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Obama’s Defense Priorities: Wrong For Ohio

- October 23, 2012

 

Obama’s Defense Budget And Inaction On Sequestration Threaten Ohio Jobs

Obama’s FY2013 Defense Budget Would Result In The Loss Of 794 Jobs Across Ohio, Including 209 Full-Time Positions And 485 Part-Time Positions. “According to a news release from the Ohio Adjutant General’s Office, ‘The net result of the proposed Air Force reductions and National Guard mitigation efforts involving Ohio is that 794 total jobs will be lost throughout the state. Of that, 309 are full-time positions and 485 are part-time positions.’” (Ted Hart, “Air Force Proposes Job Cuts In Ohio,” NBC4i, 3/7/12)

OBAMA’S DEFENSE PRIORITIES THREATEN JOBS ACROSS OHIO’S AIR FORCE BASES

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base – Dayton, Ohio

Today, Obama Will Campaign In Dayton, Ohio Where His Defense Cuts Threaten 452 Jobs At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will appear at a rally Tuesday in Dayton at Triangle Park, 2500 Ridge Ave -- their first joint appearance at an Ohio campaign event this election cycle.” (Joe Hallet, “Obama-Biden Dayton Venue Announced,” The Columbus Dispatch , 10/19/12)

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Will Lose 452 Positions Under Obama’s FY2013 Budget. “Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will lose 452 positions among active-duty and civilian ranks this year and next, part of a cost-cutting reduction of approximately 10,000 positions across the Air Force, defense officials said Tuesday. The 445th Airlift Wing, the unit at Wright-Patterson that flies C-17 transport aircraft for the Air Force, will see a net gain of 57 positions among weekend and full-time reservists, the Air Force said.” (John Nolan And Barrie Barber, “452 Positions To Be Cut At Wright-Patterson,” Dayton Daily News , 3/6/12)

  • The 452 Positions Include 162 Active-Duty Military And 235 Civilian Positions. “The 452 positions — 290 civilian and 162 active-duty military — to be eliminated at Wright-Patterson this year and in 2013 include the base’s net loss of 235 civilian positions previously announced by the Air Force in November and January. The job cuts will affect the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Institute of Technology and the base’s Band of Flight musicians, among others, base spokesman Daryl Mayer said.” (John Nolan And Barrie Barber, “452 Positions To Be Cut At Wright-Patterson,” Dayton Daily News , 3/6/12)
  • The Civilian Positions Being Eliminated Involve Intelligence, Surveillance And Reconnaissance Operations. “The bulk of the civilian positions being eliminated involve intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, Mayer said.” (John Nolan And Barrie Barber, “452 Positions To Be Cut At Wright-Patterson,” Dayton Daily News , 3/6/12)

Wright-Patterson Drives $4.7 Billion In Business, 27,000 Direct Jobs, And An Estimated 35,000 Off-Base Jobs And Accounts For 14 Percent Of The Gross Domestic Product In The Dayton Area. “The huge military installation just outside Dayton is a full-throated, super-charged engine driving an estimated $4.7 billion in business, 27,000 direct jobs and an estimated 35,000 off-base jobs from defense contractors and suppliers, hotels, restaurants and the service industry. It is the largest single-site employer in Ohio, with spending accounting for nearly 14 percent of the gross domestic product of the entire Dayton metropolitan area.” (Alan Johnson, “Anxiety High Over Defense Spending,” The Columbus Dispatch, 10/19/12)

  • Wright-Patterson’s Computer, Math, Architecture And Engineering Jobs Represent 6 Percent Of The Area’s Total Jobs. “Wright-Patterson is a big reason why the area has so many computer, math, architecture and engineering jobs, Stock said. Together, those fields represent 6 percent of the area’s total jobs, the bureau said.” (Chelsey Levingston, “Base, Health Care Jobs Keep Wages Up,” Dayton Daily News , 6/18/12)

Obama’s Sequestration Would Further Harm Dayton’s Economy

Executive Director Of The Dayton Development Coalition: Sequestration “Has Potentially Disastrous Consequences For The Economy Of The Dayton Region Which Depends So Heavily On Defense Spending.” “‘That has potentially disastrous consequences for the economy of the Dayton region which depends so heavily on defense spending,’ said Jeff Hoagland, executive director of the Dayton Development Coalition. ‘The implementation of the cuts would result in significant job losses in Dayton and in the state. National defense is by far the biggest creator of jobs in the Dayton region.’” (Barrie Barber, “Possible Military Cuts Unnerve Contractors,” Dayton Daily News, 8/14/12)

