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Bob Ross Executive Director Connecticut Office of Military Affairs

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  1. Bob Ross Executive Director Connecticut Office of Military Affairs

  2. Appointed by the Governor Confirmed by the State Legislature Within Department of Economic and Community Development for “Administrative Purposes Only.” Dedicated Focus on Economic Impacts and Partnerships Related to Defense Industry and Military Organizations

  3. Mission “…shall promote and coordinate state-wide activities that enhance the quality of life of all branches of military personnel and their families and to expand the military and homeland security presence in this state.” Over 30 States have OMAs

  4. Mission Coordinate Efforts to Prevent the Closure of Submarine Base New London – JOB #1 Support Service Members & Families Support Connecticut Defense Industries Liaison to Congressional Delegation on Defense Issues

  5. Defense Industries 50,000 Defense-Related Jobs $25 Billion State-Wide Annual Economic Impact 10% of the State Economy CT Ranks 9th in Total DOD Direct Expenditures CT Ranks 8th in Total DOD Direct Expenditures Per Capita CT Ranks 3rd in Procurement Only Per Capita

  6. Building the Right Stuff at the Right Time (NSS) Sikorsky Helicopters & UAVs Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines (JSF F-35) EB Nuclear Submarines (SSNs & SSBNs) & UUVs United Technology Aerospace Systems (UTAS) Sub-Contractors, in Virtually Every Municipality

  7. U.S. Submarine Industrial Base Impact on the National Economy 5-Year Spend by State • Submarine industrial base consists of ~5,000 suppliers in all 50 states • $8.7B awarded to 3,000 suppliers over the last 5 years

  8. Electric Boat: Impact on CT Economy $264M $148M $65M $68M $34M • EB spent $579M in CT with 471 suppliers over last 5 years • EB CT wages were $3.6B over the last 5 years

  9. 2014 DOD Contracts in Excess of $1B • Electric Boat (EB) - $17.6 billion (April) • 10 Virginia class submarines, 2014-2018 • Largest single shipbuilding contract in U.S. Navy History • Sikorsky - $1.24 billion (May) • Replacement of fleet of Presidential helicopters • Sikorsky will build first six helicopters; rest of planned 21-helicopter fleet is expected to be ordered by 2021, ensuring additional substantial revenues • Sikorsky - $1.28 billion (June) • New Air Force combat rescue helicopter; program expected to continue until 2029 • If all options are exercised, contract could be worth up to $7.9 billion • Pratt & Whitney - $1.53 billion (October) • Consisting of two main contracts: • $520 million for 29 F-35 engines; Air Force (19), Marine Corps (6), Navy (4) • $793 million for 29 F-35 Engines; U.S. Armed Forces (10), international partners (8), Foreign Military Sales countries (11)

  10. Proposed National Defense Authorizations • Highly Supportive of CT-Related Programs • $5.9B – 10 Virginia-Class Submarines, 2014-2018 • $1.3B – Ohio-Class Replacement Program Ballistic Missile Submarines • $6.7B – F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (Pratt & Whitney Engines) • $133M – Virginia Payload Module for Expanded Missile Capacity • $2.3B – 116 Sikorsky Helicopters for Army, National Guard, Navy

  11. Submarine Base New London (in Groton) • $7 Billion Annual Economic Impact* • 15,000 Jobs • 15 Nuclear-Powered Submarines • Submarine School and Learning Center • 70 Tennant Commands

  12. Base Realignment & Closure (BRAC) • 1993 BRAC (Recommended Partial Closure) • 2005 BRAC (Recommended Complete Closure) • Large Upfront Cost, for Long-term Savings • Est.= $21B, Actual = $35B ROI = $3B 2018 • 2019 PROPOSED BRAC?

  13. Base Realignment & Closure (BRAC) • “Military Value” is the Criteria • Current and Future Capabilities…(Joint Warfare) • Availability of Sea, Air & Land…(Encroachment) • Contingency Capacity… • Cost of Operations & Manpower Implications…

  14. Base Realignment & Closure (BRAC) • “Military Value” Other Considerations: • Cost & Savings = Earliest Date of ROI • Economic Impact on Local Communities (OEA) • Ability of Infrastructure to Support Realignment • Environmental Impact and Clean-Up Cost

  15. Enhancing Military Value at Submarine Base NLON $4.5M Diver Support Facility $3M Boiler (Efficiency Improvement) $750K Full Scale Submarine Galley $2.4M Submarine Bridge Trainer Building $680K Two Encroachment Mitigation Projects $2.3M MICROGRID & Railroad Encroachment Mitigation

  16. Enhancing Military Value at Submarine Base NLON $250M in TRANSFORMATIONAL Investments 14M in UNPRECEDENTED State-Funded Projects Demolished 12% of the 2005 Archaic Infrastructure Created Room for Growth and New Facilities It is NOT about Sunk Cost – It’s Future Military Value

  17. Partnerships in Education • Military Superintendants Liaison Committee • Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunity • for Military Children • Military Child Education Coalition • (Local, National and DOD Collaborations)

  18. Interagency Advocacy for Service Member & Families • OMA is the Only State Official Designated to Advocate for Active Duty Service Members and Families • Directed in Legislation June 2015 • (Collaborations in Community Relations)

  19. The National Coast Guard Museum$100M Project in New London CT

  20. The National Coast Guard Museum$100M Project in New London CT

  21. The National Coast Guard Museum$100M Project in New London CT

  22. The Thames River Heritage ParkProject in New London CT

  23. QUESTIONS? Connecticut Office of Military Affairs www.ct.gov/oma