WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed into law, including a provision secured by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to authorize projects that will sustain and support the workforce at Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC). Brown requested that the Senate Armed Services Committee support these critical programs in the NDAA.
“The work done at JSMC on the Abrams Tank and the Stryker Vehicle is among the most advanced in the world,” said Brown. “This investment will allow Lima workers to continue their vital national security work while also bolstering northwest Ohio’s economy.”
The funding authorized in the Senate bill will support the following projects:
In March 2017, Brown met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to highlight the importance of continued funding for the Abrams Tank and the Stryker Vehicle. Critical work is done on both systems at the JSMC.
In May 2017, Brown wrote to his Senate Armed Services and Appropriations Committee colleagues to support inclusion of the Abrams Tank and Stryker Vehicle in both the NDAA and the Defense Appropriations bill.
In October 2016, Brown and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) brought Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy to Lima for a tour of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC). Brown and Portman have been longtime champions of the JSMC and have worked over the years with the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) leadership to promote the work done in Lima.
In February 2016, Brown applauded the inclusion of funding for the Abrams Tank and the Stryker Vehicle in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal. Brown wrote to U.S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh in August 2015 to request these funds.