Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, lauded the inclusion of language he introduced supporting the continued vitality of the U.S. Army's logistics component in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014:
"The U.S. Army is the world's premier ground combat force and requires a logistics component capable of sustaining its operations anywhere in the world. The NDAA affirms this truth and commits to undertaking the hard work of enhancing this capability in the years to come," said Forbes. "Investing in a world-class logistics capability is an insurance policy for our ability to execute difficult missions at any time and in any place."
Below is the Army logistics language Forbes included in the NDAA:
"The committee recognizes that the projection of power, the deterrence of threats, the response to crises, and the protection of strategic U.S. interests requires a robust set of logistics capabilities. The committee believes that the U.S. Army across vast distances, must be supported by a logistics infrastructure commensurate with the missions. The committee also recognizes that logistics support is critical to currently deployed combat units and those which may be deployed in a future contingency. The committee believes that the United States cannot be allowed to lose the capacity to both surge and sustain military forces across considerable distances for extended periods of time, which requires a robust set of logistics capabilities."
The defense policy bill authorizes funding for the Department of Defense, including support for our men and women in uniform serving in Afghanistan. Among the bill's provisions are:
Protecting American interests in a dangerous world. The bill recognizes the national security challenges facing the United States, from the Middle East to the Pacific, and makes important investments toward building the military of the coming decades.
Supporting a military pay raise. The NDAA authorizes a 1.8% annual increase in pay for military personnel.
Protecting TRICARE. The bill rejects the Administration's efforts to establish new TRICARE fees or increase existing fees. The NDAA continues the process of placing TRICARE on a sustainable fiscal footing for the future.
Combating sexual assault. The NDAA establishes minimum sentencing guidelines for military sexual assault cases, allows greater assignment flexibility for the victims of sexual assault, and increases the protections for whistleblowers in instances of sexual misconduct.
About the Annual National Defense Authorization Act
The annual national defense policy bill, or National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, authorizes the enactment of appropriations for DoD programs and initiatives while setting forth priorities, organizational structure, and responsibilities of program and agency officials. The bill consists of portions, or marks, written and approved by each Subcommittee. The full Armed Services Committee is considering the legislation, including proposed amendments, and will vote to report the bill for consideration before the House of Representatives. Upon passage, the bill is then sent to the senate. Typically after the Senate passes its version of the legislation, Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees conference to reconcile differences and agree upon a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which will be sent to the President for his signature.