WASHINGTON, DC (WDTN) – The Senate has approved $116.1 million in funding to upgrade the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
It’s included in a $716 billion defense bill that was passed, Monday.
The project has bipartisan support with both Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman pushing for the extra money.
Brown said in a statement, he bill includes $277 million for bases to keep toxic chemicals out of local water supplies.
“The National Air and Space Intelligence Center is critical to our national security and the Wright-Patt community,” he said. “This investment ensures our servicemembers have the necessary resources to tackle security challenges we face around the world.”
Senator Rob Portman said in a statement of his own: this investment is primarily for facility upgrades.
The statement said, the Center has been forced to utilize antiquated World War II era facilities on base as well as temporary structures.
“I look forward to the president signing this funding into law as these new facilities are critical for NASIC to fulfill its increasingly important intelligence analysis mission for our Air Force and national policymakers,” Portman said.