WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – Co-chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus – announced $29.5 million in new federal funding to expand and strengthen operations at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Brown worked with key Senate leadership to secure funding used to upgrade the facility.
“NASIC is a premier defense intelligence agency with a historic legacy in Ohio,” Brown said. “This new investment will further strengthen NASICs capability to provide cutting-edge research on the next generation of foreign aerospace and weapon system capabilities. This new infusion of federal resources comes on top of the outstanding civilian and military personnel already working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.”
Brown has fought to expand NASIC’s mission in Ohio. In December 2013, Brown stressed the importance of upgrading NASIC facilities at Wright-Patterson in a call with Eric Fanning, then-Acting Secretary of the Air Force. In September 2013, Brown pressed Deborah Lee James, then nominee for Secretary of the Air Force, on the importance of expanding NASIC’s capacity at Wright-Patterson. NASIC serves as the preeminent center for research and development on foreign air and space threats to the United States.
These new federal resources will expand the current NASIC facility to include a fifty-eight thousand square-foot addition to the Foreign Material Exploitation (FME) Laboratory at Wright-Patterson. This addition will consolidate operations, creating a secure, modern facility to expedite research on foreign threats.