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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Defense act authorizes Air Force test facilities

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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which authorizes the Air Force Test Center’s top military construction priorities.

The projects prioritized included a Joint Simulation Environment (JSE) facility at Edwards Air Force Base and Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and a Cyberspace Test Facility at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

The $43 million Edwards Air Force Base JSE will serve as a versatile testing facility for simulated missions in a secure, indoor environment. The facility will be 21,988 square feet.

“Supporting JSE is a win-win investment for our defense community, and I am thrilled that this important bill authorizes the Air Force to develop the tools it needs to efficiently test the equipment essential to keep our great country safe,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said. “I am routinely impressed by the work accomplished at Edwards Air Force Base, and I would like to thank General Schaefer for his leadership and vision. I would also like to thank General Harris for the important work that he has accomplished at the Air Force Test Center, and for his service to our country.”

The JSE ensures the Air Force remains on the cutting edge, McCarthy said.