Aerospace & Defense


Total Economic Impact Each Year1


In Defense Contract Spending and Number of Personnel1

Aerospace & Defense

California has deep roots in the Aerospace and Defense industries and continues to provide the critical infrastructure the Department of Defense relies on to protect our national security. National security activity generates nearly 820,000 direct and indirect jobs for California citizens and produces a total economic impact of $181B each year.

Recently released data from the US Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment illustrates our strength in this industry. This report, covering fiscal year 2017, indicated that California ranked # 1 in Total Defense Spending, Defense Contract Spending and Number of Personnel. Each of these measures indicates the importance of this industry to California.

Developments by private industry in commercial space operations, expansion of air superiority defense programs and the emergence of cybersecurity demands will only deepen the connection between these businesses and California. Our office is focused on growing the talent to meet industry needs, expanding and improving critical infrastructure, and partnering with our companies, military installations, local governments and state agencies to build on our illustrious history and generate market opportunities in California.

What’s New…

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Regional Initiative: Central Coast

Public, private, and academic partners are working to leverage regional defense assets for transformational economic development. Solidified through a Memorandum of Understanding, the regional coalition has begun to develop a Master Plan for the commercial space industry.

MOU   Overview   Phase 0   Phase 1


Global Connections: Export Opportunities

GO-Biz has teamed up with Kallman Worldwide and the U.S. Commercial Service to provide aerospace and defense companies the opportunity to connect directly with international buyers, potential partners and buying authorities. STEP Eligible Companies may participate free of charge.

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11.4K Aerospace Engineers, More Than Any Other State3

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3 NASA Research Centers4

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2 of the Top 3 Universities for Aerospace Engineering5

Popular Programs

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California Competes Tax Credit

The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses who want to relocate, stay, or grow in California. Our team provides no-cost consultations to see if your business qualifies.

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Advanced Transportation and Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exemption

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) offers a full sales and use tax exclusion to manufacturers that promote alternative energy and advanced transportation.

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Research & Development Tax Credit 

A business may qualify for an income tax credit if it paid for or incurred qualified research expenses while conducting qualified research activity in California. Qualified research expenses include wages, supplies, and contract research costs.