NUWC Division Newport's Economic Impact Close to $1 Billion in 2012

The total funded program of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport exceeded $935 million in 2012.

The total funded program of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport exceeded $935 million in 2012.  Of its total operating budget, more than $581 million was spent by NUWC Newport in payroll, construction, facility support, and local contracts.  The command is the largest federal activity in R.I. in terms of personnel and payroll.

NUWC Newport’s employee base includes 2,748 government civilian employees and 31 military members with a total gross payroll of over $296 million.  Of the full-time government civilian staff, 74 percent are classified as scientists or engineers and approximately 36 percent have graduate degrees. 

In addition to the government workforce, NUWC Newport contracted for approximately 1,950 work years during 2012 from companies located in R.I., Mass., and Conn., bringing its combined government and contractor workforce to nearly 4,700 positions.

Money spent for contracts totaled approximately $421 million, with contracts obligated to

Southern New England companies during the year exceeding $248 million.  The breakdown included $200 million awarded to Rhode Island-based businesses, $38 million issued to Massachusetts-based companies, and $10 million obligated to Connecticut businesses.  Con-struction contracts totaled over $17 million, with an additional $18 million spent on facility support contracts.


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