Sullivan Pleased with Additional Missile Defense Funding; “Must Do More”

Friday, October 6, 2017

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today commented on the Department of Defense’s recent reprogramming action of approximately $400 million for U.S. missile defense systems.

This action includes $128 million to jumpstart the expansion of Fort Greely – $81 million of which will begin to increase the number of interceptors from 44 to 64, and $47 million of which will start the purchase of 10 of the additional 20 underground silos for the new interceptors.

“I commend the Department of Defense’s recent move to reprogram current funds to upgrade our homeland missile defense,” Senator Sullivan said. “These important investments, which I called for in my bill, the Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act, will help ensure that we outpace the rapidly growing threat from North Korea. With these additions – and others – to our nation’s missile defenses, Kim Jong-un should know that we will shoot down any nuclear-ICBM that threatens our citizens, our troops, or our allies. And we will massively retaliate.

“While these initial missile-defense funds are critical, we must do much more. President Trump promised that he would add ‘billions of dollars’ to missile defense. Unfortunately, the recently released supplemental request included no such funds. I am hopeful the President will re-engage on this important issue and work to soon fulfill his commitment to the American people. The cities of America are counting on it.”