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May 24, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after voting for the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“I was proud to vote to strengthen our national defense and support the extraordinary efforts done by the workers at our large companies like Pratt and Whitney, Kaman and the over 160 smaller manufacturers in the First District like GKN Aerospace in Cromwell and ACMT in Manchester who make up the manufacturing supply-chain. This bill also bolsters the progress of educational institutions in East Hartford like the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and Goodwin College that are building curriculums that ensure that the First District and Connecticut have access to a well-trained and qualified workforce that is prepared for the next generation of manufacturing. The bottom line is that this was a win for the manufacturing ecosystem that helps drive the Connecticut economy, provide jobs for our talented workforce, and ensures that Connecticut-made aircraft engines, submarines, and helicopters will continue to provide our military with an unmatched supremacy in the air and in the sea. I would especially like to thank Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) for his work on the Armed Services Committee to ensure Connecticut’s priorities are always met,” said Larson.  

“Congressman Larson has been instrumental in helping defense manufacturers like GKN grow in Connecticut. He continues to support the supply chain through his work in Washington and by encouraging collaboration with government, academia and the private sector. The passage of the NDAA is welcome news for the defense industry and suppliers of the F-35,” said Tony Cacace, Consultant and former Executive at GKN Aerospace.


“Our national defense supply chain has worked very hard to reduce costs and increase production so the best way to achieve this is to have secure funding with aggressive production rates to sustain these gains,” said Michael Polo, CEO ACMT.

In the First Congressional District alone, work on the F-35 is supporting more than 4,600 jobs and is resulting in $545 million in economic activity this year.  The First District is also home to 88 suppliers of the Navy’s submarine programs representing $198 million in purchase orders this year and more than 30 suppliers of our military’s helicopter programs representing $82 million.



  • Raises military pay by 2.6%
  • Requires the Department of Defense to establish a prescription drug monitoring program and share information with state prescription drug monitoring programs in order prevent opioid abuse within the military.

Highlights of Connecticut's defense manufacturing priorities in the FY 2019 NDAA

•$10.6 billion to purchase 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters; provides flexibility for the Department to procure additional fighters if additional program cost savings are achieved.

•Accelerates modernization of 34 F–22A training and test aircraft to increase combat-capable F-22A fleet.

•$2.3 billion for advance procurement of B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber

•$2.79 billion in advance procurement and $5.3 billion to fully fund 2 Virginia-class submarines, including $1 billion in long lead-time materials for the third submarine in 2022 and 2023.

•$2 billion for 12 KC-46A Tankers

•$3 billion for advanced procurement of Ohio Replacement Program

•$1.2 billion for 54 UH-60 Blackhawks

•$1.1 billion for purchase 8 CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters

•$1.1 billion for advance procurement of 10 Combat Search and Rescue Helicopters

•$649 million for procurement and development of VH-92A Presidential Helicopter as well as $24 million for upgrades to the existing fleet

•$151 million for C-130H Modernization, including $55 million for eight blade propeller upgrades and $74 million for the engine enhancement program