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HASC Sets Sights on NDAA

As the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) continues through Congress, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), in accordance with House disclosure rules, has released legislative language markups to be considered by its subcommittees. The Military Personnel Subcommittee, Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee met to discuss the legislation today, while the Readiness Subcommittee and Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee will meet tomorrow. The full committee markup will occur next week, on Wednesday, May 7.

Each markup session is led by the respective subcommittee chairman and focuses on strengthening the specific portion within the broader NDAA most relevant to that subcommittee’s area of oversight. Following are some notable provisions from each committee’s legislative marks.

Military Personnel Subcommittee:

  • Continues to address troubling trends in military suicide and sexual assault, including reform for handling sexual assault cases
  • Monitors the restructuring of the military health system and Defense Health Agency, including reviewing the transfer from patients from DoD to the VA
  • Rejects proposals that would increase out-of-pocket costs for military families (such as TRICARE plans and reduced housing benefits/commissary allowances), and mandates reviews to identify alternate sources of cost savings

Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee:

  • Supports further development of the C-130 Aviation Modernization Program, the Littoral Combat Ship program, the CVN-79, and DDG 51 flight IIA destroyer
  • Supports the SSBNX Ohio Class replacement and establishes the Strategic Sea Deterrent Fund to offset the impact of this large investment on the rest of the budget
  • Authorizes procurement of an additional 96 Tomahawk missiles
  • Standardizes categories of vessels used to determine the size of the fleet, ending the problem of counting “paper ships”

Strategic Forces Subcommittee:

  • Continues support for the 2013 missile defense plan, including for cooperation with Israel, and strengthens oversight of U.S.-Russia missile defense cooperation
  • Continues oversight of major nuclear modernization programs and the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program
  • Calls for a strong, multi-faceted space security and defense program, including the development of a next-generation liquid rocket engine

Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee:

  • Fully supports cyber operations and IT system requests, including establishment of an executive agent to oversee cyber training
  • Directs a review of special operations intelligence activities, and the provision of more information regarding defense intelligence priorities
  • Requires an annual briefing on satisfaction of combatant command ISR requirements
  • Extends authorities for counterterrorism and non-conventional assisted recovery operations

Readiness Subcommittee:

  • Invests in supporting operations, training, depot maintenance, and flying hour programs for all services
  • Funds force structure and capabilities as needed for combatant commander requirements
  • Rejects the proposal for another BRAC round
  • Requires an account of enduring OCO-funded requirements and requests assessments of categories of excess capacity

Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee:

  • Supports the JLTV, F-35 and Global Hawk programs
  • Plans for upgrades and recapitalization on the F-16 and V-22 platforms
  • Provides for Army aviation modernization growth with 197 new helicopters and for continued UAS capability growth
  • Addresses unfunded requirements for combat vehicles and the Gray Eagle UAS
  • Supports the body armor and tactical wheel vehicle industrial bases, as well as the Abrams tank line

For comprehensive information about the subcommittee marks, visit the HASC website. ♦

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