Hice Amendments Included in FY’19 NDAA Legislation, $99 Million for Fort Gordon
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Jody Hice (R-GA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today praised the committee passage of H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, which sets Department of Defense (DOD) policy and authorizes funding levels for defense programs. The measure was approved out of the committee by a vote of 60 to 1.
“The annual National Defense Authorization Act is the most substantive piece of legislation supporting our men and women in uniform, civilians, and their families, who work so hard to keep us safe at home and abroad,” said Congressman Hice. “Closing the readiness gap and ensuring that our warfighters have the necessary resources to complete their missions is critical to our national security, and I’m proud that the FY’19 NDAA continues our efforts to improve America’s capabilities.”
The bill includes two amendments authored by Representative Hice. The first of these amendments authorizes the Secretary of Defense to establish a Cyber Institute at each of the senior military colleges, including the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. On April 26, 2018, the entire Georgia Congressional Delegation signed a letter to Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) urging the inclusion of the amendment. The second amendment offered directs the Department of Defense to present a strategic plan to leverage and expand current partnerships with industry and academia on cyber education.
“As we continue to face increased cyber threats and aggression from other nations, we must ensure that our military is prepared to address any challenge,” Hice continued. “By establishing Cyber Institutes at our senior military colleges and directing the DOD to leverage partnerships between industry and academic institutions on cyber education, we will help our future leaders develop a deep understanding of the cyber domain early in their lives.”
The defense measure also contains several priorities benefitting Georgia, including $99 million for a Cyber Instructional Facility at Fort Gordon in Augusta, $13.6 million for a Navy Reserve Training Center at Fort Benning in Columbus, and $31.9 million for a Welding and Body Repair Shop Facility at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany.
“As the home of nine critical military installations, I’m pleased that the State of Georgia fulfills a vital role in safeguarding our Nation,” Hice remarked. “I’m also glad that the FY’19 NDAA authorizes the largest pay increase for our service members in nearly a decade, provides additional troops and manpower, and modernizes equipment and weapon systems to keep America safe and strong. I thank Chairman Thornberry and my colleagues for their work on this bill, and I look forward to its full consideration on the House Floor.”
Key provisions of FY’19 NDAA proposal:
· Sets topline funding at $717 billion;
· Provides our troops with a 2.6% pay raise, the largest in nine years;
· Allocates $144.53 million for military construction projects in Georgia at Fort Benning in Columbus, Fort Gordon in Augusta, and Marine Corps Logistics Center in Albany;
· Includes a breakthrough recapitalization strategy of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) and advanced battle management systems;
· Maintains restrictions against transferring detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the United States; and
· Approves requests from the Army, Navy, and Air Force for additional personnel.
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