H.R. 1904: Oversight of Sensitive Military Operations Act

May 09, 2013
Referred to Committee
16% chance of being enacted
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Mac Thornberry
Representative for Texas's 13th congressional district
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Introduced May 09, 2013
Referred to Committee May 09, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed House ...
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...

59% chance of getting past committee.
16% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense to notify the congressional defense committees of certain sensitive military operations, and for other purposes.


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46 cosponsors (32R, 14D) (show)

House Armed Services

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Library of Congress Summary

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Oversight of Sensitive Military Operations Act - Directs the Secretary of Defense (DOD) to notify the congressional defense and appropriations committees of any sensitive military operation (a lethal or capture operation conducted by U.S. Armed Forces outside the United States) promptly following such operation.
(1) the Secretary to submit to such committees procedures for complying with such requirement consistent with U.S. national security and the protection of operational integrity, and
(2) such committees to ensure that committee procedures designed to protect the unauthorized disclosure of U.S. national security information are sufficient to protect the information submitted.
Makes the notification requirement inapplicable to a sensitive military operation executed within Afghanistan pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force.
Requires the Secretary to submit to such committees an explanation of the legal and policy considerations and approval processes used in determining whether an individual or group could become the target of a sensitive military operation.
Directs the Secretary to provide such committees quarterly briefings on DOD counterterrorism operations and related activities involving special operations forces.

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