National Security and Foreign Policy
America must have a strong military to deter would-be adversaries and, when diplomatic efforts fail, protect our nation from acts or imminent threats of violence.
Also, our national security and foreign policy institutions must work to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and eliminate the threat such weapons pose to us and our allies.
If necessary, America must be able to project power to different parts of the world simultaneously, and a modern long-range bomber fleet is key to our nation’s power projection capabilities. For this reason, I am proud to support the 28th Bomb Wing based at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, South Dakota, which is home to half of our nation’s B-1B Lancer fleet as well as ground control stations for the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft.
In March 2019, Ellsworth AFB was named the preferred base to host the first training and operational squadrons of the future B-21 Raider. This is a great honor for the base and a testament to the exceptional professionalism and proficiency of the airmen at Ellsworth and the tremendous community support behind them. Ellsworth offers significant installation space to host the B-21 mission and has the benefit of operating the nearly 35,000 square mile Powder River Training Complex, the largest training airspace over the continental United States. I look forward to continuing my efforts to support Ellsworth’s current missions, as well as the necessary infrastructure investments required to host the future B-21 missions.
A strong American military will help strengthen and stabilize our friends and allies and promote democracy, human rights, and other American values across the globe.
|6/9/21||Thune Statement on Official B-21 Announcement for Ellsworth Air Force Base|
|3/29/19||A Home Run for South Dakota|
|10/19/18||My Commitment to Ellsworth|
|6/8/18||Big Wins for the American People|
|5/4/18||Ellsworth Only Getting Stronger|
|2/23/18||Thune Announces Appointments to U.S. Service Academies|
|9/22/17||Getting Our Troops the Resources They Need to Succeed|
|8/25/17||Making Good on America’s Commitment to Our Veterans|
|6/6/17||Thune Welcomes Senate Passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act|
|12/8/16||Thune Statement on Passage of NDAA Conference Report, Critical Fix to Impact Aid Program|