CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Regardless of the outcome of the November election, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said the continuing war on terrorism likely will require continued production of vehicles like the Mine Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) armored personnel carriers being manufactured at Letterkenny Army Depot.
Casey, D-Pa., made his first visit Monday to the depot, where MRAP production began last December with the depot acting as a subcontractor to BAE Systems, a British defense contractor.
"If there's one area of bipartisan agreement, it is that we have a lot of work to do in Afghanistan," Casey said. Both presidential nominees, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, have said more military assets will be needed to defeat terrorism in Afghanistan.
"There was great bipartisan support for funding for MRAPs, and I think you'll see the same kind of bipartisan consensus on other aspects of the battle in Afghanistan," Casey said. "We still have a distance to go in both Iraq and Afghanistan, but I think it does bode well for the kind of quality work product you see here at Letterkenny."