WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, May 20, 2013, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and William “Mo” Cowan sent letters to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh urging support for the Army Network Modernization programs, including the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) and the Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) Radio System. The WIN-T and HMS programs improve the Army’s communications systems, enabling our soldiers to more effectively communicate while in transit. WIN-T and HMS are produced by General Dynamics in Taunton, Massachusetts.
“The WIN-T and HMS programs are a great example of how investments in research and development can produce life-saving technologies that protect our soldiers and strengthen our national security,” said Senator Warren. “Army modernization programs like these ensure our military is able to meet current and emerging threats. I will continue to advocate for important defense work here in Massachusetts to remain a top priority.”
“Providing funding for Army Network Modernization programs like WIN-T and HMS is critical to the safety and well-being of our troops. These communications technologies help enhance the effectiveness of our soldiers by giving them the ability to securely connect with one another on-the-ground. I will continue to work to ensure that these innovative defense programs that keep our troops safe, and support our local economy, are kept in place,” said Senator Cowan.
The letters sent by Sen. Warren and Sen. Cowan call on the Department of Defense to protect the Army Network Modernization Programs from funding reductions that would delay the deployment of these crucial assets to our servicemembers. To read the letter sent to Secretary Hagel, click here. Full text of the letter sent to Secretary McHugh is available here.