Military Impact

Our military bases have made Northwest Florida a research, development, manufacturing and assembly hub for the aerospace, defense, communications and tech industries. With 6 military installations in the region, your business can benefit from the impact the military has on Northwest Florida.

There are numerous defense contractors in the area; a plethora of R&D conducted and partners to help commercialize it; and consistent development of a highly-skilled workforce. Your business has a talent pool of more than 115,000 former military-trained personnel in the region and 6,000 service members that separate each year.

Northwest Florida is a national center for military aviation, research, and technology. Defense activities totaled more than $22 billion, which accounts for 32% of the region’s economy. Specialized needs draw suppliers and innovation. We sit in one of the most active air traffic zones in the world, and we are home to the world’s largest Air Force Base and the Cradle of Naval Aviation.

The region's military influence is not only apparent in the highly skilled and dedicated workforce, but in the communities where military families raise their children and contribute their time to volunteer service.

  • $22.1 billion regional impact, representing 32% of the region’s economy
  • $8 billion+ in direct defense spending
  • 182,449 direct and indirect jobs
  • 64,736 military and civilian personnel on our 6 military bases
  • 115,000+ former military personnel
  •  6,000 active-duty military separate each year

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Infrastructure Map

Northwest Florida Military Installations

 

Military Employment in Northwest Florida

Installation

Military Personnel

Civilian Personnel

Total Personnel

Eglin AFB, including Duke Field

9,470

7,570

17,040

Hurlburt Field

8,087

1,968

10,055

NAS Pensacola, incl. Corry Station and Saufley Field

16,000

7,400

23,400

NAS Whiting Field

2,680

2,090

4,770

NAS Panama City

2,000

1,000

3,000

Tyndall AFB

3,672

2,799

6,471

Total

41,909

22,827

64,736

 

Total County Impact

($ in millions)

 

Bay County

Escambia County

Okaloosa County

Santa Rosa County

 

Jobs

22,720

60,589

72,097

15,826

 

Sales Activity

$2,051.8

$4,389.5

$5,123.7

$1,496.9

 

Consumption

$1,268.3

$3,026.8

$3,799.2

$2,078.3

 

Capital Investment

$460.6

$1,149.2

$1,361.4

$701.5

 

Economic Impact

$2,527.8

$7,614.4

$9,739.5

$1,438.5

 


Direct Defense Spending ($ in millions)

Procurement

$401.1

$309.0

$1,254.3

$51.0

 

Salaries

$330.4

$1,254.4

$1,652.1

$52.2

 

Pensions and Transfers

$359.2

$628.0

$724.3

$417.7

 

Total Defense Spending

$1,090.7

$2,191.4

$3,630.8

$520.9

 

Source: Enterprise Florida: Florida Defense Fact Book, Dec. 2017

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