Seven of the world’s top-10 defense-related firms have a major presence in the Virginia Beach MSA, supporting the largest active-duty military population in the country.
The Virginia Beach MSA is home to the largest active-duty military population in the U.S., as well as 9 major military installations representing all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition, the only permanent NATO Headquarters outside of Europe is located in the MSA, as are the world’s largest naval base, the Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base, headquarters for the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command, the major operating base for U.S. expeditionary forces, the U.S. Navy’s headquarters for computer network command & control, and major commands for both the Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Private industry support for the area’s defense operations plays a major role in the regional economy, creating thousands of jobs and leading significant innovations in new technologies for both military and private sector applications. Seven of the world’s top-10 defense-related firms have a major presence in the Virginia Beach MSA, as well as two major federal R&D facilities (NASA Langley Research Center and Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility) responsible for developing new technologies in the fields of materials, sensors, aviation safety, and nuclear science.
For more information on the bases and armed forces in the area, visit the military page.
Export Opportunities for Virginia's Defense Industry
As the U.S. Federal Government cuts back on defense spending, there are significant opportunities for Virginia’s defense companies to grow sales abroad. VEDP-International Trade has released a defense export guide to assist Virginia’s defense companies in taking advantage of these opportunities to grow sales through exports. This guide introduces new exporters to the processes, considerations, and strategies for making defense sales abroad.
Learn more about these export opportunities.
Major Defense Companies in Virginia Beach
|Allied Technology Group Inc.||515|
|Lockheed Martin Corporation||510|
|J.K. Hill & Associates Inc.||350|
|ADS Tactical Inc.||420|
Key Positions - Average Annual Salaries
|Position||Virginia Beach MSA||United States|
|General and operations managers||$120,790||$119,460|
|Computer hardware engineers||$117,480||$114,970|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, MSA, USA May 2015 Data
J.K. Hill & Associates, formed in 1992, is headquartered in Virginia Beach and has 15 national customer support facilities throughout the United States. Primarily serving the federal government and large government contractors, J.K. Hill & Associates provides a range of services, including storage & warehouse operations, transportation planning, ship surveys, aircraft maintenance, and aircraft refueling. The veteran-owned company is also a three-time recipient of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s “Fantastic 50” businesses recognition. For more information, click here.