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  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Contributes to NDAA
    Posted in Jim's Blog on July 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Last week, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) completed markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. As a member of the Committee, Congressman Jim Bridenstine contributed several provisions that were included in the bill. The next step is consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives the second week in July. Congressman Bridenstine highlighted three important provisions: 1) Equal Treatment of Orders to Serve on Active Duty under Section 12304a an... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Announces Radar Upgrade for Tulsa-Based F-16s
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    The Air Force plans to award a contract today to upgrade the radar on select F-16 aircraft, including eight planes at the Air National Guard Wing in Tulsa, OK. The new AESA (Active Electronically Steered Array) Radar will enable smaller target detection and tracking, greater targeting range, faster search capabilities, and an ability to engage multiple targets. Congressman Bridenstine said, “This considerably enhances the capability of Tulsa's F-16s, allowing for targeting at extended ranges to ... Read more

  • Shoot the Next One Down, Mr. President
    Posted in Jim's Blog on February 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    This past weekend brought the world another banned missile launch from North Korea followed by another emergency UN Security Council meeting. Another round of diplomatic tough talk and sanctions is surely on the way. On February 12, North Korea launched a Pukguksong-2 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). A decade of sanctions has not deterred the Hermit Kingdom from pursuing its goal of developing long-range, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) with nuclear warheads which could ta... Read more

  • National Defense Authorization Act Includes Bridenstine Provisions
    Posted in Jim's Blog on December 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted for the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report. The NDAA conference report reconciles differences in the House and Senate versions passed earlier this year. NDAA is a bipartisan bill that authorizes funding for America’s armed forces and sets Department of Defense policy. Congress has passed the National Defense Authorization Act 55 years in a row. The NDAA conference report includes a number of critical provisions: Pay raise for... Read more

  • Bridenstine touts F-35 during simulator program, want them assigned to Tulsa airport
    Posted in In The News on August 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    At the controls of the supersonic fighter plane as it roared off the runway was U.S. Sen. James Lankford, whose first concern on getting into the cockpit was the location of the ejection seat handle. Minutes later Congressman Jim Bridenstine, sitting in a sister but slightly different, version was catapulted from an aircraft carrier. Neither got more than a foot or two off the ground on Friday. They were in a trainer brought to Tulsa by the plane’s manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, to the Ducommun ... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Supports National Defense
    Posted in Jim's Blog on May 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    This evening, Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted for HR 4909, the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The annual defense authorization bill establishes both funding levels for the military and Department of Defense policy. Congress has passed NDAA for 53 years in a row. Bridenstine commented, “NDAA supports our warfighters and their families by authorizing a pay increase and expanding access to medical care. It helps restore combat readiness and stops terrible Obama Administration pol... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine: Congress “Disarms” Prairie Chicken
    Posted in Jim's Blog on May 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    The Lesser Prairie Chicken has been a thriving neighbor to U.S. military bases and energy industry operations across the Southwest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week acknowledged the success of conservation efforts and the birds’ tenacity, deciding to not pursue relisting it as a threatened species. “This has long been an effort by Members of Congress from Oklahoma. I’m glad the USFWS has received the message,” said Congressman Jim Bridenstine. Bridenstine led the effort last week ame... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Works to Remove Impediments to Military Readiness
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    “Restoring military readiness means lifting burdens on our military installations where possible and reasonable” Congressman Bridenstine said. “The U.S. military takes great pains to comply with the many regulations imposed by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). ESA imposes costs on our military every day. We need to balance those costs against the imperative of training and preparing the force.” The Congressman noted errors in the studies for the original listings of two species, the Lesser Prair... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Sponsors Key Provisions in National Defense Authorization Act
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Congressman Bridenstine voted to send HR 4909, the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) from the House Armed Services Committee to the full House this morning. The bipartisan bill authorizes funding for America’s armed forces and sets Department of Defense policy. Congress has passed the National Defense Authorization Act 53 years in a row. Three major amendments sponsored by Congressman Bridenstine were adopted in the bill: Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports -- Codify in law a 30-day... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Pushes for LNG Exports
    Posted in Jim's Blog on April 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Energy

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