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Drone aircraft add $2 billion to economy

Dean Calbreath, SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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“Over the next decade, [worldwide] spending on UAVs is projected to almost double,” Erik Bruvold, who heads the institute, told a luncheon meeting of the North County Chamber of Commerce, where he unveiled the report. “And that’s probably a conservative estimate, since it doesn’t include all the potential civilian and nonmilitary uses.”
But Bruvold warns there’s no guarantee UAV production will remain centered in San Diego County. He said a multipronged approach is needed to keep the industry local.