WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) discussed nuclear modernization and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities in North Dakota with Defense Department nominees at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today. The Senator invited the nominees to come to North Dakota to see the state’s military assets and capabilities.
Senator Cramer questioned two nominees - Louis Bremer, nominee to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, and Bradley Hansell, nominee to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security - regarding efforts to reduce ISR capabilities before replacements are identified and the role Northern Tier bases could play in the Arctic Strategy.
“North Dakotans want to be part of the solution, certainly not part of the problem. We know where we need to get and we would love to be able to get there faster,” said Senator Cramer. “We are concerned about the transition and look forward to working with you on it.”
Senator Cramer also spoke to Lucas Polakowski, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, about the timeline for nuclear modernization, specifically the ground-based strategic deterrent and the B-52’s housed at Minot Air Force Base.
“North Dakota has two of the three legs of the nuclear triad,” said Senator Cramer. “We share the concerns about the timeline and the transition for modernization.”