U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced that the U.S. Department of Navy gave him firm commitments to expand resources at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Center in New Orleans. Vitter had been blocking the promotion of a high ranking Navy official, Rear Admiral Jerry Burroughs but will relinquish the opposition today.
"These actions wouldn't be necessary in a perfect world in which the administration was responsive to questions and concerns. Unfortunately, that just isn't the case with them on many key Louisiana issues, but I'm very pleased to announce today it is," Vitter said. "SPAWAR is a critical part of our nation's defense information technology, and today I was assured that their New Orleans center will be able to grow and create jobs."
SPAWAR is planning to consolidate facilities, and today Vitter confirmed the New Orleans facility will not only remain open, but will be able to expand. Vitter's specific requests for the Navy were to accelerate positioning of Senior Naval Officer as Commanding Officer at the SPAWAR New Orleans office, and to produce an overall plan for growth at SPAWAR New Orleans.
The Navy will also be exploring options to establish co-op agreements with local universities to provide hands-on training and education in order to fill immediate needs for highly qualified candidates in the IT field.