Defense & Technology

Larry Muzzelo
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Larry Muzzelo, Assistant Director
6210 Guardian Gateway, Suite 175
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
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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.
Click here to see the APG Installation Guide.

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 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.  

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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:
  • Maryland's new Defense Technology Commercialization Center-helps businesses and contractors leverage cutting-edge technology; 
  • APG's Professional Associations Network (PAN)-provides networking opportunities; 
  • Maryland's Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)-provides companies with access to government contracting and procurement specialists.

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Between 200 to 2016, Maryland's investment in R&D increased more than 80%, with $20.8 billion spend in 2017 alone. Aberdeen Proving Ground's presence in Harford continues to make the county a hub for research and development of new technologies. The installation's focus on research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDTE) has facilitated the advent of products and services ranging the multi-use spectrum. The technology incubator Harford Business Innovation Center (HBIC) is home to DefTech, which leverages cutting-edge technology developed on APG, as well as The U.S. Army Futures Command's Network Cross-Functional Team (N-CFT). The N-CFT's goal is to work with industry and entrepreneurs on technology solutions to emerging threats to national security. The collaboration between industry, academia, government, and APG is critical in supporting R&D and innovation through technology transfer. 

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Defense Contractors in Harford County