On the Issues

Bases & Labs


For the better part of a century, New Mexico has led the way in pushing the boundaries of technological innovation to keep our nation safe. As new threats emerge and technology evolves, so must the missions of our military installations and labs. That’s why keeping New Mexico at the forefront of our nation’s advancements in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance is one of Martin’s top priorities. Martin is committed to ensuring that our military bases and national laboratories continue to be at the cutting edge of defense and technological progress. His efforts are focused on securing the necessary resources and support to maintain and expand their critical missions.

How Martin Has Delivered for New Mexicans:

  • Secured $1.5 Billion for military construction at New Mexico military bases since joining Congress. Martin has been instrumental in obtaining substantial funding to enhance and expand the infrastructure of New Mexico’s military bases, ensuring they remain state-of-the-art and capable of meeting current and future defense needs.
  • Nearly doubled the total funding for New Mexico’s National Labs. Recognizing the pivotal role of Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories in national security and technological innovation, Martin has successfully advocated for increased funding to support their groundbreaking research and development activities. Thanks to the new lab funding Martin secured, the labs have added over 10,000 jobs since he joined Congress.
  • Secured a new AC-130-J training mission at Kirtland Air Force Base. Martin’s efforts have brought new training missions to Kirtland Air Force Base, enhancing its strategic importance and ensuring that our airmen are well-prepared for diverse operational scenarios.
  • Secured  F-16 and MQ-9 Reaper training missions at Holloman Air Force Base. By securing these critical training missions, Martin has reinforced Holloman Air Force Base’s role in preparing our pilots and drone operators for modern combat environments.
  • Secured a long term commitment from the Air Force to Cannon Air Force Base. Martin has worked tirelessly to ensure that Cannon Air Force Base remains a key component of our national defense strategy, securing its future and the livelihoods of those who serve there.
  • Worked to prevent the Trump Administration’s attempts to strip New Mexico bases of vital funding. Martin stood firm against efforts to divert essential funds away from New Mexico’s military installations, protecting their operational integrity and readiness.
  • Secured $276 million for environmental cleanup at Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs in 2024. Understanding the importance of maintaining a safe and sustainable environment, Martin has secured significant funding for the cleanup and management of hazardous materials at these critical research facilities.