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 Forceâ€™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 Virginiaâ€™s technology corridor in Arlington, home to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research, and the National Science Foundation.
â€œThe Air Force canâ€™t replicate the dynamic synergy of Northern Virginiaâ€™s technology hub in Ohio,â€ said Rep. Moran. â€œAny 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.â€
â€œNorthern Virginia offers a unique and valuable â€˜critical massâ€™ of military resources, technology infrastructure, world class universities and cutting-edge talent,â€ Sen. Mark R. Warner said. â€œWe strongly urge the Air Force to reconsider these compelling benefits before moving the Office of Scientific Research to Ohio.â€
â€œWith the regionâ€™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,â€ said Sen. Kaine. â€œEnding this partnership would be a huge loss for the Air Force and I hope they make the right decision to stay in Northern Virginia.â€