Defense & Foreign Affairs
Strengthening Our Military and Helping Rhode Island Contribute to Our National Defense
As a graduate of West Point and a former infantry officer, Senator Reed knows the risks our Armed Forces face every day. Reed voted against the Iraq war and offered a plan to responsibly bring our troops home and refocus our efforts on the threats coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Through his work on the Armed Services and Appropriations Committees, he works tirelessly to ensure that America’s fighting men and women have the equipment they need and the benefits they deserve.
Senator Reed believes that the United States should also be engaged in diplomacy to support our allies and build stronger relationships with emerging nations. He has focused on arms control and non-proliferation efforts to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists and continues to support expanding our development programs, which contribute to global security.
Reed has also secured hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to bolster Rhode Island’s defense industry, create more high-paying jobs, and expand opportunities for local businesses. Rhode Island’s 16,000 defense workers make a valuable contribution to our national security and generate more than $1.75 billion in local economic activity each year. Reed has worked hard not only to maintain the U.S. Navy’s presence in Rhode Island, but to expand it by bringing additional commands, institutions, and projects to Naval Station Newport, such as the Navy Supply Corps School, which was previously located in Athens, Georgia.
Key Priorities & Accomplishments
- Senator Reed was one of the first to call for better body armor and up-armored vehicles for our troops in the field.
- As the Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, Reed helped secure $1.2-billion for the construction of the two second new Virginia-class submarines per year. The Virginia class submarine is a critical component of our national defense capabilities, and Rhode Island plays a vital role in its construction.
- Reed helped ratify the New START Treaty, an important agreement between the U.S. and Russia that reduces the number of strategic nuclear weapons, builds on previous treaties, and contributes to countering nuclear proliferation throughout the world.
- To ensure our troops have the best equipment, Senator Reed worked for over a decade to secure eight state-of-the-art C-130J cargo airplanes for the Rhode Island Air National Guard to replace the Guard’s aging fleet. These planes help the 143rd Airlift Wing transport troops, equipment, and supplies to combat and humanitarian missions around the world. Over the years, Senator Reed secured $37 million for the construction of a new maintenance hangar for the planes at Quonset Point.
- The U.S. Senate voted 84-15 late last night to approve the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and sent it to the President to be signed into law. U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the comprehensive, bipartis...
After Armed Services Committee negotiators reached an agreement to move a bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today said that the bipartisan agreement recognizes th...Posted on 12/11/2013 |
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Mr. REED. When sexual abuse occurs in a military unit or when a servicemember is a victim or a perpetrator of sexual abuse, we have failed. Certainly the military has failed, but Congress with its constitutional mandate to ``make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces'' and...Posted on 11/20/2013 |
U.S. Senator Jack Reed helps commemorate the lives lost in the bombing of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines HQ building in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Two Hunderd and Forty-One Marines, Sailors and Soldiers - including nine Rhode Islanders – were killed in the initial attack. 29 others...Posted on 10/23/2013 |
Reed Statement on President Obama’s Call for Congressional Vote on Possible U.S. Military Action in Syria
- U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after President Obama asked for congressional authorization to take limited military action to respond to the Assad regime's chemical weapons attack in Syria: “The...Posted on 8/31/2013 |
In an effort to protect soldiers and their families from abusive financial practices, a group of 23 U.S. Senators, led by Jack Reed (D-RI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Mark Udall (D-CO), is urging Department of Defense (DOD) Secretary Chuck Hagel to close a loophole that allows lenders...Posted on 8/1/2013 |