S. 3254 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

The text of the bill below is as of Dec 4, 2012 (Passed the Senate (Engrossed)).

Source: GPO

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3254

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

AN ACT

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.

2.

Organization of Act into divisions; table of contents

(a)

Divisions

This Act is organized into seven divisions as follows:

(1)

Division A–Department of Defense Authorizations.

(2)

Division B–Military Construction Authorizations.

(3)

Division C–Department of Energy National Security Authorizations and Other Authorizations.

(4)

Division D–Funding Tables.

(5)

Division E–Housing Assistance for Veterans.

(6)

Division F–Stolen Valor Act.

(7)

Division G–Miscellaneous.

(b)

Table of contents

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title.

Sec. 2. Organization of Act into divisions; table of contents.

Sec. 3. Congressional defense committees.

Sec. 4. Scoring of budgetary effects.

DIVISION A—Department of Defense Authorizations

TITLE I—Procurement

Subtitle A—Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 101. Authorization of appropriations.

Subtitle B—Army Programs

Sec. 111. Multiyear procurement authority for Army CH–47F helicopters.

Subtitle C—Navy Programs

Sec. 121. Refueling and complex overhaul of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.

Sec. 122. Ford class aircraft carriers.

Sec. 123. Limitation on availability of amounts for second Ford class aircraft carrier.

Sec. 124. Multiyear procurement authority for Virginia class submarine program.

Sec. 125. Multiyear procurement authority for Arleigh Burke class destroyers and associated systems.

Sec. 126. Authority for relocation of certain AEGIS weapon system assets between and within the DDG–51 class destroyer and AEGIS Ashore programs in order to meet mission requirements.

Sec. 127. Designation of mission modules of the Littoral Combat Ship as a major defense acquisition program.

Sec. 128. Transfer of certain fiscal year 2012 Procurement of Ammunition, Navy and Marine Corps funds.

Sec. 129. Transfer of certain fiscal year 2012 Procurement, Marine Corps funds for procurement of weapons and combat vehicles.

Sec. 130. Sense of Congress on Marine Corps amphibious lift and presence requirements.

Sec. 131. Sense of Senate on Department of Navy fiscal year 2014 budget request for tactical aviation aircraft.

Sec. 132. SPIDERNet/Spectral Warrior Hardware.

Subtitle D—Air Force Programs

Sec. 141. Reduction in number of aircraft required to be maintained in strategic airlift aircraft inventory.

Sec. 142. Treatment of certain programs for the F–22A Raptor aircraft as major defense acquisition programs.

Sec. 143. Avionics systems for C–130 aircraft.

Sec. 144. Procurement of space-based infrared system satellites.

Sec. 145. Transfer of certain fiscal year 2011 and 2012 funds for Aircraft Procurement for the Air Force.

Subtitle E—Joint and Multiservice Matters

Sec. 151. Multiyear procurement authority for V–22 joint aircraft program.

Sec. 152. Limitation on availability of funds for full-rate production of Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form/Fit radios under the Joint Tactical Radio System program.

Sec. 153. Shallow Water Combat Submersible program.

Sec. 154. AC–130 aircraft electro-optical and infrared sensors.

TITLE II—Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation

Subtitle A—Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 201. Authorization of appropriations.

Subtitle B—Program Requirements, Restrictions, and Limitations

Sec. 211. Next Generation Foundry for the Defense Microelectronics Activity.

Sec. 212. Advanced rotorcraft initiative.

Sec. 213. Transfer of certain fiscal year 2012 Navy research, development, test, and evaluation funds.

Sec. 214. Authority for Department of Defense laboratories to enter into education partnerships with educational institutions in United States territories and possessions.

Sec. 215. Transfer of certain fiscal year 2012 Air Force research, development, test, and evaluation funds.

Sec. 216. Relocation of C–band radar from Antigua to H.E. Holt Station in Western Australia to enhance space situational awareness capabilities.

Sec. 217. Detailed Digital Radio Frequency Modulation Countermeasures Studies and Simulations.

Subtitle C—Missile Defense Matters

Sec. 231. Homeland ballistic missile defense.

Sec. 232. Regional ballistic missile defense.

Sec. 233. Missile defense cooperation with Russia.

Sec. 234. Next generation Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle.

Sec. 235. Modernization of the Patriot air and missile defense system.

Sec. 236. Medium Extended Air Defense System.

Sec. 237. Availability of funds for Iron Dome short-range rocket defense program.

Sec. 238. Readiness and flexibility of intercontinental ballistic missile force.

Sec. 239. Sense of Congress on the submittal to Congress of the homeland defense hedging policy and strategy report of the Secretary of Defense.

Subtitle D—Reports

Sec. 251. Mission Packages for the Littoral Combat Ship.

Sec. 252. Comptroller General of the United States annual reports on the acquisition program for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle.

Sec. 253. Conditional requirement for report on amphibious assault vehicles for the Marine Corps.

Subtitle E—Other Matters

Sec. 271. Transfer of administration of Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel from Department of the Navy to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Sec. 272. Sense of Senate on increasing the cost-effectiveness of training exercises for members of the Armed Forces.

TITLE III—Operation and maintenance

Subtitle A—Authorization of appropriations

Sec. 301. Operation and maintenance funding.

Subtitle B—Energy and environmental provisions

Sec. 311. Department of Defense guidance on environmental exposures at military installations.

Sec. 312. Funding of agreements under the Sikes Act.

Sec. 313. Report on property disposals and additional authorities to assist local communities around closed military installations.

Subtitle C—Logistics and sustainment

Sec. 321. Repeal of certain provisions relating to depot-level maintenance.

Sec. 322. Expansion and reauthorization of multi-trades demonstration project.

Sec. 323. Rating chains for system program managers.

Subtitle D—Reports

Sec. 331. Annual report on Department of Defense long-term corrosion strategy.

Sec. 332. Modified deadline for Comptroller General review of annual report on prepositioned materiel and equipment.

Subtitle E—Other matters

Sec. 341. Savings to be achieved in civilian workforce and contractor employee workforce of the Department of Defense.

Sec. 342. NATO Special Operations Headquarters.

Sec. 343. Repeal of redundant authority to ensure interoperability of law enforcement and emergency responder training.

Sec. 344. Sense of the Congress on Navy Fleet requirements.

TITLE IV—Military Personnel Authorizations

Subtitle A—Active Forces

Sec. 401. End strengths for active forces.

Sec. 402. Additional Marine Corps personnel for the Marine Corps Security Guard Program.

Subtitle B—Reserve Forces

Sec. 411. End strengths for Selected Reserve.

Sec. 412. End strengths for Reserves on active duty in support of the Reserves.

Sec. 413. End strengths for military technicians (dual status).

Sec. 414. Fiscal year 2013 limitation on number of non-dual status technicians.

Sec. 415. Maximum number of reserve personnel authorized to be on active duty for operational support.

Subtitle C—Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 421. Military personnel.

TITLE V—Military Personnel Policy

Subtitle A—Officer Policy

Sec. 501. Extension of relaxation of limitation on selective early discharges.

Sec. 502. Exception to 30-year retirement for regular Navy warrant officers in the grade of chief warrant officer, W–5.

Sec. 503. Modification of definition of joint duty assignment to include all instructor assignments for joint training and education.

Sec. 504. Sense of Senate on inclusion of assignments as academic instructor at the military service academies as joint duty assignments.

Subtitle B—Reserve Component Management

Sec. 511. Authority for appointment of persons who are lawful permanent residents as officers of the National Guard.

Sec. 512. Reserve component suicide prevention and resilience program.

Sec. 513. Report on mechanisms to ease the reintegration into civilian life of members of the National Guard and the Reserves following a deployment on active duty.

Subtitle C—General Service Authorities

Sec. 521. Diversity in the Armed Forces and related reporting requirements.

Sec. 522. Modification of authority to conduct programs on career flexibility to enhance retention of members of the Armed Forces.

Sec. 523. Authority for additional behavioral health professionals to conduct pre-separation medical examinations for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sec. 524. Quarterly reports on involuntary separation of members of the Armed Forces.

Sec. 525. Review of eligibility of victims of domestic terrorism for award of the Purple Heart and the Defense Medal of Freedom.

Sec. 526. Extension of temporary increase in accumulated leave carryover for members of the Armed Forces.

Sec. 527. Prohibition on waiver for commissioning or enlistment in the Armed Forces for any individual convicted of a felony sexual offense.

Sec. 528. Research study on resilience in members of the Army.

Subtitle D—Military Justice and Legal Matters Generally

Sec. 531. Clarification and enhancement of the role of the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Sec. 532. Additional information in reports on annual surveys of the committee on the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Subtitle E—Sexual Assault, Hazing, and Related Matters

Sec. 541. Authority to retain or recall to active duty reserve component members who are victims of sexual assault while on active duty.

Sec. 542. Additional elements in comprehensive Department of Defense policy on sexual assault prevention and response.

Sec. 543. Hazing in the Armed Forces.

Sec. 544. Retention of certain forms in connection with Restricted Reports on sexual assault involving members of the Armed Forces.

Sec. 545. Prevention and response to sexual harassment in the Armed Forces.

Sec. 546. Enhancement of annual reports regarding sexual assaults involving members of the Armed Forces.

Subtitle F—Education and Training

Sec. 551. Inclusion of the School of Advanced Military Studies Senior Level Course as a senior level service school.

Sec. 552. Modification of eligibility for associate degree programs under the Community College of the Air Force.

Sec. 553. Support of Naval Academy athletic programs.

Sec. 554. Grade of commissioned officers in uniformed medical accession programs.

Sec. 555. Authority for service commitment for Reservists who accept fellowships, scholarships, or grants to be performed in the Selected Reserve.

Sec. 556. Repeal of requirement for eligibility for in-State tuition of at least 50 percent of participants in Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program.

Sec. 557. Modification of requirements on plan to increase the number of units of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

Sec. 558. Consolidation of military department authority to issue arms, tentage, and equipment to educational institutions not maintaining units of the Junior ROTC.

Sec. 559. Modification of requirement for reports in Federal Register on institutions of higher education ineligible for contracts and grants for denial of ROTC or military recruiter access to campus.

Sec. 560. Comptroller General of the United States report on the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

Sec. 561. Report on Department of Defense efforts to standardize educational transcripts issued to separating members of the Armed Forces.

Sec. 562. Comptroller General of the United States reports on joint professional military education matters.

Sec. 563. Troops-to-Teachers program enhancements.

Subtitle G—Defense Dependents' Education and Military Family Readiness Matters

Sec. 571. Impact aid for children with severe disabilities.

Sec. 572. Continuation of authority to assist local educational agencies that benefit dependents of members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense civilian employees.

Sec. 573. Amendments to the Impact Aid program.

Sec. 574. Military spouses.

Sec. 575. Modification of authority to allow Department of Defense domestic dependent elementary and secondary schools to enroll certain students.

Sec. 576. Sense of Congress regarding support for Yellow Ribbon Day.

Sec. 577. Report on future of family support programs of the Department of Defense.

Subtitle H—Other Matters

Sec. 581. Family briefings concerning accountings for members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense civilian employees listed as missing.

Sec. 582. Enhancement of authority to accept gifts and services.

Sec. 583. Clarification of authorized Fisher House residents at the Fisher House for the Families of the Fallen and Meditation Pavilion at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

Sec. 584. Report on accuracy of data in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.

Sec. 585. Posthumous honorary promotion of Sergeant Paschal Conley to second lieutenant in the Army.

TITLE VI—Compensation and Other Personnel Benefits

Subtitle A—Pay and Allowances

Sec. 601. Rates of basic allowance for housing for Army National Guard and Air National Guard members on full-time National Guard duty.

Sec. 602. Payment of benefit for nonparticipation of eligible members in Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence program due to Government error.

Sec. 603. Extension of authority to provide temporary increase in rates of basic allowance for housing under certain circumstances.

Subtitle B—Bonuses and Special and Incentive Pays

Sec. 611. One-year extension of certain bonus and special pay authorities for reserve forces.

Sec. 612. One-year extension of certain bonus and special pay authorities for health care professionals.

Sec. 613. One-year extension of special pay and bonus authorities for nuclear officers.

Sec. 614. One-year extension of authorities relating to title 37 consolidated special pay, incentive pay, and bonus authorities.

Sec. 615. One-year extension of authorities relating to payment of other title 37 bonuses and special pays.

Sec. 616. Increase in amount of officer affiliation bonus for officers in the Selected Reserve.

Sec. 617. Increase in maximum amount of incentive bonus for reserve component members who convert military occupational specialty to ease personnel shortages.

Subtitle C—Travel and Transportation Allowances

Sec. 631. Permanent change of station allowances for members of Selected Reserve units filling a vacancy in another unit after being involuntarily separated.

Sec. 632. Authority for comprehensive program for space-available travel on Department of Defense aircraft.

Subtitle D—Disability, Retired Pay, and Survivor Benefits

Sec. 641. Repeal of requirement for payment of Survivor Benefit Plan premiums when participant waives retired pay to provide a survivor annuity under Federal Employees Retirement System and termination of payment of Survivor Benefit Plan annuity.

Sec. 642. Repeal of automatic enrollment in Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance for members of the Armed Forces married to other members.

Sec. 643. Clarification of computation of combat-related special compensation for chapter 61 disability retirees.

Subtitle E—Military Lending Matters

Sec. 651. Enhancement of protections on consumer credit for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.

Sec. 652. Additional enhancements of protections on consumer credit for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.

Sec. 653. Relief in civil actions for violations of protections on consumer credit extended to members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.

Sec. 654. Modification of definition of dependent for purposes of limitations on terms of consumer credit extended to members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.

Sec. 655. Enforcement of protections on consumer credit for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.

Subtitle F—Other Matters

Sec. 661. Transitional compensation for dependent children who are carried during pregnancy at time of dependent-abuse offense.

Sec. 662. Report on issuance by Armed Forces Medical Examiner of death certificates for members of the Armed Forces who die on active duty abroad.

TITLE VII—Health Care Provisions

Subtitle A—TRICARE Program

Sec. 701. Extension of TRICARE Standard coverage and TRICARE dental program for members of the Selected Reserve who are involuntarily separated.

Sec. 702. Inclusion of certain over-the-counter drugs in TRICARE uniform formulary.

Sec. 703. Expansion of evaluation of the effectiveness of the TRICARE program.

Sec. 704. Report on the future availability of TRICARE Prime throughout the United States.

Sec. 705. Certain treatment of developmental disabilities, including autism, under the TRICARE program.

Sec. 706. Sense of Congress on health care for retired members of the uniformed services.

Subtitle B—Other Health Care Benefits

Sec. 711. Use of Department of Defense funds for abortions in cases of rape and incest.

Sec. 712. Availability of certain fertility preservation treatments for members of the Armed Forces on active duty.

Sec. 713. Modification of requirements on mental health assessments for members of the Armed forces deployed in connection with a contingency operation.

Subtitle C—Health Care Administration

Sec. 721. Clarification of applicability of certain authority and requirements to subcontractors employed to provide health care services to the Department of Defense.

Sec. 722. Research program to enhance Department of Defense efforts on mental health in the National Guard and Reserves through community partnerships.

Subtitle D—Reports and Other Matters

Sec. 731. Reports on performance data on Warriors in Transition programs.

Sec. 732. Report on Department of Defense support of members of the Armed Forces who experience traumatic injury as a result of vaccinations required by the Department.

Sec. 733. Plan to eliminate gaps and redundancies in programs of the Department of Defense on psychological health and traumatic brain injury among members of the Armed Forces.

Sec. 734. Report on implementation of recommendations of the Comptroller General of the United States on prevention of hearing loss among members of the Armed Forces.

Sec. 735. Sense of Senate on mental health counselors for members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.

Sec. 736. Prescription drug take-back program for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.

Subtitle E—Mental Health Care Matters

Sec. 751. Enhancement of oversight and management of Department of Defense suicide prevention and resilience programs.

Sec. 752. Comprehensive program on prevention of suicide among members of the Armed Forces.

Sec. 753. Quality review of Medical Evaluation Boards, Physical Evaluation Boards, and Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officers.

Sec. 754. Assessment of adequacy of mental health care benefits under the TRICARE program.

Sec. 755. Sharing between Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs of records and information retained under the medical tracking system for members of the Armed Forces deployed overseas.

Sec. 756. Participation of members of the Armed Forces in peer support counseling programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sec. 757. Research and medical practice on mental health conditions.

Sec. 758. Disposal of controlled substances.

Sec. 759. Transparency of mental health care services.

Sec. 760. Expansion of Vet Center program to include furnishing counseling to certain members of the Armed Forces and their family members.

Sec. 761. Authority for Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish mental health care through facilities other than Vet Centers to immediate family members of members of the Armed Forces deployed in connection with a contingency operation.

Sec. 762. Organization of the Readjustment Counseling Service in Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sec. 763. Recruiting mental health providers for furnishing of mental health services on behalf of the Department of Veterans Affairs without compensation from the Department.

Sec. 764. Peer support.

TITLE VIII—Acquisition Policy, Acquisition Management, and Related Matters

Subtitle A—Provisions Relating to Major Defense Acquisition Programs

Sec. 801. Limitation on use of cost-type contracts.

Sec. 802. Acquisition strategies for major subsystems and subassemblies on major defense acquisition programs.

Sec. 803. Management structure for developmental test and evaluation.

Sec. 804. Assessments of potential termination liability of contracts for the development or production of major defense acquisition programs.

Sec. 805. Technical change regarding programs experiencing critical cost growth due to change in quantity purchased.

Sec. 806. Repeal of requirement to review ongoing programs initiated before enactment of Milestone B certification and approval process.

Subtitle B—Acquisition Policy and Management

Sec. 821. One-year extension of temporary limitation on aggregate annual amount available for contract services.

Sec. 822. Prohibition of excessive pass-through contracts and charges in the acquisition of services.

Sec. 823. Availability of amounts in Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund for temporary members of workforce.

Sec. 824. Department of Defense policy on contractor profits.

Sec. 825. Modification of authorities on internal controls for procurements on behalf of the Department of Defense by certain non-defense agencies.

Sec. 826. Extension of pilot program on management of supply-chain risk.

Sec. 827. Sense of Senate on the continuing progress of the Department of Defense in implementing its Item Unique Identification Initiative.

Subtitle C—Amendments Relating to General Contracting Authorities, Procedures, and Limitations

Sec. 841. Applicability of Truth in Negotiations Act to major systems and related subsystems, components, and support services.

Sec. 842. Maximum amount of allowable costs of compensation of contractor employees.

Sec. 843. Department of Defense access to and use of contractor internal audit reports.

Sec. 844. Enhancement of whistleblower protections for contractor employees.

Sec. 844A. Whistleblower protections for non-defense contractors.

Sec. 845. Extension of contractor conflict of interest limitations.

Sec. 846. Repeal of sunset for certain protests of task and delivery order contracts.

Sec. 847. Reports on use of indemnification agreements.

Sec. 848. Contracting with small business concerns owned and controlled by women.

Subtitle D—Provisions Relating to Wartime Contracting

Sec. 860. Short title.

Sec. 861. Responsibility within Department of Defense for contract support for overseas contingency operations.

Sec. 862. Annual reports on contract support for overseas contingency operations involving combat operations.

Sec. 863. Inclusion of contract support in certain requirements for Department of Defense planning, joint professional military education, and management structure.

Sec. 864. Risk assessment and mitigation for contractor performance of critical functions in support of overseas contingency operations.

Sec. 865. Extension and modification of reports on contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sec. 866. Extension of temporary authority to acquire products and services in countries along a major route of supply to Afghanistan.

Sec. 867. Compliance with Berry amendment required for uniform components supplied to Afghanistan military or Afghanistan National Police.

Sec. 868. Sense of Senate on the contributions of Latvia and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization member nations to the success of the Northern Distribution Network.

Sec. 869. Responsibilities of inspectors general for overseas contingency operations.

Sec. 870. Agency reports and inspector general audits of certain information on overseas contingency operations.

Sec. 871. Oversight of contracts and contracting activities for overseas contingency operations in responsibilities of Chief Acquisition Officers of Federal agencies.

Sec. 872. Reports on responsibility within Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development for contract support for overseas contingency operations.

Sec. 873. Professional education for Department of State personnel on acquisition for Department of State support and participation in overseas contingency operations.

Sec. 874. Database on price trends of items and services under Federal contracts.

Sec. 875. Information on corporate contractor performance and integrity through the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System.

Sec. 876. Inclusion of data on contractor performance in past performance databases for executive agency source selection decisions.

Sec. 877. Public availability of database of senior Department of Defense officials seeking employment with defense contractors.

Subtitle E—Other Matters

Sec. 881. Requirements and limitations for suspension and debarment officials of the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the United States Agency for International Development.

Sec. 881A. Additional bases for suspension or debarment.

Sec. 882. Uniform contract writing system requirements.

Sec. 883. Comptroller General of the United States review of use by the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the United States Agency for International Development of urgent and compelling exception to competition.

Sec. 884. Authority to provide fee-for-service inspection and testing by Defense Contract Management Agency for certain critical equipment in the absence of a procurement contract.

Sec. 885. Disestablishment of Defense Materiel Readiness Board.

Sec. 886. Modification of period of wait following notice to Congress of intent to contract for leases of certain vessels and vehicles.

Sec. 887. Extension of other transaction authority.

Sec. 888. Subcontractor notifications.

Sec. 889. Report by the suspension and debarment officials of the military departments and the Defense Logistics Agency.

Sec. 889A. Study on army small arms and ammunition acquisition.

Sec. 889B. Annual report on defense contracting fraud.

Sec. 889C. Plan to increase number of contractors eligible for contracts under Air Force NETCENTS-2 contract.

Sec. 889D. Inclusion of information on common grounds for sustaining bid protests in annual Government Accountability Office reports to Congress.

Sec. 889E. Small business HUBZones.

Subtitle F—Ending trafficking in government contracting

Sec. 891. Short title.

Sec. 892. Definitions.

Sec. 893. Contracting requirements.

Sec. 894. Compliance plan and certification requirement.

Sec. 895. Monitoring and investigation of trafficking in persons.

Sec. 896. Notification to inspectors general and cooperation with Government.

Sec. 897. Expansion of fraud in foreign labor contracting to include attempted fraud and work outside the United States.

Sec. 898. Improving Department of Defense accountability for reporting trafficking in persons claims and violations.

Sec. 899. Rules of construction.

TITLE IX—Department of Defense Organization and Management

Subtitle A—Department of Defense Management

Sec. 901. Definition and report on terms preparation of the environment and operational preparation of the environment for joint doctrine purposes.

Sec. 902. Expansion of duties and responsibilities of the Nuclear Weapons Council.

Sec. 903. Failure of the Department of Defense to obtain audits with an unqualified opinion on its financial statements by fiscal year 2017.

Sec. 904. Information for Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense from the military departments and Defense Agencies for defense business system investment reviews.

Subtitle B—Space Activities

Sec. 911. Operationally Responsive Space Program Office.

Sec. 912. Commercial space launch cooperation.

Sec. 913. Reports on integration of acquisition and capability delivery schedules for components for major satellite acquisition programs and funding for such programs.

Sec. 914. Department of Defense representation in dispute resolution regarding surrender of Department of Defense bands of electromagnetic frequencies.

Subtitle C—Intelligence-Related and Cyber Matters

Sec. 921. Authority to provide geospatial intelligence support to security alliances and international and regional organizations.

Sec. 922. Army Distributed Common Ground System.

Sec. 923. Rationalization of cyber networks and cyber personnel of the Department of Defense.

Sec. 924. Next-generation host-based cyber security system for the Department of Defense.

Sec. 925. Improvements of security, quality, and competition in computer software procured by the Department of Defense.

Sec. 926. Competition in connection with Department of Defense data link systems.

Sec. 927. Integration of critical signals intelligence capabilities.

Sec. 928. Collection and analysis of network flow data.

Sec. 929. Department of Defense use of National Security Agency cloud computing database and intelligence community cloud computing infrastructure and services.

Sec. 930. Electro-optical imagery.

Sec. 931. Software licenses of the Department of Defense.

Sec. 932. Defense Clandestine Service.

Sec. 933. Authority for short-term extension of lease for aircraft supporting the Blue Devil intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance program.

Sec. 934. Sense of Senate on potential security risks to Department of Defense networks.

Sec. 935. Sense of Congress on the United States Cyber Command.

Sec. 936. Reports to Department of Defense on penetrations of networks and information systems of certain contractors.

Subtitle D—Other Matters

Sec. 941. National Language Service Corps.

Sec. 942. Report on education and training and promotion rates for pilots of remotely piloted aircraft.

TITLE X—General Provisions

Subtitle A—Financial Matters

Sec. 1001. General transfer authority.

Sec. 1002. Authority to transfer funds to the National Nuclear Security Administration to sustain nuclear weapons modernization.

Sec. 1003. Audit readiness of Department of Defense statements of budgetary resources.

Sec. 1004. Report on effects of budget sequestration on the Department of Defense.

Sec. 1005. Report on balances carried forward by the Department of Defense at the end of fiscal year 2012.

Sec. 1006. Transfer of certain fiscal year 2012 and 2013 funds.

Subtitle B—Counter-Drug Activities

Sec. 1011. Extension of authority for joint task forces to provide support to law enforcement agencies conducting counter-terrorism activities.

Sec. 1012. Requirement for biennial certification on provision of support for counter-drug activities to certain foreign governments.

Sec. 1013. Authority to support the unified counterdrug and counterterrorism campaign in Colombia.

Sec. 1014. Quarterly reports on use of funds in the Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense-wide account.

Subtitle C—Naval Vessels and Shipyards

Sec. 1021. Retirement of naval vessels.

Sec. 1022. Termination of a Maritime Prepositioning Ship squadron.

Sec. 1023. Sense of Congress on recapitalization for the Navy and Coast Guard.

Sec. 1024. Notice to Congress for the review of proposals to name naval vessels.

Subtitle D—Counterterrorism

Sec. 1031. Extension of certain prohibitions and requirements relating to detainees at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sec. 1032. Prohibition on use of funds for the transfer or release of individuals from United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sec. 1033. Prohibition on the indefinite detention of citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Subtitle E—Miscellaneous Authorities and Limitations

Sec. 1041. Enhancement of responsibilities of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding the National Military Strategy.

Sec. 1042. Modification of authority on training of special operations forces with friendly foreign forces.

Sec. 1043. Extension of authority to provide assured business guarantees to carriers participating in Civil Reserve Air Fleet.

Sec. 1044. Participation of veterans in the Transition Assistance Program of the Department of Defense.

Sec. 1045. Modification of the Ministry of Defense Advisor Program.

Sec. 1046. Interagency collaboration on unmanned aircraft systems.

Sec. 1047. Sense of Senate on notice to Congress on unfunded priorities.

Sec. 1048. Enhancement of authorities on admission of defense industry civilians to certain Department of Defense educational institutions and programs.

Sec. 1049. Military working dog matters.

Sec. 1050. Prohibition on funds to enter into contracts or agreements with Rosoboronexport.

Sec. 1051. Sense of Congress on the Joint Warfighting Analysis Center.

Sec. 1052. Transition Assistance Advisor program.

Subtitle F—Reports

Sec. 1061. Report on strategic airlift aircraft.

Sec. 1062. Repeal of biennial report on the Global Positioning System.

Sec. 1063. Repeal of annual report on threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missiles, and cruise missiles.

Sec. 1064. Report on program on return of rare earth phosphors from Department of Defense fluorescent lighting waste to the domestic rare earth supply chain.

Sec. 1065. Report on establishment of joint Armed Forces historical storage and preservation facility.

Sec. 1066. Study on Bradley Fighting Vehicle industrial base.

Sec. 1067. Report on military resources necessary to execute United States Force Posture Strategy in the Asia Pacific Region.

Sec. 1068. Report on planned efficiency initiatives at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

Sec. 1069. Study on ability of national air and ground test and evaluation infrastructure facilities to support defense hypersonic test and evaluation activities.

Sec. 1069A. Report on simulated tactical flight training in a sustained gravity environment.

Sec. 1069B. Report on Department of Defense support for United States diplomatic security.

Sec. 1069C. Comptroller General of the United States report on Department of Defense spending for conferences and conventions.

Subtitle G—Nuclear Matters

Sec. 1071. Strategic delivery systems.

Sec. 1072. Requirements definition for combined warhead for certain missile systems.

Sec. 1073. Congressional Budget Office estimate of costs of nuclear weapons and delivery systems.

Sec. 1074. Briefings on dialogue between the United States and the Russian Federation on nuclear arms, missile defense, and long-range conventional strike systems.

Subtitle H—Other Matters

Sec. 1081. Redesignation of the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies as the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.

Sec. 1082. Technical amendments to repeal statutory references to United States Joint Forces Command.

Sec. 1083. Sense of Congress on non-United States citizens who are graduates of United States educational institutions with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Sec. 1084. Sense of Senate on the maintenance by the United States of a triad of strategic nuclear delivery systems.

Sec. 1085. Plan to partner with State and local entities to address veterans claims backlog.

Sec. 1086. Sense of the Senate on protection of Department of Defense airfields, training airspace, and air training routes.

Sec. 1087. Extension of authorities to carry out a program of referral and counseling services to veterans at risk of homelessness who are transitioning from certain institutions.

Sec. 1088. Sense of Congress that the bugle call commonly known as Taps should be designated as the National Song of Military Remembrance.

Sec. 1089. Reports on the potential security threat posed by Boko Haram.

Sec. 1090. National Veterans Business Development Corporation.

Sec. 1091. White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss.

Sec. 1092. Transport for female genital mutilation.

Sec. 1093. Renewal of expired prohibition on return of veterans memorial objects without specific authorization in law.

Sec. 1094. Transfer of excess aircraft to other departments.

Sec. 1095. Reauthorization of sale of aircraft and parts for wildfire suppression purposes.

Sec. 1096. Protection of veterans' memorials.

Sec. 1097. Transportation of individuals to and from facilities of Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sec. 1098. National public awareness and participation campaign for Veterans' History Project of American Folklife Center.

Sec. 1099. Technical amendments relating to the termination of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology under defense base closure and realignment.

Sec. 1099A. Improved enumeration of members of the Armed Forces in any tabulation of total population by Secretary of Commerce.

Sec. 1099B. State consideration of military training in granting certain State certifications and licenses as a condition on the receipt of funds for veterans employment and training.

Sec. 1099C. Amendments to law enforcement officer safety provisions of title 18.

Sec. 1099D. Modernization of absentee ballot mail delivery system.

Sec. 1099E. State Trade and Export Promotion Grant Program.

TITLE XI—Civilian Personnel Matters

Sec. 1101. Authority for transportation of family household pets of civilian personnel during evacuation of non-essential personnel.

