Military & Defense

Home to the Army’s Modern Missions

Sierra Vista is home to Fort Huachuca, which focuses on three of the fastest growing Department of Defense missions – unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training and operations, military intelligence and cyber security. The Fort manages 964 square miles of restricted air space and 2,575 square miles of electronic test ranges outside the installation’s boundaries. The Electronic Proving Ground offers a quiet environment for electromagnetic testing unmatched anywhere in the United States. The installation maintains, operates or oversees more than 5.5 million square feet of operational facilities, 1,139 family housing units, three remote airstrips and three accommodation schools. Libby Army Airfield is one of the Army’s busiest airfields.

The economic impact of Fort Huachuca on Sierra Vista and Cochise County is estimated at $2.4 billion annually. The Fort generates around $23.2 million a year in local sales tax and $17.3 million in local property tax. Many of the nation’s largest civilian defense contractors operate within the city, including Raytheon, General Dynamics Information Technology, Northrop Grumman Corporation and ManTech Telecommunications & Information Systems Corporation, resulting in a highly qualified and technically skilled workforce in the areas of national defense, computer science, cyber security, strategic planning, business analysis and more. Fort Huachuca’s commands and units include:

  • U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence
  • U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) 9th Army Signal Command
    Joint Interoperability Test Command
  • Army Military Affiliate System
  • Information Systems Engineering Command
  • Intelligence & Security Command Training & Doctrine Support
  • Communication Security Logistics Activity
  • Electronic Proving Ground
  • Intelligence Leader Development Resource

“Sierra Vista offers an ideal location for Northrop Grumman’s 400-plus employees who support our company’s core business [in Sierra Vista and Yuma]. We continue to enjoy the close relationships with Fort Huachuca and Yuma organizations and their vast capabilities that influence current and future developments of these focus areas.”

– Steve Pedigo, Corporate Executive Lead, Northrup Grumman, Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista’s Aerospace and Defense Cluster

Technical Assistance Program

Businesses that have been serving the Department of Defense and looking to diversify their business in areas not tied to the defense sector may qualify for grant funds through the Technical Assistance Program. Learn more.