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Representative Andrews Advocates For More Effective Missile Defense Systems

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Location: Washington, DC

Representative Andrews Advocates For More Effective Missile Defense Systems

On Wednesday, June 16, the House Armed Services Committee marked-up H.R.2647, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY10, which included $9.3 billion for the nation's missile defense systems. The bill provides our warfighters the resources necessary to meet the most pressing ballistic missile threats to the United States, our deployed forces, and our friends and allies.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Andrews helped increase funding for more promising missile defenses, such as Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (Aegis BMD) and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). In the mark-up, Representative Andrews commented that "H.R.2647makes combatant commanders' recommendations a top priority. As commanders on the ground, they see firsthand what threats we face, and their advice must be taken into consideration when crafting a missile defense strategy," continued Representative Rob Andrews (D-NJ). "By bringing them into the process, we now have a threat-based approach to missile defense, as compared to the capabilities-based approach of the previous Administration."

Congressman Andrews continues to work with the House Armed Services Committee and Congressional leaders to keep our nation safe from intercontinental threats, while working to limit financial waste within our defense system and undue burden the American taxpayers.

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