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   115th Congress  }                                 { Report
                       HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 
   1st Session     }                                 { 115-219
                                                
                                          
_______________________________________________________________________

                                     



            DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2018

                               ----------                              

                              R E P O R T

                                 of the

                      COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

                             together with

                            ADDITIONAL VIEWS

                        [TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 3219]
                        
                        
                        

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 July 13, 2017.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed
              
              
              
              
              
              


            DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2018
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
115th Congress   }                                          {   Report
                                                      
                         HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                 
 1st Session     }                                          {  115-219
_______________________________________________________________________

                                     



            DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2018

                               __________

                              R E P O R T

                                 of the

                      COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

                             together with

                            ADDITIONAL VIEWS

                        [TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 3219]
                        
                        
                        
                        
                        






 July 13, 2017.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed
              
              
              
          
 
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                                CONTENTS

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                                                                   Page
Bill Totals......................................................     1
Committee Budget Review Process..................................     3
Introduction.....................................................     3
National Defense Restoration Fund................................     4
Definition of Program, Project, and Activity.....................     5
Reprogramming Guidance...........................................     5
Funding Increases................................................     6
Congressional Special Interest Items.............................     6
Classified Annex.................................................     6
Committee Recommendations by Major Category......................     6
  Active, Reserve, and National Guard Military Personnel.........     6
  Operation and Maintenance......................................     6
  Procurement....................................................     7
  Research, Development, Test and Evaluation.....................     8
  Defense Health Program.........................................     8
Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism 
  Requirements...................................................     8
Budget Juitification Material....................................     9
Service Unfunded Requirements List...............................     9
Cyberspace Activities............................................     9
Quarterly Cyber Operations Briefing..............................    12
Persistent Cyber Training Environment............................    12
Big Data Analytics Strategy......................................    12
TITLE I. MILITARY PERSONNEL......................................    13
Military Personnel Overview......................................    15
Summary of End Strength..........................................    15
Overall Active End Strength......................................    15
Overall Selected Reserve End Strength............................    15
Reprogramming Guidance for Military Personnel Accounts...........    17
Military Personnel Special Interest Items........................    17
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response...........................    17
Minority Outreach and Officer Accessions.........................    17
Cultural Sensitivity Training....................................    18
Trauma Training Program..........................................    18
Army National Guard and Army Reserve Cyber Protection Teams......    18
Reserve Components Full-Time Support.............................    18
Military Personnel, Army.........................................    19
Military Personnel, Navy.........................................    23
Military Personnel, Marine Corps.................................    27
Military Personnel, Air Force....................................    31
  Cyber Air Force Specialty Code.................................    35
Reserve Personnel, Army..........................................    35
Reserve Personnel, Navy..........................................    38
Reserve Personnel, Marine Corps..................................    41
Reserve Personnel, Air Force.....................................    44
National Guard Personnel, Army...................................    47
National Guard Personnel, Air Force..............................    50
TITLE II. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE..............................    53
Reprogramming Guidance for Operation and Maintenance Accounts....    55
Special Operations Command Budget Execution......................    56
Operation and Maintenance Special Interest Items.................    56
Innovative Readiness Training Program............................    57
Online Education.................................................    57
Base Supply Centers..............................................    57
Defense Language Institute.......................................    57
National Security Education Program..............................    58
Maintenance of Real Property.....................................    58
Tuition Assistance and Military Spouse Career Advancement........    58
Cyberspace Operations............................................    58
Joint Regional Security Stacks...................................    59
Energy Security of Overseas Military Installations...............    59
Operation and Maintenance, Army..................................    60
Operation and Maintenance, Navy..................................    65
  Aircraft Depot Maintenance.....................................    72
  Public Shipyards...............................................    72
  Facilities Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization..........    72
Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps..........................    72
Operation and Maintenance, Air Force.............................    76
  Air Education and Training Command.............................    82
  Combined Air Operations Center.................................    82
  Advanced Tactical Air Training.................................    82
  Remotely Piloted Aircraft......................................    82
Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide..........................    82
  Energy Efficiency Projects.....................................    88
  Defense Contracting Management Agency..........................    88
  Digital Workspace Technologies.................................    88
  Defense Logistics Agency.......................................    88
  Defense Logistics Agency.......................................    88
  Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency..............................    89
  Meals Ready-To-Eat War Reserve.................................    89
  Youth Serving Organizations....................................    89
Operation and Maintenance, Army Reserve..........................    89
Operation and Maintenance, Navy Reserve..........................    92
Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps Reserve..................    95
Operation and Maintenance, Air Force Reserve.....................    98
Operation and Maintenance, Army National Guard...................   101
Operation and Maintenance, Air National Guard....................   104
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces..............   107
Environmental Restoration, Army..................................   107
Environmental Restoration, Navy..................................   107
  Vieques and Culebra Environmental Restoration..................   107
Environmental Restoration, Air Force.............................   107
  Granular Activated Carbon......................................   107
Environmental Restoration, Defense-Wide..........................   108
Environmental Restoration, Formerly Used Defense Sites...........   108
Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid...................   108
Cooperative Threat Reduction Account.............................   108
Operation and Maintenance, National Defense Restoration Fund.....   109
TITLE III. PROCUREMENT...........................................   111
Reprogramming Guidance for Acquisition Accounts..................   113
Funding Increases................................................   113
Procurement Special Interest Items...............................   113
Joint Strike Fighter Economic Order Quantity Procurement.........   113
Cyber Defense Procurement........................................   113
Support For Industrial Base Diversity............................   114
Aircraft Procurement, Army.......................................   114
  UH-60 Black Hawk...............................................   118
Missile Procurement, Army........................................   118
Procurement of Weapons and Tracked Combat Vehicles, Army.........   122
Procurement of Ammunition, Army..................................   126
Other Procurement, Army..........................................   130
  Land Mobile Radio Network in Europe............................   141
  Soldier Borne Sensor...........................................   141
Aircraft Procurement, Navy.......................................   141
  Navy Reserve Combat Aircraft...................................   148
  V-22 Osprey Multiyear Procurement..............................   148
  MH-60R Aircraft................................................   148
Weapons Procurement, Navy........................................   149
Procurement of Ammunition, Navy and Marine Corps.................   154
Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy................................   158
  Virginia Class Submarine Advance Procurement...................   162
  Icebreakers....................................................   162
  DDG-51 Destroyer...............................................   162
Other Procurement, Navy..........................................   162
  Crew-Served Weapon Stations....................................   175
Procurement, Marine Corps........................................   175
Aircraft Procurement, Air Force..................................   181
  A-10 Wing Replacement..........................................   188
  F-15 Infrared Search and Track.................................   188
  F-15C and Air Force Fighter Mix................................   188
  Special Airlift Mission........................................   188
Missile Procurement, Air Force...................................   189
Space Procurement, Air Force.....................................   192
  Global Positioning System III..................................   195
  Space-Based Infrared System....................................   195
Procurement of Ammunition, Air Force.............................   195
Other Procurement, Air Force.....................................   198
Procurement, Defense-Wide........................................   203
  Secure Supply Chain for Beryllium..............................   208
Defense Production Act...........................................   208
Procurement, National Defense Restoration Fund...................   208
TITLE IV. RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION.............   209
Reprogramming Guidance for Acquisition Accounts..................   211
Funding Increases................................................   211
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Special Interest Items   211
Lightweight, Long-Dwell Unmanned Aerial Systems..................   211
Cost of Nuclear Modernization....................................   212
Federally Funded Research and Development Centers................   212
Advanced Lightweight Polymer Cased Small Arms Ammunitions........   212
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Army.................   212
  Army Lethality Improvements....................................   224
  Multi-Role Armament Systems....................................   224
  Multi-Role Munition Technologies...............................   224
  Peer-Reviewed Neurofibromatosis Research Program...............   224
  Next Generation Munition Technologies..........................   224
  Net Zero.......................................................   225
  Technology Advancement and Retention Center....................   225
  Advanced Development of Asset Protection Technologies..........   225
  Advanced Lightweight Transparent Armors with Multi-Functional 
    Capability...................................................   225
  Domestic Supply of High Performance Material for Soldier 
    Protection...................................................   225
  Improved Turbine Engine Program................................   226
  Precision Gun Launched Projectiles.............................   226
  Army Research Laboratory Open Campus Initiative................   226
  Army Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories...........   226
  Burn Patient Transfer System...................................   227
  Next Generation Signature Management System....................   227
  Common Fire Control System.....................................   227
  Lethality Overmatch............................................   227
  Enhanced Propulsion for Gun Launched Munitions.................   228
  Advanced Energetics............................................   228
  Enhanced Non-Destructive Testing Capacity......................   228
  Human Simulation Research......................................   228
  Joint Multi-Role Program.......................................   228
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Navy.................   229
  Surface Ship Torpedo Defense...................................   244
  Silicon Carbide Power Electronics..............................   244
  Autonomous Survey Ship.........................................   244
  Advanced Combat Systems Technology.............................   244
  Energy Storage Research........................................   245
  Coastal Environmental Research.................................   245
  Expanded Hypoxia Research......................................   245
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force............   245
  Presidential Aircraft Replacement..............................   258
  Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System..................   258
  Antenna Research...............................................   258
  Materials for Extreme Environments.............................   258
  Aircraft Light Weighting Efforts...............................   259
  Development of Government-Owned Observation Assets.............   259
  Refractory Metal Alloys........................................   259
  Air-To-Ground Tactical Weapon Systems..........................   259
  North Atlantic Treaty Organization Ally Launch Services........   260
  Laser Technology for Aircraft Sustainment......................   260
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Defense-Wide.........   260
  Identity Threat Management.....................................   272
  Reclaimed Refrigerants.........................................   272
  Advanced Defense Technologies Clusters.........................   272
  Advanced Material Solutions for Defense Applications...........   272
  Conventional Prompt Global Strike Weapon System................   273
Operational Test and Evaluation, Defense.........................   273
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, National Defense 
  Restoration Fund...............................................   273
TITLE V. REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS..........................   275
Defense Working Capital Funds....................................   275
National Defense Sealift Fund....................................   275
TITLE VI. OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS...................   277
Defense Health Program...........................................   277
  Reprogramming Guidance for the Defense Health Program..........   281
  Carryover......................................................   281
  Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Programs.........................   281
  Metastatic Cancer Research.....................................   282
  Electronic Health Records......................................   282
  The Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical 
    Center.......................................................   283
  Emerging Infectious Diseases...................................   283
  Combat Ocular Trauma...........................................   284
  Expanded Canine Therapy Research...............................   284
  Opioid Abuse in the Military...................................   284
  Chronic Kidney Disease.........................................   285
  Mental Health Providers........................................   285
  Military Medical Professionals and the Department of Veterans 
    Affairs......................................................   285
  Advanced Orthopedic Surgical Surgery...........................   285
  Impact of Gut Microbiome on Chronic Conditions.................   285
  Non-Opiate Pain Management.....................................   286
  Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Pilot 
    Program......................................................   286
  Mild Traumatic Brain Injury....................................   286
  Medical Instrument Inspection..................................   286
  Messenger RNA..................................................   287
  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Diagnoses......................   287
  Peer-Reviewed Lupus Research...................................   287
  Technology Solutions for Psychological Health..................   287
  Minority Serving Institutions..................................   288
  Military Healthcare Navigator..................................   288
  Highly Infectious Disease Treatment and Transport..............   288
Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction, Defense...............   288
Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense...........   289
Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Fund..............................   289
Joint Urgent Operational Needs Fund..............................   289
Office of the Inspector General..................................   290
TITLE VII. RELATED AGENCIES......................................   291
National and Military Intelligence Programs......................   291
  Classified Annex...............................................   291
Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System Fund   291
Intelligence Community Management Account........................   291
  Wildlife Trafficking...........................................   292
TITLE VIII. GENERAL PROVISIONS...................................   293
TITLE IX. OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS/GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM   303
Committee Recommendation.........................................   303
Reporting Requirements...........................................   303
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Fund..............   303
Military Personnel...............................................   303
  Military Personnel, National Defense Restoration Fund..........   308
Operation and Maintenance........................................   308
  Counterterrorism Efforts to Build Partnership Capacity in the 
    United States Southern Command Area of Responsibility........   316
  United States Support to Afghan National Defense Forces and 
    Iraqi Security Forces........................................   316
  Operation and Maintenance, National Defense Restoration Fund...   317
  Afghanistan Security Forces Fund...............................   317
  Vetting of Foreign Security Forces.............................   317
  Counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Train and Equip 
    Fund.........................................................   317
Procurement......................................................   317
  National Guard and Reserve Equipment...........................   327
  Procurement, National Defense Restoration Fund.................   327
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation.......................   327
  Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, National Defense 
    Restoration Fund.............................................   331
Revolving and Management Funds...................................   331
  Defense Working Capital Funds..................................   331
Other Department of Defense Programs.............................   331
  Defense Health Program.........................................   331
  Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense.........   332
  Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Fund............................   332
  Office of the Inspector General................................   332
General Provisions...............................................   332
TITLE X..........................................................   335
  Additional General Provisions..................................   335
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPORTING REQUIREMENTS..................   335
  Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives..........   335
  Rescissions....................................................   335
  Transfer of Funds..............................................   336
  Earmark Disclosure Statement...................................   338
  Compliance with Rule XIII, Cl. 3(e) (Ramseyer Rule)............   338
  Changes in the Application of Existing Law.....................   339
  Appropriations Not Authorized By Law...........................   339
  Comparison with the Budget Resolution..........................   352
  Five-Year Outlay Projections...................................   352
  Financial Assistance to State and Local Governments............   352
  Program Duplication............................................   352
  Directed Rule Making...........................................   353
  Full Committee Votes...........................................   354
  Additional Views...............................................   376






115th Congress   }                                           {   Report
                         HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session     }                                           {   115-219

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            DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2018

                                _______
                                

  July 13, 2017.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

   Ms. Granger, from the Committee on Appropriations, submitted the 
                               following

                              R E P O R T

                             together with

                            ADDITIONAL VIEWS

                        [To accompany H.R. 3219]

    The Committee on Appropriations submits the following 
report in explanation of the accompanying bill making 
appropriations for the Department of Defense, and for other 
purposes, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.

                              BILL TOTALS

    Appropriations for most military functions of the 
Department of Defense are provided for in the accompanying bill 
for fiscal year 2018. This bill does not provide appropriations 
for military construction, military family housing, civil 
defense, and military nuclear warheads, for which requirements 
are considered in connection with other appropriations Acts.
    The President's fiscal year 2018 budget request for 
activities funded in the Department of Defense Appropriations 
Act totals $630,391,276,000 in new budget obligational 
authority.


                    COMMITTEE BUDGET REVIEW PROCESS

    During its review of the fiscal year 2018 budget request 
and execution of appropriations for fiscal year 2017, the 
Subcommittee on Defense held a total of six hearings and six 
formal briefings during the period of March 2017 to June 2017. 
Hearings were held in open session, except when the security 
classification of the material to be discussed presented no 
alternative but to conduct those hearings in executive or 
closed session.

                              INTRODUCTION

    The Committee recommendation for total fiscal year 2018 
Department of Defense funding is $658,114,519,000, which 
includes $584,180,519,000 in base funding and $73,934,000,000 
for overseas contingency operations/global war on terrorism 
funding in title IX. The Committee provides $28,237,243,000 
above the request so that the Department of Defense can 
accelerate its efforts to restore national defense to meet the 
increasing challenges around the world.
    The Committee recommendation heeds the counsel of the 
Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of 
Staff, the leadership of the military Services, and other 
national security experts, all of whom have urged the Committee 
to provide funding for the national defense that is sufficient, 
stable, and timely. The Committee is increasingly concerned 
with the deterioration of military readiness for the full 
spectrum of conflict as well as the dire need for modernization 
to maintain the United States technological advantage, 
including a credible strategic deterrent.
    The operational tempo maintained by the military since the 
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, combined with the 
budgetary instability of the past several years, has steered 
the armed forces into an unsustainable cycle in which readiness 
is consumed at least as fast as it is created. Moreover, this 
readiness is consumed in conflicts that require different 
technologies and skill sets than those that senior military 
leaders estimate will be needed in the next ten to twenty 
years. Just as a national defense oriented toward a Cold War, a 
garrison-based posture left the military somewhat ill prepared 
for the expeditionary and counterinsurgency-focused nature of 
recent conflicts, the recent emphasis on dangerous but highly 
asymmetrical adversaries has required the military to delay or 
trade away the capabilities that will be needed to counter peer 
and near-peer competitors that have been aggressively investing 
in military technology to counter or reverse United States 
dominance in all domains. This factor has compounded a growing 
deficit of modernization that can be traced back to the 
``procurement holiday'' of the 1990s.
    An effective military force is difficult to build yet easy 
to expend. Based upon the advice of the military and the 
Intelligence Community, the Committee does not foresee an 
international security situation in which the expenditure of 
military readiness will slacken enough to allow existing 
funding levels for national defense to catch up. Therefore, the 
Committee provides the additional resources that will increase 
national defense funding well above the five percent annual 
growth that the Secretary of Defense and the Service leaders 
say is necessary to exit the current cycle of regression and 
truly begin restoring the national defense.
    To achieve this, the Committee has funded the investments 
in near-term readiness and long-term technological dominance 
requested by the Department, including authorized end strength 
increases, enhanced training for full spectrum conflict, weapon 
system maintenance and sustainment, the repair and improvement 
of neglected infrastructure, and research and development 
programs that will preserve asymmetric advantages. In addition, 
the Committee has identified shortfalls in the request, in 
particular with regard to procurement of existing in-production 
weapon systems that will preserve capacity, provide new 
capability, and allow for the gradual replacement of systems 
that are increasingly expensive to sustain due to dwindling 
supplies of spare parts and subsystem obsolescence. The 
Committee's proposed investments have been guided by the 
unfunded priorities lists submitted to the Congress, the needs 
of the reserve components, and the acknowledged need to 
preserve industrial base capacity.
    The Committee recommendation balances the requirements of 
national defense with the imperative of fiscal responsibility 
and congressional oversight. The Committee has reviewed the 
budget request in detail and identified programs where 
reductions are possible without adversely impacting the 
warfighter or the restoration of national defense. Examples of 
such reductions include programs that have been terminated or 
restructured since the budget was submitted, savings from 
favorable contract pricing adjustments, contract or schedule 
delays resulting in savings, unjustified new programs and cost 
increases, funds requested ahead of need for the year of budget 
execution, projected or historical underexecution, rescissions 
of unneeded prior year funds, and reductions that are 
authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 2018.

                   NATIONAL DEFENSE RESTORATION FUND

    Pursuant to the concerns of the Committee regarding the 
state of the military and the risks to national security, the 
Committee recommendation includes $28,600,000,000 for a 
National Defense Restoration Fund. These funds are allocated to 
military personnel, operation and maintenance, procurement, and 
research, development, test and evaluation accounts. The 
Committee expects that the Department of Defense will complete 
a new National Defense Strategy later in 2017, which will 
inform the Department's budget requests for fiscal year 2019 
and beyond. The Committee strongly believes that it is 
necessary to complete the new strategy to inform the allocation 
of additional funding above the President's budget request, and 
that it is imperative that funding be available sooner to 
implement the new strategy upon completion in fiscal year 2018. 
The Committee therefore directs that the additional resources 
provided for the National Defense Restoration Fund be used to 
further this strategy as the Secretary of Defense determines in 
consultation with Congress. The Committee recommendation does 
not prejudice the use of the National Defense Restoration Fund 
by allocating funds to specific programs or projects, but 
requires the Secretary of Defense to submit allocation plans 
for the use of these funds, including a detailed budget 
justification for the use of such funds and a description of 
how such investments are necessary to implement the strategy, 
not fewer than 30 days prior to making transfers from the 
funds.

              DEFINITION OF PROGRAM, PROJECT, AND ACTIVITY

    For the purposes of the Balanced Budget and Emergency 
Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-177), as amended by 
the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Reaffirmation 
Act of 1987 (Public Law 100-119), and by the Budget Enforcement 
Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-508), the terms ``program, project, 
and activity'' for appropriations contained in this Act shall 
be defined as the most specific level of budget items 
identified in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 
2018, the related classified annexes and Committee reports, and 
the P-1 and R-1 budget justification documents as subsequently 
modified by congressional action.
    The following exception to the above definition shall 
apply: the military personnel and the operation and maintenance 
accounts, for which the term ``program, project, and activity'' 
is defined as the appropriations accounts contained in the 
Department of Defense Appropriations Act.
    At the time the President submits the budget request for 
fiscal year 2019, the Secretary of Defense is directed to 
transmit to the congressional defense committees budget 
justification documents to be known as the ``M-1'' and ``O-1'' 
which shall identify, at the budget activity, activity group, 
and sub-activity group level, the amounts requested by the 
President to be appropriated to the Department of Defense for 
military personnel and operation and maintenance in any budget 
request, or amended budget request, for fiscal year 2019.

                         REPROGRAMMING GUIDANCE

    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to continue 
to follow the reprogramming guidance for acquisition accounts 
as specified in the report accompanying the House version of 
the Department of Defense Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 
2008 (House Report 110-279). For operation and maintenance 
accounts, the Secretary of Defense shall continue to follow the 
reprogramming guidelines specified in the conference report 
accompanying H.R. 3222, the Department of Defense 
Appropriations Act, 2008. The dollar threshold for 
reprogramming funds shall remain at $10,000,000 for military 
personnel; $15,000,000 for operation and maintenance; 
$20,000,000 for procurement; and $10,000,000 for research, 
development, test and evaluation.
    Also, the Committee directs the Under Secretary of Defense 
(Comptroller) to continue to provide the congressional defense 
committees annual DD Form 1416 reports for titles I and II and 
quarterly, spreadsheet-based DD Form 1416 reports for Service 
and defense-wide accounts in titles III and IV of this Act. 
Reports for titles III and IV shall comply with guidance 
specified in the explanatory statement accompanying the 
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2006. The Department 
shall continue to follow the limitation that prior approval 
reprogrammings are set at either the specified dollar threshold 
or 20 percent of the procurement or research, development, test 
and evaluation line, whichever is less. These thresholds are 
cumulative from the base for reprogramming value as modified by 
any adjustments. Therefore, if the combined value of transfers 
into or out of a military personnel (M-1), an operation and 
maintenance (O-1), a procurement (P-1), or a research, 
development, test and evaluation (R-1) line exceeds the 
identified threshold, the Secretary of Defense must submit a 
prior approval reprogramming to the congressional defense 
committees. In addition, guidelines on the application of prior 
approval reprogramming procedures for congressional special 
interest items are established elsewhere in this report.

                           FUNDING INCREASES

    The funding increases outlined in the tables for each 
appropriation account shall be provided only for the specific 
purposes indicated in the tables.

                  CONGRESSIONAL SPECIAL INTEREST ITEMS

    Items for which additional funds have been provided or 
items for which funding is specifically reduced as shown in the 
project level tables or in paragraphs using the phrase ``only 
for'' or ``only to'' in this report are congressional special 
interest items for the purpose of the Base for Reprogramming 
(DD Form 1414). Each of these items must be carried on the DD 
Form 1414 at the stated amount, as specifically addressed in 
the Committee report.

                            CLASSIFIED ANNEX

    Adjustments to the classified programs are addressed in the 
classified annex accompanying this report.

              COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS BY MAJOR CATEGORY

         ACTIVE, RESERVE AND NATIONAL GUARD MILITARY PERSONNEL

    In title I of the bill, the Committee recommends a total of 
$132,977,586,000 for active, reserve, and National Guard 
military personnel, a decrease of $904,050,000 below the budget 
request, and an increase of $4,251,608,000 above the fiscal 
year 2017 enacted level. The Committee recommendation provides 
funding to increase basic pay for all military personnel by 2.4 
percent, as authorized by current law, effective January 1, 
2018. The Committee recommends full funding to support the 
requested end strength levels for active duty and Selected 
Reserve personnel. The Committee recommendation also provides 
funds to support an end strength growth of 17,000 
servicemembers to address the need to restore the military.

                       OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

    In title II of the bill, the Committee recommends a total 
of $191,654,065,000 for operation and maintenance support to 
the military Services and other Department of Defense entities, 
an increase of $3,083,767,000 above the budget request, and an 
increase of $24,050,805,000 above the fiscal year 2017 enacted 
level. The recommended levels will robustly fund operational 
training programs in fiscal year 2018. Requests for unit and 
depot-level maintenance, facilities sustainment, restoration 
and modernization, and base operations support program funding 
have been fully supported.

