Newport’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center a hub for defense-based research and development

INCREASED WORKFORCE: From left, Justin Monte, Suzanne Violet and Kate Arsenault walk along the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport campus. The workforce at the 180-acre, 76-building complex mainly consists of highly paid professionals such as engineers and scientists, administrators and technicians. The workforce has grown by more than 200 employees to between 6,100 and 6,200 since last fall, 4,500 of whom live in Rhode Island.
 / COURTESY NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIVISION NEWPORT
INCREASED WORKFORCE: From left, Justin Monte, Suzanne Violet and Kate Arsenault walk along the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport campus. The workforce at the 180-acre, 76-building complex mainly consists of highly paid professionals such as engineers and scientists, administrators and technicians. The workforce has grown by more than 200 employees to between 6,100 and 6,200 since last fall, 4,500 of whom live in Rhode Island.
 / COURTESY NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIVISION NEWPORT
There’s no denying the boost Rhode Island’s economy gets from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport. Like so many other parts of the nation’s military industrial complex, the system was designed that way. The Pentagon calls it “strategic contracting.” The premise is simple: The more military contracts are spread around, the more cities and…

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