Defense

A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE SECTOR ANCHORS SOUTHWEST OHIO’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

What makes the Dayton region such a powerful economic engine for defense-related business? Start with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, one of the largest, most diverse, and organizationally complex Air Force installations in the world. Add the Springfield Air National Guard Base, which is focused on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance for the federal and state government. Amplifying both of these assets is the Air Force’s commitment to define the region as the national center of excellence in aerospace research, medicine, intelligence, education, acquisition, and tech commercialization. The result: unsurpassed—and profitable—opportunities for businesses across an array of industries.

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F-16 Fighting Falcons parked on the Wright Patterson Air Force Base flightline.

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If you are interested in the dayton region

Consider what makes us a leader in the Defense Industry:

Defense Installations

Southwest Ohio’s premier defense installations account for more than $4.5
billion annually
and employ more than 27,000 people.

This includes active duty, guard and reserve military members, federal civilians, and government contractors. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the largest single-site employer in the state of Ohio. Ample space to expand both inside and outside the installation fence, combined with the low cost of living, makes our region an ideal location for your business. Access to defense industry leaders is within reach through a variety of professional defense organizations who call the Dayton region home.

The Dayton region’s military assets offer a concentration of capabilities, including:

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON
AIR FORCE BASE

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LOGISTICS

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RESEARCH

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EDUCATION

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INTELLIGENCE

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TOURISM

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FLIGHT OPERATIONS

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SPRINGFIELD AIR
NATIONAL GUARD

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SURVERILLANCE &
RECONAISSANCE

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DAYTON VA
MEDICAL CENTER

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MEDICINE

All of these avenues offer access for businesses in the aerospace and aviation, advanced materials and manufacturing, cyber, IT and data management, research and development, education, workforce development, logistics, tourism, and bioscience industries.

Defense Initiatives

Keeping our warfighters the best in the world requires a portfolio of services that come together through the best intelligence, medicine, research, and education. The Dayton Development Coalition’s defense initiatives ensure resources are lined up to support these services.

HOMETOWN HEROES PROGRAM
DAYTON REGION MILITARY COLLABORATIVE (DRMC)
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The Dayton Development Coalition is proud to host the Hometown Heroes program, which pays tribute to individuals from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Springfield Air National Guard Base who safeguard and support our nation’s defense.  We celebrate their ongoing contributions to the Dayton region’s economy and quality of life that make living and working here so enjoyable!

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The DRMC provides a monthly forum for defense and community leaders to discuss important issues, strategize solutions, and work together to keep our defense industry vibrant, strong, and integrated.

WRIGHT PATTERSON 2020

The Wright-Patterson 2020 committee was founded to secure and fulfill the gains made through the 2005 BRAC initiative and to promote the assets of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Springfield Air National Guard. The committee is supported by community leaders from industry, academia, and the government, with the aim of strengthening the foothold of our federal installations at both a regional and a national level.

The five key goals for Wright-Patt 2020 are:
– Successfully implement BRAC 2005
– Increase the military value of our regional defense installations
– Enable future technologies
– Increase commercialization opportunities and strengthen our regional contractor base
– Define the Dayton region as the national center of aerospace research, development, acquisition, and commercialization

Among its many initiatives, the committee seeks to retain and grow missions located at our defense installations, improve connections between regional businesses and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and capture a greater share of the national aerospace market.

FEDERAL RETENTION & ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

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2005 Base Realignment and Closure
(BRAC) Results

The Wright-Patterson 2020 committee was founded to secure and fulfill the gains made through the 2005 BRAC initiative and to promote the assets of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Springfield Air National Guard. The committee is supported by community leaders from industry, academia, and the government, with the aim of strengthening the foothold of our federal installations at both a regional and a national level.

Key stats about the initiative’s impact
on our region:

Approximately

$332 MIL

in related construction and renovation

Approximately

1,200

relocated military and civilian positions

The Dayton Development Coalition helped facilitate the transition of jobs to the area. Through key initiatives such as Wright-Patterson 2020, we continue to bolster and build on the gains made from the 2005 BRAC directives.