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Knight secures funding for vital military programs

Programs support national security and local industry

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Washington, DC, June 28, 2018 | comments

On June 28, 2018, the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. This annual bill allocates funds to support programs and policies authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act. Among the programs supported in this bill are several priorities advocated by Representative Knight (R-CA). Many of these programs have significant development and production assets in California's 25th district. These program and brief descriptions are listed below:

Additional F-35 aircraft: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter provides the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps with a next-generation stealth strike-fighter aircraft for the 21st century. These state of the art aircraft will continue U.S. air and strike superiority.

B-21 Raider: The Air Force B-21 Raider is a stealthy, long-range, penetrating bomber capable of delivering conventional or nuclear weapons. The B-21 is key to modernizing the bomber fleet, as most of the current bomber fleet are over 50 years old.

RQ-4 Global Hawk & MQ-4 Triton: The RQ-4 and MQ-4 are long-range, unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms that are essential to the military's ability to maintain constant surveillance and situational awareness of the battlespace. It is a force-multiplier that provides increased capability, capacity, and persistence while lowering total ownership costs as the Navy transitions from legacy P-3C and EP-3E aircraft.

U-2S Dragon upgrade: The U-2S provides global reconnaissance signals intelligence and geospatial intelligence 24 hours a day, seven days a week in support of a variety of missions. The additional funds requested would be used to restore aircraft 1099 to the identical configuration of today’s combat-ready U-2 aircraft to increase mission capability across the fleet. Additionally, resources would be used to accelerate electro-optical/infrared sensor upgrades planned in the Dragon U-2 Research, Development, Testing, & Evaluation (RDTE) line.

Hypersonics Weapons Programs: A hypersonic weapon is a missile that travels at Mach 5 or higher. Hypersonics represent the next leap in aerospace technology and capability. Without the due investment needed in our own programs, we risk falling behind in this strategically crucial technology to our competitors in Russia and China.

F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System: The F-15C/D/E Eagle is the most versatile fighter in the world today and excels at the air superiority mission. EPAWSS is a critical element of F-15 modernization, ensuring the aircraft’s survivability on the modern battlefield. This system provides radar warning, geo-location, situational awareness, and self-protection solutions to detect and defeat surface and airborne threats in contested environments.

F-15 ALQ-128 upgrade: The ALQ-128 is a part of the electronic warfare suite on all F-15Cs and is a key component of the F-15 Air Superiority role. Legacy ALQ-128 systems are no longer compatible with the modern outfitting of most F-15 aircraft and must be upgraded.

ASARS-2B upgrade: ASARS improvements provide warfighters with additional capabilities to meet current and future operational requirements while also reducing risk associated with future radar upgrades. The Air Force has decided to retain the U-2 aircraft through at least 2025 and views radar improvements as necessary to meeting requirements to sense targets at maximum ranges.

Flexible Electronics for the Army: Flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing describes the innovative production of electronics and sensors packaging through new techniques in electronic device handling and high precision printing on flexible, stretchable substrates. These technologies present huge opportunities to continue the development of military solutions for the warfighter.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office improvement: SAPRO is tasked with implementing a comprehensive policy to ensure the safety, dignity and well-being of all members of the armed forces by eradicating military sexual assault. Additional resources for the Special Victims Council Program (SVC) in particular is critical to ensuring that victims’ needs are met during all phases of the response process.

"Throughout our history, the core of our military and national security has been the men and women who volunteer to serve and protect our country. This tradition continues to this day, as we still have the most highly skilled and distinguished service members in the world,said Rep. Knight "At the same time, however, it is vital that we equip our troops with the vehicles, weapons, and equipment necessary to remain superior in a rapidly evolving modern battlefield. Our region has a long and proud history of developing and manufacturing these products that give our troops the edge over the enemy. Both large and small companies throughout the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley contribute to this effort. Investment in these programs not only strengthens our military, but also boosts our local economy. I'm very pleased we were able to fully support these priorities in today's appropriations bill."

Representative Knight is a veteran of the U.S. Army and current member of the House Armed Services Committee, where is also sits on the Subcommittee for Tactical Air & Land Forces and the Subcommittee for Seapower & Projection Forces.

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