Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement regarding the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) after the House Armed Services Committee released its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2013:
"I fought to include language in this year's NDAA that will ensure continued funding for the C-130 AMP until a full cost-benefit analysis can be finalized and reviewed by Congress. I've become increasingly concerned by the Obama Administration's inability to fully explain their decision to kill the C-130 AMP. We owe it to the servicemembers at Little Rock Air Force Base and the hardworking taxpayers of Arkansas to ensure that the right decision is made."
During a House Armed Services Committee hearing in March, Air Force officials promised a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis on the replacement of the AMP. This followed a letter Griffin and other members of the Congressional Delegation wrote in February to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta requesting information on the Administration's decision to cancel the AMP. The Air Force still has not provided a full cost-benefit analysis to Rep. Griffin or any other member of the Congressional Delegation.
This provision would require the U.S. Air Force to conduct a full cost-benefit analysis of modernizing its C-130 fleet with AMP as compared to modernization through a reduced scope program (CNS/ATM upgrade) and would preserve the C-130 AMP for at least this year.
The NDAA is expected to pass out of Committee on Wednesday and will be referred to the full House for further consideration.