Jun 14 2016
WASHINGTON, DC – Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement after Senate approval of an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) regarding the use of the RD-180 for critical national security launches:
“The inclusion of this amendment in the NDAA is a significant victory for national security and reflects what Congress has heard time and again from every senior official currently serving in the Air Force, Pentagon, and Intelligence Community. The NDAA now safeguards the U.S. Air Force’s authority to maintain competition for the most vital national security and intelligence launches. Not only is this authority critical to ensuring America’s assured access to space, but it is also positive news for American taxpayers.
“The assets we send into space on rockets powered by the RD-180 are essential to our military’s ability to understand what is happening around the world. While we can all agree that the U.S. should not be dependent upon any foreign power – especially in the national security arena – it would have been far too dangerous to hastily restrict the use of the RD-180 before an American-made rocket engine is developed. I will continue to advocate for common-sense policies that protect our men and women in uniform and ensure healthy competition for taxpayers.”