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H.R. 2287 (98th): Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1984

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Mar 23, 1983.

Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1984 - Title I: Procurement - Authorizes appropriations for FY 1984 for procurement by the armed forces and the defense agencies of aircraft, missiles, weapons, tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, shipbuilding and conversion, and for other procurement. Earmarks funds authorized for aircraft for the Air Force for the United States' share of the FY 1984 cost of acquisition by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). Authorizes appropriations for the purchase of metals, minerals, or other materials by the Department, pursuant to the Defense Production Act of 1950. Extends through FY 1984 the authority of the Secretary of Defense, in carrying out the Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Between the NATO Ministers of Defense concerning the NATO AWACS program, to waive reimbursement for the cost of specified functions performed by certain personnel and to assume contingent liability for program losses and specified charges. Authorizes appropriations for a special classified program. Authorizes the Secretary to procure secure telephone communication systems for the Department and other Government agencies to support a national program to provide secure telephone service. Sets forth authorization levels. Title II: Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation - Authorizes appropriations for FY 1984 for the armed forces and the defense agencies for research, development, test, and evaluation. Authorizes additional appropriations as needed for increases in civilian employee benefits. Title III: Operation and Maintenance - Authorizes appropriations for FY 1984 for the armed forces and the defense agencies for operation and maintenance. Authorizes the Secretary to provide logistical support and personnel services and to lend and provide equipment in support of the 1984 Games of the XXIII Olympiad. Authorizes appropriations. Title IV: Active Forces - Authorizes strengths for active duty personnel as of the end of FY 1984. Title V: Reserve Forces - Authorizes average strengths for the selected reserve components of the armed forces for FY 1984. Permits the reduction and increase in such strengths as specified. Authorizes a specified number of reserves to serve on full-time active duty in order to organize, administer, instruct, recruit, or train the reserve components. Permits the end strength levels to be increased by two percent in the national interest. Increases the number of reserve officers in the Army and Marine Corps who may be on active duty in specified grades. Title VI: Civilian Personnel - Authorizes civilian personnel levels for the Department as of the end of FY 1984. Directs the Secretary to apportion such personnel among the various armed forces and defense agencies and to report to Congress within 60 days on such apportionment. Specifies which personnel shall be included in computing the strength for civilian personnel. Permits the Secretary to increase the strength by up to two percent in the national interest. Title VII: Military Training Student Loads - Authorizes average military training student loads for each component of the armed forces for FY 1984. Requires the adjustment of such loads as the manpower strengths of each component are adjusted. Title VIII: General Provisions - Amends the Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1983 to repeal the prohibition against consolidating functions of the military transportation commands. Permits the Secretary to enter into agreements with the Governments of any friendly foreign country or international organization under which the United States agrees to provide communications support or related supplies and services in return for the reciprocal provision of an equivalent amount of support or supplies.