Sec. 1102. Expansion of experimental personnel program for scientific and technical personnel at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Sec. 1103. One-year extension of discretionary authority to grant allowances, benefits, and gratuities to personnel on official duty in a combat zone.

Sec. 1104. Federal Employees Retirement System age and retirement treatment for certain retirees of the Armed Forces.

TITLE XII—Matters Relating to Foreign Nations

Subtitle A—Assistance and Training

Sec. 1201. Extension of authority to build the capacity of foreign military forces and modification of notice in connection with initiation of activities.

Sec. 1202. Extension of authority for non-reciprocal exchange of defense personnel between the United States and foreign countries.

Sec. 1203. Authority to build the capacity of certain counterterrorism forces in Yemen and East Africa.

Sec. 1204. Limitation on availability of funds for State Partnership Program.

Subtitle B—Matters Relating to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

Sec. 1211. Commanders' Emergency Response Program in Afghanistan.

Sec. 1212. Extension of authority to support operations and activities of the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq.

Sec. 1213. One-year extension and modification of authority to use funds for reintegration activities in Afghanistan.

Sec. 1214. One-year extension and modification of authority for program to develop and carry out infrastructure projects in Afghanistan.

Sec. 1215. Extension of Pakistan Counterinsurgency Fund.

Sec. 1216. Extension and modification of authority for reimbursement of certain coalition nations for support provided to United States military operations.

Sec. 1217. Extension and modification of logistical support for coalition forces supporting certain United States military operations.

Sec. 1218. Strategy for supporting the achievement of a secure presidential election in Afghanistan in 2014.

Sec. 1219. Independent assessment of the Afghan National Security Forces.

Sec. 1220. Report on Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program.

Sec. 1221. Completion of accelerated transition of United States combat and military and security operations to the Government of Afghanistan.

Sec. 1222. Sense of Congress commending the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan.

Sec. 1223. Congressional review of bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan.

Sec. 1224. Authority to transfer defense articles and provide defense services to the military and security forces of Afghanistan and certain other countries.

Subtitle C—Reports

Sec. 1231. Review and reports on Department of Defense efforts to build the capacity of and partner with foreign security forces.

Sec. 1232. Additional elements in annual report on military and security developments involving the People's Republic of China.

Sec. 1233. Report on implementation by Government of Bahrain of recommendations in Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.

Sec. 1234. Reports on Syria.

Sec. 1235. Report on military activities to deny or significantly degrade the use of air power against civilian and opposition groups in Syria.

Subtitle D—Other Matters

Sec. 1241. Improved administration of the American, British, Canadian, and Australian Armies’ Program.

Sec. 1242. United States participation in Headquarters Eurocorps.

Sec. 1243. Department of Defense participation in European program on multilateral exchange of air transportation and air refueling services.

Sec. 1244. Authority to establish program to provide assistance to foreign civilians for harm incident to combat operations of the Armed Forces in foreign countries.

Sec. 1245. Sustainability requirements for certain capital projects in connection with overseas contingency operations.

Sec. 1246. Efforts to remove Joseph Kony from power and end atrocities committed by the Lord's Resistance Army.

Sec. 1247. Imposition of sanctions with respect to support for the rebel group known as M23.

Sec. 1248. Program on repair, overhaul, and refurbishment of defense articles for sale or transfer to eligible foreign countries and entities.

Sec. 1249. Plan for promoting the security of Afghan women and girls during the security transition process.

Sec. 1250. Sense of Congress on the Israeli Iron Dome defensive weapon system.

Sec. 1251. Sense of the Senate on the situation in the Senkaku Islands.

Sec. 1252. Bilateral defense trade relationship with India.

Subtitle E—Iran sanctions

Sec. 1261. Short title.

Sec. 1262. Definitions.

Sec. 1263. Declaration of policy on human rights.

Sec. 1264. Imposition of sanctions with respect to the energy, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors of Iran.

Sec. 1265. Imposition of sanctions with respect to the sale, supply, or transfer of certain materials to or from Iran.

Sec. 1266. Imposition of sanctions with respect to the provision of underwriting services or insurance or reinsurance for activities or persons with respect to which sanctions have been imposed.

Sec. 1267. Imposition of sanctions with respect to foreign financial institutions that facilitate financial transactions on behalf of specially designated nationals.

Sec. 1268. Inclusion of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting on the list of human rights abusers.

Sec. 1269. Imposition of sanctions with respect to persons engaged in the diversion of goods intended for the people of Iran.

Sec. 1270. Waiver requirement related to exceptional circumstances preventing significant reductions in crude oil purchases.

Sec. 1271. Statute of limitations for civil actions regarding terrorist acts.

Sec. 1272. Report on use of certain Iranian seaports by foreign vessels and use of foreign airports by sanctioned Iranian air carriers.

Sec. 1273. Implementation; penalties.

Sec. 1274. Applicability to certain natural gas projects.

Sec. 1275. Rule of construction.

TITLE XIII—COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION

Sec. 1301. Specification of Cooperative Threat Reduction programs and funds.

Sec. 1302. Funding allocations.

TITLE XIV—Other Authorizations

Subtitle A—Military Programs

Sec. 1401. Working capital funds.

Sec. 1402. National Defense Sealift Fund.

Sec. 1403. Defense Health Program.

Sec. 1404. Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction, Defense.

Sec. 1405. Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense-wide.

Sec. 1406. Defense Inspector General.

Subtitle B—National Defense Stockpile

Sec. 1411. Release of materials needed for national defense purposes from the Strategic and Critical Materials Stockpile.

Subtitle C—Chemical Demilitarization Matters

Sec. 1421. Supplemental chemical agent and munitions destruction technologies at Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colorado, and Blue Grass Army Depot, Kentucky.

Subtitle D—Other Matters

Sec. 1431. Authorization of appropriations for Armed Forces Retirement Home.

Sec. 1432. Additional Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams.

Sec. 1433. Policy of the United States with respect to a domestic supply of critical and essential minerals.

TITLE XV—Authorization of Appropriations for Overseas Contingency Operations

Subtitle A—Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 1501. Purpose.

Sec. 1502. Procurement.

Sec. 1503. Research, development, test, and evaluation.

Sec. 1504. Operation and maintenance.

Sec. 1505. Military personnel.

Sec. 1506. Working capital funds.

Sec. 1507. Defense Health Program.

Sec. 1508. Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense-wide.

Sec. 1509. Defense Inspector General.

Subtitle B—Financial Matters

Sec. 1521. Treatment as additional authorizations.

Sec. 1522. Special transfer authority.

Subtitle C—Limitations and Other Matters

Sec. 1531. Afghanistan Security Forces Fund.

Sec. 1532. Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund.

Sec. 1533. Plan for transition in funding of United States Special Operations Command from supplemental funding for overseas contingency operations to recurring funding under the future-years defense program.

Sec. 1534. Extension of authority on Task Force for Business and Stability Operations in Afghanistan.

Sec. 1535. Assessments of training activities and intelligence activities of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.

Sec. 1536. Submittal to Congress of risk assessments on changes in United States troop levels in Afghanistan.

Sec. 1537. Report on insider attacks in Afghanistan and their effect on the United States transition strategy for Afghanistan.

TITLE XVI—Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

Sec. 1601. Short title.

Sec. 1602. Purpose.

Sec. 1603. Definitions.

Sec. 1604. Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.

Sec. 1605. Commission hearings and meetings.

Sec. 1606. Principles and procedure for Commission recommendations.

Sec. 1607. Consideration of Commission recommendations by the President and Congress.

Sec. 1608. Pay for members of the Commission.

Sec. 1609. Executive Director.

Sec. 1610. Staff.

Sec. 1611. Contracting authority.

Sec. 1612. Judicial review precluded.

Sec. 1613. Termination.

Sec. 1614. Funding.

TITLE XVII—National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force

Sec. 1701. Short title.

Sec. 1702. Establishment of Commission.

Sec. 1703. Duties of the Commission.

Sec. 1704. Powers of the Commission.

Sec. 1705. Commission personnel matters.

Sec. 1706. Termination of the Commission.

Sec. 1707. Funding.

Sec. 1708. Limitation on availability of funds for reductions to the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve.

Sec. 1709. Funding for maintenance of force structure of the Air Force pending Commission recommendations.

Sec. 1710. Retention of core functions of the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base pending future structure study.

Sec. 1711. Air Force assessments of the effects of proposed movements of airframes on joint readiness training.

TITLE XVIII—Federal assistance to fire departments

Subtitle A—Fire grants reauthorization

Sec. 1801. Short title.

Sec. 1802. Amendments to definitions.

Sec. 1803. Assistance to firefighters grants.

Sec. 1804. Staffing for adequate fire and emergency response.

Sec. 1805. Sense of Congress on value and funding of Assistance to Firefighters and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response programs.

Sec. 1806. Report on amendments to Assistance to Firefighters and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response programs.

Sec. 1807. Studies and reports on the state of fire services.

Subtitle B—Reauthorization of United States Fire Administration

Sec. 1811. Short title.

Sec. 1812. Clarification of relationship between United States Fire Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Sec. 1813. Modification of authority of Administrator to educate public about fire and fire prevention.

Sec. 1814. Authorization of appropriations.

Sec. 1815. Removal of limitation.

TITLE XIX—Memorial to Slaves and Free Black Persons Who Served in the American Revolution

Sec. 1901. Finding.

Sec. 1902. Definitions.

Sec. 1903. Memorial authorization.

Sec. 1904. Repeal of joint resolutions.

DIVISION B—Military construction authorizations

Sec. 2001. Short title.

Sec. 2002. Expiration of authorizations and amounts required to be specified by law.

TITLE XXI—Army military construction

Sec. 2101. Authorized Army construction and land acquisition projects.

Sec. 2102. Family housing.

Sec. 2103. Authorization of appropriations, Army.

Sec. 2104. Modification of authority to carry out certain fiscal year 2010 project.

Sec. 2105. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2009 projects.

Sec. 2106. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2010 projects.

Sec. 2107. Additional authority to carry out certain fiscal year 2013 project.

TITLE XXII—Navy military construction

Sec. 2201. Authorized Navy construction and land acquisition projects.

Sec. 2202. Family housing.

Sec. 2203. Improvements to military family housing units.

Sec. 2204. Authorization of appropriations, Navy.

Sec. 2205. Modification of authority to carry out certain fiscal year 2012 project.

Sec. 2206. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2009 projects.

Sec. 2207. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2010 projects.

Sec. 2208. Realignment of Marines in the Asia-Pacific Region.

TITLE XXIII—Air Force military construction

Sec. 2301. Authorized Air Force construction and land acquisition projects.

Sec. 2302. Family housing.

Sec. 2303. Improvements to military family housing units.

Sec. 2304. Authorization of appropriations, Air Force.

Sec. 2305. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2010 projects.

TITLE XXIV—Defense agencies military construction

Subtitle A—Defense agency authorizations

Sec. 2401. Authorized Defense Agencies construction and land acquisition projects.

Sec. 2402. Authorized energy conservation projects.

Sec. 2403. Authorization of appropriations, Defense Agencies.

Sec. 2404. Extension of authorization of certain fiscal year 2010 project.

Sec. 2405. Modification of authority to carry out certain fiscal year 2012 project.

Sec. 2406. Additional authority to carry out certain fiscal year 2013 project.

Subtitle B—Chemical demilitarization authorizations

Sec. 2411. Authorization of appropriations, chemical demilitarization construction, defense-wide.

Sec. 2412. Modification of authority to carry out certain fiscal year 1997 project.

TITLE XXV—North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program

Sec. 2501. Authorized NATO construction and land acquisition projects.

Sec. 2502. Authorization of appropriations, NATO.

TITLE XXVI—Guard and reserve forces facilities

Subtitle A—Project authorizations and authorization of appropriations

Sec. 2601. Authorized Army National Guard construction and land acquisition projects.

Sec. 2602. Authorized Army Reserve construction and land acquisition projects.

Sec. 2603. Authorized Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve construction and land acquisition projects.

Sec. 2604. Authorized Air National Guard construction and land acquisition projects.

Sec. 2605. Authorized Air Force Reserve construction and land acquisition projects.

Sec. 2606. Authorization of appropriations, National Guard and Reserve.

Subtitle B—Other matters

Sec. 2611. Extension of authorization of certain fiscal year 2009 project.

Sec. 2612. Extension of authorization of certain fiscal year 2010 projects.

Sec. 2613. Modification of authority to carry out certain fiscal year 2011 project.

TITLE XXVII—Base realignment and closure activities

Sec. 2701. Authorization of appropriations for base realignment and closure activities funded through Department of Defense Base Closure Account 1990.

Sec. 2702. Authorization of appropriations for base realignment and closure activities funded through Department of Defense Base Closure Account 2005.

Sec. 2703. Technical amendments to section 2702 of fiscal year 2012 Act.

Sec. 2704. Criteria for decisions involving certain base closure and realignment activities.

Sec. 2705. Modification of notice requirements in advance of permanent reduction of sizable numbers of members of the Armed Forces at military installations.

Sec. 2706. Report on reorganization of Air Force Materiel Command organizations.

TITLE XXVIII—Military Construction General Provisions

Subtitle A—Military Construction Program and Military Family Housing Changes

Sec. 2801. Authorized cost and scope variations.

Sec. 2802. Comptroller General report on in-kind payments.

Sec. 2803. Extension of temporary, limited authority to use operation and maintenance funds for construction projects in certain areas outside the United States.

Subtitle B—Real Property and Facilities Administration

Sec. 2811. Authority to accept as consideration for leases of non-excess property of military departments and Defense Agencies real property interests and natural resource management services related to agreements to limit encroachment.

Sec. 2812. Clarification of parties with whom Department of Defense may conduct exchanges of real property at military installations.

Subtitle C—Energy Security

Sec. 2821. Guidance on financing for renewable energy projects.

Sec. 2822. Continuation of limitation on use of funds for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold or Platinum certification.

Subtitle D—Land Conveyances

Sec. 2831. Land conveyance, local training area for Browning Army Reserve Center, Utah.

Sec. 2832. Use of proceeds, land conveyance, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

Subtitle E—Other Matters

Sec. 2841. Clarification of authority of Secretary to assist with development of public infrastructure in connection with the establishment or expansion of a military installation.

Sec. 2842. Petersburg National Battlefield boundary modification.

Sec. 2843. Congressional notification with respect to oversight and maintenance of base cemeteries following closure of overseas military installations.

Sec. 2844. Additional exemptions from certain requirements applicable to funding for data servers and centers.

DIVISION C—Department of Energy National Security Authorizations and Other Authorizations

TITLE XXXI—Department of Energy National Security Programs

Subtitle A—National Security Programs Authorizations

Sec. 3101. National Nuclear Security Administration.

Sec. 3102. Defense environmental cleanup.

Sec. 3103. Other defense activities.

Subtitle B—Program Authorizations, Restrictions, and Limitations

Sec. 3111. Replacement project for Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.

Sec. 3112. Submittal to Congress of selected acquisition reports and independent cost estimates on nuclear weapon systems undergoing life extension.

Sec. 3113. Two-year extension of schedule for disposition of weapons-usable plutonium at Savannah River Site, Aiken, South Carolina.

Sec. 3114. Program on scientific engagement for nonproliferation.

Sec. 3115. Repeal of requirement for annual update of Department of Energy defense nuclear facilities workforce restructuring plan.

Sec. 3116. Quarterly reports to Congress on financial balances for atomic energy defense activities.

Sec. 3117. Transparency in contractor performance evaluations by the National Nuclear Security Administration leading to award fees.

Sec. 3118. Expansion of authority to establish certain scientific, engineering, and technical positions.

Sec. 3119. Modification and extension of authority on acceptance of contributions for acceleration of removal or security of fissile materials, radiological materials, and related equipment at vulnerable sites worldwide.

Sec. 3120. Cost containment for Y–12 Uranium Processing Facility, Y–12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Sec. 3121. Authority to restore certain formerly Restricted Data to the Restricted Data category.

Sec. 3122. Renewable energy.

Subtitle C—Reports

Sec. 3131. Report on actions required for transition of regulation of non-nuclear activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration to other Federal agencies.

Sec. 3132. Report on consolidation of facilities of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Sec. 3133. Regional radiological security zones.

Sec. 3134. Report on legacy uranium mines.

Sec. 3135. Comptroller General of the United States review of projects carried out by Office of Environmental Management of the Department of Energy pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Subtitle D—Other matters

Sec. 3141. Sense of Congress on oversight of the nuclear security enterprise.

Subtitle E—American medical isotopes production

Sec. 3151. Short title.

Sec. 3152. Definitions.

Sec. 3153. Improving the reliability of domestic medical isotope supply.

Sec. 3154. Exports.

Sec. 3155. Report on disposition of exports.

Sec. 3156. Domestic medical isotope production.

Sec. 3157. Annual Department reports.

Sec. 3158. National Academy of Sciences report.

Sec. 3159. Repeal.

Subtitle F—Other matters

Sec. 3161. Congressional advisory panel on the governance structure of the National Nuclear Security Administration and its relationship to other Federal agencies.

TITLE XXXII—Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

Sec. 3201. Authorization.

TITLE XXXV—Maritime Administration

Sec. 3501. Short title.

Sec. 3502. Container-on-barge transportation.

Sec. 3503. Short sea transportation.

Sec. 3504. Maritime environmental and technical assistance.

Sec. 3505. Identification of actions to enable qualified United States flag capacity to meet national defense requirements.

Sec. 3506. Maritime workforce study.

Sec. 3507. Maritime administration vessel recycling contract award practices.

Sec. 3508. Requirement for barge design.

Sec. 3509. Eligibility to receive surplus training equipment.

DIVISION D—Funding Tables

Sec. 4001. Authorization of amounts in funding tables.

TITLE XLI—Procurement

Sec. 4101. Procurement.

Sec. 4102. Procurement for overseas contingency operations.

TITLE XLII—Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation

Sec. 4201. Research, development, test, and evaluation.

Sec. 4202. Research, development, test, and evaluation for overseas contingency operations.

TITLE XLIII—Operation and Maintenance

Sec. 4301. Operation and maintenance.

Sec. 4302. Operation and maintenance for overseas contingency operations.

TITLE XLIV—Military Personnel

Sec. 4401. Military personnel.

Sec. 4402. Military personnel for overseas contingency operations.

TITLE XLV—Other Authorizations

Sec. 4501. Other authorizations.

Sec. 4502. Other authorizations for overseas contingency operations.

TITLE XLVI—Military Construction

Sec. 4601. Military construction.

TITLE XLVII—Department of Energy National Security Programs

Sec. 4701. Department of Energy national security authorizations.

DIVISION E—Housing Assistance for Veterans

TITLE L—Housing Assisstance for Veterans

Sec. 5001. Short title.

Sec. 5002. Definitions.

Sec. 5003. Establishment of a pilot program.

DIVISION F—Stolen Valor Act

TITLE LI—Stolen Valor Act

Sec. 5011. Short title.

Sec. 5012. Findings.

Sec. 5013. Military medals or decorations.

Sec. 5014. Severability.

DIVISION G—Miscellaneous

TITLE LII—Miscellaneous

Sec. 5021. Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program.

Sec. 5022. Scientific framework for recalcitrant cancers.

Sec. 5023. United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

Sec. 5024. Removal of action.

TITLE LIII—GAO Mandates Revision Act

Subtitle A—GAO Mandates Revision Act

Sec. 5301. Short title.

Sec. 5302. Repeals and modifications.

Subtitle B—Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act

Sec. 5311. Short title.

Sec. 5312. Definitions.

Sec. 5313. Improving the determination of improper payments by Federal agencies.

Sec. 5314. Improper payments information.

Sec. 5315. Do not pay initiative.

Sec. 5316. Improving recovery of improper payments.

Subtitle C—Sense of Congress regarding spectrum.

Sec. 5317. Sense of Congress regarding spectrum.

3.

Congressional defense committees

For purposes of this Act, the term congressional defense committees has the meaning given that term in section 101(a)(16) of title 10, United States Code.

4.

Scoring of budgetary effects

The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go-Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.

A

Department of Defense Authorizations

I

Procurement

A

Authorization of Appropriations

101.

Authorization of appropriations

Funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 for procurement for the Army, the Navy and the Marine Corps, the Air Force, and Defense-wide activities, as specified in the funding table in section 4101.

B

Army Programs

111.

Multiyear procurement authority for Army CH–47F helicopters

(a)

Authority for multiyear procurement

Subject to section 2306b of title 10, United States Code, the Secretary of the Army may enter into a multiyear contract or contracts, beginning with the fiscal year 2013 program year, for the procurement of airframes for CH–47F helicopters.

(b)

Condition for out-year contract payments

A contract entered into under subsection (a) shall provide that any obligation of the United States to make a payment under the contract for a fiscal year after fiscal year 2013 is subject to the availability of appropriations for that purpose for such later fiscal year.

C

Navy Programs

121.

Refueling and complex overhaul of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln

(a)

Amount authorized from SCN account

Of the amount authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 by section 101 and available for shipbuilding and conversion as specified in the funding table in section 4101, $1,613,392,000 is authorized to be available for the commencement of the nuclear refueling and complex overhaul of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln (CVN–72) during fiscal year 2013. The amount authorized to be made available in the preceding sentence is the first increment in the two-year sequence of incremental funding planned for the nuclear refueling and complex overhaul of that vessel.

(b)

Contract authority

The Secretary of the Navy may enter into a contract during fiscal year 2013 for the nuclear refueling and complex overhaul of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.

(c)

Condition for out-year contract payments

A contract entered into under subsection (b) shall provide that any obligation of the United States to make a payment under the contract for a fiscal year after fiscal year 2013 is subject to the availability of appropriations for that purpose for that later fiscal year.

122.

Ford class aircraft carriers

(a)

Contract authority for construction of aircraft carriers designated CVN–78, CVN–79, and CVN–80

In the fiscal year immediately following the last fiscal year of the contract for advance procurement for a CVN–21 class aircraft carrier designated CVN–78, CVN–79 or CVN–80, the Secretary of the Navy may enter into a contract for the construction of such aircraft carrier to be funded in the fiscal year of such contract for construction and the succeeding four fiscal years, in the case of the vessel designated CVN–78, and the succeeding five fiscal years, in the case of the vessels designated CVN–79 and CVN–80.

(b)

Condition for out-year contract payments

A contract entered into under subsection (a) shall provide that any obligation of the United States to make a payment under the contract for any subsequent fiscal year is subject to the availability of appropriations for that purpose for such subsequent fiscal year.

(c)

Repeal of superseded provision

Section 121 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Public Law 109–364; 120 Stat. 2104) is repealed.

123.

Limitation on availability of amounts for second Ford class aircraft carrier

(a)

Limitation

Of the amount authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 by section 101 and available for shipbuilding and conversion for the second Ford class aircraft carrier as specified in the funding table in section 4101, not more than 50 percent of such amount may be obligated or expended until the Secretary of the Navy submits to the congressional defense committees a report setting forth a description of the program management and cost control measures that will be employed in constructing the second Ford class aircraft carrier.

(b)

Elements

The report described in subsection (a) shall include a plan to do the following with respect to the Ford class aircraft carriers:

(1)

To maximize planned work in shops and early stages of construction.

(2)

To sequence construction of structural units to maximize the effects of lessons learned.

(3)

To incorporate design changes to improve producibility for the Ford class aircraft carriers.

(4)

To increase the size of erection units to eliminate disruptive unit breaks and improve unit alignment and fairness.

(5)

To increase outfitting levels for assembled units before erection in the dry-dock.

(6)

To increase overall ship completion levels at each key construction event.

(7)

To improve facilities in a manner that will lead to improved productivity.

(8)

To ensure the shipbuilder initiates plans that will improve productivity through capital improvements that would provide targeted return on investment, including—

(A)

increasing the amount of temporary and permanent covered work areas;

(B)

adding ramps and service towers for improved access to work sites and the dry-dock; and

(C)

increasing lift capacity to enable construction of larger, more fully outfitted super-lifts.

124.

Multiyear procurement authority for Virginia class submarine program

(a)

Authority for multiyear procurement

Subject to section 2306b of title 10, United States Code, the Secretary of the Navy may enter into multiyear contracts, beginning with the fiscal year 2014 program year, for procurement of Virginia class submarines and Government-furnished equipment associated with the Virginia class submarine program.

(b)

Authority for advance procurement

The Secretary may enter into one or more contracts, beginning in fiscal year 2013, for advance procurement associated with the vessels and equipment for which authorization to enter into a multiyear procurement contract is provided under subsection (a).

(c)

Condition for out-year contract payments

A contract entered into under subsection (a) shall provide that any obligation of the United States to make a payment under the contract for a fiscal year after fiscal year 2013 is subject to the availability of appropriations or funds for that purpose for such later fiscal year.

(d)

Limitation on termination liability

contract for construction of vessels or equipment, entered into in accordance with subsection (a) shall include a clause that limits the liability of the Government to the contractor for any termination of the contract. The maximum liability of the Government under the clause shall be the amount appropriated for the vessels or equipment covered by the contract. Additionally, in the event of cancellation, the maximum liability of the Government shall include the amount of the unfunded cancellation ceiling in the contract.

(e)

Authority To expand multiyear procurement

The Secretary may employ incremental funding for the procurement of Virginia class submarines and Government-furnished equipment associated with the Virginia class submarines to be procured during fiscal years 2013 through 2018 if the Secretary—

(1)

determines that such an approach will permit the Navy to procure an additional Virginia class submarine in fiscal year 2014; and

(2)

intends to use the funding for that purpose.

125.

Multiyear procurement authority for Arleigh Burke class destroyers and associated systems

(a)

Authority for multiyear procurement

Subject to section 2306b of title 10, United States Code, the Secretary of the Navy may enter into multiyear contracts, beginning with the fiscal year 2013 program year, for the procurement of up to 10 Arleigh Burke class Flight IIA guided missile destroyers, as well as the AEGIS Weapon Systems, MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems, and Commercial Broadband Satellite Systems associated with those vessels.

(b)

Authority for advance procurement

The Secretary may enter into one or more contracts, beginning in fiscal year 2013, for advance procurement associated with the vessels and systems for which authorization to enter into a multiyear procurement contract is provided under subsection (a).

(c)

Condition for out-year contract payments

A contract entered into under subsection (a) shall provide that any obligation of the United States to make a payment under the contract for a fiscal year after fiscal year 2013 is subject to the availability of appropriations or funds for that purpose for such later fiscal year.

126.

Authority for relocation of certain AEGIS weapon system assets between and within the DDG–51 class destroyer and AEGIS Ashore programs in order to meet mission requirements

(a)

Authority

(1)

Transfer to AEGIS Ashore System

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of the Navy may transfer AEGIS Weapon System (AWS) equipment with ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability to the Missile Defense Agency for use in the AEGIS Ashore System of the Agency for installation in the country designated as Host Nation #1 (HN–1) by transferring to the Agency such equipment procured with amounts authorized to be appropriated to the SCN account for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 for the DDG–51 Class Destroyer Program.

(2)

Adjustments in equipment deliveries

(A)

Use of FY12 funds for AWS systems on destroyers procured with FY11 funds

Amounts authorized to be appropriated to the SCN account for fiscal year 2012, and any AEGIS Weapon System assets procured with such amounts, may be used to deliver complete, mission-ready AEGIS Weapon Systems with ballistic missile defense capability to any DDG–51 class destroyer for which amounts were authorized to be appropriated for the SCN account for fiscal year 2011.

(B)

Use of AWS systems procured with RDTE funds on destroyers

The Secretary may install on any DDG–51class destroyer AEGIS weapon systems with ballistic missile defense capability transferred pursuant to paragraph (3).

(3)

Transfer from AEGIS Ashore System

The Director of the Missile Defense Agency shall transfer AEGIS Weapon System equipment with ballistic missile defense capability procured for installation in the AEGIS Ashore System to the Department of the Navy for the DDG–51 Class Destroyer Program to replace any equipment transferred to Agency under paragraph (1).

(4)

Treatment of transfer in funding destroyer construction

Notwithstanding the source of funds for any equipment transferred under paragraph (3), the Secretary shall fund all work necessary to complete construction and outfitting of any destroyer in which such equipment is installed in the same manner as if such equipment had been acquired using amounts in the SCN account.

(5)

SCN account defined

In this subsection, the term SCN account means the Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy account.

(b)

Relationship to other law

Nothing in this section shall be construed to repeal or otherwise modify in any way the limitation on obligation or expenditure of funds for missile defense interceptors in Europe as specified in section 223 of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 Public Law 111–383; 124 Stat. 4168).

127.

Designation of mission modules of the Littoral Combat Ship as a major defense acquisition program

(a)

Designation required

The Secretary of Defense shall—

(1)

designate the effort to develop and produce all variants of the mission modules in support of the Littoral Combat Ship program as a major defense acquisition program under section 2430 of title 10, United States Code; and

(2)

with respect to the development and production of each variant, submit to the congressional defense committees a report setting forth such cost, schedule, and performance information as would be provided if such effort were a major defense acquisition program, including Selected Acquisition Reports, unit cost reports, and program baselines.

(b)

Additional quarterly reports

The Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense committees on a quarterly basis a report on the development and production of each variant of the mission modules in support of the Littoral Combat Ship, including cost, schedule, and performance, and identifying actual and potential problems with such development or production and potential mitigation plans to address such problems.

128.

Transfer of certain fiscal year 2012 Procurement of Ammunition, Navy and Marine Corps funds

(a)

In general

To the extent provided in appropriations Acts, the Secretary of the Navy may transfer from fiscal year 2012 Procurement of Ammunition, Navy and Marine Corps funds, $88,300,000 to other, higher priority programs of the Navy and the Marine Corps.

(b)

Covered funds

For purposes of this section, the term fiscal year 2012 Procurement of Ammunition, Navy and Marine Corps funds means amounts authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2012 by section 101 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112–81; 125 Stat. 1317) and available for Procurement of Ammunition, Navy and Marine Corps as specified in the funding table in section 4101 of that Act.

(c)

Effect on authorization amounts

A transfer made from one account to another under the authority of this section shall be deemed to increase the amount authorized for the account to which the amount is transferred by an amount equal to the amount transferred.

(d)

Construction of authority

The transfer authority in this section is in addition to any other transfer authority provided in this Act.

129.

Transfer of certain fiscal year 2012 Procurement, Marine Corps funds for procurement of weapons and combat vehicles

(a)

In general

To the extent provided in appropriations Acts, the Secretary of the Navy may transfer from fiscal year 2012 Procurement, Marine Corps funds for procurement of weapons and combat vehicles, $135,200,000 to other, higher priority programs of the Navy and the Marine Corps.

