Research: Publications

Pentagon Spending in Georgia

June 15, 2015 | Report

By William D. Hartung

< Back to Publication


Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy

June 2015



Georgia ranked 14th (USASpending) in the country in terms Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $6.4 billion . It received $624 in contract awards per capita, which ranked 22nd among the 50 states.  Comparatively, Georgia received $5.6 billion in FY2013. As Georgia’s GDP was $456.5 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 1.2% of Georgia’s GDP in 2013.


1) Lockheed Martin – Major aeronautics production plant in Marietta, with 6,000 current employees, is the home assembly for the C-130 Hercules and F-22 Raptor and parts of the F-35 Lightning II, as well as avionics and engine modernization work for the C-5 Galaxy and P-3 Orion.  

2) General Dynamics – Headquarters and major production plant for Gulfstream Aerospace division is located in Savannah and employs 900 people. General Dynamics Electric Boat Company has repair facilities in King’s Bay

3) Scientific Research Corporation- Headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Provides technology research and solutions for national defense. Employs 1,500 worldwide

4) Northrop Grumman Corporation- Facilities in Warner Robins, GA. Employs 500 people.

5) Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation- Office in Atlanta, GA. Employs 1,100 people. Provides “contracting, grant, and research administration services for the Georgia Tech Research Institute”.


1) Fort Benning (107,627 population) –Home to the United States Army Infantry School

2) Fort Stewart (67,000 population) – Home to the 3rd Infantry Division, approximately 280,000 acres 

3) Robins Air Force Base (22,259  personnel) –Home to Air Force Materiel Command’s Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, which is the largest worldwide manager of aircraft, engines, missiles, software, avionics, & accessories 





1- Lockheed Martin – $2,892,111,803 (2014, USASpending

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the builder of Lockheed’s military aircraft, has a major production plant in Marietta, GA.

“The company’s site in Marietta, Georgia, is home to assembly of the C-130 Hercules transport. The Marietta site is also responsible for the avionics and engine modernization programs for the C-5 Galaxy strategic transport, P-3 Orion program operations, including the new wing production line, and the center wing assembly for all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II.” (Lockheed Martin)

The Marietta plant employs 6,000 people (Lockheed Martin). 

Lockheed Martin cut 960 jobs in Marietta in 2012. This was due to the slowing production of C-130 Hercules and the move of  F-22 Raptor jets production to Texas. (The Augusta Chronicle, 12/16/12)

In April 2008, Lockheed Martin completed the acquisition of Eagle Group International LLC, which was based In Atlanta, GA. The acquisition of Eagle Group International provided Lockheed Martin with “logistics and business process services offerings with the U.S. Army” and “military health system expertise” (Lockheed Martin)  

Some recent, large contracts awarded to Lockheed Martin in GA:

“Awarded a $28,419,498 undefinitized contract action (P00375) to previously awarded contract FA8625-11-C-6597 for procurement of MC-130J Increment 3 Low Rate Initial Production Kits.” (Defense Department, 2/20/15

“Awarded a $72,721,898 modification (P00394) to previous awarded contract FA8625-11-C-6597 for fiscal year 2013 congressional add aircraft procurement.” (Defense Department, 3/23/15)

“Awarded a $662,032,335 modification (P00350) to FA8625-11-C-6597 for the purchase of two MC-130J, two HC-130J, three KC-130J, one C-130J, two U.S. Coast Guard HC-130J production aircraft, and 20 quick engine change assemblies under the basic contract.” (Defense Department, 12/31/14)

“Awarded a $222,923,464 fixed-price modification (P00200) under contract FA8625-07-C-6471 for the C-5 Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP).” (Defense Deparment, 6/18/14

2- General Dynamics Corporation – $197,762,587 (2014, USASpending

General Dynamics Electric Boat Company has maintenance and repairs facility in Kings Bay, GA. (General Dynamics)  

General Dynamics Gulfstream Aerospace is headquartered in Savannah, GA.

The Savannah plant employs 900 people (Gulfstream

The site produces “large and ultralarge aircraft” (Gulf Stream

Some recent, large contracts awarded to General Dynamics in GA:

“Awarded $13,006,223 in modifications to task orders 0015 and 0016 on previously awarded contract FA8106-13-D-0002.” (Defense Department, 2/13/15)

“Awarded a maximum $102,062,349 modification (P00002) exercising option period one on firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA8106-13-D-0002) for contractor logistics support services to the C-20 and C-37 fleet for Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard.” (Defense Department, 3/26/14)

“Awarded a $26,816,000 firm-fixed-price contract to purchase one leased C-37A aircraft.” (Defense Department, 6/25/12

3- Scientific Research Corporation- $116,343,129 (2014, USASpending)

Offers “technology solutions for national defense and global security” (Scientific Research Corp.)

“SRC's business activities are focused on a broad range of information, communications, intelligence, electronic warfare, simulation, training, and instrumentation systems.” (SRC

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia 

Has over 1,500 employees worldwide (SRC

Some recent, large contracts awarded to Scientific Research Corp. in GA:

“Awarded a $49,815,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to support the operations and maintenance of the ground threat system” (Inside the Net, 5/5/15)

“Awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with provisions for firm-fixed-price task orders, performance based contract...for the procurement of biometric support services in the areas of research and development, investigation, analysis, test and evaluation procurement and reporting for counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and force protection technology needs, intelligence gathering technology, identity exploitation, and the overall development of multi-modal biometric technologies...estimated $99,400,000” (Defense Department, 5/22/14)

“Awarded a $100 million supply contract for the procurement of commercial-off-the-shelf, command and control equipment and related incidental support services” (Defense Department, 6/24/11

4- Northrop Grumman Corporation- $114,137,906 (2014, USASpending)


“Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company” that produces “innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization” (Northrop Grumman)

Opened a new facility in Warner Robins, GA in 2010.