                              PROCUREMENT

    In title III of the bill, the Committee recommends a total 
of $132,501,445,000 for procurement.
    Major initiatives and modifications include:
    $1,046,308,000 for the procurement of 56 UH-60 Blackhawk 
helicopters, an increase of $108,000,000 and eight helicopters 
above the President's request;
    $166,683,000 for the procurement of 20 UH-72A Lakota 
helicopters, an increase of $58,300,000 and seven aircraft 
above the President's request;
    $348,000,000 for the procurement of 116 Stryker Double V-
Hull upgrades, an increase of $348,000,000 and 116 vehicles 
above the President's request;
    $1,092,800,000 for the upgrade of 85 Abrams tanks to the 
M1A2 system enhancement package configuration, an increase of 
$375,000,000 and 29 vehicles above the President's request;
    $483,050,000 for the upgrade of 145 Bradley Fighting 
Vehicles to the M2A4/M7A4 configuration, an increase of 
$283,050,000 and 85 vehicles above the President's request;
    $1,819,093,000 for the procurement of 24 F/A-18E/F Super 
Hornet aircraft, an increase of ten aircraft above the 
President's request;
    $1,218,295,000 for the procurement of seven P-8A Poseidon 
multi-mission aircraft;
    $896,267,000 for the procurement of 29 AH-1Z helicopters, 
an increase of four aircraft above the President's request;
    $1,191,496,000 for the procurement of 12 V-22 aircraft, an 
increase of six aircraft and $514,092,000 above the President's 
request;
    $9,449,755,000 for the procurement of 84 F-35 Lightning 
aircraft, an increase of $1,924,608,000 and 14 aircraft above 
the President's request: 24 short take-off and vertical landing 
variants for the Marine Corps, ten carrier variants for the 
Navy and Marine Corps, and 50 conventional variants for the Air 
Force;
    $21,503,726,000 for the procurement of 11 Navy ships, 
including one carrier replacement, two DDG-51 guided missile 
destroyers, two SSN-774 attack submarines, three Littoral 
Combat Ships, one Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ship, one TAO 
fleet oiler, and one Expeditionary Sea Base, an increase of 
$1,600,044,000 and three ships above the President's request;
    $842,853,000 for the continued procurement of the Columbia 
class ballistic missile submarine;
    $1,536,160,000 for the procurement of 17 C/HC/MC/KC-130J 
aircraft, an increase of $669,000,000 and eight aircraft above 
the President's request;
    $271,080,000 for the procurement of 16 MQ-9 Reaper unmanned 
aerial vehicles;
    $2,441,879,000 for the procurement of 15 KC-46 tanker 
aircraft;
    $1,553,908,000 for the procurement of three Evolved 
Expendable Launch Vehicles; and
    $332,000,000 for the Israeli Cooperative Programs under the 
Missile Defense Agency, an increase of $290,000,000 above the 
President's request.

               RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION

    In title IV of the bill, the Committee recommends a total 
of $82,654,976,000 for research, development, test and 
evaluation.
    Major initiatives and modifications include:
    $776,158,000 for the continued development of the Columbia 
class ballistic missile submarine;
    $628,936,000 for the continued development of the Next 
Generation Jammer;
    $1,178,155,000 for the continued development of the F-35 
Lightning Joint Strike Fighter aircraft;
    $444,938,000 for the continued development of the 
replacement for the Presidential helicopter program;
    $1,983,580,000 for the continued development of a new 
penetrating bomber;
    $417,201,000 for the development of a Next Generation 
JSTARS aircraft;
    $434,069,000 for the development of a Presidential Aircraft 
Replacement;
    $354,485,000 for the continued development of a new combat 
rescue helicopter;
    $108,617,000 for the UH-1N replacement program;
    $297,572,000 for the development of an alternative rocket 
engine for space launch;
    $3,070,390,000 for the Defense Advanced Research Projects 
Agency; and
    $373,800,000 for the Israeli Cooperative Program under the 
Missile Defense Agency, an increase of $268,446,000 above the 
President's request.

                         DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM

    The Committee recommends a total of $33,931,566,000 for the 
Defense Health Program to support worldwide medical and dental 
services for active forces and other eligible beneficiaries.

  OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS/GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM REQUIREMENTS

    In title IX of the bill, the Committee recommends a total 
of $73,934,000,000 for overseas contingency operations/global 
war on terrorism (OCO/GWOT) requirements.
    Military Personnel: The Committee recommends a total of 
$5,276,276,000 for military personnel OCO/GWOT requirements in 
title IX of the bill.
    Operation and Maintenance: The Committee recommends a total 
of $49,269,149,000 for operation and maintenance OCO/GWOT 
requirements in title IX of the bill.
    Procurement: The Committee recommends a total of 
$16,462,540,000 for procurement OCO/GWOT requirements in title 
IX of the bill.
    Research, Development, Test and Evaluation: The Committee 
recommends a total of $1,614,837,000 for research, development, 
test and evaluation OCO/GWOT requirements in title IX of the 
bill.

                     BUDGET JUSTIFICATION MATERIAL

    The Committee is extremely disappointed in the quality of 
the budget justification exhibits submitted in support of the 
fiscal year 2018 budget request. The justification material was 
lacking numerous supporting exhibits critical to the oversight 
responsibility of the Committee and those exhibits that were 
provided were riddled with mistakes. Some exhibits were 
consolidated and the justification for some programs was 
completely omitted. The submission gives the appearance that 
the Department of Defense is deciding which programs should or 
should not be reviewed by the Committee. The poor 
justification, combined with the extreme tardiness of the 
submission, is a source of frustration for the Committee. The 
oversight conducted by the Committee must be a collaborative 
effort with the Administration. The Committee directs the Under 
Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) to meet with the House and 
Senate Appropriations Committees not later than September 30, 
2017 to explain the reason for the sub-standard justification 
materials and to discuss measures to prevent this same 
phenomenon in future budget submissions.

                  SERVICE UNFUNDED REQUIREMENTS LISTS

    The Committee recognizes that each military Service submits 
an annual unfunded requirements list to the congressional 
defense committees. These lists allow the Committee to gain 
greater insight into the Services requirements that may have 
been excluded from the budget request due to budgetary 
constraints. However, the Committee is dismayed that the 
military Services did not each provide one consolidated list of 
requirements for fiscal year 2018, instead providing 
categorized lists of items, thereby obscuring the true 
prioritization of the requests. The Committee directs the 
Chiefs of Staff of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force 
to provide their individual Service unfunded requirements in 
one consolidated priority list for fiscal year 2019 and in 
subsequent budget submissions.

                         CYBERSPACE ACTIVITIES

    The recommendation fully funds the fiscal year 2018 base 
budget requirement of $7,940,406,000 for the Army, Navy, Marine 
Corps, Air Force, and the defense agencies cyberspace 
activities, an increase of $1,242,289,000 over the fiscal year 
2017 enacted level.
    The Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, in 
coordination with the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) 
and the Service Secretaries, is working to modify the 
cyberspace activities exhibits included in the Department of 
Defense classified cyberspace activities information technology 
investment budget justification materials in order to provide 
increased visibility and clarity into the cyberspace activities 
funding requirements. The Under Secretary of Defense 
(Comptroller) and the Chief Information Officer are currently 
reviewing the cyberspace activities budget justification 
material and are directed to provide a proposal to the House 
and Senate Appropriations Committees not later than September 
1, 2017 for how to clearly delineate the Department of Defense 
cyber investment activities as part of the budget justification 
material beginning with the fiscal year 2019 budget submission.
    As part of its fiscal year 2018 budget documentation, the 
Department of Navy established a unique cyber sub-activity 
group for operation and maintenance accounts, which the 
Committee believes will increase visibility and congressional 
oversight of requested funding for cyberspace activities. 
Beginning with the fiscal year 2019 budget documentation, the 
Committee directs the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), 
the Chief Information Officer, and the Service Secretaries to 
establish unique cyber sub-activity groups for operation and 
maintenance accounts and individual cost codes, projects, or 
program elements for procurement and research, development, 
test and evaluation accounts.
    The ``Department of Defense Cyberspace Activities'' table 
provided shows the amount of base funding provided to each 
Service and defense-wide account in fiscal years 2017 and 2018. 
Funding appropriated herein may be used only for cyberspace 
activities as defined by the classified cyberspace activities 
information technology investment budget request for fiscal 
year 2018. The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to 
use normal prior approval reprogramming procedures to obligate 
funding appropriated to the operation and maintenance, 
procurement, or research, development, test and evaluation 
accounts for cyberspace activities for any purpose other than 
cyberspace activities. The Committee directs the Department of 
Defense Chief Information Officer to submit to the House and 
Senate Appropriations Committees two reports not later than May 
30, 2018 and November 30, 2018, that provide the mid-year and 
end of fiscal year financial obligation and execution data for 
cyberspace activities for the previous and current fiscal 
years.


                  QUARTERLY CYBER OPERATIONS BRIEFING

    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to provide 
quarterly briefings to the House and Senate Appropriations 
Committees on all named offensive and significant defensive 
military operations in cyberspace carried out by the Department 
of Defense not later than 30 days after the end of each fiscal 
quarter.

                 PERSISTENT CYBER TRAINING ENVIRONMENT

    The Committee recognizes that the Army is the executive 
agent of the persistent cyber training environment for the 
Department of Defense and the recommendation fully funds the 
budget request for fiscal year 2018. The Committee supports 
efforts associated with the rapid development of an up-to-date 
cyber training curriculum, cyber toolsets, and a realistic 
threat environment as well as efforts to create an adaptive 
cyber threat environment that accurately emulates enemy 
capabilities based on the latest data from the Intelligence 
Community.

                      BIG DATA ANALYTICS STRATEGY

    The Committee recognizes that data is an invaluable asset 
to the Department of Defense. Modern technology tools gained 
through hyper-scale cloud computing like big data analytics, 
machine-learning technologies, and artificial intelligence 
software represent an unprecedented opportunity to leverage 
this data, stay ahead of adversaries, and enable both offensive 
and defensive capabilities for the warfighter. The Committee 
directs the Secretary of Defense to conduct a review of the 
adoption of hyper-scale cloud computing in the Department of 
Defense and to provide a report detailing the results of the 
review to the congressional defense committees not later than 
60 days after the enactment of this Act.

                                TITLE I

                           MILITARY PERSONNEL

    The fiscal year 2018 Department of Defense military 
personnel budget request totals $133,881,636,000. The Committee 
recommendation provides $132,977,586,000 for the military 
personnel accounts. The table below summarizes the Committee 
recommendations:


                      MILITARY PERSONNEL OVERVIEW

    The Committee recommendation provides $132,977,586,000 for 
the military personnel accounts, which funds military pay and 
allowances, recruitment and retention initiatives, and overall 
quality of life programs for active duty, National Guard, and 
reserve personnel. The recommendation provides increased basic 
pay for all military personnel by 2.4 percent as authorized by 
current law, effective January 1, 2018. The Committee continues 
to encourage constructive evaluations of recruitment and 
retention programs, bonus and special pay incentives, and 
personnel benefit programs for fiscal year 2018. The Committee 
remains supportive of programs intended to enhance the morale 
and quality of life of military personnel and their families.

                        SUMMARY OF END STRENGTH

    The Committee recommendation provides an increase of 18,100 
in total end strength for the active forces and an increase of 
9,700 in total end strength for the Selected Reserve as 
compared to the fiscal year 2017 authorized levels. These 
totals reflect an increase of 17,000 in end strength above the 
request, to be allocated among the Services as the Secretary of 
Defense determines necessary to restore the Nation's defense. 
The following tables summarize the Committee recommendations 
for end strength levels, both in the aggregate and for each 
active and Selected Reserve component.

                      OVERALL ACTIVE END STRENGTH

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 authorized...........................         1,305,900
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................         1,314,000
Fiscal year 2018 recommendation.......................         1,324,000
    Compared with fiscal year 2017....................           +18,100
    Compared with fiscal year 2018 budget request.....           +10,000
 

                 OVERALL SELECTED RESERVE END STRENGTH

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 authorized...........................           813,200
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................           815,900
Fiscal year 2018 recommendation.......................           822,900
    Compared with fiscal year 2017....................            +9,700
    Compared with fiscal year 2018 budget request.....            +7,000
 

                                                        
                                                        
         REPROGRAMMING GUIDANCE FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL ACCOUNTS

    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to submit 
the Base for Reprogramming (DD Form 1414) for each of the 
fiscal year 2018 appropriation accounts not later than 60 days 
after the enactment of this Act. The Secretary of Defense is 
prohibited from executing any reprogramming or transfer of 
funds for any purpose other than originally appropriated until 
the aforementioned report is submitted to the House and Senate 
Appropriations Committees.
    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to use the 
normal prior approval reprogramming procedures to transfer 
funds in the Services' military personnel accounts between 
budget activities in excess of $10,000,000.

               MILITARY PERSONNEL SPECIAL INTEREST ITEMS

    Items for which additional funds have been provided or have 
been specifically reduced as shown in the project level tables 
or in paragraphs using the phrase ``only for'' or ``only to'' 
in this report are congressional special interest items for the 
purpose of the Base for Reprogramming (DD Form 1414). Each of 
these items must be carried on the DD Form 1414 at the stated 
amount as specifically addressed in the Committee report. Below 
threshold reprogrammings may not be used to either restore or 
reduce funding from congressional special interest items as 
identified on the DD Form 1414.

                 SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE

    The Committee remains concerned by the ongoing epidemic of 
sexual assault in the military and at the Service academies and 
believes that this will persist until a change in culture 
occurs across all Services at every level. The Department of 
Defense provides an annual report to Congress which provides 
details on sexual assaults involving servicemembers. However, 
recent events make it clear that more action by the Department 
is necessary to combat this widespread problem. In addition to 
the annual report, the Committee directs the Secretary of 
Defense, in coordination with the Director of the Department of 
Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, to 
jointly brief the House and Senate Appropriations Committees 
not later than 30 days after the enactment of this Act on 
actions that the Department is taking to address ongoing sexual 
assault scandals, as well as recent efforts to prevent, respond 
to, and adjudicate sexual assault cases.

                MINORITY OUTREACH AND OFFICER ACCESSIONS

    Minorities remain underrepresented in the general officer 
ranks across the Services. To build a more diverse military, 
the Committee supports efforts to conduct outreach and 
recruiting programs focused on increasing officer accessions 
from Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges 
and Universities, other Minority Serving Institutions, and 
minority communities and encourages the Secretary of Defense 
and the Service Secretaries to support such efforts with both 
personnel and resources.

                     CULTURAL SENSITIVITY TRAINING

    The Committee recognizes that the Department of Defense and 
the Services have multiple cultural sensitivity training 
programs for military personnel. The Committee also believes in 
the importance of protecting servicemembers' rights regarding 
religious exercise and ethnic heritage. As such, the Committee 
supports efforts to identify resource and personnel gaps that 
may exist in the Office of Diversity Management and Equal 
Opportunity of the Department of Defense as well as efforts to 
identify existing gaps in protections for new and prospective 
servicemembers.

                        TRAUMA TRAINING PROGRAM

    The Committee recognizes the valuable support that 
universities, hospitals, and other military partners provide by 
offering civilian-based emergency response trauma and critical 
care training, including public health, bio-environmental, and 
biomedical instruction to sustain capabilities of the National 
Guard Enhanced Response Forces Packages, National Guard 
Homeland Response Forces, and Army Reserve Consequence 
Management Response Forces. The Committee encourages the 
Director of the National Guard Bureau and the Chiefs of the 
reserve components to continue pursuing advanced trauma and 
public health training with these civilian partners in order to 
maintain unit readiness.

                  ARMY NATIONAL GUARD AND ARMY RESERVE

                         CYBER PROTECTION TEAMS

    The Army recently validated a requirement to establish 21 
additional cyber protection teams (CPTs) in the reserve 
component and to include the teams as part of the United States 
Cyber Command Cyber Mission Force. The Army National Guard is 
programmed to field 11 CPTs while the Army Reserve will field 
ten CPTs. The Committee remains supportive of this effort and 
recommends a total of $9,800,000, an increase of $1,800,000 
over the budget request, in Military Personnel, Army National 
Guard and Operation and Maintenance, Army National Guard, to 
man, train, and equip the Army National Guard CPTs.
    The Committee supports Army Reserve efforts to engage with 
universities and the private sector to develop formal cyber 
public-private partnerships to further cyber training and 
employment. The Committee understands that the Army Reserve has 
experienced challenges in certifying the cyber public-private 
partnership program due to the classified nature of the cyber 
common technical core course. The Committee encourages the 
Director of the National Security Agency/Commander of the 
United States Cyber Command to work with the Chief of the Army 
Reserve to provide a pathway for certification of this program.

                  RESERVE COMPONENTS FULL-TIME SUPPORT

    The Committee recognizes the important role performed by 
full-time support personnel in the National Guard and reserve 
components. The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense, in 
coordination with the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, to 
submit a report to the congressional defense committees not 
later than 180 days after the enactment of this Act that 
describes how the number of full-time support personnel in the 
National Guard impacts the readiness of each reserve component.

                        MILITARY PERSONNEL, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $40,042,962,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    41,533,674,000
Committee recommendation..............................    41,427,054,000
Change from budget request............................      -106,620,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$41,427,054,000 for Military Personnel, Army which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                        MILITARY PERSONNEL, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $27,889,405,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    28,917,918,000
Committee recommendation..............................    28,707,918,000
Change from budget request............................      -210,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$28,707,918,000 for Military Personnel, Navy which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                    MILITARY PERSONNEL, MARINE CORPS


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $12,735,182,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    13,278,714,000
Committee recommendation..............................    13,165,714,000
Change from budget request............................      -113,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$13,165,714,000 for Military Personnel, Marine Corps which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                     MILITARY PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $27,958,795,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    28,962,740,000
Committee recommendation..............................    28,738,320,000
Change from budget request............................      -224,420,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$28,738,320,000 for Military Personnel, Air Force which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                     CYBER AIR FORCE SPECIALTY CODE

    While the Army and the Marine Corps have established cyber-
unique military occupational specialties, the Air Force has not 
created a cyber-unique Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) for 
officers. The Committee is aware that the Air Force has 
experienced challenges in its efforts to recruit and retain 
military personnel for its Cyber Mission Force and believes the 
establishment of a cyber AFSC could assist those efforts.
    The Committee directs the Secretary of the Air Force to 
conduct a review of the establishment of a cyber-unique AFSC, 
including if such a specialty code could help recruit and 
retain cyber military personnel. The Committee directs the 
Secretary of the Air Force to provide a report to the 
congressional defense committees on the results of this review 
and its findings not later than 90 days after the enactment of 
this Act.

                        RESERVE PERSONNEL, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $4,524,863,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     4,804,628,000
Committee recommendation..............................     4,721,128,000
Change from budget request............................       -83,500,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,721,128,000 
for Reserve Personnel, Army which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2018:


                        RESERVE PERSONNEL, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $1,921,045,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     2,000,362,000
Committee recommendation..............................     1,987,662,000
Change from budget request............................       -12,700,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,987,662,000 
for Reserve Personnel, Navy which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2018:


                    RESERVE PERSONNEL, MARINE CORPS


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $744,795,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       766,703,000
Committee recommendation..............................       762,793,000
Change from budget request............................        -3,910,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $762,793,000 
for Reserve Personnel, Marine Corps which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2018:


                      RESERVE PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $1,725,526,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     1,824,334,000
Committee recommendation..............................     1,808,434,000
Change from budget request............................       -15,900,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,808,434,000 
for Reserve Personnel, Air Force which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2018:


                     NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $7,899,423,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     8,379,376,000
Committee recommendation..............................     8,252,426,000
Change from budget request............................      -126,950,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $8,252,426,000 
for National Guard Personnel, Army which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2018:


                  NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $3,283,982,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     3,413,187,000
Committee recommendation..............................     3,406,137,000
Change from budget request............................        -7,050,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,406,137,000 
for National Guard Personnel, Air Force which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2018:



                                TITLE II

                       OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

    The fiscal year 2018 Department of Defense operation and 
maintenance budget request totals $188,570,298,000. The 
Committee recommendation provides $191,654,065,000 for the 
operation and maintenance accounts. The table below summarizes 
the Committee recommendations:


     REPROGRAMMING GUIDANCE FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNTS

    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to submit 
the Base for Reprogramming (DD Form 1414) for each of the 
fiscal year 2018 appropriation accounts not later than 60 days 
after the enactment of this Act. The Secretary of Defense is 
prohibited from executing any reprogramming or transfer of 
funds for any purpose other than originally appropriated until 
the aforementioned report is submitted to the House and Senate 
Appropriations Committees.
    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to use the 
normal prior approval reprogramming procedures to transfer 
funds in the Services' operation and maintenance accounts 
between O-1 budget activities in excess of $15,000,000. In 
addition, the Secretary of Defense should follow prior approval 
reprogramming procedures for transfers in excess of $15,000,000 
out of the following budget sub-activities:
    Army:
    Maneuver units
    Modular support brigades
    Aviation assets
    Land forces operations support
    Force readiness operations support
    Land forces depot maintenance
    Base operations support
     Facilities sustainment, restoration, and modernization
    Specialized skill training
    Navy:
    Mission and other flight operations
     Fleet air training
    Aircraft depot maintenance
    Mission and other ship operations
    Ship depot maintenance
    Facilities sustainment, restoration, and modernization
    Marine Corps:
    Depot maintenance
    Facilities sustainment, restoration, and modernization
    Air Force:
    Primary combat forces
    Combat enhancement forces
    Depot maintenance
    Facilities sustainment, restoration, and modernization
    Contractor logistics support and system support
    Flying hour program
    Air Force Reserve:
    Depot maintenance
    Air National Guard:
    Depot maintenance
    Additionally, the Secretary of Defense should follow prior 
approval reprogramming procedures for transfers in excess of 
$15,000,000 into the following budget sub-activity:
    Operation and Maintenance, Army National Guard:
    Other personnel support/recruiting and advertising
    With respect to Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide, 
proposed transfers of funds to or from the levels specified for 
defense agencies in excess of $15,000,000 shall be subject to 
prior approval reprogramming procedures.
    Funding for Special Operations Command (SOCOM) operation 
and maintenance is requested in three SOCOM-only sub-activity 
groups in three budget activity groups as part of the Operation 
and Maintenance, Defense-Wide account. SOCOM has further 
identified sub-categories under each sub-activity group which 
separates requested funding by activity or function. While this 
may increase visibility into the budget request, the Committee 
remains concerned that execution of appropriated funding lacks 
transparency. Therefore, the Committee prohibits SOCOM from 
executing any above threshold or below threshold reprogramming, 
transfer of funds, or obligation of funds for any purpose other 
than originally appropriated in the 1PL2 sub-activity group in 
budget activity 1 and the 3EV7 sub-activity group in budget 
activity 3 until the Secretary of Defense submits to the House 
and Senate Appropriations Committees a baseline for each of the 
sub-categories for the sub-activity groups listed below.
    Further, for funds appropriated to SOCOM, the Committee 
directs the Secretary of Defense to follow prior approval 
reprogramming procedures for transfers in excess of $15,000,000 
into or out of the following budget sub-activities:
    BA-01 Operating Forces
    Base support
    Combat development activities
    Communications
    Flight operations
    Force related training
    Intelligence
    Maintenance
    Management/operational headquarters
    Operational support
    Other operations
    Ship/boat operations
    BA-03:
    Professional development
    Specialized skill training

              SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND BUDGET EXECUTION

    The Committee is concerned about the underexecution of 
appropriated operation and maintenance funds for the Special 
Operations Command. The Committee directs the Secretary of 
Defense to submit quarterly execution reports to the 
congressional defense committees not later than 30 days after 
the end of each quarter. The reporting shall be at the SOCOM-
identified sub-categories under each sub-activity group.

            OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE SPECIAL INTEREST ITEMS

    Items for which additional funds have been provided or have 
been specifically reduced as shown in the project level tables 
or in paragraphs using the phrase ``only for'' or ``only to'' 
in this report are congressional special interest items for the 
purpose of the Base for Reprogramming (DD Form 1414). Each of 
these items must be carried on the DD Form 1414 at the stated 
amount as specifically addressed in the Committee report. Below 
threshold reprogrammings may not be used to either restore or 
reduce funding from congressional special interest items as 
identified on the DD Form 1414.

                 INNOVATIVE READINESS TRAINING PROGRAM

    The Committee supports innovative readiness training across 
the Services and encourages the active and reserve components 
to seek additional opportunities to increase military readiness 
while simultaneously providing quality services to communities 
throughout the United States. To better realize the full 
potential of innovative readiness training, the Committee 
encourages the Service Secretaries, in conjunction with the 
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Integration), to 
streamline the application process and to ensure timely 
consideration of requests for partnerships.

                            ONLINE EDUCATION

    The Committee recognizes the importance of education 
programs, including online programs, offered to servicemembers 
and their families. Furthering education by providing 
servicemembers access to these programs helps improve readiness 
across the Department of Defense. The Committee encourages the 
Secretary of Defense to continue supporting the use of online 
education programs.

                          BASE SUPPLY CENTERS

    The Committee recognizes the important role disabled 
persons play at base supply centers on military installations. 
The Committee directs the Under Secretary of Defense 
(Comptroller) to submit a report to the House and Senate 
Appropriations Committees not later than 180 days after the 
enactment of this Act that describes the current funding 
profile for base supply centers across the Department of 
Defense and the total cost associated with the supplies and 
services purchased across the Department in fiscal years 2016 
and 2017 from nonprofit agencies predominantly employing people 
with disabilities.

