National defense-related activity accounted for $119 billion in economic output in 2022 in the New England states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. That represents 9.2% of the regional GDP and accounts for more than 400,000 jobs, according to a report from SENEDIA. “Across New England, we are developing new technologies and capabilities, modernizing our military, building next-gen submarines, and driving broader economic growth today and for the future,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Jack Reed (D-R.I.) said….

The Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina Partnering Team was recently recognized with the “2023 EPA National Notable Achievement Award: Federal Facilities Excellence in Partnering Team of the Year,” according to a DVIDS story. The team, which worked under the Navy’s Environmental Restoration Program, included partners from the base, the Navy, EPA, the private sector and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. “I’m extremely proud of this team but also proud of their ability to assess tough environmental issues by incorporating innovative thinking and reasoning, positive communication and efficient management practices,” said Kelly Knight, environmental director of Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic….

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