More than half of the Department of Defense’s $19 billion space budget is spent in California, providing nearly 90,000 high-skilled jobs to the Golden State, the California Space Authority says.
In talking points papers released for CSA’s annual California Space Week Washington DC, the non-profit industry group said that DoD spends $10.6 billion, or 55 percent, of its space budget in the state. CSA officials and aerospace representatives spent three days on Capitol Hill this week lobbying legislators and other officials on behalf of key space priorities.
DoD spends more in California than NASA. CSA says the civilian space agency has $3.6 billion in direct contracts and employs 7,100 people with an annual payroll exceeding $900 million at its three field centers. NASA contributes an additional $14.1 billion in indirect jobs, according to CSA.
The CSA’s talking points memo on DoD spending in California is reproduced after the break.