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San Diego, Hub of the U.S. Drone Industry

With the U.S. drone industry contributing billions to their city, residents of San Diego must reconcile their politics with the need to keep their economy humming.


Sunday, March 31, 2013

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Erik Bruvold, the president of the National University System Institute for Policy Research, says drone-related businesses in San Diego County generate as much as $2 billion in annual revenue and have created as many as 14,000 jobs. He notes that these are “just estimates.” Exact numbers aren’t publicly known, he says, because “many of these [drone] projects are classified.”
Bruvold’s institute recently released a report on the economic impact of UAVs in San Diego. Commissioned by the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce, the report, which states that drone production now accounts for more than 12 percent of all Department of Defense contract activity in the county, concludes rather predictably that drones are very good for local business.