(b)

Covered funds

For purposes of this section, the term fiscal year 2012 Procurement, Marine Corps funds for procurement of weapons and combat vehicles means amounts authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2012 by section 101 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112–81; 125 Stat. 1317) and available for Procurement, Marine Corps for the procurement of weapons and combat vehicles as specified in the funding table in section 4101 of that Act.

(c)

Effect on authorization amounts

A transfer made from one account to another under the authority of this section shall be deemed to increase the amount authorized for the account to which the amount is transferred by an amount equal to the amount transferred.

(d)

Construction of authority

The transfer authority in this section is in addition to any other transfer authority provided in this Act.

130.

Sense of Congress on Marine Corps amphibious lift and presence requirements

(a)

Findings

Congress makes the following findings:

(1)

The United States Marine Corps is a combat force which leverages maneuver from the sea as a force multiplier allowing for a variety of operational tasks ranging from major combat operations to humanitarian assistance.

(2)

The United States Marine Corps is unique in that, while embarked upon Naval vessels, they bring all the logistic support necessary for the full range of military operations, operating “from the sea” they require no third party host nation permission to conduct military operations.

(3)

The Department of the Navy has a requirement for 38 amphibious assault ships to meet this full range of military operations.

(4)

Due to fiscal constraints only, that requirement of 38 vessels was reduced to 33 vessels, which adds military risk to future operations.

(5)

The Department of the Navy has been unable to meet even the minimal requirement of 30 operationally available vessels and has submitted a shipbuilding and ship retirement plan to Congress which will reduce the force to 28 vessels.

(6)

Experience has shown that early engineering and design of naval vessels has significantly reduced the acquisition costs and life-cycle costs of those vessels.

(b)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1)

the Department of Defense should carefully evaluate the maritime force structure necessary to execute demand for forces by the commanders of the combatant commands;

(2)

the Department of the Navy carefully evaluate amphibious lift capabilities to meet current and projected requirements;

(3)

the Department of the Navy should consider prioritization of investment in and procurement of the next generation of amphibious assault ships, as a component of the balanced battle force;

(4)

the next generation amphibious assault ships should maintain survivability protection;

(5)

operation and maintenance requirements analysis, as well as the potential to leverage a common hull form design, should be considered to reduce total ownership cost and acquisition cost; and

(6)

maintaining a robust amphibious ship building industrial base is vital for the future of the national security of the United States.

131.

Sense of Senate on Department of Navy fiscal year 2014 budget request for tactical aviation aircraft

It is the sense of Senate that, if the budget request of the Department of the Navy for fiscal year 2014 for F–18 aircraft includes a request for funds for more than 13 new F–18 aircraft, the budget request of the Department of the Navy for fiscal year 2014 for F–35 aircraft should include a request for funds for not fewer than 6 F–35B aircraft and 4 F–35C aircraft, presuming that development, testing, and production of the F–35 aircraft are proceeding according to current plans.

132.

SPIDERNet/Spectral Warrior Hardware

(a)

Additional amount for Other Procurement, Navy

The amount authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 by section 101 is hereby increased by $2,000,000, with the amount of the increase to be available for amounts authorized to be appropriated by that section and available for other procurement, Navy, Satellite Communications, line 085, Satellite Communications Systems, as specified in the funding table in section 4101.

(b)

Availability of amount

To the extent provided in appropriations Acts, the amount authorized and made available by subsection (a) may be obligated and expended for a new program to procure SPIDERNet/Spectral Warrior Hardware and installation in order to provide a cloud network for Spectral Warrior terminals in support of requirements of the commanders of the combatant commands.

D

Air Force Programs

141.

Reduction in number of aircraft required to be maintained in strategic airlift aircraft inventory

(a)

Reduction in inventory requirement

Section 8062(g)(1) of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking Effective October 1, 2011, the and inserting The; and

(2)

by striking 301 aircraft and inserting 275 aircraft.

(b)

Modification of certification requirement

Section 137(d)(3)(B) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111–84; 123 Stat. 2221) is amended by striking 316 strategic airlift aircraft and inserting 275 strategic airlift aircraft.

(c)

Preservation of certain retired C–5 aircraft

The Secretary of the Air Force shall preserve each C–5 aircraft retired by the Secretary after September 30, 2012, such that the aircraft—

(1)

is stored in flyable condition;

(2)

can be returned to service; and

(3)

is not used to supply parts to other aircraft unless specifically authorized by the Secretary of Defense upon a request by the Secretary of the Air Force.

142.

Treatment of certain programs for the F–22A Raptor aircraft as major defense acquisition programs

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Defense shall treat the programs referred to in subsection (b) for the F–22A Raptor aircraft as a major defense acquisition program for which Selected Acquisition Reports shall be submitted to Congress in accordance with the requirements of section 2432 of title 10, United States Code.

(b)

Covered programs

The programs referred to in this subsection for the F–22A Raptor aircraft are the following:

(1)

Any modernization program through Increment 3.2A.

(2)

The Reliability and Maintainability Maturation Program (RAMMP) and the Structural Repair Program (SRP II).

(3)

The modernization Increment 3.2B and any future F–22A Raptor aircraft modernization program that would otherwise, if a standalone program, qualify for treatment as a major defense acquisition program for purposes of chapter 144 of title 10, United States Code.

143.

Avionics systems for C–130 aircraft

(a)

Limitations

(1)

Avionics Modernization Program

The Secretary of the Air Force shall take no action to cancel or modify the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) for the C–130 aircraft until 30 days after the date of the submittal to the congressional defense committees of the report required by subsection (b).

(2)

CNS/ATM program

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall take no action described in subparagraph (B) until 30 days after the date of the submittal to the congressional defense committees of the report required by subsection (b).

(B)

Covered actions

An action described in this subparagraph is an action to begin an alternative communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) program for the C–130 aircraft that is designed or intended—

(i)

to meet international communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management standards for the fleet of C–130 aircraft; or

(ii)

to replace the current Avionics Modernization Program for the C–130 aircraft.

(b)

Report

Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees report on the results of a study to be conducted by the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation of the Department of Defense on the following:

(1)

The costs and schedule to complete the current program of record for the Avionics Modernization Program for the C–130 aircraft, as anticipated at the time of the last certification on that program under section 2433a of title 10, United States Code.

(2)

The total cost and schedule, from start to completion, of any proposed alternative communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management program for the C–130 aircraft.

(3)

The projected manpower savings to be derived from the current program of record for the Avionics Modernization Program for the C–130 aircraft in comparison with the projected manpower savings to be derived from any proposed alternative communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management program for the C–130 aircraft.

144.

Procurement of space-based infrared system satellites

(a)

Contract authority

(1)

In general

The Secretary of the Air Force may procure two space-based infrared system satellites by entering into a fixed-price contract for such procurement.

(2)

Cost reduction

The Secretary may include in a contract entered into under paragraph (1) the following:

(A)

The procurement of material and equipment in economic order quantities if the procurement of such material and equipment in such quantities will result in cost savings.

(B)

Cost reduction initiatives.

(3)

Use of incremental funding

The Secretary may use incremental funding for a contract entered into under paragraph (1) for a period not to exceed six fiscal years.

(4)

Liability

A contract entered into under paragraph (1) shall provide that—

(A)

any obligation of the United States to make a payment under the contract is subject to the availability of appropriations for that purpose; and

(B)

the total liability of the Federal Government for the termination of the contract shall be limited to the total amount of funding obligated at the time of the termination of the contract.

(b)

Limitation of costs

(1)

Limitation

Except as provided in subsection (c), and excluding amounts described in paragraph (2), the total amount obligated or expended for the procurement of two space-based infrared system satellites authorized by subsection (a) may not exceed $3,900,000,000.

(2)

Exclusion

The amounts described in this paragraph are amounts associated with the following:

(A)

Plans.

(B)

Technical data packages.

(C)

Post-delivery and program-related support costs.

(D)

Technical support for obsolescence studies.

(c)

Adjustment to limitation amount

(1)

In general

The Secretary may increase the limitation set forth in subsection (b)(1) by the amount of an increase described in paragraph (2) if the Secretary submits to the congressional defense committees written notification of the increase made to that limitation.

(2)

Increase described

An increase described in this paragraph is one of the following:

(A)

An increase in costs that is attributable to economic inflation after September 30, 2012.

(B)

An increase in costs that is attributable to compliance with changes in Federal, State, or local laws enacted after September 30, 2012.

(C)

An increase in the cost of a space-based infrared system satellite that is attributable to the insertion of a new technology into the satellite that was not built into such satellites procured before fiscal year 2013, if the Secretary determines, and certifies to the congressional defense committees, that insertion of the new technology into the satellite is—

(i)

expected to decrease the life-cycle cost of the satellite; or

(ii)

required to meet an emerging threat that poses grave harm to the national security of the United States.

(d)

Reports

(1)

Report on contracts

Not later than 30 days after the date on which the Secretary enters into a contract under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the contract that includes the following:

(A)

The total cost savings resulting from the authority provided by subsection (a).

(B)

The type and duration of the contract.

(C)

The total value of the contract.

(D)

The funding profile under the contract by year.

(E)

The terms of the contract regarding the treatment of changes by the Federal Government to the requirements of the contract, including how any such changes may affect the success of the contract.

(2)

Plan for using cost savings

Not later than 90 days after the date on which the Secretary enters into a contract under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense committees a plan for using the cost savings described in paragraph (1)(A) to improve the capability of military infrared and early warning satellites that includes a description of the following:

(A)

The available funds, by year, resulting from such cost savings.

(B)

The specific activities or subprograms to be funded using such cost savings and the funds, by year, allocated to each such activity or subprogram.

(C)

The objectives for each such activity or subprogram.

(D)

The criteria used by the Secretary to determine which such activities or subprograms to fund.

(E)

The method by which the Secretary will determine which such activities or subprograms to fund, including whether that determination will be on a competitive basis.

(F)

The plan for encouraging participation in such activities and subprograms by small businesses.

(G)

The process for determining how and when such activities and subprograms would transition to an existing program or be established as a new program of record.

(e)

Use of funds available for space vehicle number 5 for space vehicle number 6

The Secretary may obligate and expend amounts authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 by section 101 for procurement for the Air Force as specified in the funding table in section 4101 and available for the advanced procurement of long-lead parts and the replacement of obsolete parts for space-based infrared system satellite space vehicle number 5 for the advanced procurement of long-lead parts and the replacement of obsolete parts for space-based infrared system space vehicle number 6.

(f)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that the Secretary should not enter into a fixed-price contract under subsection (a) for the procurement of two space-based infrared system satellites unless the Secretary determines that entering into such a contract will save the Air Force not less than 20 percent over the cost of procuring two such satellites separately.

145.

Transfer of certain fiscal year 2011 and 2012 funds for Aircraft Procurement for the Air Force

(a)

In general

To the extent provided in appropriations Acts, the Secretary of the Air Force may transfer from fiscal year 2011 and 2012 Aircraft Procurement, Air Force funds, an aggregate of $920,748,000 to other, higher priority programs of the Air Force.

(b)

Covered funds

For purposes of this section, the term fiscal year 2011 and 2012 Aircraft Procurement, Air Force funds means—

(1)

amounts authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2011 by section 103(1) of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Public Law 111–383; 124 Stat. 4152) for aircraft procurement for the Air Force; and

(2)

amounts authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2012 by section 101 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112–81; 125 Stat. 1317) and available for Aircraft Procurement, Air Force as specified in the funding table in section 4101 of that Act.

(c)

Effect on authorization amounts

A transfer made from one account to another under the authority of this section shall be deemed to increase the amount authorized for the account to which the amount is transferred by an amount equal to the amount transferred.

(d)

Construction of authority

The transfer authority in this section is in addition to any other transfer authority provided in this Act.

E

Joint and Multiservice Matters

151.

Multiyear procurement authority for V–22 joint aircraft program

(a)

Authority for multiyear procurement

Subject to section 2306b of title 10, United States Code, the Secretary of the Navy may enter into a multiyear contract or contracts, beginning with the fiscal year 2013 program year, for the procurement of V–22 aircraft for the Department of the Navy, the Department of the Air Force, and the United States Special Operations Command.

(b)

Condition for out-year contract payments

A contract entered into under subsection (a) shall provide that any obligation of the United States to make a payment under the contract for a fiscal year after fiscal year 2013 is subject to the availability of appropriations for that purpose for such later fiscal year.

152.

Limitation on availability of funds for full-rate production of Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form/Fit radios under the Joint Tactical Radio System program

Amounts available for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program may not be obligated or expended for full-rate production of the Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form/Fit (HMS) radios under that program until the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics certifies to the congressional defense committees that the acquisition strategy for such radios provides, to the maximum extent practicable, for full and open competition in the acquisition of such radios.

153.

Shallow Water Combat Submersible program

(a)

Initial report

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commander of the United States Special Operations Command shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report setting forth the following:

(1)

A description of the efforts of the contractor under the Shallow Water Combat Submersible (SWCS) program and the United States Special Operations Command to improve the accuracy of the tracking of the schedule and costs of the program.

(2)

The revised timeline for the initial and full operational capability of the Shallow Water Combat Submersible.

(3)

A current estimate of the cost to meet the basis of issue requirement under the program.

(b)

Subsequent reports

(1)

Quarterly reports required

The Commander of the United States Special Operations Command shall submit to the congressional defense committees on a quarterly basis updates on the metrics from the earned value management system with which the Command is tracking the schedule and cost performance of the contractor of the Shallow Water Combat Submersible program.

(2)

Sunset

The requirement in paragraph (1) shall cease on the date the Shallow Water Combat Submersible has completed operational testing and has been found to be operationally effective and operationally suitable.

154.

AC–130 aircraft electro-optical and infrared sensors

(a)

Additional amount for Procurement, Defense-wide

The amount authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 by section 101 is hereby increased by $6,000,000, with the amount of the increase to be available for amounts authorized to be appropriated by that section and available for procurement, Defense-wide, other procurement programs, line 079, Combat mission requirements, as specified in the funding table in section 4101.

(b)

Availability of amount

To the extent provided in appropriations Acts, the amount authorized and made available by subsection (a) may be obligated and expended for a new program to procure color electro-optical and infrared imaging sensors for AC–130 aircraft used by the United States Special Operations Command in ongoing contingency operations.

II

Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation

A

Authorization of Appropriations

201.

Authorization of appropriations

Funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 for the use of the Department of Defense for research, development, test, and evaluation as specified in the funding table in section 4201.

B

Program Requirements, Restrictions, and Limitations

211.

Next Generation Foundry for the Defense Microelectronics Activity

Amounts authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 by section 201 and available for research, development, test, and evaluation for the Next Generation Foundry for the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) (PE #603720S) as specified in the funding table in section 4201 may not be obligated or expended for that purpose until 60 days after the date on which the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering—

(1)

develops a microelectronics strategy as described in the Senate report to accompany S. 1235 of the 112th Congress (S. Rept. 112–26) and an estimate of the full life-cycle costs for the upgrade of the Next Generation Foundry; and

(2)

submits the strategy and cost estimate required by paragraph (1) to the congressional defense committees.

212.

Advanced rotorcraft initiative

(a)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics shall, in consultation with the military departments, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and industry (including the Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC)), submit to the congressional defense committees a report setting forth a strategy for the use of integrated platform design teams and agile prototyping approaches for the development of advanced rotorcraft capabilities.

(b)

Elements

The strategy required by subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

Mechanisms for establishing agile prototyping practices and programs, including rotorcraft X-planes, and an identification of the resources required for such purposes.

(2)

A restructuring of the Joint Multi-role (JMR) development program of the Army to include more technology demonstration platforms with challenge goals of significant reductions in cost and time to flight.

(3)

A restructuring of the X-Plane Rotorcraft program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop performance objectives beyond the Joint Multi-role development program, including at least two competing teams.

(4)

Approaches, including competitive prize awards, to encourage the development of advanced rotorcraft capabilities to address challenge problems such as nap-of-earth automated flight, urban operation near buildings, slope landings, automated autorotation or power-off recovery, and automated selection of landing areas.

213.

Transfer of certain fiscal year 2012 Navy research, development, test, and evaluation funds

(a)

In general

To the extent provided in appropriations Acts, the Secretary of the Navy may transfer from fiscal year 2012 Navy research, development, test, and evaluation funds, $8,832,000 to other, higher priority programs of the Navy.

(b)

Covered funds

For purposes of this section, the term fiscal year 2012 Navy research, development, test, and evaluation funds means amounts authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2012 by section 201 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112–81; 125 Stat. 1329) and available for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, Navy as specified in the funding table in section 4201 of that Act.

(c)

Effect on authorization amounts

A transfer made from one account to another under the authority of this section shall be deemed to increase the amount authorized for the account to which the amount is transferred by an amount equal to the amount transferred.

(d)

Construction of authority

The transfer authority in this section is in addition to any other transfer authority provided in this Act.

214.

Authority for Department of Defense laboratories to enter into education partnerships with educational institutions in United States territories and possessions

(a)

Authority

Subsection (a) of section 2194 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting , the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any possession of the United States after institutions of the United States.

(b)

Technical amendment

Subsection (f)(2) of such section is amended by inserting (20 U.S.C. 7801) before the period.

215.

Transfer of certain fiscal year 2012 Air Force research, development, test, and evaluation funds

(a)

In general

To the extent provided in appropriations Acts, the Secretary of the Air Force may transfer from fiscal year 2012 Air Force research, development, test, and evaluation funds, $78,426,000 to other, higher priority programs of the Air Force.

(b)

Covered funds

For purposes of this section, the term fiscal year 2012 Air Force research, development, test, and evaluation funds means amounts authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2012 by section 201 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112–81; 125 Stat. 1329) and available for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, Air Force as specified in the funding table in section 4201 of that Act.

(c)

Effect on authorization amounts

A transfer made from one account to another under the authority of this section shall be deemed to increase the amount authorized for the account to which the amount is transferred by an amount equal to the amount transferred.

(d)

Construction of authority

The transfer authority in this section is in addition to any other transfer authority provided in this Act.

216.

Relocation of C–band radar from Antigua to H.E. Holt Station in Western Australia to enhance space situational awareness capabilities

To the extent provided in appropriations Acts, of the amounts authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 by section 201 and available for research, development, test, and evaluation for Space Situation Awareness Systems (PE 0604425F) for System Development and Demonstration as specified in the funding table in section 4201, $3,000,000 may be obligated and expended for a new program for the relocation and research and development activities to enhance Space Situational Awareness capabilities through—

(1)

the repurposing of the C–Band Radar at Antigua;

(2)

the relocation of that radar to the H.E. Holt Station in Western Australia;

(3)

upgrades of the hardware and software of that radar to meet Space Situational Awareness mission needs;

(4)

operational testing of that radar; and

(5)

transfer of jurisdiction of that radar to the Air Force Space Command for operations and sustainment by September 30, 2016.

217.

Detailed Digital Radio Frequency Modulation Countermeasures Studies and Simulations

(a)

Additional amount for RDT&E, Army

The amount authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 by section 201 is hereby increased by $38,000,000, with the amount of the increase to be available for amounts authorized to be appropriated by that section and available for research, development, test, and evaluation, Army, for system development and demonstration (PE 0605457A) Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (AIAMD), as specified in the funding table in section 4201.

(b)

Availability of amount

To the extent provided in appropriations Acts, the amount authorized and made available by subsection (a) may be obligated and expended for a new program to conduct detailed digital radio frequency modulation (DRFM) countermeasures studies and simulations to develop algorithms to address this threat change in support of the accelerated fielding of a new capability in Patriot, Sentinel, and Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) for the requirements of the commanders of the combatant commands.

C

Missile Defense Matters

231.

Homeland ballistic missile defense

(a)

Findings

Congress makes the following findings:

(1)

The Ballistic Missile Defense Review of February 2010 stated as its first policy priority that the United States will continue to defend the homeland against the threat of limited ballistic missile attack and that an essential element of the United States’ homeland ballistic missile defense strategy is to hedge against future uncertainties, including both the uncertainty of future threat capabilities and the technical risks inherent to our own development plans.

(2)

The United States currently has an operational Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system with 30 Ground-Based Interceptors (GBIs) deployed in Alaska and California, protecting the United States against the potential future threat of limited ballistic missile attack from countries such as North Korea and Iran.

(3)

As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy Bradley Roberts testified before the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate on April 25, 2012, [w]ith 30 GBIs in place, the United States is in an advantageous position vis-à-vis the threats from North Korea and Iran, and neither has successfully tested an ICBM or demonstrated an ICBM-class warhead.

(4)

Deputy Assistant Secretary Roberts testified that maintaining this advantageous position requires continued improvement to the GMD system, including enhanced performance by the GBIs and the deployment of new sensors. It also requires the development of the Precision Tracking Space System (PTSS) to handle larger raid sizes and the Standard Missile-3 (SM–3) Block IIB as the ICBM threat from states like Iran and North Korea matures. These efforts will help to ensure that the United States possesses the capability to counter the projected threat for the foreseeable future.

(5)

As its highest priority, the Missile Defense Agency is designing a correction to the problem that caused a December 2010 flight test failure of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system using the Capability Enhancement II (CE–II) model of exo-atmospheric kill vehicle, and plans to demonstrate the correction in two flight tests before resuming production or assembly of additional Capability Enhancement II kill vehicles.

(6)

The Department of Defense has a program to improve the performance and reliability of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, including a plan to test every component of the Ground-Based Interceptors for reliability. According to Department of Defense officials, the goal of the Ground-Based Interceptor reliability program is to double the number of threat Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) that our current inventory of Ground-Based Interceptors could defeat, thereby effectively doubling the capability of our current Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

(7)

The Missile Defense Agency, working with the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation and with United States Strategic Command, has developed a comprehensive Integrated Master Test Plan (IMTP) for missile defense, with flight tests for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system planned through fiscal year 2022, including salvo testing, multiple simultaneous engagement testing, and operational testing.

(8)

The Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, who must review, approve, and sign each semi-annual version of the Integrated Master Test Plan, testified that the Test Plan is a robust and rigorous test plan. He also testified that the current pace of Ground-based Midcourse Defense system testing of one flight test per year is the best that we’ve been able to achieve over a decade.

(9)

The Director of the Missile Defense Agency testified before the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate on April 25, 2012, that flight testing the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system more often than once per year could cause greater risk of further failure and setbacks to developing our homeland defense capability as rapidly as possible.

(10)

As part of its homeland defense hedging strategy, the Department of Defense has already decided upon or implemented a number of actions to improve the missile defense posture of the United States in case the threat of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles from North Korea or Iran emerges sooner or in greater numbers than anticipated. These include the following actions:

(A)

The Missile Defense Agency has completed construction of Missile Field-2 at Fort Greely, Alaska, with eight extra silos available to deploy additional operational Ground-Based Interceptors, if needed.

(B)

With its request for 5 additional Ground-Based Interceptors in the budget of the President for fiscal year 2013, the Missile Defense Agency plans to have enough test and spare Ground-Based Interceptors to emplace in the 8 extra silos from 2014 through 2025, and will keep the Ground-Based Interceptor production line active for 5 additional years, thus allowing additional Ground-Based Interceptor purchases in the future, if needed.

(C)

The Department has decided not to decommission prototype Missile Field-1 at Fort Greely but, instead, to keep it in a storage status that would permit it to be refurbished and reactivated within a few years if future threat developments make that necessary.

(D)

The Missile Defense Agency plans to build an in-flight interceptor communications terminal at Fort Drum, New York, to enhance the performance of Ground-Based Interceptors defending the eastern United States against possible future missile threats from Iran.

(E)

The Missile Defense Agency is continuing the development and testing of the two-stage Ground-Based Interceptor for possible deployment in the future, if needed.

(F)

The Missile Defense Agency is upgrading early warning radars in Clear, Alaska, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to enhance the ability to defend against potential multiple future Intercontinental Ballistic Missile threats from North Korea and Iran.

(G)

The Missile Defense Agency is pursuing development of the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB interceptor for Phase 4 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach. It is intended to augment the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system as a cost-effective first layer of defense of the homeland against a possible future Intercontinental Ballistic Missile threat from Iran.

(H)

The Missile Defense Agency is pursuing development of the Precision Tracking Space System, a satellite sensor system to provide persistent tracking of large numbers of missiles in flight, and fire-control quality targeting data to various missile defense interceptor systems. According to the Director of the Missile Defense Agency, the greatest future enhancement for both homeland and regional defense in the next ten years is the development of the Precision Tracking Space System satellites.

(11)

As part of its homeland defense hedging strategy review, the Department of Defense is considering other options to enhance the future United States posture to defend the homeland, including the feasibility, advisability and affordability of deploying additional Ground-Based Interceptors, either in Alaska or at a missile defense site on the East Coast of the United States.

(b)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1)

it is a national priority to defend the homeland against the potential future threat of limited ballistic missile attack from countries such as North Korea and Iran;

(2)

the currently deployed Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, with 30 Ground-Based Interceptors deployed in Alaska and California, provides protection of the United States homeland against the potential future threat of limited ballistic missile attack from North Korea and Iran;

(3)

it is essential for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to achieve the levels of reliability, availability, sustainability, and operational performance that will allow it to continue providing protection of the United States homeland against limited ballistic missile attack;

(4)

the Missile Defense Agency should, as its highest priority, correct the problem that caused the December 2010 Ground-based Midcourse Defense system flight test failure and demonstrate the correction in flight tests before resuming production of the Capability Enhancement-II kill vehicle, in order to provide confidence that the system will work as intended;

(5)

the Department of Defense should continue to enhance the performance and reliability of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, and enhance the capability of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, to provide improved capability to defend the homeland against possible increased future missile threats from North Korea and Iran;

(6)

the Missile Defense Agency should continue its robust, rigorous, and realistic testing of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system at a pace of one flight test per year, as described in the Integrated Master Test Plan, including salvo testing, multiple simultaneous engagement testing, and operational testing;

(7)

if successfully developed, the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB interceptor would provide an essential first layer of defense of the homeland against an emerging Intercontinental Ballistic Missile threat from Iran, using a cost-effective forward-based early intercept system that could permit holding Ground-Based Interceptors in reserve, and if such interceptor could be deployed on ships, it would also provide a significant enhancement to defense against possible future threats from North Korea;

(8)

the Precision Tracking Space System has the potential to improve dramatically the capability of homeland and regional missile defense systems against large numbers of missiles launched simultaneously, and should remain a high priority for development;

(9)

the Department of Defense has taken a number of prudent, affordable, cost-effective, and operationally significant steps to hedge against the possibility of future growth in the missile threat to the homeland from North Korea and Iran; and

(10)

the Department of Defense should continue to evaluate the evolution of the long-range missile threat from North Korea and Iran and consider other possibilities for prudent, affordable, cost-effective, and operationally significant steps to improve the posture of the United States to defend the homeland against possible future growth in the threat.

(c)

Report

(1)

Report required

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the status of efforts to improve the homeland ballistic missile defense capability of the United States.

(2)

Elements of report

The report required by paragraph (1)) shall include the following:

(A)

A detailed description of the actions taken or planned to improve the reliability, availability, and capability of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

(B)

A description of any improvements achieved as a result of the actions described in subparagraph (A).

(C)

A description of the results of the two planned flight tests of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system (Control Test Vehicle flight test-1, and GMD Flight Test–06b) intended to demonstrate the success of the correction of the problem that caused the flight test failure of December 2010, and the status of any decision to resume production of the Capability Enhancement-II kill vehicle.

(D)

A detailed description of actions taken or planned to improve the homeland defense posture of the United States to hedge against potential future Intercontinental Ballistic Missile threat growth from North Korea and Iran.

(E)

Any other matters the Secretary considers appropriate.

(3)

Form of report

The report shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex.

232.

Regional ballistic missile defense

(a)

Findings

Congress makes the following findings:

(1)

In the introduction to the Ballistic Missile Defense Review of February 2010, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates states that I have made defending against near-term regional threats a top priority of our missile defense plans, programs and capabilities.

(2)

In describing the threat of regional ballistic missiles, the report of the Ballistic Missile Defense Review states that there is no uncertainty about the existence of regional threats. They are clear and present. The threat from short-range, medium-range, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs, MRBMs, and IRBMs) in regions where the United States deploys forces and maintains security relationships is growing at a particularly rapid pace.

(3)

In testimony before the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate on April 25, 2012, Dr. Bradley Roberts, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy stated, with respect to regional missile defense, that the need arises from the rapidly emerging threats to our armed forces in Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia from regional missile proliferators and the basic challenge such proliferation poses to the safety and security of our forces and allies and to our power projection strategy.

(4)

Iran has the largest inventory of regional ballistic missiles in the Middle East, with hundreds of missiles that can reach southeastern Europe and all of the Middle East, including Israel. Iran is improving its existing missiles and developing new and longer-range missiles.

(5)

North Korea has a large and growing inventory of short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles that can reach United States forces and allies in South Korea and Japan. North Korea is improving its existing missiles and developing new and longer-range missiles.

(6)

In September 2009, President Barack Obama announced that he had accepted the unanimous recommendation of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to establish a European Phased Adaptive Approach to missile defense, designed to protect deployed United States forces and allies and partners in Europe against the large and growing threat of ballistic missiles from Iran.

(7)

In November 2010, at the Lisbon Summit, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) decided to adopt the core mission of missile defense of its population, territory and forces. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization agreed to enhance its missile defense command and control system, the Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense, to provide a North Atlantic Treaty Organization command and control capability. This is in addition to contributions of missile defense capability from individual nations.

(8)

During 2011, the United States successfully implemented Phase 1 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach, including deployment of an AN/TPY–2 radar in Turkey, deployment of an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea with Standard Missile-3 Block IA interceptors, and establishment of a missile defense command and control system in Germany.

(9)

During 2011, the United States successfully negotiated all the international agreements with North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies needed to permit future phases of the European Phased Adaptive Approach, including agreements with Romania and Poland to permit the deployment of Aegis Ashore missile defense systems on their territory, an agreement with Turkey to permit deployment of an AN/TPY–2 radar on its territory, and an agreement with Spain to permit the forward stationing of four Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ships at Rota.

(10)

Phase 2 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach is planned for deployment in 2015, and is planned to include the deployment of Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptors on Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ships and at an Aegis Ashore site in Romania.

(11)

Phase 3 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach is planned for deployment in 2018, and is planned to include the deployment of Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptors on Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ships and at an Aegis Ashore site in Poland.

(12)

Phase 4 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach is planned for deployment in 2020, and is planned to include the deployment of Standard Missile-3 Block IIB interceptors at Aegis Ashore sites. This interceptor is intended to protect both Europe and the United States against potential future long-range ballistic missiles from Iran.

