WASHINGTON – Yesterday, in a House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing regarding the FY2020 Army budget, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) advocated for the efforts of the Rock Island Arsenal’s Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence and the Army Sustainment Command to the Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper. As the Army turns their attention towards modernization efforts, Congresswoman Bustos pushed the Secretary on the role that the Rock Island Arsenal can play in those efforts – especially as it relates to manufacturing and the prepositioning of military assets.
“The Rock Island Arsenal is on the forefront leading our military into the future,” said Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. “Not only are their operations vital to our regional economy, but their efforts play a major role ensuring our men and women in uniform are ready to serve around the globe with the most advanced equipment. In Washington, I’ll always be a tireless advocate for the Rock Island Arsenal and look forward to seeing their abilities continue to grow as we work to move our military forward together.”
Congresswoman Bustos asked about the Army’s modernization effort, which analyzes future threats and what steps need to be taken – or technology needs to be developed – to meet those challenges. Specifically, she focused on an effort like the Next Generation Combat Vehicle – designed for close combat situations – which would be assembled at the Rock Island Arsenal. Additionally, Congresswoman Bustos discussed how the Army Sustainment Command can support both current and future needs of the Army when it comes to the prepositioning of assets given the role they play in providing logistical support. The prepositioning of assets plays a major role in military readiness by ensuring resources are ready for use in locations around the world should conflict occur.
In April of last year, Congresswoman Bustos supported the Army’s $30 million investment in advanced manufacturing capabilities at the Rock Island Arsenal’s Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center. She then fought to include an amendment last May in the National Defense Authorization Bill that would create a Center of Excellence for Advanced and Additive Manufacturing at the Rock Island Arsenal, leading to new advanced manufacturing techniques and 3D printing technologies. Congresswoman Bustos also traveled to South Korea in July of last year where she was able to see the first-hand the role the Rock Island Arsenal plays on a global scale.
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