You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Robbery suspect accused of assaulting elderly man

Military intelligence leader tours Wright-Patt as budget cuts loom

The leader of the nation’s military intelligence agency toured the National Air and Space Intelligence Center to learn more about the secretive center’s missions, and how massive defense cuts might impact capabilities officials said are vital to national security.

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Defense Intelligence Agency director, and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, visited NASIC on Monday as debate in Washington, D.C., swirls over the possibility of automatic, across-the-board defense spending reductions that could be triggered March 1. Without a deal between Congress and President Barack Obama to avert the cuts, the reductions would amount to nearly $500 billion over a decade in addition to $487 billion in cuts already planned to defense spending.

Flynn, a three-star Army general, became DIA director in July. The visit marked his first to NASIC.

“This is one of our crown jewels,” he told reporters a press conference at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “It’s one of our really, really vital components of our national security structure.”

The DIA has about 17,000 military and civilian personnel around the globe. NASIC, which receives about half its funding from the DIA, employs more than 3,000 people at Wright-Patterson.

NASIC provides intelligence analysis to, among others, soldiers in combat and the Pentagon, and to congressional leaders and the White House.

Flynn said senior Department of Defense and intelligence leaders have voiced concerns about impending spending cuts.

“We have been very clear about some of the impact and some of the effects we are likely to see across the board, and when we look at capabilities that are present here we have to be really, really smart about what it is that we have to protect as national capabilities.” he said. “… Everybody has to understand the impacts on any decisions that we make about some of the difficult fiscal issues that we’re going to be dealing with here in the next few months.”

Officials could not say how spending reductions could impact NASIC, but the Department of Defense has said furloughs of most of its 800,000 civilian employees are possible under a budget sequester. “Those are I know things that have been discussed, but at this stage, it’s really too early for us to say,” Flynn said.

Turner, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said he has “voted against the mess that results in sequestration.”

“Even the president of the United States has said they were never supposed to occur but yet we’re faced with these cuts occurring March 1,” he said. “The general certainly, even more than others, is able to express how wrong this is as a policy approach. To go to a budget in our military and to take a hatchet across the top as opposed to even just looking at programmatic goals and objectives is absolutely wrong and it needs to be averted.”

The Pentagon recently ordered the service branches to detail by this month a plan that explains how sequestration would impact the military. “Up to this point, we’ve not had any specifics that have been available for Congress to look at,” Turner said.

“As we look to 10 percent across the board (sequestration cuts), the effects can be much greater than merely a 10 percent reduction because there’s some things you can’t do 90 percent of,” he said. “We’re very concerned what the effects might be as you look to the functions of Wright-Patt, both at NASIC and across the board.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Military

Museum to display battered flag for one day
Museum to display battered flag for one day
The tattered and blackened flag is the beginning and the end of the rise of a “sleeping giant” in the most devastating global conflict in history.
Southwest Ohio vet who survived Pearl Harbor: Freedom isn’t free
Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001? How about when President Kennedy was shot?For members of America’s Greatest Generation who are now more than 80 years old, the question to ask is, “Where were you when you heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor?
Pearl Harbor survivor: ‘I thought this was going to be my last day’
Pearl Harbor survivor: ‘I thought this was going to be my last day’
The noise of swarming planes and explosions punctured the early morning stillness of a quiet Sunday.
Decision on Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony delayed
A top state leader and Dayton aviation boosters lobbied National Aviation Hall of Fame leaders Thursday to keep a decades-old enshrinement ceremony in Dayton instead of considering moving it out of state.
Clark County group working to give soldiers overseas a Christmas
A Clark County business group is gathering donations to send to a local solider and his unit who will be stationed in Afghanistan over Christmas.
More Stories