U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., will launch a four-day defense tour Tuesday to highlight Arkansas military installations, businesses and jobs, according to a news release.
Boozman will meet with Arkansas military installation commanders and troops and visit industry leaders who produce weapons and ammunition for the Department of Defense.
“We need to maintain a strong national defense — with the most advanced technologies and cutting edge tools — and Arkansas facilities and defense manufacturers play an important role,” Boozman stated in the release. “I look forward to seeing first-hand the newest resources available to our troops and discussing opportunities to improve our defense from industry leaders and our men and women who serve in uniform.”
When Congress returns, lawmakers will debate the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a critical authorization bill that supports the nation’s troops, their families and military installations. The Department of Defense employs nearly 24,000 Arkansans, the release states. Projected defense spending in Arkansas in 2015 is more than $3.3 billion, the release states.
The tour will include stops at Red River Army Depot in Texarkana; Lockheed Martin in Camden; General Dynamics in Hampton; Ratheon in Camden; Aerojet Rocketdyne in Camden; Spectra Technologies in Camden; Camp Robinson in North Little Rock; and Power Technology Inc. in Alexander.