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NDAA Passes House Armed Services Committee, Heads to Floor in Two Weeks

Late last night the House Armed Services Committee passed the National Defense Authorization Act.  The bill will go to the floor in two weeks, which gives us time to examine it and make recommendations priort to the main debate.  The bill is consistent with the House budget, the President’s  request, and last year’s budget deal, authorizing $521.3B in spending for national defense and $79.4B for Overseas Contingency Operations.  It is $45B less than the FY14 budget request and $30.7B below FY14 enacted levels.

The bill rejected most of the significant cuts/potential savings, including the Air Force’s A-10 fleet, the Guard cuts to helicopters, the TRICARE cuts, and the  COLA troop pay increase (though it does support the pay freeze for general and flag officers).  Significant policy debates led to restrictions on the Iranian nuclear deals(requiring that Iran stop its support of terror groups and its ballistic missile program) and rejected changes to dealing with sexual assault outside the change of command.  It also rejected the proposed BRAC round, stating that “BRAC rounds do not yield true savings but rather impose large upfront costs only then  to shift property between federal agencies….a BRAC round is inappropriate at a time when the final size of the military and the structure needed to support it is still in flux.”  It also encourages DOD to consult with retail companies to find efficiencies for its commissaries.

The full report can be found here: http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AS/AS00/20140507/102146/BILLS-113HR4435ih.pdf

Navy/USMC highlights below:

Food for Peace Program Overhaul

The White House recently proposed drastic changes to the structure the Food for Peace Program (Public Law 480).  This overhaul of the United States’ $1.4 billion food aid program has been rejected by Congress in its fiscal 2014 budget negotiations.  The purpose of the Food for Peace Program is to promote the food security of developing countries by providing American grown food, delivered on American-crewed and flagged ships, preserving thousands of American jobs.

The Food for Peace program has been able to save lives, help people recover from crises and to support nutrition and development in impoverished countries.  The changes proposed by the Administration would have undermined the U.S.-flag Merchant Marine and our national defense sealift capability.

This overhaul would have devastated the independent U.S.-flag Merchant Marine, and both the economy and our military would have been left vulnerable.  Our national security relies upon U.S.–flag commercial fleet. The U.S. –flag Merchant Marine and our national defense sealift capability are a valuable component of our economic and defense capability.

House Military and Industrial Facilities Caucus  - NCMS and CTMAA

The House Military Depot and Industrial Facilities Caucus met May 2013, and addressed the PB14 infrastructure investment plan, which focuses on eliminating backlog, centralizing production, and improving utility system reliability.  Technological Investments were focused on the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) Program.  This program will leverage commercial funding to increase return on investments for maintenance depots through Commercial Technology for Maintenance Activity (CTMAA) projects.  The CTMA program is a DoD-supported initiative that ensures American troops and their equipment are ready to face any situation, with the most up-to-date and best-maintained platforms and tools on earth.   Under CTMA, NCMS forms collaborative partnerships between the DoD and private industry to enhance the readiness of our warfighters by providing new and innovative sustainment solutions and research on existing or legacy weapons platforms.  This concept will also include the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Depot Maintenance Plan which will perform maintenance on F-35A and F-35C aircrafts for the USAF Ogden Air Logistics Center as well as the F-35B AIRCRAFT AT THE Fleet Readiness Center East Cherry Point.

 


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The House unanimously passed the Veteran Skills to Jobs Act on July 9th, which would allow veterans to substitute their military experience for certain training and certification requirements when applying for federal licenses.  The Navy  League sent a letter of support for this bill to House leadership.

Problems with the Transportation Reform Bill


Recent Hearing Summaries

September 18 - Planning for Sequestration in Fiscal Year 2014 and Perspectives of the Military Services on the Strategic Choices and Management Review

March 14th - Subcommittee on Readiness: “Is Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Appropriate at this Time?”

March 13th - Subcommittee on Military Personnel: “Impact of the Continuing Resolution, Sequestration, and Declining Operations and Maintenance Budgets on Military Personnel and Family Related Programs”

February 26th - House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Hearing on the Quadrennial Defense Review: Policy, Process, and Perspectives

February 26th - Subcommittee on Seapower & Projection Forces

February 26th - House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation: Hearing on Coast Guard Mission Balance

February 27th - Subcommittee on Military Personnel: "Impact to Military End Strength in a Budget Constrained Environment"

July 18th - House Armed Services Committee: Sequestration Implementation Options and the Effects on National Defense: Industry Perspectives

July 16th - Program for Public Consultation Panel Discussion: “What Kind of Defense Budget would the American Public Make? Are the Answers Different in Red and Blue Districts?”

July 12th is Senate Homeland Security Committee: The Future of Homeland Security, The Evolution of the Homeland Security Department's Roles and Missions

July 11th is Senate Homeland Security Committee:  The Future of Homeland Security, Emerging Threats

House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense March 1st Hearing on Navy & Marine Corps Budget Request

House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces March 29th Hearing on Oversight of Naval Vessel Acquisition Programs and Force Structure of the Department of the Navy

Senate Armed Services Committee, February 14th Department of Defense Budget Hearing

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee March 7th Hearing on FY 2013 budget request for the U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA

House Appropriations Committee, Homeland Security Subcommittee, March 6th Hearing on the FY 2013 Coast Guard Budget Request

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee March 7th Hearing on FY 2013 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation budget request

Senate Armed Services Committee March 15th Hearing on the Department of the Navy FY2013 Budget Request


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