Lucian Niemeyer, who served on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Forces, said Ohio should maintain vigilance on a national stage to make sure the capabilities of military installations in the state are well understood. His advice? Start planning and know where Ohio installations are vulnerable and which have growth potential.
George Schlossberg, an attorney for the Association of Defense Communities and a former Pentagon official, said he believes that in the next round of BRAC, jobs will move to installations that have excess capacity. His advice? Ohio installations should do a full analysis of their excess capacities now.
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, defense is the largest category of discretionary federal spending and it’s important to raise Ohio’s profile for military and defense spending. “When you’re dealing with something this large, intervention matters.”