A history of Air Force space flight helmets is on display in the Air Force Research Lab’s 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

711 Human Performance Wing’s impact: Nearly 11K jobs nationally

CRADAs with the 711th Human Performance Wing helped Ohio-based companies sell $4.1 million in new products, according to the new study by TechLink, a Bozeman, Mont. outfit that links private businesses to the U.S. military.

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A CRADA is a “Cooperative Research and Development Agreement,” or a pact between a government laboratory and a private business or entrepreneur to work together on development of new technologies.

Major findings from the TechLink study for the 711th Human Performance Wing’s 201 CRADAs include the following:

• $856 million in total sales of new products and services resulting from the CRADAs, for companies based in and outside Ohio.

• $226 million in sales of new products to the U.S. military.

• $2.2 billion in total economic impact nationwide.

• 10,857 jobs with average compensation of $73,712.

Partly as a result of the 2005 BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) process — which brought more than 1,100 jobs to Wright-Patterson — in 2008, the Air Force Research Laboratory officially activated the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson. The process moved human-focused research efforts and offices from Texas to Ohio.

Today, Wright-Patterson has some 30,000 military and civilian employees and is Ohio’s largest single-site employer.

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