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Mar 28, 2013 4:52 PM by Associated Press

New Calif. council to promote defense industry

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has created a council of retired generals and admirals to advocate for California's defense industry and its 29 military installations to not only protect them from federal cutbacks but expand jobs tied to national security in the state.

Brown's office announced Thursday that the Governor's Military Council will be headed up by former Congresswoman and Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher.

Brown says the council will be charged with promoting job growth in cyber security, military technology and related fields.

The 18-member council will be made up of retired officers representing all the military branches, along with state lawmakers and business leaders.

The council will meet once a year and draft recommendations to Brown and the state Legislature.

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