Functions as an infrared countermeasures (IRCM) sustainment center, which “repairs IRCM equipment for the U.S. Air Force's large aircraft infrared countermeasures and U.S. Special Operations Command's directed energy infrared countermeasures” (Northrop Grumman News Release, 2010)

Employs 500 people (The Telegraph, 5/4/14)  

Some recent, large contracts awarded to Scientific Research Corp. in GA:

“Awarded a $15,212,790 firm-fixed-price contract for the repair of the AN/ALQ-135 Electronic Countermeasures System's Band 3 and Bands 1&2 Traveling Wave Tubes.” (Defense Department, 6/26/14

“Awarded an estimated $26,381,175 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for support of the C-130 Direct Sales Public Private Partnership for repair of 28 national stock numbers.” (Defense Department, 9/27/13)

“Awarded a $401,000,000 indefinite-delivery requirements contract.” (Defense Department, 5/29/15

5- Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation- $197,418,520 (2014, USASpending

Provides “contracting, grant, and research administration services for the Georgia Tech Research Institute” (GTARC Home)

Nonprofit contracting agency for GTRI and Georgia Tech. “Organized and operated for the purpose of soliciting grants and contracts, accepting grants, and entering into contracts for research or services to be performed by or in conjunction with GTRI.” (GTARC About)

Employs 1,100 people (Manta)

Some recent, large contracts awarded to Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp. in GA:

“Awarded an $11,982,586 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for university affiliated research center follow-up for radar related research and development.” (Defense Department, 9/22/14)

“Awarded a $44,500,000 cost- plus-fixed- fee, indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity contract for research and development of the Electronic Warfare/ Sensor Technology, Modeling, Simulation and Analysis Research program” (Military Industrial  Complex, 11/25/14)

“Awarded a $25,000,000  deliver order (0277) to previously awarded contract HC1047-05-D-4000 for Communications Electronic Command, Software Engineering Center, Army Reprogramming Analysis Team multispectral sensor research and development” (Military Industrial Complex, 9/30/14)

“Awarded a $20,545,422 delivery order (0265) on the SENSIAC indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity,  cost- plus-fixed- fee, sole-source contract (HC1047-05-D4000) for Foreign Military Sales Electronic Warfare Sensor System (Military Industrial Complex, 5/8/14



1- Fort Benning – (107,627 total population)

The Fort Benning population is made up of: Military-47,323 (active duty-27,436); Dependents-51,892; Civilian-8,412 (Fort Benning

“It is estimated that more than 120,000 Soldiers, Family members, military retirees, civilians and contractors live, work and use services on Fort Benning daily.” (US Army)

It is home to the Maneuver Center of Excellence and the Armor and Infantry schools (US Army)

Yearly, it trains approximately 96,000 service members 

Fort Benning  is “responsible for training and leader development of every Infantry and Armor Soldier”

Since 1918, Fort Benning, Ga, has served as the Home of the Infantry. Later, it also became the Home of the Armor. The Maneuver Center of Excellence transformation began as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission's decision to consolidate a number of schools and installations to create "centers of excellence."

The Fort’s overall economic impact is estimated to be $6 billion (WALB

2- Fort Stewart – (67,000 total population)

The Fort Stewart population is made up of: Military-26,000; Dependents-36,000; Civilians-5,000 (Fort Stewart

Fort Stewart's main residents are members of the 3rd Infantry Division.

The third infantry division served multiple tours in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 3rd ID became the first complete division to serve in Iraq three times.  

The Fort Stewart Military Reservation includes approximately 280,000 acres (1,100 km2), making it the largest military installation in the Eastern United States (US Army

The Fort’s overall economic impact is estimated to be $4.9 billion (Economic Impact)

3- Robins Air Force Base – (22,259 total personnel)

RAFB’s total personnel is made up of: Military-6,093 (active duty-3,517); Civilians appropriated funds-13,603; Civilians other funding source-2,563 (RAFB

The base’s overall economic impact is estimated to be $2.17 billion (RAFB)

“Robins Air Force Base is the home of Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, the 78th Air Base Wing, and more than 60 other units that make up a vital part of the Air Force warfighting team. It is the largest industrial complex in Georgia” (Robins Air Force Base, RAFB

 Provides services and support for the Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center and its tenant organizations

Responsible for worldwide integrated weapon systems management for Automatic Test Systems

Provides integrated weapon system management and sustainment activities for F-15 aircraft

Provides worldwide, cradle-to-grave logistics and program management for C-5 aircraft

The Tactical Airlift Division is the single focal point for cradle-to-grave management of the C-130 weapons system and for the USAF C-27J sustainment. Responsible for acquisition, engineering, logistics, safety, wartime sustainment support and weapon system readiness for more than 800 DoD and 640 FMS aircrafts. 

Provides cradle-to-grave acquisition and sustainment for all USAF helicopters and special operations forces and personnel recovery fixed-wing aircraft

< Back to Publication