 2020, moving up one spot from the fiscal year 2019, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. Overall spending topped $30.4 billion, compared to $26.1 billion the previous year. 


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“This report confirms Maryland’s status as a powerhouse of the defense industry.  Our leading military installations and thriving community of innovative defense contractors attracted this increased federal funding and continue to fuel economic growth across the state,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “Commerce is proud to support Maryland’s important contributions to cybersecurity, aerospace, and other cutting-edge defense research & development areas.”

Since Maryland is a leader in research, development, test, and evaluation activities, the state benefitted from a $9.2 billion increase in funding for those activities in the Department of Defense’s FY2020 budget. 

The report also placed Maryland fourth among states for the percentage of the state’s GDP (7%) that was attributable to defense spending in the fiscal year 2020. The percentage of total U.S defense spending done in Maryland increased from 4.7% to 5.1% from the fiscal year 2019 to the fiscal year 2020.

Contracts awarded to defense contractors totaled $22.4 billion, ranking Maryland fifth among states; this is an increase of $4.5 billion over the fiscal year 2019 when Maryland ranked sixth. Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Queen Anne’s Counties saw the largest increases in contract spending, driven in part by awards to contractors in those areas.

Maryland ranked No. 8 for total defense personnel in the fiscal year 2020 with 95,491; the state-ranked No. 5 for personnel spending, with a combined payroll of $8 billion. Top defense contractors are Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Johns Hopkins University, Federal Resources Supply, and Leidos.

The Maryland Department of Commerce continues to support the state’s community of defense contractors through programs and resources including: 

A previous Commerce program, the Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance Program, provided support and training to defense contractors so they could diversify their revenue and client base and insulate themselves from fluctuations in the federal defense budget.

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