Federal Contracting

Overview

The federal contracting industry has recently moved towards smaller and more nimble companies, making accessible but lower-cost locations like Charles County ideal for operations.

Federal contractors in Charles County benefit from its strategic location in the Washington DC metro area, highly skilled workforce, quality commercial and industrial space, and customer access. Nearly all of the Baltimore-Washington region's federal and military installations lie within a 40-mile radius of Waldorf, the County's most populous town.

Charles County is home to the 3,500 acre Naval Support Facility Indian Head, which houses the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technology Division (NSWCIHEODTD) and other technologies. NSWCIHEODTD is the first Navy activity to hold both depot- and arsenal-level Centers of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE) designation, allowing the Navy to enter into partnership with Chemring Ordnance. Under the four-year partnership, NSWCIHEODTD will manufacture Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System APOBS propellant grains.

Facts and Figures

  • Maryland ranks 2nd per capita and 4th in total overall for procurement of federal goods and services.
  • Maryland ranks 5th per capita in total Department of Defense Expenditures.
  • Naval Support Facility Indian Head is home to more than 800 scientists and engineers. It boasts the largest U.S. workforce in the Department of Defense dedicated to energetics and one of the largest concentations of chemical engineers.
  • NSWC IHEODTD is the first Navy Activity to hold both depot- and arsenal-level CITE designations. 
  • About 5,000 Civilian DoD employees reside in Charles County. 

At A Glance

  • Presence of Naval Support Facility Indian Head and its proximity to Dahlgren Naval Support Facility (VA).
  • Central to all major Baltimore-Washington area defense and military installations.

  • Low cost of labor and facilities relative to larger markets, particularly Washington, DC

  • Shift in industry towards smaller and more nimble companies.

  • Proximity to Washington DC and Baltimore markets.

Notable Companies

  • Zekiah Technologies: Provides geospatial modeling and methodology integration. Named to Inc 5000 list of fastest-growing companies for several years.
  • Facchina Global Services: International and leading edge provider of secure information systems, security, and engineering and intelligent analysis. Named to Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies.
  • Chemring Ordnance: A market leading manufacturing business supplying high technology electronics and energetic products around the world, Chemring is the first CITE partnership with NSWC IHEODTD.
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC): One of the top 100 government contracting firms in the country, SAIC has a corporate office in La Plata, approximately 15 miles from the Naval Support Facility Indian Head.

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“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
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Cardinal Scientific

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Joshua Justice
President

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