                       DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

    The Committee recognizes that the Defense Language 
Institute Foreign Language Center's (DLIFLC) role as the 
Department of Defense's primary foreign language educator is 
vital to national security. The Committee encourages the 
Secretary of Defense to ensure that the operational language 
needs for both the combatant commands and the intelligence 
community are fully addressed by ensuring that all DLIFLC 
stakeholders are involved in resourcing decisions.
    The Committee directs the Under Secretary of Defense 
(Policy) to submit a report to the congressional defense 
committees not later than 90 days after the enactment of this 
Act that details the total funds appropriated for DLIFLC for 
fiscal years 2015, 2016, and 2017 and describes how those funds 
were obligated each fiscal year.
    Furthermore, the Committee encourages the Director of the 
DLIFLC to find ways to work collaboratively with Hispanic 
Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and 
Universities, and other Minority Serving Institutions.

                  NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION PROGRAM

    The Committee recognizes that, in partnership with 
universities across the country, the National Security 
Education Program provides training for servicemembers and 
civilians in languages and cultures critical to national 
security. The Language Flagship Program has successfully 
recruited language proficient students by utilizing 
partnerships dedicated to creating pathways into the program. 
The Committee encourages the Secretary of Defense to continue 
its support for these programs to ensure warfighters receive 
the language and culture training needed to effectively 
complete missions. Furthermore, the Committee encourages the 
Director of the National Security Education Program to find 
ways to work collaboratively with Hispanic Serving 
Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and 
other Minority Serving Institutions to ensure a diversity of 
analysts with proficiency in critical languages.

                      MAINTENANCE OF REAL PROPERTY

    The Committee directs the Under Secretary of Defense 
(Policy), in conjunction with the Service Secretaries, to 
submit a report to the congressional defense committees not 
later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act that 
outlines the total real property with a zero percent 
utilization rate of five years or more currently accounted for 
in the Department of Defense real property inventory database 
and assesses the feasibility of conveying or selling this 
property.

       TUITION ASSISTANCE AND MILITARY SPOUSE CAREER ADVANCEMENT

    The Committee understands that there have been instances in 
which Department of Defense tuition assistance funds and 
military spouse career advancement accounts funding have been 
used by servicemembers and their spouses to enroll in 
educational institutions that may not award degrees which 
afford servicemembers and their spouses the opportunities they 
intended to attain, thereby potentially wasting funds within 
the account. Therefore, the Committee directs the Under 
Secretary of Defense (Policy), in conjunction with the Service 
Secretaries, to submit a report to the congressional defense 
committees not later than 90 days after the enactment of this 
Act that describes the steps the Department is taking to ensure 
that servicemembers are given appropriate information about 
educational institutions, including for-profit colleges, with 
graduation rates significantly below the national average.

                         CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS

    The Committee continues to support efforts in the 
Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community to partner 
with small businesses through the Small Business Innovation 
Research Program and is aware of Department-wide efforts to 
provide mentoring and outreach services for small businesses 
competing for contracts, with a focus on minority-owned and 
HUBZone businesses.
    The Committee also encourages initiatives to specifically 
reach out to minority-serving public institutions, including 
Hispanic Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges 
and Universities, to build a pipeline for scientists and 
engineers from minority communities to enter the cyber 
workforce upon graduation. Workforce training for cybersecurity 
professionals is imperative and the Committee encourages the 
Secretary of Defense to support servicemembers as they 
transition from the military into cybersecurity careers in the 
private sector.
    Additionally, with emerging cyber threats in the Asia 
Pacific region, the Committee encourages the Secretary of 
Defense to work with the Director of the National Security 
Agency and the Directors of other federal agencies, 
universities, and private sector leaders to increase 
cybersecurity operations, training, and education focused on 
threats to the security in the Asia Pacific region.
    The Committee also encourages current efforts in the 
Department of Defense, through its Cyberspace Workforce 
Framework, to create standardized work roles for its 
cybersecurity workforce and baselines for knowledge, skills, 
and abilities and encourages the Secretary of Defense to 
continue to inform the congressional defense committees on the 
implementation of the Framework and any challenges associated 
with its implementation.

                     JOINT REGIONAL SECURITY STACKS

    The Committee recognizes the Defense Information Systems 
Agency's (DISA) ongoing efforts to protect sensitive government 
data from unauthorized access and disclosure. Deployment of 
DISA's Joint Regional Security Stacks will improve the 
security, effectiveness, and efficiency of the Department of 
Defense Information Network. The Committee provides additional 
funding to support the Joint Regional Security Stacks and 
supports DISA's efforts to continue to investigate and test 
capabilities to protect the classified and unclassified 
Department of Defense Information Network against insider 
threats.

           ENERGY SECURITY OF OVERSEAS MILITARY INSTALLATIONS

    The Committee supports efforts to defend against potential 
energy supply disruptions, particularly at overseas military 
locations. The Committee believes that the Department of 
Defense must maintain the ability to sustain operations in the 
event that energy supply disruptions occur, particularly at 
facilities that are reliant on foreign-sourced energy.
    The Committee is concerned about potential actions by 
foreign countries, including the Russian Federation, to use the 
control of energy supply lines in a hostile or weaponized 
manner against the Services or allied forces. The Committee 
recognizes that a number of European countries that host 
permanent and rotational armed forces rely extensively on 
natural gas and oil from the Russian Federation. The Committee 
supports measures by the Department to maintain a resilient 
defense posture overseas, including in the United States 
European Command area of responsibility, by establishing and 
maintaining diversity in its military installation energy 
supplies through the diversification of fuel sources and the 
consideration of domestically sourced energy sources.
    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a 
report to the congressional defense committees not later than 
180 days after the enactment of this Act on the potential 
vulnerabilities to energy supply disruptions at overseas 
locations hosting permanent and rotational United States armed 
forces, including those providing medical care, considerations 
currently being given to utilize energy sources from the United 
States at overseas military installations, including medical 
centers on military installations, and efforts the Department 
is currently taking to mitigate the risk of potential energy 
supply disruptions at overseas military installations, 
including considerations the Department is taking to mitigate 
such risks when reviewing energy supply options at such 
installations.

                    OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $32,738,173,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    38,945,417,000
Committee recommendation..............................    38,483,846,000
Change from budget request............................      -461,571,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$38,483,846,000 for Operation and Maintenance, Army which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                     OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $38,552,017,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    45,439,407,000
Committee recommendation..............................    45,980,133,000
Change from budget request............................      +540,726,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$45,980,133,000 for Operation and Maintenance, Navy which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                        AIRCRAFT DEPOT MAINTENANCE

    The Navy and Marine Corps have a significant backlog of F/
A-18 strike fighters that have aged prematurely due to 
prolonged combat operations. The Committee recognizes that the 
Navy is endeavoring to reset these aircraft to extend their 
service life but understands the combined reset and life 
extension effort has overtaxed the existing government depots. 
The recommendation includes additional funding to fill 
shortfalls, which includes aircraft depot maintenance.
    The Committee believes that it is necessary to maximize 
depot maintenance to enable more aircraft to be placed in-work 
and restored to flyable assets. The Committee directs the 
Secretary of the Navy to submit a report to the congressional 
defense committees not later than 60 days after the enactment 
of this Act that describes its plan to utilize resources 
provided to address the maintenance backlog using the capacity 
of the industrial base.

                            PUBLIC SHIPYARDS

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, 
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard play 
a vital role in the Navy's success, conducting the depot 
maintenance and repairs that are crucial for the Navy to 
operate safely at sea. The Navy's public shipyards require 
facility improvements and modernization to ensure continuity of 
performance for fleet maintenance schedules. Facility upgrades 
and modernization will increase safety for federal employees 
and contribute to the readiness of the fleet. As such, the 
Committee recommendation includes additional funding for the 
Navy's Facilities Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization 
sub-activity.

         FACILITIES SUSTAINMENT, RESTORATION AND MODERNIZATION

    The Committee is aware that Navy Facilities Sustainment, 
Restoration and Modernization (FSRM) has been funded below its 
sustainment model for multiple fiscal years. The Committee 
recommendation includes additional funding again in fiscal year 
2018 for the Navy to better address FSRM requirements and more 
effectively meet the Secretary of Defense funding sustainment 
model. The Committee understands that the Navy has a 
substantial inventory of unoccupied housing units across its 
installations that will continue to be uninhabitable until 
repairs are made to these units. The Committee encourages the 
Secretary of the Navy to take efforts to address the current 
inventory of unoccupied housing units.

                OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, MARINE CORPS


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $5,676,152,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     6,933,408,000
Committee recommendation..............................     6,885,884,000
Change from budget request............................       -47,524,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $6,885,884,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                  OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $36,247,724,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    39,429,232,000
Committee recommendation..............................    38,592,745,000
Change from budget request............................      -836,487,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$38,592,745,000 for Operation and Maintenance, Air Force which 
will provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                    AIR EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMAND

    The Committee recognizes the adverse impact that flooding 
and other infrastructure challenges have had on Air Education 
and Training Command (AETC) facilities, equipment, operations, 
and training. The Committee also recognizes the steps that the 
Air Force has taken to begin mitigating the damage through 
multi-year projects. The Committee supports these efforts and 
encourages the Secretary of the Air Force to utilize a similar 
approach in addressing additional mitigation efforts at the 
AETC.

                     COMBINED AIR OPERATIONS CENTER

    The Committee directs the Secretary of the Air Force to 
submit a report to the congressional defense committees not 
later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act that 
describes the feasibility of utilizing the Combined Air 
Operations Center-Experimental (CAOC-X) at Joint Base Langley-
Eustis as the planning and execution command and control 
facility for large-scale joint exercises on the East Coast, 
including the cost savings associated with utilizing the CAOC-X 
for this purpose and the potential to conduct additional 
exercises on the East Coast.

                     ADVANCED TACTICAL AIR TRAINING

    The Committee recognizes the importance of advanced 
tactical air training and advanced adversarial air training for 
combat pilot proficiency and to improve readiness levels. The 
Committee encourages the Secretary of the Air Force to continue 
integrating these capabilities into the Air Force training 
regimen. The recommendation includes additional funding to 
address readiness and the Committee encourages the Secretary of 
the Air Force to support advanced tactical air training and 
advanced adversarial air training.

                       REMOTELY PILOTED AIRCRAFT

    In order to more effectively meet the demand for Remotely 
Piloted Aircraft (RPA) pilots, the Committee directs the 
Secretary of the Air Force to submit a report to the 
congressional defense committees not later than 90 days after 
the enactment of this Act that describes the feasibility of 
university-based training for Air Force ROTC cadets as RPA 
pilots and sensor operators.

                OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, DEFENSE-WIDE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $32,373,949,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    34,585,817,000
Committee recommendation..............................    33,771,769,000
Change from budget request............................      -814,048,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$33,771,769,000 for Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide 
which will provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                       ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS

    While the Committee is encouraged by ongoing efforts within 
the Department of Defense to pursue energy efficiencies, the 
Committee is concerned that the Department's current 
procurement process for lighting upgrades effectively limits 
the participation of smaller vendors. The Committee encourages 
the Secretary of Defense to explore the use of alternative 
industrial lighting upgrades projects across the Department.

                 DEFENSE CONTRACTING MANAGEMENT AGENCY

    The Committee directs the Director of the Defense 
Contracting Management Agency to submit a report to the 
congressional defense committees not later than 90 days after 
the enactment of this Act that describes a plan to foster the 
adoption, implementation, and verification of the Department of 
Defense's revised item unique identification policy across the 
Department and the defense industrial base. The report shall 
include a detailed plan on new policies, procedures, staff 
training, and equipment necessary to ensure contract compliance 
with the item unique identification policy for all items that 
require unique item level traceability at any time in its 
lifecycle.

                     DIGITAL WORKSPACE TECHNOLOGIES

    The Committee recognizes that the use of digital workspace 
technologies can increase user productivity, enhance 
cybersecurity, and allow workforce flexibility. The Committee 
encourages the Secretary of Defense to explore multi-factor 
authentication solutions to strengthen the Department's 
cybersecurity posture, including strategies and programs that 
reduce the total lifecycle costs of traditional legacy 
workspace infrastructure.

                        DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

    The Committee directs the Director of the Defense Logistics 
Agency (DLA) to submit a report to the congressional defense 
committees not later than 90 days after the enactment of this 
Act that describes the business practice for acquiring spare 
parts, the database utilized by DLA to track inventory 
processed within DLA, the system used by DLA to account for 
interdepartmental purchase requests, the efforts made by DLA to 
maximize savings across the Department of Defense, and any 
better business practices adopted in fiscal years 2015 and 
2016.

                        DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

    While the Committee supports the Federal Prison Industry 
(FPI) mission to reduce crime by preparing inmates for 
successful reentry into society through job training, the 
Committee remains concerned that the Defense Logistic Agency's 
reliance on FPI is at the expense of the private sector, 
particularly small and disadvantaged businesses. The Committee 
notes that the FPI organizing statute requires it be operated 
so that it reduces to a minimum competition with private 
industry or free labor. The Committee expects that the 
Department will refrain from any changes that would enable 
further intrusion by FPI into contracts that have been set 
aside for competition among small businesses.

                   DEFENSE POW/MIA ACCOUNTING AGENCY

    The Committee supports the additional funding requested in 
the fiscal year 2018 budget for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting 
Agency (DPAA), which provides families with the fullest 
possible accounting for missing persons from past conflicts. 
For more than two decades, the Department of Defense has 
conducted joint field activities with the governments of 
Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to recover the remains of more than 
1,000 missing Americans, yet today more than 1,600 Americans 
still remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Therefore, 
in light of the fragility and ongoing degradation of many of 
these sites, the Committee encourages the Director of the DPAA 
to fully resource its field teams in these countries and to 
continue to investigate crash and burial sites, interview 
locals, and obtain access to historical wartime records and 
archives that provide information relevant to the fates of 
missing Americans. The Director of DPAA is directed to submit a 
report not later than 60 days after the enactment of this Act 
delineating how resources provided will be applied to this 
effort.

                     MEALS READY-TO-EAT WAR RESERVE

    The Committee recommendation fully supports the fiscal year 
2018 request for the Defense Logistics Agency to maintain 
2,500,000 cases of meals ready-to-eat and reaffirms support for 
the War Reserve stock objective of 5,000,000 cases.

                      YOUTH SERVING ORGANIZATIONS

    The Committee recognizes the sacrifices made by 
servicemembers and their families and supports the many 
organizations around the world that provide assistance to them. 
These organizations provide comfort, hope, and healing to 
affected military families. The Committee encourages the 
Secretary of Defense to consider programs that support 
attendance at camps, or camp-like settings, of children of 
military families to include camps for children, who have 
experienced the death of a family member or other loved one or 
who have a family member living with a substance abuse disorder 
or post-traumatic stress disorder.

                OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY RESERVE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $2,743,688,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     2,906,842,000
Committee recommendation..............................     2,870,163,000
Change from budget request............................      -36,679,0000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,870,163,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Army Reserve which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NAVY RESERVE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $929,656,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     1,084,007,000
Committee recommendation..............................     1,038,507,000
Change from budget request............................       -45,500,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,038,507,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Navy Reserve which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2018:


            OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, MARINE CORPS RESERVE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $271,133,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       278,837,000
Committee recommendation..............................       282,337,000
Change from budget request............................        +3,500,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $282,337,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps Reserve which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


              OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE RESERVE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $3,069,229,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     3,267,507,000
Committee recommendation..............................     3,233,745,000
Change from budget request............................       -33,762,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,233,745,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Air Force Reserve which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


             OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY NATIONAL GUARD


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $6,861,478,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     7,307,170,000
Committee recommendation..............................     7,275,820,000
Change from budget request............................       -31,350,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $7,275,820,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Army National Guard which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


             OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR NATIONAL GUARD


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $6,615,095,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     6,939,968,000
Committee recommendation..............................     6,735,930,000
Change from budget request............................      -204,038,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $6,735,930,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Air National Guard which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


          UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ARMED FORCES


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................       $14,194,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................        14,538,000
Committee recommendation..............................        14,538,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $14,538,000 
for the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

                    ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $170,167,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       215,809,000
Committee recommendation..............................       215,809,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $215,809,000 
for Environmental Restoration, Army.

                    ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $289,262,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       281,415,000
Committee recommendation..............................       288,915,000
Change from budget request............................        +7,500,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $288,915,000 
for Environmental Restoration, Navy.

             VIEQUES AND CULEBRA ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION

    The Committee remains interested in the pace and scope of 
environmental restoration on the island municipalities of 
Culebra and Vieques in Puerto Rico. The Committee encourages 
the Secretary of the Navy to work closely with the 
Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service, 
and the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board to maximize 
public participation and transparency in the decontamination 
process in order to achieve a thorough decontamination result 
on both islands. The Committee directs the Secretary of the 
Navy to submit a report to the congressional defense committees 
not later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act 
detailing all decontamination authorities and plans applicable 
to Culebra and Vieques, to include particular emphasis on the 
decontamination of the northwest peninsula of Culebra.

                  ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $371,521,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       293,749,000
Committee recommendation..............................       308,749,000
Change from budget request............................       +15,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $308,749,000 
for Environmental Restoration, Air Force.

                       GRANULAR ACTIVATED CARBON

    The Committee is concerned by actual and potential 
incidents of contaminated drinking water on and around military 
bases. The Committee understands that in more than one 
instance, the Services' use of firefighting foam during 
training exercises caused perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) to 
enter the ground and drinking water supply. The Committee 
recognizes that using granular activated carbon is an effective 
way of removing PFCs from ground water and drinking water and 
encourages the Secretary of the Air Force to explore the use of 
granular activated carbon for the removal of PFCs that impact 
environmental and human health standards at all Air Force 
bases.

                ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, DEFENSE-WIDE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................        $9,009,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................         9,002,000
Committee recommendation..............................         9,002,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $9,002,000 for 
Environmental Restoration, Defense-Wide.

         ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, FORMERLY USED DEFENSE SITES


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $222,084,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       208,673,000
Committee recommendation..............................       233,673,000
Change from budget request............................       +25,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $233,673,000 
for Environmental Restoration, Formerly Used Defense Sites.

             OVERSEAS HUMANITARIAN, DISASTER, AND CIVIC AID


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $123,125,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       104,900,000
Committee recommendation..............................       107,900,000
Change from budget request............................        +3,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $107,900,000 
for Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid.

                  COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION ACCOUNT


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $325,604,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       324,600,000
Committee recommendation..............................       324,600,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $324,600,000 
for the Cooperative Threat Reduction Account which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2018:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Committee         Change from
                                                           Budget Request      Recommended          Request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION ACCOUNT
    Strategic Offensive Arms Elimination...............             12,188             12,188              - - -
    Chemical Weapons Destruction.......................              5,000              5,000              - - -
    Global Nuclear Security............................             17,887             17,887              - - -
    Cooperative Biological Engagement..................            172,753            172,753              - - -
    Proliferation Prevention...........................             89,792             89,792              - - -
    Other Assessments/Admin Costs......................             26,980             26,980              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION ACCOUNT........            324,600            324,600              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NATIONAL DEFENSE RESTORATION FUND

    The Committee recommends $5,000,000,000 for the Operation 
and Maintenance, National Defense Restoration Fund, in order to 
improve the warfighting readiness of the military Services and 
Defense agencies. The Committee directs that the funding be 
used to meet the requirements necessary to implement the 2018 
National Defense Strategy. The Secretary of Defense is directed 
to submit to the congressional defense committees a proposed 
allocation plan, including a detailed budget justification for 
the use of such funds and a description of how such investments 
are necessary to implement the strategy, not fewer than 30 days 
prior to making transfers from the fund. Transfers from the 
fund are subject to prior approval from the congressional 
defense committees.

                               TITLE III

                              PROCUREMENT

    The fiscal year 2018 Department of Defense procurement 
budget request totals $113,906,877,000. The Committee 
recommendation provides $132,501,445,000 for the procurement 
accounts. The table below summarizes the Committee 
recommendations:


            REPROGRAMMING GUIDANCE FOR ACQUISITION ACCOUNTS

    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to continue 
to follow the reprogramming guidance as specified in the report 
accompanying the House version of the Department of Defense 
Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2008 (House Report 110-
279). Specifically, the dollar threshold for reprogramming 
funds shall remain at $20,000,000 for procurement and 
$10,000,000 for research, development, test and evaluation.
    Also, the Committee directs the Under Secretary of Defense 
(Comptroller) to continue to provide the congressional defense 
committees quarterly, spreadsheet-based DD Form 1416 reports 
for Service and defense-wide accounts in titles III and IV of 
this Act. Reports for titles III and IV shall comply with the 
guidance specified in the explanatory statement accompanying 
the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2006. The 
Department shall continue to follow the limitation that prior 
approval reprogrammings are set at either the specified dollar 
threshold or 20 percent of the procurement or research, 
development, test and evaluation line, whichever is less. These 
thresholds are cumulative from the Base for Reprogramming value 
as modified by any adjustments. Therefore, if the combined 
value of transfers into or out of a procurement (P-1) or 
research, development, test and evaluation (R-1) line exceeds 
the identified threshold, the Secretary of Defense must submit 
a prior approval reprogramming to the congressional defense 
committees. In addition, guidelines on the application of prior 
approval reprogramming procedures for congressional special 
interest items are established elsewhere in this report.

                           FUNDING INCREASES

    The funding increases outlined in these tables shall be 
provided only for the specific purposes indicated in the 
tables.

                   PROCUREMENT SPECIAL INTEREST ITEMS

    Items for which additional funds have been provided as 
shown in the project level tables or in paragraphs using the 
phrase ``only for'' or ``only to'' in this report are 
congressional special interest items for the purpose of the 
Base for Reprogramming (DD Form 1414). Each of these items must 
be carried on the DD Form 1414 at the stated amount as 
specifically addressed in the Committee report. These items 
remain special interest items whether or not they are repeated 
in a subsequent conference report.

        JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER ECONOMIC ORDER QUANTITY PROCUREMENT

    The Committee recommendation includes $660,989,000, the 
same as the budget request, for the procurement of economic 
order quantities of material and equipment that have completed 
formal hardware qualification testing in order to support the 
procurement of F-35 aircraft at reduced cost in fiscal years 
2019 and 2020.

                       CYBER DEFENSE PROCUREMENT

    The Committee is aware that current information technology 
procurement policies may result in unnecessary costs and delays 
in the Services' ability to modernize the cyberspace enterprise 
and protect infrastructure from cyber attacks. The Committee 
supports efforts to ensure that cyber personnel are adequately 
trained and that lessons learned from federal agencies and the 
private sector are leveraged to optimize the Department of 
Defense's cybersecurity defense posture. The Committee 
encourages the Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the 
Service Secretaries, to keep the congressional defense 
committees informed of efforts to modernize information 
technology procurement, deployment, sustainment, and training 
of cyber procurement personnel.

                 SUPPORT FOR INDUSTRIAL BASE DIVERSITY

    The Committee supports competition and a strong industrial 
base for the procurement of defense end items to reduce 
reliance on sole-source acquisitions. The Committee encourages 
the Secretary of Defense to promote the maintenance of a 
diverse and robust industrial base of suppliers for significant 
procurement items, within current law and available levels of 
funding.

                       AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $4,587,598,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     4,149,894,000
Committee recommendation..............................     4,456,533,000
Change from budget request............................      +306,639,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,456,533,000 
for Aircraft Procurement, Army which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2018:


                            UH-60 BLACK HAWK

    The Committee recommendation includes $1,046,308,000 for 
the procurement of 56 UH-60 Black Hawk M models, an increase of 
$108,000,000 and eight aircraft above the budget request. Of 
the 48 aircraft funded within the fiscal year 2018 President's 
budget request, 12 are designated only for the Army National 
Guard. Additionally, the eight aircraft included above the 
request are also designated only for the Army National Guard.

                       MISSILE PROCUREMENT, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $1,533,804,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     2,519,054,000
Committee recommendation..............................     2,581,600,000
Change from budget request............................       +62,546,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,581,600,000 
for Missile Procurement, Army which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2018:


        PROCUREMENT OF WEAPONS AND TRACKED COMBAT VEHICLES, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $2,229,455,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     2,423,608,000
Committee recommendation..............................     3,556,175,000
Change from budget request............................    +1,132,567,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,556,175,000 
for Procurement of Weapons and Tracked Combat Vehicles, Army 
which will provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                    PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $1,483,566,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     1,879,283,000
Committee recommendation..............................     1,811,808,000
Change from budget request............................       -67,475,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,811,808,000 
for Procurement of Ammunition, Army which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2018:


                        OTHER PROCUREMENT, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $6,147,328,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     6,469,331,000
Committee recommendation..............................     6,356,044,000
Change from budget request............................      -113,287,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $6,356,044,000 
for Other Procurement, Army which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2018:


                  LAND MOBILE RADIO NETWORK IN EUROPE

    The Committee commends Army efforts to move forward on 
modernizing its land mobile radio network in Europe. Moving to 
a joint United States Air Forces in Europe--United States Army 
Europe land mobile radio system supports broader joint 
information environment goals and will potentially generate 
cost savings. However, the Committee remains concerned about 
ongoing land mobile radio shortfalls on numerous United States 
Army Europe installations, which may compromise the ability to 
provide effective force protection in the event of a terrorist 
attack. The Committee urges the Secretary of the Army to 
prioritize funding for continued land mobile radio upgrades 
across all United States Army Europe installations in fiscal 
year 2018.

