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Military notebook: State seeks study of defense spending

The Georgia Department of Economic Development is financing a study to gain a better understanding of how aerospace and defense spending impacts the state.

According to a story in the Atlanta Business Journal, the department is seeking proposals from companies to conduct the study.

The department’s request for proposals says that of the state’s 9.5 million residents, more than one million are directly compensated by the military, either as active duty or retired military members, or active or retired civilians working for the military.

“With impending reductions in DOD spending, state leaders need to have a clear understanding of where DOD funds currently impact the state, how changes in DOD spending will affect Georgia in the future, and develop strategies to mitigate potential job losses through expansion in other industrial market areas,” the request for proposals stated, according to the Atlanta Business Journal.

NORTHROP GRUMMAN GETS EXTENSION ON J-STARS CONTRACT

The Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $210 million contract for continued maintenance of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft.

According to a Northrop Grumman news release, the contract is a continuation of one that originally was awarded in 2000.

Northrop Grumman is responsible for the logistics, engineering, training, mission support, supply chain and overhaul maintenance of the J-STARS fleet at Robins Air Force Base.

“Since 2000, our team has ensured that J-STARS remains ready to support the high level of demand from combatant commanders,” said Bryan Lima, director of Northrop Grumman’s reconnaissance and surveillance systems. “As the Air Force looks toward the future of Joint STARS, Northrop Grumman has the knowledge, experience and infrastructure to provide the greatest value in meeting the Air Force’s battle management, command and control requirements now and in the future.”

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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