  • President Of The Dayton Chamber Of Commerce, Phil Parker, Said Defense Job Losses Have The Potential To Eliminate The Job Gains The Region Has Experienced With An Expansion Of Jobs At Wright-Patterson. “Phil Parker, president of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, said defense job losses have the potential to eliminate the job gains the region has reached with an expansion of jobs at Wright-Patterson while manufacturing faded.” (Barrie Barber, “Possible Military Cuts Unnerve Contractors,” Dayton Daily News, 8/14/12)
  • GemCity Engineering and Manufacturing In Dayton Said Sequestration Would Hurt Science, Engineering, And Technology Jobs. “David Harry, president of GemCity Engineering and Manufacturing in Dayton, said sequestration would hurt the kind of science, engineering and technology jobs, such as mechanical, electrical and computer science at his company, the nation says it most wants and needs.’” (Barrie Barber, “Possible Military Cuts Unnerve Contractors,” Dayton Daily News, 8/14/12)

Montgomery And Greene Counties In Ohio Would Have A Projected Annual Decline To Defense Contractors Of $92.5 Million And $70.1 Million. “Montgomery and Greene counties, home to Wright-Patterson, would have a projected annual decline to defense contractors of $92.5 million and $70.1 million, respectively, through 2021 if the full cuts land on Ohio, the Center for Security Policy estimated. In Hamilton County, home of GE Aviation in suburban Cincinnati, the reduction could hit $306.8 million a year.” (John Nolan, Barrie Barber, “Ohio Defense Industry Faces Layoffs If Congress Fails To Take Action,” Detroit News, 7/1/12)

Mansfield Air National Guard Base – Mansfield, Ohio

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Was Not Aware That Air Force One Landed At An Ohio Air Base That Obama Wants To Eliminate. REPORTER: “Can you talk a little bit about why the president is going back to the same area of Akron, Ohio tomorrow that he has visited before? And in Mansfield the local paper is reporting if President Obama has his way his Air Force One arrival would be one of the final flights into the Mansfield airport, because the president wants to do away with the mission for the 800 guardsmen at the Mansfield.” WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY Jay Carney: “I’ll have to take the question, I’m not aware of that particular issue. In terms of why is he going to Ohio and Akron –” REPORTER: “But that area of Ohio, Mansfield and Akron, I mean he was just there on the bus tour.” CARNEY: “There is not an inch of Ohio that the president does not love to visit. It’s a great state, my wife’s home state.” REPORTER: “In terms of Mansfield, can we get you to take that question?” CARNEY: “Sure. I’m not aware of even the policy implications or what issue this is.” (White House Press Briefing, 7/31/12)

  • Obama Will Jeopardize 551 Part-Time And 204 Full-Time Airmen’s Jobs At Mansfield Air National Guard Base As His Defense Cuts Would Eliminate The C-27J Program, Leaving The Wing Without A Flying Mission. “President Barack Obama has cited an aircraft flown by the Mansfield Air National Guard Base as an example of ‘unnecessary’ defense programs and recommended it for termination… Elimination of the program would leave the 179th Airlift Wing without a flying mission. It could jeopardize the future of the unit, which has 551 part-time and 204 full-time airmen. The Mansfield base has two of its four C-27Js deployed in Afghanistan. It received the planes last summer, and was the first base in the country to deploy to Afghanistan with them.” (Bryan Bullock, “Mansfield Base's C-27js Called 'Unnecessary,'” The Mansfield News Journal, 2/14/12)
  • The Columbus Dispatch: “Lawmakers Chafed About Obama’s Plan To Fly Into Mansfield Airport That Houses Air Guard Base” (Jessica Wehrman, “Lawmakers Chafed About Obama’s Plan To Fly Into Mansfield Airport That Houses Air Guard Base,” The Columbus Dispatch , 7/31/12)
  • ABC News: “Obama Flies Into Ohio Political Storm” (Ann Compton, “Obama Flies Into Ohio Political Storm,” ABC News, 7/31/12)
  • Fox News: “Obama Landing At Base Threatened By Cuts, White House Stumped When Questioned” (“Obama Landing At Base Threatened By Cuts, White House Stumped When Questioned,” Fox News, 8/1/12)

