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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Brooks Improves and Supports FY19 National Defense Authorization Act

May 10, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC— Early Thursday morning, following a 14 hour debate, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “Yes” in the House Armed Services Committee (“HASC”) on passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2019. The NDAA annually authorizes Department of Defense operations. The FY19 NDAA passed HASC on a bipartisan 60-1 vote.

Brooks said, “The House Armed Services Committee’s yearlong national security policy process culminated in yesterday’s NDAA passage. The FY19 NDAA authorizes $708.1 billion in total defense spending, meeting or exceeding the White House request. $639.1 billion is for the Department of Defense base budget and $69 billion is for Overseas Contingency Operations.”

Brooks continued, “Each year the Redstone Arsenal community makes various policy requests to my office concerning America’s national security needs. I’m pleased my office successfully helped insert 25 of these local policy requests into the HASC Chairman’s draft of the NDAA. Fortunately, each of these 25 provisions survived HASC debate. They include but are not limited to:

  • Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IB multiyear procurement at $490.21M with another $180.8M for improvements;
  • Hypersonics development at $130.4M,
  • $85M for Army National Guard UH-60M helicopters,
  • $70M for the Army’s Iron Dome interceptor system,
  • $874M for Terminal High Altitude Air Defense procurement and improvements,
  • Military Housing Privatization Initiative at $270M,
  • $103M for unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-1 Predators,
  • $60M for the Gray Eagle Service Life Extension,
  • $118M for Short Range Air Defense,
  • a full and open competition for Ground Mobility Vehicles,
  • Cyber Security of MDA and SMD assets,
  • and $192.6M for the Improved Turbine Engine.”

Brooks concluded, “In addition to the 25 Redstone Arsenal community’s policy requests that we helped insert ‘behind the scenes’ into the draft NDAA, I’m pleased my office helped successfully add another four amendments to the NDAA during the HASC debate. These amendments are:

  • With respect to airborne tracking and targeting, an amendment that reviews the Missile Defense Agency’s strategy on implementing MQ-9 Reaper vehicles in the Central and Pacific Commands Area of Responsibility;
  • With respect to accelerated integration countering emerging threats, an amendment that directs the Secretary of the Army to provide a brief on government-owned capabilities that provide cyber-robust networked weapon systems designed to operate within rapidly evolving threat timelines;
  • With respect to the Army Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense System (“LTAMD”), an amendment that ensures the LTMDS is able to detect and track complex attacks from air-breathing threats, tactical ballistic missiles, and emerging hypersonic weapons; and,
  • With respect to acquisition of commercial satellite imagery, an amendment that encourages the acquisition of commercial imagery satellites via multiple providers, focusing on those that have demonstrated proven capabilities and those that are rapidly emerging.”

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Congressman Brooks is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, sitting on the Strategic Forces and Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittees. He is the founder and co-chair of the Army Aviation Caucus.