NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 1998 (House of Representatives - June 19, 1997)

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Mr. PICKETT. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding me this time, and I rise in support of the bill.

The bill that is reported by the Committee on National Security is one that does a good job in balancing recognized necessary modernization, end strength and quality of life issues for our people.

As a member of the Subcommittee on Military Research and Development, I was very concerned about the technological effort that we are making to make sure that our forces have a technological edge in any battle that they might be called into. I think I can reassure everyone here that the investment accounts that we maintain to ensure those basic research and development activities have been fully funded...

In the research and development area, Mr. Chairman, I believe that a great deal has been done in the missile defense program, particularly with the theater missile defense and also in bringing on line the required funding for our national missile defense...

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