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What We Know About San Diego's Drone Industry

Lisa Halverstadt, VOICE OF SAN DIEGO

Friday, May 23, 2014

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More than 2,000 jobs in the region, mostly in North County, were directly tied to defense-oriented drones as of 2011. A two-year-old National University study focused on the region’s military drone makers and relied on Department of Defense contracts to assess their impact here.

The review concluded aerial drone companies alone provided 2,052 jobs and estimated that another roughly 2,400 were indirectly tied to the industry.

A National University researcher also found that drone companies, particularly big-time military contractors Northrop Grumman and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, drew at least $1.3 billion in drone-related federal contracts to the region in 2011 alone.