According To The Ohio National Guard: “The Air Force's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request Includes The Elimination Of The C-27J Spartan Aircraft Program And Mission At The Mansfield Air National Guard Base.” “As part of a broader effort to control defense spending, the Air Force's fiscal year 2013 budget request includes the elimination of the C-27J Spartan aircraft program and mission at the Mansfield Air National Guard Base, home of the 179th Airlift Wing, which would result in the elimination of 794 Ohio Air National Guard jobs. Of that, 309 are full-time positions and 485 are part-time positions.” (Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pavlik, “179th Airlift Wing Works To Educate About Benefits Of C-27J Spartan Aircraft Program,” Ohio National Guard, 3/23/12)

  • “Legislators Have Said The C-27J Aircraft -- A Twin-Engine, Multipurpose Cargo Plane -- Has Proven Cost-Effective And Important For National Security.” (Bryan Bullock, “Mansfield Base's C-27js Called 'Unnecessary,'” The Mansfield News Journal, 2/14/12)

Mansfield News Journal : Mansfield “Cannot Sustain” The Loss Of the 179th Air National Guard Base. “It is critical that Congress reverse it. Mansfield cannot sustain another loss of this magnitude. The blow we took from the General Motors plant closing put several thousand people out of work. Taking jobs away from Mansfield by ending the 179th Airlift Wing's mission is simply an irrational decision.” (Editorial, “Mansfield Cannot Stand To Lose 179th,” The Mansfield News Journal, 2/16/12)

  • The Mansfield Guardsmen “Have Become A Valuable Part” Of The Community. “These highly skilled Guardsmen have become a valuable part of our community. They bring with them a strong work ethic and an understanding of their value to our city. Lahm Airport itself benefits greatly from having an air base share many of its facilities.” (Editorial, “Mansfield Cannot Stand To Lose 179th,” The Mansfield News Journal, 2/16/12)

Mansfield News Journal: “Please Explain To The People Of Mansfield Why The U.S. Government Wants To Eliminate Such A Worthwhile Part Of Our Community And Nation.” “Beyond the threat to national security, Mansfield stands to lose nearly 1,000 jobs if the president gets his way. So, Mr. President, please explain to the people of Mansfield why the U.S. government wants to eliminate such a worthwhile part of our community and nation.” (Editorial, “A Few Questions For The President,” The Mansfield News Journal, 7/29/12)

Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base – Columbus, Ohio

Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base In Ohio Is Set To Lose More Than 200 Jobs Due To Obama’s Budget Cuts. “The proposal also shows Rickenbacker Air National Guard base losing six of its 18 refueling aircraft and about 200 of its 1,150 jobs. That would have a big effect on the Ohio National Guard as well, Ashenhurst said, but wouldn’t lead to a base closure.” (Jeb Phillips, “Cuts To Ohio Air Guard Base Draw Fire,” The Columbus Dispatch, 3/20/12)

General Mark Stephens, Commander Of The Air Refueling Wing At Rickenbacker: “We Feel Like We Are A Great Value For America And That It Just Needs To Be Looked At Very Carefully Because We Don't Think The Numbers Add Up.” “General Mark Stephens, commander of the 121st Air Refueling Wing at Rickenbacker said they knew the cuts were coming, but not to this degree. ‘We are the most experienced and cost effective force in the Air Force,’ General Stephens said. ‘We provide 35 percent of the total Air Force capability for 6 percent of the budget. So we feel like we are a great value for America and that it just needs to be looked at very carefully because we don't think the numbers add up.’” (Ted Hart, “Air Force Proposes Job Cuts In Ohio,” NBC4i, 3/7/12)

  • Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH): “The President Will Be Greeted By 200 Ohio Air National Guardsmen Whose Mission Is In Jeopardy Due To The President’s Arbitrary Budget Cuts.” “‘The president will be greeted by 200 Ohio Air National Guardsmen whose mission is in jeopardy due to the president’s arbitrary budget cuts,’ said U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. ‘I hope in the past couple weeks he has taken the time to study his proposal to cut experienced Air National Guard units and realized that is not the most cost-effective solution. If he did, let’s hope he’ll tell us about a new secret plan to restore his cuts at Rickenbacker, too.’” (Joe Vardon, “GOP Again Criticizing Obama On Guard Cuts,” The Columbus Dispatch, 8/21/12)

