- February 19, 2015
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The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque contributed $536 million to the New Mexico economy in fiscal 2013, according to a study by the University of New Mexico. AFRL, which manages the directed energy and space vehicle directorates at Kirtland, was responsible for 861 Air Force positions and 1,033 contractor jobs. AFRL spent $315 million in New Mexico in FY 2013 on salaries and benefits, and the purchase of services, construction and other goods. That spending, in turn, generated an additional $221 million in local economic activity, reported the Albuquerque Journal. “We have the momentum and we have to build on it,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), who sits on the Appropriations subcommittees for defense and military construction.