Text: H.R.5063 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (04/15/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5063


To direct the Secretary of Defense to establish a joint task force to improve the research and development of lighter weight body armor.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 15, 2010

Ms. Tsongas (for herself and Mr. Kissell) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Defense to establish a joint task force to improve the research and development of lighter weight body armor.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Light Weight Armor Research Requirements for Individual Operational Readiness Act” or the “LT WARRIOR Act”.

SEC. 2. Establishment of joint task force on lightweight body armor.

(a) Establishment.—The Secretary of Defense shall establish a joint task force, to be known as “Joint Task Force Light Weight Armor Research Requirements for Individual Operational Readiness” or “JTF–LT WARRIOR”, to—

(1) synchronize efforts among the military departments to identify and examine the requirements for lighter weight body armor; and

(2) serve as the centralized body for determining and coordinating issues regarding lightweight body armor and other personal protective equipment, including the required attributes of such armor and the development and procurement of such armor and equipment.

(b) Composition.—

(1) MEMBERSHIP.—The task force shall consist of not more than 20 members, to be appointed by the Secretary as follows:

(A) At least one member shall be appointed from each of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

(B) At least one member shall represent the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center of the Army.

(C) At least one member shall represent the Defense Logistics Agency.

(D) At least one member shall represent the United States Special Operations Command.

(E) At least one member shall represent the Program Executive Office Soldier.

(F) At least one member shall represent the Test and Evaluation Command of the Army.

(G) At least one member shall represent the Defense Standardization Program Office.

(H) Other members representing other entities considered appropriate by the Secretary.

(2) PRIVATE ENTITIES.—In appointing members to the task force, the Secretary may consider including representatives from industry, including developers, manufacturers, and testing personnel.

(3) DEADLINE.—The members of the task force shall be appointed not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(4) CHAIR.—Of a member appointed under paragraph (1) who is a member of the Armed Forces, the Secretary shall designate a chair of the task force.

(c) Recommendations.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than six months after the date on which all members of the task force have been appointed, and each six month period thereafter for a period of 18 months, the task force shall submit to the Secretary a report recommending ways in which the Secretary and each Secretary of a military department may more effectively address the research, development, and procurement requirements regarding reducing the weight of body armor.

(2) MATTERS INCLUDED.—The reports required under paragraph (1) shall include an assessment of the following:

(A) The requirement for lighter weight body armor and personal protective equipment.

(B) Innovative design ideas for more modular body armor that allow for scalable protection levels for various missions and threats.

(C) Research, development, acquisition, and funding objectives specifically dedicated to reducing the weight of body armor and other personal protective equipment items.

(D) The efficiency and effectiveness of current body armor funding procedures and processes.

(E) Industry concerns, capabilities, and willingness to invest in the development and production of lightweight body armor initiatives.

(3) METHODOLOGY.—In submitting the reports under paragraph (1), the task force shall consider as bases for making assessments—

(A) the findings and recommendations of previous reviews and the efforts of similar coordination boards;

(B) the views of operations, combat, and materiel developers; and

(C) other factors the task force considers appropriate.

(d) Final Report.—

(1) REQUIREMENT.—The task force shall submit to the Secretary of Defense and each Secretary of a military department a final report on the activities of the task force.

(2) MATTERS INCLUDED.—The report shall include the following:

(A) An assessment of the ability of the Department of Defense to support the requirement for lightweight body armor.

(B) An assessment of any barriers preventing the development of lighter weight body armor (including such barriers with respect to technical, institutional, or financial problems).

(C) The need for dedicated research and development funding specifically for reducing the weight of body armor.

(D) Other areas of concern not previously mentioned or addressed by equipping boards, body armor producers, or program managers.

(E) The final findings and conclusions of the task force.

(F) Any recommendations for changes to procedures and policy the task force considers appropriate.

(3) SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 60 days after the receipt of the report under paragraph (1), the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees the report, together with an evaluation of the report from the Secretary of Defense and each Secretary of a military department.

(e) Administrative support.—

(1) COMPENSATION.—

(A) Each member of the task force who is a member of the Armed Forces or a civilian officer or employee of the United States shall serve without compensation (other than compensation to which entitled as a member of the Armed Forces or an officer or employee of the United States, as the case may be).

(B) Other members of the task force shall be appointed in accordance with, and subject to, section 3161 of title 5, United States Code.

(2) OVERSIGHT.—The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, shall provide oversight of the task force.

(3) LOGISTICS.—The Washington Headquarters Services of the Department of Defense shall provide the task force with personnel, facilities, and other administrative support as necessary for the performance of the duties of the task force.

(f) Termination.—The task force shall terminate 90 days after the date on which the final report is submitted under subsection (d).