Congressman Horsford Presses DOD Leaders on Troop Diversity and Manning Levels, Missile Defense During House Armed Services Committee Hearings

June 15, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV-04) joined his colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to host two hearings on fiscal year 2022 budget requests for the Department of the Navy and for missile defense and defeat programs.

“As America’s Armed Forces work to ensure our national security, we must make sure that every branch has the support, funding, and technology they need to carry out their mission,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “During today’s hearings, I was glad to have the opportunity to communicate key priorities for Nevada servicemembers, including force diversity, safe manning levels, and expanded military defense capabilities that respond to the growing threats posed by China.”

In the first hearing, Congressman Horsford secured a commitment from Admiral Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations, to implement 57 recommendations from Task Force One Navy (TF1N) on improving diversity and inclusivity in the Navy. Congressman Horsford also asked Marine Corps General David H. Berger about efforts to address the lack of diversity in command and senior leadership positions. General Berger noted that the Marine Corps has hired retired Major General Charles F. Bolden to provide strategic recommendations on strengthening mentorship and career development for Marines from underserved backgrounds.

In an additional question submitted for the record, Congressman Horsford asked about the Navy’s plans to increase ship manning to required levels. In the aftermath of two deadly ship crashes in 2017, a resulting GAO report found that reduced crew sizes contributed to the crash and associated fatalities.

A full video of Congressman Horsford’s statement and question from the first hearing, which focused on the Department of Navy Fiscal Year 2022 Budget, can be viewed here.

In the second hearing, Congressman Horsford spoke with Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Admiral Jon Hill and DOD Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy Leonor Tomero about developing defense capabilities to counter emerging Chinese hypersonic missile threats.

In an additional question submitted for the record, Congressman Horsford asked about specific plans to defend Guam from traditional and hypersonic missile threats. The Guam Defense System will play a critical role in defending our service members in the region, and our allies.

A full video of Congressman Horsford’s statement and question from the second hearing, which focused on the fiscal year 2022 Missile Defense and Missile Defeat Programs budget request, can be viewed here.

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