Sen. Rick Scott: NDAA Packed with Big Wins for Florida

June 27, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and ranking member of the SASC Personnel Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Senate Armed Services Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This year’s NDAA includes $886.3 billion in defense spending.


Senator Rick Scott said, “Florida is home to 21 military bases and three unified combatant commands, nearly 64,000 active duty members, 38,000 reservists and over 1.5 million veterans. As Ranking Member on the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee for Personnel, I am grateful for the bipartisan work the Armed Services Committee has done to ensure our men and women in uniform are taken care of, and our military remains the most lethal force in the world. As the threat of China continues to grow, and our focus shifts to the Indo-Pacific, we must continue to make smart investments in our armed forces and continue bolstering our defense capabilities. As Florida’s senator, I’ve been proud to advocate for major investments in our defense capabilities and in Florida’s military bases over the past five years. We’re off to a great start for the 2024 NDAA, and I look forward to continuing to fight for priorities that matter most to Florida families and military communities on the Senate Floor.”


Senator Scott will continue to fight for Floridians through the amendment process in the FY 2024 NDAA. In its current form, he fought for and secured several measures, including:

  • A 5.2% pay raise for our brave servicemembers;
  • Authorizing improvements to the quality and oversight of military enlisted barracks;
  • Improvements at Florida bases, including a C2C: Consolidated Communications Center at Patrick Air Force Base and a KC-46A ADAL Aircraft Maintenance Hangar at MacDill Air Force Base;
  • Authorizing increased funding for cutting-edge technologies to improve warfighter lethality and survivability, including night vision enhancements, multi-spectral camouflage development, and Black Hawk, Apache, and Chinook helicopter performance improvements;
  • Authorizes increased funding for the LGM-35A Sentinel program, the Fleet Ballistic Missile Strategic Weapon System, and the Hypersonic Targets and Countermeasures Program
  • Establishes a comprehensive training, advising, and institutional capacity-building program for the military forces of Taiwan;
  • Requires engagement with appropriate officials of Taiwan for the purpose of expanding cooperation on military cybersecurity activities;
  • Directs a briefing on opportunities for parent input and involvement in Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) programs and schools; and
  • Authorizes military dependents to receive space available dental care at military dental treatment facilities at certain remote or isolated locations.