Youngstown Air Reserve Station – Vienna, Ohio

As Part Of Obama’s FY2013 Budget, The Youngstown Air Reserve Station Will Lost 97 Part-Time And 33 Full-Time Jobs. “The Youngstown Air Reserve Station will lose 97 part-time and 33 full-time positions in fiscal year 2013, part of the plan to cut $487 billion from the defense budget over the next 10 years.” (Denise Dick, “Vienna Air Base To Lose 130 Positions, A 7% Cut,” Vindy, 3/8/12)

  • The Youngstown Air Force Base Pumps $100 Million Into The Area Economy Each Year. “The Air Force budget would mean a net reduction of 97 traditional part-time reservists who do their monthly training at YARS and 33 full-time equivalent federal civilian employees and Air Reserve technicians. The Air Reserve Station pumps about $100 million into the area economy each year. It is home to the 910 Airlift Wing and Navy and Marine units and in the last budget was authorized to have 1,348 Air Force reservists, 250 full-time Air Reserve technicians, 190 Air Force Department of Defense civilian employees and 184 Navy and Marine Corps members.”(“Reserve Station At Airport Is An Important Part Of Area Economy,” Vindy, 8/13/12)
  • The 910th Airlift Wing At Youngstown Is One Of The Biggest Job Creators In The County. “The 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna is one of the biggest job creators in Trumbull County. Friday night, leaders who work closely with the base, along with local veterans, are sounding off on the Airlift Wing's economic and operational importance to the area and the country.” (“Local Leaders And Veterans React To Air Base Cuts,” WKBN, 2/3/12)

The Government Has Invested Tens Of Millions Of Dollars Into Developing The Facility At The Air Base. “But beyond the station’s economic benefit to the Mahoning Valley, it plays a vital role in national defense. As Tom Humphries, chief executive officer of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, pointed out earlier this year, the 910th’s aerial-spray mission is unique in the Air Force. Also, the federal government has invested tens of millions of dollars in developing an excellent facility at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.” (“Reserve Station At Airport Is An Important Part Of Area Economy,” Vindy, 8/13/12)

OBAMA’S BUDGET ALSO THREATENS OHIO’S DEFENSE CONTRACTORS

Joint Systems Manufacturing Center – Lima, Ohio

The Military Wants To Slow Production Of The Abrams Tank Until 2014 When It Will Stop Ordering Them All Together For Three Years Until It Is Ready For The Next Generation Of Tanks. “The military's plan is to slow production of the M1A2 Abrams until 2014, when it wants to stop ordering them all together for about three years, until it's ready for the next generation of battle tanks. Army officials told lawmakers earlier this year that they must make tough choices.” (John Seewer, “Congress, White House Fight Over Funding For Tanks,” The Associated Press, 7/5/12)

The Cost Of Shutting Down The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center And Then Restarting It Would Be $1.6 Billion. “General Dynamics Corp.'s land systems unit, which operates the government-owned plant, estimates that the cost of shutting down the plant and then restarting it would be $1.6 billion, while keeping it open with minimal production over four years would cost $1.4 billion. The Army puts the price of pausing production much lower - around $400 million. It thinks the plant could stay open without its orders by building new tanks and upgrading older models for foreign countries such as Saudi Arabia, Israel and Morocco.” (John Seewer, “Congress, White House Fight Over Funding For Tanks,” The Associated Press, 7/5/12)

Workers At The Plant Are Bracing To Lose High-Paying Manufacturing Jobs

Workers At The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center In Lima, OH, Are Worried About Losing High-Paying Manufacturing Jobs As The Obama Budget Calls For A Halt In Tank Production. “But the Pentagon says it will soon have enough tanks and wants to halt production for several years as it wrestles with deep cuts in military spending over the next decade. Caught in the middle are hundreds of workers at the northern Ohio tank plant who are worried about losing high-paying manufacturing jobs at a time when those positions are scarce.” (John Seewer, “Congress, White House Fight Over Funding For Tanks,” The Associated Press, 7/5/12)

