Defense and Defense Technology Commercialization

Targeted Industries

Defending freedom, transforming business

St. Mary's County's economy is built on protecting and advancing freedom and democracy. Defense innovation happens in the County whether by the thousands of U.S. Navy engineers and scientists who live and work here, the industry partners that support the Department of Defense, or a convergence of the two.

The U.S. Navy, industry, local government, and partner organizations are devoted to technology transfer, making technology developed for military purposes useful in civilian markets. Businesses and budding entrepreneurs can identify tech, find partners, and create something awesome here.

Quick Facts/Rankings:

  • Defense companies employ20%of St. Mary's workforce
  • Highest percentage of STEM jobs in the country
  • Highest concentration of high-tech jobs in DC region
  • $891 million awarded to local companies in 2018
  • Top 5 occupations:

    • Aerospace engineers
    • Aircraft mechanics
    • Computer systems analysts
    • Software developers
    • Electronics engineers

Notable Employers:

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