What They Are Saying: Annual Defense Bill Critical To Georgia’s Military Community

President Trump Signs Defense Bill Into Law Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today President Trump will sign into law a defense bill to prioritize troop readiness, expedite an audit of the Department of Defense, increase service member pay, and ensure our military has the resources it needs to carry out its mission around the globe. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and member of the bill’s negotiating team, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) was an active participant in discussions around this defense bill, which includes 30 of Senator Perdue’s priorities important to Georgia’s military community. Here are some highlights:

 augusta chronicle

“When the U.S. Senate passed a defense budget last week, the headline-grabber was the $700 billion bottom line. But nestled in the bill is a provision secured by U.S. Sen. David Perdue of Georgia that relates to Fort Gordon and its growing cybersecurity mission…From his seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Perdue inserted language in the bill requiring that the training issue be resolved in the next budget planning cycle and requests an update for the committee.” (The Augusta Chronicle: Perdue’s Provision)

 macon telegraph

“The bill also prohibits any funds being used to retire J-STARS aircraft. J-STARS, or Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, gives ground commanders an overhead view of the battlefield and has been heavily used in the global war on terror. The J-STARS provisions were put in the bill by U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who is on the Armed Services Committee and was part of the conference committee.” (The Macon Telegraph: Defense bill language defends J-STARS)


“U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, called the 1989 provision an ‘outdated law’ that had ‘prevented the base from being utilized to its fullest potential.’ He and Georgia’s senior senator, Johnny Isakson, worked together to get the measure that would lift the exclusivity clause into the Senate’s version of the defense bill. Isakson drafted the provision’s language and Perdue worked with the Senate Armed Services Committee and its chairman, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, to get the provision added.” (Marietta Daily Journal: Dobbins runway provision remains in bill)


“Dobbins Air Reserve Base could be in for an influx of new business from the private sector, thanks to the latest version of the annual defense spending bill. A compromise version of the legislation the U.S. House of Representatives passed Wednesday would let private companies use Dobbins' runway…The proposal to open up Dobbins to other business was amended into the original Senate version of the fiscal 2018 defense spending bill by U.S. Sen. David Perdue. R-Ga., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, working with other members of Georgia's congressional delegation.” (Atlanta Business Journal: Defense spending bill would open Dobbins to more business)


“The bill contains $103 million for replacing aging wings for the Air Force's A-10C ‘Warthog’ ground attack planes, some of which are stationed at Moody AFB. Lack of money for replacing the aging parts led an Air Force general earlier this year to warn that some of the Warthogs would have to be grounded…The original version of the National Defense Authorization Act passed the house in July, then that version was passed to the senate, which had its own version of the NDAA, which it passed, Ledbetter said. A Senate-House conference committee was formed, including Scott and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), to hammer out a compromise bill for both houses to vote on, she said.” (The Valdosta Daily: Times: Defense bill earmarks money for A-10 upkeep)


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.