                          SOLDIER BORNE SENSOR

    The Committee supports the establishment of a soldier borne 
sensor program to develop a squad-level situational awareness 
tool that provides near real-time, high-fidelity video feeds. 
This capability may reduce warfighter exposure to threats while 
enhancing squad maneuvers. The Committee is concerned that the 
Army's proposed single year acquisition strategy for the 
soldier borne sensor will result in higher unit costs. The 
Committee directs the Secretary of the Army to provide a report 
to the House Appropriations Committee not later than August 15, 
2017 on the acquisition approach the Army is pursuing and the 
rationale for the option selected.

                       AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $16,135,335,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    15,056,235,000
Committee recommendation..............................    17,908,270,000
Change from budget request............................    +2,852,035,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$17,908,270,000 for Aircraft Procurement, Navy which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                      NAVY RESERVE COMBAT AIRCRAFT

    The Committee remains concerned that the aging aircraft of 
the Navy Reserve Combat air fleet will further hamper the 
mission of these vital tactical aviation squadrons. The Navy 
Reserve squadrons provide critical adversary support and strike 
fighter weapons training to active duty forces and must 
maintain a high mobilization readiness level for immediate 
deployment in the event of war or national emergency. 
Recapitalizing the two Reserve F/A-18+ squadrons with newer 
platforms would ensure that the Navy maintains dedicated 
advanced adversary squadrons. The Committee encourages the 
Secretary of the Navy, in coordination with the Chief of the 
Navy Reserve, to maintain the Navy Reserve Combat air fleet and 
not to divest the two Reserve squadrons.

                   V-22 OSPREY MULTIYEAR PROCUREMENT

    The Committee recommendation includes $1,191,496,000 for 
the procurement of 12 V-22 aircraft, an increase of six 
aircraft above the budget request. However, the Committee is 
dismayed at the late, inaccurate submission of required budget 
justification materials for the request of multiyear 
procurement contracts for the Department of the Navy. As such, 
the Committee recommendation includes a legislative provision 
allowing the Secretary of the Navy to enter into a multiyear 
procurement contract for the remaining aircraft of the program 
of record, subject to section 2306b of title 10, United States 
Code, which limits the time period of a multiyear procurement 
contract to no more than five years. The Committee encourages 
the Secretary of the Navy to review the V-22 program profile 
with the goal to generate significant cost savings by entering 
into a five year multiyear procurement with a more stable 
acquisition profile.

                            MH-60R AIRCRAFT

    The Committee recognizes that the Navy's recent Force 
Structure Assessment recommended increasing the size of the 
surface fleet to 355 ships. The Committee is also aware that 
the Navy is performing a Force Structure Assessment for the 
helicopter fleet to determine how best to potentially meet an 
increase in aviation requirements associated with an increased 
fleet size. The Committee recognizes that the current fleet of 
MH-60 helicopters are beginning to run out of service life and 
will have to undergo a service life extension program in the 
next few years. Additionally, the final aircraft of the MH-60R 
program of record are being delivered in fiscal year 2018. The 
Committee is concerned by the potential increased requirement 
for additional helicopters in the future years defense program 
and the sustainability of the helicopter industrial base. As 
such, the Committee directs the Secretary of the Navy to submit 
the Force Structure Assessment for the helicopter fleet to the 
congressional defense committees not later than 90 days after 
the enactment of this Act.

                       WEAPONS PROCUREMENT, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $3,265,285,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     3,420,107,000
Committee recommendation..............................     3,387,826,000
Change from budget request............................       -32,281,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,387,826,000 
for Weapons Procurement, Navy which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2018:


            PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $633,678,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       792,345,000
Committee recommendation..............................       735,651,000
Change from budget request............................       -56,694,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $735,651,000 
for Procurement of Ammunition, Navy and Marine Corps which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                   SHIPBUILDING AND CONVERSION, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $21,156,886,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    19,903,682,000
Committee recommendation..............................    21,503,726,000
Change from budget request............................    +1,600,044,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$21,503,726,000 for Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy which 
will provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


              VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINE ADVANCE PROCUREMENT

    The Committee remains supportive of the procurement of two 
Virginia class submarines each fiscal year and fully funds the 
budget request for the program in fiscal year 2018. However, 
the Committee notes that the budget request for advance 
procurement funding for the Virginia class submarine program 
continues to grow each fiscal year, while the budget 
justification materials provide very few corresponding details. 
The Committee directs the Secretary of the Navy to provide a 
report to the congressional defense committees not later than 
30 days after the enactment of this Act that details the items 
being procured with advance procurement funding for the 
Virginia class submarine program. The report shall include the 
items being procured, the cost of each item, and the lead time 
associated with each item. Furthermore, the Committee directs 
the Secretary of the Navy to provide this level of detail with 
the submission of the fiscal year 2019 and subsequent budget 
requests.

                              ICEBREAKERS

    The Committee remains concerned with the increasing Russian 
military expansion in the Arctic region. As Russia continues to 
reopen Cold War era bases and conduct military exercises in the 
region, the Committee urges the Secretary of Defense to make 
countering Russian aggression in the Arctic a priority. The 
Committee encourages the Secretary of Defense to work with the 
Secretary of Homeland Security on a strategy for the future 
procurement of icebreakers, which are essential to the maritime 
security interests of the United States and allies in the 
region.

                            DDG-51 DESTROYER

    The Committee understands that the two DDG-51 destroyers 
included in the recommendation for fiscal year 2018 are of the 
Flight III configuration. However, the Committee reiterates the 
position, as stated previously in the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act, 2017, that the Secretary of the Navy should 
award and complete the additional DDG-51 ship that was fully 
funded by Congress in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, as an 
additional DDG-51 Flight IIA ship and that this should be 
awarded expeditiously.

                        OTHER PROCUREMENT, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $6,308,919,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     8,277,789,000
Committee recommendation..............................     7,852,952,000
Change from budget request............................      -424,837,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $7,852,952,000 
for Other Procurement, Navy which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2018:


                      CREW-SERVED WEAPON STATIONS

    The Committee is aware that the Navy has a requirement for 
advanced ballistic shielding on crew-served weapon stations on 
CVN-68 class ships. The Committee encourages the Secretary of 
the Navy to expand the requirement throughout the fleet and 
routinely install advanced ballistic shielding on ships during 
scheduled availabilities or during construction of new vessels.

                       PROCUREMENT, MARINE CORPS


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $1,307,456,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     2,064,825,000
Committee recommendation..............................     1,818,846,000
Change from budget request............................      -245,979,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,818,846,000 
for Procurement, Marine Corps which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2018:


                    AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $14,253,623,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    15,430,849,000
Committee recommendation..............................    16,553,196,000
Change from budget request............................    +1,122,347,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$16,553,196,000 for Aircraft Procurement, Air Force which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                         A-10 WING REPLACEMENT

    The Committee recommends $103,000,000 above the budget 
request to restart the A-10 wing replacement program, which was 
included on the Air Force unfunded priorities list. The 
Committee notes that the included funds are expected to yield 
three production wing sets. Since 110 A-10 aircraft require new 
or overhauled wings and the estimated cost of the program could 
be as high as $10,000,000 per wing set, completing A-10 wing 
replacements represents a significant investment over multiple 
fiscal years. The Committee expects the Secretary of the Air 
Force to follow through on the inclusion of A-10 wing 
replacements in the Air Force unfunded priorities list by 
programming the necessary resources to continue the program in 
future budget requests beginning with fiscal year 2019.

                     F-15 INFRARED SEARCH AND TRACK

    The Committee directs that no funds provided for the 
procurement of F-15 infrared search and track pods may be 
obligated until 15 days after the Secretary of the Air Force 
submits to the congressional defense committees a report 
certifying that the pods to be procured will meet or exceed all 
threshold parameters identified in the report submitted 
pursuant to Section 219 of the National Defense Authorization 
Act for Fiscal Year 2016. This report may be submitted in 
classified form.

                    F-15C AND AIR FORCE FIGHTER MIX

    The Committee is concerned by indications from the Air 
Force that it may seek to divest the F-15C fleet before an 
advanced air superiority capability is fielded. The Committee 
is further concerned by the removal of funds for F-15C Eagle 
Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System and wing 
service life extension from the future years defense plan. The 
Committee understands that the Air Force is currently studying 
the future optimal mix of fourth and fifth generation fighter 
aircraft and that the Department of Defense is engaged in 
forming a new National Defense Strategy, both of which should 
inform Air Force proposals for the F-15C fleet. The Committee 
notes that in recent years the Air Force has proposed, with 
little success, to trade away current tactical air capacity to 
create budgetary headroom for other priorities. The Committee 
directs the Secretary of the Air Force to keep the Committee 
fully informed of all Air Force studies regarding the F-15C 
fleet (including modification programs) and the composition of 
the fighter aircraft force, and will carefully review any 
future proposals regarding the F-15C fleet to ensure that all 
mission areas can be suitably met.

                        SPECIAL AIRLIFT MISSION

    The Committee is aware that the Air Force has established a 
threshold requirement of 18 C-37/C-20 class aircraft to perform 
the Special Airlift Mission, which currently has a capability 
shortfall due to the divestment of five C-20 aircraft. The Air 
Force has examined possible courses of action, determined that 
the preferred solution is to procure three additional C-37B 
aircraft to achieve the threshold fleet size, and included 
these aircraft on the unfunded priorities list. The Committee 
directs the Secretary of the Air Force to submit a report on 
the rationale for the preferred alternative, the mission area 
impact of the current shortfall, a notional procurement plan 
for achieving the objective fleet size of 22 aircraft, and an 
estimate of the lifecycle cost impact of the preferred course 
of action to the congressional defense committees not later 
than 60 days after the enactment of this Act.

                     MISSILE PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $2,348,121,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     2,296,182,000
Committee recommendation..............................     2,203,101,000
Change from budget request............................       -93,081,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,203,101,000 
for Missile Procurement, Air Force which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2018:


                      SPACE PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $2,733,243,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     3,370,775,000
Committee recommendation..............................     3,210,355,000
Change from budget request............................      -160,420,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,210,355,000 
for Space Procurement, Air Force which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2018:


                     GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM III

    The Committee believes that after a challenging start to 
the Global Positioning System III (GPS) program, the least 
technologically risky and most cost effective approach to 
procuring space vehicles 11 and beyond is to continue block 
buys within the program of record. The Committee understands 
the Air Force continues to research the efficacy of recompeting 
the existing contract. The Committee directs the Secretary of 
the Air Force to conduct a review that considers solutions that 
minimize technical and schedule risk as well as maximize 
reutilization of existing technology and infrastructure 
investments and to provide a report on the results of the 
review to the congressional defense committees not later than 
February 1, 2018. The Committee also expects the Secretary of 
the Air Force to request procurement funds in fiscal year 2019 
for the acquisition of space vehicles 11 and 12.

                      SPACE-BASED INFRARED SYSTEM

    The Committee is pleased that the Evolved Space-Based 
Infrared System (SBIRS) program will initially focus on Future 
Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution and Enterprise Ground 
Services to support the space warfighting construct. The 
Committee encourages the Secretary of the Air Force to consider 
focusing resources on the ground segment before building the 
space segment.
    The Committee is concerned that the request for advance 
procurement of functional equivalent space vehicles to the 
SBIRS program of record is not directed by a clearly defined 
strategy. For example, the SBIRS analysis of alternatives 
remains incomplete, the wide field of view sensor has no clear 
transition path into a program of record, and the Committee is 
unaware of any sustained effort to integrate overhead 
persistent infrared requirements and capabilities across the 
Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. Therefore, 
the Committee does not provide advance procurement for 
functional equivalent SBIRS space vehicles.

                  PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $1,589,219,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     1,376,602,000
Committee recommendation..............................     1,316,977,000
Change from budget request............................       -59,625,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,316,977,000 
for Procurement of Ammunition, Air Force which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2018:


                      OTHER PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $17,768,224,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    19,603,497,000
Committee recommendation..............................    19,318,814,000
Change from budget request............................      -284,683,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$19,318,814,000 for Other Procurement, Air Force which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                       PROCUREMENT, DEFENSE WIDE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $4,881,022,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     4,835,418,000
Committee recommendation..............................     5,239,239,000
Change from budget request............................      +403,821,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $5,239,239,000 
for Procurement, Defense-Wide which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2018:


                   SECURE SUPPLY CHAIN FOR BERYLLIUM

    The Committee believes that the commercial market to supply 
adequate amounts of beryllium for national security needs must 
remain stable. The market for beryllium is driven primarily by 
defense and national security needs. As a result, the 
government has conducted multiple interventions into the 
beryllium market to ensure that the United States has a secure 
domestic supply of the material to ensure that no national 
security requirement goes unmet. These interventions have 
provided security of supply and stabilized the price for 
beryllium. The Committee encourages the Secretary of Defense to 
continue investing in the beryllium industrial supply base.

                         DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................       $64,065,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................        37,401,000
Committee recommendation..............................        67,401,000
Change from budget request............................       +30,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $67,401,000 
for the Defense Production Act which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2018:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Committee         Change from
                                                           Budget Request      Recommended          Request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT PURCHASES.......................             37,401             67,401             30,000
    Program increase...................................                                30,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT PURCHASES............             37,401             67,401             30,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

             PROCUREMENT, NATIONAL DEFENSE RESTORATION FUND

    The Committee recommends $12,622,931,000 for the 
Procurement, National Defense Restoration Fund, in order to 
replace and modernize the equipment of the military Services 
and defense agencies. The Committee directs that the funding be 
used to meet the requirements necessary to implement the 2018 
National Defense Strategy. The Secretary of Defense is directed 
to submit to the congressional defense committees a proposed 
allocation plan, including a detailed budget justification for 
the use of such funds and a description of how such investments 
are necessary to implement the strategy, not fewer than 30 days 
prior to making transfers from the fund. Transfers from the 
fund are subject to prior approval from the congressional 
defense committees.

                                TITLE IV

               RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION

    The fiscal year 2018 Department of Defense research, 
development, test and evaluation budget request totals 
$82,716,636,000. The Committee recommendation provides 
$82,654,976,000 for the research, development, test and 
evaluation accounts. The table below summarizes the Committee 
recommendations:


            REPROGRAMMING GUIDANCE FOR ACQUISITION ACCOUNTS

    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to continue 
to follow the reprogramming guidance as specified in the report 
accompanying the House version of the Department of Defense 
Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2008 (House Report 110-
279). Specifically, the dollar threshold for reprogramming 
funds will remain at $20,000,000 for procurement and 
$10,000,000 for research, development, test and evaluation.
    Also, the Committee directs the Under Secretary of Defense 
(Comptroller) to continue to provide the congressional defense 
committees quarterly, spreadsheet-based DD Form 1416 reports 
for Service and defense-wide accounts in titles III and IV of 
this Act. Reports for titles III and IV shall comply with the 
guidance specified in the explanatory statement accompanying 
the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2006. The 
Department shall continue to follow the limitation that prior 
approval reprogrammings are set at either the specified dollar 
threshold or 20 percent of the procurement or research, 
development, test and evaluation line, whichever is less. These 
thresholds are cumulative from the Base for Reprogramming value 
as modified by any adjustments. Therefore, if the combined 
value of transfers into or out of a procurement (P-1) or 
research, development, test and evaluation (R-1) line exceeds 
the identified threshold, the Secretary of Defense must submit 
a prior approval reprogramming to the congressional defense 
committees. In addition, guidelines on the application of prior 
approval reprogramming procedures for congressional special 
interest items are established elsewhere in this report.

                           FUNDING INCREASES

    The Committee directs that the funding increases outlined 
in these tables shall be provided only for the specific 
purposes indicated in the tables.

   RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION SPECIAL INTEREST ITEMS

    Items for which additional funds have been provided as 
shown in the project level tables or in paragraphs using the 
phrase ``only for'' or ``only to'' in this report are 
congressional special interest items for the purpose of the 
Base for Reprogramming (DD Form 1414). Each of these items must 
be carried on the DD Form 1414 at the stated amount 
specifically addressed in the Committee report. These items 
remain special interest items whether or not they are repeated 
in a subsequent conference report.

            LIGHTWEIGHT, LONG-DWELL UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS

    The Committee understands that there are currently no 
options available for lightweight, long-dwell unmanned aerial 
systems (UAS) and believes that this capability may provide the 
warfighter with a tactical advantage in certain circumstances 
and theaters. The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense, 
in coordination with the Director of the Defense Advanced 
Research Projects Agency, to provide a report to the 
congressional defense committees not later than 90 days after 
the enactment of this Act, on any efforts to address small, 
lightweight, long-dwell UAS technologies and Service-specific 
requirements. This report may be submitted with a classified 
annex if necessary.

                     COST OF NUCLEAR MODERNIZATION

    In the House-passed version of the Department of Defense 
Appropriations Act, 2017 (House Report 114-577), the Committee 
directed the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to the 
congressional defense committees detailing the estimated 
lifecycle costs associated with the Department's plan for 
replacing and sustaining all legs of the nuclear triad, 
including the ground based strategic deterrent, the B-21 
bomber, the long range standoff weapon, the Ohio replacement 
program, associated warheads, and supporting infrastructure. 
The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a 
follow-on report not later than 180 days after the enactment of 
this Act detailing the updated lifecycle costs for the same 
programs indicated above and providing an explanation for any 
changes relative to the initial report. This report may be 
submitted with a classified annex if necessary.

           FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTERS

    The Committee recognizes that the staff years of technical 
effort (STE) limitation on Federally Funded Research and 
Development Centers (FFRDCs) has limited the effort of study 
for many programs including strategic nuclear modernization 
programs. In an effort to alleviate these limitations, the 
Committee recommendation increases the fiscal year 2018 limit 
by 250 STEs, divided proportionately between Studies and 
Analysis FFRDCs and Systems Engineering and Integration and 
Laboratories FFRDCs, and provides the necessary funding to 
support this increase.

       ADVANCED LIGHTWEIGHT POLYMER CASED SMALL ARMS AMMUNITIONS

    The Committee is encouraged by the Navy's progress on 
design, development, and testing of advanced lightweight small 
arms ammunitions and encourages the Secretary of the Navy to 
continue exploring and refining the use of advanced lightweight 
polymer cased ammunitions to reduce the weight burden, improve 
mobility, and enhance the survivability of the warfighter.

            RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, ARMY

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $8,332,965,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     9,425,440,000
Committee recommendation..............................     9,674,222,000
Change from budget request............................      +248,782,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $9,674,222,000 
for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Army which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


                      ARMY LETHALITY IMPROVEMENTS

    The Committee commends the Army's continued attention to 
and action on the findings of the Army lethality report that 
was required by the Department of Defense of Appropriations 
Act, 2015. As a result, the Army has provided resources for 
select mitigation activities that can be achieved in the near 
term. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to 
continue the establishment and advancement of an armament 
systems integration capability through existing capacity and 
mechanisms to advance and coordinate armament systems 
development and effectiveness.

                      MULTI-ROLE ARMAMENT SYSTEMS

    The Committee is concerned that the Army may be out-ranged 
by some adversaries. The Army has incrementally modified its 
combat vehicles over the years but has not fully addressed the 
emerging gaps in lethality. The Committee believes that the 
Army must have the best equipment available that offers 
lethality overmatch. The Committee encourages the Secretary of 
the Army to develop multi-role armament systems that are 
platform-agnostic and offer multi-munition capability to defeat 
multiple target sets.

                    MULTI-ROLE MUNITION TECHNOLOGIES

    The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to 
pursue scalable, multi-functional, multi-role munitions that 
can engage a broad spectrum of targets. This will require 
advances in enabling technologies, such as fuzes, safe-and-arm 
devices, and highly directional explosives to support enhanced 
lethality effects that minimize threat to friendly forces and 
structures. This increase in capability and efficiency of 
deployed units could also lighten the load and reduce the 
logistics burden on tactical forces.

            PEER-REVIEWED NEUROFIBROMATOSIS RESEARCH PROGRAM

    Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors occur in roughly 
ten percent of neurofibromatosis patients. Even with proper 
treatment, recurrence rates are high and survival rates are 
low. The peer-reviewed neurofibromatosis research program has 
invested in important initiatives that have led to promising 
returns. The Committee supports continued research into the 
diagnosis and treatment of neurofibromatosis and peripheral 
nerve sheath tumors to enhance the quality of life of 
servicemembers, their families, and all those affected by the 
disease.

                 NEXT GENERATION MUNITION TECHNOLOGIES

    The Committee is concerned that some adversaries have the 
capability to counter the Army's rocket, artillery, and mortar 
systems which will limit the Army's ability to effectively 
engage targets. The Committee recognizes that the development 
of counter-measure hardened munitions with low observability 
and non-predictable maneuver will allow friendly forces to 
maintain overmatch in indirect fires capabilities. Swarming 
technologies that enable individual munitions to identify 
targets, determine the best method of attack, and eventually 
coordinate among multiple munitions will increase the 
probability of successful engagement in highly contested 
operational environments. The Committee encourages the 
Secretary of the Army to conduct research in this area.

                                NET ZERO

    The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to 
continue the development of a prototype and pilot scale testing 
of net zero technology for the potential transition to the 
industrial base.

              TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT AND RETENTION CENTER

    The Committee recognizes the Army's progress in modeling, 
simulating, and manufacturing cellulose-based products for 
ammunition. These capabilities and materials offer enhancements 
in performance, cost reduction, and process improvement and 
control. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to 
consider establishing an enduring capability for research, 
development, modeling, and simulation that supports continued 
improvement in ammunition manufacturing. The Committee also 
encourages the Secretary of the Army to consider planning and 
equipping for larger scale manufacturing of cellulose-based 
materials in order to protect this industrial base capability.

         ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT OF ASSET PROTECTION TECHNOLOGIES

    The Committee recognizes the Army's advancement in 
developing successful technologies such as thermal indicating 
paints, active sensor systems, novel power solutions, printed 
and embedded sensors for aviation structures, flexible 
electronics, and other technologies that support the 
warfighter. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army 
to develop, demonstrate, manufacture, and deploy advanced 
multi-functional materials and technologies that can be 
combined for customizable asset protection systems and 
increased weapon system capabilities.

     ADVANCED LIGHTWEIGHT TRANSPARENT ARMORS WITH MULTI-FUNCTIONAL 
                               CAPABILITY

    The Committee notes that the Army continues to design and 
test advanced lightweight transparent armors with multi-
functional capabilities that have the potential to protect the 
warfighter from current and future threats. The Committee 
encourages the Secretary of the Army to continue the 
development of novel, high-performance lightweight transparent 
armor technology with multi-functional capability that can 
successfully protect warfighters.

  DOMESTIC SUPPLY OF HIGH PERFORMANCE MATERIAL FOR SOLDIER PROTECTION

    The Committee recognizes the national security need to 
provide soldiers with advanced lightweight transparent armor 
made of laminated films to improve face and eye protection. The 
Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to ensure that a 
secure, domestic source of high performance, strong, 
transparent polymer films exists for the production of a new 
generation of lightweight transparent armor that provides 
superior ballistic protection, optical properties, and 
operational capabilities.

                    IMPROVED TURBINE ENGINE PROGRAM

    The Committee commends the Army for advancing the research 
of the Improved Turbine Engine Program and for exploring ways 
to accelerate the development and fielding of this program. The 
Improved Turbine Engine Program is intended to develop a more 
fuel efficient and powerful engine for the current UH-60 Black 
Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopter fleets. This new engine will 
increase operational capabilities in high and hot environments, 
increase range, and improve fuel efficiency while reducing the 
Army's logistical footprint, and operational and support costs. 
Given the positive progress of this program, the Committee 
recommends fully funding the Improved Turbine Engine Program in 
fiscal year 2018 and encourages the Secretary of the Army to 
ensure that the program is robustly funded in future years 
budget submissions.

                   PRECISION GUN LAUNCHED PROJECTILES

    The Committee is aware of the Army's effort to develop 
enhanced lethality and accuracy for dismounted soldiers. The 
Committee believes that emerging manufacturing technologies 
play a critical role in these efforts by enabling rapid 
flexible munitions production and cost savings for advanced 
projectile systems. The Committee encourages the Secretary of 
the Army to continue development of extended range hybrid and 
affordable precision gun launched projectiles.

            ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY OPEN CAMPUS INITIATIVE

    The Committee supports the Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) 
Open Campus Initiative which was created in 2014 to increase 
collaboration with universities and other external research 
stakeholders. Since that time, ARL Open Campus has established 
a presence in geographic regions across the United States. 
Known as ARL extended campuses, Army researchers are able to 
easily collaborate with and leverage scientific assets outside 
of ARL's headquarters. The Committee encourages the Director of 
the Army Research Lab to create additional opportunities for 
the United States academic research and development community 
to contribute to Department of Defense science and technology 
efforts. The Committee recommendation includes $4,000,000 to 
support the hiring of university faculty under joint 
appointments with the laboratory at ARL extended campuses 
across the country to increase access to infrastructure, 
research staff, equipment, concepts, and results.

          ARMY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY REINVENTION LABORATORIES

    The Committee notes the work being conducted at Army 
Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories around the 
country but remains concerned about the current state of 
research facilities, office space, and other infrastructure at 
some premier Army laboratories. Modern buildings, equipment, 
and other resources are vital to ensuring that the Army stays 
at the cutting edge of technology and continues to recruit and 
retain the most talented scientific personnel. The Committee 
encourages the Secretary of the Army to prioritize 
recapitalizing, refurbishing, and modernizing facilities at 
Army research laboratories.

