Arizona is considered a strong military state, home to nine major military installations, featuring more than 19,000 active duty personnel and 7,660 national guardsmen. Statewide, military installations contribute $9.1 billion dollars into the economy and provide nearly 100,000 jobs. Among the unique strategic assets in our region are the Barry M. Goldwater Range and the restricted air space around Libby Field in Sierra Vista – unique strategic assets in our region.
Locally, the military and defense assets of Southern Arizona are a powerful economic engine. Southeastern Arizona ranks No. 7 in U.S. military spending in the nation, and Southern Arizona’s six military installations provide nearly 62,000 jobs and pump almost $5.4 billion into our economy every year.