Senator David Perdue Applauds Approval of Upgrades for JSTARS Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today applauded the Under Secretary for Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics approval of ‘Milestone A,’ the first recapitalization phase of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) fleet based at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia:

"I applaud Under Secretary Kendall's decision to grant Milestone A approval to the JSTARS recapitalization. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and our military leaders to ensure the replacement of this aging fleet stays on schedule.

"JSTARS provides our forces with a vital battlefield management, command and control, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability. The fleet, and the men and women who man and maintain the fleet, are a key component to U.S. efforts in the war on terror, deterring Chinese aggression, and counter-drug efforts in this hemisphere. We need to ensure this critical platform stays in theater. Our combatant commanders demand it, and our troops on the ground depend on it."

This week, Senator Perdue spoke on the Senate Floor to highlight the critical role of JSTARS, and joined a bipartisan group of 12 senators in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter requesting that funding for JSTARS is prioritized in the fiscal year 2017 defense budget request.

Senator Perdue visited Robins Air Force Base last month and received a briefing from members of Team JSTARS about the aging fleet and the team’s mission.