Military Affairs

In order for Greater Kansas City to continue to thrive as a city that attracts talent and business opportunities, we have to understand the trends and forces that will shape our future. Regional military installations, along with their transitioning workforce, are a critical part of our talent pipeline. The KC Chamber is poised to capitalize on a high-quality workforce by growing relationships with the military installations in the region.

Through the work of the KC Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee, we plan to set the national standard for civil-military relationships. We will accomplish this by developing a network of high-quality employees transitioning from military to civilian service; becoming a premier location for veteran job placement and business; and becoming the foremost policy advocate for regional military interests.

2019 Military Policy Priorities

Missouri Military Policy Agenda

The KC Chamber supports stable funding for the military Services at a level that maintains end strength necessary to ensure our forces' readiness and lethality; efforts to increase the quality of life for Service members and their families, including more opportunities for spousal employment and better connection to jobs for those who transition out of the military; and investments in infrastructure and capacity at our region's installations and within the defense industrial base.

  • Support the continued modernization and possible expansion of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant;
  • Support funding for maintaining and modernizing our nation's nuclear weapons stockpile, and protect the critical role of the Kansas City National Security Campus in that program;
  • Support reciprocity of professional licenses between the states for military spouses, including expedited issuances of new licenses;
  • Ensure that K-12 schools that serve high percentages of military-connected students adopt rigorous academic standards and provide a well-rounded educational experience
  • Support adequate funding for planned military construction projects, including hospitals, housing, training facilities, and utility infrastructure through the annual Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies appropriation
  • Support better state and regional efforts to identify and retain transitioning Service members by connecting them with jobs in the region, and ensure access to educational and training benefits
  • Advocate and support delivery of seamless medical care, applicable research to maintain currency and establishment of joint DOD/VA medical facilities in Missouri and Kansas to ensure accessible, timely and quality healthcare for our currently serving and their families and our Veterans.

Kansas Military Policy Agenda

The KC Chamber supports stable funding for the military Services at a level that maintains end strength necessary to ensure our forces' readiness and lethality; efforts to increase the quality of life for Service members and their families, including more opportunities for spousal employment and better connection to jobs for those who transition out of the military; and investments in infrastructure and capacity at our region's installations and within the defense industrial base.

  • Support funding for maintaining and modernizing our nation's nuclear weapons stockpile, and protect the critical role of the Kansas City National Security Campus in that program;
  • Support reciprocity of professional licenses between the states for military spouses, including expedited issuances of new licenses;
  • Ensure that K-12 schools that serve high percentages of military-connected students adopt rigorous academic standards and provide a well-rounded educational experience
  • Support adequate funding for planned military construction projects, including hospitals, housing, training facilities, and utility infrastructure through the annual Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies appropriation
  • Support better state and regional efforts to identify and retain transitioning Service members by connecting them with jobs in the region, and ensure access to educational and training benefits
  • Advocate and support delivery of seamless medical care, applicable research to maintain currency and establishment of joint DOD/VA medical facilities in Missouri and Kansas to ensure accessible, timely and quality healthcare for our currently serving and their families and our Veterans.

Federal Military Policy Agenda

The KC Chamber supports stable funding for the military Services at a level that maintains end strength necessary to ensure our forces' readiness and lethality; efforts to increase the quality of life for Service members and their families, including more opportunities for spousal employment and better connection to jobs for those who transition out of the military; and investments in infrastructure and capacity at our region's installations and within the defense industrial base.

  • Promote a Congressional Budget agreement for Fiscal Years 2020-2022 that supports adequate spending for National Security and precludes the risk of potential budget cuts in either National Security or Domestic funding, during this final segment of the Budget Control Act.
  • Promote adequate funding and an efficient procurement process for planned military construction projects, including hospitals, housing, training facilities, and utility infrastructure through the annual Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and related agencies appropriations.
  • Advocate with Congress and Department of Defense for a formal agreement between the US Army and US Air Force that would enable Fort Riley to conduct Total Force, combined arms training at Smoky Hill Military Reservation, which is owned by the US Air Force and operated by the Kansas National Guard.
  • Create a strategic marketing effort to increase the location of space and cyber related technology companies to support the expansion of roles played by the military in our Region for next generation program initiatives, such as the Administration's proposed Space Force.
  • Advocate and support delivery of seamless medical care, applicable research to maintain currency and establishment of joint DOD/VA medical facilities in Missouri and Kansas to ensure accessible, timely and quality healthcare for our currently serving and their families and our Veterans.