Defense & Technology

Karen Holt
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Karen Holt, Deputy Director
2021-D Pulaski Highway
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
410-638-3058
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Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) is Harford County's largest employer and a major economic driver for the region. To reach APG, please call 410-278-5201. Aberdeen Proving Ground is now one of the most diversified military installations in the United States and the work that takes place at this 72,000 acre complex with 21,000 employees touches almost every aspect of U.S. military operations. 
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Maryland has a core workforce of science and engineering workers and 74 federal laboratories—more than twice as many as any other state—that provide easy access to technology transfer and an extensive network of well-trained, highly-educated, technology professionals. Here locally in Harford County, aerospace companies play a mission-critical role in support of innovative next-gen technologies for the multi-domain warfighter, maintaining a competitive edge over near peer adversaries to ensure our nation’s security. 
Harford County is home to some of the nation's top security agencies and other high-tech innovators. Harford's strategic location to military installations and the Capitol give cybersecurity companies access to key resources and contracting opportunities. Harford Community College's Information Assurance and Cybersecurity program, certified a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the NSA and Homeland Security, ensures cybersecurity companies have a pipeline of highly trained talent.
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With the establishment of Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1917, Harford County became a thriving defense community. In 2018, Harford was named a Great American Defense Community as part of the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor. More than 150 defense contractors in Harford County have access to resources found nowhere else, including:
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