WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement today after Dayton Development Commission released its study “Economic Impact Analysis of the Major Federal Installations in the Dayton Region”:  

“We know that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Springfield Air National Guard Base, and the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center all play a critical role in our national defense and caring for our veterans in Ohio.  This new study underscores just how important these federal installations are to boosting Miami Valley’s economy and driving economic growth in the region. As a strong supporter and advocate for Ohio’s military facilities and research institutions, I understand how important they are to our economy and to our national defense.  I will continue to look for ways to grow and develop additional defense jobs in Ohio, and I have already reached out to Joe Zeis, Governor DeWine’s senior advisor for aerospace and defense.  I look forward to working with the DeWine Administration as the state puts a focus on strengthening our role as a leader in defense.” 

NOTE: Senator Portman has long been an advocate for strengthening the research and development capabilities at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and solidifying its reputation as a national leader in aerospace and defense research, development, and education. In the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Portman secured $182 million in funding for phase one and two of the modernization effort at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center located at WPAFB, including $61 million to begin construction last year. In the FY 2016 NDAA, Portman secured a provision to expand the Air Force Institute of Technology’s (AFIT) authority to enroll defense industry civilians in AFIT. In the FY 2015 NDAA, Senator Portman secured language increasing AFRL hiring authority to hire science, technology, engineering, and math bachelor’s and master’s degree students directly into the lab. 

In 2016, Senator Portman secured $12.6 million to consolidate the operations of two active Entry Control Points at WPAFB included in the NDAA. This consolidation will improve security and traffic flow at the base. The NDAA also authorized $14.4 million for facilities upgrades, equipment installation, and other projects that increase energy efficiency and approximately $1.1 billion for Air Force Research and Development projects and programs run out of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at WPAFB. 

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