San Diego’s military sector got a shock in early 2012 when preliminary numbers for the shrinking defense budget were revealed.
President Barack Obama's proposal for fiscal year 2013, starting Oct. 1, calls for defense spending over the next 10 years that is $487 billion lower than previously planned.
The word whispered among military circles is “sequestration,” which requires up to $600 billion of additional cuts starting Jan. 1, 2013, because Congress failed to agree on a $1.2 trillion reduction in the federal budget deficit.
The country would be left with the smallest ground force since 1940, the weakest Navy fleet since 1915 and the smallest tactical fighter force in Air Force history.
Despite uncertain times, one thing is certain: San Diego’s economy will benefit from a whopping $20.6 billion of direct defense-related spending in fiscal year 2012, according to San Diego Military Advisory Council’s 2012 San Diego Military Economic Impact Study.
USS McClusky departs San Diego
The guided-missile frigate USS McClusky left San Diego for an independent deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean in support of Combating Transnational Organized Crime operations.
Navy aviators found dead on New Year's Day
Two aviators were found dead in their Coronado apartment on New Year's Day. Lt. j.g. John R. Reeves died from a gunshot wound to his head, and his manner of death was ruled a suicide. U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. David A. Reis died from a gunshot wound to his torso, and his manner of death was ruled a homicide.
USS Reagan gets a makeover
The San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan departed for Bremerton, Wash., for a year long $218 million overhaul at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and is expected to return in 2013.
Marines unveil memorial to war casualties at Camp Pendleton
A memorial to Marines and sailors killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts was unveiled at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, with nearly 1,200 names written on a 44-foot-long sandstone wall.
Navy names ships after San Diego heroes
Two of the next five Navy ships will be named after war heroes from San Diego, announced Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers that will join the fleet in the next few years will be called the USS John Finn and the USS Rafael Peralta.
Navy selects shipyard to build Scripps' new research vessel
The Navy picked a Washington shipyard to build Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego's new research vessel. The new research vessel will be owned by U.S. Office of Naval Research for the Department of the Navy and operated by Scripps under charter party agreement.
USS Midway Museum to play ball
San Diego State and Syracuse will play in the inaugural "Battle on the Midway" game on its flight deck Nov. 9. The game will not be a part of the official Carrier Classic event, which hosted its first-ever game on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson in 2011.
USS San Diego sails into San Diego
USS San Diego (LPD 22) sailed into its namesake city, becoming the first "San Diego" ship to be homeported here. The San Diego is the sixth ship in the San Antonio class and the fourth ship named for the city.
Coast Guard receiving new vessels in San Diego
The U.S. Coast Guard is modernizing its fleet in San Diego, adding two high-speed vessels. The 45-foot-long replacements for the Coast Guard's 1970s-era, 41-foot vessels have two 825 horsepower in-board engines and modes for tight maneuvering next to docks.
Study: Vets, employers lack communication
An alarming percentage of employers think veterans are not prepared for jobs in the real world, according to the biannual Veterans Talent Index from employment giant Monster (NYSE: MWW). Though most (75 percent) veterans are confident about the skills they bring to the table in civilian jobs, only 39 percent of employers think veterans or those with prior military experience are prepared to fill open positions.
New campaign rolls out to stop defense cuts
Cutting $1 trillion out of the defense budget over the next 10 years would cause San Diego to lose between 20,000 and 30,000 jobs, according to Duncan Hunter, former member of Congress and former chair of the House Armed Services Committee, who launched a new super PAC and national association called Fight4America.
Naval Base Coronado gets new commanding officer
Capt. Yancy Lindsey passed the commanding officer torch to Capt. Gary Mayes, who has served as Naval Base Coronado's executive officer.