Following the Senate Armed Service Committee’s passage of its markup of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced the inclusion of more than twenty of Missouri’s top defense priorities he helped secure in the bill, which now heads to the Senate floor.
Senator Hawley said, "Our military servicemembers represent the best of our nation and this bill makes sure they have what they need to protect us and come home safely. I’m proud to have fought for and won so many top priorities for Missouri’s military installations, businesses, and workers. I am grateful for Chairman Inhofe’s leadership and our committee’s tireless work on this legislation – our brave men and women of our military deserve no less."
Direct Benefits to Missouri
- $40 million in military construction funding for the new hospital at Fort Leonard Wood.
- $60 million in military construction funding for Next NGA West in St. Louis.
- $2.9 billion for the Air Force to develop the B-21 Raider, which will be based at Whiteman Air Force Base.
- $7.7 million to update T-38 ejection seats at Whiteman Air Force Base.
- $5.9 million to modernize Air Force C-130H transport aircraft, including aircraft stationed at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.
- Strengthens law enforcement training across the Department of the Defense.
- Supports traumatic brain injury research at Fort Leonard Wood.
- $1.8 billion for the Navy to procure 24 F/A-18E/F aircraft, to be built in Missouri.
- $1.3 billion for the Air Force to procure 12 F-15EX aircraft, to be built in Missouri.
- $267 million for the Navy develop the MQ-25 Stingray in Missouri.
- $255 million for the Air Force to develop the T-7 Red Hawk, to be built in Missouri.
- $469 million for the Navy to procure or upgrade Tomahawks built with Missouri-made components.
- $472 million in additional funding for the Navy’s Virginia-class submarine program, which is supplied by 18 Missouri small businesses.
- $525 million for the Air Force and Navy to procure Missouri-made Joint Direct Attack Munitions.
- $96 million for the Air Force to procure Missouri-made Small Diameter Bombs.
- $60 million in additional funding for the Marine Corps’ Ground-Based Anti-Ship Missile, which relies on Missouri-made components.
- $47 million in additional funding for the Army to develop an active protection system for the Stryker.
- $5 million in additional funding for the Marine Corps to field an aviator body armor vest.