11.09.17

Senator David Perdue Comments On JSTARS Readiness In Final Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, comments on the inclusion of his provisions to protect JSTARS readiness in the final version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018:

“When we send our troops into battle, we must have absolute confidence they have the equipment they need to safely carry out their mission. The JSTARS fleet is our eye in the sky and our nation’s premier Battle Management, Command and Control asset used in theater today. Our combatant commanders demand this unique capability and our troops on the ground rely on it as they carry out an array of missions. The sharp turn away from the current recap plan conflicts with everything I’ve heard from the Air Force and combatant commanders. If the Air Force changes their mind, they’ll need to answer some serious questions about how to meet this need and any gaps we’ll see. I thank my Armed Services colleagues for working with me on this and understanding the importance of this fleet.”

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.