U.S. Sen. David Vitter announced that the Senate Armed Services Committee has completed the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 that will include provisions to halt the proposed cuts to A-10s at Barksdale Air Force Base, as well as support the future modernization of B-52 systems.
"These are huge priorities for Louisiana, and I've been unconvinced that the Air Force couldn't move forward without making cuts to A-10's at Barksdale," Vitter said. "I'm very pleased the rest of the committee agreed to my amendment that supports maintaining and increasing Barksdale's capabilities."
The bill that passed the committee also requires the Air Force to consider reconstituting a second nuclear weapons storage capability in Barksdale for nuclear-armed air-launched cruise missiles. If approved by the Air Force, this decision could bring approximately 500 manpower positions to Louisiana.