U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and the Senate Pilot's Caucus, spoke Sunday at the fourth annual Oklahoma Aerospace Breakfast during the Farnborough International Airshow. The event was sponsored by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
Addressing the audience, Inhofe said, "Oklahoma has a culture that promotes and attracts business and people to Oklahoma, a culture that understands the needs of business and its employees, a culture that fosters growth through policies, incentives, and business leadership. From infrastructure to our workforce, Oklahoma is the best -- just ask the 500 aerospace companies that make their home in Oklahoma."
The event was sponsored by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Over 90 personnel attended the breakfast to include leaders from OK and defense industries to include Acorn Group, Airbus, Aero Montreal, Canadian Commercial Corporation, Choctaw Defense, Deloitte Japan, Enviro Systems, Flight Safety, General Atomics, GE Aviation, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Janeway Machine, M&M Manufacturing, Raytheon, Pratt & Whitney, Vertical Aerospace, and United Technologies Corporation.
Inhofe spoke about the United States' military and his concerns for the hollowing of our nation's force due to budget cuts under the Obama Administration. He also addressed the need for the Senate to consider before August the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2015, legislation that passed the Senate Armed Services Committee in May.
During his time at the Farnborough Air Show, Inhofe also meet with United States aircrews with aircraft on display at the show and met with defense industry representatives to include those from Oklahoma and those with facilities in Oklahoma.