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Courtney Statement on New Report Highlighting Connecticut as Top State for Shipbuilding Investment

November 27, 2019
Press Release

Norwich, CT – Congressman Joe Courtney today highlighted the 2019 annual report of the Connecticut Office of Military Affairs (OMA), and the positive outlook on Connecticut’s defense manufacturing sector it outlines. Among the findings in the report, compiled by OMA Executive Director Bob Ross, Connecticut is ranked #1 in projected shipbuilding investment and spending in 2019.

“This new report underscores what we already know – Connecticut’s defense and manufacturing sector punches well above its weight,” Congressman Courtney said. “Connecticut's top ranking in shipbuilding investment reflects our position on the leading edge of our nation’s efforts to maintain and expand our advantages in undersea capabilities, which remain among the most urgent priorities for our military leaders.”

“With new investments in the next block of upgraded Virginia-class Submarines expected to be awarded soon, and the work already underway on the Columbia class as it ramps up to full construction, the outlook for this sector is stronger than it has ever been,” Courtney added. “Most importantly, this investment in our shipbuilding sector also means continued growth in good, high-skilled jobs at the shipyard and its state- and nation-wide supply chain. As chairman of the subcommittee overseeing this work in Congress, I’ll continue to work to ensure continued bipartisan action on our region’s defense manufacturing priorities.”

“The positive outlook for CT defense industries is because the state is building the right things at the right time,” said OMA Executive Director Bob Ross.  “Electric Boat submarines, Pratt & Whitney jet engines and Sikorsky helicopters built in CT are among the highest priorities in the Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy and will remain so for decades to come.”

OMA’s outlook on the defense sector reflects data from a Department of Defense report issued earlier this year, projecting state-by-state expenditures under the FY19 defense budget plan. Among its findings, in 2019, Connecticut is ranked:

  • #1 in ship and boat building direct purchases, with projected 2019 direct expenditures by DOD of $9.2 billion.
  • #3 for aerospace products and parts, with projected 2019 direct expenditures by DOD of $3.9B, behind only Texas at $14. billion and California, $8.1 billion.
  • #4 - Direct Purchases from Procurement/RDTE – 2019 - $17 billion.
  • #5 for architectural, engineering, and related services, with 2019 projected defense spending of $2.2B.
  • #10 in total direct expenditures, like purchases and personnel pay.

Notably, the report concludes that Connecticut ranks higher in many of these categories when evaluated on a per-capita basis. For example, Connecticut ranks fourth among all states on a per capita basis in terms of total purchases and defense personnel pay, behind Virginia, Hawaii, and Alaska. Based on direct purchases only, Connecticut ranks second only behind Virginia.