Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Marshall shows concerns against cuts in Weapons Programs

Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Ga., reiterated his support Monday for increased funding for missile defense and conventional weapons programs. Marshall’s comments come as the Senate is poised to approve a defense spending bill that would focus the Pentagon’s energy toward fighting irregular ground wars such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Defense spending proposals recently before the House and the Senate threaten several programs Marshall has championed.

Marshall spent much of Monday discussing the Quadrennial Defense Review, a report on military strategy commissioned by the Department of Defense, in front of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

“I worry more about rogue missiles than I do about a country intentionally launching missiles at the United States,” Marshall said. “One missile launched from a boat in the ocean intended simply to detonate high in the altitude in the United States … the consequences of that would simply be dreadful.”

Marshall does support Gates’ cuts in the Army’s Future Combat System, a complex network of armored vehicles.

“Future Combat System has been troubled for the entire time I’ve been in Congress,” Marshall said. “It’s probably going to be retooled, and I think that’s absolutely appropriate.”

Jim in my view has been more visable & outspoken in this legislative session on critical issues facing this country. It's good to see him out there addressing these issues.

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