WASHINGTON — If the House Armed Services Committee gets its way, a slew of amendments it approved Wednesday will keep Pentagon and service officials plenty busy next year.
The panel moved Wednesday at considerable legislative speed through three sections of its 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). And each one included amendments that would, if they make it into the final bill, require the Defense Department to deliver a long list of briefings and reports to lawmakers.
The committee speedily approved the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subpanel’s section of the bill. Moments before, it approved a bloc of amendments that would require 13 briefings, reports or “assessments” from the department or General Accountability Office (GAO).
One from Rep. Richard Nugent, R-Fla., would mandate a briefing from US Special Operations Command on its directed energy test and evaluation program. Another, offered by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., directs DoD to deliver lawmakers “an assessment of the directed energy industrial base,” according to a HASC summary.
The panel next approved the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee’s section, which would require 10 briefings, reports or Inspector General probes.
Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., offered this one: “Directs the Secretary of the Army to provide a briefing on the potential force structure changes and production programs necessary to achieve a pure fleet of M1 Abrams tanks across the Army.”