Economic Impact

Arizona is considered a strong military state and home to nine major military installations. Statewide, military installations contribute $11.46 billion dollars into the economy and provide more than 76,700 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 military installations provide thousands of jobs and billions of dollars into our economy every year.

According to Dennis L. Hoffman, Professor of Economics, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, the Department of Defense is the lifeblood of Southern Arizona’s economic engine and declared the regions military assets as “the state’s largest and most important employer.”

Below is a breakdown of Southern Arizona’s contributions:

  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson: $2.6 billion, 16,679 jobs
  • 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona National Guard, Tucson: $383.6 million, 2,496 jobs
  • Fort Huachuca, U.S. Army, Sierra Vista: $2.86 billion, 21,327 jobs
  • Yuma Marine Corps Air Station: $877.6 million, 7,819 jobs
  • Yuma Proving Ground, U.S. Army: $1.12 billion, 8,089 jobs
  • Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, Marana: $147.4 million, 816 jobs

Arizona receives about $15.3 billion in federal defense dollars annually, ranking it eighth among the 50 states. That’s 2.9% of total U.S. defense spending, which works out to $2,321 per Arizona resident.

According to 2017 Maguire Economic Impact Of Arizona’s Principal Military Operations, using 2014 fiscal data

Take Action

These assets and with them the vitality of our economy are threatened by federal budget cuts, base closures and uncertain futures.

Your voice matters.  The Southern Arizona Defense Alliance is looking for your help in reaching our representatives. Check here for updated letter campaigns that offer the opportunity to take action in the community.

SADA’s goal is to rally the community across our region to send a loud and clear message to Washington that this community is fully behind all its military assets and supports any future missions the Department of Defense deems best suited for all Southern Arizona military installations.


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Source: Arizona Daily Star

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Source: Tucson News Now

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Source: YMCA

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Davis Monthan Air Force Base

162nd Fighter Wing

Fort Huachuca

Commissary MCAS

Yuma Proving Ground

Pinal Airpark