National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes Department of
Defense (DOD) appropriations for the 2014 fiscal year, to enable
procurement for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Air Force, and
defense-wide activities. Here
are some bill highlights:
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response / Military Justice Matters
any person convicted of rape, sexual assault, forcible sodomy, incest,
or an attempted thereof from enlisting in the Armed
Forces. Directs the DOD to issue regulations ensuring the timely
determination of a request by the victim of a sexual assault or related
offense for a permanent transfer.
substantiated complaint of a sexual-related offense to be included in
the personnel record of the accused member of the Armed Forces. All
sexual assault forms and records would be required to be retained for 50
years. The statute of limitations for sexual assault under the Uniform
Code of Military Justice would be eliminated.
the sense of Congress that commanding officers are responsible for
establishing a climate in which sexual assault allegations are properly
managed, and that victims can report such activity without fear of
retaliation. Failure to promote such a climate is a sufficient cause for
the removal of a commanding officer from their position.
the Defense Secretary to transfer or release individuals detained at
U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to their home country if:
The individual is no longer a threat to national security.
Such a transfer or release is implementing a U.S. court or tribunal order.
The individual has been tried and acquitted by a court or tribunal.
to transfer, determinations regarding the risk of the individual
engaging in hostility against the U.S., and whether the transfer is in
the interest of U.S. national security, must be made.
Compensation and Other Personnel Benefits
the rates of basic pay for military personnel by 1 percent. Extends
specified authorities for bonuses and incentive pay that are currently
scheduled to expire.
General Service Authorities
An exception would be added to the requirement
that the Armed Forces accommodate individual expressions of belief of
service-members. The exemption would apply when such an expression could have an adverse impact on
military readiness and unit cohesion.
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences would be authorized to offer undergraduate
degrees, certificates, certifications, and graduate degrees.
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E)
the spending of funds appropriated for the conventional prompt global
strike program from being expended until relevant committees in Congress
and DOD policymakers clarify ambiguities surround missile
launches from submarine platforms.
Elements of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) biennial strategic plan would be revised. A pilot program for technology protection in defense systems during R&D would be extended until 2020. DOD authority for allocating
percentages of funds to defense laboratories for competitive R&D
technologies would also be extended until 2020.
Missile Defense Programs
Expresses the sense of Congress that:
Defending the U.S. homeland from ballistic missile attacks is a national priority.
currently deployed ground-based midcourse defense system (GBMDS)
provides protection for the entire U.S. against such an attack from
North Korea and Iran, although its capability should be improved.
should continue to enhance the performance and reliability of the GBMDS
against evolving missile threats from North Korea and Iran.
expresses the sense of Congress that the threat of regional ballistic
missiles, particularly North Korea and Iran, is serious and threatens
forward deployed U.S. personnel and allies. The DOD has an obligation to
protect these forces and allies.
expresses that it is in the U.S. national security interest to pursue
efforts at missile defense cooperation with Russia.
U.S. should pursue these effort on a bilateral and multilateral basis
with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies.
This cooperation with Russia should not in any way limit U.S. or NATO missile defense capabilities.
U.S. should pursue such cooperation in a manner that protects
classified information while allowing for a defense technology
cooperation agreement with Russia.
DOD funds would be prohibited from being used to provide the Russian
Federation with sensitive missile information that would compromise U.S.
national security in any way. This would include “hit-to-kill”
technology, and telemetry data for missile interceptors or target
The DOD would be directed to
evaluate options and alternatives for future sensor systems used in
ballistic missile defense, and report progress to relevant congressional
Department of Defense Organization and Management
the Defense Secretary to create a plan to streamline DOD management. This could be done
by reducing the size of staffs, eliminating tiers of management,
cutting functions that provide little or no added value, and
consolidating overlapping programs.
Provides a plan
objective of reducing aggregate spending on such headquarters by at
least $100 billion over a ten-year period beginning with the 2015 fiscal
year. Requires annual status reports between 2016 and 2025 to be made
Secretaries of State and Homeland Security would be directed to
increase the efficiency with which Iraqi special immigrant visa
applications are processed. Eligibility requirements for Afghan special
immigrant visas would also be modified to consider employment history.
Statement of Administration Policy
Senate Republican Policy Committee
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