(13)

At the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit in Chicago in 2012, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization plans to announce it has achieved an interim capability for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization missile defense system, including initial capability of its Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense system at a command and control facility in Germany.

(14)

The United States has a robust program of missile defense cooperation with Israel, including joint development of the Arrow Weapon System and the new Arrow-3 upper tier interceptor, designed to defend Israel against ballistic missiles from Iran. These jointly developed missile defense systems are designed to be interoperable with United States ballistic missile defenses, and these interoperable systems are tested in large military exercises. The United States has deployed an AN/TPY–2 radar in Israel to enhance missile defense against missiles from Iran.

(15)

The United States is working with the nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council on enhanced national and regional missile defense capabilities against growing missile threats from Iran. As part of this effort, the United Arab Emirates plans to purchase two batteries of the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system, as well as other equipment.

(16)

The United States has a strong program of missile defense cooperation with Japan, including the co-development of the Standard Missile-3 (SM–3) Block IIA interceptor for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, intended to be deployed by Japan and in Phase 3 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach, Japan’s fleet of Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ships using the SM–3 Block IA interceptors, and the United States deployment of an AN/TPY–2 radar in Japan.

(b)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1)

the threat from regional ballistic missiles, particularly from Iran and North Korea, is serious and growing, and puts at risk forward-deployed United States forces and allies and partners in Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region;

(2)

the Department of Defense has an obligation to provide force protection of forward-deployed United States forces, assets, and facilities from regional ballistic missile attack;

(3)

the United States has an obligation to meet its security commitments to its allies, including ballistic missile defense commitments;

(4)

the Department of Defense has a balanced program of investment and capabilities to provide for both homeland defense and regional defense against ballistic missiles, consistent with the Ballistic Missile Defense Review and with the prioritized and integrated needs of the commanders of the combatant commands;

(5)

the European Phased Adaptive Approach to missile defense is an appropriate and necessary response to the existing and growing ballistic missile threat from Iran to forward deployed United States forces and allies and partners in Europe;

(6)

the Department of Defense—

(A)

should, as a high priority, continue to develop, test, and plan to deploy all four phases of the European Phased Adaptive Approach, including all variants of the Standard Missile-3 interceptor; and

(B)

should also continue with its other phased and adaptive regional missile defense efforts tailored to the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region;

(7)

European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are making valuable contributions to missile defense in Europe, by hosting elements of United States missile defense systems on their territories, through individual national contributions to missile defense capability, and by collective funding and development of the Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense system; and

(8)

the Department of Defense should continue with the development of the key enablers of enhanced regional missile defense, including the Precision Tracking Space System.

(c)

Report

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report describing the status and progress of regional missile defense programs and efforts.

(2)

Elements of report

The report required by paragraph (1) shall include the following:

(A)

An assessment of the adequacy of the existing and planned European Phased Adaptive Approach to provide force protection for forward deployed United States forces in Europe against ballistic missile threats from Iran, and an assessment whether adequate force protection would be available absent the European Phased Adaptive Approach.

(B)

An assessment whether the European Phased Adaptive Approach and other planned regional missile defense approaches of the United States meet the integrated priorities of the commanders of the regional combatant commands in an affordable and balanced manner.

(C)

A description of the progress made in the development and testing of elements of systems intended for deployment in Phases 2 through 4 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach, including the Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptor and the Aegis Ashore system.

(D)

A description of the manner in which elements of regional missile defense architectures, such as forward-based X-band radars in Turkey and Japan, contribute to the enhancement of homeland defense of the United States.

(E)

A description of the current and planned contributions of North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, both collectively and individually, to missile defense in Europe.

(3)

Form

The report required by paragraph (1) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex.

233.

Missile defense cooperation with Russia

(a)

Findings

Congress makes the following findings:

(1)

For more than a decade, the United States and Russia have discussed a variety of options for cooperation on shared early warning and ballistic missile defense. For example, on May 1, 2001, President George W. Bush spoke of a new cooperative relationship with Russia and said it should be premised on openness, mutual confidence and real opportunities for cooperation, including the area of missile defense. It should allow us to share information so that each nation can improve its early warning capability, and its capability to defend its people and territory. And perhaps one day, we can even cooperate in a joint defense.

(2)

Section 1231 of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (as enacted into law by Public Law 106–398; 1654A–329) authorized the Department of Defense to establish in Russia a joint center for the exchange of data from systems to provide early warning of launches of ballistic missiles and for notification of launches of such missiles, also known as the Joint Data Exchange Center (JDEC).

(3)

On March 31, 2008, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England stated that we have offered Russia a wide-ranging proposal to cooperate on missile defense—everything from modeling and simulation, to data sharing, to joint development of a regional missile defense architecture—all designed to defend the United States, Europe, and Russia from the growing threat of Iranian ballistic missiles. An extraordinary series of transparency measures have also been offered to reassure Russia. Despite some Russian reluctance to sign up to these cooperative missile defense activities, we continue to work toward this goal.

(4)

On July 6, 2009, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a joint statement on missile defense issues, which stated that Russia and the United States plan to continue the discussion concerning the establishment of cooperation in responding to the challenge of ballistic missile proliferation. . . We have instructed our experts to work together to analyze the ballistic missile challenges of the 21st century and to prepare appropriate recommendations.

(5)

The February 2010 report of the Ballistic Missile Defense Review established as one of its central policy pillars that increased international missile defense cooperation is in the national security interest of the United States and, with regard to cooperation with Russia, the United States is pursuing a broad agenda focused on shared early warning of missile launches, possible technical cooperation, and even operational cooperation.

(6)

at the November 2010 Lisbon Summit, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) decided to develop a missile defense system to protect NATO European populations, territory and forces and also to seek cooperation with Russia on missile defense. In its Lisbon Summit Declaration, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization reaffirmed its readiness to invite Russia to explore jointly the potential for linking current and planned missile defence systems at an appropriate time in mutually beneficial ways. The new NATO Strategic Concept adopted at the Lisbon Summit states that we will actively seek cooperation on missile defense with Russia, that NATO-Russia cooperation is of strategic importance, and that the security of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Russia is intertwined.

(7)

In a December 18, 2010, letter to the leadership of the Senate, President Obama wrote that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization invited Russia to cooperate on missile defense, which could lead to adding Russian capabilities to those deployed by NATO to enhance our common security against common threats. The Lisbon Summit thus demonstrated that the Alliance's missile defenses can be strengthened by improving NATO-Russian relations. This comes even as we have made clear that the system we intend to pursue with Russia will not be a joint system, and it will not in any way limit United States' or NATO's missile defense capabilities. Effective cooperation with Russia could enhance the overall efficiency of our combined territorial missile defenses, and at the same time provide Russia with greater security.

(8)

Section 221(a)(3) of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Public Law 111–383; 124 Stat. 4167) states that it is the sense of Congress to support the efforts of the United States Government and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to pursue cooperation with the Russian Federation on ballistic missile defense relative to Iranian missile threats.

(9)

In a speech in Russia on March 21, 2011, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates cited the NATO-Russian decision to cooperate on defense against ballistic missiles. We've disagreed before, and Russia still has uncertainties about the European Phased Adaptive Approach, a limited system that poses no challenges to the large Russian nuclear arsenal. However, we've mutually committed to resolving these difficulties in order to develop a roadmap toward truly effective anti-ballistic missile collaboration. This collaboration may include exchanging launch information, setting up a joint data fusion center, allowing greater transparency with respect to our missile defense plans and exercises, and conducting a joint analysis to determine areas of future cooperation.

(10)

In testimony to the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate on April 13, 2011, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy Bradley H. Roberts stated that the United States has been pursuing a Defense Technology Cooperation Agreement with Russia since 2004, and that such an agreement is necessary for the safeguarding of sensitive information in support of cooperation on missile defense, and to provide the legal framework for undertaking cooperative efforts. Further, Dr. Roberts stated that the United States would not provide any classified information to Russia without first conducting a National Disclosure Policy review. He also stated that the United States is not considering sharing hit-to-kill technology with Russia.

(11)

In a March 2012 answer to a question from the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate on missile defense cooperation with Russia, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Jim Miller wrote that I support U.S.-Russian cooperation on missile defenses first and foremost because it could improve the effectiveness of U.S. and NATO missile defenses, thereby improving the protection of the United States, our forces overseas, and our Allies. Missile defense cooperation with Russia is in the security interests of the United States, NATO, and Russia, first and foremost because it could strengthen capabilities across Europe to intercept Iranian missiles. He also wrote that [t]he United States has pursued missile defense cooperation with Russia with the clear understanding that we would not accept constraints on missile defense, and that we would undertake necessary qualitative and quantitative improvements to meet U.S. Security needs.

(12)

In February 2012, an international group of independent experts known as the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative issued a report proposing missile defense cooperation between the United States (with its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies) and Russia. The group, whose leaders included Stephen Hadley, the National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, proposed that the nations share satellite and radar early warning data at joint cooperation centers in order to improve their ability to detect, track, and defeat medium-range and intermediate-range ballistic missiles from the Middle East.

(13)

In a letter dated April 13, 2012, Robert Nabors, Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs, wrote that it is Administration policy that we will only provide information to Russia that will enhance the effectiveness of our missile defenses. The Administration will not provide Russia with sensitive information that would in any way compromise our national security, including hit-to-kill technology and interceptor telemetry.

(14)

The United States and Russia already engage in substantial cooperation on a number of international security efforts, including nuclear nonproliferation, anti-piracy, counter-narcotics, nuclear security, counter-terrorism, and logistics resupply through Russia of coalition forces in Afghanistan. These areas of cooperation require each side to share and protect sensitive information, which they have both done successfully.

(15)

The United States currently has shared early warning agreements and programs of cooperation with eight nations in addition to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The United States has developed procedures and mechanisms for sharing early warning information with partner nations while ensuring the protection of sensitive United States information.

(16)

Russia and the United States each have missile launch early warning and detection and tracking sensors that could contribute to and enhance each others' ability to detect, track, an defend against ballistic missile threats from Iran.

(17)

The Obama Administration has provided regular briefings to Congress on its discussions with Russia on possible missile defense cooperation.

(b)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1)

it is in the national security interest of the United States to pursue efforts at missile defense cooperation with Russia that would enhance the security of the United States, its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, and Russia, particularly against missile threats from Iran;

(2)

the United States should pursue ballistic missile defense cooperation with Russia on both a bilateral basis and a multilateral basis with its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, particularly through the NATO-Russia Council;

(3)

missile defense cooperation with Russia should not in any way limit United States' or NATO's missile defense capabilities, as acknowledged in the December 18, 2010, letter from President Obama to the leadership of the Senate, and should be mutually beneficial and reciprocal in nature;

(4)

the United States should not provide Russia with sensitive missile defense information that would in any way compromise United States national security, including hit-to-kill technology and interceptor telemetry; and

(5)

the United States should pursue missile defense cooperation with Russia in a manner that ensures that—

(A)

United States classified information is appropriately safeguarded and protected from unauthorized disclosure;

(B)

prior to sharing classified information with Russia, the United States conducts a National Disclosure Policy review and determines the types and levels of information that may be shared and whether any additional procedures are necessary to protect such information;

(C)

prior to entering into missile defense technology cooperation projects, the United States enters into a Defense Technology Cooperation Agreement with Russia that establishes the legal framework for a broad spectrum of potential cooperative defense projects; and

(D)

such cooperation does not limit the missile defense capabilities of the United States or its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies.

234.

Next generation Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle

(a)

Plan for next generation kill vehicle

The Director of the Missile Defense Agency shall develop a long-term plan for the Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) that addresses both modifications and enhancements to the current Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle and options for the competitive development of a next generation Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle for the Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system and any other interceptor that might be developed for the defense of the United States against long-range ballistic missiles.

(b)

Definition of parameters and capabilities

(1)

Assessment required

The Director shall define the desired technical parameters and performance capabilities for a next generation Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle using an assessment conducted by the Director for that purpose that is designed to ensure that a next generation Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle design—

(A)

enables ease of manufacturing, high tolerances to production processes and supply chain variability, and inherent reliability;

(B)

will be optimized to take advantage of the Ballistic Missile Defense System architecture and sensor system capabilities;

(C)

leverages all relevant kill vehicle development activities and technologies, including from the current Standard Missile-3 Block IIB (SM–3 IIB) program and the previous Multiple Kill Vehicle technology development program;

(D)

seeks to maximize, to the greatest extent practicable, commonality between subsystems of a next generation Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle and other exo-atmospheric kill vehicle programs; and

(E)

meets Department of Defense criteria, as established in the February 2010 Ballistic Missile Defense Review, for affordability, reliability, suitability, and operational effectiveness to defend against limited attacks from evolving and future threats from long-range missiles.

(2)

Evaluation of payloads

The assessment required by paragraph (1) shall include an evaluation of the potential benefits and drawbacks of options for both unitary and multiple Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle payloads.

(3)

Standard Missile-3 Block IIb interceptor

As part of the assessment required by paragraph (1), the Director shall evaluate whether there are potential options and opportunities arising from the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB interceptor development program for development of an exo-atmospheric kill vehicle, or kill vehicle technologies or components, that could be used for potential upgrades to the Ground-Based Interceptor or for a next generation Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle.

(c)

Report

(1)

In general

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report setting forth the plan developed under subsection (a), including the results of the assessment under subsection (b), and an estimate of the cost and schedule of implementing the plan.

(2)

Form

The report required by paragraph (1) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex.

235.

Modernization of the Patriot air and missile defense system

(a)

Plan for modernization

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Army shall submit to the congressional defense committees a prioritized plan for support of the long-term requirements in connection with the modernization of the Patriot air and missile defense system.

(b)

Additional elements

The report required by subsection (a) shall also set forth the following:

(1)

An assessment of the integrated air and missile defense capabilities required to meet the demands of evolving and emerging threats.

(2)

A plan for the introduction of changes to the Patriot air and missile defense system program to achieve reductions in the life-cycle cost of the Patriot air and missile defense system.

236.

Medium Extended Air Defense System

None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2013 for the Department of Defense may be obligated or expended for the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).

237.

Availability of funds for Iron Dome short-range rocket defense program

Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 by section 201 for research, development, test, and evaluation, Defense-wide, and available for the Missile Defense Agency, $210,000,000 may be provided to the Government of Israel for the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense program as specified in the funding table in section 4201.

238.

Readiness and flexibility of intercontinental ballistic missile force

The Secretary of Defense may, in a manner consistent with the obligations of the United States under international agreements—

(1)

retain intercontinental ballistic missile launch facilities currently supporting deployed strategic nuclear delivery vehicles within the limit of 800 deployed and non-deployed strategic launchers;

(2)

maintain intercontinental ballistic missiles on alert or operationally deployed status; and

(3)

preserve intercontinental ballistic missile silos in operational or warm status.

239.

Sense of Congress on the submittal to Congress of the homeland defense hedging policy and strategy report of the Secretary of Defense

(a)

Findings

Congress makes the following findings:

(1)

Section 233 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112–81; 125 Stat. 1340) requires a homeland defense hedging policy and strategy report from the Secretary of Defense.

(2)

The report was required to be submitted not later than 75 days after the date of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, namely by March 16, 2012.

(3)

The Secretary of Defense has not yet submitted the report as required.

(4)

In March 2012, General Charles Jacoby, Jr., Commander of the United States Northern Command, the combatant command responsible for operation of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to defend the homeland against ballistic missile threats, testified before Congress that I am confident in my ability to successfully defend the homeland from the current set of limited long-range ballistic missile threats, and that [a]gainst current threats from the Middle East, I am confident we are well postured.

(5)

Phase 4 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) is intended to augment the currently deployed homeland defense capability of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system against a potential future Iranian long-range missile threat by deploying an additional layer of forward-deployed interceptors in Europe in the 2020 timeframe.

(6)

The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has testified to Congress that, although the intelligence community does not know if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons, it judges that Iran would likely choose missile delivery as its preferred method of delivering a nuclear weapon. He also testified that Iran already has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East, and it is expanding the scale, reach, and sophistication of its ballistic missile forces, many of which are inherently capable of carrying a nuclear payload.

(7)

The 2012 Annual Report to Congress on the Military Power of Iran by the Department of Defense states that, in addition to increasing its missile inventories, Iran has boosted the lethality and effectiveness of its existing missile systems with accuracy improvements and new submunitions payloads, and that it continues to develop missiles that can strike Israel and Eastern Europe. It also states that Iran has launched multistage space launch vehicles that could serve as a testbed for developing long-range ballistic missiles technologies, and that [w]ith sufficient foreign assistance, Iran may be technically capable of flight-testing an intercontinental ballistic missile by 2015.

(8)

Despite the failure of its April 2012 satellite launch attempt, North Korea warned the United States in October 2012 that the United States mainland is within range of its missiles.

(9)

The threat of limited ballistic missile attack against the United States homeland from countries such as North Korea and Iran is increasing.

(b)

Sense of congress

It is the sense of the Congress that—

(1)

the homeland defense hedging policy and strategy report required by section 233 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 is necessary to inform Congress on options to protect the United States homeland against the evolving ballistic missile threat, including potential options prior to the deployment of Phase 4 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach to missile defense; and

(2)

the Secretary of Defense should comply with the requirements of section 233 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 by submitting the homeland defense hedging policy and strategy report to Congress.

D

Reports

251.

Mission Packages for the Littoral Combat Ship

(a)

Report required

Not later than March 1, 2013, the Secretary of the Navy shall, in consultation with the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the mine countermeasures warfare (MCM), antisubmarine warfare (ASW), and surface warfare (SUW) Mission Packages for the Littoral Combat Ship.

(b)

Elements

The report required by subsection (a) shall set forth the following:

(1)

A plan for the Mission Packages demonstrating that Preliminary Design Review for every capability increment precedes Milestone B or equivalent approval for that increment.

(2)

A plan for demonstrating that the capability increment for each Mission Package, combined with a Littoral Combat Ship, on the basis of a Preliminary Design Review and post-Preliminary Design Review assessment, will achieve the capability specified for that increment.

(3)

A plan for demonstrating the survivability and lethality of the Littoral Combat Ship with its Mission Packages sufficiently early in the development phase of the system to minimize costs of concurrency.

252.

Comptroller General of the United States annual reports on the acquisition program for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle

(a)

Annual GAO review

The Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct on an annual basis a review of the acquisition program for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV).

(b)

Annual reports

(1)

In general

Not later than March 1 of each year beginning in 2013, the Comptroller General shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the review of the acquisition program for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle conducted under subsection (a).

(2)

Matters to be included

Each report on the review of the acquisition program for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle shall include, to the extent appropriate and feasible, the following:

(A)

An assessment of the extent to which the program is meeting development and procurement cost, schedule, performance, and risk mitigation goals.

(B)

With respect to meeting the desired initial operational capability and full operational capability dates for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, an assessment of the progress and results of—

(i)

developmental and operational testing of the vehicle; and

(ii)

plans for correcting deficiencies in vehicle performance, operational effectiveness, reliability, suitability, and safety.

(C)

An assessment of procurement plans, production results, and efforts to improve manufacturing efficiency and supplier performance in connection with the Amphibious Combat Vehicle.

(D)

An assessment of the acquisition strategy for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, including whether the strategy complies with acquisition management best-practices and the acquisition policy and regulations of the Department of Defense.

(E)

A risk assessment of the integrated master schedule and the test and evaluation master plan of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle as it relates to—

(i)

the probability of success;

(ii)

the funding required for the vehicle in comparison with the funding programmed for the vehicle; and

(iii)

development and production concurrency.

(3)

Additional information in first report

In submitting to the congressional defense committees the first report under paragraph (1), the Comptroller General shall include, with respect to the Amphibious Combat Vehicle program, an assessment of the sufficiency and objectivity of the following documents:

(A)

The analysis of alternatives.

(B)

The initial capabilities document.

(C)

The capability development document.

(4)

Information in subsequent reports

(A)

Certain information required only following significant changes

A report under this subsection after the first report under paragraph (1) shall address the matters identified in subparagraphs (C), (D), and (E) of paragraph (2) only to the extent that the Comptroller General determines that there have been significant changes to the applicable plans, strategies, or schedules since the last report under this subsection addressing such matters.

(B)

Additional information after approval or change of documents

If any document specified in paragraph (3) is approved or changed after the first report under paragraph (1), the Comptroller General shall provide an assessment of the sufficiency and objectivity of that document in the report to the congressional defense committees under paragraph (1) submitted immediately following such approval or change.

(5)

Termination

No report is required under this subsection after the first report following the award of a contract for full rate production of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle.

253.

Conditional requirement for report on amphibious assault vehicles for the Marine Corps

(a)

In general

If the ongoing Marine Corps ground combat vehicle fleet mix study recommends the acquisition of a separate Marine Personnel Carrier, the Secretary of the Navy and the Commandant of the Marine Corps shall jointly submit to the congressional defense committees a report that includes the following:

(1)

A detailed description of the capability gaps that Marine Personnel Carriers are intended to mitigate and the capabilities that the Marine Personnel Carrier will be required to have to mitigate such gaps, and an assessment whether, and to what extent, Amphibious Combat Vehicles could mitigate such gaps.

(2)

A detailed explanation of the role of the Marine Personnel Carriers in fulfilling the forcible entry requirement for the two Marine Expeditionary Brigades (MEBs) that make up the assault echelons of the three Marine Expeditionary Brigade force required to meet applicable war plans of the combatant commands.

(3)

A description of the fraction of the assault echelon of the brigades referred to in paragraph (2) that would be comprised of Marine Personnel Carriers.

(4)

An assessment of the direct operational risk associated with using ship-to-shore connectors to deliver Marine Personnel Carriers to shore in an amphibious assault.

(5)

An assessment of the indirect operational risk associated with using ship-to-shore connectors to deliver Marine Personnel Carriers rather than tanks and artillery and other tactical vehicles.

(6)

A comparative estimate of the acquisition and life-cycle costs of a split fleet of Amphibious Combat Vehicles and Marine Personnel Carriers with the acquisition and life-cycle costs of a pure fleet of Amphibious Combat Vehicles.

(b)

Submittal date

If required, the report under subsection (a) shall be submitted not later than the later of—

(1)

the date that is 60 days after the date of the completion of the study referred to in subsection (a); or

(2)

February 1, 2013.

E

Other Matters

271.

Transfer of administration of Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel from Department of the Navy to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

(a)

In general

Subsection (a) of section 7903 of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in the matter preceding paragraph (1)—

(A)

by inserting , through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, after The Council;

(B)

by inserting and Resources after Ocean Research;

(C)

by striking Panel consisting and inserting Panel. The Panel shall consist; and

(D)

by striking chairman and inserting Administrator, on behalf of the Council;

(2)

in paragraph (1), by striking National Academy of Science and inserting National Academies of Science;

(3)

by striking paragraphs (2) and (3); and

(4)

by redesignating paragraphs (4) and (5) as paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively.

(b)

Responsibilities of panel

Subsection (b) of such section is amended—

(1)

by inserting , through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, after The Council;

(2)

by striking paragraph (2);

(3)

by redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs (4) and (5), respectively; and

(4)

by inserting after paragraph (1) the following new paragraphs (2) and (3):

(2)

To advise the Council on the determination of scientific priorities and needs.

(3)

To provide the Council strategic advice regarding national ocean program execution and collaboration.

.

(c)

Funding To support activities of panel

Subsection (c) of such section is amended by striking Secretary of the Navy and inserting Secretary of Commerce.

(d)

Conforming amendment

Section 7902(e)(1) of such title is amended by striking Ocean Research Advisory Panel and inserting Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel.

(e)

Clerical amendments

(1)

Heading amendment

The heading of section 7903 of such title is amended to read as follows:

7903.

Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel

.

(2)

Table of sections

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 665 of such title is amended by striking the item relating to section 7903 and inserting the following new item:

7903. Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel.

.

(f)

References

Any reference to the Ocean Research Advisory Panel in any law, regulation, map, document, record, or other paper of the United States shall be deemed to be a reference to the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel.

272.

Sense of Senate on increasing the cost-effectiveness of training exercises for members of the Armed Forces

It is the sense of the Senate that—

(1)

modeling and simulation will continue to play a critical role in the training of the members of the Armed Forces;

(2)

while increased modeling and simulation has reduced overall costs of training of members of the Armed Forces, there are still significant costs associated with the human resources required to execute certain training exercises where role-playing actors for certain characters such as opposing forces, the civilian populace, other government agencies, and non-governmental organizations are required;

(3)

technological advances in areas such as varying levels of autonomy for systems, multi-player gaming techniques, and artificial intelligence could reduce the number of personnel required to support certain training exercises for members of the Armed Forces, and thereby reduce the overall cost of the exercises; and

(4)

the Secretary of Defense should develop a plan to increase the use of emerging technologies in autonomous systems, the commercial gaming sector, and artificial intelligence for training exercises for members of the Armed Forces to increase training effectiveness and reduce costs.

III

Operation and maintenance

A

Authorization of appropriations

301.

Operation and maintenance funding

Funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 for the use of the Armed Forces and other activities and agencies of the Department of Defense for expenses, not otherwise provided for, for operation and maintenance, as specified in the funding table in section 4301.

B

Energy and environmental provisions

311.

Department of Defense guidance on environmental exposures at military installations

(a)

Guidance

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall issue to the appropriate military departments and other defense agencies written guidance on environmental exposures at military installations. The guidance shall—

(1)

set forth criteria for when and under what circumstances public health assessments by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry shall be requested in connection with environmental contamination at military installations, including past incidents of environmental contamination;

(2)

establish procedures for tracking and documenting the status and nature of responses to the findings and recommendations of the public health assessments of the Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry that involve contamination at military installations; and

(3)

prescribe appropriate actions with respect to the identification of military and civilian individuals who may have been exposed to contamination while living or working on military installations.

(b)

Report

Not later than 30 days after issuing the guidance required under subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall transmit a copy of the guidance to the congressional defense committees.

312.

Funding of agreements under the Sikes Act

Section 103a of the Sikes Act (16 U.S.C. 670c–1) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)—

(A)

by inserting (1) before Funds; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(2)

In the case of a cooperative agreement under subsection (a)(2), such funds—

(A)

may be paid in a lump sum and include an amount intended to cover the future costs of the natural resource maintenance and improvement activities provided for under the agreement; and

(B)

may be placed by the recipient in an interest-bearing account, and any interest shall be applied for the same purposes as the principal.

; and

(2)

by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

(c)

Availability of funds; agreement under other laws

(1)

Cooperative agreements and interagency agreements entered into under this section shall be subject to the availability of funds.

(2)

Notwithstanding chapter 63 of title 31, a cooperative agreement under this section may be used to acquire property or services for the direct benefit or use of the United States Government.

.

313.

Report on property disposals and additional authorities to assist local communities around closed military installations

(a)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the disposition of any not yet completed closure of an active duty military installation since 1988 in the United States that was not subject to the property disposal provisions contained in the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (part A of title XXIX of Public Law 101–510; 10 U.S.C. 2687 note).

(b)

Elements

The report required by subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

The status of property described in subsection (a) that is yet to be disposed of.

(2)

An assessment of the environmental conditions of, and plans and costs for environmental remediation for, each such property.

(3)

The anticipated schedule for the completion of the disposal of each such property.

(4)

An estimate of the costs, and a description of additional potential future financial liability or other impacts on the Department of Defense, if the authorities provided by Congress for military installations closed under defense base closure and realignment (BRAC) are extended to military installations closed outside the defense base closure and realignment process and for which property has yet to be disposed.

(5)

Such recommendations as the Secretary considers appropriate for additional authorities to assist the Department in expediting the disposal of property at closed military installations in order to facilitate economic redevelopment for local communities.

(c)

Military installation defined

In this section, the term military installation means a base, camp, post, station, yard, center, homeport facility for any ship, or other activity under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense, which is located within any of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or Guam.

C

Logistics and sustainment

321.

Repeal of certain provisions relating to depot-level maintenance

(a)

Repeal

(1)

Section 2460 of title 10, United States Code (as amended by section 321 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112–81)), is repealed.

(2)

Section 2464 of title 10, United States Code (as amended by section 327 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012), is repealed.

(b)

Revival of superseded provisions

(1)

The provisions of section 2460 of title 10, United States Code, as in effect on December 30, 2011 (the day before the date of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012), are hereby revived.

(2)
(A)

The provisions of section 2464 of 10, United States Code, as in effect on that date, are hereby revived.

(B)

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 146 of such title is amended by striking the item relating to section 2464 and inserting the following new item:

2464. Core logistics capabilities.

.

(c)

Conforming amendments

(1)

Section 2366a of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking core depot-level maintenance and repair capabilities each place it appears and inserting core logistics capabilities .

(2)

Section 2366b(A)(3)(F) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking core depot-level maintenance and repair capabilities, as well as the associated logistics capabilities and inserting core logistics capabilities.

(3)

Section 801(c) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (125 Stat. 1483; 10 U.S.C. 2366a note) is amended by striking core depot-level maintenance and repair capabilities, as well as the associated logistics capabilities and inserting core logistics capabilities .

(d)

Effective date

This section and the amendments made by this section shall take effect on December 31, 2011, the date of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, immediately after the enactment of that Act.

322.

Expansion and reauthorization of multi-trades demonstration project

(a)

Expansion

Section 338 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (10 U.S.C. 5013 note) is amended—

(1)

by striking subsection (a) and inserting the following new subsection:

(a)

Demonstration project authorized

In accordance with section 4703 of title 5, United States Code, the Secretary of a military department may carry out a demonstration project at facilities described in subsection (b) under which workers who are certified at the journey level as able to perform multiple trades shall be promoted by one grade level.

; and

(2)

in subsection (b), by striking Logistics Center, Navy Fleet Readiness Center, and inserting Logistics Complex, Navy Fleet Readiness Center, Navy shipyard, Marine Corps Logistics Base,.

(b)

Reauthorization

Such section is further amended—

(1)

in subsection (d), by striking 2013 and inserting 2018; and

(2)

in subsection (e), by striking 2014 and inserting 2019.

323.

Rating chains for system program managers

The Secretary of the Air Force, in managing system program management responsibilities for sustainment programs not assigned to a program executive officer or a direct reporting program manager, shall comply with the Department of Defense Instructions regarding assignment of program responsibility.

D

Reports

331.

Annual report on Department of Defense long-term corrosion strategy

Section 2228(e) of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)—

(A)

in subparagraph (B), by inserting , including available validated data on return on investment for completed corrosion projects and activities after the strategy;

(B)

in subparagraph (E), by striking For the fiscal year covered by the report and the preceding fiscal year and inserting For the preceding fiscal year covered by the report; and

(C)

by inserting at the end the following new subparagraph:

(F)

For the preceding fiscal year covered by the report, a breakdown of the amount of funds used for military corrosion projects, the Technical Corrosion Collaboration pilot program, and other corrosion-related activities.

