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Marsha Blackburn & other Senators Urge Response to National Security Threats Posed by Chinese Drones

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Federal Aviation Administrator Stephen Dickson to express concerns regarding the national security threats posed by Chinese drones.

“We…urge you to immediately restrict the use of this equipment and technology that has the potential to jeopardize the security of critical information and infrastructure gained through this and other FAA programs,” the Senators write. “American taxpayer dollars should not fund state-controlled or state-owned firms that seek to undermine American national security and economic competitiveness.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn Applauds Completion of NDAA Conference Report

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a conferee for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, on Wednesday, December 12th, 2019, applauded the completion of the defense spending conference report. Senator Blackburn advocated for several provisions critical to groups in Tennessee that are included in the NDAA.

“This NDAA funds our key priorities of implementing the National Defense Strategy, rebuilding the military, and taking care of our troops and their families. Tennessee is proud to be home to multiple military bases,” Senator Blackburn said.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Austin Peay State University, Fort Campbell partner for wetlands research on post

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) and the Fort Campbell Army installation deepened their growing relationship on November 6th, 2019 when the two organizations initiated an Intergovernmental Support Agreement, allowing APSU faculty and students to identify wetland ecosystems within the 105,000-acre Army post.

Austin Peay State University President Alisa White and Col. Jeremy Bell, Fort Campbell garrison commander. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University President Alisa White and Col. Jeremy Bell, Fort Campbell garrison commander. (APSU)

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Former 5th Group battalion commander Jeremy Bell takes command at Fort Campbell

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Thursday, July 11th, 2019,  Col. Jeremy E. Bell accepted the garrison colors from Brenda Lee McCullough, director of Installation Management Command-Readiness during a change of command ceremony at Wilson Theater.

The symbolic ritual marks the end of Col. Joseph P. Kuchan’s command and the beginning of Bell’s tenure as garrison commander.

“It is indeed a privilege to be here with you as we salute an outstanding garrison commander and his Family for a job well done and celebrate the arrival of an equally outstanding Soldier who assumes the leadership of U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Campbell,” McCullough said. “Command is one of the most awesome responsibilities one can experience.”

Col. Jeremy E. Bell, commander U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Campbell, Ky., makes remarks July 11, 2019, during his change of command ceremony. Col. Joseph P. Kuchan relinquished command to Bell at Wilson Theater, Fort Campbell. (Fort Campbell)

Col. Jeremy E. Bell, commander U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Campbell, Ky., makes remarks July 11, 2019, during his change of command ceremony. Col. Joseph P. Kuchan relinquished command to Bell at Wilson Theater, Fort Campbell. (Fort Campbell)

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Marsha Blackburn, David Perdue, Colleagues Encourage Trump Administration to Avoid Another Continuing Resolution

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to encourage Trump Administration officials to reach consensus with congressional leaders on a two-year budget deal to fully fund the military.

In a letter to Acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russ Vought, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the senators caution that another continuing resolution (CR) would devastate the United States military, delay the implementation of the President’s National Defense Strategy (NDS), and increase costs.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn says passing NDAA Bill Secures Big Wins for Tennessee Military Community

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Thursday, June 27th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted to fund the United States Military in FY 2020. The National Defense Authorization Act funds crucial projects that will directly impact military communities in Tennessee.

“Tennessee is honored to be home to multiple military bases,” Senator Blackburn said. “The sacrifice our members of the military make in service to our country can never be repaid.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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NASA Tech Missions headed to Space aboard SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA technology demonstrations have launched into space on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket. These missions will look at the space environment around Earth and how it affects us. This could one day could help NASA astronauts to Mars, and science missions, 

The NASA missions – including the Deep Space Atomic Clock and two instruments from NASA’S Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California – lifted off at 11:30pm PDT (1:30am CDT) Tuesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) launch.

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is ready for launch on the pad at Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 24, 2019. SpaceX and the U.S. Department of Defense will launch two dozen satellites to space, including four NASA payloads that are part of the Space Test Program-2, managed by the U.S. (NASA/Kim Shiflett)

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is ready for launch on the pad at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 24, 2019. SpaceX and the U.S. Department of Defense will launch two dozen satellites to space, including four NASA payloads that are part of the Space Test Program-2, managed by the U.S. (NASA/Kim Shiflett)

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NASA has New Technology set to Launch on SpaceX Falcon Heavy early Tuesday morning

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA reports that SpaceX is now targeting 1:30am CDT, Tuesday June 25th, 2019, for the Falcon Heavy launch of the Department of Defense Space Test Program-2 to allow time for additional ground system checkouts—vehicle and payload continue to look good.

NASA TV live launch coverage will start 30 minutes before launch, at 1:00am: www.nasa.gov/nasalive

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying new NASA technology.

New technology from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will launch on the first night flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy on June 25th, 2019, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The technology includes an atomic clock for self-driving spacecraft, climate-observing satellites and more. (SpaceX)

New technology from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will launch on the first night flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy on June 25th, 2019, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The technology includes an atomic clock for self-driving spacecraft, climate-observing satellites and more. (SpaceX)

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NASA to send Four Tech missions to space aboard SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket, Monday

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – The first nighttime launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will happen Monday, June 24th, 2019. NASA Television will cover the launch and prelaunch activities.

The rocket will be carrying four agency technology missions to help improve future spacecraft design and performance.

The launch window for the Falcon Heavy opens at 11:30pm EDT Monday, June 24th, from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy demonstration launch on February 6th, 2018. (NASA)

SpaceX Falcon Heavy demonstration launch on February 6th, 2018. (NASA)

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Senators Marsha Blackburn, Richard Blumenthal Voice Concerns about Inclusion of Huawei in Development of Next-Generation Spectrum Sharing Technologies

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Wednesday, June 5th, 2918, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote a letter to Patrick Shanahan, Acting Secretary of the Department of Defense, and Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, to voice concerns about the inclusion of Huawei in the development of next-generation sharing technology in a band of spectrum critical to national defense.

“For years, alarm bells have been ringing over concerns about Huawei, especially in regards to national security and economic competitiveness,” said Senator Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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