The MBDA Draft Strategic Plan for building a more robust and resilient military presence in the Monterey Bay Area is depicted in Figure 1. With the overarching mission to “Define and disseminate the narrative of the emergence of Monterey Bay as a national security cluster, in order to secure and grow its value as such”, MBDA identifies three key strategic goals:
- Define and illustrate the dense network of national security assets co-located or proximately-located on Monterey Bay.
- Expand and deepen relationships within the network to increase National Security competencies.
- Increase “values” of quantitative and qualitative measures of National Security value for emergent threats.
The first two MBDA strategic goals seek to strengthen Team Monterey by properly defining it as a subset of the larger Monterey Bay National Security Cluster, which includes relevant local non-DoD organizations, and fostering collaboration and synergy among all members of the Cluster. Non-DoD members of the Cluster include, for example, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California State University Monterey Bay, University of California Santa Cruz, NOAA National Weather Service, NOAA National Ocean Service, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System, and various Silicon Valley high-tech companies.
Demonstrating collaboration and synergy among the Monterey Bay National Security Cluster organizations, including the Team Monterey organizations, strengthens the argument for keeping Team Monterey intact and in place. Collaborations between Team Monterey organizations and Silicon Valley companies will be particularly valuable, as senior DoD leaders clearly understand and appreciate Silicon Valley expertise and innovation. Tying Team Monterey to the larger Monterey Bay National Security Cluster, including select Silicon Valley companies, will reinforce the geographic imperative for retaining Team Monterey in place.