Congressman Wilson Praises Committee Passage of FY18 NDAA
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee completed the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. This legislation would fund our military and vital national security projects.
“This year’s NDAA advances our goal of reforming and rebuilding our armed forces by expanding oversight and accountability, ending duplication, and starting the important effort to rebuild our military.
“We have the responsibility to reduce the risk for our war fighters by making sure that they are well-trained and supported, and that the equipment they use is properly maintained and combat-ready. Today, with bipartisan support, the House Armed Services Committee showed that we have changed course to promoting peace through strength. ”
Highlights from the FY 2018 NDAA
Wilson’s quotes in italics
Readiness and Rebuilding our Military
“America faces more threats than ever before, yet our military is the smallest since before World War II. This year’s NDAA takes a critical step forward to rebuilding our military and ensuring that our troops have the training, resources, and equipment they need to complete the mission.”
Fort Jackson, located in Congressman Wilson’s district, is the largest initial entry training facility for the US Army. Congressman Wilson also serves as Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness where he oversees the committee’s readiness initiatives.
Supporting Military Families
“As the former Chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee and current Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, I appreciate how critical the success and happiness of military families are to troop readiness and retention. This amendment provides greater support to families with school-aged children, allowing them to relocate at semester breaks rather than in the middle of the school year, and provides greater flexibility for the career or education of military spouses. Families are the backbone of our military. We should support them as they stand up and sacrifice for us.”
The military family stability amendment introduced by Congressman Wilson supports military families by giving them greater flexibility to plan for relocation. It grants families the option of remain in their existing station for up to six months or relocate up to six months early of a permanent change of station. It further allows families to choose where to use their housing allowance. The amendment passed by voice vote.
MOX / Nuclear Security
“I am grateful that the NDAA continues construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) at the Savannah River Site to avoid the communities of South Carolina and Georgia to be a dumping ground for plutonium waste. This facility is critical to our national security and environmental clean-up missions converting weapons-grade plutonium into green fuel. The NDAA also provides resources for the environmental management missions at the Savannah River Site.”
The NDAA funds MOX at $340 million, and includes specific language requiring the funding go towards continued construction of the facility.
Supporting the Global Engagement Center
“Recently, we have noticed a disturbing trend as states and terrorist organizations direct and sponsor propaganda and disinformation activities. The propaganda and disinformation threats to the United States and our allies have increased from both state and non-state actors and threaten both military and diplomatic targets. Counterpropaganda is increasingly becoming a critical component of our national security, and we should seek to coordinate efforts between State and Defense.”
Congressman Wilson’s bipartisan amendment, introduced with Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), would direct the Secretary of Defense to brief the committee by February 15, 2018, about the opportunities to increase DOD and military support and integration with the Global Engagement Center and maximize its impact.
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
“In the past, BRAC rounds have been used without appropriate study, incur significant costs, and jeopardized valuable military communities. I am grateful that this year’s NDAA specifically prohibits the consideration of a BRAC round.”