WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released by the House and Senate NDAA Conference Committee today, includes the largest military construction investment ever made in Wright-Patt’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). As a member of the House-Senate Conference Committee that wrote the final bill, Brown also included language to keep critical research jobs from leaving Wright-Patt.
“This bill will make sure Wright-Patt’s highly-skilled workers can continue to do their jobs and help meet our national security needs,” Brown said.
Key Wright-Patt priorities Brown helped secure in the Defense Authorization Bill:
- Providing more funding for military construction at Wright-Patt’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) than ever before
- The NDAA will fully authorize $182 million for phase one and two of NASIC’s expansion. The project will receive an appropriation authorization of $61 million for Fiscal Year 2019 to begin construction.
- In June, Brown fought to ensure the Senate’s version of the NDAA included funding for military construction to expand NASIC.
- Earlier this year, Brown wrote to Secretary Mattis calling for an investment at NASIC, along with other Ohio priorities. And in October 2017, Brown spoke to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson about investing in construction needs at the base.
- Prior to that, in March 2017, Brown – as co-chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus – brought his Republican caucus co-chair John Boozman (R-AR), Armed Services Committee Members Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and tour the facility. Together, Brown and Portman highlighted critical research and development work done at the base in support of the Air Force and national security.
- Brown also met with Sec. Mattis in March of 2017 to outline Ohio military priorities. During the meeting, Brown invited Mattis to visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Air National Guard 178th Wing in Springfield.
- Keeping Defense Production Act (DPA) jobs at Wright-Patt
- The Manufacturing Technology Division of Wright-Patterson’s Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) helps run a key defense manufacturing program that allows the federal government to support defense-related manufacturing when domestic capabilities aren’t able to meet national security needs. The program was created under the Defense Production Act (DPA), and supports Ohio jobs and brings investments to the region through contracts awarded to the program.
- Last summer, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced plans to shift DPA Title III management from the Air Force to the Pentagon – which would have moved some of these DPA jobs away from Wright-Patt. Brown wrote to DOD immediately, urging it to keep DPA program managers housed at Wright-Patt.
- Brown then secured language in the Senate’s NDAA bill that bars DOD from moving program management of DPA without Congressional approval and keeps the jobs in Ohio.
- Authorizing more than $1 billion worth of research and development programs for Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Directorates at Wright-Patt
- Protecting Dayton’s Water from Toxic Chemicals known as PFAS
- The bill includes $335.8 million for Air Force bases like Wright-Patt to continue efforts to keep toxic chemicals, such as Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) – from getting into the local water supply.