                      BURN PATIENT TRANSFER SYSTEM

    The Committee supports the development of strategies and 
technologies to improve the efficiency of burn patient care in 
military treatment facilities. The Committee recognizes that, 
in the event of a mass casualty event, military treatment 
facilities throughout the nation would experience a significant 
increase in burn patient volume. Due to the highly specialized 
nature of burn care, the limited number of dedicated burn beds, 
and the fact that many military bases are located near civilian 
trauma/burn centers, the ability to maximize efficiency and 
effectiveness of care would be critical to the management of an 
overwhelming surge in burn patient volume and intensity. The 
Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to research the 
development of a burn patient transfer system, including any 
required hardware and software, that would provide a platform 
for reporting immediate and surge bed availability, and would 
electronically match patient acuity with open beds at other 
military and civilian burn centers.

              NEXT GENERATION SIGNATURE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

    The Committee is encouraged by Army efforts to accelerate 
research and development of its next generation signature 
management system. This improved camouflage system provides an 
important defensive capability against current and emerging 
threats, particularly for warfighters in Europe and the Middle 
East. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to 
complete research and development of the camouflage system and 
accelerate low-rate initial production of the system during 
fiscal year 2018. Additionally, the Committee is aware of 
emerging operational needs for mobile camouflage systems and 
encourages the Secretary of the Army to accelerate and further 
fund research, development, and procurement efforts for these 
systems.

                       COMMON FIRE CONTROL SYSTEM

    The Army maintains many combat vehicles, towed howitzers, 
and dismounted weapon systems, all of which have their own 
unique fire control systems that are costly to maintain and 
upgrade. A common fire control system would allow the Army to 
reduce the number of unique systems that require support, which 
would potentially generate development and maintenance cost 
savings. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to 
develop a common fire control system that can operate across a 
variety of different platforms and armament systems.

                          LETHALITY OVERMATCH

    The Committee acknowledges that many potential adversaries 
have established anti-access and area denial measures. To 
facilitate access to contested areas, the Committee encourages 
the Secretary of the Army to focus on developing capabilities 
that can be airdropped into contested areas, operated in GPS-
denied environments, and that can survive an initial fight 
until heavier reinforcements become available. The Committee 
encourages the Secretary of the Army to consider the 
development of lighter platforms that have the lethality of the 
Abrams tank but can be airdropped, as well as armed robotic 
platforms that are deployable with manned platforms.

             ENHANCED PROPULSION FOR GUN LAUNCHED MUNITIONS

    The Committee notes the potential value of developing 
exterior propulsion capabilities and technologies that can be 
integrated into conventional munitions for extended range and 
enhanced maneuverability. The Committee encourages the 
Secretary of the Army to consider how a propulsion effort could 
advance state-of-the-art capabilities in energetic formulation, 
processing, and fabrication of novel propulsion technologies.

                          ADVANCED ENERGETICS

    The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to 
demonstrate, through the application of novel manufacturing 
pilot processes, next generation insensitive energetic 
materials that enable increased gun-launched munition 
performance to achieve longer ranges and increased terminal 
effects against a spectrum of threats.

               ENHANCED NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING CAPACITY

    The Committee is aware that the Army's Engineer Research 
and Development Center (ERDC) plays a leading role in 
researching survivability and protective structures for the 
warfighter. The Committee recognizes that the ERDC often 
partners with university research centers which offer enhanced 
capacity for non-destructive testing and corrosion resistance 
for protective structures research. The Committee encourages 
the Secretary of the Army to continue its partnership between 
the ERDC and university researchers who may help accelerate 
this vital research.

                       HUMAN SIMULATION RESEARCH

    The Committee recognizes that a foundational research 
effort that couples applied research in human simulation with 
physics-based survivability analysis models could lead to 
substantial insight that enhance warfighter mobility, 
survivability, welfare, and training. The Committee encourages 
the Secretary of the Army to support research and integration 
of physics-based human simulation with existing government 
models of survivability, lethality, and human performance 
analysis to create a holistic model.

                        JOINT MULTI-ROLE PROGRAM

    The Committee acknowledges that the development of a 
helicopter emergency oil system under the Joint Multi-Role 
program may increase the combat survivability of the platforms 
under development. Such a system could potentially slow the 
engine oil drain-out from sixty seconds to six minutes, 
providing additional flight time and offering the pilot and 
passengers the necessary time to carry out evasive landing 
maneuvers to safely land the rotary wing aircraft. The 
Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to consider 
investing in the further development of this technology.

            RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $17,214,530,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    17,675,035,000
Committee recommendation..............................    17,196,521,000
Change from budget request............................      -478,514,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$17,196,521,000 for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, 
Navy which will provide the following program in fiscal year 
2018:


                      SURFACE SHIP TORPEDO DEFENSE

    The Committee recognizes that there is an urgent 
operational need for a robust Surface Ship Torpedo Defense 
system to address a range of torpedo threats facing the Navy's 
high value units and surface fleet. The Navy has invested 
significant funding over the last several years on the 
development and deployment of a towed array sensor system with 
both active and passive sonar processing designed to counter 
increased torpedo threats. The Committee notes, however, that 
the fiscal year 2018 budget request for Surface Ship Torpedo 
Defense does not fully fund the five systems currently fielded. 
Therefore, the Committee recommends an increase of $10,000,000 
to specifically support existing Surface Ship Torpedo Defense 
systems already deployed within the Navy. Additionally, the 
Committee directs the Secretary of the Navy to provide a 
detailed investment strategy for maintaining a robust Surface 
Ship Torpedo Defense system to the congressional defense 
committees not later than 90 days after the enactment of this 
Act.

                   SILICON CARBIDE POWER ELECTRONICS

    The Committee supports the Navy's investment to develop 
advanced power and energy technology to meet requirements for 
higher electric power loads through efficient means. The use of 
silicon carbide power modules may be able to reduce the size 
and weight of power conversion modules and other electronic 
systems necessary for advanced sensors and weapon systems. The 
Committee encourages the Secretary of the Navy to continue to 
invest in advanced power and energy technology and to 
accelerate the qualification of silicon carbide power modules 
to be used on high-power, mission critical Navy platforms.

                         AUTONOMOUS SURVEY SHIP

    The Committee is concerned that the Navy Oceanographic 
Office is not taking advantage of autonomous vessel 
technologies to facilitate its charting and mapping 
responsibilities. The employment of an autonomous survey ship 
by the Navy Oceanographic Office could result in savings in 
both procurement and personnel costs while increasing the rate 
at which uncharted portions of the ocean floor become 
accurately mapped. The Committee directs the Secretary of the 
Navy to analyze how commercial autonomous survey vessel 
technology can be capitalized upon for the mission of the Navy 
Oceanographic Office and to submit a report to the 
congressional defense committees not later than 90 days after 
the enactment of this Act on the potential benefits commercial 
autonomous survey vessel technology could provide and the 
associated cost for the procurement of a commercial autonomous 
survey ship.

                   ADVANCED COMBAT SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY

    The Committee recognizes the Navy's desire to develop and 
field technology solutions in a more expedited method than 
through the traditional acquisition process. However, the 
Committee is concerned that recommending a large amount of 
funding for this effort with no corresponding details or 
justification would limit congressional oversight. Therefore, 
the Committee recommends a total of $20,000,000 to be split 
equally between the Rapid Prototype Development project and the 
Unmanned Rapid Prototype Development project. This funding 
level is a tenfold increase over the fiscal year 2017 enacted 
level. Further, the Committee directs the Secretary of the Navy 
to provide written notification to the House and Senate 
Appropriations Committees on how the funding will be obligated 
not fewer than 15 days prior to obligation.

                        ENERGY STORAGE RESEARCH

    The Committee supports continued research in power 
generation and energy storage and notes that the development 
and deployment of lithium ion batteries are critical to current 
and future missions. However, the Committee understands that 
safety concerns have often hindered the operational use of 
lithium ion batteries. The Committee believes that the 
development and qualification of materials technologies, such 
as non-flammable electrolytes, aimed at improving lithium ion 
battery safety and performance should be a research priority.

                     COASTAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

    The Committee understands the importance of the littoral 
region to Navy operations worldwide. The Committee believes 
that additional research of the magnetic, electric, and 
acoustic ambient fields in the coastal ocean regions and the 
development of predictive techniques to distinguish ships and 
submarines from naturally occurring background features would 
be beneficial for littoral operations. The Committee encourages 
the Secretary of the Navy to conduct additional research in 
this critical area.

                       EXPANDED HYPOXIA RESEARCH

    The Committee is concerned about recent incidents aboard 
multiple aircraft platforms in which pilots reported symptoms 
of hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation. Despite ongoing efforts to 
address the problem, reported cases of hypoxia among military 
pilots are on the rise. The Committee encourages the Secretary 
of the Navy to continue to research hypoxia to meet pilot 
mission needs and to ensure the safety of servicemembers.

         RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $27,788,548,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    34,914,359,000
Committee recommendation..............................    33,874,980,000
Change from budget request............................    -1,039,379,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$33,874,980,000 for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, 
Air Force which will provide the following program in fiscal 
year 2018:


                   PRESIDENTIAL AIRCRAFT REPLACEMENT

    The Committee directs the Secretary of the Air Force to 
continue to make available to the congressional defense 
committees a quarterly brief on the Presidential Aircraft 
Replacement program.

             JOINT SURVEILLANCE TARGET ATTACK RADAR SYSTEM

    The Committee recommendation fully funds the budget request 
of $417,021,000 for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar 
System (JSTARS) recapitalization program. In order to ensure 
that the Air Force remains on schedule to contract for 
development of the new JSTARS platform in fiscal year 2018, the 
recommendation includes a legislative provision that prohibits 
the use of funds to continue pre-milestone B activities beyond 
March 31, 2018, except for source selection and other 
activities necessary to enter the engineering and manufacturing 
development phase.
    The Committee expects that the Air Force will not take 
steps to prematurely retire existing mission capable E-8 JSTARS 
aircraft prior to the current estimated initial operational 
capability (not later than fiscal year 2024) for the new JSTARS 
platform. The Air Force has indicated that no determination has 
yet been made regarding the phase-out of the E-8 fleet. The 
Committee recognizes that the retirement of E-8 aircraft is 
partially dependent on the progress of the recapitalization 
program, but is concerned that the Air Force has not programmed 
funds to modify the E-8 fleet in order to meet air traffic 
control mandates and has been unable to provide an estimate for 
such modifications. Therefore, the Committee directs the 
Secretary of the Air Force to submit a report to the 
congressional defense committees on the estimated cost and 
schedule for integrating, procuring, and installing necessary 
avionics upgrades for the E-8 fleet in order to meet air 
traffic control mandates. The report shall be submitted not 
later than January 31, 2018.

                            ANTENNA RESEARCH

    The Committee is aware that the Air Force has funded 
research in deployable and reconfigurable multifunctional 
antennas. The Committee encourages the Director of the Air 
Force Office of Scientific Research to partner with academic 
institutions capable of advancing technologies with a 
potentially transformational impact on important applications 
for military use, such as expandable antennas for satellite 
communications and collapsible antennas that can benefit ground 
personnel by reducing the weight and footprint of antennas.

                   MATERIALS FOR EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS

    The Committee is aware that the Air Force is conducting 
research into the development of complex materials and 
structures for use on weapon systems operating in extreme 
environments. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Air 
Force to expand such research to two-dimensional materials 
beyond graphene, including oxide materials that are suitable 
for operationally relevant extreme environments.

                    AIRCRAFT LIGHT WEIGHTING EFFORTS

    The Committee is aware that the Air Force is conducting 
research into a family of affordable lightweight materials, 
including metals, polymers, ceramics, metallic and nonmetallic 
composites, and hybrid materials to provide new and upgraded 
capabilities for aircraft, missile, and propulsion systems to 
meet future system weight requirements. The Committee supports 
this research and encourages the Secretary of the Air Force to 
extend these research efforts to composite materials that can 
be used for brake housing, wheels, and associated components.

           DEVELOPMENT OF GOVERNMENT-OWNED OBSERVATION ASSETS

    The Committee recognizes that other federal agencies, such 
as the National Science Foundation, maintain older space 
tracking and surveillance assets that may potentially assist 
the Air Force with its own space tracking and surveillance 
mission. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Air 
Force, in coordination with the Director of the National 
Science Foundation and any other appropriate directors of 
federal agencies that maintain similar assets, to analyze the 
potential capabilities of federal facilities or observatory 
assets for potential space tracking and surveillance missions. 
The Committee directs the Secretary of the Air Force to submit 
a report to the congressional defense committees not later than 
180 days after the enactment of this Act on the potential for 
expanded space tracking and surveillance uses of other 
government-owned assets, any associated costs with developing 
or increasing necessary capabilities, and how such assets could 
be used to further the Air Force mission. The report may be 
submitted with a classified annex if necessary.

                        REFRACTORY METAL ALLOYS

    The Committee supports Air Force research into refractory 
metal alloys and recognizes that these alloys may provide a 
contribution to the development of a new generation of jet 
propulsion systems. The Committee encourages the Secretary of 
the Air Force to continue the exploration of refractory metal 
alloys that have higher stress and temperature tolerances and 
that may potentially lead to self-healing jet turbine parts.

                 AIR-TO-GROUND TACTICAL WEAPON SYSTEMS

    The Committee recognizes the future need for an air-to-
ground, fighter aircraft-capable tactical weapon system to 
replace existing systems and enhance capabilities against peer 
competitors. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Air 
Force to study and test multi-mode weapon systems that can be 
mounted on fighter aircraft and effectively meet identified 
requirements to engage a range of tactical ground targets, 
including armor, ships, ground vehicles, and air defense 
systems. The Committee directs the Secretary of the Air Force 
to submit a report to the congressional defense committees on 
current and future air-to-ground tactical weapon systems 
efforts not later than 60 days after the enactment of this Act.

        NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION ALLY LAUNCH SERVICES

    The Committee directs the Secretary of the Air Force to 
evaluate North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally launch 
infrastructure to determine the capability, cost, and risk 
associated with procuring their launch services on a limited, 
contingency basis in order to provide assured access to space 
during a period of national emergency. The Committee directs 
the Secretary of the Air Force to brief the findings of this 
evaluation to the congressional defense committees not later 
than 90 days after the enactment of this Act.

               LASER TECHNOLOGY FOR AIRCRAFT SUSTAINMENT

    The Committee understands that technologies such as 
advanced laser coating removal, repair, and additive 
restoration of aircraft surfaces could lead to significant 
increases in weapon system availability while reducing cost and 
environmental impact. The Committee encourages the Secretary of 
the Air Force to support and enhance depot maintenance by 
further developing advanced laser technologies that can be 
qualified and incorporated at Air Force depots for de-painting, 
restoration, and repair of aircraft surfaces for both metal and 
composite surfaces.

        RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, DEFENSE-WIDE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $18,778,550,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    20,490,902,000
Committee recommendation..............................    20,698,353,000
Change from budget request............................      +207,451,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$20,698,353,000 for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, 
Defense-Wide which will provide the following program in fiscal 
year 2018:


                       IDENTITY THREAT MANAGEMENT

    Terrorist organizations encourage harassment and violence 
against military personnel and their families. The Committee 
encourages efforts by the Secretary of Defense and the Service 
Secretaries to educate and provide security warnings and 
guidelines to help servicemembers manage their online 
identities. The Committee also supports efforts to develop and 
deploy software that could automate and control sensitive 
online information about servicemembers and their families.

                         RECLAIMED REFRIGERANTS

    Reclaiming refrigerants aids in the prevention of creating 
new refrigerants and ensures the safe disposal of chemicals. 
Considering the large number of Department of Defense 
facilities and the widespread use of refrigerants, the 
Committee directs the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, 
Technology, and Logistics) to submit a report to the 
congressional defense committees not later than 120 days after 
the enactment of this Act that examines the feasibility of 
giving preference to the use of reclaimed refrigerants to 
service existing equipment in Department of Defense facilities.

                 ADVANCED DEFENSE TECHNOLOGIES CLUSTERS

    The Committee recognizes that developing high technology 
small businesses across the nation provides innovative defense-
related technologies for ongoing and future Department of 
Defense requirements. The Committee encourages the Secretary of 
Defense to engage with these small businesses and regional 
advanced defense technologies clusters that advocate for small 
businesses to support the sustainment and creation of jobs in 
critical and emerging markets.

          ADVANCED MATERIAL SOLUTIONS FOR DEFENSE APPLICATIONS

    Advanced materials, composites, and manufacturing process 
are critical to sustain military readiness and superiority. New 
materials and improvements to existing materials are important 
for applications for aircraft, armor, munitions, prosthetics, 
and batteries. While investments in fundamental and applied 
materials research and development have led to notable 
advancements, challenges remain to understand and characterize 
materials performance and reliability for critical defense 
applications. Performance and reliability issues are found 
across the Services that impact current and new systems and the 
life extension of existing platforms. An assessment is required 
to determine the current status and necessary steps to address 
gaps and improve knowledge utilization to enhance defense 
readiness through collaboration across research and development 
sectors.
    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to perform 
such an assessment with collaboration from academic researchers 
and the commercial sector and to determine advanced materials 
solutions for defense applications. The assessment should 
survey and prioritize future needs with advanced materials for 
national security applications, assess material sustainment 
issues across Department of Defense platforms, identify 
solutions capable of improving military readiness and reducing 
cost, identify gaps in the knowledge base, and provide 
recommendations to improve the talent pipeline in the advanced 
materials field.
    The Committee directs the Under Secretary of Defense 
(Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) to brief the House and 
Senate Appropriations Committees on the results of this study 
not later than April 30, 2018.

            CONVENTIONAL PROMPT GLOBAL STRIKE WEAPON SYSTEM

    The Committee encourages the Secretary of Defense, in 
coordination with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to 
brief the Committee not later than December 1, 2017 on the plan 
to reach early operational capability for the conventional 
prompt global strike weapon system.

                OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION, DEFENSE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $186,994,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       210,900,000
Committee recommendation..............................       210,900,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $210,900,000 
for Operational Test and Evaluation, Defense which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2018:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Committee         Change from
                                                           Budget Request      Recommended          Request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION........................             83,503             83,503              - - -
LIVE FIRE TESTING......................................             59,500             59,500              - - -
OPERATIONAL TEST ACTIVITIES AND ANALYSIS...............             67,897             67,897              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, OPERATIONAL TEST & EVALUATION, DEFENSE......            210,900            210,900              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

     RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, NATIONAL DEFENSE 
                            RESTORATION FUND

    The Committee recommends $1,000,000,000 for the Research, 
Development, Test and Evaluation, National Defense Restoration 
Fund, in order to fund such activities necessary to preserve 
and enhance the technological advantages of the military 
Services and defense agencies, including emerging requirements 
deemed by the Secretary of Defense to be in the national 
security interest of the United States. The Committee directs 
that the funding be used to meet the requirements necessary to 
implement the 2018 National Defense Strategy. The Secretary of 
Defense is directed to submit to the congressional defense 
committees a proposed allocation plan, including a detailed 
budget justification for the use of such funds and a 
description of how such investments are necessary to implement 
the strategy, not fewer than 30 days prior to making transfers 
from the fund. Transfers from the fund are subject to prior 
approval from the congressional defense committees.

                                TITLE V

                     REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS

                     DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUNDS

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................    $1,511,613,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................     1,586,596,000
Committee recommendation..............................     1,586,596,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,586,596,000 
for the Defense Working Capital Funds accounts which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Committee         Change from
                                                           Budget Request      Recommended          Request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WORKING CAPITAL FUND, ARMY.............................             83,776             83,776              - - -
WORKING CAPITAL FUND, AIR FORCE........................             66,462             66,462              - - -
WORKING CAPITAL FUND, DEFENSE-WIDE.....................             47,018             47,018              - - -
DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUND, DECA.....................          1,389,340          1,389,340              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUNDS...............          1,586,596          1,586,596              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                     NATIONAL DEFENSE SEALIFT FUND

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................             - - -
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................      $509,327,000
Committee recommendation..............................             - - -
Change from budget request............................      -509,327,000
 

    The Committee recommends no funding for the National 
Defense Sealift Fund.

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Committee         Change from
                                                           Budget Request      Recommended          Request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
MOBILIZATION PREPAREDNESS..............................            201,450                  0           -201,450
    LMSR maintenance--transfer to OM,N.................                              -135,800
    Mobilization alterations--transfer to OM,N.........                               -11,197
    T-AH maintenance--transfer to OM,N.................                               -54,453
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT...............................             18,622                  0            -18,622
    Maritime prepositioning force (future)--transfer to                                  -468
     RDTE,N line 132...................................
    Strategic sealift research and development--                                       -6,425
     transfer to RDTE,N line 47........................
    Naval operational logistics integration--transfer                                 -11,729
     to RDTE,N line 48.................................
READY RESERVE FORCE....................................            289,255                  0           -289,255
    Ready reserve force--transfer to OM,N..............                              -289,255
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, NATIONAL DEFENSE SEALIFT FUND...............            509,327                  0           -509,327
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                                TITLE VI

                  OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS

                         DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................   $33,781,270,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................    33,664,466,000
Committee recommendation..............................    33,931,566,000
Change from budget request............................      +267,100,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$33,931,566,000 for the Defense Health Program which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:


         REPROGRAMMING GUIDANCE FOR THE DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM

    The Committee includes a provision which caps the funds 
available for Private Sector Care under the TRICARE program 
subject to prior approval reprogramming procedures. The 
provision and accompanying report language should not be 
interpreted as limiting the amount of funds that may be 
transferred to the In-House Care budget sub-activity from other 
budget sub-activities within the Defense Health Program. In 
addition, funding for the In-House Care budget sub-activity 
continues to be designated as a congressional special interest 
item. Any transfer of funds from the In-House Care budget sub-
activity into the Private Sector Care budget sub-activity or 
any other budget sub-activity requires the Secretary of Defense 
to follow prior approval reprogramming procedures for operation 
and maintenance funds.
    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to provide 
written notification to the congressional defense committees of 
cumulative transfers in excess of $10,000,000 out of the 
Private Sector Care budget sub-activity not later than fifteen 
days after such a transfer. Furthermore, the Committee directs 
the Secretary of Defense to provide a report to the 
congressional defense committees not later than 30 days after 
the enactment of this Act that delineates transfers of funds in 
fiscal year 2017, and the dates any transfers occurred, from 
the Private Sector Care budget sub-activity to any other budget 
sub-activity.
    The Committee further directs the Assistant Secretary of 
Defense (Health Affairs) to provide quarterly reports to the 
congressional defense committees on budget execution data for 
all of the Defense Health Program budget activities and to 
adequately reflect changes to the budget activities requested 
by the Services in future budget submissions.

                               CARRYOVER

    For fiscal year 2018, the Committee recommends one percent 
carryover authority for the operation and maintenance account 
of the Defense Health Program. The Committee directs the 
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to submit a 
detailed spending plan for any fiscal year 2017 designated 
carryover funds to the congressional defense committees not 
less than 30 days prior to executing the carryover funds.

                 PEER-REVIEWED CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAMS

    The Committee recommends $120,000,000 for the peer-reviewed 
breast cancer research program, $90,000,000 for the peer-
reviewed prostate cancer research program, $20,000,000 for the 
peer-reviewed ovarian cancer research program, $10,000,000 for 
the peer-reviewed kidney cancer research program, $12,000,000 
for the peer-reviewed lung cancer research program, and 
$30,000,000 for the peer-reviewed cancer research program that 
would research cancers not addressed in the aforementioned 
programs currently executed by the Department of Defense.
    The funds provided in the peer-reviewed cancer research 
program are directed to be used to conduct research in the 
following areas: bladder cancer, brain cancer, colorectal 
cancer, listeria-based regimens for cancer, liver cancer, 
lymphoma, melanoma and other skin cancers, mesothelioma, 
pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, and cancer in children, 
adolescents, and young adults.
    The funds provided under the peer-reviewed cancer research 
program shall be used only for the purposes listed above. The 
Committee directs the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health 
Affairs) to provide a report not later than 180 days after the 
enactment of this Act to the congressional defense committees 
on the status of the peer-reviewed cancer research program. For 
each research area, the report should include the funding 
amount awarded, the progress of the research, and the relevance 
of the research to servicemembers and their families.
    The Committee commends the Department of Defense for 
ensuring that projects funded through the various peer-reviewed 
cancer research programs maintain a focus on issues of 
significance to military populations and the warfighter. This 
includes promoting collaborative research proposals between 
Department of Defense researchers and non-military research 
institutions. These collaborations leverage the knowledge, 
infrastructure, and access to clinical populations that the 
partners bring to the research effort. Additionally, promoting 
these collaborations provides a valuable recruitment and 
retention incentive for military medical and research 
personnel. The Committee encourages the Assistant Secretary of 
Defense (Health Affairs) to continue to emphasize the 
importance of these collaborations between military and non-
military researchers throughout the peer review process.