;

(2)

by striking paragraph (2); and

(3)

by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (2).

332.

Modified deadline for Comptroller General review of annual report on prepositioned materiel and equipment

Section 2229a(b) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking By not later than 120 days after the date on which a report is submitted under subsection (a), the Comptroller General shall review the report and inserting The Comptroller General shall review the report submitted under subsection (a).

E

Other matters

341.

Savings to be achieved in civilian workforce and contractor employee workforce of the Department of Defense

(a)

Required savings

Commencing not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall begin the implementation of an efficiencies plan for the civilian workforce and the service contractor workforce of the Department of Defense which shall achieve savings in the funding for each such workforce over the period from fiscal year 2012 through fiscal year 2017 that are not less, as a percentage of such funding, than the savings in funding for military personnel achieved by the planned reduction in military end strengths over the same period of time.

(b)

Exclusions

The funding reduction required by subsection (a) shall not include funding for the following:

(1)

Civilian personnel expenses for personnel as follows:

(A)

Personnel in Mission Critical Occupations, as defined by the Civilian Human Capital Strategic Plan of the Department of Defense and the Acquisition Workforce Plan of the Department of Defense.

(B)

Personnel employed at facilities providing core logistics capabilities pursuant to section 2464 of title 10, United States Code.

(C)

Personnel in the Offices of the Inspectors General of the Department of Defense.

(2)

Service contractor expenses for personnel as follows:

(A)

Personnel performing maintenance and repair of military equipment.

(B)

Personnel providing medical services.

(C)

Personnel performing financial audit services.

(3)

Personnel expenses for personnel in the civilian personnel or service contractor workforce performing such other critical functions as may be identified by the Secretary as requiring exemption in the interest of the national defense.

(c)

Reports

(1)

Initial report

Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report including a comprehensive description of the plan required by subsection (a).

(2)

Status reports

Not later than 60 days after the end of each fiscal year from fiscal year 2013 through fiscal year 2017, the Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report describing the implementation of the plan during the prior fiscal year. Each such report shall include a direct comparison of the savings achieved under the plan to the savings achieved in the same fiscal year through reductions in military end strengths. In any case in which savings fall short of the annual target, the report shall include an explanation of the reasons for such shortfall.

(3)

Exemptions

Each report under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall specifically identify any exemption granted by the Secretary under subsection (b)(3) in the period of time covered by the report.

(d)

Limitation on transfers of functions

The Secretary shall ensure that the savings required by this section are not achieved through unjustified transfers of functions between or among the military, civilian, and service contractor workforces of the Department of Defense.

(e)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that an amount equal to 30 percent of the amount of the reductions in appropriated funds attributable to reduced budgets for the civilian and service contractor workforces of the Department by reason of the plan required by subsection (a) should be made available for costs of assisting military personnel separated from the Armed Forces in the transition from military service.

(f)

Service contractor workforce defined

In this section, the term service contractor workforce means contractor employees performing contract services, as defined in section 2330(c)(2) of title 10, United States Code, other than contract services that are funded out of amounts available for overseas contingency operations.

342.

NATO Special Operations Headquarters

(a)

In general

Chapter 138 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

2350n.

NATO Special Operations Headquarters

(a)

Authorization

Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 and for subsequent fiscal years for the Department of Defense for operation and maintenance, up to $50,000,000 may be used for a fiscal year for the purposes set forth in subsection (b) for support of operations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Special Operations Headquarters.

(b)

Purposes

The Secretary of Defense may provide funds for the NATO Special Operations Headquarters—

(1)

to improve coordination and cooperation between the special operations forces of NATO member countries;

(2)

to facilitate joint operations by special operations forces of NATO member countries;

(3)

to support command, control, and communications capabilities peculiar to special operations forces of NATO member countries;

(4)

to promote special operations forces intelligence and informational requirements within the NATO structure; and

(5)

to promote interoperability through the development of common equipment standards, tactics, techniques, and procedures, and through execution of multinational education and training programs.

(c)

Annual report

Not later than April 1 of each year, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report regarding Department of Defense support for the NATO Special Operations Headquarters. Each report shall include the following:

(1)

The total amount of funding provided to the NATO Special Operations Headquarters.

(2)

A summary of the activities funded with such support.

(3)

Other contributions, financial or in kind, provided in support of the NATO Special Operations Headquarters by other NATO member countries.

.

(b)

Clerical Amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2350m the following new item:

2350n. NATO Special Operations Headquarters.

.

343.

Repeal of redundant authority to ensure interoperability of law enforcement and emergency responder training

Section 372 of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking (a) In general.—; and

(2)

by striking subsection (b).

344.

Sense of the Congress on Navy Fleet requirements

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1)

The Secretary of the Navy, in supporting the operational requirements of the combatant commands, should maintain in the operational capability of and perform the necessary maintenance on each cruiser and dock landing ship belonging to the Navy;

(2)

for retirements of ships owned by the Navy prior to their projected end of service life, the Chief of Naval Operations must explain to the Congressional Defense Committees how the retention of each ship would degrade the overall readiness of the fleet and endanger United States National Security and the objectives of the combatant commanders; and

(3)

revitalizing the Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan should be a national priority, and a commensurate amount of increased funding should be provided to the Navy in the Future Years Defense Program to help close the gap between requirements and the current size of the fleet.

IV

Military Personnel Authorizations

A

Active Forces

401.

End strengths for active forces

The Armed Forces are authorized strengths for active duty personnel as of September 30, 2013, as follows:

(1)

The Army, 552,100.

(2)

The Navy, 322,700.

(3)

The Marine Corps, 197,300.

(4)

The Air Force, 329,597.

402.

Additional Marine Corps personnel for the Marine Corps Security Guard Program

(a)

Additional personnel

(1)

In general

The Secretary of Defense shall develop and implement a plan which shall increase the number of Marine Corps personnel assigned to the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group at Quantico, Virginia, and Marine Security Group Regional Commands and Marine Security Group detachments at United States missions around the world by up to 1,000 Marines during fiscal years 2014 through 2017.

(2)

Purpose

The purpose of the increase under paragraph (1) shall be to provide the end strength and resources necessary to support an increase in Marine Corps security at United States consulates and embassies throughout the world, and in particular at locations identified by the Secretary of State as in need of increased security in light of threats to United States personnel and property by terrorists.

(b)

Consultation

The Secretary of Defense shall develop and implement the plan required by subsection (a) in consultation with the Secretary of State pursuant to the responsibility of the Secretary of State for diplomatic security under section 103 of the Diplomatic Security Act (22 U.S.C. 4802), and in accordance with any current memorandum of understanding between the Department of State and the Marine Corps on the operational and administrative supervision of the Marine Corps Security Guard Program.

(c)

Funding

(1)

Budget requests

The budget of the President for each fiscal year after fiscal year 2013, as submitted to Congress pursuant to section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, shall set forth as separate line elements, under the amounts requested for such fiscal year for each of procurement, operation and maintenance, and military personnel to fully fund each of the following:

(A)

The Marine Corps.

(B)

The Marine Corps Security Guard Program, including for the additional personnel under the Marine Corps Security Guard Program as result of the plan required by subsection (a).

(2)

Preservation of funding for USMC under national military strategy

In determining the amounts to be requested for a fiscal year for the Marine Corps Security Guard Program and for additional personnel under the Marine Corps Security Guard Program under paragraph (1), the President shall ensure that amounts requested for the Marine Corps for that fiscal year do not degrade the readiness of the Marine Corps to fulfill the requirements of the National Military Strategy.

(d)

Reports

(1)

Reports on Program

Not later than October 1, 2014, and annually thereafter through October 1, 2017, the Secretary of Defense shall, in coordination with the Secretary of State, submit to Congress a report on the Marine Corps Security Guard Program. Each report shall include the following:

(A)

A description of the expanded security support provided by Marine Corps Security Guards to the Department of State during the fiscal year ending on the date of such report, including—

(i)

any increased internal security provided at United States embassies and consulates throughout the world;

(ii)

any increased support for emergency action planning, training, and advising of host nation security forces; and

(iii)

any expansion of intelligence collection activities.

(B)

A description of the current status of Marine Corps personnel assigned to the Program as a result of the plan required by subsection (a).

(C)

A description of the Department of Defense resources required in the fiscal year ending on the date of such report to support the Marine Corps Security Guard program, including total end strength and key supporting programs that enable both its current and expanded mission during such fiscal year.

(D)

A reassessment of the mission of the Program, as well as procedural rules of engagement under the Program, in light of current and emerging threats to United States diplomatic personnel, and a description and assessment of options to improve the Program to respond to such threats.

(E)

An assessment of the feasibility and advisability of authorizing, funding, and administering the Program as a separate program within the Marine Corps, and if such actions are determined to be feasible and advisable, recommendations for legislative and administrative actions to provide for authorizing, funding, and administering the Program as a separate program within the Marine Corps.

(2)

Report on changes in scope of Program in response to changing threats

If the President determines that a modification (whether an increase or a decrease) in the scope of the Marine Corps Security Guard Program is necessary or advisable in light of any change in the nature of threats to United States embassies, consulates and other diplomatic facilities abroad, the President shall—

(A)

notify Congress of such modification and the change in the nature of threats prompting such modification; and

(B)

take such modification into account in requesting an end strength and funds for the Program for any fiscal year in which such modification is in effect.

B

Reserve Forces

411.

End strengths for Selected Reserve

(a)

In general

The Armed Forces are authorized strengths for Selected Reserve personnel of the reserve components as of September 30, 2013, as follows:

(1)

The Army National Guard of the United States, 358,200.

(2)

The Army Reserve, 205,000.

(3)

The Navy Reserve, 62,500.

(4)

The Marine Corps Reserve, 39,600.

(5)

The Air National Guard of the United States, 106,435.

(6)

The Air Force Reserve, 72,428.

(7)

The Coast Guard Reserve, 9,000.

(b)

End strength reductions

The end strengths prescribed by subsection (a) for the Selected Reserve of any reserve component shall be proportionately reduced by—

(1)

the total authorized strength of units organized to serve as units of the Selected Reserve of such component which are on active duty (other than for training) at the end of the fiscal year; and

(2)

the total number of individual members not in units organized to serve as units of the Selected Reserve of such component who are on active duty (other than for training or for unsatisfactory participation in training) without their consent at the end of the fiscal year.

(c)

End strength increases

Whenever units or individual members of the Selected Reserve of any reserve component are released from active duty during any fiscal year, the end strength prescribed for such fiscal year for the Selected Reserve of such reserve component shall be increased proportionately by the total authorized strengths of such units and by the total number of such individual members.

412.

End strengths for Reserves on active duty in support of the Reserves

Within the end strengths prescribed in section 411(a), the reserve components of the Armed Forces are authorized, as of September 30, 2013, the following number of Reserves to be serving on full-time active duty or full-time duty, in the case of members of the National Guard, for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the reserve components:

(1)

The Army National Guard of the United States, 32,060.

(2)

The Army Reserve, 16,277.

(3)

The Navy Reserve, 10,114.

(4)

The Marine Corps Reserve, 2,261.

(5)

The Air National Guard of the United States, 14,871.

(6)

The Air Force Reserve, 2,888.

413.

End strengths for military technicians (dual status)

The minimum number of military technicians (dual status) as of the last day of fiscal year 2013 for the reserve components of the Army and the Air Force (notwithstanding section 129 of title 10, United States Code) shall be the following:

(1)

For the Army Reserve, 8,445.

(2)

For the Army National Guard of the United States, 28,380.

(3)

For the Air Force Reserve, 10,716.

(4)

For the Air National Guard of the United States, 22,313.

414.

Fiscal year 2013 limitation on number of non-dual status technicians

(a)

Limitations

(1)

National guard

Within the limitation provided in section 10217(c)(2) of title 10, United States Code, the number of non-dual status technicians employed by the National Guard as of September 30, 2013, may not exceed the following:

(A)

For the Army National Guard of the United States, 1,600.

(B)

For the Air National Guard of the United States, 350.

(2)

Army reserve

The number of non-dual status technicians employed by the Army Reserve as of September 30, 2013, may not exceed 595.

(3)

Air force reserve

The number of non-dual status technicians employed by the Air Force Reserve as of September 30, 2013, may not exceed 90.

(b)

Non-dual status technicians defined

In this section, the term non-dual status technician has the meaning given that term in section 10217(a) of title 10, United States Code.

415.

Maximum number of reserve personnel authorized to be on active duty for operational support

During fiscal year 2013, the maximum number of members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who may be serving at any time on full-time operational support duty under section 115(b) of title 10, United States Code, is the following:

(1)

The Army National Guard of the United States, 17,000.

(2)

The Army Reserve, 13,000.

(3)

The Navy Reserve, 6,200.

(4)

The Marine Corps Reserve, 3,000.

(5)

The Air National Guard of the United States, 16,000.

(6)

The Air Force Reserve, 14,000.

C

Authorization of Appropriations

421.

Military personnel

(a)

Authorization of appropriations

Funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 for the use of the Armed Forces and other activities and agencies of the Department of Defense for expenses, not otherwise provided for, for military personnel, as specified in the funding table in section 4401.

(b)

Construction of authorization

The authorization of appropriations in subsection (a) supersedes any other authorization of appropriations (definite or indefinite) for such purpose for fiscal year 2013.

V

Military Personnel Policy

A

Officer Policy

501.

Extension of relaxation of limitation on selective early discharges

Section 638a(d)(2) of title 10 United States Code, is amended in subparagraphs (A) and (B) by striking except that during the period beginning on October 1, 2006, and ending on December 31, 2012, and inserting except that through December 31, 2018,.

502.

Exception to 30-year retirement for regular Navy warrant officers in the grade of chief warrant officer, W–5

(a)

Exception to statutory 30-year retirement

Paragraph (1) of section 1305(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by inserting or a regular Navy warrant officer in the grade of chief warrant officer, W–5, exempted under paragraph (3) after Army warrant officer; and

(2)

by striking he and inserting the officer.

(b)

Modification of statutory retirement from 30 to 33 years

Such section is further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(3)

In the case of a regular Navy warrant officer in the grade of chief warrant officer, W–5, the officer shall be retired 60 days after the date on which the officer completes 33 years of total active service.

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503.

Modification of definition of joint duty assignment to include all instructor assignments for joint training and education

Section 668(b)(1)(B) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking assignments for joint and all that follows through Phase II and inserting student assignments for joint training and education.

504.

Sense of Senate on inclusion of assignments as academic instructor at the military service academies as joint duty assignments

It is the sense of the Senate that the Secretary of Defense should include assignments in which military officers are assigned as instructors responsible for preparing and presenting academic courses on the faculty of the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, or the United States Air Force Academy as joint duty assignments.

B

Reserve Component Management

511.

Authority for appointment of persons who are lawful permanent residents as officers of the National Guard

Section 313(b)(1) of title 32, United States Code, is amended by inserting or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(20) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C.1101(a)(20)) before the semicolon.

512.

Reserve component suicide prevention and resilience program

(a)

Codification, transfer of responsibility, and extension

(1)

In general

Chapter 1007 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

10219.

Suicide prevention and resilience program

(a)

Program requirement

The Secretary of Defense shall carry out a program to provide members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families with training in suicide prevention, resilience, and community healing and response to suicide.

(b)

Suicide prevention training

Under the program, the Secretary shall provide members of the National Guard and Reserves with training in suicide prevention. Such training may include—

(1)

describing the warning signs for suicide and teaching effective strategies for prevention and intervention;

(2)

examining the influence of military culture on risk and protective factors for suicide; and

(3)

engaging in interactive case scenarios and role plays to practice effective intervention strategies.

(c)

Community response training

Under the program, the Secretary shall provide the families and communities of members of the National Guard and Reserves with training in responses to suicide that promote individual and community healing. Such training may include—

(1)

enhancing collaboration among community members and local service providers to create an integrated, coordinated community response to suicide;

(2)

communicating best practices for preventing suicide, including safe messaging, appropriate memorial services, and media guidelines;

(3)

addressing the impact of suicide on the military and the larger community, and the increased risk that can result; and

(4)

managing resources to assist key community and military service providers in helping the families, friends, and fellow servicemembers of a suicide victim through the processes of grieving and healing.

(d)

Community training assistance

The program shall include the provision of assistance with such training to the local communities of those servicemembers and families, to be provided in coordination with local community programs.

(e)

Collaboration

In carrying out the program, the Secretary shall collect and analyze lessons learned and suggestions from State National Guard and Reserve organizations with existing or developing suicide prevention and community response programs.

(f)

Termination

The program under this section shall terminate on October 1, 2015.

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(2)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 1007 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

10219. Suicide prevention and resilience program.

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(b)

Repeal of superseded provision

Subsection (i) of section 582 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (10 U.S.C. 10101 note) is repealed.

513.

Report on mechanisms to ease the reintegration into civilian life of members of the National Guard and the Reserves following a deployment on active duty

(a)

Study required

The Secretary of Defense shall conduct a study of the adequacy of mechanisms for the reintegration into civilian life of members of the National Guard and the Reserves following a deployment on active duty in the Armed Forces, including whether permitting such members to remain on active duty for a limited period after such deployment (often referred to as a soft landing) is feasible and advisable for facilitating and easing that reintegration.

(b)

Elements

(1)

In general

The study required by subsection (a) shall address the unique challenges members of the National Guard and the Reserves face when reintegrating into civilian life following a deployment on active duty in the Armed Forces and the adequacy of the policies, programs, and activities of the Department of Defense to assist such members in meeting such challenges.

(2)

Particular elements

The study shall take into consideration the following:

(A)

Disparities in reintegration after deployment between members of the regular components of the Armed Forces and members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces, including—

(i)

disparities in access to services, including, but not limited to, health care, mental health counseling, job counseling, and family counseling;

(ii)

disparities in amounts of compensated time provided to take care of personal affairs;

(iii)

disparities in amounts of time required to properly access services and to take care of personal affairs, including travel time; and

(iv)

disparities in costs of uncompensated events or requirements, including, but not limited to, travel costs and legal fees.

(B)

Disparities in reintegration policies and practices among the various Armed Forces and between the regular and reserve components of the Armed Forces.

(C)

Disparities in the lengths of time of deployment between the regular and reserve components of the Armed Forces.

(D)

Applicable medical studies on reintegration, including studies on the rest and recuperation needed to appropriately recover from combat and training stress.

(E)

Other applicable studies on reintegration policies and practices, including the recommendations made by such studies.

(F)

Appropriate recommendations for the elements of a program to assist members of the National Guard and the Reserves following a deployment on active duty in the Armed Forces in reintegrating into civilian life, including means of ensuring that the program applies uniformly across the Armed Forces and between the regular components and reserve components of the Armed Forces.

(c)

Report

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the study required by subsection (a). The report shall set forth the results of the study, including the matters specified in subsection (b), and include such comments and recommendation in light of the study as the Secretary considers appropriate.

C

General Service Authorities

521.

Diversity in the Armed Forces and related reporting requirements

(a)

Plan To achieve diversity in the Armed Forces

The Secretary of Defense shall develop and implement a plan to accurately measure the efforts of the Department of Defense to achieve the goal of having a dynamic and sustainable 20–30 year pipeline that yields a diverse officer and enlisted corps for the Armed Forces that reflects the population of the United States eligible to serve in the Armed Forces across all the Armed Forces, and all grades of each Armed Force, that is able to prevail in its wars, prevent and deter conflicts, defeat adversaries and succeed in a wide-range of contingencies, and preserve and enhance the all volunteer force. Any metric established pursuant to this subsection may not be used in a manner that undermines the merit-based processes of the Department of Defense, including such processes for accession, retention, and promotion. Such metrics may not be combined with the identification of specific quotas based upon diversity characteristics. The Secretary shall continue to account for diversified language and cultural skills among the total force of the military.

(b)

Metrics To measure progress in developing and implementing plan

In developing and implementing the plan under subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall develop a standard set of metrics and collection procedures that are uniform across the armed forces. The metrics required by this subsection shall be designed—

(1)

to accurately capture the inclusion and capability aspects of the armed forces broader diversity plans, including race, ethnic, and gender specific groups, functional expertise, and diversified cultural and language skills so as to leverage and improve readiness; and

(2)

to be verifiable and systematically linked to strategic plans that will drive improvements.

(c)

Definition of diversity

In developing and implementing the plan under subsection (a), each Secretary of a military department shall, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, develop a definition of diversity that is reflective of the culture, mission, and core values of each Armed Force under the jurisdiction of such Secretary.

(d)

Consultation

Not less than annually, the Secretary of Defense shall meet with the Secretaries of the military departments, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and senior enlisted members of the Armed Forces to discuss the progress being made toward developing and implementing the plan established under subsection (a).

(e)

Reports on implementation of plan

Not later than July 1, 2013, and biennially thereafter through July 1, 2017, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the following:

(1)

The progress made in implementing the plan required by subsection (a) to accurately measure the efforts of the Department of Defense to achieve its diversity goals.

(2)

The number of members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components, listed by sex and race or ethnicity for each grade under each military department.

(3)

The number of members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components, who were promoted during the years covered by the report, listed by sex and race or ethnicity for each grade under each military department.

(4)

The number of members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components, who reenlisted or otherwise extended the commitment to military service during the years covered by the report, listed by sex and race or ethnicity for each grade under each military department.

(5)

The available pool of qualified candidates for the general officer grades of general and lieutenant general and the flag officer grades of admiral and vice admiral.

(f)

Applicability to Coast Guard

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall apply the provisions of this section (other than subsection (d)) to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy in order to achieve diversity in the Coast Guard in the same manner, under the same schedule, and subject to the same conditions as diversity is achieved in the other Armed Forces under this section. The Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense committees the reports required by subsection (e) with respect to the implementation of the provisions of this section regarding the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy.

522.

Modification of authority to conduct programs on career flexibility to enhance retention of members of the Armed Forces

(a)

Extension of programs to certain active Guard and Reserve personnel

Section 533 of Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (10 U.S.C. prec. 701 note) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(1), by inserting and members on active Guard and Reserve duty after officers and enlisted members of the regular components;

(2)

by redesignating subsection (l) as subsection (m); and

(3)

by inserting after subsection (k) the following new subsection (l)

(l)

Definition

In this section, the term active Guard and Reserve duty has the meaning given that term in section 101(d)(6) of title 10, United States Code.

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(b)

Authority To carry forward unused accrued leave

Subsection (h) of such section is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(5)

Leave

A member who participates in a pilot program is entitled to carry forward the existing leave balance accumulated in accordance with section 701 of title 10, United States Code, but not to exceed 60 days.

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(c)

Authority for disability processing

Subsection (j) of such section is amended—

(1)

by striking for purposes of the entitlement and inserting “for purposes of—

(1)

the entitlement

;

(2)

by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(2)

retirement or separation for physical disability under the provisions of chapters 55 and 61 of title 10, United States Code.

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523.

Authority for additional behavioral health professionals to conduct pre-separation medical examinations for post-traumatic stress disorder

Section 1177(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking or psychiatrist and inserting psychiatrist, licensed clinical social worker, or psychiatric nurse practitioner; and

(2)

in paragraph (3), by striking or psychiatrist and inserting , psychiatrist, licensed clinical social worker, or psychiatric nurse practitioner.

524.

Quarterly reports on involuntary separation of members of the Armed Forces

(a)

Quarterly reports required

Not later than 30 days after the end of each calendar year quarter in 2013 and 2014, each Secretary of a military department shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the number of members of the regular components of the Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of such Secretary who were involuntarily separated from active duty in the Armed Forces during such calendar year quarter.

(b)

Elements

Each report on an Armed Force for a calendar year quarter under subsection (a) shall set forth the following:

(1)

The total number members involuntarily separated.

(2)

The number of members separated set forth by grade.

(3)

The number of members separated set forth by total years of service in the Armed Forces at the time of separation.

(4)

The number of members separated set forth by military occupational specialty or rating, or competitive category for officers.

(5)

The number of members separated who received involuntary separation pay, or who are authorized to receive temporary retired pay, in connection with separation.

(6)

The number of members who completed transition assistance programs relating to future employment.

(7)

The average number of months deployed to overseas contingency operations set forth by grade.

525.

Review of eligibility of victims of domestic terrorism for award of the Purple Heart and the Defense Medal of Freedom

(a)

Report

Not later than March 1, 2013, the Secretary of Defense shall, in coordination with the Secretaries of the military departments, submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on—

(1)

the advisability of modifying the criteria for the award of the Purple Heart to provide for the award of the Purple Heart to members of the Armed Forces who are killed or wounded in a terrorist attack within the United States that is determined to be inspired by ideological, political, or religious beliefs that give rise to terrorism; and

(2)

the advisability of modifying the criteria for the award of the Defense Medal of Freedom to provide for the award of the Defense Medal of Freedom to civilian employees of the United States who are killed or wounded in a terrorist attack within the United States that is determined to be inspired by ideological, political, or religious beliefs that give rise to terrorism.

(b)

Determination

As part of the review undertaken to prepare the report required by subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall conduct a review of each death or wounding of a member of the Armed Forces or civilian employee of the United States Government that occurred within the United States since September 11, 2001, that could meet the criteria as being the result of a terrorist attack within the United States in order to determine whether such death or wounding qualifies or potentially would qualify for the award of the Purple Heart or the Defense Medal of Freedom.

(c)

Considerations

In conducting the review to prepare the report required by subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall take into consideration the following:

(1)

The views of veterans service organizations, including the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

(2)

The importance that has been assigned to determining all available facts before a decision is made to award the Purple Heart.

(3)

Potential effects of an award on the ability to prosecute perpetrators of terrorist acts in military or civilian courts.

(4)

The views of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

526.

Extension of temporary increase in accumulated leave carryover for members of the Armed Forces

Section 701(d) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking September 30, 2013 and inserting September 30, 2015.

527.

Prohibition on waiver for commissioning or enlistment in the Armed Forces for any individual convicted of a felony sexual offense

An individual may not be provided a waiver for commissioning or enlistment in the Armed Forces if the individual has been convicted under Federal or State law of a felony offense of any of the following:

(1)

Rape.

(2)

Sexual abuse.

(3)

Sexual assault.

(4)

Incest.

(5)

Any other sexual offense.

528.

Research study on resilience in members of the Army

(a)

Research study required

(1)

In general

The Secretary of the Army shall carry out a research program on resilience in members of the Army.

(2)

Purpose

The purpose of the research study shall be to determine the effectiveness of the current Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) Program of the Army while verifying the current means of the Army to reduce trends in high risk or self-destructive behavior and to prepare members of the Army to manage stressful or traumatic situations by training members in resilience strategies and techniques.

(3)

Elements

In carrying out the research study, the Secretary shall determine the effectiveness of training under the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program in—

(A)

enhancing individual performance through resiliency techniques and use of positive and sports psychology; and

(B)

identifying and responding to early signs of high-risk behavior in members of the Army assigned to units involved in the research study.

(4)

Science-based evidence and techniques

The research study shall be rooted in scientific evidence, using professionally accepted measurements of experiments, of longitudinal research, random-assignment, and placebo-controlled outcome studies to evaluate which interventions can prove positive results and which result in no impact.

(b)

Locations

The Secretary carry out the research study at locations selected by the Secretary from among Army installations which are representative of the Total Force. Units from all components of the Army shall be involved in the research study.

(c)

Training

In carrying out the research study at an installation selected pursuant to subsection (b), the Secretary shall ensure, at a minimum, that whenever a unit returns from combat deployment to the installation the training established for purposes of the research study is provided to all members of the Army returning for such deployment. The training shall include such training as the Secretary considers appropriate to reduce trends in high risk or self-destructive behavior.

(d)

Period

The Secretary shall carry out the research study through September 30, 2014.

(e)

Reports

Not later than 30 days after the end of each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Armed Forces of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the research study during the preceding fiscal year. Each report shall include the following:

(1)

A description of the trends in high risk or self-destructive behavior within each of the units involved in the research study during the fiscal year covered by such report.

(2)

A description of the effectiveness of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program training in enhancing individual performance through resiliency techniques, utilization of positive psychology.

(3)

In the case of the report on fiscal year 2014, such recommendations for the expansion or modification of the research study as the Secretary considers appropriate.

D

Military Justice and Legal Matters Generally

531.

Clarification and enhancement of the role of the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps

(a)

Appointment by the President and permanent appointment to grade of major general

Subsection (a) of section 5046 of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in the first sentence, by striking detailed and inserting appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,; and

(2)

in the second sentence—

(A)

by striking The and inserting If an officer appointed as the; and

(B)

by striking , while so serving, has the grade and inserting holds a lower grade, the officer shall be appointed in the grade.

(b)

Duties, authority, and accountability

Such section is further amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (d); and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (b) the following new subsection (c):

(c)

The Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, under the direction of the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Secretary of the Navy, shall—

(1)

perform duties relating to legal matters arising in the Marine Corps as may be assigned to the Staff Judge Advocate;

(2)

perform the functions and duties and exercise the powers prescribed for the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps in chapter 47 of this title (the Uniform Code of Military Justice) and chapter 53 of this title; and

(3)

perform such other duties as may be assigned to the Staff Judge Advocate.

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(c)

Composition of Headquarters, Marine Corps

Section 5041(b) of such title is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (4) and (5) as paragraphs (5) and (6), respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after paragraph (3) the following new paragraph (4):

(4)

The Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

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(d)

Supervision of certain legal services

(1)

Administration of military justice

Section 806(a) of such title (article 6(a) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice) is amended in the third sentence by striking The Judge Advocate General and all that follows through shall and inserting The Judge Advocates General, and within the Marine Corps the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, or senior members of their staffs, shall.

(2)

Delivery of legal assistance

Section 1044(b) of such title is amended by inserting and within the Marine Corps the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps after title).

532.

Additional information in reports on annual surveys of the committee on the Uniform Code of Military Justice

Subsection (c)(2) of section 946 of title 10, United States Code (article 146 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice), is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subparagraph (B) as subparagraph (C); and

(2)

by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following new subparagraph (B):

(B)

Information from the Judge Advocates General and the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps on the following:

(i)

The appellate review process, including—

(I)

information on compliance with processing time goals;

(II)

discussions of the circumstances surrounding cases in which general court-martial or special court-martial convictions are reversed as a result of command influence or denial of the right to a speedy review or otherwise remitted due to loss of records of trial or other administrative deficiencies; and

(III)

discussions of cases in which a provision of this chapter is held unconstitutional.

(ii)

Developments in appellate case law relating to courts-martial involving allegations of sexual misconduct under this chapter.

(iii)

Issues associated with implementing recent, legislatively directed changes to this chapter or the Manual for Courts-Martial.

