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Rep. Jackson Takes Action to Protect Sheppard Air Force Base from Foreign Espionage

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Ronny Jackson (TX-13) sent a letter to House Armed Services Committee (HASC) leaders yesterday urging for the inclusion of his new legislation in the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Protecting Military Installations and Ranges Act of 2021 would require a review of any purchase or lease of real estate near a military installation or military airspace in the United States if the person or entity is connected to China, Russia, Iran, or North Korea.

This legislation will protect Sheppard Air Force Base from foreign espionage campaigns and alternative energy projects that could impact critical military training routes. This will ensure that Sheppard remains a premier pilot training base for years to come.

Jackson said: I believe in a free-market economy that is not controlled by the federal government, but America’s national security should never be compromised as a result. Our adversaries are utilizing espionage campaigns disguised as business interests right next door to U.S. military instillations, which cannot be allowed to stand. America is the world’s only global superpower, and we will not be threatened by the likes of the Chinese Communist Party, Russia, Iran or North Korea. I am proud to co-introduce this legislation which will protect America’s competitive advantage by ensuring no foreign adversary is able to set up shop in our military’s backyard where some of our most sensitive materials and military operations are housed. I look forward to working with HASC leaders to include this important initiative in this year’s NDAA!

Jackson is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. His letter can be found here.

Jackson co-introduced the Protecting Military Installations and Ranges Act of 2021 with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23), and Congressman Pat Fallon (TX-04). Bill text can be found here.