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'Phones, Drones and Genomes': Top Sectors Where SD Makes a Mark

Kelly Bennett, VOICE OF SAN DIEGO

Monday, June 24, 2013

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Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles. San Diego boasts two companies at the forefront of drone development: General Atomics (Predator and Reaper drones) and Northrop Grumman (Global Hawk surveillance drones), along with a bevy of support and parts companies. The sector is contributing as much as $2 billion to the local economy, according to a recent report the National University System Institute for Policy Research completed for the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce. A Newsweek/Daily Beast story earlier this year dubbed San Diego “Hub of the U.S. Drone Industry.”