Menendez Votes for the National Defense Authorization Act

Menendez Votes for the National Defense Authorization Act

Includes critical funding for NJ military installations and funding for our troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S.  Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today voted in favor of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides $51 million in military construction funding for New Jersey’s Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Picatinny Arsenal. The NDAA also includes Menendez’s legislation to create the first-ever official Department of Defense (DOD) commendation for military working dogs’ handlers called “The Guardians of America’s Freedom Medal.” Menendez will celebrate the creation of the new recognition at an event next week to recognize the valor and commendable achievement of these highly trained and skilled teams. The bill now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

“This funding will go a long way to ensure that NJ’s military installations are equipped to carry out their critical missions in defense of our Nation,” said Senator Menendez.  “We are extremely proud of our military and civilian workforce that support the missions of New Jersey military installations. The hyper partisan environment we’re now living in will never impact my dedication to work on a bipartisan basis to invest in our security, bolster the civilian military workforce, and, most importantly, support the troops who are willing to put their lives on the line for our freedom.” 

This year’s NDAA authorizes $708.1 billion for the Pentagon and defense-related programs, $16 billion more than last year. The total includes $639.1 billion for the Pentagon's base budget and $69 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The NDAA provides DOD with funding for procurement, operations and maintenance, research and development, and military pay and benefits.  

The bill authorizes funding for the following $51 million for NJ Military Construction projects:

  • $41 million to build a Munitions Disassembly Complex at Picatinny Arsenal

This project will construct a Munitions Disassembly Complex comprised of a munitions disassembly facility, robotics experimentation/field office, render-safe area, day storage magazine and long-term storage magazines with a storage shed. 

  • $10 million for Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst to replace the Hot Cargo Hydrant System

This project will replace the existing fuel piping and one hydrant pit located on the Hot Cargo Loading Area (HCLA) at JB McGuire-Dix; provide a 14” piping hydrant loop, one 900- Gallon Per Minute (GPM) hydrant outlet pit and all piping, valves, valve vaults, high/low vent and drain pits to supply fuel from the existing hydrant fuel system; and install piping under the taxiway using micro-tunneling techniques.        

This year’s NDAA also continues its prohibition on future rounds of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – America’s one and only tri-service base – will be home to next generation of air refueling tankers – the KC-46A.  Picatinny Arsenal, through its Joint Center of Excellence for Guns and Ammunition, provides our military service branches with the latest in research, innovation and technology for conventional weapon systems and ammunition.