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14 News takes rare glimpse inside NSA Crane

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Just north of the Tri-State and at the end of the new I-69 section, is the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division. It's there that some of the most cutting edge in electronic warfare equipment is stored. 

On Monday, the chief of naval operations paid a visit, and gave 14 News a rare glimpse inside.

"It's the first time in history that we've had one of the joint chiefs in. He's here at the request of Senator Coats. Certainly a very big deal for us, speaks to our relevance," said Brett Seidle with NSA Crane.

It was a big day for the team at NSA Crane. While the name may be new to you, within the military and naval world, it's well known Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, says the name Crane comes up in conversations with military leaders in the Middle East.

"They said to me, 'you know our radars are so much better today, those guys at Crane really know what they're doing.' I'm not making this up," Greenert said.

Monday morning the admiral got a tour of the facility, he said everything he saw is relevant and needed today, but more importantly, he said Crane is developing technology that will be needed in the future. 

"Ectromagnetic warfare which involves jammers that we carry on our tactical aircraft. The whole future of that which is decades away is being developed right here," Greenert said.

However, with a looming fiscal cliff and cuts to defense spending, is Crane in danger of seeing cuts? The admiral says judging by what he saw on this visit, he would be hesitant. 

"It will hold a very high priority to me as I would submit my budget in the future," Greenert told 14 News.

NSA Crane employs more than 5,000 employees making it the third largest employer in southern Indiana.

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