In 2002 there were 64,392 active-duty military personnel stationed in Georgia. Major facilities include Dobbins Air Force Base, Ft. Gillem, Ft. McPherson, and the Atlanta Naval Air Station, all located in the Atlanta area; Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah; Ft. Gordon at Augusta; Moody Air Force Base at Macon; Ft. Benning, a major Army training installation at Columbus; Robins Air Force Base, between Columbus and Macon; and a Navy Supply School in Athens. In 2001, Georgia firms received defense contracts worth $6.0 billion.
There were 768,675 veterans of US military service in Georgia as of 2000, of whom 97,796 served in World War II; 73,642 in the Korean conflict; 232,891 during the Vietnam era; and 133,149 during 1990–2000 (including the Persian Gulf War). In all, 77,000 Georgians fought and 1,503 died in World War I, and 320,000 served and 6,754 were killed in World War II. In 2002, Georgia veterans received benefits amounting to $1.6 billion.
In 2000, the Georgia State Police employed 786 full-time sworn officers. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, part of the Department of Public Safety, operates the Georgia Crime Laboratory, one of the oldest and largest in the US.