Monterey County and the California Central Coast have a long and rich national defense history. Today anchored by such institutions as the naval Postgraduate School, Presidio of Monterey, and the Defense Language Institute, along with a host of other facilities and programs, the defense community remains strong. Our region continues to be a home for national defense and intelligence firms and agency partners. Consider the Central Coast as a strategic node in your defense-related product and service business network.

Generally, national security, or national defense, is the security and defense of a sovereign state, including its citizens, economy, and institutions, which is regarded as a duty of government. Originally conceived as protection against military attack, national security is widely understood to include also non-military dimensions, including security from terrorism, minimization of crime, economic security, energy security, environmental security, food security, and cyber-security. Similarly, national security risks include, in addition to the actions of other nation states, actions by violent non-state actors, narcotic cartels, and by multinational corporations, and also the effects of natural disasters. Elements of national security include:

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  • Physical security
  • Infrastructure security
  • Computer security
  • Political security
  • Economic security
  • Security of energy and natural resources

Regional Assets

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