                       METASTATIC CANCER RESEARCH

    The Committee continues to support the establishment of a 
task force to research metastasized cancer with a focus on 
clinical and translational research aimed at extending the 
lives of advanced state and recurrent patients. The Committee 
directs the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to 
submit an updated report to the congressional defense 
committees not later than 60 days after the enactment of this 
Act on the status of the establishment of a task force under 
the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program to focus 
on research for metastatic cancer of all types.

                       ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS

    The Committee recognizes the recent efforts to improve the 
Department's electronic health records, and supports the 
announcement by the Administration on a new effort for a joint 
Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs health 
record system. The Committee reiterates that the two systems 
must be completely and meaningfully interoperable and 
encourages the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, 
Technology, and Logistics) to focus on the overall goal of 
seamless compatibility between the two Departments' electronic 
health record systems. Furthermore, the Committee directs the 
Director of the Interagency Program Office (IPO) to continue to 
provide quarterly reports on the progress of interoperability 
between the two Departments to the House and Senate Defense 
Appropriations Subcommittees and the House and Senate Military 
Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Subcommittees. Additionally, the Program 
Executive Officer (PEO) for Defense Healthcare Management 
Systems (DHMS), in conjunction with the Director of the IPO, is 
directed to provide quarterly reports to the congressional 
defense committees on the cost and schedule of the program, to 
include milestones, knowledge points, and acquisition 
timelines, as well as quarterly obligation reports. The 
Committee directs the PEO DHMS to continue briefing the House 
and Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittees on a quarterly 
basis, coinciding with the report submission.

   THE CANCER CENTER AT WALTER REED NATIONAL MILITARY MEDICAL CENTER

    The Committee recognizes that close cooperation between The 
John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military 
Medical Center and the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health 
Affairs) has enabled the formation of a partnership between the 
Murtha Cancer Center and the Oncology Research Information 
Exchange Network (ORIEN). The Murtha Cancer Center is the only 
center of excellence for cancer care in the military health 
system. This partnership allows the Murtha Cancer Center to 
collaborate in cancer research with several academic cancer 
centers that all use a single protocol for long-term health 
surveillance of cancer patients to correlate patterns in cancer 
incidence, treatment response, and survivorship with genetic 
information, demographic data, and other factors. The Murtha 
Cancer Center has begun ORIEN enrollment with patients at the 
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and is preparing 
to facilitate enrollment at military treatment facilities 
throughout the United States. The Committee commends the 
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) for assisting 
the Murtha Cancer Center in entering this partnership and 
encourages increased support to allow for continued expansion 
of this effort to deliver enhanced cancer treatment for all 
servicemembers and their families.

                      EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES

    The Committee understands that the impact of infectious 
diseases on servicemembers can be significant, including lost 
service time, reduction in operational readiness, and an 
increased logistical burden to provide replacement troops. 
Disease surveillance, rapid detection, and outbreak response 
are essential to providing an early warning of emerging risks. 
The critical role the Department of Defense played in the swift 
response to viral outbreaks of Ebola and Zika demonstrates the 
value of continued investment in military infectious disease 
research capabilities. The Committee encourages the Assistant 
Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to pursue partnerships 
with colleges and universities that have strong research 
programs in emerging infectious diseases and to support 
research efforts that incorporate genomic technologies, 
bioinformatics, and computational biology.

                          COMBAT OCULAR TRAUMA

    The Committee is concerned by incidents of combat ocular 
trauma, which is an injury to the eye or neuro-ophthalmological 
pathways. These injuries often result in severe vision loss and 
visual dysfunction. The Committee encourages the Assistant 
Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to evaluate the 
effectiveness and safety of treatments such as transcorneal 
electrical stimulation to improve visual function after ocular 
trauma.

                    EXPANDED CANINE THERAPY RESEARCH

    The Committee is aware that canine therapy for treatment of 
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain 
injury (TBI) symptoms is a promising alternative to 
pharmaceutical treatment. While still experimental, canine 
therapy has shown effectiveness in treating PTSD and other 
psychological disorders, from hospitalized psychiatric patients 
to children with developmental disorders, patients with 
substance abuse problems, and victims of trauma. Servicemembers 
who participate in canine programs for PTSD and TBI show more 
positive social interactions, a decrease in suicidal thoughts, 
and an increased sense of safety, independence, motivation, and 
self-efficacy. The Committee notes that canine therapy is a 
promising area for further research as a complementary or 
alternative treatment for the signature wounds sustained in 
ongoing conflicts. Therefore, the Committee continues to 
encourage the Service Surgeons General to initiate or expand 
research into canine therapy to validate its therapeutic 
effectiveness in the treatment of PTSD and TBI.

                      OPIOID ABUSE IN THE MILITARY

    The Committee continues to be concerned by the high rate of 
opioid abuse among servicemembers. Despite low levels of 
illicit drug use, abuse of prescription drugs by servicemembers 
is higher than in the general population. The Committee 
understands that servicemembers face unique wartime stresses--
multiple deployments and combat exposure can lead to conditions 
such as post-traumatic stress disorder, which can further 
exacerbate the need for pain medications.
    The Committee notes the strong commitment of the Department 
of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to research 
improved pain management protocols, including the formation of 
a Pain Management Task Force. A National Advisory Council on 
Complementary and Integrative Health working group recommended 
that the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans 
Affairs undertake one or more large-scale studies to answer 
important policy and patient care questions about the use of 
integrative approaches in pain management. The Committee 
encourages the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) 
to examine the feasibility of completing the large-scale 
studies. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control recently 
published guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. 
The Committee encourages the Assistant Secretary of Defense 
(Health Affairs) to ensure its prescribers are familiar with 
the guidelines and to prioritize abuse-deterrent formulations 
of prescription opioids through TRICARE formularies.

                         CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

    The Committee is concerned by the prevalence of chronic 
kidney disease amongst veterans. Chronic kidney disease may be 
caused by a decrease in water retention that may occur during 
sustained training and may lead to increased morbidity and 
mortality rates. The Committee encourages the Assistant 
Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to collaborate with 
research institutions currently investigating the correlation 
between chronic dehydration and chronic kidney disease.

                        MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS

    The Committee supports the Department's continuing efforts 
to ensure that servicemembers have access to high quality 
mental health services and providers. In order to ensure that 
the Department continues to have full access to qualified 
clinical psychologists, the Committee encourages the Assistant 
Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to review its regulations 
regarding employment of clinical psychologists who graduate 
from schools accredited by the Psychologist Clinical Science 
Accreditation System.

 MILITARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

    The Committee remains concerned about the transition of 
separating servicemembers into civilian life, the difficulties 
they may face in securing employment, and the shortage of staff 
at the Veterans Health Administration. The Committee encourages 
the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to work 
jointly with the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a 
program to encourage Department of Defense medical 
professionals to seek employment with the Veterans Health 
Administration when the individual has been discharged or 
released from service or is contemplating separating from 
service.

                  ADVANCED ORTHOPEDIC SURGICAL SURGERY

    The Committee understands that servicemembers often must 
undergo orthopedic procedures and that musculoskeletal injuries 
account for a significant number of medical separations or 
retirements from military service. Delivery of direct training 
based on best practices related to orthopedic procedures for 
injuries to the knee, shoulder, and other extremities has 
become an increasingly important readiness issue. The Committee 
encourages the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) 
to ensure that military orthopedic health professionals are 
provided with opportunities for advanced surgical training in 
arthroscopic techniques and to explore partnerships with 
medical professional societies that maintain best practices 
related to arthroscopic surgery and techniques.

             IMPACT OF GUT MICROBIOME ON CHRONIC CONDITIONS

    The Committee is concerned by the escalating cost of 
managing chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and 
kidney disease in active and retired military personnel and 
recognizes that research of gut microbiome may positively 
impact these conditions in the future. The Committee encourages 
the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to perform 
research aimed at better understanding the role of the gut 
microbiome in chronic disease with an aim of developing drug 
and nutritional regimens to enhance the well-being of active 
and retired military servicemembers.

                       NON-OPIATE PAIN MANAGEMENT

    The Committee is concerned by the escalating cost of 
opioid-based pain medication and the increase in the number of 
opiate prescriptions over the last several years. The Committee 
believes that alternative forms of pain management have promise 
and may be able to reduce the Department's financial obligation 
to treat pain while reducing rates of addiction for 
servicemembers and their families. The Committee encourages the 
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to expand the 
Department's research, in partnership with leading pain 
management healthcare systems, into activities designed to 
reduce pain among children and adult populations without the 
use of addictive pain medication.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER PILOT PROGRAM

    The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 
authorized a pilot program on investigational treatment of 
members of the armed forces for traumatic brain injury and 
post-traumatic stress disorder. The program allows military 
patients to receive care from private physicians who provide 
innovative treatment options not necessarily available within 
military medical facilities. The Committee directs the 
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to provide a 
report to the congressional defense committees not later than 
60 days after the enactment of this Act on the status of the 
pilot program and a detailed accounting of the funding 
obligated to date.

                      MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

    When mild traumatic brain injury is not identified and 
treated appropriately, vestibular impairments can persist, 
which may lead to long-term morbidity in military personnel and 
veterans. The Committee encourages the Assistant Secretary of 
Defense (Health Affairs) to collaborate with research 
institutions currently investigating mild traumatic brain 
injury-related vestibular impairments.

                     MEDICAL INSTRUMENT INSPECTION

    Transmission of infectious agents to patients via reusable 
medical instruments is an unnecessary hazard. The Committee 
believes that there is a need to ensure that the working 
channels of reusable medical and surgical instruments are free 
from infectious agents. The Committee encourages the Assistant 
Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to develop a plan to 
evaluate visual inspection and documentation systems to detect 
pathogens and to ensure the safety of the working channels of 
reusable medical and surgical instruments used in military 
treatment facilities.

                             MESSENGER RNA

    The Committee is encouraged by the potential of messenger 
RNA (mRNA) to combat and prevent a multitude of diseases and 
injuries. Recent advances in the development of clinical-grade 
mRNA have created a new therapeutic platform that may 
facilitate breakthroughs in cellular therapies, enhance the 
reach of regenerative medicine, generate better vaccines 
against infectious diseases and cancer, and restore, repair, 
and regenerate cells and tissue. The Committee encourages the 
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to investigate 
mRNA therapeutics that will benefit servicemembers and to 
partner with institutions that have relevant expertise in the 
innovation and clinical development of clinical-grade mRNA 
therapeutics.

               POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDERS DIAGNOSES

    The Committee is concerned by the burden of proof required 
of servicemembers who have post-traumatic stress disorder 
(PTSD) but have not been formally diagnosed. Without a proper 
diagnosis, servicemembers can be discharged with an 
inappropriate designation. The Committee commends the work of 
the Government Accountability Office (GAO) which noted the 
inconsistencies between military Service policies and 
Department of Defense policies to address the impact of PTSD on 
separations for misconduct. The Committee directs the Secretary 
of Defense to brief the congressional defense committees not 
later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act on the 
status of efforts to better diagnose and address PTSD cases 
prior to discharge and the timeline for implementation of the 
GAO recommendations.

                      PEER-REVIEWED LUPUS RESEARCH

    Lupus affects more than 1,500,000 people in the United 
States and disproportionately affects women, minorities, and 
individuals between the ages of 14 and 45. Given the increasing 
number of women in the military Services, the fact that nearly 
half of all women servicemembers are African American, and the 
age range of servicemembers, the Committee is concerned about 
the potential impact of lupus on the military. The Committee 
recommendation includes $5,000,000 for peer-reviewed lupus 
research and the Committee encourages the Assistant Secretary 
of Defense (Health Affairs) to continue to support lupus 
research.

             TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH

    The Committee is encouraged by the Department's investment 
in technology that allows servicemembers access to behavioral 
health services, including videoconferencing platforms that can 
be delivered in both garrison and deployed locations. However, 
it is imperative that all servicemembers are aware of the 
resources available to them and how to readily gain access to 
assistance when needed. The Committee directs the Assistant 
Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to provide a report to 
the congressional defense committees not later than 90 days 
after the enactment of this Act that details a strategy for 
delivering tele-behavioral health services to servicemembers.

                     MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTIONS

    The Committee encourages the Assistant Secretary of Defense 
(Health Affairs) to work collaboratively in the health research 
field with Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black 
Colleges and Universities, and other Minority Serving 
Institutions. The Committee directs the Assistant Secretary of 
Defense (Health Affairs) to brief the House and Senate 
Appropriations Committees not later than 90 days after the 
enactment of this Act on the Department's efforts to 
collaborate with these institutions in the health research 
field.

                     MILITARY HEALTHCARE NAVIGATOR

    The Committee supports the continued efforts in the 
Department of Defense to improve the healthcare experience for 
beneficiaries while lowering the total cost of healthcare. 
Healthcare navigator systems utilized in the private sector 
have demonstrated an ability to lower healthcare costs by 
helping families optimize their employer-sponsored benefits. 
The Committee encourages the Assistant Secretary of Defense 
(Health Affairs) to continue exploring ways to utilize 
healthcare navigators through the military health system in 
order to provide enhanced clinical outcomes, improved 
beneficiary experience, and reduced utilization in order to 
lower healthcare costs.

           HIGHLY INFECTIOUS DISEASE TREATMENT AND TRANSPORT

    The Committee encourages the Assistant Secretary of Defense 
(Health Affairs) to establish protocols and agreements to 
provide training, transport, and treatment for servicemembers 
exposed to, or infected with, a highly infectious disease. The 
Committee encourages the Air Force Surgeon General, in 
coordination with the Commander of the Air Mobility Command, to 
establish agreements with biocontainment units that have 
extensive experience in the treatment and transport of highly 
infectious patients.

           CHEMICAL AGENTS AND MUNITIONS DESTRUCTION, DEFENSE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $523,726,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       961,732,000
Committee recommendation..............................       961,732,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $961,732,000 
for Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction, Defense which 
will provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Committee         Change from
                                                           Budget Request      Recommended          Request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE..............................            104,237            104,237              - - -
PROCUREMENT............................................             18,081             18,081              - - -
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION.............            839,414            839,414              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, CHEMICAL AGENTS AND MUNITIONS DESTRUCTION,              961,732            961,732              - - -
     DEFENSE...........................................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

         DRUG INTERDICTION AND COUNTER-DRUG ACTIVITIES, DEFENSE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $998,800,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       790,814,000
Committee recommendation..............................       854,814,000
Change from budget request............................       +64,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $854,814,000 
for Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense 
which will provide the following program in fiscal year 2018:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Committee         Change from
                                                           Budget Request      Recommended          Request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
COUNTER NARCOTICS SUPPORT..............................            557,648            532,648            -25,000
    Transfer to National Guard counter-drug program....                               -25,000
DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION PROGRAM..........................            116,813            120,813              4,000
    Program increase--young Marines drug demand                                         4,000
     reduction.........................................
NATIONAL GUARD COUNTER DRUG PROGRAM....................            116,353            201,353             85,000
    Transfer from counter-narcotics support............                                25,000
    Program increase...................................                                60,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, DRUG INTERDICTION AND COUNTER DRUG                      790,814            854,814             64,000
     ACTIVITIES, DEFENSE...............................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                  JOINT IMPROVISED-THREAT DEFEAT FUND


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................             - - -
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       $14,442,000
Committee recommendation..............................             - - -
Change from budget request............................       -14,442,000
 

    The Committee recommends no funding for the Joint 
Improvised-Threat Defeat Fund.

                  JOINT URGENT OPERATIONAL NEEDS FUND


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................             - - -
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       $99,795,000
Committee recommendation..............................             - - -
Change from budget request............................       -99,795,000
 

    The Committee recommends no funding for the Joint Urgent 
Operational Needs Fund.

                    OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $312,035,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       336,887,000
Committee recommendation..............................       336,887,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $336,887,000 
for the Office of the Inspector General which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2018:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Committee         Change from
                                                           Budget Request      Recommended          Request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE..............................            334,087            334,087              - - -
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION.............              2,800              2,800              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL.............            336,887            336,887              - - -
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                               TITLE VII

                            RELATED AGENCIES

              NATIONAL AND MILITARY INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMS

    The National Intelligence Program and the Military 
Intelligence Program budgets funded in the Department of 
Defense Appropriations Act consist primarily of resources for 
the Director of National Intelligence including the 
Intelligence Community Management staff, the Central 
Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency, the 
National Reconnaissance Office, the National Security Agency, 
the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the intelligence 
services of the Departments of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and 
the CIA Retirement and Disability fund.

                            CLASSIFIED ANNEX

    The Committee's budget review of classified programs is 
published in a separate, detailed, and comprehensive classified 
annex. The Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and 
other organizations are expected to fully comply with the 
recommendations and directions in the classified annex 
accompanying the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 
2018.

   CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY SYSTEM FUND

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $514,000,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       514,000,000
Committee recommendation..............................       514,000,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    This appropriation provides payments of benefits to 
qualified beneficiaries in accordance with the Central 
Intelligence Agency Retirement Act of 1964 for Certain 
Employees (P.L. 88-643), as amended by Public Law 94-522. This 
statute authorized the establishment of the CIA Retirement and 
Disability System for certain employees and authorized the 
establishment and maintenance of a fund from which benefits 
would be paid to those beneficiaries.
    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $514,000,000 
for the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability 
System Fund. This is a mandatory account.

               INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2017 appropriation........................      $515,596,000
Fiscal year 2018 budget request.......................       532,000,000
Committee recommendation..............................       522,100,000
Change from budget request............................        -9,900,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $522,100,000 
for the Intelligence Community Management Account.

                          WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

    The Committee is concerned that wildlife poaching and 
trafficking, particularly of African elephant ivory, may be 
used as a source of funding by terrorist organizations, 
extremist militias, and transnational organized crime 
syndicates in Central and Eastern Africa. The Committee 
encourages the Director of National Intelligence and the 
Secretary of Defense to work with American and international 
law enforcement and partner countries to share information and 
analysis on transnational criminal organizations, terrorist 
entities, corrupt officials, and others that facilitate illegal 
wildlife trafficking. The Committee also directs the Director 
of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Secretary of 
Defense, to provide a report to the congressional defense and 
intelligence committees not later than 120 days after the 
enactment of this Act that describes the planned activities to 
support the National Strategy for Wildlife Trafficking 
Implementation Plan.

                               TITLE VIII

                           GENERAL PROVISIONS

    The accompanying bill includes 123 general provisions. A 
description of each provision follows.
    Section 8001 provides that no funds made available in this 
Act may be used for publicity or propaganda purposes not 
authorized by Congress.
    Section 8002 provides for conditions and limitations on the 
payment of compensation to, or employment of, foreign 
nationals.
    Section 8003 provides that no funds made available in this 
Act may be obligated beyond the end of the fiscal year unless 
expressly provided for a greater period of availability 
elsewhere in the Act.
    Section 8004 limits the obligation of certain funds 
provided in this Act during the last two months of the fiscal 
year.
    Section 8005 provides for the general transfer authority of 
funds to other military functions.
    Section 8006 provides that the tables titled ``Explanation 
of Project Level Adjustments'' in the Committee report and 
classified annex shall be carried out in the manner provided by 
the tables to the same extent as if the tables were included in 
the text of this Act.
    Section 8007 has been amended and provides for the 
establishment of a baseline for application of reprogramming 
and transfer authorities for the current fiscal year.
    Section 8008 provides for limitations on the use of 
transfer authority of working capital fund cash balances.
    Section 8009 provides that none of the funds appropriated 
in this Act may be used to initiate a special access program 
without prior notification to the congressional defense 
committees.
    Section 8010 has been amended and provides limitations and 
conditions on the use of funds made available in this Act to 
initiate multiyear procurement contracts.
    Section 8011 provides for the use and obligation of funds 
for humanitarian and civic assistance costs.
    Section 8012 provides that civilian personnel of the 
Department of Defense may not be managed on the basis of end 
strength or be subject to end strength limitations.
    Section 8013 prohibits funding from being used to influence 
congressional action on any matters pending before the 
Congress.
    Section 8014 prohibits compensation from being paid to any 
member of the Army who is participating as a full-time student 
and who receives benefits from the Education Benefits Fund when 
time spent as a full-time student is counted toward that 
member's service commitment.
    Section 8015 provides for the transfer of funds 
appropriated in title III of this Act for the Department of 
Defense Pilot Mentor-Protege Program.
    Section 8016 provides for the Department of Defense to 
purchase anchor and mooring chains manufactured only in the 
United States.
    Section 8017 prohibits funds made available to the 
Department of Defense from being used to demilitarize or 
dispose of certain surplus firearms and small arms ammunition 
or ammunition components.
    Section 8018 provides a limitation on funds being used for 
the relocation of any Department of Defense entity into or 
within the National Capital Region.
    Section 8019 has been amended and provides for incentive 
payments authorized by section 504 of the Indian Financing Act 
of 1974 (25 U.S.C. 1544).
    Section 8020 provides that no funding for the Defense Media 
Activity may be used for national or international political or 
psychological activities.
    Section 8021 provides for the obligation of funds for 
purposes specified in section 2350j(c) of title 10, United 
States Code, in anticipation of receipt of contributions from 
the Government of Kuwait.
    Section 8022 has been amended and provides funding for the 
Civil Air Patrol Corporation.
    Section 8023 has been amended and prohibits funding from 
being used to establish new Department of Defense Federally 
Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC), with certain 
limitations and reduces funding provided for FFRDCs.
    Section 8024 provides for the Department of Defense to 
procure carbon, alloy, or armor steel plate melted and rolled 
only in the United States and Canada.
    Section 8025 defines the congressional defense committees 
as being the Armed Services Committees of the House and Senate 
and the Subcommittees on Defense of the Committees on 
Appropriations of the House and Senate.
    Section 8026 provides for competitions between private 
firms and Department of Defense depot maintenance activities.
    Section 8027 provides for the revocation of blanket waivers 
of the Buy American Act.
    Section 8028 provides for the availability of funds 
contained in the Department of Defense Overseas Military 
Facility Investment Recovery Account.
    Section 8029 provides for the conveyance, without 
consideration, of relocatable housing units that are excess to 
the needs of the Air Force.
    Section 8030 provides authority to use operation and 
maintenance appropriations to purchase items having an 
investment item unit cost of not more than $250,000.
    Section 8031 prohibits the use of funds to disestablish, 
close, downgrade from host to extension center, or place on 
probation a Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
    Section 8032 prohibits the sale of tobacco products in 
military resale outlets below the most competitive price in the 
local community.
    Section 8033 prohibits the use of Working Capital Funds to 
purchase specified investment items.
    Section 8034 has been amended and provides that none of the 
funds appropriated for the Central Intelligence Agency shall 
remain available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year 
except for funds appropriated for the Reserve for 
Contingencies, the Working Capital Fund, or other programs as 
specified.
    Section 8035 provides that funds available for the Defense 
Intelligence Agency may be used for the design, development, 
and deployment of General Defense Intelligence Program 
intelligence communications and intelligence information 
systems.
    Section 8036 provides for the availability of funds for the 
mitigation of environmental impacts on Indian lands resulting 
from Department of Defense activities.
    Section 8037 requires the Department of Defense to comply 
with the Buy American Act, chapter 83 of title 41, United 
States Code.
    Section 8038 places certain limitations on the use of funds 
made available in this Act to establish field operating 
agencies.
    Section 8039 places restrictions on converting to 
contractor performance an activity or function of the 
Department of Defense unless it meets certain guidelines 
provided.
    Section 8040 has been amended and provides for the 
rescission of $891,381,000 from the following programs:

 
 
 
2016 Appropriations:
    Aircraft Procurement, Navy:
        P-8A Poseidon.................................      $234,000,000
        F-35 STOVL series.............................        40,000,000
    Aircraft Procurement, Air Force:
        C-130J........................................        30,000,000
        C-130H modifications..........................        42,700,000
        F-16 modifications link 16 crypto.............         3,200,000
        F-35 modifications............................         6,800,000
2017 Appropriations:
    Missile Procurement, Army:
        Indirect fire protection capability...........        19,319,000
    Procurement of Weapons and Tracked Combat
     Vehicles, Army:
        Integrated air burst weapon system family.....         9,764,000
    Other Procurement, Army:
        Tactical bridging.............................        10,000,000
    Aircraft Procurement, Navy:
        F/A-18 modifications..........................       105,600,000
    Weapons Procurement, Navy:
        Tomahawk......................................        32,200,000
        Joint air ground missile......................        21,922,000
    Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy:
        Carrier replacement program...................        45,116,000
    Aircraft Procurement, Air Force:
        UH-1N replacement.............................        18,337,000
        KC-135 block 40/45 install....................         5,600,000
        War consumables--MALD J.......................        16,000,000
        Other production charges--ATP.................        13,659,000
        F-16 PPS......................................         3,250,000
        F-16 modifications link 16 crypto.............         6,447,000
    Missile Procurement, Air Force:
        MMIII modifications ICU II....................        31,639,000
    Space Procurement, Air Force:
        Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle.............        15,000,000
    Other Procurement, Air Force:
        MEECN--GASNT increment 1......................       100,000,000
        Classified adjustment.........................         5,000,000
    Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Navy:
        Global combat support systems.................         9,128,000
        Navy energy...................................        25,000,000
    Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air
     Force:
        Ground attack weapon fuze.....................           700,000
        Space fence...................................        34,000,000
        Classified adjustment.........................         7,000,000
 

