August 22, 2013

Taunton Daily Gazette: Sen. Warren tours Taunton's General Dynamics facility

By: Gerry Tuoti
August 22, 2013

Two months after she joined other Massachusetts legislators to support federal funding for the WIN-T battlefield communications system, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren visited Taunton to see the equipment first-hand.

"It's a great part of the national defense effort," said Warren, who toured defense contractor General Dynamics' Taunton facility Thursday.

General Dynamics produces the WIN-T battlefield communications system for the Army at its Taunton facility. The WIN-T system contains embedded high-speed intranet components in military vehicles and allows soldiers and commanders to transmit data, including communications and live video feeds, to and from the front lines while on the move.

The WIN-T equipment, Warren said, helps keep U.S. troops safer in the battlefield.

Backed by several Massachusetts legislators, a House committee in June rejected a Pentagon request to divert $128 million in federal funding away from the WIN-T program. The House Armed Services Committee notified the Pentagon earlier this summer that it was denying the request to "reprogram," or reallocate, funding that had been designated in the president's budget for WIN-T and other programs. The committee called the $128 million allotted for WIN-T "essential to the Army's top modernization program."

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