(iv)

Measures implemented by each armed force to ensure the ability of judge advocates to competently participate as trial and defense counsel in, and preside as military judges over, capital cases, national security cases, sexual assault cases, and proceedings of military commissions.

(v)

The independent views of the Judge Advocates General and the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps on the sufficiency of resources available within their respective armed forces, including manpower, funding, training, and officer and enlisted grade structure, to capably perform military justice functions.

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E

Sexual Assault, Hazing, and Related Matters

541.

Authority to retain or recall to active duty reserve component members who are victims of sexual assault while on active duty

(a)

In general

Chapter 1209 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

12323.

Active duty for response to sexual assault

(a)

Continuation on active duty

In the case of a member of a reserve component who is the alleged victim of sexual assault committed while on active duty and who is expected to be released from active duty before the determination of whether the member was assaulted while in the line of duty, the Secretary concerned may, upon the request of the member, order the member to be retained on active duty until the line of duty determination. A member eligible for continuation on active duty under this subsection shall be informed as soon as practicable after the alleged assault of the option to request continuation on active duty under this subsection.

(b)

Return to active duty

In the case of a member of a reserve component not on active duty who is the alleged victim of a sexual assault that occurred while the member was on active duty and when the determination whether the member was in the line of duty is not completed, the Secretary concerned may, upon the request of the member, order the member to active duty for such time as necessary to complete the line of duty determination.

(c)

Regulations

The Secretaries of the military departments shall prescribe regulations to carry out this section, subject to guidelines prescribed by the Secretary of Defense. The guidelines of the Secretary of Defense shall provide that—

(1)

a request submitted by a member described in subsection (a) or (b) to continue on active duty, or to be ordered to active duty, respectively, must be decided within 30 days from the date of the request; and

(2)

if the request is denied, the member may appeal to the first general officer or flag officer in the chain of command of the member, and in the case of such an appeal a decision on the appeal must be made within 15 days from the date of the appeal.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 1209 of such title is amended adding at the end the following new item:

12323. Active duty for response to sexual assault.

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542.

Additional elements in comprehensive Department of Defense policy on sexual assault prevention and response

(a)

Additional elements

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall modify the revised comprehensive policy for the Department of Defense sexual assault prevention and response program required by section 1602 of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Public Law 111–383; 124 Stat. 4430; 10 U.S.C. 1561 note) to include in the policy the following:

(1)

A requirement to establish within each military department, under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense, an enhanced capability for the investigation, prosecution, and defense of special victim offenses under chapter 47 of title 10, United States Code (the Uniform Code of Military Justice).

(2)

A requirement that each military department initiate and retain for a period prescribed by the Secretary of Defense a record on the disposition of allegations of sexual assault using forms and procedures prescribed by the Secretary.

(3)

A requirement that all commanders and commanding officers receive training on sexual assault prevention, response, and policies before, or shortly after, assuming command.

(4)

A requirement that all new members of the Armed Forces (whether in the regular or reserve components) receive training on the Department of Defense policy on sexual assault prevention and response program during initial entry training.

(5)

A requirement for military commands and units specified by the Secretary of Defense for purposes of the policy to conduct periodic climate assessments of such commands and units for purposes of preventing and responding to sexual assaults.

(6)

A requirement to post and widely disseminate information about resources available to report and respond to sexual assaults, including hotline phone numbers and Internet websites available to all members of the Armed Forces.

(7)

A requirement to assign responsibility to receive and investigate complaints against members of the Armed Forces and civilian personnel of the Department of Defense for the violation or failure to provide the rights of a crime victim established by section 3771 of title 18, United States Code, as applicable to such members and personnel in accordance with Department of Defense Directive 1030.1, or a successor directive, and Department of Defense Instruction 1030.2, or a successor instruction.

(8)

A requirement that each Secretary of a military department establish policies that require that each member of the Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of such Secretary whose conviction for a covered offense is final and who is not punitively discharged from the Armed Forces in connection with such conviction be processed for administrative separation from the Armed Forces, which requirement shall not be interpreted to limit or alter the authority of such Secretary to process members of the Armed Forces for administrative separation for other offenses or under other provisions of law.

(b)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

The term covered offense means the following:

(A)

Rape or sexual assault under subsection (a) or (b) of section 920 of title 10, United States Code (article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice).

(B)

Forcible sodomy under section 925 of title 10, United States Code (article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice).

(C)

An attempt to commit an offense specified in subparagraph (A) or (B) under section 880 of title 10, United States Code (article 80 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice).

(2)

The term special victim offenses means offenses involving allegations of any of the following:

(A)

Child abuse.

(B)

Rape, sexual assault, or forcible sodomy.

(C)

Domestic violence involving aggravated assault.

543.

Hazing in the Armed Forces

(a)

Report

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, each Secretary of a military department shall, in consultation with the Chief of Staff of each Armed Force under the jurisdiction of such Secretary, submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on hazing in such Armed Force. Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the committees of Congress referred to in the preceding sentence a report on hazing in the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, and, for purposes of such report, the Armed Forces shall include the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy.

(b)

Elements

Each report on an Armed Force required by subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

A discussion of the policies of the Armed Force for preventing and responding to incidents of hazing.

(2)

A description of the methods implemented to track and report, including report anonymously, incidents of hazing in the Armed Force.

(3)

An assessment by the Secretary submitting such report of the following:

(A)

The scope of the problem of hazing in the Armed Force.

(B)

The training on recognizing and preventing hazing provided members of the Armed Force.

(C)

The actions taken to prevent and respond to hazing incidents in the Armed Force.

(4)

A description of the additional actions, if any, the Secretary submitting such report and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Force propose to take to further address the incidence of hazing in the Armed Force.

544.

Retention of certain forms in connection with Restricted Reports on sexual assault involving members of the Armed Forces

(a)

Period of retention

The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that all copies of Department of Defense Form 2910 and Department of Defense Form 2911 filed in connection with a Restricted Report on an incident of sexual assault involving a member of the Armed Forces shall be retained for the longer of—

(1)

50 years commencing on the date of signature of the member on Department of Defense Form 2910; or

(2)

the time provided for the retention of such forms in connection with Unrestricted Reports on incidents of sexual assault involving members of the Armed Forces under Department of Defense Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM) 11–062, entitled Document Retention in Cases of Restricted and Unrestricted Reports of Sexual Assault, or any successor directive or policy.

(b)

Protection of confidentiality

Any Department of Defense form retained under subsection (a) shall be retained in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the member of the Armed Forces concerned in accordance with procedures for the protection of confidentiality of information in Restricted Reports under Department of Defense memorandum JTF–SAPR–009, relating to the Department of Defense policy on confidentiality for victims of sexual assault, or any successor policy or directive.

545.

Prevention and response to sexual harassment in the Armed Forces

(a)

Comprehensive policy required

(1)

In general

The Secretary of Defense shall, in consultation with the Secretaries of the military departments and the Equal Opportunity Office of the Department of Defense, develop a comprehensive policy to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the Armed Forces. The policy shall provide for the following:

(A)

Training for members of the Armed Forces on the prevention of sexual harassment.

(B)

Mechanisms for reporting incidents of sexual harassment in the Armed Forces, including procedures for reporting anonymously.

(C)

Mechanisms for responding to and resolving incidents of alleged sexual harassment incidences involving members of the Armed Forces, including through the prosecution of offenders.

(2)

Report

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report setting forth the policy required by paragraph (1).

(b)

Collection and retention of records on disposition of reports of sexual harassment

(1)

Collection

The Secretary of Defense shall require that the Secretary of each military department establish a record on the disposition of any report of sexual harassment, whether such disposition is court martial, non-judicial punishment, or other administrative action. The record of any such disposition shall include the following, as appropriate:

(A)

Documentary information collected about the incident reported.

(B)

Punishment imposed, including the sentencing by judicial or non-judicial means including incarceration, fines, restriction, and extra duty as a result of military court-martial, Federal and local court and other sentencing, or any other punishment imposed.

(C)

Reasons for the selection of the disposition and punishments selected.

(D)

Administrative actions taken, if any.

(E)

Any pertinent referrals offered as a result of the incident (such as drug and alcohol counseling and other types of counseling or intervention).

(2)

Retention

The Secretary of Defense shall require that—

(A)

the records established pursuant to paragraph (1) be retained by the Department of Defense for a period of not less than 50 years; and

(B)

a copy of such records be maintained at a centralized location for the same period as applies to retention of the records under subparagraph (A).

(c)

Annual report on sexual harassment involving members of the Armed Forces

(1)

Annual report on sexual harassment

Not later than March 1, 2015, and each March 1 thereafter through March 1, 2018, the Secretary of each military department shall submit to the Secretary of Defense a report on the sexual harassments involving members of the Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of such Secretary during the preceding year. Each Secretary of a military department shall submit the report on a year under this section at the same time as the submittal of the annual report on sexual assaults during that year under section 1631 of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (10 U.S.C. 1561 note). In the case of the Secretary of the Navy, separate reports shall be prepared under this section for the Navy and the Marine Corps.

(2)

Contents

The report of a Secretary of a military department for an Armed Force under paragraph (1) shall contain the following:

(A)

The number of sexual harassments committed against members of the Armed Force that were reported to military officials during the year covered by the report, and the number of the cases so reported that were substantiated.

(B)

The number of sexual harassments committed by members of the Armed Force that were reported to military officials during the year covered by the report, and the number of the cases so reported that were substantiated. The information required by this subparagraph may not be combined with the information required by subparagraph (A).

(C)

A synopsis of each such substantiated case and, for each such case, the action taken in such case, including the type of disciplinary or administrative sanction imposed, section 815 of title 10, United States Code (article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice).

(D)

The policies, procedures, and processes implemented by the Secretary during the year covered by the report in response to incidents of sexual harassment involving members of that Armed Force.

(E)

Any other matters relating to sexual harassment involving members of the Armed Forces that the Secretary considers appropriate.

546.

Enhancement of annual reports regarding sexual assaults involving members of the Armed Forces

(a)

In general

Section 1631(b) of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (10 U.S.C. 1561 note) is amended—

(1)

by striking paragraph (3) and inserting the following new paragraph (3):

(3)

A synopsis of each such substantiated case, organized by offense, and, for each such case, the action taken in such case, including the following information:

(A)

The type of disciplinary or administrative sanction imposed, if any, including courts-martial sentences, non-judicial punishments administered by commanding officers pursuant to section 815 of title 10, United States Code (article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice), and administrative separations.

(B)

A description of and rationale for the final disposition and punishment, regardless of type of disciplinary or administrative sanction imposed.

(C)

The unit and location of service at which the incident occurred.

(D)

Whether the accused was previously accused of a substantiated sexual assault or sexual harassment.

(E)

Whether the accused was admitted to the Armed Forces under a moral waiver granted with respect to prior sexual misconduct.

(F)

Whether alcohol was involved in the incident.

(G)

If the member was administratively separated or, in the case of an officer, allowed to resign in lieu of facing a court-martial, the characterization given the service of the member upon separation.

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new paragraphs

(7)

The number of applications submitted under section 673 of title 10, United States Code, during the year covered by the report for a permanent change of station or unit transfer for members of the Armed Forces on active duty who are the victim of a sexual assault or related offense, the number of applications denied, and, for each application denied, a description of the reasons why such application was denied.

(8)

An analysis and assessment of trends in the incidence, disposition, and prosecution of sexual assaults by commands and installations during the year covered by the report, including trends relating to prevalence of incidents, prosecution of incidents, and avoidance of incidents.

(9)

An assessment of the adequacy of sexual assault prevention and response activities carried out by training commands during the year covered by the report.

(10)

An analysis of the specific factors that may have contributed to sexual assault during the year covered by the report, including sexual harassment and substance abuse, an assessment of the role of such factors in contributing to sexual assaults during that year, and recommendations for mechanisms to eliminate or reduce the incidence of such factors or their contributions to sexual assaults.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act, and shall apply beginning with the report required to be submitted by March 1, 2014, under section 1631 of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (as amended by subsection (a)).

F

Education and Training

551.

Inclusion of the School of Advanced Military Studies Senior Level Course as a senior level service school

Section 2151(b)(1) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(E)

The Senior Level Course of the School of Advanced Military Studies of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

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552.

Modification of eligibility for associate degree programs under the Community College of the Air Force

Section 9315(b) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(3)

Enlisted members of the armed forces other than the Air Force who are participating in joint-service medical training and education or serving as instructors in joint-service medical training and education.

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553.

Support of Naval Academy athletic programs

(a)

In general

Chapter 603 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

6981.

Support of athletic and physical fitness programs

(a)

Authority

(1)

Contracts and cooperative agreements

The Secretary of the Navy may enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with the Association for the purpose of supporting the athletic and physical fitness programs of the Naval Academy. Notwithstanding section 2304(k) of this title, the Secretary may enter such contracts or cooperative agreements on a sole source basis pursuant to section 2304(c)(5) of this title. Notwithstanding chapter 63 of title 31, a cooperative agreement under this section may be used to acquire property or services for the direct benefit or use of the Naval Academy.

(2)

Leases

The Secretary may enter into leases, in accordance with section 2667 of this title, or licenses with the Association for the purpose of supporting the athletic and physical fitness programs of the Naval Academy. Any such lease or license shall be deemed to satisfy the conditions of section 2667(h)(2) of this title.

(b)

Use of Navy personal property by the Association

The Secretary may allow the Association to use, at no cost, personal property of the Department of the Navy to assist the Association in supporting the athletic and physical fitness programs of the Naval Academy.

(c)

Acceptance of support

(1)

Support received from the Association

Notwithstanding section 1342 of title 31, the Secretary may accept from the Association funds, supplies, and services for the support of the athletic and physical fitness programs of the Naval Academy. For purposes of this section, employees or personnel of the Association may not be considered to be employees of the United States.

(2)

Funds received from NCAA

The Secretary may accept funds from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to support the athletic and physical fitness programs of the Naval Academy.

(3)

Limitation

The Secretary shall ensure that contributions under this subsection do not reflect unfavorably on the ability of the Department of the Navy, any of its employees, or any member of the armed forces to carry out any responsibility or duty in a fair and objective manner, or compromise the integrity or appearance of integrity of any program of the Department of the Navy, or any individual involved in such a program.

(d)

Retention and use of funds

Notwithstanding section 2260(d) of this title, funds received under this section may be retained for use in support of the Naval Academy athletic program and shall remain available until expended.

(e)

Trademarks and service marks

(1)

Licensing, marketing, and sponsorship agreements

An agreement under subsection (a)(1) may, consistent with sections 2260 (other than subsection (d)) and 5022(b)(3) of this title, authorize the Association to enter into licensing, marketing, and sponsorship agreements relating to trademarks and service marks identifying the Naval Academy, subject to the approval of the Department of the Navy.

(2)

Limitations

No such licensing, marketing, or sponsorship agreement may be entered into if it would reflect unfavorably on the ability of the Department of the Navy, any of its employees, or any member of the armed forces to carry out any responsibility or duty in a fair and objective manner, or if the Secretary determines that the use of the trademark or service mark would compromise the integrity or appearance of integrity of any program of the Department of the Navy, or any individual involved in such a program.

(f)

Service on Association Board of Control

The Association is a designated entity for which authorization under sections 1033(a) and 1589(a) of this title may be provided.

(g)

Conditions

The authority provided in this section with respect to the Association is available only so long as the Association continues to—

(1)

qualify as a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and operates in accordance with this section, the laws of the State of Maryland, and the constitution and bylaws of the Association; and

(2)

operate exclusively to support the athletic and physical fitness programs of the Naval Academy.

(h)

Association defined

In this section, the term Association means the Naval Academy Athletic Association.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 603 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

6981. Support of athletic and physical fitness programs.

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554.

Grade of commissioned officers in uniformed medical accession programs

(a)

Medical students of USUHS

Section 2114(b) of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking the second sentence and inserting the following new sentences: Each medical student shall be appointed as a regular officer in the grade of second lieutenant or ensign. An officer so appointed may, upon meeting such criteria for promotion as may be prescribed by the Secretary concerned, be appointed in the regular grade of first lieutenant or lieutenant (junior grade). Medical students commissioned under this section shall serve on active duty in their respective grades.; and

(2)

in paragraph (2), by striking grade of second lieutenant or ensign and inserting grade in which the member is serving under paragraph (1).

(b)

Participants in health professions scholarship and financial assistance program

Section 2121(c) of such title is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking the second sentence and inserting the following new sentences: Each person so commissioned shall be appointed as a reserve officer in the grade of second lieutenant or ensign. An officer so appointed may, upon meeting such criteria for promotion as may be prescribed by the Secretary concerned, be appointed in the reserve grade of first lieutenant or lieutenant (junior grade). Medical students commissioned under this section shall serve on active duty in their respective grades for a period of 45 days during each year of participation in the program.; and

(2)

in paragraph (2), by striking grade of second lieutenant or ensign and inserting grade in which the member is serving under paragraph (1).

(c)

Officers detailed as students at medical schools

Subsection (e) of section 2004a of such title is amended—

(1)

in the subsection heading, by striking Appointment and treatment of prior active service and inserting Service on active duty; and

(2)

by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following new paragraph (1):

(1)

A commissioned officer detailed under subsection (a) shall serve on active duty, subject to the limitations on grade specified in section 2114(b)(1) of this title and with the entitlement to basic pay as specified in section 2114(b)(2) of this title.

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555.

Authority for service commitment for Reservists who accept fellowships, scholarships, or grants to be performed in the Selected Reserve

(a)

In general

Subsection (b) of section 2603 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking on active duty and all that follows and inserting the following: “as follows:

(1)

On active duty for a period at least three times the length of the period of the education or training.

(2)

In the case of a member of the Selected Reserve—

(A)

on active duty in accordance with paragraph (1); or

(B)

in the Selected Reserve for a period at least five times the length of the period of the education or training.

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(b)

Technical Amendments

Such section is further amended by striking Armed Forces each place it appears and inserting armed forces.

(c)

Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to agreements entered into under section 2603(b) of title 10, United States Code, after the date of the enactment of this Act.

556.

Repeal of requirement for eligibility for in-State tuition of at least 50 percent of participants in Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program

Section 2107(c)(1) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking the third sentence.

557.

Modification of requirements on plan to increase the number of units of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps

(a)

Number of units covered by plan

Subsection (a) of section 548 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110–417; 122 Stat. 4466) is amended by striking not less than 3,700 units and inserting not less than 3,000, and not more than 3,700, units.

(b)

Additional exception

Subsection (b) of such section is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking or at the end;

(2)

in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(3)

if the Secretaries of the military departments determine that the level of support of all kinds (including, but not limited to, appropriated funds) provided to youth development programs within the Armed Forces is consistent with funding limitations and the achievement of the objectives of such programs.

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(c)

Submittal of reports

Subsection (e) of such section is amended by striking not later than and all that follows and inserting annually through 2012, and thereafter not later than March 31 of each of 2015, 2018, and 2020..

558.

Consolidation of military department authority to issue arms, tentage, and equipment to educational institutions not maintaining units of the Junior ROTC

(a)

Consolidation of authority

Chapter 152 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 2552 the following new section:

2552a.

Arms, tentage, and equipment: educational institutions not maintaining units of Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps

The Secretary of a military department may issue arms, tentage, and equipment to an educational institution at which no unit of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps is maintained if the educational institution—

(1)

offers a course in military instruction prescribed by that Secretary; and

(2)

has a student body of at least 50 students who are in a grade above the eighth grade.

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(b)

Conforming repeals

Sections 4651, 7911, and 9651 of such title are repealed.

(c)

Clerical amendments

(1)

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 152 of such title is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2552 the following new item:

2552a. Arms, tentage, and equipment: educational institutions not maintaining units of Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps

.

(2)

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 441 of such title is amended by striking the item relating to section 4651.

(3)

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 667 of such title is amended by striking the item relating to section 7911.

(4)

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 941 of such title is amended by striking the item relating to section 9651.

559.

Modification of requirement for reports in Federal Register on institutions of higher education ineligible for contracts and grants for denial of ROTC or military recruiter access to campus

Section 983 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking subsection (f).

560.

Comptroller General of the United States report on the Reserve Officers' Training Corps

(a)

Report required

Not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report setting forth the assessment of the Comptroller General regarding the following:

(1)

Whether the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs of the Departments of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force are effectively meeting, and structured to meet, current and projected requirements for newly commissioned officers in the Armed Forces.

(2)

The cost-effectiveness and unit productivity of the current Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs.

(3)

The adequacy of current oversight and criteria for unit closure for the Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs.

(b)

Elements

The report required by subsection (a) shall include, at a minimum, the following:

(1)

A list of the units of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs by Armed Force, and by college or university, and the number of cadets and midshipman currently enrolled by class or year group.

(2)

The number of officers commissioned in 2012 from the Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs, and the number projected to be commissioned over the period of the current future-years defense program under section 221 of title 10, United States Code, from each unit listed under paragraph (1).

(3)

An assessment of the requirements of each Armed Force for newly commissioned officers in 2012 and the strategic planning regarding such requirements over the period of the current future-years defense program.

(4)

The number of military and civilian personnel of the Department of Defense assigned to lead and manage Reserve Officers' Training Corps program units, and the grades of the military personnel so assigned.

(5)

An assessment of Department of Defense-wide and Armed-Force specific standards regarding the productivity of Reserve Officers' Training Corps program units, and an assessment of compliance with such standards.

(6)

An assessment of the projected use by the Armed Forces of the procedures available to the Armed Forces to respond to overages in the number of cadets and midshipmen in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs.

(7)

A description of the plans of the Armed Forces to retain or disestablish Reserve Officers' Training Corps program units that do not meet productivity standards.

561.

Report on Department of Defense efforts to standardize educational transcripts issued to separating members of the Armed Forces

(a)

Report required

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the efforts of the Department of Defense to standardize the educational transcripts issued to members of the Armed Forces on their separation from the Armed Forces.

(b)

Elements

The report required by subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

A description of the similarities and differences between the educational transcripts issued to members separating from the various Armed Forces.

(2)

A description of any assessments done by the Department, or in conjunction with educational institutions, to identify shortcomings in the transcripts issued to separating members in connection with their ability to qualify for civilian educational credits.

(3)

A description of the implementation plan for the Joint Services Transcript, including a schedule and the elements of existing educational transcripts to be incorporated into the Transcript.

562.

Comptroller General of the United States reports on joint professional military education matters

(a)

Report on review of Military Education Coordination Council report

(1)

Review of methodology

The Comptroller General of the United States shall review the methodology used by the Military Education Coordination Council in compiling the report on joint professional military education that is to be submitted to the Director of Joint Force Development by March 1, 2013, pursuant to the Joint Staff Memorandum, Joint Staff Review, dated July 16, 2012. The review shall include an examination of the analytical approach used by the Council for that report, including the types of information considered, the cost savings identified, the benefits of options considered, the time frames for implementation, and transparency.

(2)

Report

Not later than 90 days after receiving from the Director of Joint Force Development the report described in paragraph (1), the Comptroller General shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the review under paragraph (1) of the report described in that paragraph. The report of the Comptroller General under this paragraph shall set forth the following:

(A)

The results of the review under paragraph (1).

(B)

Such recommendations as the Comptroller General considers appropriate in light of the results of the review.

(b)

Report on joint professional military education research institutions

(1)

Report required

Not later than January 31, 2014, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report setting forth the assessment by the Comptroller General of the work performed by joint professional military education research institutions in support of professional military education and the broader mission of the Department of Defense, the military departments, and the Defense Agencies.

(2)

Elements

The report required by paragraph (1) shall include an assessment of the following:

(A)

The systems, mechanisms, and structures within the senior and intermediate joint professional military education colleges and universities for oversight, governance, and management of the joint professional military education research institutions, including systems, mechanisms, and structures relating to the development of policies and budgets for research.

(B)

The factors contributing to and the extent of growth in the number and size of joint professional military education research institutions since 2000.

(C)

The causes and extent of cost growth at joint professional military education research institutions since 2000.

(D)

The focus of research activity conducted by the joint professional military education research institutions, and the extent to which each joint professional military education research institution performs a unique research function or engages in similar or duplicative efforts with other components or elements of the Department of Defense.

(E)

The measures of effectiveness used by the joint professional military education research institutions, the senior and intermediate joint professional military education colleges and universities, and other oversight entities to evaluate the performance of the joint professional military education research institutions in meeting established goals or objectives.

(3)

Definitions

In this subsection:

(A)

The term joint professional military education research institutions means subordinate organizations (including centers, institutes, and schools) under the senior and intermediate joint professional military education colleges and universities for which research is the primary mission or reason for existence.

(B)

The term senior and intermediate joint professional military education colleges and universities means the following:

(i)

The National Defense University.

(ii)

The Army War College.

(iii)

The Navy War College.

(iv)

The Air University.

(v)

The Air War College.

(vi)

The Marine Corp University.

563.

Troops-to-Teachers program enhancements

(a)

Memorandum of agreement

The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Education shall enter into a memorandum of agreement pursuant to which the Secretary of Education will undertake the following:

(1)

Disseminate information about the Troops-to-Teachers Program to eligible schools (as defined in section 2301(3) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6671(3)), as added by subsection (b)(2)).

(2)

Advise the Department of Defense on how to prepare eligible members of the Armed Forces described in section 2303(a) of such Act to become participants in the Program to meet the requirements necessary to become a teacher in an eligible school.

(3)

Advise the Department of Defense on how to identify teacher preparation programs for participants in the Program.

(4)

Inform the Department of Defense of academic subject areas with critical teacher shortages.

(5)

Identify geographic areas with critical teacher shortages, especially in high-need schools (as defined in section 2301(4) of such Act, as added by subsection (b)(2)).

(b)

Definitions

Section 2301 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6671) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (5) as paragraphs (5) through (8), respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

(2)

Charter school

The term charter school has the meaning given that term in section 5210.

(3)

Eligible school

The term eligible school means—

(A)

a public school, including a charter school, at which—

(i)

at least 30 percent of the students enrolled in the school are from families with incomes below 185 percent of poverty level (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised at least annually in accordance with section 9(b)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758(b)(1)) applicable to a family of the size involved; or

(ii)

at least 13 percent of the students enrolled in the school qualify for assistance under part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; or

(B)

a Bureau-funded school as defined in section 1141 of the Education Amendments of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 2021).

(4)

High-need school

Except for purposes of section 2304(d), the term high-need school means—

(A)

an elementary school or middle school in which at least 50 percent of the enrolled students are children from low-income families, based on the number of children eligible for free and reduced priced lunches under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.), the number of children in families receiving assistance under the State program funded under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), the number of children eligible to receive medical assistance under the Medicaid program, or a composite of these indicators;

(B)

a high school in which at least 40 percent of enrolled students are children from low-income families, which may be calculated using comparable data from feeder schools; or

(C)

a school that is in a local educational agency that is eligible under section 6211(b).

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(c)

Program authorization

Section 2302 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6672(b)) is amended by striking subsections (b) through (e) and inserting the following:

(b)

Program authorized

The Secretary may carry out a program (to be known as the Troops-to-Teachers Program) to assist eligible members of the Armed Forces described in section 2303(a) to obtain certification or licensing as elementary school teachers, secondary school teachers, or vocational or technical teachers to meet the requirements necessary to become a teacher in an eligible school.

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(d)

Years of service requirements

Section 2303(a)(2)(A)(i) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6673(a)(2)(A)(i)) is amended by striking 6 or more years and inserting 4 or more years.

(e)

Participation agreement

(1)

Amendment

Section 2304 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6674) is amended—

(A)

by striking paragraph (1) of subsection (a) and inserting the following:

(1)

In general

An eligible member of the Armed Forces selected to participate in the Program under section 2303 and to receive financial assistance under this section shall be required to enter into an agreement with the Secretary in which the member agrees—

(A)

within such time as the Secretary may require, to obtain certification or licensing as an elementary school teacher, secondary school teacher, or vocational or technical teacher to meet the requirements necessary to become a teacher in an eligible school; and

(B)

to accept an offer of full-time employment as an elementary school teacher, secondary school teacher, or vocational or technical teacher for not less than 3 school years in an eligible school, to begin the school year after obtaining that certification or licensing.

; and

(B)

by striking subsection (f) and inserting the following:

(f)

Reimbursement under certain circumstances

A participant who is paid a stipend or bonus shall be subject to the repayment provisions of section 373 of title 37, United States Code under the following circumstances:

(1)

Failure to obtain qualifications or employment

The participant fails to obtain teacher certification or licensing or to meet the requirements necessary to become a teacher in an eligible school or to obtain employment as an elementary school teacher, secondary school teacher, or vocational or technical teacher as required by the participation agreement.

(2)

Termination of employment

The participant voluntarily leaves, or is terminated for cause from, employment as an elementary school teacher, secondary school teacher, or vocational or technical teacher during the 3 years of required service in violation of the participation agreement.

(3)

Failure to complete service under reserve commitment agreement

The participant executed a written agreement with the Secretary concerned under section 2303(e)(2) to serve as a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces for a period of 3 years and fails to complete the required term of service.

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(f)

Effective date

The amendments made by subsections (b) through (e) shall take effect on the first day of the first month beginning more than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

G

Defense Dependents' Education and Military Family Readiness Matters

571.

Impact aid for children with severe disabilities

Of the amount authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 pursuant to section 301 and available for operation and maintenance for Defense-wide activities as specified in the funding table in section 4301, $5,000,000 shall be available for payments under section 363 of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (as enacted into law by Public Law 106–398; 114 Stat. 1654A–77; 20 U.S.C. 7703a).

572.

Continuation of authority to assist local educational agencies that benefit dependents of members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense civilian employees

(a)

Assistance to schools with significant numbers of military dependent students

Of the amount authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 by section 301 and available for operation and maintenance for Defense-wide activities as specified in the funding table in section 4301, $25,000,000 shall be available only for the purpose of providing assistance to local educational agencies under subsection (a) of section 572 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Public Law 109–163; 20 U.S.C. 7703b).

(b)

Local educational agency defined

In this section, the term local educational agency has the meaning given that term in section 8013(9) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7713(9)).

573.

Amendments to the Impact Aid program

(a)

Short title

This section may be cited as the Impact Aid Improvement Act of 2012.

(b)

Amendments to the impact aid program

Title VIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) is amended—

(1)

in section 8002 (20 U.S.C. 7702)—

(A)

in subsection (b)—

(i)

in paragraph (2), by striking aggregate assessed and inserting estimated taxable; and

(ii)

by striking paragraph (3) and inserting the following:

(3)

Determination of taxable value for eligible Federal property

(A)

In general

In determining the estimated taxable value of such acquired Federal property for fiscal year 2010 and each succeeding fiscal year, the Secretary shall—

(i)

first determine the total taxable value for the purpose of levying property tax for school purposes for current expenditures of real property located within the boundaries of such local educational agency;

(ii)

then determine the total taxable value of the eligible Federal property by dividing the total taxable value as determined in clause (i) by the difference between the total acres located within the boundaries of the local educational agency and the number of Federal acres eligible under this section; and

(iii)

multiply the per acre value as calculated under clause (ii) by the number of Federal acres eligible under this section.

