Scott Statement on Defense Think Tank Report Recommending Cancelling Certain Defense Programs

October 24, 2016
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the recommendations of the Center for a New American Security that the President and Congress should cancel the Ford-class aircraft carrier program and other programs at the Department of Defense:

“Our national security depends on a modern and technologically advanced military. While there have been issues related to the construction of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy and its primary shipbuilder for the Ford-class have already taken steps to reduce costs and address these issues for the next two aircraft carriers. Cancelling the Ford-class program would have severe consequences for national security and harm efforts to replenish and replace the fleet in the coming decades.

“With regard to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, I have been very concerned with the cost and production issues with this new aircraft. While efforts have been made to shift the burden of cost overruns from the government to the contractor, the issues that have plagued the F-35 program are a case study for the need to improve and reform the Defense Department’s acquisition system. I do not believe, however, it would be wise to outright cancel the program, but Congress must make sure that our limited national security resources are being used effectively, efficiently and responsibly.

“As Congress and the President consider our national security priorities, we can fully afford to modernize and improve our military but only if we are honest with the American people about the budget choices we need to make in order to do so.”

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