Oct 5 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently introduced the Promoting Readiness for Overseas Contingencies and Unexpected Responses to Exigencies(PROCURE) Act, bipartisan legislation that would ensure the United States maintains sufficient critical munitions stocks to support allies and partners during times of crisis without depleting U.S. military stocks.

The PROCURE Act would establish a Critical Munitions Acquisition Fund (CMAF) to allow the Secretary of Defense to better manage industry production lines and sustain particular munitions lines that are critical to U.S. national security interests. Additionally, the authorities granted in the CMAF would help the Department of Defense better anticipate industry’s supply chain needs and improve the Department’s purchasing power, driving down costs for the government. ? 

“While Putin’s illegal invasion resulted in a swift and robust response from the United States and our NATO Allies to arm the Ukrainian military, it exposed the fact that we have major inadequacies with our current munitions stocks,” said Senator Tillis. “Our bipartisan PROCURE Act is essential to improving America’s capacity to quickly arm our allies in potential future conflicts without drawing from our own munitions stocks, which will greatly enhance our national security and military readiness.”