As many as 50,000 new jobs, many requiring national security clearance, may be added to the American workforce under an agreement for the U.S. to sell F-15 fighter aircraft to Saudi Arabia.
The agreement will support the production of 84 new aircraft and the modernization of 70 existing aircraft. Munitions, spare parts, training, maintenance and logistics will all be fields for new employment needing national security clearances.
The deal is valued at $29.4 billion, according to White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest. “These F-15SA aircraft, manufactured by The Boeing Company, are among the most sophisticated and capable aircraft in the world,” he said.
According to Earnest, many of the new jobs will be in the areas of defense and intelligence and require that the new hires will have gotten security clearances.
The agreement was approved by Congress last year. It is the first major weapons purchase by Saudi Arabia from the U.S. since 1992 when a similar agreement was negotiated.
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