San Diego became home to the 16th chapter of the Truman National Security Project - a national think tank that joins together post-9/11 veterans, civilians and policy makers.
Representatives from the organization gathered with local leaders Monday to make the announcement on the USS Midway.
Congressman Scott Peters, County Supervisor Dave Roberts and council members Todd Gloria and David Alvarez were among those local leaders present.
The organization's goal is to develop leadership - particularly that of veterans who have served in leadership roles in the armed services.
The think tank believes that this experience brings with it a wealth of problem solving knowledge and international experience that can be utilized to bring about change in the world and improve national security.
"Veterans are about a third of the membership of Truman," said Executive Director Michael Breen. "So Truman is about bringing together partnerships of like-minded people, that include veterans."
Breen said the idea is to build partnerships between veterans, service members and civilians.
"These are leaders that are focused on results," Breen said.
Congressman Peters said the Project will give San Diegan's the opportunity to have their ideas and solutions heard and represented in national debates.
"I'm particularly looking forward to continuing my work with Truman on diversifying our military's energy portfolio in a way that increases efficiency, embraces renewable sources and provides energy tools our commanders have asked for," Scott Peters said Monday.
“The Truman National Security Project will allow San Diegans ideas and solutions to be represented in national debates," Peters continued. "I am particularly looking forward to continuing my work with Truman on diversifying our military’s energy portfolio in a way that increases efficiency, embraces renewable sources, and provides the energy tools our commanders have asked for."