NDAA Is A Win For the Nearly 160 First District Companies in the Defense Supply Chain
Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after voting for the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
“The passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a win for the First District and the state of Connecticut. The Hartford region has an extensive defense manufacturing supply chain that incorporates nearly 160 businesses. These businesses are integral parts of Connecticut’s manufacturing ecosystem that fuels our economy. Not only will flagship Connecticut companies like Pratt and Whitney, Kaman, Electric Boat, and Sikorsky benefit, but so will companies like Jarvis Airfoil, Inc. in Portland and EDAC Technologies in Glastonbury. In the First District alone, work on the F-35 is supporting nearly 4,000 jobs and is resulting in $338 million in economic activity this year. The First District is also a supplier of the Navy’s submarine programs representing $209 million in purchase orders this year and 32 suppliers of our military’s helicopter programs representing $95 million.
“These manufacturers employ thousands of Connecticut residents and ensure that our brave men and women of the military have the equipment they need to fulfill their mission. Connecticut has a long and honored history of being the provision state and because of this legislation, it will continue to supply our armed forces. Passage of the FY2018 NDAA will only further bolster Connecticut’s manufacturing ecosystem. I commend the bipartisan support that this bill received, and would especially like to thank Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) for his work on the conference committee,” said Larson.
”Jarvis Airfoil’s participation in the F-35 program through our customer Pratt & Whitney, contributes in large part to the livelihood of our 87 employees. For the foreseeable future, a significant opportunity for Connecticut workers exists in aerospace manufacturing. This sector will continue to provide high wage jobs for focused, technically-minded craftspeople so long as our businesses are protected and encouraged by steady, growth-minded decision making in Washington and in Hartford,” said Jason Jarvis, President of Jarvis Airfoil, Inc.
“The recent passage of the NDAA will translate into a substantial increase in EDAC’s F135 component manufacturing in 2018, and beyond. In an effort to keep up with increased F135 volumes our organization continues to hire qualified individuals, and acquire new machine tools, to support our production needs,” said Ben Adams, President and CEO of EDAC Technologies.
Highlights of Connecticut's priorities in the FY 2018 NDAA Conference Report:
•$13.7 billion to purchase 90 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters; 20 more than Pentagon requested.
•$2 billion for advance procurement of B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber
•$3.3 billion to fully fund 2 Virginia-class submarines in FY2018 and $2.6 billion in advanced procurement.
•$2.9 billion for 17 KC-46A Tankers
•$843 million for advanced procurement of Ohio Replacement Program and $1 billion in research and development
•$1 billion for 53 UH-60 Blackhawks
•$567.6 million for purchase 4 CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters and $340.8 million for research and development
•$354.5 million for advance procurement of Combat Rescue Helicopter
•$108.6 million for advance procurement of UH-1N replacement
•$38.8 million for procurement and $451.9 million in development of VH-92A Presidential Helicopter
•$7 million for construction of Bradley Terminal