Slaughter Announces Major Contract for Harris Radios to Equip New Security Force Assistance Brigade
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced that Harris Corporation will be awarded contract expected to total approximately $40 million from the Department of Defense to equip the new Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) with its radio systems. The Department of the Army announced the creation of the SFAB in February. This brigade consists of highly-trained, highly-qualified senior officers who will be supporting security forces abroad. Slaughter helped allocate funding for new SFABs earlier this year.
“I’m proud to announce this new contract that will allow Harris to equip the Army’s new Security Force Assistance Brigade with their radio systems. The advise and assist mission of these brigades is vitally important to our success abroad and will help us support and train our allies and partners. I’ve worked to provide the funding necessary for this new brigade and I am honored that they will be using Rochester-made radios in their mission. This contract will sustain thousands of local jobs while equipping our brave men and women in uniform during their important missions abroad,” said Slaughter.
“Louise Slaughter’s commitment to our Rochester employees ensures that we continue to deliver state-of-the-art technology solutions to the U.S. Army,” said Bill Brown, CEO of Harris Corporation.
Earlier this year, Slaughter secured bipartisan approval of an Army reprogramming request to House defense leaders to rapidly appropriate funds for this urgent emerging need to equip the SFABs.
In May, the Army established the first of six SFABs in Fort Benning, Georgia. Each brigade will be comprised of hundreds of soldiers and will undertake “advise and assist” missions for the Army. The SFAB will be made up of highly trained soldiers who will undergo rigorous training before being deployed, including immersive language and advanced medical training. They have the capability to be deployed anywhere in the world and could be asked to do so at a moment’s notice. This new brigade is seen as especially critical to U.S. missions in the Middle East.
Last year, Slaughter announced the Army’s selection of Harris as one of three suppliers for its 10-year $12.7 billion Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) “Manpack” radio contract. This followed the Army’s selection of Harris as one of two suppliers for the Army’s 10-year $3.8 billion JTRS “Rifleman” radio contract in April 2015. Slaughter gathered with Harris workers last year to celebrate these wins and announce a major push to secure additional federal investment opportunities.
Slaughter has worked for years to support Harris Corporation’s effort to bring jobs to Rochester. In April 2015, she successfully pushed the Army to re-open a competition to build a new radio system. Then, in May, 2015, Slaughter pushed Governor Cuomo to join her effort to support Harris in creating more than 100 jobs in Rochester. This followed Slaughter’s work, in 2014, to bring two top DOD procurement officials to tour the Harris facility. In December, 2013, Slaughter succeeded in pushing the US Army to reverse course and allow Harris Corp to compete for billions of dollars in contracts.