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Sen. Perdue discusses ISIS, Robins' future
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U.S. Sen. David Perdue visited Robins Air Force Base Tuesday and came away impressed with the dedicated workforce and its devotion to accomplishing the mission.

In a news conference afterwards, Perdue called the lack of funding for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System "a poster child for bureaucratic malfeasance."

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Perdue said there are 16 aging JSTARS aircraft with a "tremendous mission around the world." The senator said he's hopeful the funding for upgrading will be there "such that we cannot delay but actually find a way to accelerate it to deal with this gap that we have in terms of mission capability."

He said the malfeasance happened because of the delays in improving JSTARS after officials recognized the need for and didn't do anything about it.

Regarding the recent terrorism attacks, Perdue said the United States needs to take firm and positive action against ISIS.

"My theory is that we've got to deal with that now over there," Perdue said. "The United States needs to lead to a solution to defeat ISIS. I think the tragedy with the airliner, the Russian airliner in Sinai, and then the tremendous tragedy in Paris, I think accentuates the fact that we've got to deal with this now. Everyday we delay, there's a risk that some of that terror may end up on our own soil."

Stressing his impression with the Robins workforce, Perdue said the workers contribute daily toward the Air Force's overall mission of helping keep America safe.

He also discussed some congressional issues including the need for a balanced federal budget and the elimination of the national debt, which he said has reached eighteen trillion dollars.


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