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January 30, 2014 Published in From Congress, Top Stories

Delegation Pressures Air Force To Stay In Virginia

Representative Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee and senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, with Senator Mark R. Warner and Senator Tim Kaine wrote the Air Force Materiel Commander, General Janet C. Wolfenbarger questioning the Air Force’s plans to relocate the Office of Scientific Research from its current site in Arlington to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

The Office of Scientific Research employs 170 in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor in Arlington, home to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research, and the National Science Foundation.

“The Air Force can’t replicate the dynamic synergy of Northern Virginia’s technology hub in Ohio,” said Rep. Moran.  “Any initial savings from this move would be dwarfed by the long term costs of lost research and innovation.  The Office of Scientific Research and its employees, who are likely reluctant to leave one of the best places to live and work, should remain in Northern Virginia.” 

“Northern Virginia offers a unique and valuable ‘critical mass’ of military resources, technology infrastructure, world class universities and cutting-edge talent,” Sen. Mark R. Warner said. “We strongly urge the Air Force to reconsider these compelling benefits before moving the Office of Scientific Research to Ohio.”

“With the region’s many universities and research institutes, as well as a growing community of science and technology professionals, Northern Virginia has proven to be a prime location for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research,” said Sen. Kaine. “Ending this partnership would be a huge loss for the Air Force and I hope they make the right decision to stay in Northern Virginia.”

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