|Defense cuts won’t immediately affect JSMC|
|Thursday, March 06, 2014 10:00 PM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
LIMA — President Obama’s proposed defense budget of $595.6 billion — $133 million less than expected — outlining cuts to personnel and depicting a smaller military much more reliant on technology, will not immediately affect operations at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima.
Public Affairs Officer Brian Hahn said currently, the production line is set for foreign military contracts into 2015.
“Domestic product is already secured in contracts through March of 2015,” Hahn stated.
Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, previously the Lima Army Tank Plant, provides the United States Military with an industrial facility capable of manufacturing, repairing, refurbishing and testing the full spectrum of combat vehicles and defense systems.
Hahn reported at this time, the facility employs close to 500 government civilians and contractors — with the majority being contractors — which is similar to the number of employees working at the facility pre-9/11.
“In 2009, there were 1,250 employees due to the war surge,” Hahn said.
He explained the government does not decide how many employees will work at the facility and it is totally up to the contractors. In the long run, reduced production levels will decrease the amount of employees needed at the facility.
“The next generation of tanks are being developed,” Hahn detailed. “General Dynamics is currently under contract to produce the new tank prototypes in 2017.”
The Lima Army Tank Plant, a part of the Army Tank-Automotive Material Readiness Command, was largely developed in the early years of World War II. Further construction took place during the Korean War and the late 1970s.