In an effort to protect and expand the military’s vital role in national security and California’s economy, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today established the Governor’s Military Council and appointed former Congresswoman and Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher as chair.
“California plays a crucial role in our nation’s defense, and military bases and activities are vital to our state’s economy,” said Governor Brown. “As federal priorities shift to cyber security and new military technology, this Council will work to expand defense-industry jobs and investment in California.”
California is home to 29 federal military installations and the Department of Defense directly employs more than 236,000 people in California. The Governor’s Military Council will work to protect California’s military installations and operations amid ongoing Department of Defense budget cuts, and leverage changes in federal military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and leadership in its military mission.