By Dylan Smith, Managing Editor • email@example.com
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) has announced his support for the Missile Defense Agency’s plan for the Next-Generation Interceptor program, a crucial defense system that will be designed in the Tennessee Valley.
On Monday the House Armed Forces Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee passed its portion of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021.
Brooks, a member of the subcommittee, voted for it’s passage.
“The subcommittee’s base bill has portions that are good for national security and Redstone Arsenal,” said Brooks.
“The NGI program will replace America’s current ground-based midcourse defense (“GMD”) system, and will be the backbone of our nation’s missile defense system for generations to come.”
Brooks says NGI will be managed by Redstone Arsenal. As such, he says the Tennessee Valley community will play a vital role in the design, engineering, building, and deploying of the system for decades.
Brooks concludes, “Ensuring the Department of Defense correctly sets requirements for NGI is essential to program success. The subcommittee’s bill achieves that. Further, the bill requires the DOD to improve the existing GMD system to address evolving threats until the NGI system is operational.”