Legislation authorizes nuclear modernization programs at Minot AFB

The fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, passed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, includes nuclear modernization at Minot Air Force Base.

The act fully authorizes critical nuclear modernization programs, including

— $2.6 billion for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent – the replacement for the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and includes language prohibiting cuts to the ICBM force in the next fiscal year

— $609 million for the Long Range Stand Off (LRSO) nuclear cruise missile.

— $660 million for upgrades to the B-52.

Authorization of a 2.7% pay raise for troops is included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “The National Defense Authorization Act fulfills our constitutional duty and most foundational obligation to provide for the common defense of the United States. No bill this size is ever perfect, but this legislation provides critical support for the defense of our nation, takes care our troops and their families, and prioritizes nuclear modernization to keep pace with our adversaries. I helped craft this bill in the Senate Armed Services Committee to ensure we stay the land of the free because of the brave.

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, said, “The NDAA is about showing our support for the men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line to defend our nation. At the same time, it shows strength to our adversaries by authorizing important programs for our national defense. That includes ensuring we continue to modernize our nuclear forces, which is critical for the missions at Minot Air Force Base, support our Global Hawk mission at Grand Fork Air Force Base, as well as authorizing important projects and priorities for our National Guard. As a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, we’ll continue working to fund these national security priorities.”

The legislation passed the House on Dec. 8.

“Support for our military is important to the security of our nation and of North Dakota,” said Congressman Kelly Armstrong. “The 2022 NDAA provides critical funds for a strong defense and a pay raise for the men and women in our armed forces. I am pleased that the final bill is bipartisan, as supporting our troops should be.”


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