Senator David Perdue Leads Hearing On Marine Corps Programs

“Our military remains the envy of the world, but the competition is picking up and we cannot be complacent.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, today led a hearing on Marine Corps ground modernization as the committee prepares for the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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Armed Services Hrg Mar 11

Chairman Perdue’s Opening Remarks

The Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower convenes this morning to examine Marine Corps ground programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2021 and the Future Years Defense Program. 

We welcome our two distinguished witnesses:

  • The Honorable James F. Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition;
  • Lieutenant General Eric Smith, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration

The purpose of this hearing is to review the budget request in the context of how the Marine Corps is adjusting its ground modernization strategy to support the National Defense Strategy. 

Today, the world is more dangerous than any time in my lifetime. I agree with the National Defense Strategy that today we are facing five key threats: China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and global terrorism. We face these threats across five domains: land, air, sea, cyber, and space.

As we speak, our country’s adversaries are plotting to undermine us, overtake us, and in some cases, eliminate our very way life. Our military remains the envy of the world, but the competition is picking up and we cannot be complacent.

There is no doubt the threats posed by our potential adversaries apply to Marine Corps’ ground units, particularly the roughly 21,000 Marines stationed or deployed west of the International Date Line. I am particularly interested in the extent to which the Commandant’s Planning Guidance has driven a reallocation of resources in this budget request, including in the key areas of: ground-based long-range precision fires, command and control systems for a degraded environment, air and missile defense, unmanned systems, ground mobility modernization, and emerging capabilities. 

I also look forward to hearing how the Marine Corps intends to modernize and field new equipment to meet the challenges faced on future battlefields.   

This subcommittee will continue to work with the Marine Corps to build ground capabilities ready to defend U.S. national interests and will continue to demand the best use of every taxpayer dollar. 

I look forward to our witnesses’ testimony. I now recognize Senator Hirono.


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