This Is the Largest Defense Contractor in Montana

The U.S. defense budget topped $850 billion in fiscal 2022, more than the combined military spending of the next 10 countries combined. This money goes to fund a wide range of obligations, from operations to payroll for troops and civilian defense personnel. The bulk of the U.S. military budget, however, is spent on contracts with companies in the private sector.

The Defense Department does more business through private contracts than all other federal agencies combined. The Pentagon relies on contractors for services including research and development, weapon systems procurement, facility maintenance, and equipment repair. Outsourcing to third parties in the private sector allows the government to more rapidly and effectively adapt to changing circumstances and needs – though reliance on contractors also raises the potential for waste, fraud, and abuse.

The latest available government data shows that the Pentagon spent $246.8 million on private sector contracts in Montana in 2021. No company in the state received more federal defense dollars that year than S & K Technologies, which brought in $65.7 million in military contracts – or 26.6% of all contractor spending in the state.

Other major defense contractors operating in Montana include Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, James Talcott Construction, Inc., and T & L Sales, which received $25.1 million, $13.7 million, and $12.4 million, respectively, in 2021.

All data in this story is from the Defense Department’s report, Defense Spending By State Fiscal Year 2021.

State Total contract spending, 2021 ($) Top defense contractor, 2021 Spending on top defense contractor, 2021 ($)
Alabama 12.2 billion Boeing 2.1 billion
Alaska 1.7 billion Arctic Slope Regional Corp. 233.1 million
Arizona 12.3 billion Raytheon Technologies 6.2 billion
Arkansas 1.2 billion Aerojet Rocketdyne 591.3 million
California 40.2 billion Northrop Grumman 4.5 billion
Colorado 8.4 billion Lockheed Martin 2.3 billion
Connecticut 18.4 billion General Dynamics 8.7 billion
Delaware 474.2 million AstraZeneca PLC 287.1 million
Florida 21.7 billion Lockheed Martin 6.3 billion
Georgia 7.6 billion Lockheed Martin 2.3 billion
Hawaii 2.6 billion Hensel Phelps Construction 212.7 million
Idaho 206.4 million Brad Hall & Associates 45.3 million
Illinois 7 billion Northrop Grumman 1.1 billion
Indiana 5.7 billion Eli Lilly and Co. 1.9 billion
Iowa 2.1 billion Raytheon Technologies 1.1 billion
Kansas 1.5 billion Webuild 218.8 million
Kentucky 10.6 billion Humana 7.1 billion
Louisiana 1.7 billion Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors 197.4 million
Maine 2.4 billion General Dynamics 1.1 billion
Maryland 17.9 billion Johns Hopkins University 1.6 billion
Massachusetts 20.1 billion Moderna, Inc. 6.9 billion
Michigan 5.1 billion General Dynamics 2.3 billion
Minnesota 1.5 billion Northrop Grumman 340.7 million
Mississippi 3.8 billion Huntington Ingalls 2 billion
Missouri 10.5 billion Boeing 6.9 billion
Montana 246.8 million S & K Technologies 65.7 million
Nebraska 690.6 million Peraton Corp. 97.1 million
Nevada 1.8 billion Sierra Nevada Corp. 396.8 million
New Hampshire 2 billion BAE Systems 1.1 billion
New Jersey 7.3 billion Lockheed Martin 1.6 billion
New Mexico 1.8 billion Applied Research Associates 138.7 million
New York 27.9 billion Pfizer, Inc. 13.3 billion
North Carolina 4.2 billion GlaxoSmithKline 314.5 million
North Dakota 211.4 million Four Tribes Enterprises LLC 20.6 million
Ohio 6.3 billion General Electric 757.5 million
Oklahoma 3 billion Boeing 1.1 billion
Oregon 800 million Vigor Industrial 101 million
Pennsylvania 13.4 billion AmerisourceBergen 2 billion
Rhode Island 756.9 million Raytheon Technologies 177.8 million
South Carolina 3.1 billion Scientific Research Corp. 142.2 million
South Dakota 225.6 million Sterling Computers 75.1 million
Tennessee 2 billion BAE Systems 451.7 million
Texas 35.1 billion Lockheed Martin 13.7 billion
Utah 4.3 billion Northrop Grumman 2.1 billion
Vermont 349.5 million Raytheon Technologies 115.2 million
Virginia 42.6 billion Huntington Ingalls 4.1 billion
Washington 11.7 billion Boeing 7.7 billion
West Virginia 505.4 million Northrop Grumman 293.8 million
Wisconsin 4.5 billion Oshkosh Corp. 2.1 billion
Wyoming 125.1 million M1 Support Services 24.9 million