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November 5, 2015 Press Release
“While completing the NDAA took a little more effort this year, I am proud to have played a key role in getting this important measure across the finish line. The agreement passed today is a strong statement of support for Connecticut’s submarine industrial base, anchored by the men and women of Electric Boat, as well as our aerospace industry. The revised NDAA maintains all of the priorities that are critical to our state, and invests wisely in long-term national security priorities, as well as in our military families. As the House Armed Services Committee continues to grapple with a difficult budget climate in the years ahead, I am pleased that the Congressional Budget Office has identified the National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund as a mechanism to realize billions in savings as we move forward with the effort to recapitalize our SSBN fleet,” Courtney said.
In terms of power projection, technology, flexibility, and global presence, it is hard to argue that there is any stronger component of American might than the aircraft carrier. Today, aircraft carriers are deployed throughout the world, on station when and where our country needs them most. They occupy a key role in our national strategy, providing a permanent and mobile presence in some of the globe’s most contentious hot spots.
October 30, 2015 Press Release
“The annual Aerospace and Defense International Trade Summit provides Connecticut suppliers with a unique opportunity to meet with international prime contractors and government officials right here in Mystic. Eastern Connecticut’s defense sector is a cornerstone of our economy, encompassing hundreds of companies throughout the state in the submarine supply chain. I encourage Connecticut companies to take advantage of this chance to increase exports and develop relationships with major defense and aerospace companies from around the world,” Courtney said.
Our undersea capabilities remains one of the most distinctive and asymmetrical advantages for our nation. One of the greatest challenges we face, however, is the rapid developments in undersea sensors, capabilities and platforms around the world. The reality is that this significant and hard-earned edge in the undersea realm is perishable if we do not do all we can now to maintain this core advantage for the future.
October 27, 2015 Press Release
“The award of the contract for the Long Range Strike Bomber today is an important and welcome step forward in ensuring that our nation retains our critical strike and power projection capabilities.” Courtney said. “As testimony before our subcommittee has shown definitively, our nation’s ability to project power and strike from far distances is a cornerstone of our warfighting capabilities – both now and well into the future. In the coming months, Congress must do all it can on a bipartisan basis to support this program, while also providing the necessary oversight to ensure successful execution. As ranking member of the House Seapower and Projections Forces Subcommittee, I look forward to working with the Air Force, industry and my colleagues in Congress to ensure success of this critical national priority.”
October 26, 2015 Press Release
“I fully support the deployment of the USS Lassen to sail within 12 nautical miles of Subi and Mischief reefs. These operations are necessary to uphold maritime law and standards on the high seas, particularly as it relates to artificial islands that receive no claims under international law. Our Navy is uniquely positioned to ensure that no nation be given legal or moral space to make unfounded and excessive maritime claims that could destabilize this already highly contested area or impede the free flow of commerce that the world relies on."
October 15, 2015 Press Release
“In the wake of high-profile data breaches that have exposed the personal information of millions of Americans, consumers and businesses are increasingly focused on securing their data against cyber intrusions and identity theft. I am convening this panel to highlight some of the cutting-edge work happening at UConn’s center of excellence, as well as to inform area businesses of steps they can take to protect their information,” Courtney said.
October 10, 2015 Press Release
As the Congressman of the Submarine Capital of the World, it’s an honor to welcome our guests here today – particularly First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor Rauner, and to all our friends from the state of Illinois: we are proud to host you in Groton on this special day.
October 1, 2015 Press Release
“The conference report on the NDAA is the product of months of hard, bipartisan work on the House Armed Services Committee. This is especially so on the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, where we have worked to produce a solid bill that invests in the future of our Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force and the important work they do below, on, and above the sea. Of particular importance to eastern Connecticut is the strong investment this bill makes in our undersea priorities, from continued two a year production of the Virginia class submarine to providing additional tools and flexibility for the Navy to build the Ohio Replacement while also preserving its other shipbuilding priorities."
That is why the development of the Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B, is integral to defeating those A2/AD challenges, and to advancing our nation’s power projection abilities. I strongly support the LRS-B program, and Congress must do all it can to ensure that it moves forward without delay. While our witnesses will be limited on what they can say about the program in this setting, I look forward to their testimony on the need for retaining our long range strike capabilities and the status of the program to date.