07.23.18

Senator David Perdue Secures Long-term Future For Robins Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the Acting Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, comment on the positive impact the final FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act will have on Robins Air Force Base and the JSTARS fleet:

“This is no longer Barack Obama’s military,” said Senator Perdue, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “While I have always supported the JSTARS recap, we have a new President, Defense Secretary, and Air Force Secretary who have presented a better long-term solution. The Advance Battlefield Management System (ABMS) will give us the capability to access both restricted and non-restricted airspace. This is a necessity in supporting our troops in harm’s way as well as our overall intelligence gathering. With the solution I support, we save JSTARS jobs, maintain the JSTARS fleet into the next decade, accelerate the implementation of ABMS, and gain a new mission for Robins. All of this guarantees a very bright future for my hometown base. Anyone who doesn’t see that this plan is a huge win for Robins is more concerned with their next election than our long-term national security and Robins’ long-term viability.”

“This year’s NDAA puts a strong focus on modernizing our military to respond to the growing threats we face around the world,” said Senator Inhofe, the Acting Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Safely maintaining the JSTARS program while developing the next generation of capabilities best serves the needs of the U.S. Air Force. I want to especially thank Senator Perdue for his input and leadership on this issue throughout the conference process.”

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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.