Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Congressman Wilson Praises Committee Passage of FY19 NDAA

May 10, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Wilson Praises Committee Passage of FY19 NDAA

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), 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 2019. This legislation funds our military and vital national security projects.

“This year’s National Defense Authorization Act builds off the progress made in the past year and focuses on rebuilding our armed services, a priority of President Donald Trump and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, and provides our men and women in uniform the support necessary to succeed. 

“We have focused this year’s NDAA on decreasing the number of tragic training accidents, ensuring the United States is preparing for the re-emergence of global competitors, and curbing the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea. Today, with bipartisan support, the House Armed Services Committee showed that we have prioritized our resources on promoting peace through strength.”

 

Highlights from the FY 2019 NDAA

Wilson’s quotes in italics

 

Readiness and Rebuilding our Military

“This year’s NDAA increases funding for equipment maintenance, spare parts, facility sustainment, and training to ensure we rebuild the readiness of our armed forces, and provides adequate funding for Fort Jackson.”

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.

“This years NDAA has also made critical changes to Navy vessel inspections, establishing that they will be conducted on a no notice basis to ensure that vessels are always fully operational. The House Armed Services Committee also supported a measure that limited the amount of time a military vessels can be forward deployed, which will provide additional opportunities for repairs and maintenance.” 

 

Condemns Russia’s Violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention

“The use of chemical weapons is just the latest example of Russia’s attempts to undermine democratic institutions, and we stand together with our allies in stating unequivocally that this aggression cannot be tolerated. Russia’s actions are in clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and we must establish a sense of congress that these actions are unacceptable.”

The United States ratified its prohibition of chemical weapons in April of 1997, something that the Russian Federal also agreed to in November of that same year. 

 

Helicopter Antisubmarine Warfare and Aircraft Health Monitoring

“The current Antisubmarine Warfare sonobuoy receiver is heavy and limited to its specific mission of receiving and transmitting data for analysis through acoustic processors, but there are more advanced options available that will keep our men and women in uniform safer.”

Congressman Wilson’s amendment recommends the Secretary of the Navy, or appropriate designee, provide a briefing to the House Armed Services Committee before the end of the fiscal year to discuss the challenges, operational details of the DDG-51 SWaP receiver, and integration onto the MH-60R platform.

 

Report on Aviation Training and Operations Safety

“For over a year, each of the services have experienced an increasing number of fatal aircraft incidents. The most concerning issue for me, as the Readiness Chairman, is that the majority of these aircraft incidents have occurred in training more so than while in a deployed environment. That is why I introduced this amendment to recommend that the Secretary of Defense undertake a comprehensive review of military aviation training, Operations and Maintenance, and adherence to safety procedures.”

In 2017 alone, there were a total of 1,117 reported military aviation accidents across all services.  Many of these events claimed the lives of our brave service men and women. Reports have stated that there are several reasons for these trends to increase, including  operational availability, cannibalization rates, some general safety issues, or even unexplained physiological events.