    Section 8041 prohibits funds made available in this Act 
from being used to reduce authorized positions for military 
technicians (dual status) of the Army National Guard, Air 
National Guard, Army Reserve, and Air Force Reserve unless such 
reductions are a direct result of a reduction in military force 
structure.
    Section 8042 prohibits funding from being obligated or 
expended for assistance to the Democratic People's Republic of 
Korea unless specifically appropriated for that purpose.
    Section 8043 provides for reimbursement to the National 
Guard and Reserve when members of the National Guard and 
Reserve provide intelligence or counterintelligence support to 
the Combatant Commands, Defense Agencies, and Joint 
Intelligence Activities.
    Section 8044 prohibits the transfer of Department of 
Defense and Central Intelligence Agencies drug interdiction and 
counter-drug activity funds to other agencies except as 
specifically provided in an appropriations law.
    Section 8045 prohibits funding from being used for the 
procurement of ball and roller bearings other than those 
produced by a domestic source and of domestic origin.
    Section 8046 provides that competitively procured launch 
services must open for award to all certified providers of 
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle-class systems.
    Section 8047 provides funding for Red Cross and United 
Service Organization grants.
    Section 8048 prohibits funding from being used to purchase 
supercomputers which are not manufactured in the United States.
    Section 8049 provides funds for the Small Business 
Innovation Research program and the Small Business Technology 
Transfer program.
    Section 8050 prohibits funding from being used for 
contractor bonuses being paid due to business restructuring.
    Section 8051 provides for prior congressional notification 
of article or service transfers to international peacekeeping 
organizations.
    Section 8052 provides for the Department of Defense to 
dispose of negative unliquidated or unexpended balances for 
expired or closed accounts.
    Section 8053 provides conditions for the use of equipment 
of the National Guard Distance Learning Project on a space-
available, reimbursable basis.
    Section 8054 prohibits the use of funds to modify command 
and control relationships to give Fleet Forces Command 
operational and administrative control of United States Navy 
forces assigned to the Pacific fleet.
    Section 8055 provides funding for Sexual Assault Prevention 
and Response Programs.
    Section 8056 provides for the limitation on the use of 
funds appropriated in title IV to procure end-items for 
delivery to military forces for operational training, 
operational use or inventory requirements.
    Section 8057 provides for a waiver of ``Buy America'' 
provisions for certain cooperative programs.
    Section 8058 prohibits funding in this Act from being used 
for repairs or maintenance to military family housing units.
    Section 8059 provides obligation authority for new starts 
for advanced concept technology demonstration projects only 
after notification to the congressional defense committees.
    Section 8060 provides that the Secretary of Defense shall 
provide a classified quarterly report on certain matters as 
directed in the classified annex accompanying this Act.
    Section 8061 provides for the use of National Guard 
personnel to support ground-based elements of the National 
Ballistic Missile Defense System.
    Section 8062 prohibits the use of funds made available in 
this Act to transfer to any nongovernmental entity ammunition 
held by the Department of Defense that has a center-fire 
cartridge and is designated as ``armor piercing'' except for 
demilitarization purposes.
    Section 8063 provides for a waiver by the Chief of the 
National Guard Bureau or his designee for all or part of 
consideration in cases of personal property leases of less than 
one year.
    Section 8064 has been amended and provides for the transfer 
of funds made available in this Act under Operation and 
Maintenance, Army to other activities of the Federal Government 
for classified purposes.
    Section 8065 prohibits funding to separate, or to 
consolidate from within, the National Intelligence Program 
budget from the Department of Defense budget.
    Section 8066 provides grant authority for the construction 
and furnishing of additional Fisher Houses to meet the needs of 
military family members when confronted with the illness or 
hospitalization of an eligible military beneficiary.
    Section 8067 has been amended and provides funding and 
transfer authority for the Israeli Cooperative Programs.
    Section 8068 has been amended and provides for the funding 
of prior year shipbuilding cost increases.
    Section 8069 has been amended and provides that funds made 
available in this Act for intelligence activities are deemed to 
be specifically authorized by Congress for purposes of section 
504 of the National Security Act of 1947 until the enactment of 
the Intelligence Authorization Act for the current fiscal year.
    Section 8070 prohibits funding from being used to initiate 
a new start program without prior written notification.
    Section 8071 has been amended and provides that the budget 
of the President for the subsequent fiscal year shall include 
separate budget justification documents for costs of the United 
States Armed Forces' participation in contingency operations.
    Section 8072 prohibits funding from being used for the 
research, development, test, evaluation, procurement, or 
deployment of nuclear armed interceptors of a missile defense 
system.
    Section 8073 has been amended and reduces appropriations to 
reflect savings due to favorable exchange rates.
    Section 8074 prohibits funding from being used to reduce or 
disestablish the operation of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance 
Squadron of the Air Force Reserve.
    Section 8075 prohibits funding from being used for the 
integration of foreign intelligence information unless the 
information has been lawfully collected and processed during 
conduct of authorized foreign intelligence activities.
    Section 8076 prohibits funding from being used to transfer 
program authority relating to current tactical unmanned aerial 
vehicles from the Army and requires the Army to retain 
responsibility for and operational control of the MQ-1C 
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
    Section 8077 has been amended and limits the availability 
of funding provided for the Office of the Director of National 
Intelligence beyond the current fiscal year, except for funds 
appropriated for research and technology, which shall remain 
available for the current and the following fiscal years.
    Section 8078 provides for the adjustment of obligations 
within the Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy appropriation.
    Section 8079 has been amended and provides for the 
establishment of a baseline for application of reprogramming 
and transfer authorities for the Office of the Director of 
National Intelligence for the current fiscal year.
    Section 8080 prohibits the use of funds to modify Army 
Contracting Command--New Jersey without prior congressional 
notification.
    Section 8081 has been amended and provides for the 
rescission of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development 
Fund.
    Section 8082 has been amended and prohibits funding from 
being used to violate the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 
2008.
    Section 8083 provides for limitations on funding provided 
for the National Intelligence Program to be available for 
obligation or expenditure through a reprogramming or transfer 
of funds in accordance with section 102A(d) of the National 
Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 403-1(d)).
    Section 8084 directs the Director of National Intelligence 
to submit a future-years intelligence program reflecting 
estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations.
    Section 8085 defines the congressional intelligence 
committees as being the Permanent Select Committee on 
Intelligence of the House, the Select Committee on Intelligence 
of the Senate, and the Subcommittees on Defense of the 
Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate.
    Section 8086 provides the authority to transfer funding 
from operation and maintenance accounts for the Army, Navy, and 
Air Force to the central fund for Fisher Houses and Suites.
    Section 8087 has been amended and provides that funds 
appropriated in this Act may be available for the purpose of 
making remittances and transfers to the Defense Acquisition 
Workforce Development Fund.
    Section 8088 provides that any agency receiving funds made 
available in this Act shall post on a public website any report 
required to be submitted by Congress with certain exceptions.
    Section 8089 prohibits the use of funds for federal 
contracts in excess of $1,000,000 unless the contractor agrees 
not to require, as a condition of employment, that employees or 
independent contractors agree to resolve through arbitration 
any claim or tort related to, or arising out of, sexual assault 
or harassment, including assault and battery, intentional 
infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, or 
negligent hiring, supervision, or retention, and to certify 
that each covered subcontractor agrees to do the same.
    Section 8090 has been amended and provides funds for 
transfer to the Joint Department of Defense--Department of 
Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund.
    Section 8091 prohibits the use of funds providing certain 
missile defense information to certain entities.
    Section 8092 provides for the purchase of heavy and light 
armed vehicles for the physical security of personnel or for 
force protection purposes up to a limit of $450,000 per 
vehicle.
    Section 8093 provides the Director of National Intelligence 
with general transfer authority with certain limitations.
    Section 8094 prohibits funding to transfer or release any 
individual detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into the United 
States, its territories, or possessions. This language is 
identical to language enacted in Public Law 112-74.
    Section 8095 prohibits funding to modify any United States 
facility (other than the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) to 
house any individual detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This 
language is identical to language enacted in Public Law 112-74.
    Section 8096 prohibits funding to transfer any individual 
detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to a country of origin or 
other foreign country or entity unless the Secretary of Defense 
makes certain certifications. This language is similar to 
language enacted in Public Law 112-239.
    Section 8097 prohibits funding from being used to violate 
the War Powers Resolution Act.
    Section 8098 prohibits funds from being used to enter into 
a contract, memorandum of understanding, or cooperative 
agreement with, make a grant to, or provide a loan or loan 
guarantee to Rosoboronexport, except under certain conditions.
    Section 8099 prohibits the use of funds for the purchase or 
manufacture of a United States flag unless such flags are 
treated as covered items under section 2533a(b) of title 10, 
United States Code.
    Section 8100 provides that funds may be used to provide ex 
gratia payments to local military commanders for damage, 
personal injury, or death that is incident to combat operations 
in a foreign country.
    Section 8101 prohibits the use of funds to reduce or 
prepare to reduce the number of deployed and non-deployed 
strategic delivery vehicles and launchers.
    Section 8102 directs the Secretary of Defense to post grant 
awards on a public website in a searchable format.
    Section 8103 prohibits the use of funds for flight 
demonstration teams outside of the United States.
    Section 8104 prohibits the use of funds by the National 
Security Agency targeting United States persons under 
authorities granted in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance 
Act.
    Section 8105 prohibits the use of funds to implement the 
Arms Trade Treaty until ratified by the Senate.
    Section 8106 has been amended and prohibits the transfer of 
administrative or budgetary resources to the jurisdiction of 
another Federal agency not financed by this Act without the 
express authorization of Congress.
    Section 8107 prohibits the use of funds to provide 
counterterrorism support to foreign partners unless the 
congressional defense committees are notified accordingly.
    Section 8108 prohibits the use of funds to contravene the 
War Powers Resolution with respect to Iraq.
    Section 8109 has been amended and prohibits the use of 
funds to award a new T-AO Fleet Oiler or Towing, Salvage, and 
Rescue Ship program contract for the acquisition of certain 
components unless those components are manufactured in the 
United States.
    Section 8110 has been amended and reduces Working Capital 
Funds to reflect excess cash balances.
    Section 8111 has been amended and reduces the total amount 
appropriated to reflect lower than anticipated fuel prices.
    Section 8112 prohibits the use of funds for gaming or 
entertainment that involves nude entertainers.
    Section 8113 prohibits the use of funds for Base 
Realignment and Closure.
    Section 8114 has been amended and provides transfer 
authority to the Ready Reserve Force, Maritime Administration 
for the National Defense Reserve Fleet.
    Section 8115 has been amended and places restrictions on 
the obligation of funds for the Joint Surveillance Target 
Attack Radar System recapitalization program.
    Section 8116 prohibits the use of funds to close facilities 
at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
    Section 8117 provides for the use of funds to research and 
respond to the Zika virus.
    Section 8118 prohibits the use of funding for information 
technology systems that do not have sufficient pornographic 
content filters.
    Section 8119 places certain limitations on the transfer of 
funds for Global Engagement Center activities.
    Section 8120 places limitations on the use of funds for the 
Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund.
    Section 8121 is new and provides funds for the military 
personnel accounts for purposes of a military pay raise.
    Section 8122 is new and makes funds available through the 
Office of Economic Adjustment for transfer to the Secretary of 
Education, to make grants to construct, renovate, repair, or 
expand elementary and secondary public schools on military 
installations.
    Section 8123 is new and limits the availability of funds to 
carry out changes to the Joint Travel Regulations of the 
Department of Defense.
    Section 8124 is new and changes certain time limitations on 
embryo cryopreservation and storage.

                                TITLE IX

        OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS/GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    In title IX, the Committee recommends total new 
appropriations of $73,934,000,000. A detailed review of the 
Committee recommendation for programs funded in this title is 
provided in the following pages.

                         REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

    The Committee recommendation includes a number of reporting 
requirements related to contingency operations and building 
capacity efforts. The Committee directs the Secretary of 
Defense to continue to report incremental costs for all named 
operations in the Central Command area of responsibility on a 
quarterly basis and to submit, also on a quarterly basis, 
commitment, obligation, and expenditure data for the 
Afghanistan Security Forces Fund, the Counter-Islamic State of 
Iraq and the Levant Train and Equip Fund, and for all security 
cooperation programs funded under the Defense Security 
Cooperation Agency in the Operation and Maintenance, Defense-
Wide account.

           INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE AND RECONNAISSANCE FUND

    The Committee recommendation includes $500,000,000 to 
continue support for the Intelligence, Surveillance and 
Reconnaissance (ISR) Fund, the same as the fiscal year 2017 
enacted level. The Committee has repeatedly heard from 
combatant commanders of their need for greater capacity and 
capability in ISR, and commends the Secretary of Defense and 
the Service leaders for aggressively working to address this 
need. The Committee remains concerned about the capability of 
current bandwidth capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand 
for increased communications and ISR information. The Committee 
encourages the Secretary of Defense and the Service Secretaries 
to identify opportunities for demand reduction, spectral 
efficiency, and new technological investments to ensure that 
warfighters have the timely and accurate information they rely 
upon.

                           MILITARY PERSONNEL

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$5,276,276,000 for Military Personnel. The Committee 
recommendation for each military personnel account is as 
follows:


         MILITARY PERSONNEL, NATIONAL DEFENSE RESTORATION FUND

    In addition to the amounts provided in the preceding table, 
the Committee recommends $1,000,000,000 for the Military 
Personnel, National Defense Restoration Fund, for expenses 
associated with increased end strength, shortfalls in military 
personnel requirements, and emerging requirements deemed by the 
Secretary of Defense to be in the national security interest of 
the United States. The Committee directs that the funding be 
used to meet the requirements necessary to implement the 2018 
National Defense Strategy. The Secretary of Defense is directed 
to submit to the congressional defense committees a proposed 
allocation plan, including a detailed budget justification for 
the use of such funds and a description of how such investments 
are necessary to implement the strategy, not fewer than 30 days 
prior to making transfers from the fund. Transfers from the 
fund are subject to prior approval from the congressional 
defense committees.

                       OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$49,269,149,000 for Operation and Maintenance. The Committee 
recommendation for each operation and maintenance account is as 
follows:


 COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS TO BUILD PARTNERSHIP CAPACITY IN THE UNITED 
             STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY

    The Committee recognizes that the United States Southern 
Command historically has been engaged in successful counter-
drug partnership programs while its counterterrorism building 
partnership capacity efforts have been limited by a lack of 
funding and authorities. The Committee notes that Department of 
Defense officials agree that it is time to expand 
counterterrorism efforts to build the capacity of nations 
within the United States Southern Command area of 
responsibility. These efforts would focus on tactical level 
training, sensitive site exploitation, biometric assessment, 
basic mission planning, close quarters battle, and urban 
movement. Once tactical units of partner nations show an 
acceptable level of proficiency in these tasks, training focus 
would shift to more advanced tactical tasks and higher level 
mission planning efforts including operations and intelligence 
fusion. To master these tasks, partner nations will likely 
require equipment, limited small scale construction, and 
extensive training.
    The Committee encourages the Secretary of Defense to expand 
its counterterrorism efforts to the nations within the United 
States Southern Command area of responsibility. Building 
partnership capacity within each partner nation will allow 
effective host government management of their own 
counterterrorism strategy.

   UNITED STATES SUPPORT TO AFGHAN NATIONAL DEFENSE FORCES AND IRAQI 
                            SECURITY FORCES

    The Committee is aware that United States support to Afghan 
National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the area of 
service support activities is often conducted by United States-
based contractors. Conditions for United States forces in 
Afghanistan are set by the Bilateral Security Agreement--a 
complex and lengthy document negotiated by the Secretary of 
State and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
    According to the agreement, Afghan taxes and other fees are 
not imposed on the entry or exit of goods specifically for the 
use of United States forces. However, the agreement fails to 
mention the taxation of United States-based defense contractors 
in support of the ANDSF. The result of this omission is that 
United States-based contractors that conduct a supporting role 
in Afghanistan are not subject to the taxation exemption for 
the entry and exit of goods necessary to support their 
missions. This increases the costs of services performed by 
such contractors.
    Additionally, the United States is party to a Status of 
Forces Agreement and a Strategic Framework Agreement with the 
Republic of Iraq. Similar taxation implications affecting 
United States-based contractors are void in these agreements.
    The Committee encourages the Secretary of Defense, in 
coordination with the Secretary of State, to address the 
taxation of United States-based defense contractors in support 
of the ANDSF and Iraqi Security Forces when negotiating future 
agreements.

      OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NATIONAL DEFENSE RESTORATION FUND

    In addition to the amounts provided in the preceding table, 
the Committee recommends an additional $2,000,000,000 for the 
Operation and Maintenance, National Defense Restoration Fund, 
in order to improve the warfighting readiness of the military 
Services and defense agencies and meet overseas contingency 
requirements. The Committee directs that the funding be used to 
meet the requirements necessary to implement the 2018 National 
Defense Strategy. The Secretary of Defense is directed to 
submit to the congressional defense committees a proposed 
allocation plan, including a detailed budget justification for 
the use of such funds and a description of how such investments 
are necessary to implement the strategy, not fewer than 30 days 
prior to making transfers from the fund. Transfers from the 
fund are subject to prior approval from the congressional 
defense committees.

                    AFGHANISTAN SECURITY FORCES FUND

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$4,937,515,000 for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund.

                   VETTING OF FOREIGN SECURITY FORCES

    The Committee is aware of a concern regarding allegations 
of sexual abuse of children committed by members of the Afghan 
security forces.
    The Committee has been made aware of concerns the 
Department of Defense only began vetting foreign security 
forces in 2014 and has lagged in its progress because there is 
not a permanent position within the Department to oversee human 
rights vetting with regard to the Afghanistan security forces. 
The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to establish a 
permanent position to oversee human rights vetting with regard 
to the Afghanistan security forces.

   COUNTER-ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND THE LEVANT TRAIN AND EQUIP FUND

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$1,769,000,000 for the Counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the 
Levant Train and Equip Fund.

                              PROCUREMENT

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$16,462,540,000 for Procurement. The Committee recommendation 
for each procurement account is as follows:


                  NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE EQUIPMENT

    The Committee recommends $1,000,000,000 for National Guard 
and Reserve Equipment. Of that amount, $330,000,000 is for the 
Army National Guard; $330,000,000 is for the Air National 
Guard; $130,000,000 is for the Army Reserve; $50,000,000 is for 
the Navy Reserve; $10,000,000 is for the Marine Corps Reserve; 
and $150,000,000 is for the Air Force Reserve to meet urgent 
equipment needs that may arise in the coming fiscal year.
    This funding will allow the National Guard and reserve 
components to procure high priority equipment that may be used 
by these units for both their combat missions and their 
missions in support of state governors. The funding within this 
account is not to be used to procure equipment that has been 
designated as high density critical equipment, major weapon 
systems, aircraft, and other equipment central to a unit's 
ability to perform its doctrinal mission. The funding within 
this account is not to be used to procure equipment that should 
be purchased by the senior Service, to expand or accelerate 
current Service procurement plans, to purchase expendable 
items, or to purchase facilities or equipment for any 
requirement that can be satisfied elsewhere.
    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to ensure 
that the National Guard and Reserve Equipment account shall be 
executed by the Chiefs of the National Guard and reserve 
components with priority consideration given to the following 
items: acoustic hailing devices, active electronically scanned 
array radars, advanced targeting pods, crashworthy 
ballistically tolerant auxiliary fuel systems, electromagnetic 
in-flight propeller balance systems, joint threat emitters, 
large aircraft infrared countermeasures, modular and self-
contained ranges, satellite broadband for aircraft, training 
systems/simulators, unmanned systems for rapid emergency search 
and rescue support, unstabilized gunnery crew and small arms 
trainers, and wireless mobile mesh self-healing network 
systems.

             PROCUREMENT, NATIONAL DEFENSE RESTORATION FUND

    In addition to the amounts provided in the preceding table, 
the Committee recommends an additional $6,000,000,000 for the 
Procurement, National Defense Restoration Fund, in order to 
replace and modernize the equipment of the military Services 
and Defense agencies. The Committee directs that the funding be 
used to meet the requirements necessary to implement the 2018 
National Defense Strategy. The Secretary of Defense is directed 
to submit to the congressional defense committees a proposed 
allocation plan, including a detailed budget justification for 
the use of such funds and a description of how such investments 
are necessary to implement the strategy, not fewer than 30 days 
prior to making transfers from the fund. Transfers from the 
fund are subject to prior approval from the congressional 
defense committees.

               RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$1,614,837,000 for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation. 
The Committee recommendation for each research, development, 
test and evaluation account is as follows:


     RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, NATIONAL DEFENSE 
                            RESTORATION FUND

    In addition to the amounts provided in the preceding table, 
the Committee recommends $1,000,000,000 for the Research, 
Development, Test and Evaluation, National Defense Restoration 
Fund, in order to fund such activities necessary to preserve 
and enhance the technological advantages of the military 
Services and Defense agencies, including emerging requirements 
deemed by the Secretary of Defense to be in the national 
security interest of the United States. The Committee directs 
that the funding be used to meet the requirements necessary to 
implement the 2018 National Defense Strategy. The Secretary of 
Defense is directed to submit to the congressional defense 
committees a proposed allocation plan, including a detailed 
budget justification for the use of such funds and a 
description of how such investments are necessary to implement 
the strategy, not fewer than 30 days prior to making transfers 
from the fund. Transfers from the fund are subject to prior 
approval from the congressional defense committees.

                     REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS


                     DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUNDS

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$148,956,000 for the Defense Working Capital Funds accounts. 
The Committee recommendation is as follows:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Committee         Change from
                                                           Budget Request      Recommended          Request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WORKING CAPITAL FUND, ARMY.............................             50,111             50,111              - - -
WORKING CAPITAL FUND, DEFENSE-WIDE.....................             98,845             98,845              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUNDS...............            148,956            148,956              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                  OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS


                         DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$395,805,000 for the Defense Health Program. The Committee 
recommendation is as follows:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Committee         Change from
                                                           Budget Request      Recommended          Request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IN-HOUSE CARE..........................................             61,857             61,857              - - -
PRIVATE SECTOR CARE....................................            331,968            331,968              - - -
CONSOLIDATED HEALTH SUPPORT............................              1,980              1,980              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE...................            395,805            395,805              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

         DRUG INTERDICTION AND COUNTER DRUG ACTIVITIES, DEFENSE

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$196,300,000 for Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, 
Defense.

                  JOINT IMPROVISED-THREAT DEFEAT FUND

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$483,058,000 for the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Fund. The 
Committee recommendation is as follows:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Committee         Change from
                                                           Budget Request      Recommended          Request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RAPID ACQUISITION AND THREAT RESPONSE..................            483,058            483,058              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, JOINT IMPROVISED-THREAT DEFEAT FUND.........            483,058            483,058              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                    OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$24,692,000 for the Office of the Inspector General.

                           GENERAL PROVISIONS

    Title IX contains several general provisions, many of which 
extend or modify war-related authorities included in previous 
Acts. A brief description of the recommended provisions 
follows:
    Section 9001 has been amended and provides that funds made 
available in this title are in addition to funds appropriated 
or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense for 
the current fiscal year.
    Section 9002 provides for general transfer authority within 
title IX.
    Section 9003 provides that supervision and administration 
costs associated with a construction project funded with 
appropriations available for operation and maintenance, 
Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund, or the Afghanistan Security 
Forces Fund may be obligated at the time a construction 
contract is awarded.
    Section 9004 provides for the procurement of passenger 
motor vehicles and heavy and light armored vehicles for use by 
military and civilian employees of the Department of Defense in 
the United States Central Command area of responsibility.
    Section 9005 provides funding for the Commanders' Emergency 
Response Program with certain limitations.
    Section 9006 provides lift and sustainment to coalition 
forces supporting military and stability operations in Iraq and 
Afghanistan.
    Section 9007 prohibits the establishment of permanent bases 
in Iraq or Afghanistan or United States control over Iraq oil 
resources.
    Section 9008 prohibits the use of funding in contravention 
of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other 
Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
    Section 9009 limits the obligation of funding for the 
Afghanistan Security Forces Fund until certain conditions have 
been met.
    Section 9010 provides for the purchase of items of a 
particular investment unit cost from funding made available for 
operation and maintenance.
    Section 9011 provides security assistance to the Government 
of Jordan.
    Section 9012 prohibits the use of funds to procure or 
transfer man-portable air defense systems.
    Section 9013 has been amended and provides assistance and 
sustainment to the military and national security forces of 
Ukraine.
    Section 9014 has been amended and provides replacement 
funds for items provided to the Government of Ukraine from the 
inventory of the United States.
    Section 9015 has been amended and prohibits the use of 
funds to procure or transfer man-portable air defense systems 
to Ukraine.
    Section 9016 restricts funds provided under the heading 
Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide for payments under 
Coalition Support Funds for reimbursement to the Government of 
Pakistan until certain conditions are met.
    Section 9017 provides funds to the Department of Defense to 
improve intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance 
capabilities.
    Section 9018 prohibits the use of funds with respect to 
Syria in contravention of the War Powers Resolution.
    Section 9019 has been amended and provides for the 
rescission of $587,613,000 from the following programs:

 
 
 
2017 Appropriations:
    Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide:
        DSCA coalition support fund...................      $350,000,000
    Afghanistan Security Forces Fund:
        Afghanistan Security Forces fund..............       100,000,000
    Counter-ISIL Train and Equip Fund:
        Counter-ISIL Train and Equip fund.............       112,513,000
    Other Procurement, Air Force:
        Classified adjustment.........................        25,100,000
 

    Section 9020 is new and requires the President to designate 
Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism funds.
    Section 9021 repeals the Authorization for the Use of 
Military Force, with certain conditions.

