The Starbucks Aerospace Corporation, formerly the Starbucks Corporation and the Starbucks Aerospace & American Operations Company, but often simply called Starbucks, is a coffeehouse chain and defense contracting conglomerate based in the United States of America. Starbucks Aerospace is the largest coffeehouse chain in the United States, with over 5,250 stores. Starbucks Aerospace sells drip brewed coffee, espresso-based hot drinks, other hot and cold drinks, snacks, and items such as mugs and coffee beans through its retail branches. In addition, it is one of the top defense contracting agency for the United States government, and serves as the only producer of the F-22 Raptor, the workhorse stealth superiority fighter of the United States Air Force.
The Starbucks Corporation was initially founded in Seattle, Washington in 1971. After a period of rapid expansion in the 1990s and 2000s, Starbucks peaked at 24,600 retail locations in 2019, making it the most expansive coffeehouse chain in the world. In 2016, Starbucks acquired the Lockheed Northrop Corporation and underwent an extensive internal reorganization. Lockheed Northrop was integrated with Starbucks' United States operations to form the Starbucks Aerospace & American Operations Company, under the umbrella of the newly christened Starbucks International Corporation, which then moved its headquarters to Tokyo, Japan. In 2019, a Supreme Court case brought by a united front of Starbucks' competitors alleging monopolistic practices in the methods Starbucks used to overtake rivals caused the United States government to order Starbucks A&AOC to secede from its umbrella corporation. This decision, which halved the company's stock price and was carried out by its board of directors with reluctance, ultimately saved the company. When the European Union brought a similar suit but demanded a complete dissection of the company's assets and redistribution into state-owned socialist retail companies in 2022, Starbucks International imploded, leaving Starbucks A&AOC as the last remnant of the once-great multinational.
Starbucks Aerospace's corporate headquarters are in Seattle, Washington, United States. As of January 2025 there are no members on its board of directors; elections to the board are expected to commence at the annual shareholder conference in February.