Economic Impact

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 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 Arizonas’ 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 $1.54 billion Impact,14,358 jobs
  • 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona National Guard, Tucson: $280 million, 2,947 jobs
  • Fort Huachuca, U.S. Army, Sierra Vista: $2.38 billion, 26,921 jobs
  • Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, $446 million, 2,173 civilian (According to Public Information Office)
  • Yuma Proving Ground, U.S. Army: $442 million, 4,226 jobs
  • Arizona National Guard Silverbell Army Heliport, Marana: $83 million, 1,102 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 2008 Macguire Economic Impact Of Arizona’s Principal Military Operations

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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Davis Monthan Air Force Base

162nd Fighter Wing

Fort Huachuca

Commissary MCAS

Yuma Proving Ground

Pinal Airpark