Dayton Area Braces for Defense Cuts at Wright-Patterson
Dayton, Ohio, leaders are anxiously waiting to find out if the debt supercommittee will come up with a plan that calls for reductions to the Pentagon’s budget beyond the $450 billion already slated over the next 10 years.
The impact would be far-reaching as Wright-Patterson Air Force Base accounts for one-sixth of the region’s economy and is the state’s largest single-site employer. Under a worst-case scenario, the state’s active duty forces would drop by 1,377 personnel and defense contractor positions would fall by 6,250, according to estimates released by the House Armed Services Committee.
“If Wright-Patterson catches a cold, the region’s economy gets pneumonia,” Michael Gessel, vice president of federal programs for the Dayton Development Coalition, told Dayton Daily News.