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Congressman Jim Bridenstine Urges the President to Sign Defense Authorization

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Washington, November 5, 2015 | comments

Today, the House passed the defense authorization bill for FY2016 with overwhelming, bipartisan, veto-proof support.  Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted for the adjusted authorization bill saying, “The bill contains critically important provisions for national security and our warfighters. I call on the Senate to pass and the President to sign this bill into law by Veterans Day.”


Congressman Bridenstine has become a recognized leader on military space issues.  The adjusted FY16 defense authorization act continues numerous provisions and amendments authored by Congressman Bridenstine including the following:

  • Includes Rep. Bridenstine’s bill, H.R. 1864, which would streamline the DOD process of acquiring satellite communications (SATCOM) services.
  • Reallocates funding to fully fund the Air Force’s SATCOM Pathfinder program, an innovative SATCOM acquisition test bed.
  • Mandates a new SATCOM Pilot Program to field new SATCOM systems offering order-of-magnitude capability enhancements over legacy systems.
  • Reallocates funding toward the Air Force Office of Operationally Responsive Space.
  • Requires DOD (Department of Defense) to meet certain weather satellite requirements without reliance on China and Russia.
  • Requires DOD to develop a plan to incorporate commercial space-based weather data into military weather forecasting.
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