AIA: NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BACKTRACK ON MILITARY INVESTMENT

Today, the United States faces significant threats from trans-national terrorism, Russian aggression, destabilizing Iranian and North Korean behavior, and an increasingly assertive China. The Pentagon’s 2018 National Defense Strategy requires armed forces that are large and capable enough to meet multiple threats in multiple environments. To achieve this, we must continue to invest in the most effective technology and weapons we can provide.

America’s competitors and adversaries have made huge strides in their offensive and defensive capabilities, from submarines to cyberspace, and continue to develop advanced technology and sophisticated operational concepts. At the same time, the U.S. military has been engaged in continuous overseas conflict for more than seventeen years, while enduring almost a decade of inadequate and unstable funding. Civilian and uniformed military leaders have publicly acknowledged that long-term investment accounts have had to pay the bill for keeping our deployed forces ready.

In 2018 and 2019, the Administration and Congress have begun to provide the Department of Defense with more resources to modernize and meet these growing threats. As a result, military readiness is improving, and our industry is responding with more innovation and advanced capabilities. But the shortfalls of the last decade cannot be erased in the space of two years, and now the Administration has announced potential reductions in defense investment that could undermine the improvements that are just now materializing.

History shows that American military strength plays a vital role in keeping the world prosperous and stable. We urge the President and the Congress to provide steady and stable growth in defense spending in the fiscal year 2020 budget request and beyond. We look forward to working with the Administration and the new Congress to ensure our warfighters get the resources they need to protect our nation.