  • The Plant Employs 920 People And Is The Last Tank Production Site In The U.S. “Bingman's plant, which employs 920 people, is the last U.S. tank production site following the 1996 closure of a similar facility outside Detroit. The Army now is planning to halt U.S. tank production for the first time since World War Two.” (Andrea Shalal-Esa, “U.S. Defense Cuts Hit Home At Ohio Tank Plant,” Reuters, 5/24/12)

Halting Production Would Mean Workers Would Be Forced To Leave Ohio For Elsewhere. “Halting production for even a couple of years would mean the loss of many skilled trade workers who would most likely be forced to leave Ohio for work elsewhere, said Keith Deters, plant manager at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center.” (John Seewer, “Congress, White House Fight Over Funding For Tanks,” The Associated Press, 7/5/12)

  • Hundreds Of Jobs Have Already Been Cut, With 200 More Slated For Elimination; While Thousands Of Jobs At Smaller Firms Providing Tank Components Are In Peril. “At the Lima plant, hundreds of jobs already have been cut, 200 more are slated for elimination within six months and more may come next year. Thousands of jobs at hundreds of smaller firms providing tank components are in peril, too.” (Andrea Shalal-Esa, “U.S. Defense Cuts Hit Home At Ohio Tank Plant,” Reuters, 5/24/12)

Companies That Are In The Supply Chain For The Tanks Are Also At Risk

Companies In The Supply Chain For The Abrams Tank Face The Same Risks As The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center. “Companies in the supply chain for the Abrams tank program face some of the same risks as the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center should the program be shuttered for several years, officials said Thursday.” (Heather Rutz, “Suppliers At Risk If Lima Tank Plant Closes,” LimaOhio.com, 10/18/12)

Veyance Technologies, A Company In The Supply Chain Of The Abrams Tank, Is The Country’s Sole Producer Of Track For The Abrams. “Veyance, owned by Goodyear until the company sold it in 2007, is the country’s sole producer of track for the Abrams. The company also makes track and other parts for military vehicles, agricultural products such as tractor track and other service and industrial parts, such as conveyor belts. It has continuously made military track since its opening in 1939. While the plant had an employee high of more than 2,000 several decades ago, the United Steel Workers plant currently employs about 400. Veyance posts $2 billion in annual revenue and 30 locations around the world with 9,000 employees.” (Heather Rutz, “Suppliers At Risk If Lima Tank Plant Closes,” LimaOhio.com, 10/18/12)

Michael Hoying, Business Manager For Military Products: “The Risk To Us As A Result Of The Risk To You Filters Down.” “Veyance is the only fully qualified source for military track in the United States for every combat vehicle made for the Army. ‘We manage our supply base. We are here today because we’re a supplier to General Dynamics, to the Army. A key component of that tank is the track. But for us, there’s another whole network of suppliers for us. The risk to us as a result of the risk to you filters down,’ Hoying said.” (Heather Rutz, “Suppliers At Risk If Lima Tank Plant Closes,” LimaOhio.com, 10/18/12)

  • Hoying: “With A Break In Production, It Would Take Up To Five Years To Requalify A Company As A Military Supplier.” (Heather Rutz, “Suppliers At Risk If Lima Tank Plant Closes,” LimaOhio.com, 10/18/12)

The Job Losses From The Plant Are “A Drag” On The Local Economy

The Job Losses Are “A Drag” On Lima’s Economy, With “Less Money” Flowing To Other Businesses. “The job losses put a drag on Lima's economy, with less money flowing to retailers, realtors and many other businesses. That could be bad news for Obama, who won Ohio in the 2008 election but now faces a tough fight against Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee who touts his job creation expertise.” (Andrea Shalal-Esa, “U.S. Defense Cuts Hit Home At Ohio Tank Plant,” Reuters, 5/24/12)

  • Lima Mayor David Berger: The Plant “Really Does Affect Everything From How Well Our Hospitals Do, To How Well The Retail Economy Functions.” “‘Those are very good-paying jobs,’ Berger added. ‘They have a multiplier effect in the community. It really does affect everything from how well our hospitals do, to how well the retail economy functions, schools and all that sort of thing.’” (Andrea Shalal-Esa, “U.S. Defense Cuts Hit Home At Ohio Tank Plant,” Reuters, 5/24/12)

