Brindisi Brings Priorities of Rome Lab Directly to Secretary of Defense at House Armed Services Committee Meeting


February 27, 2020
Press Release

Brindisi Fights for Upstate Defense Installations and Pushes for Clear Strategy to Deal with Emerging Threats from China During Key Committee Hearing

Brindisi: Rome Lab And The Defense Industry Across Our Region Play A Critical Role In Keeping Our Country Safe & They Need The Resources To Do That

Congressman Anthony Brindisi, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, championed Rome Lab and other Upstate national defense priorities during a committee meeting. Brindisi brought the needs and concerns of Upstate New York directly to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

Brindisi grilled Secretary Esper on the Administration’s budget and their plan to address emerging threats from China, national security concerns, and research and development of critical national defense installations across the region.

“Rome Lab and the defense industry across our region play a critical role in keeping our country safe,” Brindisi said. “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, it is my job to fight for their priorities and work with the Administration to strengthen our national security. Whether it is quantum research, or other emerging technologies, our district will continue to lead the nation in research and development. We need a budget that funds these critical projects.”

Brindisi questioned the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on military readiness and how they will keep America at the cutting edge of quantum science and artificial intelligence. Brindisi voiced concerns about funding of quantum research, artificial intelligence, and counter-unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Brindisi, a staunch defender of the mission at Rome Lab, spoke about the critical work being done in the Mohawk Valley.

“As you know, our adversaries are also constantly evolving to beat our counter-UAS systems and are often able to hold our troops at risk” said Brindisi. “It is critical that we expedite the development and acquisition of counter-UAS technologies wherever possible. Our DoD Lab base has done a great job developing critical counter-UAS technologies to mitigate these threats by fielding them as soon as possible.”

Brindisi continues to use his place on HASC to advocate for Rome and the defense mission across Upstate. In the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Brindisi fought for a $8 investment for a Quantum Innovation Center at Rome Lab and an additional $5 million for quantum science research.  In total, the mission at Rome Lab will receive nearly $18 million in crucial investment. The Fiscal Year 2019 NDAA authorized $14.2 million in additional funding for security upgrades at Rome Lab. Brindisi, a longtime champion of the mission at Rome Lab, previously testified before the House Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee in support of this project.