PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State lawmakers in Rhode Island are reviewing ways to protect defense industry jobs and attract more defense contractors — and learn a little about flying an F-35 along the way.
The state’s Defense Economy Planning Commission plans to hear from experts on the local defense industry. It’s part of the commission’s work to review and recommend to lawmakers options for encouraging military contractors to stay and expand in the Ocean State.
Before Thursday’s meeting members of the commission will meet with representatives from Lockheed Martin, who will use an F-35 flight simulator to demonstrate the piloting of the advanced fighter jet. Lawmakers on the commission will have the chance to try the flight simulator out for themselves.
The commission is chaired by Rep. Raymond Gallison, a Democrat from Bristol.