National Security & Defense

The United States military remains the most powerful fighting force in the world. We must keep it that way. A strong military is the best way to protect our freedom here at home and promote stability around the world.

Alabama has a long history of military excellence and hosts five bases across the state: Redstone Arsenal, Maxwell-Gunter, Fort Rucker, Anniston Army Depot, and Ft. McClellan Training Center Alabama National Guard.

The men and women at these facilities are integral to our national security and Alabama is proud of their dedication to their fellow Americans. 

We must make sophisticated, sustainable, and serious investments towards armed forces to give them the tools they need to protect the nation. We cannot allow ourselves to be outpaced in spending or development by those who wish to do us harm. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I look forward to helping maintain robust funding and supporting strategic plans for research and development.

Alabama is also home to some of the brightest stars in the space industry. Huntsville, “The Rocket City”, plays a vital role in both commercial and national security space efforts—the city has been instrumental to America’s space programs since the Apollo era. I will continue to advocate for Redstone Arsenal, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, U.S. Space Command, and all of the guardian organizations that help ensure that the U.S. is at the forefront of this new frontier. 

Making a Difference

I serve on the Armed Services Committee, which is responsible for authorizing the funding for our military each year through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). I work with my colleagues to make necessary investments through the NDAA and support our servicemembers and their families.

Our military needs to do what it does best – defend our country and its freedoms. I wrote to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to press that our military must stay focused on their mission, remain apolitical, and not be subject to “woke indoctrination.”

spoke about the need for increased defense spending to ensure the U.S. remains the strongest military in the world. WATCH.

cosponsored the bipartisan Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act, which would take critical steps to create a more professional and transparent military justice system for serious crimes. 

  • The last thing our men and women in uniform should be worrying about is whether they’re unsafe within their ranks, and they certainly shouldn’t have to fear retaliation if they report a sexual assault.
  • This bipartisan legislation keeps the prosecution of sexual assault crimes within the military but moves the decision to prosecute to independent, trained, professional military prosecutors. 
  • The bill also provides for several new prevention provisions such as better training for commanders and increased physical security measures, while ensuring that commanders still have the ability to provide strong leadership and ensure a successful command climate. 

joined colleagues in asking the Department of Defense to complete a full financial audit to make sure all taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately.

  • “An unqualified opinion audit of the Department of Defense is critical for keeping our budget on mission, finding savings for taxpayers, and ensuring military success.”
  • Read the full letter here.

I strongly opposed President Biden’s unfit nominee for the third highest position within the Department of Defense. WATCH

co-sponsored the bipartisan SHIPYARD Act, which would invest in the modernization of U.S. public and private shipyards and improve naval readiness. 

  • The Supplying Help to Infrastructure in Ports, Yards, and America’s Repair Docks (SHIPYARD) Act would provide $25 billion for investments needed to optimize, improve, and rebuild shipyard facilities, electrical infrastructure, and environmental systems.
  • The act would designate $21 billion for the Navy’s public shipyards, $2 billion for major Navy private new construction shipyards, and $2 billion for Navy private repair shipyards.

highlighted the many threats Communist China poses to our country and urged my colleagues to take commonsense steps to combat Chinese aggression. WATCH