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:
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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