Even Union Workers Oppose Obama’s Budget Plans

Russ Clewley, President Of The United Auto Workers Local 2075: “They're Dangling This Carrot Over Your Head That They Can Shut You Down At Any Time.” “‘They're dangling this carrot over your head that they can shut you down at any time,’ said Russ Clewley, president of the United Auto Workers Local 2075, which represents production and skilled trade workers.” (John Seewer, “Congress, White House Fight Over Funding For Tanks,” The Associated Press, 7/5/12)

  • Clewly: “The Hardest Part For Me Is Watching People You've Worked With For So Long Go Out The Door And Not Know If They're Coming Back Or Not.” “At the local United Auto Workers headquarters in Lima, Russ Clewley, president of UAW Local 2075 and a 32-year plant veteran, has his hands full with 180 union members who have been laid off, and 200 more due to lose their jobs in coming months. ‘The hardest part for me is watching people you've worked with for so long go out the door and not know if they're coming back or not,’ Clewley said. ‘It's very, very stressful.’” (Andrea Shalal-Esa, “U.S. Defense Cuts Hit Home At Ohio Tank Plant,” Reuters, 5/24/12)

The Greentree Group – Beavercreek, Ohio

Defense Contractor The Greentree Group Is Laying Off 20 Percent Of Its Workforce, Including President Everett G. Odgers. “Defense contractor The Greentree Group is laying off 20 percent of its workforce, including president and chief operating officer Everett G. Odgers. The Greentree Group is laying off 20 of its approximately 100 employees, all at the Beavercreek headquarters.” (John Nolan, “Layoffs Include Company President,” Dayton Daily News, 7/5/12)

The Layoffs Were Prompted By Cuts In Federal Defense Spending, Including A Halt To A Troubled Air Force Computer Modernization Project That Had Generated Work For Greentree. “Travis Greenwood, chief executive officer, said the layoffs were prompted by cuts in federal defense spending, including a halt to a troubled Air Force computer modernization project that had generated work for Greentree.” (John Nolan, “Layoffs Include Company President,” Dayton Daily News, 7/5/12)

  • The Air Force Halted The Expeditionary Combat Support System Project Because Of Delays And Escalating Costs. “In September, the Air Force halted the Expeditionary Combat Support System project because of delays and escalating costs. The project had been run by prime contractor Computer Sciences Corp. from Beavercreek.” (John Nolan, “Layoffs Include Company President,” Dayton Daily News, 7/5/12)

CEO Of Greentree Travis Greenword: “Unfortunately, That Means That Companies Like Greentree Will Have To Learn To Do More With Less.” “Greentree Group, which also serves corporate and state government customers with information technology and technical support services, had to reduce its management. ‘It’s a tumultuous time for the federal government,’ said Greenwood, whose father, Samuel Greenwood, founded the company in 1993. ‘Unfortunately, that means that companies like Greentree will have to learn to do more with less,’ he said.” (John Nolan, “Layoffs Include Company President,” Dayton Daily News, 7/5/12)

OBAMA’S SEQUESTRATION HAS PUT OHIO IN THE CROSSHAIRS

Sequestration Would Indiscriminately Cut Funding For The War In Afghanistan, Operations In The Persian Gulf, As Well As “Training Programs, Equipment Maintenance And Military Benefits.” “Sequestration compounds the damage because the cuts would be automatic and indiscriminate. The Pentagon now concedes that funding for the war in Afghanistan would be hit, contrary to past assurances. So would current operations in the Persian Gulf. Training programs, equipment maintenance and military benefits are affected too. Defense contractor Lockheed Martin says the law obliges it to send layoff warnings as soon as October to most of its 123,000 workers—the kind of manufacturing jobs Democrats claim to love.“ (Editorial, “The Coming Defense Crack-Up,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/18/12)

  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Says Cuts To Defense Will Result In The “Smallest Ground Force Since 1940, The Smallest Number Of Ships Since 1915 And The Smallest Air Force In Its History.” “Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spelled out a doomsday scenario Monday that he said could occur if Congress fails to take action to avoid a $1 trillion cut in defense spending over the next decade. Panetta, responding to a letter from Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham, said cuts of nearly $100 billion a year would leave the United States with its smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915 and the smallest air force in its history.” (David Alexander, “Panetta Spells Out Budget Cut Doomsday Fears,” Reuters, 11/14/11)

According To A Study By George Mason University, The Defense Spending Cuts In Sequestration Would Result In Ohio Losing 21,280 Jobs. (Stephen S. Fuller, “The Economic Impact Of The Budget Control Act Of 2011 On DOD And Non-DOD Agencies,” Report, 7/17/12)

