Monday, the House Armed Services Committee (“HASC”) Strategic Forces Subcommittee passed its portion of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (“FY21 NDAA”). A member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) supported passage.
By way of background, the NDAA has been signed into law 59 consecutive years. The NDAA is the bill that authorizes Department of Defense programs. The full House Armed Service Committee will soon debate the overall NDAA before sending it over to the Senate.
Congressman Brooks said,“The Strategic Forces Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Department of Defense’s space, missile defense, and nuclear programs. These programs are essential to deter America’s geopolitical foes and adversaries from attacking America with weapons of mass destruction. Much of America’s important missile defense and space program work is done by talented engineers and scientists at the Tennessee Valley’s Redstone Arsenal. While the full House Armed Services Committee will debate many of these missile defense and space programs next week, I am pleased that the Strategic Forces Subcommittee’s base bill reflects bipartisan requests for continued support for missile defense and offense, including but not limited to the new Hypersonic and Ballistic Missile Tracking Space Sensor program.”
Brooks concluded,“I’m especially pleased to see that the Strategic Forces Subcommittee’s base bill supports the Missile Defense Agency’s plan for the Next-Generation Interceptor (“NGI”) program. The NGI program will replace America’s current ground-based midcourse defense (GMD) system, and will be the backbone of our nation’s missile defense system for generations to come. NGI will be managed at Redstone Arsenal. As such, the Tennessee Valley community will play a vital role in the design, engineering, building, and deploying of the system for decades to come. Ensuring the Department of Defense correctly sets the requirements for the NGI program from the outset is essential to the program’s long-term success. The Strategic Forces Subcommittee’s base bill achieves that. Further, the bill requires the Department of Defense to submit a report on how the existing GMD system can be improved to address evolving threats until the NGI system is operational.”