$61 Million for Phase One of NASIC Modernization Effort Will Upgrade Facilities to Better Confront Modern Threats 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the FY 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act conference report that passed the Senate today will provide $61 million in funding for FY 2019 to upgrade the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Portman had urged the Armed Services Committee’s leadership to authorize the funding, which it did as part of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report signed by the president recently.  The NDAA conference report authorized $182 million for phase one and two of the NASIC modernization effort. 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:

I am pleased the Senate approved this funding to support the mission of NASIC and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  It will provide the necessary funding for 2019 to start the important facility upgrades so that NASIC can continue its important work. I look forward to the president signing this funding into law because these new facilities are critical for NASIC to fulfill its increasingly important intelligence analysis mission for our Air Force and national policymakers.”

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. 

For more on the key Portman priorities included in the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act conference report, click here.