Turner, McCarthy: NASIC, Wright-Patterson ‘critical to our security’

The National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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The National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The House GOP leader came away from a National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) briefing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Tuesday impressed.

“There are new things happening all the time here that are critical to our security,” U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a press conference at the Hope Hotel after his NASIC briefing with fellow lawmaker Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton. “That why it’s important not just to read about it, but to be on the ground, to talk with the individuals.”

“They are doing the most critical work possible to keep us safe,” he added.

Tuesday’s visit was McCarthy’s third to Wright-Patterson in less than two years. The leader of House Republicans, McCarthy, whose district includes Edwards Air Force Base, visited in July 2020 and last June, taking questions at the Hope Hotel afterwards all three times.

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House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, at the podium, with U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, Tuesday at the Hope Hotel, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, at the podium, with U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, Tuesday at the Hope Hotel, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

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House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, at the podium, with U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, Tuesday at the Hope Hotel, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

In January, Turner was appointed ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, with McCarthy’s blessing.

The National Space Intelligence Center is expected to start operations in coming weeks at Wright-Patterson, borrowing two squadrons from NASIC to support the newest military branch, the U.S. Space Force, with intelligence on threats in space.

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“NASIC is critical to the intelligence infrastructure that we have, both looking at our allies and their support, and our adversaries and what they’re doing,” Turner said at the Hope Hotel. “NASIC remains to critical to that. The space component that is going to be established under NASIC is going to help us solidify and continue that work, right here at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.”

Asked if they were briefed on NASIC and Air Force efforts to assist Ukraine in its defense against the three-month-old Russian invasion, McCarthy said” “There are some things I can talk about and some things I can’t.”

But the Russian Army must be stopped, he added.

“I believe the people of Ukraine can win this battle,” the GOP leader said. “The sooner it happens the better off we’ll be.”

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