September 16, 2002
Today Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), joined by fellow Washington state Reps. Norm Dicks, Rick Larsen and George Nethercutt, sent a letter to all members of the House of Representatives urging support of military transformation currently exhibited at Ft. Lewis, WA with the Stryker and the Stryker Brigade Combat Teams (SBCTs).
“We need to make smart investments in our military by developing and deploying cutting-edge technology that plays a critical role in the United States’ military transformation.” said Smith. “We must modernize our forces to make sure our soldiers have the equipment and training necessary to do their job, and investing in strong tactical power programs, such as the Stryker and the accompanying Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, is key to preparing our forces not just for the challenges we face today - but for tomorrow's fight. I'm proud of the role Ft. Lewis plays in Army transformation.”
In the letter to their colleagues, the Representatives wrote “All six SBCTs the Army intends to field represent a transformation in warfighting capability that will ensure our battlefield commanders have the tools they need to immediately respond in the War on Terrorism and other conflicts. The Stryker vehicle also represents a transformation in the weapon system acquisition process. The first Stryker was fielded in February, less than two years after contract award, and there are now nearly 200 delivered to the Army.”
Since coming to Congress in 1997, Representative Adam Smith has been a critical voice on the House Armed Service Committee for making the military more efficient and utilizing technology to improve our readiness and soldiers' quality of life. He helped draft legislation to raise the pay of every service member by between five and ten percent, the largest pay increase since 1982. This legislation also authorizes funding to continue the process of modernizing and "transforming" the U.S. Army so that it is a lighter, more lethal force capable of fighting the battles of the 21st Century. Representative Adam Smith has also worked hard to keep Ft. Lewis, located in the Ninth District, a model for the Army's continuing transformation.
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