Portman Announces President Will Sign Into Law Funding for Wright Patterson Air Force Base’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center Later Today

August 13, 2018 | Press Releases

Law Fully Authorizes $182 Million for Phase One & Two of NASIC Modernization to Better Confront Modern Threats 

CINCINNATI, OH — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that later today President Trump will sign into law the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report which authorizes $182 million for phase one and two of the modernization effort at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  The measure authorizes $61 million for the first year to begin construction.  Portman had urged the Armed Services Committee’s leadership to authorize the project. NASIC’s main campus facilities are overcrowded and require modernization to meet today’s missions. With significant total force growth that has outpaced their facility growth, NASIC has been forced to utilize antiquated World War II era facilities on base and temporary structures. This investment in NASIC infrastructure will provide the command with much-needed secure spaces that meet the demands of the growing workforce and the associated information technology requirements of modern facilities. Portman released the following statement: 

This bipartisan defense law supports the critical mission of NASIC and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and authorizes the necessary funding to begin the modernization effort so that they can continue their important work. These new facilities are critical for NASIC to fulfill its increasingly important intelligence analysis mission for our Air Force and national policymakers, and I applaud the president for signing it into law.” 

NOTE: Portman visited NASIC at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in March and August of last year to discuss their recent military construction projects and the need for this new investment.