CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA), a non-profit advocacy group for the defense industry in the Charleston metro area, has announced the first round of speakers for the upcoming 10 th annual C5ISR Summit in Charleston, December 6-9, 2016. The C5ISR Summit, which stands for Command, Control, Communication, Computer, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, started as an educational and networking event born out of the need to connect the wide-range of players across the defense industry. The CDCA's mission is not only to act as an advocacy group for the defense industry, the organization also bolsters the industry's ability to develop, attract, retain, and effectively execute on business opportunities that have implications beyond the Charleston metro area. The statewide economic impact of defense spending ( $19.3B) now exceeds tourism spending in South Carolina ( $19.1B) and, according to an economic study done by the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, accounts for more than 200,000 jobs. The C5ISR Summit will also showcase the top three submissions from the CDCA's 6 th Annual Student Mobile App Competition and is the home for the HackWarz Competition, running simultaneously with the event. These two competitions provide students, developers and aspiring defense industry mavens with the chance to showcase their technology prowess and expertise to more than 1000 industry executives and influencers. In addition to monetary rewards, some of last year's mobile app contest winners also received employment offers to jumpstart their career.