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SD seeks controversial 'drone zone'

Gary Robbins, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, March 22, 2013

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A study by the National University System estimates that 7,135 people were directly or indirectly employed by the UAV industry in San Diego County in 2011. They were assigned to projects that brought in $1.3 billion, a figure that has roughly doubled since 2008. It's one of the few areas of the local defense industry that's growing. Northrop recently announced that it will close drone operations in two other states and consolidate its UAV program in Rancho Bernardo, adding about 300 jobs to the workforce.