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Passed House amended (09/16/1986)

(Measure passed House, amended)

National Special Operations Agency Act - Amends Federal armed forces provisions relating to the defense agencies to establish in the Department of Defense (DOD) the National Special Operations Agency (Agency), with a Director appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Requires such Director to be the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for all matters pertaining to special operations forces and activities. Requires the Director to exercise command and control over, and be responsible for, all special operations forces and activities of DOD.

Requires not fewer than three Deputy Directors of the Agency to be selected by the Director and responsible for policy, programs, and operations within the Agency.

Directs the Secretary to assign all special operations forces to the Agency. Requires forces assigned to the Agency to be organized as the Joint Special Operations Command.

Requires the Director to assign to each unified combatant command an officer to serve as the theater special operations commander and to act as liaison between the combatant command and the Agency. Directs the commander of a unified combatant command to exercise command and control of special operations forces assigned to such command.

Outlines budget considerations concerning the creation of the Agency. Provides that the responsibility of budgets for the Agency falls solely upon the Director, along with the authority to select, train, and assign personnel to such Agency.

Sets forth unauthorized activities for the Agency, and directs the Secretary to prescribe regulations for authorized activities of the Agency. Defines "special operations forces" and "special operations activities."

Requires the nomination of an individual for appointment as Director of the Agency to be made by the President within 30 days after the enactment of this Act. Requires the establishment of the Agency to be completed within six months after the enactment of this Act.

Provides for: (1) the initial funding; and (2) initial assignment of personnel for such Agency.