Colorado is home to a diverse mix of Department of Defense military installations including Buckley Air Force Base, the United States Air Force Academy, North American Defense Command (NORAD), and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). These installations foster important synergies between the private sector and government. Colorado has five major military installations and five strategic commands, including Air Force Space Command.
The military serves several significant economic development roles in Colorado. First, they are a major employer. The military also serves as a sophisticated and demanding customer of cutting-edge technology and innovation, around which a dense network of highly-technical suppliers and service providers has grown. Finally, the military is an important draw for talent, initially attracting and training highly-skilled workers that subsequently remain in the state and add to its unrivalled stock of space-related talent. Colorado is actively developing policies and programs to support military families and ensure that there are both employment and educational opportunities for the spouses and children of our servicemen and women.