Defense contractor Polaris Alpha has more than doubled the size of its Aberdeen Proving Ground office and plans to hire 100 people, including at least 50 people in Maryland.
Polaris develops technology and security solutions for defense and intelligence clients and is growing because of increased spending by its federal clients, including the U.S. Army, said Polaris CEO Peter Cannito.
“Increasing focus on protecting networks from a cyber perspective is what’s driving a lot of the growth,” he said.
Polaris was formed in November 2016 when Bethesda private equity firm Arlington Capital Partners combined three smaller firms, including Annapolis Junction software company Protenus Technologies.
Polaris has 1,200 employees and major offices in Alexandria, Va.; Annapolis Junction; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Fredericksburg, in addition to Aberdeen Proving Ground. Close to 300 people are based in its Maryland offices.
As a result of the company’s recent growth, Polaris is on a hiring spree to bring in more cyber and network security experts, data scientists, and software engineers.
Cannito said he wants to make the hires as soon as possible.
In October, the company moved from a 6,900-square-foot space at Aberdeen Proving Ground to a 16,500-square-foot office nearby to accommodate its growing staff.
The new Aberdeen office at 6210 Guardian Gateway has extra meeting rooms, testing areas and demonstration labs, and is where Cannito will be based.