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The Office of Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford

Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Joins Industry Leaders to Relaunch Maryland Defense Network

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today addressed leaders of Maryland’s defense industries at the Maryland Defense Networking Breakfast in Columbia. A partnership between the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Office of Economic Adjustment under the U.S. Department of Defense, and Towson University, the newly relaunched Maryland Defense Network provides a platform for members of the state’s defense, aerospace, cybersecurity, and technology industries to make meaningful connections, understand government contracting opportunities, and grow business prospects in order to ensure that defense remains a vibrant and thriving industry sector in Maryland. The lieutenant governor was joined by Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz and Director of Federal & Military Affairs Lisa Swoboda, as well as Scott Kelley of the Aberdeen Proving Ground Small Business Programs Office and keynote speaker Guy Timberlake of the American Small Business Coalition.

“Maryland is known worldwide as a hub of innovation and as a leader in the defense, cybersecurity, and technology industries,” Lt. Governor Rutherford said. “We recognize the importance of your industries to our economy, and our administration—especially the Department of Commerce—is here to help. We believe that the Maryland Defense Network will ensure a strong defense community and ecosystem, and we are committed to making sure you have the tools you need to succeed.”

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“Maryland Defense Network is the premiere platform for Maryland defense companies and state government to work together, strengthening our state’s defense industries and providing businesses with opportunities for growth,” said Secretary Schulz. “We recognize the importance of our defense industries not only to the Maryland economy, but to the safety and security of our nation, which is why we are pleased to provide this resource and continue supporting these businesses and job creators.”

Maryland’s defense industry accounts for 142,000 jobs in the state, over 100,000 of which are in the private sector. These businesses generate $37.8 billion in annual economic activity in the state and secured a total of $11.5 billion in defense contracts in fiscal year 2018. Maryland is home to 20 military facilities, including 12 major installations such as the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground.

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In addition to the Maryland Defense Network, the state offers numerous programs to help businesses in defense industries, including the Buy Maryland Cybersecurity tax credit, which helps cover the cost of purchasing cybersecurity services from qualified Maryland companies; the Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program, which can help contractors comply with cybersecurity standards; the Defense Diversification Assistance Program, which provides training and support to help defense-dependent companies diversify their businesses and identify new revenue streams; and the Employer Security Clearances Cost Tax Credit, which helps small businesses doing security-contract work cover the cost of obtaining clearances.