If Congress and the federal government are really serious about holding down costs and lowering the deficit, then they will reject any idea by the State Department to build an all-new training facility for its personnel and staff in Blackstone, Va. It will instead turn all training functions and responsibilities over to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
A study conducted by the training center and now in the hands of the Office of Management and Budget shows where the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center can easily handle the assignment and at a savings of upwards of $800 million over a 10-year period. And it can do it without the State Department missing a beat. The men and women it sends overseas will be trained and prepared to handle emergency situations and without the department having to spend $1 billion, money the nation does not have.
Like U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-1, who informed Secretary of State John Kerry about the training center’s findings and the savings it would produce for the American people, we want the men and women in government service to be more than just adequately trained. We want them trained to the highest degree possible. Not only could it save their own life one day, but it may also save the lives of other American individuals and families caught in one of the many political maelstroms that pop up overseas.
We believe the best way to do that — the best way to ensure the best training and technology money can buy — is to invest everything the nation has in one tightly consolidated training program. That gives us the ability to offer the greatest expertise and most advanced resources available to those who will be responsible for protecting the nation and its citizens from harm.