NDAA Fully Funds A-10, Compass Call, Ft Huachuca, Raytheon Missiles & Other S. AZ. Priorities Advanced by Rep. McSally
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), comprehensive legislation that funds United States defense efforts and includes important Southern Arizona provisions that Congresswoman Martha McSally fought to include. The bill fully funds the A-10 Warthog and EC-130H Compass Call, restarts much-needed upgrades and the production of new wings for the A-10 fleet, funds missions at Ft Huachuca, and supports Raytheon’s missiles.
“Now that we’ve prevented the A-10 Warthog’s retirement, it’s time to invest in this aircraft so that it can keeping doing what no other airplane can: provide close air support to American troops in combat and keep them alive. This bill provides funding for the Air Force to re-wing the remainder of the A-10 fleet, which will prevent 110 A-10s from being indefinitely grounded,” said Congresswoman McSally. “We have many national security treasures in Southern Arizona, including Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Ft Huachuca—not to mention the Apache helicopters at Marana and Raytheon’s missile production line. These defense assets are vital to our local economy and national security, and I am pleased that NDAA invests in all of them because of our efforts. I will continue to work to protect them throughout the legislative process.”
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Congresswoman McSally also successfully offered amendments to NDAA that extend a suicide prevention program in the National Guard, improve Ft Huachuca’s NETCOM security, demand a plan to address the shortage of Apache helicopter pilots, and address gender double standards in the military.
“The Southern AZ Defense Alliance (SADA) is thankful for Congresswoman McSally’s leadership in supporting and protecting Southern Arizona’s national security assets in the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which passed out of the House today,” said Amber Smith, President of SADA. “She has been an effective and vocal advocate for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and for the US Army’s Fort Huachuca, and her efforts have resulted in significant wins today that will upgrade aircraft at DM, support current missions at Ft Huachuca, and increase total Army personnel.”
"The leadership and members of the Fort Huachuca 50 are truly grateful for Congresswoman McSally's continued support for the base and its missions. We are optimistic that the Senate version of the NDAA will maintain the same level of support. We are particularly delighted with the potential construction of facilities at Davis-Monthan AFB. This will enable the Intelligence School to conduct superior training in the Tucson metropolitan area and highlights the interdependency we have between all of our bases in southern Arizona,” said Tom Finnegan, Co-Chair of the Arizona Governor’s Military Affairs Commission and member of Ft Huachuca 50.
Congresswoman McSally has been an outspoken advocate for the A-10 during her time in Congress, her amendments preventing the A-10 and EC-130H’s retirement were included in both previous NDAA bills. Currently, 110 A-10 aircraft are in need of re-fitted wings, or else these planes will start to be grounded beginning in FY 2018. In addition to fully funding the A-10 fleet, this bill includes $103 million for new wings, $17.5 million for other necessary upgrades, and $6 million for safety inspections.
The final bill included the following provisions, championed by Congresswoman McSally:
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
- Full funding for the A-10 fleet, $103 million for new A-10 wings, $17.5 million for other necessary upgrades, and $6 million for safety inspections
- Full funding for the EC-130H “Compass Call” and a directive to the Air Force to report their plan to upgrade the aircraft for future threats
- $22 million for a General Instruction Building at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
- Full funding for the missions at F Huachuca
- Increased funding for total Army personnel at Ft Huachuca
- Increased funding for Research, Development, Testing, & Evaluation to promote future growth for the missions at Ft Huachuca
- $30 million for a Ground Transport Equipment Building at Ft Huachuca
- Funding for 100 Tomahawk missiles and $79 million to modernize the missiles
- Provides 18 SM-3 missiles more than the President asked for in his budget request
- An extra $50 million to buy more interceptors for Israel’s Iron Dome
Amendments successfully offered by Congresswoman McSally
- Apache Amendment: Requires the Army and National Guard to brief Congress on a plan to address the shortage of about 230 active duty attack helicopter pilots
- NETCOM Amendment: NETCOM out of Ft Huachuca currently monitors 60% of Army Networks and is responsible for the entire Department of Army networks. This amendment consolidates the Army’s communications network into a single network that is secure, integrated, and standards-based—addressing security vulnerabilities
- Suicide Prevention Amendment: Extends a suicide prevention program that supports our National Guard and reserves military members through 2018
- Gender Double Standards Amendment: Directs the Secretary of Defense to review instances where men and women in the military are held to double standards and brief the House Armed Services Committee on any differences the Secretary recommends retaining
General provisions addressing military readiness
- Includes the PRIVATE Act, a bill authored by Rep. McSally to clarify when sharing intimate photos is a military crime
- Increases the size of Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard commensurate with the threats we face. These increases include the Chief of Staff of the Army’s unfunded requirement to grow the active Army by 10,000, the Army National Guard by 4,000, and the Army Reserve by 3,000
- Fully funds the 2.4% pay raise our troops are entitled to under law while blocking the President’s ability to reduce troop pay. It also extends special pay and bonuses for service-members
- Directs the Army to report on its proposal to transition the Apache battalion at Marana to a different helicopter