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NDAA includes amendments to support jobs, research mission at Wright-Patt

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Air Force Research Lab will have support for jobs and the research mission as part of the National Defense Authorization Act being signed into law.

U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R) said that the new law President Donald Trump signed Tuesday includes several bipartisan amendments that they have offered.

Those amendments will help increase payments to researchers who develop the technology, provide flexibility for minor military construction, support U.S. manufacturing jobs that help meet national defense needs and support Wright-Patt’s role in developing unmanned aerial systems.

“The men and women at Wright-Patt’s Air Force Research Lab provide needed research to our military and the Department of Defense,” Brown said. “This law will make sure these highly-skilled workers can continue to do their jobs and help meet our national security needs.”

“I have seen firsthand the innovative research and development conducted at the Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patt that is critical to our national security and to maintaining our military’s technological edge,” Portman said. “I am pleased the president signed this legislation into law that will further support Wright-Patt’s mission, and I will continue to work with Senator Brown to support Wright-Patt and ensure that its highly-skilled workforce has the tools and resources it needs to carry out its missions.”

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