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APG contracting dollars fell 13% last year

APG contracting dollars fell 13% last year

The value of contracts at Aberdeen Proving Ground plummeted 13 percent last year, but businesses with Maryland locations ended up with roughly as much as the year before.

Even with the overall drop, the numbers are eye-popping. The Army base in Harford County obligated about $13.6 billion in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 for items that ranged from software engineering to radar equipment, according to the APG Contracting Center.

The national base realignment effort known as BRAC, which sent high-tech organizations from the now-closed Fort Monmouth in New Jersey to Aberdeen, boosted APG's contracting power in a big way during the past decade. But while...