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  • My view: Replacing the Air Force One fleet literally takes an act of Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on October 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget

    Dear Friend- I just wrote an op-ed that was published in Defense News on Congress' role in the oversight and replacement of Air Force One. There is bipartisan agreement that the Air Force One fleet needs to be replaced, and I outline how Congress should move forward given its jurisdiction over replacement, otherwise known as the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program. The full article is below. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime an issue that concerns you comes before the House... Read more

  • Wittman Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal
    Posted in Press Releases on October 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released this statement following the Trump Administration's announcement on its new strategy regarding Iran. “In 2015 I voted against the Iran Nuclear Deal as I feared that agreement lacked sufficient safeguards to prevent the Iranian government from continuing its pursuit of a nuclear weapon. Two years later, Iran is testing launch platforms and ballistic missiles,” Wittman said. “Iran still continues to destabilize the region by supporting S... Read more

  • My view: Navy must shore up its cyber defenses
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Dear Friend- I wrote an op-ed that was published in Defense News explaining how the Navy, with the support of Congress, must take measures to ensure our ships are properly protected from cyber intrusion. The full article is below. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime an issue that concerns you comes before the House, especially if it concerns defense and national security. It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House. Sincerely, Rob The U.S. Navy must sh... Read more

  • Poll: What should POTUS do?
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Friend- As the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, I keep a careful eye on major international events that continuously unfold around the world; these events play a significant role in our daily lives and frequently impact our national and personal interests. Lately, there has been speculation that President Trump will not recertify the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, so I wanted to take a moment and have a dialogue with you on this issue. The 2015 Iran N... Read more

  • Wittman Joins 152 House Members in Letter to POTUS on Restoring America’s Military Strength
    Posted in Press Releases on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) joined 152 Members of the House in sending a letter to President Trump supporting his call to restore America’s military strength. In his address to the UN General Assembly last month, President Trump said, “It has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been.” The letter, led by House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Mac Thornberry, states, "We... Read more

  • Wittman Joins 152 House Members in Letter to POTUS on Restoring America’s Military Strength
    Posted in Press Releases on October 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Wittman Joins 152 House Members in Letter to POTUS on Restoring America’s Military Strength WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) joined 152 Members of the House in sending a letter to President Trump supporting his call to restore America’s military strength. In his address to the UN General Assembly last month, President Trump said, “It has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever b... Read more

  • Afghanistan: Updating the Rules of Engagement
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Friend- Much of the work that I do on the House Armed Services Committee is directly related to the threats that face our great nation today. And like you, I pay close attention to our international activity—especially when it concerns the military. Just this week, the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing to discuss the administration’s Afghanistan strategy; Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford testified on the conditions-based strategy, expand... Read more

  • My view: We must do better
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Dear Friend- Passing Continuing Resolutions has become the norm in Washington for the past eight years. As global threats are increasing, our defense budget stands still. We continue to ask more and more of our men and women in uniform, and we in Congress must do our part to ensure they have the tools they need to be successful. Despite the damage that CRs bring to our national defense and security, Congress just recently voted on yet another three-month short-term CR, which will fund our govern... Read more

  • Hearing Focus: Readiness Shortfalls
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Friend- Last week I co-chaired a joint Readiness and Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee hearing on the underlying problems associated with the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain. The hearing allowed Congress and the American people to hear directly from Navy leadership regarding the tragic events. Both Congress and the Navy acknowledged shortcomings and reaffirmed their commitment to improve readiness deficiencies in many areas, specifically training for our sailors... Read more

  • Wittman Statement Following Hearing on Navy Collisions
    Posted in Press Releases on September 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) released the following statement after co-chairing the joint Readiness and Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee hearing today on the underlying problems associated with the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain: “Today’s hearing allowed Congress and the American people to hear directly from Navy leadership regarding the tragic events surrounding the USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain. Both Congress and the Navy acknowledged shortcom... Read more

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