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Kitsap is a Leader in the State’s and Nation’s Defense Industry

Poised on the Pacific Rim, Washington State is a national leader in military installations and defense industry operations with nearly 90,000 military personnel and defense employees located in Central Puget Sound.
Kitsap County:
  • Home to Naval Base Kitsap
  • Densest concentration of defense-related industry in the state
  • Home to over one-third of the region’s defense workforce of which more than 90% are civilian employees.
  • Highest concentration per capita of engineers in Washington
  • More than 15,000 direct Department of Defense employees work side-by-side with nearly 5,000 defense contract workers accounting for an annual military and defense payroll in excess of $1.5 B.
Aerospace/Defense Experience:
  • Firms with AS9100 certification
  • Firms certified by major defense contractors


Three major commands of the U.S. Navy operate in Kitsap: NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command), NAVSUP (Naval Supply Systems Command) and NAVFAC NW (Naval Engineering Facilities Command Northwest).

PSNS-IMF is the U.S. Navy’s largest shipyard on the West Coast and the second largest industrial complex in the Pacific Northwest – second only to Boeing’s Everett Plant. One out of every three jobs in Washington State’s shipbuilding, repair and maintenance industry is located in Kitsap.

Kitsap’s defense workforce is highly skilled and includes the highest concentration of engineering talent in Washington State. Many large multi-national defense firms maintain significant operations in Kitsap County, including; Electric Boat (General Dynamics); Lockheed Martin; Raytheon; Northrop Grumman, BAE, and Huntington Ingalls.

Kitsap’s defense industry has spawned many new technologies as well as technology and advanced manufacturing companies in Kitsap and the Greater Seattle Region.

KEDA delivers a host of client services to defense-based business in Kitsap including its highly effective PTAC Program (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) assisting local businesses with securing government contract work. Since starting PTAC outreach in 2007, Kitsap companies receiving assistance through this no-cost program have received nearly $224.9B ($6.6B in subcontracts) in DoD contracts and subcontracts.

Kitsap is one of the largest and busiest federal naval shipyards in the nation


5,400 Jobs, 2012 – 2014 average, direct and secondary


500 Primes and subs


Boat Manufacturing $100 M
Engineering and Technical Services $150 M
Commercial & Residential Construction $250 M


$6,200 Kitsap County

Top Contractors
  • Raytheon
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Huntington Ingalls (AMSEC)
  • BAE
  • Leidos
  • General Dynamics
  • Northrop Grumman
Top ten contractors by defense contracts amount, FY 2015, based on companies maintaining a regional office or HQ in Kitsap County.
Defense Personnel
  • 15,200 Active Duty Military
  • 17,600 Civilians
  • 1,000 Reserves Based in Kitsap

Sources: Office of Management and Budget, 2016; Washington State Department of Revenue, 2015; Washington State Office of Financial Management, 2015, 2016; Washington State Employment Security Department, 2016; Department of Defense OEA Survey, 2016; Naval Base Kitsap, 2016; Community Attributes Inc., 2016.