|U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, a member of the Senate Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support and combat veteran, asked witnesses at the hearing what the Army is doing to drive down production costs and modernize its plants, such as the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant. She also asked about the status of the critical capabilities assessment for Rock Island Arsenal.|
The Iowa Senator noted the critical role these facilities play in our national security, and the taxpayer savings that could result from modernizing these plants. Lieutenant General Michael Dana (USMC) shared Senator Ernst’s desire to streamline production.
Additionally, Senator Ernst requested an update on when the Army would put forward a report recommended by the Government Accountability Office in 2015, listing the critical capabilities at arsenals and the workload needed to maintain those capabilities.