Statement by Senator Cramer on Naval Education Task Force Meeting

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Sea Power, issued the following statement on the Naval Education Task Force meeting with the Secretary of the Marine Carlos Del Toro, which was chaired by the University of North Dakota. System Chancellor, Dr. Mark Hagerott:

“North Dakota’s excellence in research and education can play a vital role in preparing our Navy. I am grateful for the leadership and services of Dr. Hagerott as Chairman of the Naval Education Task Force as it reviews the Department’s Naval University System. As a veteran of North Dakota and the Navy, he understands the need to stay ahead of competition from our adversaries to strengthen our national security,” said Senator Cramer.

“Our nation faces growing and more varied threats to national security,” said Secretary Del Toro. “To remain the most important naval force in the world, the [Department of the Navy] We need to make strategic investments in our naval education that develop our sailors and navies throughout their careers.


Through his Seapower leadership position on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Senator Cramer has worked to provide critical support to the Navy. In last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), he was granted increased assistance to the US naval fleet.

“As senior Republican on the Seapower Subcommittee, he defended our Navy, ensuring that we grew our fleet to meet the threats posed by China in the Indo-Pacific and around the world,” said SASC Ranking Member Jim Inhofe.

Last month, Senator Cramer toured the Naval Research Lab (NRL), the corporate research laboratory of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps in Washington DC, for first-hand insight into emerging Navy capabilities and technologies. While at the NRL, he discussed future research opportunities for North Dakota universities with Chief of Naval Research Rear Admiral Lorin Selby.
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