U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) secured important provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) that provides critical support for Arizona’s military missions.

“Arizona plays a vital role in our national defense – providing training sites and the ability to deploy at a moment’s notice,” said McSally. “We must ensure our military has the right resources and equipment to execute. I am proud to have fought for and secured funding to maintain and enhance Arizona’s military installations and missions.”

McSally secured the following provisions in the FY20 NDAA to modernize and best equip the world’s best fighting force:

Protecting Critical Missions and Investing at Arizona Installation Communities

F-35 Training and Barry M. Goldwater Range Modernization:

  • Luke AFB produces 70 percent of the world’s F-35 pilots using the Barry M. Goldwater Range. However, it needs modernized threat emitter equipment in order to simulate combat-like training conditions. 
  • McSally secured an amendment provides $28.0 million to install these threat emitters and maximize efficiency of Luke’s F-35 mission.

Marine Corps Air Station Yuma:

  • McSally secured funding for two projects at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
    • Hangar 95 Renovation & Addition -- $90.16m
    • Bachelor Enlisted Quarters 2+2 Replacement -- $99.60m – this barracks is ahead of schedule and much needed for safety 

Unmanned Aircraft Systems:

  • McSally secured language highlighting Ft. Huachuca’s unique attributes for hosting the Army’s UAS training mission.

Western Army Aviation Training Site:

  • McSally secured language highlighted what WAATS can offer to maximize efficiency for allied and partner rotary training. 

Camp Navajo:

  • McSally secured language pressing the Army for answers on how utilize Camp Navajo excess magazine storage for the Flagstaff community. 

Modernizes and Equips a Worldwide Fighting Force

A-10:

  • McSally secured $132 million for the A-10, based at Davis-Monthan AFB, including $100m for the wing replacement program.
  • The bill also emphasizes the importance of maintaining critical sustainment and modernization funding through 2030

F-35:

  • The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program supports over 8,440 direct and indirect jobs in Arizona with an economic impact of more than $936.9 million statewide.
  • This bill includes $5.364 billion for 60 aircraft ($1.1B billion above the president’s request) for an additional this is 12 F-35A aircraft to assist with keeping F-35 training, for which Luke AFB is a major pipeline, at maximum efficiency
  • Also includes an additional $156 million to support advanced procurement for 12 additional F-35A in FY21 to maintain momentum for the Joint Strike Fighter program

EC-37B (Compass Call Cross-deck):

  • Davis-Monthan: Fully funds the president’s request of $114m for another aircraft to keep this critical capability on track

AH-64 Apache:

  • Mesa, Arizona: Increases funding for the AH-64 Apache by $105m for the IIIB new build.

F-15EX:

  • Includes $888m for 8 F-15EX (+/- 0 from PBR; -$162m NRE cost on a non-developmental A/C, as expected.) 

National Security Space Launch:

  • Keeps mission to achieve complete domestically sourced assured access on time and on budget 

Trusted Supply Chain for Certain Microelectronics:

  • Requires a standardized micro-electronics products and services meet trusted supply chain and operational security standards to combat Chinese IP theft and transfer of critical U.S. military technology. 

Supporting Troops and their Families

Protecting Military Families from Hazardous Housing Conditions:

  • Many military families have been subjected to substandard housing and exposure to harmful environmental conditions in on-base housing managed by private contractors. This is simply unacceptable.
  • McSally personally fought to ensure the bill includes a host of provisions to get private housing contractors in line and ensure military chain of command is also accountable. A few of these include: directing DoD to come up with a tenant bill of rights; creating a new dispute resolution mechanism for families (could result in withholding of BAH until an issue is resolved); allows services to withhold incentive pay; more funding for housing office personnel/officials to ensure families have a voice. 

Extended Paid Family Leave Policy:

  • The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act increased the max secondary caregiver leave from 10 to 21 days.
  • Allows families to take parental leave after the birth or adoption of a new child, so they can make their leave work best for them.
  • McSally also secured language that requires a report on the impacts this extended leave policies have had on military recruitment, retention, and morale

Combating PFAS Contamination:

  • Prohibits DoD from procuring firefighting foam that contains per and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances after October 2022.

Civilian Support Network:

  • Establishes a system by which servicemembers can designate a Civilian Support Network of friends and family members who can choose to be notified about resources and information to help better understand what their servicemember may be going through at any particular time. This program was inspired by Army Sgt. Daniel Somers, a 20-year-old Phoenix veteran who tragically took his own life after two tours in Iraq and 5 frustrating years fighting the Phoenix VA for mental health treatment. On this initiative, McSally worked with Daniel’s parents, Howard and Jean Somers, on how DoD can keep families more informed so they can identify warning signs if their service member shows signs of mental or physical fatigue or illness and get them the treatment they need.

Click here for an executive summary of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.