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New report: Military represents one fifth of the San Diego economy
by Tina C. Stillions,
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- According to the 7th Annual San Diego Military Advisory Council's (SDMAC) Economic Impact Study, released Sept. 23, the military is a critical economic driver for the San Diego region, creating 22 percent of all jobs and $45 billion of gross regional product.
Approximately $22.7 billion in direct and multiplier effects are linked to military spending and injected into the local economy.
The military accounts for one-fifth of San Diego county's economy.
"For more than 10 years the San Diego Military Advisory Council has provided the region and our nation's military leaders the opportunity to understand just how vital the military and defense sectors are to our region," said Paul Cassini, president of SDMAC. "The impact represents billions of dollars in direct spending - and hundreds of thousands of jobs right here in San Diego."
Guest speaker Toni Atkins, California State Assembly member representing the 78th district echoed Cassini.
"Our region, our importance to the nation, will continue to grow as we increase our presence," she said. "We know the impact San Diego has on our national security and to California."
With the largest concentration of military in the nation, the San Diego economy relies heavily on the defense complex. As one of the largest defense employers in San Diego, the Space and Naval Systems Command (SPAWAR) contributed approximately $1.77 billion dollars to the local economy in fiscal year 2014.
"We are a significant economic driver to the San Diego region," said SPAWAR Executive Director Pat Sullivan. "This command employees nearly 10,000 people worldwide, with half located here in San Diego. If SPAWAR was a private company, we would rank as the 12th largest employer in the county."
A report commissioned by SDMAC in 2013, and developed by the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, the same organization responsible for developing this year's SDMAC study, showed that SPAWAR's total budget in fiscal year 2012 was $9.3 billion, with $7.8 billion or 84 percent going to contracts with private industry.
More than 50 percent of that amount directly supported partnerships with industry and small businesses, many of which are located in San Diego.
As a major acquisition command, SPAWAR's presence in San Diego benefits from the large number of advanced technology and defense industry companies that bring the additional expertise necessary to develop and field cutting-edge technologies for the Navy.
As the Navy's Information Dominance systems command, SPAWAR is leading the way in cyber research and development. The command also has a large concentration of highly trained and technically skilled workers and is the primary acquisition command for Navy information technology (IT) programs.
With an increased emphasis on developing cutting edge technology for the warfighter, SPAWAR is positioned to continue as a stabilizing and important part of the San Diego economy.
Copies of the Economic Impact Study are available at http://www.sdmac.org
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The Navy drives forward with Telematics
by Scot Cregan, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The first of approximately 3,330 government vehicles was installed with telematics devices this week as part of the Navy's overall shore energy initiatives.
Vehicles throughout CONUS and OCONUS bases including Guantanamo Bay, Hawaii, and Guam will have devices fitted over the next 90 days. This initiative is part of a partnership between Navy Installations Command and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC).
"Telematics will be used to help with fuel savings and fleet management of our vehicles," said Earl Smith, public works facilities service manager of NAVFAC headquarters. "We're currently assessing the next phase of installation and working closely with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Environment) (DASN (E)) to install 'temporary' telematics to assist in the assessment and identification of potential development of alternate fuel vehicle deployment."
Smith added that the initiative also contributes to personnel safety.
Telematics refers to the use of wireless devices and "black box" technologies to transmit data in real time back to an organization using installed devices that collect and transmit data on vehicle use, maintenance requirements or automotive servicing. Telematics will track and record vehicle location, routes driven, mileage, days-per-month used, trips-per-month, and provide various analytical reports or dashboards.
"Data obtained from telematics will enable the Navy to make informed vehicle reduction or allocation decisions," said Winifred Holland, Navy Installations Command transportation program director. "It will also determine which vehicles could be replaced with electric vehicles, and support efforts to change certain behaviors like speeding or excessive idling."
Plans for the shore enterprise include the ability to 'right size' the Navy's vehicle fleet and reduce fuel consumption, ultimately contributing to SECNAV's goal to reduce petroleum consumption by 50 percent, compared to the 2005 baseline. In addition, organizations that adopt telematics often report reductions in the number and severity of accidents and associated reductions in repair cost and lost worktime.
The Marine Corps has been using different forms of telematics at select installations and parts of the recruiting fleet since 2003.
"In addition to reduced fuel consumption, the effect of safer driver behavior has reduced direct accident cost by an average of approximately $300 per vehicle per year," said Marine Corps Vehicle Fleet Director James Gough. "Our studies suggest additional savings may be available in terms of reduced lost work time and liability costs."
Recent presidential Executive Order 13693 "Planning for Federal Sustainability for the Next Decade" requires the use of vehicle telematics in all new passenger vehicles as soon as possible but no later than within two years. As a result, both commands have identified and are implementing a telematics system which also will reduce overall vehicle costs.
October is Energy Action Month! Learn more about how critical energy is to accomplishing the Navy's mission: http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/energy/energy-action-month/
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
by Joseph F. Gradisher, Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6)
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The cyber threat is real. No country, industry, community, or individual is immune to cyber risks, so the Navy is supporting a national cyber security awareness campaign during the month of October.
Both civilian and military computer systems are under constant attack from a variety of sources. Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity to the nation, President Barack Obama has designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to raise awareness about cybersecurity and increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Cybersecurity is one of the United States' most important national security priorities and every individual has a role to play. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is leading U.S. government efforts supported by the Navy for the 2015 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The Navy is focusing on what cybersecurity means to the Navy community, whether active or reserve, officer or enlisted or civilian government employee or contractor.
"If you log on to any Navy network, via desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc., you are in the cyber battlespace and directly vulnerable to attack," said Vice Adm. Ted N. Branch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6) in a recent Navy Live blog (http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2015/10/02/cybersecurity-all-hands-on-deck/).
During October, organizations across the Navy are scheduled to disseminate information through articles, videos, social media, and graphics to educate and inform Navy personnel and partners on this vital security issue.
Themes to be explored include:
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Efforts to drive home the cybersecurity imperative within the Navy will continue beyond October, as the Navy builds on the momentum provided by National Cyber Security Awareness month, education efforts will continue throughout the next year and beyond.
"[Cyber security] is an All Hands responsibility and you must always be prepared to do your part to make the ship more secure," Branch said. "Cybersecurity demands constant vigilance. Every day the Navy is under attack. You are under attack. Think cybersecurity."
Additional information on National Cyber Security Awareness Month, including tips and resources for the use of local commands can be found at on a dedicated DHS webpage (http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month) or on a Department of Defense page (http://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/0415_Cyber-Strategy).
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Three San Diego based destroyers relocating to Everett, Wash.
From Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy announced the homeport change of three Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers today. USS Gridley(DDG 101), USS Sampson(DDG 102), and USS Kidd(DDG 100) will relocate from San Diego to Naval Station Everett, Wash., in 2016.
The Navy continually monitors and adjusts the location of its forces to provide a maritime force that protects and defends U.S. national security interests. USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Sampson (DDG 102), and USS Kidd (DDG 100) provide a significant multi-mission warfighting capability to the Pacific Fleet. They will contribute combat capable rotational presence and represent the long range U.S. commitment to the security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence. Additionally, they perform key roles in support of carrier strike groups, expeditionary strike groups, and surface action groups.
Each ship contains a crew of approximately 250 who are trained to execute multi-mission tasking to include air, surface, undersea, space, and cyber warfare.