What could decide if Wright-Patterson gains or loses jobs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN) — A high profile lawmaker got a tour Monday of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which may soon have to impress many others.

Representative Judge John Carter from Texas believes a process known as Base Realignment and Closure or BRAC will likely take place nationwide in the next five years.

The last BRAC saw Wright-Patterson gain jobs — but the potential is also there to lose them.

Carter who is chairman of the Congressional Subcommittee on Homeland Security thinks the base would stand to gain jobs if a BRAC happens in 2017.

“As they take a look at that I can see nothing but growing opportunities under BRAC,” Carter says.

As a guest of Congressman Mike Turner, Carter got a look at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center and the Air Force Research Labs.

He thinks those missions are why Wrigh-Patt is in a good position going forward.

“We win our fights because we out think our enemies and this is where a lot of the thinking platforms are here at Wright-Patt,” Carter says.

But Carter thinks Wright-Patt could be in trouble if sequestration continues through 2016.

The sequester, which involves automatic spending cuts to control the federal budget, led to six unpaid days off for more than 10,000 base workers last year.

“I’m afraid any more sequester is going to be very painful for all our armed forces,” Carter says.

But Carter expressed hope that both Democrats and Republicans will be able to work together to come up with a solution to sequestration.

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