Moore-led contingent seeks funds for DOD infrastructure needs

Rep. Blake Moore

U.S. Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT), co-chair of the bipartisan House Military Depot, Arsenal, Ammunition Plant and Industrial Facilities Caucus, led a bipartisan contingent of fellow members in requesting that federal funds be authorized to address the significant backlog in infrastructure needs at the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) organic industrial base facilities and DOD Laboratories and Major Range and Test Facility bases.

“Military readiness is not simply the ability to fight and meet the demands of current missions; it is also our capacity to surge, confront and surmount any future threat,” Rep. Moore said. “Depot facilities remain the backbone of readiness and it is time for federal investments that reflect this indispensable role in our national security.” 

Specifically, Rep. Moore and his colleagues called on U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to include the Organic Industrial Base (OIB), or military arsenals, depots and ammunition plants, to be included in any upcoming infrastructure package.

“We are committed to advocating for the critical role that the DOD industrial base plays in our overall industrial base and sustaining the war fighter,” they wrote in a June 10 letter sent to Speaker Pelosi.   

Among the two dozen members who joined Rep. Moore in signing the letter were U.S. Reps. John Curtis (R-UT), Mike Turner (R-OH), Stephanie Bice (R-OK), and Cheri Bustos (D-IL), who is also co-chair of the House Military Depot, Arsenal, Ammunition Plant and Industrial Facilities Caucus.

“Much of the vital work happening in my district to sustain the Air Force’s readiness is done in antiquated and obsolete World War II-era facilities,” Rep. Moore explained. “While the professionalism and expertise of our talented workforce exceeds high standards of readiness, maintenance backlogs are increasing costs and hurting morale.”

In their letter, the lawmakers argued that the nation’s military arsenals and depots are vital parts of American infrastructure and their upgrades are critical to the nation’s defense, as well as the larger goals of any upcoming infrastructure package.

“We strongly believe that the quality of these facilities is critical to the broader Biden administration goals of addressing long-standing maintenance backlogs and reducing our dependence on foreign sources of materials,” the letter states. “Modernizing the organic industrial base plays a crucial role in our efforts to meet the National Defense Strategy and compete with near-peer competitors.”