Boom times at Wright-Patterson could end
Live by the sword, die by it. For Dayton, Ohio, home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the booming days could end, as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates looks for cuts in contractor spending.
Wright-Patterson boosted the Dayton region's economy by $5.1 billion last year, up from $700 million the previous year, according to a recent report prepared by officials at the base. Even though the base was expected to grow in the coming years as other divisions moved because of BRAC [Base Realignment and Closure], that's now in doubt because Gates has promised to cut back spending on contractor funding 10 percent for each of the next three years, according to an article in the Dayton Business Journal.
It's been good times though for Dayton area construction companies. The article notes that Wilcon Construction of Dayton won a $13 million job to renovate and expand the 88th Security Forces Squadron Operations facility at the base. Butt Construction Co. won a $36 million new building and renovation job for the Air Force Research Laboratory sensors complex. And Butt Construction received seven military projects, totaling more than $300 million in the last few years.
Construction companies are one of the major beneficiaries of the post-9/11 phenomenon of new national security organizations and the push to build more secure facilities. The Post's Top Secret America series found that in Washington and the surrounding area alone, 33 building complexes for top-secret government work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings - about 17 million square feet of space.
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