SID SALTER: Mississippi political clout secures defense projects

In Meridian and Lauderdale County, excitement is high over the possibility of some 450 high-quality, high-tech jobs that will come to the community should defense contractor Raytheon win Air Force approval of its innovative T-100 Integrated Air Training System proposal.

Following defense industry news on the project in late October, Raytheon joined state, regional and local economic development partners and members of the state’s congressional delegation this week to formally announce the company’s intent to build the proposed jet trainer system for the Air Force in Meridian….

…Now some 32 years later for Raytheon, those same economic development stars are in alignment. Led by Cochran as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Mississippi’s congressional delegation is in a position in both the Senate and the House to help guide these new defense jobs to a Mississippi workforce that already has proven its worth to Raytheon.
Beyond the T-100 project alone, the synergy for developing related jobs exists as it did for the Forest plant.

Clarion Ledger