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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Despite Assets, Leaders Still Need to Make the Case for Wright-Patt, Panel Says

  • December 1, 2011
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At a defense forum in Dayton, Ohio, Thursday, attendees were concerned about how pending changes in the Pentagon’s budget would affect Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but one speaker reminded local officials and business leaders that they really just need to take the same approach they relied on in the last BRAC round — coordinate their efforts in a broad partnership that delivers a uniform message about the vital nature of the installation’s missions.

“Everybody working together to carry that message forward to whoever needs to get it, that you can’t mess with this place without damaging national security,” said retired Air Force Gen. Lester Lyles, former commander of Air Force Materiel Command, according to the Dayton Business Journal.

Other speakers agreed that Wright-Patterson has many important capabilities, but the region still needs to make its case to Air Force headquarters as Pentagon officials look to cut hundreds of billions of dollars in defense spending over the next decade.

“Having a strong advocate, and a strong delegation, a champion, to tell that story is very important,” said J.P. Nauseef, former CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition.

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