(B)

Special rule

In the case of Federal property eligible under this section that is within the boundaries of 2 or more local educational agencies, such a local educational agency may ask the Secretary to calculate the per acre value of each such local educational agency as provided under subparagraph (A) and apply the average of these per acre values to the acres of the Federal property in such agency.

;

(B)

in subsection (h)—

(i)

in paragraph (1)—

(I)

in the paragraph heading, by striking FOR PRE-1995 RECIPIENTS;

(II)

in subparagraph (A), by striking is eligible and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting was eligible to receive a payment under this section for fiscal year 2010.; and

(III)

in subparagraph (B), by striking 38 percent and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting 90 percent of the average payment the local educational agency received in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.; and

(ii)

by striking paragraphs (2) through (4) and inserting the following:

(2)

Foundation payments for local educational agencies determined eligible after fiscal year 2010

(A)

First year

From any amounts remaining after making payments under paragraph (1) and subsection (i)(1) for the fiscal year involved, the Secretary shall make a payment, in an amount determined in accordance with subparagraph (C), to each local educational agency that the Secretary determines eligible for a payment under this section for a fiscal year after fiscal year 2010, for the fiscal year for which such agency was determined eligible for such payment.

(B)

Second and succeeding years

For any succeeding fiscal year after the first fiscal year that a local educational agency receives a foundation payment under subparagraph (A), the amount of the local educational agency’s foundation payment under this paragraph for such succeeding fiscal year shall be equal to the local educational agency’s foundation payment under this paragraph for the first fiscal year.

(C)

Amounts

The amount of a payment under subparagraph (A) for a local educational agency shall be determined as follows:

(i)

Calculate the local educational agency’s maximum payment under subsection (b).

(ii)

Calculate the percentage that the amount appropriated under section 8014(a) for the most recent fiscal year for which the Secretary has completed making payments under this section is of the total maximum payments for such fiscal year for all local educational agencies eligible for a payment under subsection (b) and multiply the agency’s maximum payment by such percentage.

(iii)

Multiply the amount determined under clause (ii) by 90 percent.

(3)

Remaining funds

From any funds remaining after making payments under paragraphs (1) and (2) for the fiscal year involved, the Secretary shall make a payment to each local educational agency that received a foundation payment under paragraph (1) or (2) or subsection (i)(1), for the fiscal year involved in an amount that bears the same relation to the remainder as a percentage share determined for the local educational agency (by dividing the maximum amount that the agency is eligible to receive under subsection (b) by the total of the maximum amounts for all such agencies) bears to the percentage share determined (in the same manner) for all local educational agencies eligible to receive a payment under this section for the fiscal year involved, except that, for the purpose of calculating a local educational agency’s maximum amount under subsection (b), data from the most current fiscal year shall be used.

; and

(C)

in subsection (i)(1), by striking the Secretary shall use the remainder described in subsection (h)(3) for the fiscal year involved and inserting the Secretary shall use amounts remaining after making payments under subsection (h)(1) for the fiscal year involved;

(2)

in section 8003(a)(4) (20 U.S.C. 7703(a)(4))—

(A)

in the paragraph heading, by striking renovation or rebuilding and inserting renovation, rebuilding, or authorized for demolition;

(B)

in subparagraph (A), by striking renovation or rebuilding both places the term appears and inserting renovation, rebuilding, or authorized for demolition;

(C)

in subparagraph (B)—

(i)

by striking renovation or rebuilding each place the term appears and inserting renovation, rebuilding, or authorized for demolition; and

(ii)

in clause (i)(I), by striking 3 fiscal years and inserting 4 fiscal years (which are not required to run consecutively); and

(iii)

in clause (ii)(I), by striking 3 fiscal years and inserting 4 fiscal years (which are not required to run consecutively); and

(D)

by adding at the end the following:

(C)

Eligible housing

Renovation, rebuilding, or authorized for demolition shall be defined as projects considered as recapitalization, modernization, or restoration as defined by the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of the Interior (as the case may be) and are projects that last more than 30 days, but do not include sustainment projects such as painting, carpeting, or minor repairs.

; and

(3)

in section 8010 (20 U.S.C. 7710)—

(A)

in subsection (c)—

(i)

in paragraph (1), by striking paragraph (3) of this subsection both places the term appears and inserting paragraph (2); and

(ii)

in paragraph (2)(E), by striking under section 8003(b) and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting under this title.; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(d)

Timely payments

(1)

In general

Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary shall pay a local educational agency the full amount that the agency is eligible to receive under this title for a fiscal year not later than September 30 of the second fiscal year following the fiscal year for which such amount has been appropriated if, not later than 1 calendar year following the fiscal year in which such amount has been appropriated, such local educational agency submits to the Secretary all the data and information necessary for the Secretary to pay the full amount that the agency is eligible to receive under this title for such fiscal year.

(2)

Payments with respect of fiscal years in which insufficient funds are appropriated

For a fiscal year in which the amount appropriated under section 8014 is insufficient to pay the full amount a local educational agency is eligible to receive under this title, paragraph (1) shall be applied by substituting is available to pay the agency for the agency is eligible to receive both places the term appears.

.

(c)

Effective date

Notwithstanding section 8005(d) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7705(d)), subsection (b)(1), and the amendments made by subsection (b)(1), shall take effect with respect to applications submitted under section 8002 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7702) for fiscal year 2010.

574.

Military spouses

(a)

In general

Subchapter I of chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

3330d.

Appointment of certain military spouses

(a)

Definitions

In this section—

(1)

the term active duty

(A)

has the meaning given that term in section 101(d)(1) of title 10;

(B)

includes full-time National Guard duty (as defined in section 101(d)(5) of title 10); and

(C)

for a member of a reserve component (as described in section 10101 of title 10), does not include training duties or attendance at a service school;

(2)

the term agency

(A)

has the meaning given the term Executive agency in section 105; and

(B)

does not include the Government Accountability Office;

(3)

the term geographic area of the permanent duty station means the area from which individuals reasonably can be expected to travel daily to and from work at the location of a member's permanent duty station;

(4)

the term permanent change of station means the assignment, detail, or transfer of a member of the Armed Forces who is on active duty and serving at a permanent duty station under a competent authorization or order that does not—

(A)

specify the duty as temporary;

(B)

provide for assignment, detail, or transfer, after that different permanent duty station, to a further different permanent duty station; or

(C)

direct return to the initial permanent duty station;

(5)

the term relocating spouse of a member of the Armed Forces means an individual who—

(A)

is married to a member of the Armed Forces (without regard to whether the individual married the member before a permanent change of station of the member) who is ordered to active duty for a period of more than 180 consecutive days;

(B)

relocates to the member's permanent duty station; and

(C)

before relocating as described in subparagraph (B), resided outside the geographic area of the permanent duty station; and

(6)

the term spouse of a disabled or deceased member of the Armed Forces means an individual—

(A)

who is married to a member of the Armed Forces who—

(i)

is retired, released, or discharged from the Armed Forces; and

(ii)

on the date on which the member retires, is released, or is discharged, has a disability rating of 100 percent under the standard schedule of rating disabilities in use by the Department of Veterans Affairs; or

(B)

who—

(i)

was married to a member of the Armed Forces on the date on which the member dies while on active duty in the Armed Forces; and

(ii)

has not remarried.

(b)

Authority

The head of an agency may appoint noncompetitively a relocating spouse of a member of the Armed Forces or a spouse of a disabled or deceased member of the Armed Forces.

(c)

Relocating spouses

(1)

In general

An appointment of a relocating spouse of a member of the Armed Forces under this section may only be to a position the duty station for which is within the geographic area of the permanent duty station of the member of the Armed Forces, unless there is no agency with a position with a duty station within the geographic area of the permanent duty station of the member of the Armed Forces.

(2)

Single appointment per duty station

A relocating spouse of a member of the Armed Forces may not receive more than 1 appointment under this section for each time the spouse relocates as described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of subsection (a)(5).

.

(b)

Regulations

Not later than 180 after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall amend section 315.612 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (relating to noncompetitive appointment of certain military spouses) in accordance with the amendment made by subsection (a) and promulgate or amend any other regulations necessary to carry out the amendment made by subsection (a).

(c)

Technical and conforming amendment

The table of sections for chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 3330c the following:

3330d. Appointment of certain military spouses.

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575.

Modification of authority to allow Department of Defense domestic dependent elementary and secondary schools to enroll certain students

Section 2164 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsections:

(k)

Tuition-free enrollment in domestic dependent schools for certain overseas dependents

Tuition-free enrollment in the domestic dependent elementary and secondary schools is authorized for dependents who are currently enrolled in the defense dependents’ education school system pursuant to the Defense Dependents’ Education Act of 1978 (20 U.S.C. 921 et seq.) if—

(1)

such dependents departed their overseas location due to an authorized departure or evacuation order;

(2)

the designated safe haven of such dependents is located within commuting distance of a school operated by the domestic dependent elementary and secondary schools; and

(3)

the school concerned already possesses the capacity and resources for such dependents to attend the school.

(l)

Tuition-paying enrollment in virtual elementary and secondary education program for certain dependents transitioning from overseas

Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary, tuition-paying enrollment in the virtual elementary and secondary education program of the Department for dependents of members of the armed forces on active duty is authorized when such dependents—

(1)

transition from an overseas defense dependents’ education system school into a school operated by a local educational agency or another accredited educational program in the United States, and

(2)

are not otherwise eligible to enroll in a domestic dependent elementary or secondary school pursuant to subsection (a).

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576.

Sense of Congress regarding support for Yellow Ribbon Day

(a)

Findings

Congress makes the following findings:

(1)

The hopes and prayers of the people of the United States for the safe return of members of the Armed Forces of the United States serving overseas are often demonstrated through the proud display of yellow ribbons.

(2)

The designation of a Yellow Ribbon Day would serve as an additional reminder for all people of the United States of the continued sacrifice of members of the Armed Forces.

(3)

Yellow Ribbon Day would also recognize the history and meaning of the yellow ribbon as the symbol of support for members of the Armed Forces and other individuals of the United States who are serving in combat or crisis situations overseas.

(b)

Sense of Congress

Congress supports the goals and ideals of Yellow Ribbon Day in honor of members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are serving overseas apart from their families and loved ones.

577.

Report on future of family support programs of the Department of Defense

(a)

Report required

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the anticipated future of the family support programs of the Department of Defense during the five-year period beginning on the date of the submittal of the report as end strengths for the Armed Forces are reduced and the Armed Forces are drawn down from combat operations in Afghanistan.

(b)

Elements

The report required by subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

A description of the current family support programs of each of the Armed Forces and the Department of Defense, including the name, scope and intended purpose of each program.

(2)

An assessment of the current costs of the family support programs covered by paragraph (1), and an estimate of the costs of anticipated family support programs of the Department over the period covered by the report.

(3)

An assessment of the costs and other consequences associated with the elimination or reduction of any current family support programs of the Department over the period covered by the report.

(4)

An assessment by the Secretary of the Army of the Family Readiness Support Assistant program, and a description of any planned or anticipated changes to that program over the period covered by the report.

H

Other Matters

581.

Family briefings concerning accountings for members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense civilian employees listed as missing

Section 1501(a)(1) of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (B), by striking and at the end;

(2)

in subparagraph (C), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(D)

coordination of periodic briefing of families of missing persons about the efforts of the Department of Defense to account for those persons.

.

582.

Enhancement of authority to accept gifts and services

(a)

Activities benefitting education as services subject to acceptance

Section 2601(i)(2) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting education, before morale,.

(b)

Acceptance of voluntary services in connection with accounting for missing persons

Section 1588(a) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(9)

Voluntary services to facilitate accounting for missing persons.

.

(c)

Authority for cooperative agreements for acceptance by military museums and education programs of nonprofit support

(1)

In general

Chapter 155 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

2615.

Military museums and military education programs: cooperative agreements for receipt of support from nonprofit entities

The Secretary concerned may enter into a cooperative agreement (as described in section 6305 of title 31) with a nonprofit entity for purposes related to support of a military educational institution program or military museum program if a cooperative agreement is the appropriate mechanism to obtain such support under the provisions of section 6305 of title 31.

.

(2)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 155 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

2615. Military museums and military education programs: cooperative agreements for receipt of support from nonprofit entities.

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583.

Clarification of authorized Fisher House residents at the Fisher House for the Families of the Fallen and Meditation Pavilion at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware

(a)

Treatment of Fisher House for the Families of the Fallen and Meditation Pavilion

Subsection (a) of section 2493 of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)—

(A)

in subparagraph (B), by striking by patients and all that follows through such patients; and inserting by authorized Fisher House residents;; and

(B)

by adding after subparagraph (C) the following new flush sentence:

The term includes the Fisher House for the Families of the Fallen and Meditation Pavilion at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, so long as such facility is available for residential use on a temporary basis by authorized Fisher House residents.

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(3)

The term authorized Fisher House residents means the following:

(A)

With respect to a facility described in the first sentence of paragraph (1) that is located in proximity to a health care facility of the Army, the Air Force, or the Navy, the following persons:

(i)

Patients of that health care facility.

(ii)

Members of the families of such patients.

(iii)

Others providing the equivalent of familial support for such patients.

(B)

With respect to the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen and Meditation Pavilion at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, the following persons:

(i)

The primary next of kin of a member of the armed forces who dies while located or serving overseas.

(ii)

Other family members of the deceased member who are eligible for transportation under section 411f(e) of title 37.

(iii)

An escort of a family member described in clause (i) or (ii).

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(b)

Conforming amendments

Subsections (b), (e), (f), and (g) of such section are amended by striking health care each place it appears.

(c)

Repeal of superseded authority

Section 643 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112–81; 125 Stat. 1466) is repealed.

584.

Report on accuracy of data in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a plan to improve the completeness and accuracy of the data contained in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) in order to provide for the standardization of identification credentials required for eligibility, enrollment, transactions, and updates across all Department of Defense installations and to ensure that those issued military identification cards and receiving benefits based on such data are actually eligible for such cards and benefits.

585.

Posthumous honorary promotion of Sergeant Paschal Conley to second lieutenant in the Army

Notwithstanding the time limitation specified in section 1521 of title 10, United States Code, or any other time limitation with respect to posthumous promotions for persons who served in the Armed Forces, the President is authorized to issue an appropriate posthumous honorary commission promoting to second lieutenant in the Army under section 1521 of such title Sergeant (retired) Paschal Conley, a distinguished Buffalo Soldier who was recommended for promotion to second lieutenant under then-existing procedures by General John J. Pershing.

VI

Compensation and Other Personnel Benefits

A

Pay and Allowances

601.

Rates of basic allowance for housing for Army National Guard and Air National Guard members on full-time National Guard duty

Section 403(g) of title 37, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(6)
(A)

The rate of basic allowance for housing to be paid to a member of the Army National Guard of the United States or the Air National Guard of the United States on full-time National Guard duty shall be based on the member's duty location.

(B)
(i)

The rate of basic allowance for housing to be paid a member described in subparagraph (A) may not be modified upon the transition of the member from active duty to full-time National Guard duty, or from full-time National Guard duty to active duty, when the transition occurs without a break in active service, unless the transition results in a permanent change of station and shipment of household goods.

(ii)

For purposes of this subparagraph, a break in active service occurs when one or more calendar days between active service periods do not qualify as active service.

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602.

Payment of benefit for nonparticipation of eligible members in Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence program due to Government error

(a)

Payment of benefit

(1)

In general

Subject to subsection (e), the Secretary concerned shall, upon application therefor, make a payment to each individual described in paragraph (2) of $200 for each day of nonparticipation of such individual in the Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence program as described in that paragraph.

(2)

Covered individuals

An individual described in this paragraph is an individual who—

(A)

was eligible for participation as a member of the Armed Forces in the Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence program; but

(B)

as determined by the Secretary concerned pursuant to an application for the correction of the military records of such individual pursuant to section 1552 of title 10, United States Code, did not participate in one or more days in the program for which the individual was so eligible due to Government error.

(b)

Deceased individuals

(1)

Applications

If an individual otherwise covered by subsection (a) is deceased, the application required by that subsection shall be made by the individual's legal representative.

(2)

Payment

If an individual to whom payment would be made under subsection (a) is deceased at time of payment, payment shall be made in the manner specified in section 1552(c)(2) of title 10, United States Code.

(c)

Payment in lieu of administrative absence

Payment under subsection (a) with respect to a day described in that subsection shall be in lieu of any entitlement of the individual concerned to a day of administrative absence for such day.

(d)

Construction

(1)

Construction with other pay

Any payment with respect to an individual under subsection (a) is in addition to any other pay provided by law.

(2)

Construction of authority

It is the sense of Congress that—

(A)

the sole purpose of the authority in this section is to remedy administrative errors; and

(B)

the authority in this section is not intended to establish any entitlement in connection with the Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence program.

(e)

Offset

The Secretary of Defense shall transfer $2,000,000 from the unobligated balances of the Pentagon Reservation Maintenance Revolving Fund established under section 2674(e) of title 10, United States Code, to the Miscellaneous Receipts Fund of the United States Treasury.

(f)

Definitions

In this section, the terms Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence program and Secretary concerned have the meaning given such terms in section 604(f) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111–84; 123 Stat. 2350).

603.

Extension of authority to provide temporary increase in rates of basic allowance for housing under certain circumstances

Section 403(b)(7)(E) of title 37, United States Code, is amended by striking December 31, 2012 and inserting December 31, 2013.

B

Bonuses and Special and Incentive Pays

611.

One-year extension of certain bonus and special pay authorities for reserve forces

The following sections of title 37, United States Code, are amended by striking December 31, 2012 and inserting December 31, 2013:

(1)

Section 308b(g), relating to Selected Reserve reenlistment bonus.

(2)

Section 308c(i), relating to Selected Reserve affiliation or enlistment bonus.

(3)

Section 308d(c), relating to special pay for enlisted members assigned to certain high-priority units.

(4)

Section 308g(f)(2), relating to Ready Reserve enlistment bonus for persons without prior service.

(5)

Section 308h(e), relating to Ready Reserve enlistment and reenlistment bonus for persons with prior service.

(6)

Section 308i(f), relating to Selected Reserve enlistment and reenlistment bonus for persons with prior service.

(7)

Section 910(g), relating to income replacement payments for reserve component members experiencing extended and frequent mobilization for active duty service.

612.

One-year extension of certain bonus and special pay authorities for health care professionals

(a)

Title 10 authorities

The following sections of title 10, United States Code, are amended by striking December 31, 2012 and inserting December 31, 2013:

(1)

Section 2130a(a)(1), relating to nurse officer candidate accession program.

(2)

Section 16302(d), relating to repayment of education loans for certain health professionals who serve in the Selected Reserve.

(b)

Title 37 authorities

The following sections of title 37, United States Code, are amended by striking December 31, 2012 and inserting December 31, 2013:

(1)

Section 302c–1(f), relating to accession and retention bonuses for psychologists.

(2)

Section 302d(a)(1), relating to accession bonus for registered nurses.

(3)

Section 302e(a)(1), relating to incentive special pay for nurse anesthetists.

(4)

Section 302g(e), relating to special pay for Selected Reserve health professionals in critically short wartime specialties.

(5)

Section 302h(a)(1), relating to accession bonus for dental officers.

(6)

Section 302j(a), relating to accession bonus for pharmacy officers.

(7)

Section 302k(f), relating to accession bonus for medical officers in critically short wartime specialties.

(8)

Section 302l(g), relating to accession bonus for dental specialist officers in critically short wartime specialties.

613.

One-year extension of special pay and bonus authorities for nuclear officers

The following sections of title 37, United States Code, are amended by striking December 31, 2012 and inserting December 31, 2013:

(1)

Section 312(f), relating to special pay for nuclear-qualified officers extending period of active service.

(2)

Section 312b(c), relating to nuclear career accession bonus.

(3)

Section 312c(d), relating to nuclear career annual incentive bonus.

614.

One-year extension of authorities relating to title 37 consolidated special pay, incentive pay, and bonus authorities

The following sections of title 37, United States Code, are amended by striking December 31, 2012 and inserting December 31, 2013:

(1)

Section 331(h), relating to general bonus authority for enlisted members.

(2)

Section 332(g), relating to general bonus authority for officers.

(3)

Section 333(i), relating to special bonus and incentive pay authorities for nuclear officers.

(4)

Section 334(i), relating to special aviation incentive pay and bonus authorities for officers.

(5)

Section 335(k), relating to special bonus and incentive pay authorities for officers in health professions.

(6)

Section 351(h), relating to hazardous duty pay.

(7)

Section 352(g), relating to assignment pay or special duty pay.

(8)

Section 353(i), relating to skill incentive pay or proficiency bonus.

(9)

Section 355(h), relating to retention incentives for members qualified in critical military skills or assigned to high priority units.

615.

One-year extension of authorities relating to payment of other title 37 bonuses and special pays

The following sections of title 37, United States Code, are amended by striking December 31, 2012 and inserting December 31, 2013:

(1)

Section 301b(a), relating to aviation officer retention bonus.

(2)

Section 307a(g), relating to assignment incentive pay.

(3)

Section 308(g), relating to reenlistment bonus for active members.

(4)

Section 309(e), relating to enlistment bonus.

(5)

Section 324(g), relating to accession bonus for new officers in critical skills.

(6)

Section 326(g), relating to incentive bonus for conversion to military occupational specialty to ease personnel shortage.

(7)

Section 327(h), relating to incentive bonus for transfer between armed forces.

(8)

Section 330(f), relating to accession bonus for officer candidates.

616.

Increase in amount of officer affiliation bonus for officers in the Selected Reserve

Section 308j(d) of title 37, United States Code, is amended by striking $10,000 and inserting $20,000.

617.

Increase in maximum amount of incentive bonus for reserve component members who convert military occupational specialty to ease personnel shortages

Section 326(c)(1) of title 37, United States Code, is amended by striking , in the case of the first place it appears and all that follows through reserve component of the armed forces.

C

Travel and Transportation Allowances

631.

Permanent change of station allowances for members of Selected Reserve units filling a vacancy in another unit after being involuntarily separated

(a)

Travel and transportation allowances generally

Section 474 of title 37, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

in paragraph (4), by striking and at the end;

(B)

in paragraph (5), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(6)

upon filling a vacancy in a Selected Reserve unit at a duty station that is more than 150 miles from the member’s residence if—

(A)

during the preceding three years the member was involuntarily separated under other than adverse conditions (as characterized by the Secretary concerned) while assigned to a unit of the Selected Reserve certified by the Secretary concerned as having been adversely affected by force structure reductions during the period beginning on October 1, 2012, and ending on December 31, 2018;

(B)

the involuntary separation occurred during the period beginning on October 1, 2012, and ending on December 31, 2018; and

(C)

the member is—

(i)

qualified in a skill designated as critically short by the Secretary concerned; or

(ii)

filling a vacancy in a Selected Reserve unit with a critical manpower shortage, or in a pay grade with a critical manpower shortage in such unit.

;

(2)

in subsection (f), by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(4)
(A)

A member may be provided travel and transportation allowances under subsection (a)(6) only with respect to the filling of a vacancy in a Selected Reserve unit one time.

(B)

Regulations under this section shall provide that whenever travel and transportation allowances are paid under subsection (a)(6), the cost shall be borne by the unit filling the vacancy.

; and

(3)

in subsection (j), by striking In this and inserting Other than in subsection (a)(6), in this.

(b)

Travel and transportation allowances for dependents and household effects

Section 476 of such title is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsections (l), (m), and (n) as subsections (m), (n), and (o); and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (k) the following new subsection (l)

(l)
(1)

A member described in paragraph (2) is entitled to the travel and transportation allowances, including allowances with respect to dependents, authorized by this section upon filling a vacancy as described in that paragraph as if the member were undergoing a permanent change of station under orders in filling such vacancy.

(2)

A member described in this paragraph is a member who is filling a vacancy in a Selected Reserve unit at a duty station that is more than 150 miles from the member’s residence if—

(A)

during the three years preceding filling the vacancy, the member was involuntarily separated under other than adverse conditions (as characterized by the Secretary concerned) while assigned to a unit of the Selected Reserve certified by the Secretary concerned as having been adversely affected by force structure reductions during the period beginning on October 1, 2012, and ending on December 31, 2018;

(B)

the involuntary separation occurred during the period beginning on October 1, 2012, and ending on December 31, 2018; and

(C)

the member is—

(i)

qualified in a skill designated as critically short by the Secretary concerned; or

(ii)

filling a vacancy in a Selected Reserve unit with a critical manpower shortage, or in a pay grade with a critical manpower shortage in such unit.

(3)

Any allowances authorized by this section that are payable under this subsection may be payable in advance if payable in advance to a member undergoing a permanent change of station under orders under the applicable provision of this section.

.

632.

Authority for comprehensive program for space-available travel on Department of Defense aircraft

(a)

In general

Chapter 157 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 2641b the following new section:

2641c.

Space-available travel on Department of Defense aircraft

(a)

Authority To establish program

(1)

The Secretary of Defense may establish a program to provide transportation on Department of Defense aircraft on a space-available basis.

(2)

The program shall be conducted pursuant to regulations prescribed by the Secretary for purposes of this section. Such regulations shall be prescribed by not later than January 1, 2014, and shall take effect on that date or such earlier date as the Secretary shall specify in such regulations.

(3)

The program shall be conducted in a budget neutral manner. No additional funds may be used, or flight hours performed, for the provision of transportation under the program.

(b)

Benefit

If the Secretary establishes a program authorized by subsection (a), the Secretary shall, subject to section (c), provide the benefit under the program to the following categories of individuals:

(1)

Members of the armed forces on active duty.

(2)

Members of the Selected Reserve who hold a valid Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card.

(3)

Retired members of a regular or reserve component of the armed forces, including retired members of reserve components, who, but for being under the eligibility age applicable under section 12731 of this title, would be eligible for retired pay under chapter 1223 of this title.

(4)

The unremarried spouses of members of the armed forces who were killed on active duty or otherwise died in the line of duty, and the unremarried spouses of former members of the armed forces who died of a combat-related illness or injury, who hold a valid Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card.

(5)

Such categories of dependents of individuals described in paragraphs (1) through (3) as the Secretary shall specify in the regulations under subsection (a), under such conditions and circumstances as the Secretary shall specify in such regulations.

(6)

Such other categories of individuals as the Secretary, in the discretion of the Secretary, considers appropriate.

(c)

Administration

In carrying out a program under this section, the Secretary shall—

(1)

in the sole discretion of the Secretary, establish an order of priority for transportation under the program for categories of individuals under subsection (b) that is based on considerations of military necessity, humanitarian concerns, and enhancement of morale;

(2)

give priority in consideration of transportation under the program to the demands of members of the armed forces in the regular components and in the reserve components on active duty and to the need to provide such members, and their dependents, a means of respite from such demands; and

(3)

implement policies aimed at ensuring cost control and the safety, security, and efficient processing of travelers, including limiting the benefit under the program to one or more categories of individuals set forth in subsection (b) if considered necessary by the Secretary.

(d)

Construction

The authority to provide transportation under this section is in addition to any other authority under law to provide transportation on Department of Defense aircraft on a space-available basis.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 157 of such title is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2641b the following new item:

2641c. Space-available travel on Department of Defense aircraft.

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D

Disability, Retired Pay, and Survivor Benefits

641.

Repeal of requirement for payment of Survivor Benefit Plan premiums when participant waives retired pay to provide a survivor annuity under Federal Employees Retirement System and termination of payment of Survivor Benefit Plan annuity

(a)

Deposits not required

Section 1452(e) of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in the subsection heading, by inserting and FERS after CSRS;

(2)

by inserting or for the purposes of chapter 84 of title 5, after chapter 83 of title 5,;

(3)

by inserting or 8416(a) after 8339(j); and

(4)

by inserting or 8442(a) after 8341(b).

(b)

Conforming amendments

Section 1450(d) of such title is amended—

(1)

by inserting or for the purposes of chapter 84 of title 5, after chapter 83 of title 5,;

(2)

by inserting or 8146(a) after 8339(j); and

(3)

by inserting or 8442(a) after 8341(b).

(c)

Applicability

The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to any participant electing a annuity for survivors under chapter 84 of title 5, United States Code, on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

642.

Repeal of automatic enrollment in Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance for members of the Armed Forces married to other members

Section 1967(a)(1) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A)(ii), by inserting after insurable dependent of the member the following: (other than a dependent who is also a member of a uniformed service and, because of such membership, automatically insured under this paragraph); and

(2)

in subparagraph (C)(ii), by inserting after insurable dependent of the member the following: (other than a dependent who is also a member of a uniformed service and, because of such membership, automatically insured under this paragraph) .

643.

Clarification of computation of combat-related special compensation for chapter 61 disability retirees

(a)

In general

Section 1413a(b)(3) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking shall be reduced by the amount (if any) by which the amount of the member's retired pay under chapter 61 of this title exceeds both places it appears and inserting may not, when combined with the amount of retired pay payable to the retiree after any such reduction under sections 5304 and 5305 of title 38, cause the total of such combined payment to exceed.

(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect on October 1, 2013, and shall apply to payments for months beginning on or after that date.

E

Military Lending Matters

651.

Enhancement of protections on consumer credit for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents

(a)

Consumer credit

Paragraph (6) of section 987(i) of title 10, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

(6)

Consumer credit

(A)

In general

The term consumer credit shall be defined by the Secretary of Defense in regulations prescribed under this section, and shall include, in addition to any other meaning provided for in such regulations, the following:

(i)

A vehicle title loan for any duration, whether open end or closed end.

(ii)

A payday loan for any duration, whether open end or closed end.

(iii)

A tax refund anticipation loan.

(B)

Exclusions

The term consumer credit does not include the following:

(i)

A residential mortgage.

(ii)

A loan procured in the course of purchasing a car or other personal property, when that loan is offered for the express purpose of financing the purchase and is secured by the car or personal property procured.

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(b)

Policy on predatory extension of credit through installment loans targeting members of the Armed Forces and dependents

(1)

Policy required

The Secretary of Defense shall, in consultation with the officials and entities specified in section 987(h)(3) of title 10, United States Code, prescribe a policy on the predatory extension of credit through installment loans targeting members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.

