Defense Spending

Military
9:36 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Defense Bill Won’t Bring On A BRAC For Now

The gates of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Credit Flickr Creative Commons user soundfromwayout

Congress is working on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015, the major policy bill for the military. The latest House version of the bill prohibits a Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC in the next couple years, although it does allow the military to start planning for one.

BRACs let the Pentagon recommend military bases and operations to close or move. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton is the biggest single-site employer in the state, which means the BRAC process is closely watched in the Dayton area.

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Defense Industry
6:12 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Two Dayton-Area Companies Win Big Defense Contracts

The US Air Force has awarded a major contract to two Dayton companies, Matrix Research and Lion-Vallen Industries.

Dayton-area contractors are getting business despite cuts to the overall military budget.

Matrix Research develops sensors and high-tech materials—in this case, for stealth military aircraft. The company will get $45,085,000 to work on improving the the Air Force fleet through marginal technology upgrades; the award was announced Friday by the Air Force Institute of Technology based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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Budget 2015
5:59 am
Thu March 6, 2014

President’s Budget Impacts Wright-Patt With More Cuts Possible

A Lockheed Martin F-35, one of the planes the Air Force would continue to acquire under the president's proposed 2015 budget.
Credit Mark Jones Jr. / Flickr

President Obama’s budget proposals have been making waves this week. He and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are pushing to downsize the Army and Air Force and finally end the war in Afghanistan.

But buried deeper in the President's defense budget, are line items for scientific research, says Michael Gessel with the Dayton Development Coalition.

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Wright-Patt
7:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Major Changes Possible For Air Force In 2015 Defense Budget

The nose of an A-10 Thunderbolt II ground support airplane, also known as a "Warthog." A-10's could be eliminated in the new military budget.
Credit Omono / Flickr

 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced some details about the proposed military budget to be released by President Obama next week, and the Air Force—including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base—could see some major changes in the coming years.

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Economy
3:24 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Congressman Mike Turner Hosts Forum on Looming Sequestration Cuts

Sequestration hearings at Sinclair Community College

Yesterday (8-14-12), Elected leaders from Montgomery and Greene Counties joined Congressman Mike Turner for a community forum focusing on the impact that sequestration defense cuts will have on the Dayton region.  They heard testimony from local experts and business leaders about possible affects of the defense cuts, which have a growing number of people worried about their communities. 

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