  • In Ohio, Sequestration Would Mean 1,377 Fewer Active-Duty Service Members And A Loss Of 8,261 DOD Civilian Personnel. “House Armed Services Committee estimates show defense cuts in Ohio would mean 1,377 fewer active-duty service members out of 8,261, and the loss of 6,250 Defense Department civilian personnel out of 25,001 in the state, according to the nonprofit and nonpartisan Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.” (John Nolan, Barrie Barber, “Ohio Defense Industry Faces Layoffs If Congress Fails To Take Action,” Detroit News, 7/1/12)
  • Defense Cuts Would Cost Ohio 27,900 Public And Private Sector Jobs. “‘Those cuts could cost 27,900 jobs by 2014 in Ohio's public and private sectors, a National Association of Manufacturing study estimated.’” (John Nolan, Barrie Barber, “Ohio Defense Industry Faces Layoffs If Congress Fails To Take Action,” Detroit News, 7/1/12)

A Study Conducted By George Mason University Predicts That Ohio Could Lose 18,424 Private Sector Jobs. “A 2011 nationwide economic impact study from the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University predicts that Ohio could lose tens of thousands of private sector jobs and billions of dollars under the Sequestration law: Ohio could lose 18,424 jobs.” (Center For Security Policy, The United States Defense Breakdown Economic Impact Reports 2011 Data Edition , 6/6/12)

“Under Sequestration, 6,250 Civilian DOD Employees Could Lose Their Jobs.” (Center For Security Policy, The United States Defense Breakdown Economic Impact Reports 2011 Data Edition , 6/6/12)

Sequestration Puts Ohio Small Business Jobs At Risk

“With At Least 9% Or Sequestration’s 18% In Planned Budget Cuts, Ohio’s Businesses – Especially Small Businesses – Will Be At Risk.” (Center For Security Policy, The United States Defense Breakdown Economic Impact Reports 2011 Data Edition , 6/6/12)

  • “Ohio Defense Contractor Revenue Losses Could Be Greater Than $1.16 Billion – Each Year.” “Ohio defense prime contractors earned over $6.47 billion in 2011 protecting America, but now they may face 18% revenue cuts under Sequestration - starting in 2013. Ohio defense contractor revenue losses could be greater than $1.16 billion – each year.” (Center For Security Policy, The United States Defense Breakdown Economic Impact Reports 2011 Data Edition , 6/6/12)

According To A Study By George Mason University, The Defense Spending Cuts In Sequestration Would Result In Ohio Losing 10,156 Small Business Jobs. (Stephen S. Fuller, Committee On Small Business, U.S. House Of Representatives, Testimony, 9/20/12, p. 8)

  • According To A Study By George Mason University, The Non-Defense Spending Cuts In Sequestration Would Result In Ohio Losing 7,957 Small Business Jobs. (Stephen S. Fuller, Committee On Small Business, U.S. House Of Representatives, Testimony, 9/20/12, p. 8)
  • According To A Study By George Mason University, The DOD And Non-DOD Spending Cuts In Sequestration Would Result In Ohio Losing A Total Of 18,113 Small Business Jobs. (Stephen S. Fuller, Committee On Small Business, U.S. House Of Representatives, Testimony, 9/20/12, p. 8)

Veteran Owned Businesses: Under The Anticipated 18 Percent Budget Cuts In Sequestration, Ohio’s Veteran And Service-Disabled Veteran Businesses Will Lose A Combined $161,802,251.00 In Revenue. (Center For Security Policy, The United States Defense Breakdown Economic Impact Reports 2011 Data Edition , 6/6/12)

Women Owned Businesses: Under The Anticipated 18 Percent Budget Cuts In Sequestration, Ohio’s Women Owned Businesses Will Lose $77,771,512 In Revenue. (Center For Security Policy, The United States Defense Breakdown Economic Impact Reports 2011 Data Edition , 6/6/12)

Minority Owned Businesses: Under The Anticipated 18 Percent Budget Cuts In Sequestration, Ohio’s Minority Owned Businesses Will Lose $103,085,047 In Revenue. (Center For Security Policy, The United States Defense Breakdown Economic Impact Reports 2011 Data Edition , 6/6/12)


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