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Operation San Diego

San Diego is home to the largest concentration of military in the world. Total employment in the sector accounts for one of every five jobs in the San Diego region. This includes uniformed military, defense contracting and civilian employment, and related support employment. San Diego is the home port for more than 60 percent of the ships in the Pacific Fleet. Expertise in the defense-related research and development includes command and control systems, reconnaissance and surveillance systems, unmanned vehicles and cybersecurity.


Operation San Diego is a partnership of organizations in San Diego with an active role in and tradition of supporting our military, defense industrial base, and veterans in San Diego. In order to effectively leverage the vast resources of San Diego’s many military and defense focused organizations, Operation San Diego seeks to keep key organizations focused on a shared message and cohesive strategy.

Operation San Diego Objectives:

  • Address/Plan for changes associated with the “Rebalance to the Pacific"
  • Mobilize the Community
  • Leverage the Innovation Economy
  • Support Military Families


With the continued pressure of sequestration and the budget uncertainty created with years of continued resolutions (CR), it is critical that San Diego organizations closely monitor actions in DC in order to understand their potential impact on our local economy. Without a long-term budget solution to sequestration the military has had to continue to operate under CRs, which restrict contract flexibility and constrain growth. This process can have long term negative effects for our military and our defense industrial base as new projects designed to keep the military up to speed with a rapidly changing global environment are stalled. Some direct impacts to our local military community would include delayed funding for the construction of the Navy’s new Special Warfare Campus in Imperial Beach. This is the nearly billion dollar construction project can be funded without an actual budget.

In light of the upcoming substantial budget cuts, possible BRAC activity and the new priorities for the 21st century defense strategy, San Diego is presented with clear challenges and opportunities impacting the region’s economic prosperity.


AFCEA San Diego
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) is a premier information technology, communications, and electronics association for professionals in international government, industry, and academia worldwide. AFCEA serves its members by providing a forum for the ethical exchange of information.

CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 2,000 companies since 1985 and is widely regarded as the world’s most successful regional program linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for commercialization of products.

Cyber Center of Excellence
The Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE) is a public-private partnership dedicated to accelerating the regional economy by promoting alignment and collaboration within the Cyber community.
National Defense Industrial Association, San Diego Chapter

NDIA is the trusted leader in defense and national security associations. NDIA, comprised of its affiliates, chapters, divisions, and 1,600 corporate and 85,000 individual members, is a non-partisan, nonprofit, educational association that aims to educate its constituencies on all aspects of national security.

San Diego North Economic Development Council
San Diego North Economic Development Council seeks to build a stronger North County economy through regional collaboration and leadership by focusing on economic development, job creation, and coordinated infrastructure investment.
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Continuing its commitment to make San Diego a place where businesses can grow and succeed while creating jobs, supporting infrastructure and enriching neighborhoods, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce set a new goal in August 2014: to make San Diego the most business-friendly region in California.

South County Economic Development Council

The South County Economic Development Council (South County EDC or SCEDC), a non-profit organization was formed in 1989 by a group of South San Diego County business and community leaders, to promote education and encourage economic development in the South San Diego County Region.