WASHINGTON (WDTN) – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said Monday the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released by the House and Senate NDAA Conference Committee Monday, includes the largest military construction investment ever made in Wright-Patterson’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 the base.
“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.
Senator Brown took credit for helping secure key Wright-Patt priorities secure in the bill including:
- 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.
- Keeping Defense Production Act (DPA) jobs at Wright-Patt
- 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.