(2)

Objectives

The objectives of the policy required by paragraph (1) shall be as follows:

(A)

To enhance protections afforded members of the Armed Forces and their dependents under section 987 of title 10, United States Code, by curbing continuing predatory lending practices targeting members of the Armed Forces and their dependents that are not currently regulated under that section.

(B)

To improve the financial literacy of members of the Armed Forces and their dependents with respect to installment loans and other forms of credit not currently regulated under section 987 of title 10, United States Code.

(C)

To make members of the Armed Forces and their dependents aware of other, more beneficial sources of financial aid and credit services (such as those available through military relief societies) than installment loans.

(D)

If considered appropriate by the Secretary of Defense, to provide, by regulation, for the coverage under section 987 of title 10, United States Code, of installment loans extended to members of the Armed Forces and dependents protected by that section.

(c)

Effective date

(1)

Modification of regulations

The Secretary of Defense shall modify the regulations prescribed under section 987 of title 10, United States Code, to take into account the amendment made by subsection (a).

(2)

Effective date of modification and policy

The amendment made by subsection (a), and the policy required by subsection (b), shall take effect on—

(A)

the date that is one year after the date of the enactment of this Act; or

(B)

such earlier date as the Secretary shall specify.

(3)

Publication of earlier date

If pursuant to paragraph (2)(B) the Secretary specifies an earlier effective date for the amendment made by subsection (a) and the policy required by subsection (b), the Secretary shall publish notice of such earlier effective date in the Federal Register not later than 90 days before such earlier effective date.

652.

Additional enhancements of protections on consumer credit for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents

(a)

Protections against differential treatment on consumer credit under State law

Subsection (d)(2) of section 987 of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A), by inserting any consumer credit or before loans; and

(2)

in subparagraph (B), by inserting covering consumer credit after State consumer lending protections.

(b)

Regular consultations on protections

Subsection (h)(3) of such section is amended—

(1)

in the matter preceding subparagraph (A)—

(A)

by inserting and not less often than once every two years thereafter, after under this subsection,; and

(B)

by inserting appropriate Federal agencies, including before the following;

(2)

by striking subparagraph (E); and

(3)

by redesignating subparagraphs (F) and (G) as subparagraphs (E) and (F), respectively.

(c)

Effective date

(1)

Modification of regulations

The Secretary of Defense shall modify the regulations prescribed under section 987 of title 10, United States Code, to take into account the amendments made by subsection (a).

(2)

Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on—

(A)

the date that is one year after the date of the enactment of this Act; or

(B)

such earlier date as the Secretary shall specify in the modification of regulations required by paragraph (1).

(3)

Publication of earlier date

If the Secretary specifies an earlier effective date for the amendments made by subsection (a) pursuant to paragraph (2)(B), the Secretary shall publish notice of such earlier effective date in the Federal Register not later than 90 days before such earlier effective date.

653.

Relief in civil actions for violations of protections on consumer credit extended to members of the Armed Forces and their dependents

(a)

In general

Section 987(f) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(5)

Civil liability

(A)

In general

A person who violates this section with respect to any person is civilly liable to such person for—

(i)

any actual damage sustained as a result, but not less than $500 for each violation;

(ii)

appropriate punitive damages;

(iii)

appropriate equitable or declaratory relief;

(iv)

any other relief provided by law;

(v)

in any successful action to enforce the foregoing liability, the costs of the action, together with reasonable attorney fees as determined by the court; and

(vi)

in any successful action by a defendant under this section, if the court finds the action was brought in bad faith and for the purpose of harassment, attorney fees of the defendant as determined by the court to be reasonable in relation to the work expended and costs incurred.

(B)

Defenses

A person may not be held liable for civil liability under this paragraph if the person shows by a preponderance of evidence that the violation was not intentional and resulted from a bona fide error notwithstanding the maintenance of procedures reasonably adapted to avoid any such error. Examples of a bona fide error include clerical, calculation, computer malfunction and programming, and printing errors, except that an error of legal judgment with respect to a person’s obligations under this section is not a bona fide error.

(C)

Jurisdiction and venue; limitation

An action for civil liability under this paragraph may be brought in any appropriate United States district court, without regard to the amount in controversy, or in any other court of competent jurisdiction, not later than the earlier or—

(i)

two years after the date of discovery by the plaintiff of the violation that is the basis for such liability; or

(ii)

five years after the date on which the violation that is the basis for such liability occurs.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by this section and shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act, and shall apply with respect to consumer credit extended on or after that date.

654.

Modification of definition of dependent for purposes of limitations on terms of consumer credit extended to members of the Armed Forces and their dependents

Paragraph (2) of section 987(i) of title 10, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

(2)

Dependent

The term dependent, with respect to a covered member, has the meaning given that term in section 401(a) of title 37.

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655.

Enforcement of protections on consumer credit for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents

Section 987(f) of title 10, United States Code, as amended by section 653 of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(6)

Enforcement

The provisions of this section (other than paragraph (1) of this subsection) shall be enforced by the agencies specified in section 108 of the Truth in Lending Act (15 U.S.C. 1607) in the manner set forth in that section or as set forth under any other applicable authorities available to such agencies by law.

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F

Other Matters

661.

Transitional compensation for dependent children who are carried during pregnancy at time of dependent-abuse offense

(a)

In general

Section 1059 of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (f), by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(4)

Payment to a child under this section shall not be paid for any period before the birth of the child.

; and

(2)

in subsection (l), by striking at the time of the dependent-abuse offense resulting in the separation of the former member and inserting or eligible spouse at the time of the dependent-abuse offense resulting in the separation of the former member or who was carried during pregnancy at the time of the dependent-abuse offense resulting in the separation of the former member and was subsequently born alive to the eligible spouse or former spouse.

(b)

Prospective applicability

No benefits shall accrue by reason of the amendments made by this section for any month that begins before the date of the enactment of this Act.

662.

Report on issuance by Armed Forces Medical Examiner of death certificates for members of the Armed Forces who die on active duty abroad

(a)

Report required

Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the issuance by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner of death certificates for members of the Armed Forces who die on active duty abroad, including mechanisms for reducing or ameliorating delays in the issuance of such death certificates.

(b)

Elements

The report required by subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

A description of the process used by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner to issue a death certificate for members of the Armed Forces who die on active duty abroad, including an explanation for any current delays in the issuance of such death certificates.

(2)

A description of the average amount of time taken by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner to issue such death certificates.

(3)

An assessment of the feasibility and advisability of issuing temporary death certificates for members of the Armed Forces who die on active duty abroad in order to provide necessary documentation for survivors.

(4)

A description of the actions required to enable the Armed Forces Medical Examiner to issue a death certificate for a member of the Armed Forces who dies on active duty abroad not later than seven days after the return of the remains of the member to the United States.

(5)

Such other recommendations for legislative or administrative action as the Secretary considers appropriate to provide for the issuance by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner of a death certificate for members of the Armed Forces who die on active duty abroad not later than seven days after the return of the remains of such members to the United States.

VII

Health Care Provisions

A

TRICARE Program

701.

Extension of TRICARE Standard coverage and TRICARE dental program for members of the Selected Reserve who are involuntarily separated

(a)

Extension of TRICARE Standard coverage

Section 1076d(b) of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking Eligibility and inserting (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), eligibility; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(2)

Eligibility for a member under this section who is involuntarily separated from the Selected Reserve under other than adverse conditions, as characterized by the Secretary concerned, shall terminate 180 days after the date on which the member is separated.

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(b)

Extension of TRICARE dental program coverage

Section 1076a(a)(1) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new sentence: Such plan shall provide that coverage for a member of the Selected Reserve who is involuntarily separated from the Selected Reserve under other than adverse conditions, as characterized by the Secretary concerned, shall terminate not earlier than 180 days after the date on which the member is separated..

702.

Inclusion of certain over-the-counter drugs in TRICARE uniform formulary

(a)

Inclusion

Subsection (a)(2) of section 1074g of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (D), by striking No pharmaceutical agent may be excluded and inserting Except as provided in subparagraph (F), no pharmaceutical agent may be excluded; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(F)
(i)

The Secretary may implement procedures to place selected over-the-counter drugs on the uniform formulary and to make such drugs available to eligible covered beneficiaries. An over-the-counter drug may be included on the uniform formulary only if the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee established under subsection (b) finds that the over-the-counter drug is cost-effective and clinically effective. If the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee recommends an over-the-counter drug for inclusion on the uniform formulary, the drug shall be considered to be in the same therapeutic class of pharmaceutical agents, as determined by the Committee, as similar prescription drugs.

(ii)

Regulations prescribed by the Secretary to carry out clause (i) shall include the following with respect to over-the-counter drugs included on the uniform formulary:

(I)

A determination of the means and conditions under paragraphs (5) and (6) of this subsection through which over-the-counter drugs will be available to eligible covered beneficiaries and the amount of cost sharing that such beneficiaries will be required to pay for over-the-counter drugs, except that no such cost sharing may be required for a member of a uniformed service on active duty.

(II)

Any terms and conditions for the dispensing of over-the-counter drugs to eligible covered beneficiaries.

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(b)

Definitions

Subsection (g) of such section is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

(3)

The term over-the-counter drug means a drug that is not subject to section 503(b) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 353(b)).

(4)

The term prescription drug means a drug that is subject to section 503(b) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 353(b)).

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(c)

Technical amendments

(1)

Cross-reference amendments

Subsections (a)(6)(A) and (b)(1) of such section are amended by striking subsection (g) and inserting subsection (h).

(2)

Repeal of obsolete provisions

(A)

Subsection (a)(2)(D) of such section is amended by striking the last sentence.

(B)

Subsection (b)(2) of such section is amended by striking Not later than and all the follows through such 90-day period, the committee and inserting The committee.

(C)

Subsection (d)(2) of such section is amended—

(i)

by striking Effective not later than April 5, 2000, the Secretary and inserting The Secretary; and

(ii)

by striking the current managed care support contracts and inserting the managed care support contracts current as of October 5, 1999,.

703.

Expansion of evaluation of the effectiveness of the TRICARE program

Section 717(a)(1) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 (Public Law 106–104; 110 Stat. 376; 10 U.S.C. 1073 note) is amended by striking military retirees and inserting members of the Armed Forces (whether in the regular or reserve components) and their dependents, military retirees and their dependents, dependent children under the age of 21, and dependents of members on active duty with severe disabilities and chronic health care needs.

704.

Report on the future availability of TRICARE Prime throughout the United States

(a)

Report required

Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report setting forth the policy of the Department of Defense on the future availability of TRICARE Prime under the TRICARE program for eligible beneficiaries in all TRICARE regions throughout the United States.

(b)

Elements

The report required by subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

A description, by region, of the difference in availability of TRICARE Prime for eligible beneficiaries (other than eligible beneficiaries on active duty in the Armed Forces) under newly-awarded TRICARE managed care contracts, including, in particular, an identification of the regions or areas in which TRICARE Prime will no longer be available for such beneficiaries under such contracts.

(2)

A description of the transition and outreach plans for eligible beneficiaries described in paragraph (1) who will no longer have access to TRICARE Prime under the contracts described in that paragraph.

(3)

An estimate of the increased costs to be incurred for healthcare under the TRICARE program for eligible beneficiaries described in paragraph (2).

(4)

An estimate of the saving to be achieved by the Department as a result of the contracts described in paragraph (1).

(5)

A description of the plans of the Department to continue to assess the impact on access to healthcare for eligible beneficiaries described in paragraph (2).

705.

Certain treatment of developmental disabilities, including autism, under the TRICARE program

(a)

Certain treatment of autism

(1)

In general

Chapter 55 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 1077 the following new section:

1077a.

Treatment of autism under the TRICARE program

(a)

In general

Except as provided in subsection (c), for purposes of providing health care services under this chapter, the treatment of developmental disabilities (42 U.S.C. 15002(8)), including autism spectrum disorders, shall include behavioral health treatment, including applied behavior analysis, when prescribed by a physician.

(b)

Requirements in provision of services

In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall ensure that—

(1)

except as provided by paragraph (2), a person who is authorized to provide behavioral health treatment is licensed or certified by a State or accredited national certification board; and

(2)

if applied behavior analysis or other behavioral health treatment is provided by an employee or contractor of a person described in paragraph (1), the employee or contractor shall meet minimum qualifications, training, and supervision requirements as set forth by the Secretary who shall ensure that covered beneficiaries have appropriate access to care in accordance with best practice guidelines.

(c)

Exclusions

Subsection (a) shall not apply to the following:

(1)

Covered beneficiaries under this chapter who are entitled to hospital insurance benefits under part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act.

(2)

Covered beneficiaries under this chapter who are former members, dependents of former members, or survivors of any uniformed service not under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense.

(d)

Construction with other benefits

(1)

Nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting or otherwise affecting the benefits otherwise provided under this chapter to a covered beneficiary who is a beneficiary by virtue of—

(A)

service in the Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corp of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or the Commissioned Corp of the Public Health Service; or

(B)

being a dependent of a member of a service described in subparagraph (A).

(2)

Nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting or otherwise affecting the benefits provided to a medicare-eligible beneficiary under—

(A)

this chapter;

(B)

part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395c et seq.); or

(C)

any other law.

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(2)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 55 of such title is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1077 the following new item:

1077a. Treatment of autism under the TRICARE program.

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(b)

Funding

(1)

Increase

The amount authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 by section 1406 and available for the Defense Health Program for Private Sector Care as specified in the funding table in section 4501 is hereby increased by $45,000,000, with the amount of the increase to be available for the provision of care in accordance with section 1077a of title 10, United States Code (as added by subsection (a)).

(2)

Offset

The amount authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2013 by section 301 for Operation and Maintenance and available as specified in the funding table in section 4301 is hereby reduced by $45,000,000.

706.

Sense of Congress on health care for retired members of the uniformed services

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1)

members of the uniformed services and their families endure unique and extraordinary demands and make extraordinary sacrifices over the course of 20 to 30 years of service in protecting freedom for all Americans, as do those who have been medically retired due to the hardships of military service; and

(2)

access to quality health care services is an earned benefit during retirement in acknowledgment of their contributions of service and sacrifice.

B

Other Health Care Benefits

711.

Use of Department of Defense funds for abortions in cases of rape and incest

Section 1093(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: or in a case in which the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.

712.

Availability of certain fertility preservation treatments for members of the Armed Forces on active duty

(a)

In general

Subsection (a) of section 1074d of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(3)
(A)

Members of the armed forces entitled to medical care under section 1074(a) of this title who have been diagnosed with a condition for which the recommended course of treatment is recognized by a licensed physician and surgeon or other appropriate medical practitioner as a cause of iatrogenic infertility shall also be entitled to fertility preservation treatment as a part of such medical care.

(B)

If the fertility preservation treatment to which a member is entitled under this paragraph is not available through a facility of the uniformed services accessible to the member, such treatment shall be provided to the member through another appropriate mechanism under this chapter, including through the TRICARE program.

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(b)

Definitions relating to fertility preservation treatment

Such section is further amended—

(1)

in subsection (b), by striking the subsection heading and inserting Definition relating to primary and preventive health care services for women; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(c)

Definitions relating to fertility preservation treatment

In this section:

(1)

The term fertility preservation treatment includes—

(A)

procedures consistent with established medical practices in the prevention or treatment of iatrogenic infertility by licensed physicians and surgeons or other appropriate medical practitioners, including diagnosis, diagnostic tests, medication, or surgery; and

(B)

any other procedure identified by the Secretary of Defense that is intended to promote the future fertility of an individual who has been diagnosed with a condition for which the recommended course of treatment is recognized by a licensed physician and surgeon or other appropriate medical practitioner as a cause of iatrogenic infertility.

(2)

The term iatrogenic infertility means the current or future diminished ability, or the inability of an individual to conceive or contribute to conception as a consequence of medical treatment.

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713.

Modification of requirements on mental health assessments for members of the Armed forces deployed in connection with a contingency operation

(a)

Timing of mental health assessments

Paragraph (1)(C)(i) of section 1074m(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking one year and inserting 18 months.

(b)

Exclusion of certain members

Paragraph (2) of such section is amended—

(1)

by striking subparagraph (B) and (C) of; and

(2)

by striking determines that— and all that follows and inserting “determines—

(A)

in the case of an assessment otherwise required under subparagraph (A) of that paragraph, that the member will not be subjected or exposed to operational risk factors during deployment in the contingency operation concerned;

(B)

in the case of an assessment otherwise required under subparagraph (B) or (C) of that paragraph, that the member was not subjected or exposed to operational risk factors during deployment in the contingency operation concerned; or

(C)

in the case of any assessment otherwise required under that paragraph, that providing such assessment to the member during the otherwise applicable time period under such paragraph would remove the member from forward deployment or would put members or operational objectives at risk.

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C

Health Care Administration

721.

Clarification of applicability of certain authority and requirements to subcontractors employed to provide health care services to the Department of Defense

(a)

Applicability of Federal Tort Claims Act to subcontractors

Section 1089(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended in the last sentence—

(1)

by striking if the physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, or paramedical and inserting to such a physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, or paramedical;

(2)

by striking involved is; and

(3)

by inserting before the period at the end the following: or a subcontract at any tier under such a contract that is authorized in accordance with the requirements of such section 1091.

(b)

Applicability of personal services contracting authority to subcontractors

Section 1091(c) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(3)

The procedures established under paragraph (1) may provide for a contracting officer to authorize a contractor to enter into a subcontract for personal services on behalf of the agency upon a determination that the subcontract is—

(A)

consistent with the requirements of this section and the procedures established under paragraph (1); and

(B)

in the best interests of the agency.

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722.

Research program to enhance Department of Defense efforts on mental health in the National Guard and Reserves through community partnerships

(a)

Research program authorized

The Secretary of Defense may carry out a research program to assess the feasibility and advisability of enhancing the efforts of the Department of Defense in research, treatment, education, and outreach on mental health and substance use disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in members of the National Guard and Reserves, their family members, and their caregivers.

(b)

Agreements with community partners

In carrying out the research program authorized by subsection (a), the Secretary may enter into partnership agreements with community partners described in subsection (c) using a competitive and merit-based award process.

(c)

Community partners described

A community partner described in this subsection is a private nonprofit organization or institution (or multiple organizations and institutions) that—

(1)

engages in the research activities described in subsection (d); and

(2)

meets such qualifications for treatment as a community partner as the Secretary shall establish for purposes of the research program.

(d)

Activities

Partnerships entered into under the research program shall be used to engage in research on the causes, development, and innovative treatment of mental health and substance use disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury in members of the National Guard and Reserves, their family members, and their caregivers.

(e)

Report

Not later than five years after the commencement of the research program, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the research program, including a description of the research program, the community partners participating in the research program, the activities carried out, the number of members of the National Guard and Reserves, family members, and caregivers supported by community partners, and a description and assessment of the effectiveness and achievements of the research program.

D

Reports and Other Matters

731.

Reports on performance data on Warriors in Transition programs

(a)

Reports

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and every 180 days thereafter, each Secretary of a military department shall submit to Congress a report on data on the performance of the military department in addressing the care, management and transition needs of members of the Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of such Secretary who participate in a Warriors in Transition program under the jurisdiction of such Secretary with respect to the following:

(1)

Physical health.

(2)

Mental and behavioral health.

(3)

Educational and vocational aptitude and capabilities.

(4)

Such other matters as such Secretary considers appropriate.

(b)

Common methodology

The Secretaries shall report not fewer than five outcome measures for each of the areas set forth in subsection (a) using a common methodology developed by the Secretaries and approved by the Secretary of Defense for purposes of this section.

(c)

Longitudinal data

The occasions for collecting data on a member participating in a Warriors in Transition program for purposes of reports under subsection (a) shall be as follows:

(1)

When the member commences participation in the program.

(2)

At least once each year the member participates in the program.

(3)

When the member ceases participation in the program (whether for return to military duty or to civilian life).

(4)

With the consent of the member, one year after the member ceases participation in the program as described in paragraph (3).

(d)

Elements

Each report under subsection (a) shall include an assessment by the Secretary of the military department concerned of the following with respect to the Warriors in Transition programs covered by such report:

(1)

The progress of members participating in the Warriors in Transition programs in the areas specified in subsection (a).

(2)

The efficacy of the Warriors in Transition programs in facilitating the transition of members to military duty or civilian life, as applicable.

(3)

The differences in outcomes in the Warriors in Transition programs, by location, type, Armed Force, component, and types of wounds, injuries, or conditions of program participants.

(4)

The percentage of members participating in the Warriors in Transition programs who receive care under such programs from assigned providers, including medical care case managers, non-medical service providers (including non-medical case managers, legal support personnel, and, as applicable, Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officers), mental health care providers, and medical evaluation (MEB) physicians whose caseload exceeds the caseload ratio that has been designated as adequate by the Secretary of Defense.

(5)

The percentage of members participating in the Warriors in Transition programs for whom the intervals between various phases in the transition process exceeds the average length of such intervals, including intervals relating to appointment times for specialists and for treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

(6)

Such other measurements of outcomes or progress of members through the Warriors in Transition programs as such Secretary considers appropriate.

(e)

Personally identifiable information

Data collected under this section shall be treated in compliance with the provisions of section 552a of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Privacy Act).

(f)

Sunset

No report is required under this section after September 30, 2017.

(g)

Warriors in Transition program defined

In this section, the term Warriors in Transition program means any major support program of the Armed Forces for members of the Armed Forces with severe wounds, illnesses, or injuries that is intended to provide such members with non-medical case management service and care coordination services, and includes the programs as follows:

(1)

Warrior Transition Units and the Wounded Warrior Program of the Army.

(2)

The Safe Harbor program of the Navy.

(3)

The Wounded Warrior Regiment of the Marine Corps.

(4)

The Recovery Care Program and the Wounded Warrior programs of the Air Force.

(5)

The Care Coalition of the United States Special Operations Command.

732.

Report on Department of Defense support of members of the Armed Forces who experience traumatic injury as a result of vaccinations required by the Department

(a)

Report

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall, in consultation with the Secretaries of the military departments, submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report setting forth the results of a comprehensive review (conducted for purposes of the report) of the adequacy and effectiveness of the policies, procedures, and systems of the Department of Defense in providing support to members of the Armed Forces who experience traumatic injury as a result of a vaccination required by the Department.

(b)

Elements

The report required by subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

The number and nature of traumatic injuries incurred by members of the Armed Forces as a result of a vaccination required by the Department of Defense each year since January 1, 2001, set forth by aggregate in each year and by military department in each year.

(2)

Such recommendations as the Secretary of Defense considers appropriate for improvements to the policies, procedures, and systems (including tracking systems) of the Department to identify members of the Armed Forces who experience traumatic injury as a result of a vaccination required by the Department.

(3)

Such recommendations as the Secretary of Defense considers appropriate for improvements to the policies, procedures, and systems of the Department to support members of the Armed Forces who experience traumatic injury as a result of a vaccination required by the Department.

733.

Plan to eliminate gaps and redundancies in programs of the Department of Defense on psychological health and traumatic brain injury among members of the Armed Forces

(a)

Plan required

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a plan to streamline the programs of the Department of Defense that address psychological health and traumatic brain injury among members of the Armed Forces.

(2)

Elements

The report required by paragraph (1) shall include the following:

(A)

A complete list of the programs described in paragraph (1), including a detailed description of the intended function of each such program.

(B)

An identification of any gaps in services and treatments in the programs listed under subparagraph (A)

(C)

An identification of any redundancies in the programs listed under subparagraph (A).

(D)

A plan for mitigating the gaps identified under subparagraph (B) and for eliminating the redundancies identified under subparagraph (C).

(E)

An identification of the individual in the Department who will be responsible for leading implementation of the plan required by paragraph (1).

(F)

A schedule for the implementation of the plan.

(b)

Status report

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the status of the implementation of the plan required by subsection (a).

734.

Report on implementation of recommendations of the Comptroller General of the United States on prevention of hearing loss among members of the Armed Forces

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the implementation of the recommendations of the Comptroller General of the United States in the January 2011 report of the Comptroller General entitled Hearing Loss Prevention: Improvements to DOD Hearing Conservation Programs Could Lead to Better Outcomes that address prevention of hearing loss, abatement of hearing loss, data collection regarding hearing loss, and the need for a new interagency data sharing system so that sufficient information is available to address and track hearing injuries and loss.

735.

Sense of Senate on mental health counselors for members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families

It is the sense of the Senate that—

(1)

the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs should develop a plan to ensure a sustainable flow of qualified counselors to meet the long-term needs of members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families for counselors; and

(2)

the plan should include the participation of accredited schools and universities, health care providers, professional counselors, family service or support centers, chaplains, and other appropriate resources of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

736.

Prescription drug take-back program for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents

(a)

Program required

The Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General shall jointly carry out a program (commonly referred to as a prescription drug take-back program) under which members of the Armed Forces and dependents of members of the Armed Forces may deliver controlled substances to such facilities as may be jointly determined by the Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General to be disposed of in accordance with section 302(g) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 822(g)).

(b)

Program elements

The program required by subsection (a) shall provide for the following:

(1)

The delivery of controlled substances under the program to such members of the Armed Forces, medical professionals, and other employees of the Department of Defense, and to such other acceptance mechanisms, as the Secretary and the Attorney General jointly specify for purposes of the program.

(2)

Appropriate guidelines and procedures to prevent the diversion, misuse, theft, or loss of controlled substances delivered under the program.

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Mental Health Care Matters

751.

Enhancement of oversight and management of Department of Defense suicide prevention and resilience programs

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Defense shall, acting through the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, establish within the Office of the Secretary of Defense a position with responsibility for oversight and management of all suicide prevention and resilience programs and all preventative behavioral health programs of the Department of Defense (including those of the military departments and the Armed Forces).

(b)

Scope of responsibilities

The individual serving in the position established pursuant to subsection (a) shall have the responsibilities as follows:

(1)

To establish a uniform definition of resiliency for use in the suicide prevention and resilience programs and preventative behavioral health programs of the Department of Defense (including those of the military departments and the Armed Forces).

(2)

In consultation with the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder of the Department of Veterans Affairs and other appropriate public and private agencies and entities, to require the use of clinical best practices in mental health care, suicide prevention programs, and resilience programs of the Department of Defense, including the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health disorders.

(3)

To oversee and manage the comprehensive program on the prevention of suicide among members of the Armed Forces required by section 752.

752.

Comprehensive program on prevention of suicide among members of the Armed Forces

(a)

Comprehensive program required

The Secretary of Defense shall, acting through the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, develop and implement within the Department of Defense a comprehensive program on the prevention of suicide among members of the Armed Forces. In developing the program, the Secretary shall consider recommendations from the operational elements of the Armed Forces regarding the feasibility of the implementation and execution of particular elements of the program.

(b)

Elements

The comprehensive program required by subsection (a) shall include elements to achieve the following:

(1)

To raise awareness among members of the Armed Forces about mental health conditions and the stigma associated with mental health conditions and mental health care.

(2)

To provide members of the Armed Forces generally, members of the Armed Forces in supervisory positions (including officers in command billets and non-commissioned officers), and medical personnel of the Armed Forces and the Department of Defense with effective means of identifying members of the Armed Forces who are at risk for suicide (including enhanced means for early identification and treatment of such members).

(3)

To provide members of the Armed Forces who are at risk of suicide with continuous access to suicide prevention services, including suicide crisis services.

(4)

To evaluate and assess the effectiveness of the suicide prevention and resilience programs and preventative behavioral health programs of the Department of Defense (including those of the military departments and the Armed Forces), including the development of metrics for that purpose.

(5)

To evaluate and assess the current diagnostic tools and treatment methods in the programs referred to in paragraph (4) in order to ensure clinical best practices are used in such programs.

(6)

To ensure that the programs referred to in paragraph (4) incorporate evidenced-based practices when available.

(7)

To provide for the training of mental health care providers on evidence-based therapies in connection with suicide prevention.

(8)

To establish training standards for behavioral health care providers in order to ensure that such providers receive training on clinical best practices and evidence-based treatments as information on such practices and treatments becomes available, and to ensure such standards are met.

(9)

To provide for the integration of mental health screenings and suicide risk and prevention for members of the Armed Forces into the delivery of primary care for such members.

(10)

To ensure appropriate responses to attempted or completed suicides among members of the Armed Forces, including guidance and training to assist commanders in addressing incidents of attempted or completed suicide within their units.

(11)

To ensure the protection of the privacy of members of the Armed Forces seeking or receiving treatment relating to suicide.

(12)

Such other matters as the Secretary of Defense considers appropriate in connection with the prevention of suicide among members of the Armed Forces.

(c)

Consultation

In developing and implementing the comprehensive program required by subsection (a), the Under Secretary shall consult with appropriate officials and elements of the Department of Defense, appropriate centers of excellence within the Department of Defense, and other public and private entities with expertise in mental health and suicide prevention.

(d)

Implementation by the Armed Forces

In implementing the comprehensive program required by subsection (a) with respect to an Armed Force, the Secretary of the military department concerned may, in consultation with the Under Secretary and with the approval of the Secretary of Defense, modify particular elements of the program in order to adapt the program appropriately to the unique culture and elements of that Armed Force.

(e)

Quality assurance

In developing and implementing the comprehensive program required by subsection (a), the Under Secretary shall develop and implement appropriate mechanisms to provide for the oversight and management of the program, including quality measures to assess the efficacy of the program in preventing suicide among members of the Armed Forces.

753.

Quality review of Medical Evaluation Boards, Physical Evaluation Boards, and Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officers

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Defense shall standardize, assess, and monitor the quality assurance programs of the military departments to evaluate the following in the performance of their duties (including duties under chapter 61 of title 10, United States Code):

(1)

Medical Evaluation Boards (MEBs).

(2)

Physical Evaluation Boards (PEBs).

(3)

Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officers (PEBLOs).

(b)

Objectives

The objectives of the quality assurance program shall be as follows:

(1)

To ensure accuracy and consistency in the determinations and decisions of Medical Evaluation Boards and Physical Evaluation Boards.

(2)

To otherwise monitor and sustain proper performance of the duties of Medical Evaluation Boards and Physical Evaluation Boards, and of Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officers.

(3)

Such other objectives as the Secretary shall specify for purposes of the quality assurance program.

(c)

Reports

(1)

Report on implementation

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report setting forth the plan of the Secretary for the implementation of the requirements of this section.

(2)

Annual reports

Not later than one year after the date of the submittal of the report required by paragraph (1), and annually thereafter for the next four years, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report setting forth an assessment of the implementation of the requirements of this section during the one-year period ending on the date of the report under this paragraph. Each report shall include, in particular, an assessment of the extent to which the quality assurance program under the requirements of this section meets the objectives specified in subsection (b).

(3)

Appropriate committees of Congress defined

In this subsection, the term appropriate committees of Congress means—