The top five largest defense contractors in the United States, as ranked annually by WashingtonTechnology.com, all reside or regularly perform work in Indiana. All but one of the top ten work in the state, and at least eighteen of the top twenty-five have a presence in Indiana. Why are these multi-billion dollar companies operating here? Because Indiana is quite simply critical to the nation’s defense and security. Although many states can make this claim, very few states, especially in the Midwest, can claim the full range of defense assets present in Indiana.
The prominence of the defense industry in Indiana may be one of the most important untold stories of the past decade.
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