                                TITLE X

                     ADDITIONAL GENERAL PROVISIONS

    The bill includes a spending reduction account as required 
by the Rules of the House.

            HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

    The following items are included in accordance with various 
requirements of the Rules of the House of Representatives:

         STATEMENT OF GENERAL PERFORMANCE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following is a statement of 
general performance goals and objectives for which this measure 
authorizes funding:
    The Committee on Appropriations considers program 
performance, including a program's success in developing and 
attaining outcome-related goals and objectives, in developing 
funding recommendations.

                              RESCISSIONS

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House or Representatives, the following table is submitted 
describing the rescissions recommended in the accompanying 
bill:

 
 
 
Aircraft Procurement, Navy, 2016/2018.................      $274,000,000
Aircraft Procurement, Air Force, 2016/2018............        82,700,000
Missile Procurement, Army, 2017/2019..................        19,319,000
Procurement of Weapons and Tracked Combat Vehicles,            9,764,000
 Army, 2017/2019......................................
Other Procurement, Army, 2017/2019....................        10,000,000
Aircraft Procurement, Navy, 2017/2019.................       105,600,000
Weapons Procurement, Navy, 2017/2019..................        54,122,000
Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy, 2017/2021..........        45,116,000
Aircraft Procurement, Air Force, 2017/2019............        63,293,000
Missile Procurement, Air Force, 2017/2019.............        31,639,000
Space Procurement, Air Force, 2017/2019...............        15,000,000
Other Procurement, Air Force, 2017/2019...............       105,000,000
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Navy, 2017/       34,128,000
 2018.................................................
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force,        41,700,000
 2017/2018............................................
Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce                   10,000,000
 Development Fund, Defense............................
Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on
 Terrorism:
  Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide, 2017/2018..      $350,000,000
  Afghanistan Security Forces Fund, 2017/2018.........       100,000,000
  Counter-ISIL Train and Equip Fund, 2017/2018........       112,513,000
  Other Procurement, Air Force, 2017/2019.............        25,100,000
 

                           TRANSFER OF FUNDS

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following is submitted describing 
the transfer of funds provided in the accompanying bill.
    Language has been included under ``Operation and 
Maintenance, Defense-Wide'' which provides for the transfer of 
funds for certain classified activities.
    Language has been included under ``Environmental 
Restoration, Army'' which provides for the transfer of funds 
for environmental restoration, reduction and recycling of 
hazardous waste, removal of unsafe buildings and debris, or for 
similar purposes.
    Language has been included under ``Environmental 
Restoration, Navy'' which provides for the transfer of funds 
for environmental restoration, reduction and recycling of 
hazardous waste, removal of unsafe buildings and debris, or for 
similar purposes.
    Language has been included under ``Environmental 
Restoration, Air Force'' which provides for the transfer of 
funds for environmental restoration, reduction and recycling of 
hazardous waste, removal of unsafe buildings and debris, or for 
similar purposes.
    Language has been included under ``Environmental 
Restoration, Defense-Wide'' which provides for the transfer of 
funds for environmental restoration, reduction and recycling of 
hazardous waste, removal of unsafe buildings and debris, or for 
similar purposes.
    Language has been included under ``Environmental 
Restoration, Formerly Used Defense Sites'' which provides for 
the transfer of funds for environmental restoration, reduction 
and recycling of hazardous waste, removal of unsafe buildings 
and debris, or for similar purposes.
    Language has been included under ``Operation and 
Maintenance, National Defense Restoration Fund'' which provides 
for the transfer of funds to operation and maintenance 
appropriation accounts for the purpose of additional national 
defense requirements.
    Language has been included under ``Procurement, National 
Defense Restoration Fund'' which provides for the transfer of 
funds to procurement appropriation accounts for the purpose of 
additional national defense requirements.
    Language has been included under ``Research, Development, 
Test and Evaluation, Defense-Wide'' which provides for the 
transfer of funds for the Defense Rapid Innovation Program to 
appropriations for research, development, test and evaluation 
for specific purposes.
    Language has been included under ``Research, Development, 
Test and Evaluation, National Defense Restoration Fund'' which 
provides for the transfer of funds to research, development, 
test and evaluation appropriation accounts for the purpose of 
additional national defense requirements.
    Language has been included under ``Drug Interdiction and 
Counter-Drug Activities, Defense'' which provides for the 
transfer of funds to appropriations available to the Department 
of Defense for military personnel of the reserve components; 
for operation and maintenance; for procurement; and for 
research, development, test and evaluation for drug 
interdiction and counter-drug activities of the Department of 
Defense.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8005'' which provides for the transfer of working capital funds 
to other appropriations accounts of the Department of Defense 
for military functions.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8008'' which provides for the transfer of funds between working 
capital funds and the ``Foreign Currency Fluctuations, 
Defense'' appropriation and the operation and maintenance 
appropriation accounts.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8015'' which provides for the transfer of funds from the 
Department of Defense Pilot Mentor-Protege Program to any other 
appropriation for the purposes of implementing a Mentor-Protege 
Program development assistance agreement.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8051'' which provides for the transfer of funds from 
``Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide'' to appropriations 
available for the pay of military personnel in connection with 
support and services of eligible organizations and activities 
outside the Department of Defense.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8055'' which provides for the transfer of funds from the 
Department of Defense to the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air 
Force to support high priority Sexual Assault Prevention and 
Response Program requirements and activities.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8064'' which provides for the transfer of funds from 
``Operation and Maintenance, Army'' to other activities of the 
federal government.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8067'' which provides for the transfer of funds from 
``Procurement, Defense-Wide'' and ``Research, Development, Test 
and Evaluation, Defense-Wide'' for the Israeli Cooperative 
Programs.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8068'' which provides for the transfer of funds under the 
heading ``Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy'' to fund prior 
year shipbuilding cost increases.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8086'' which provides for the transfer of funds from 
``Operation and Maintenance, Army'', ``Operation and 
Maintenance, Navy'', and ``Operation and Maintenance, Air 
Force'' to the central fund established for Fisher Houses and 
Suites.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8087'' which provides that funds appropriated by this Act may 
be made available for the purpose of making remittances to the 
Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8090'' which provides for the transfer of funds appropriated 
for operation and maintenance for the Defense Health Program to 
the Joint Department of Defense--Department of Veterans Affairs 
Medical Facility Demonstration Fund.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8093'' which provides for the transfer of funds for the 
National Intelligence Program.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8117'' which provides for the transfer of funds to support 
activities related to the Zika virus.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8121'' which provides for the transfer of funds for pay for 
military personnel for purposes of fully funding the authorized 
military pay raise.
    Language has been included under title IX ``Military 
Personnel, National Defense Restoration Fund'' which provides 
for the transfer of funds to military personnel appropriation 
accounts for the purpose of additional national defense 
requirements.
    Language has been included under title IX ``Operation and 
Maintenance, Navy'' for the transfer of funds to the ``Coast 
Guard Operating Expenses'' account.
    Language has been included under title IX ``Operation and 
Maintenance, National Defense Restoration Fund'' which provides 
for the transfer of funds to operation and maintenance 
appropriation accounts for the purpose of additional national 
defense requirements.
    Language has been included under title IX ``Procurement, 
National Defense Restoration Fund'' which provides for the 
transfer of funds to procurement appropriation accounts for the 
purpose of additional national defense requirements.
    Language has been included under title IX ``Research, 
Development, Test and Evaluation, National Defense Restoration 
Fund'' which provides for the transfer of funds to research, 
development, test and evaluation appropriation accounts for the 
purpose of additional national defense requirements.
    Language has been included under title IX ``Joint 
Improvised-Threat Defeat Fund'' which provides for the transfer 
of funds to appropriations available to the Department of 
Defense for military personnel; for operation and maintenance; 
for procurement; for research, development, test and 
evaluation; and for defense working capital funds for purposes 
related to assisting United States forces in the defeat of 
improvised explosive devices.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
9002'' which provides for the authority to transfer funds 
between the appropriations or funds made available to the 
Department of Defense in title IX, subject to certain 
conditions.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
9017'' which provides for the transfer of funds to the 
operation and maintenance, military personnel, and procurement 
accounts, to improve the intelligence, surveillance, and 
reconnaissance capabilities of the Department of Defense.

                      EARMARK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

    Neither the bill nor the report contains any congressional 
earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as 
defined in Clause 9 of Rule XXI.

           Compliance With Rule XIII, Cl. 3(e)(Ramseyer Rule)

    In Compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Represenatatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law 
proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets):

                AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE


  Joint Resolution To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces 
 against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the 
                             United States.

[Whereas, on September 11, 2001, acts of treacherous violence 
were committed against the United States and its citizens; and
[Whereas, such acts render it both necessary and appropriate 
that the United States exercise its rights to self-defense and 
to protect United States citizens both at home and abroad; and
[Whereas, in light of the threat to the national security and 
foreign policy of the United States posed by these grave acts 
of violence; and
[Whereas, such acts continue to pose an unusual and 
extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign 
policy of the United States; and
[Whereas, the President has authority under the Constitution to 
take action to deter and prevent acts of international 
terrorism against the United States: Now, therefore, be it
    [Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

[SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    [This joint resolution may be cited as the ``Authorization 
for Use of Military Force''.

[SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

    [(a) In General.--That the President is authorized to use 
all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, 
organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, 
committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on 
September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, 
in. order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism 
against the United States by such nations, organizations or 
persons.
    [(b) War Powers Resolution Requirements.--
  [(1) Specific statutory authorization.--Consistent with 
section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress 
declares that this section is intended to constitute specific 
statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of 
the War Powers Resolution.
          [(2) Applicability of other requirements.--Nothing in 
        this resolution supercedes any requirement of the War 
        Powers Resolution.]

               CHANGES IN THE APPLICATION OF EXISTING LAW

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(1)(A) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the following statements are 
submitted describing the effect of provisions in the 
accompanying bill which directly or indirectly change the 
application of existing law.
    Language is included in various parts of the bill to 
continue ongoing activities which require annual authorization 
or additional legislation, which to date has not been enacted.
    The bill includes a number of provisions which place 
limitations on the use of funds in the bill or change existing 
limitations and which might, under some circumstances, be 
construed as changing the application of law.
    The bill includes a number of provisions which provide for 
the transfer of funds and which might, under some 
circumstances, be construed as changing the application of law.
    The bill includes a number of provisions, which have been 
virtually unchanged for many years that are technically 
considered legislation.
    The bill provides that appropriations shall remain 
available for more than one year for some programs for which 
the basic authorizing legislation does not presently authorize 
each extended availability.
    In various places in the bill, the Committee has allocated 
funds within appropriation accounts in order to fund specific 
programs.
    Language is included in various accounts placing a 
limitation on funds for emergencies and extraordinary expenses.
    Language is included in that provides for the National 
Defense Restoration Fund funding and authority to implement the 
2018 National Defense Strategy, subject to certain 
requirements.
    Language is included that provides not more than 
$15,000,000 for the Combatant Commander Initiative Fund.
    Language is included that provides not less than 
$38,458,000 for the Procurement Technical Assistance 
Cooperative Agreement Program, of which not less than 
$3,600,000 shall be available for centers.
    Language is included that prohibits the consolidation of 
certain legislative affairs or liaison offices.
    Language is included that makes available $9,385,000 for 
certain classified activities, allows such funds to be 
transferred between certain accounts, and exempts such funds 
from the investment item unit cost ceiling.
    Language is included that makes funds available to provide 
support to foreign security forces and other groups, and makes 
a portion of the funds available for two years.
    Language is included that limits the use of funds for 
official representation purposes under the heading ``United 
States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces''.
    Language is included that provides for specific 
construction, acquisition, or conversion of vessels under the 
heading ``Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy''.
    Language is included that provides for the incurring of 
additional obligations for certain activities under the heading 
``Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy''.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds 
provided under the heading ``Shipbuilding and Conversion, 
Navy'' for the construction of any naval vessel, or the 
construction of major components for the construction or 
conversion of any naval vessel, in foreign facilities or 
shipyards.
    Language is included that allows funds to be available for 
multiyear procurement of critical components to support the 
common missile compartment of nuclear-powered vessels.
    Language is included under the heading ``Research, 
Development, Test and Evaluation, Navy'' that provides funds 
for certain activities related to the V-22.
    Language is included under the heading ``Research, 
Development, Test and Evaluation, Defense-Wide'' that provides 
$250,000,000 for the Defense Rapid Innovation Program and 
provides for the transfer of funds subject to certain 
requirements.
    Language is included that specifies the use of certain 
funds provided under the heading ``Defense Health Program''.
    Language is included that provides that not less than 
$8,000,000 of funds provided under the heading ``Defense Health 
Program'' shall be available for WV/AIDS prevention educational 
activities.
    Language is included that provides for the carry-over of no 
more than one percent of operation and maintenance funds 
provided under the heading ``Defense Health Program''.
    Language is included under the heading ``Defense Health 
Program'' that provides that not less than $627,100,000 shall 
be made available to the U.S. Army Medical Research and 
Materiel Command to carry out congressionally directed medical 
research programs.
    Language is included that specifies the use of certain 
funds provided under the heading ``Chemical Agents and 
Munitions Destruction, Defense''.
    Language is included that specifies the use of certain 
funds provided under the heading ``Drug-Interdiction and 
Counter-Drug Activities, Defense''.
    Language is included that provides that no funds made 
available in this Act may be used for publicity or propaganda 
purposes not authorized by Congress.
    Language is included that provides for conditions and 
limitations on the payment of compensation to, or employment 
of, foreign nationals.
    Language is included that provides that no funds made 
available in this Act may be obligated beyond the end of the 
fiscal year unless expressly provided for in this Act.
    Language is included that limits the obligation of certain 
funds during the last two months of the fiscal year to no more 
than 20 percent with certain exceptions.
    Language is included that provides for incorporation of 
project level adjustments specified in tables included in this 
report.
    Language is included that provides for the establishment of 
a baseline for application of reprogramming and transfer 
authorities for fiscal year 2017 and prohibits reprogramming 
and transfers, with certain exceptions, until after submission 
of a report.
    Language is included that provides for limitations on the 
use and transfer of working capital fund cash balances.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds 
appropriated by this Act to initiate a special access program 
without prior notification to the congressional defense 
committees.
    Language is included that provides limitations and 
conditions on the use of funds provided in this Act to initiate 
multi-year contracts.
    Language is included that provides for the use and 
obligation of funds for humanitarian and civic assistance costs 
under chapter 20 of title 10, United States Code.
    Language is included that provides that civilian personnel 
of the Department of Defense may not be managed on the basis of 
end strength or be subject to end strength limitations, sets 
forth certain requirements related to end strength for the 
budget submission, and requires that Department of Army Science 
and Technology Reinvention Laboratories be managed based on the 
available budget.
    Language is included that prohibits funds made available in 
this Act from being used to influence congressional action on 
matters pending before the Congress.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds to pay 
compensation to any member of the Army participating as a full-
time student and receiving benefits from the Education Benefits 
Fund when time spent as a full-time student is counted toward 
that member's service commitment, with certain exceptions.
    Language is included that provides for the transfer of 
funds appropriated in title III of this Act for the Department 
of Defense Pilot Mentor-Protege Program.
    Language is included that provides for the Department of 
Defense to purchase anchor and mooring chains manufactured only 
in the United States.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available to the Department of Defense to demilitarize or 
destroy surplus firearms or small arms ammunition except under 
certain circumstances.
    Language is included that provides a limitation on the use 
of funds for the relocation of any Department of Defense entity 
into or within the National Capital Region.
    Language is included that provides for incentive payments 
authorized by section 504 of the Indian Financing Act of 1974 
(25 U.S.C. 1544).
    Language is included that provides that no funds made 
available by this Act for the Defense Media Activity may be 
used for national or international political or psychological 
activities.
    Language is included that provides for the obligation of 
funds for purposes specified in section 2350j(c) of title 10, 
United States Code.
    Language is included that provides funding for the Civil 
Air Patrol Corporation.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds 
appropriated in this Act to establish a new federally funded 
research and development center (FFRDC), pay compensation to 
certain individuals associated with an FFRDC, construct certain 
new buildings not located on military installations, or 
increase the number of staff years for defense FFRDCs beyond a 
specified amount.
    Language is included that provides for the Department of 
Defense to procure carbon, alloy, or armor steel plate melted 
and rolled only in the United States or Canada.
    Language is included that defines congressional defense 
committees for the purposes of this Act.
    Language is included that provides for competitions between 
private firms and Department of Defense Depot Maintenance 
Activities for modification, depot maintenance, and repair of 
aircraft, vehicles, and vessels, as well as the production of 
components and other Defense-related articles.
    Language is included that provides for revocation of 
blanket waivers of the Buy America Act upon a finding that a 
country has violated a reciprocal trade agreement by 
discriminating against products produced in the United States 
that are covered by the agreement.
    Language is included that provides for the availability of 
funds for the Department of Defense Overseas Military Facility 
Investment Recovery Account established by section 2921(c)(1) 
of the 1991 National Defense Authorization Act.
    Language is included that provides for the conveyance, 
without consideration, of excess relocatable housing units 
located at Grand Forks, Malmstrom, Mountain Home, Ellsworth, 
and Minot Air Force Bases to Indian tribes.
    Language is included that provides for the availability of 
operation and maintenance appropriations to purchase items 
having an investment item unit cost of not more than $250,000.
    Language is included that prohibits funds from being used 
to disestablish, close, downgrade, or place on probation a 
Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program.
    Language is included that provides for the issuance of 
regulations placing certain limitations on the sale of tobacco 
products in military resale outlets.
    Language is included that limits the purchase of specified 
investment items with Working Capital Funds.
    Language is included that provides that none of the funds 
appropriated for the Central Intelligence Agency shall remain 
available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year except 
for funds appropriated for the Reserve for Contingencies, the 
Central Services Working Capital Fund, or other certain 
programs authorized under section 503 of the National Security 
Act of 1947.
    Language is included that provides that funds made 
available for the Defense Intelligence Agency may be used for 
intelligence communications and intelligence information 
systems for the Services, the Unified and Specified Commands, 
and the component commands.
    Language is included that provides that not less than 
$12,000,000 appropriated under the heading ``Operation and 
Maintenance, Defense-Wide'' shall be for mitigation of 
environmental impacts on Indian lands resulting from Department 
of Defense activities.
    Language is included that provides for the Department of 
Defense to comply with the Buy American Act (chapter 83 of 
title 41, United States Code).
    Language is included that limits the use of funds made 
available in this Act to establish or support field operating 
agencies.
    Language is included that limits the use of funds 
appropriated by this Act for the conversion of an activity or 
function of the Department of Defense to contractor 
performance.
    Language is included in title VIII and title IX that 
provides for the rescission of previously appropriated funds.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available in this Act from being used to reduce authorized 
positions for military technicians (dual status) of the Army 
National Guard, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, and Air Force 
Reserve unless such reductions are a direct result of a 
reduction in military force structure.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available in this Act for assistance to the Democratic People's 
Republic of Korea unless specifically appropriated for that 
purpose.
    Language is included that provides for the use of operation 
and maintenance funds appropriated in this Act for 
reimbursement to the National Guard and reserve when members of 
the National Guard and reserve provide intelligence or 
counterintelligence support to the Combatant Commands, Defense 
Agencies, and Joint Intelligence Activities.
    Language is included that provides that funds made 
available to the Department of Defense and Central Intelligence 
Agency for drug interdiction and counter-drug activities may 
not be transferred to other agencies except as specifically 
provided in an appropriations law.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds 
appropriated by this Act for the procurement of ball and roller 
bearings other than those produced by a domestic source and of 
domestic origin.
    Language is included that places conditions on the use of 
funds made available by this Act for Evolved Expendable Launch 
Vehicle service competitive procurements.
    Language is included to provide funding to make grants to 
specified entities upon determination by the Secretary of 
Defense that such grants serve the national interest.
    Language is included that provides for the Department of 
Defense to purchase supercomputers manufactured only in the 
United States with an exception for certain circumstances.
    Language is included to allow for Small Business Innovation 
Research program and Small Business Technology Transfer program 
set-asides.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available in this Act to pay contractor bonuses arising from a 
business restructuring.
    Language is included that provides for the transfer of 
funds to be used in support of personnel supporting approved 
organizations and activities outside the Department of Defense.
    Language is included that provides for the Department of 
Defense to dispose of negative unliquidated or unexpended 
balances for expired or closed accounts.
    Language is included that provides conditions for the use 
of equipment of the National Guard Distance Learning Project on 
a space-available, reimbursable basis.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds to 
modify command and control relationships affecting Navy forces 
assigned to the Pacific Fleet unless certain notifications are 
provided.
    Language is included that provides for the use of funds 
made available under the heading ``Operation and Maintenance, 
Defense-Wide'' for high priority Sexual Assault Prevention and 
Response program requirements, including the transfer of funds.
    Language is included that provides a limitation on the use 
of funds appropriated in title IV to procure end-items for 
delivery to military forces for operational training, 
operational use, or inventory requirements.
    Language is included that provides for a waiver by the 
Secretary of Defense of ``Buy America'' provisions for certain 
cooperative programs.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available in this Act for repairs or maintenance to military 
family housing units, for which funds are provided in other 
appropriations acts.
    Language is included that provides that funds for new 
starts for advanced concept technology demonstration projects 
may be obligated or expended only after notification to the 
congressional defense committees.
    Language is included that provides that the Secretary of 
Defense shall continue to provide a classified quarterly report 
on certain matters as directed in the classified annex 
accompanying this Act.
    Language is included that provides for the use of National 
Guard personnel to support ground-based elements of the 
National Ballistic Missile Defense System.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds 
provided in this Act to transfer to any nongovernmental entity 
ammunition held by the Department of Defense that has a 
center--fire cartridge and is designated as ``armor piercing'' 
except for demilitarization purposes.
    Language is included that provides for a waiver by the 
Chief of the National Guard Bureau or his designee for all or 
part of consideration in cases of personal property leases of 
one year or less to certain organizations specified by section 
508(d) of title 32, United States Code.
    Language is included that provides for the transfer of 
funds made available in this Act under the heading ``Operation 
and Maintenance, Army'' to other activities of the Federal 
Government for certain purposes.
    Language is included that prohibits the modification of the 
appropriations account structure or presentation of the budget 
request for the National Intelligence Program, or modification 
of the process by which National Intelligence Program 
appropriations are apportioned, allotted, obligated, and 
disbursed.
    Language is included that provides grant authority for the 
construction and furnishing of additional Fisher Houses to meet 
the needs of military family members when confronted with the 
illness or hospitalization of an eligible military beneficiary.
    Language is included that provides funding and transfer 
authority for the Israeli Cooperative missile defense programs.
    Language is included that provides for the availability and 
transfer of funds to properly complete prior year shipbuilding 
programs.
    Language is included that provides that funds made 
available by this Act are deemed to be specifically authorized 
by Congress for purposes of section 504 of the National 
Security Act of 1947 until enactment of the Intelligence 
Authorization Act.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds 
provided in this Act to initiate a new start program without 
prior written notification.
    Language is included that provides that the budget of the 
President for fiscal year 2019 shall include separate budget 
justification documents for costs of the United States Armed 
Forces' participation in contingency operations that contain 
certain budget exhibits as defined in the Department of Defense 
Financial Management Regulation.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available in this Act for the research, development, test, 
evaluation, procurement, or deployment of nuclear armed 
interceptors of a missile defense system.
    Language is included that reduces the total amount of 
funding in this Act to reflect savings due to favorable foreign 
exchange rates.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available in this Act to reduce or disestablish the operation 
of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the Air Force 
Reserve.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available in this Act for the integration of foreign 
intelligence information unless the information has been 
lawfully collected and processed during conduct of authorized 
foreign intelligence activities.
    Language is included that prohibits the transfer of program 
authorities related to tactical unmanned aerial vehicles from 
the Army.
    Language is included that limits the obligation authority 
of funds provided for the Office of the Director of National 
Intelligence to the current fiscal year except for research and 
technology which shall remain available for the current and the 
following fiscal years.
    Language is included that provides for the adjustment of 
obligations within the ``Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy'' 
appropriation.
    Language is included that prohibits the reprogramming or 
transfer of funds provided in this Act for the National 
Intelligence Program until the Director of National 
Intelligence submits a baseline for application of 
reprogramming and transfer authorities.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available by this Act to eliminate, restructure, realign, or 
reduce certain Army Contracting Command sites without prior 
notification to the congressional defense committees.
    Language is included that provides for the rescission of 
certain excess cash balances.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available by this Act for excess defense articles, assistance, 
or peacekeeping operations for countries designated to be in 
violation of the standards of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act 
of 2008.
    Language is included that sets forth reprogramming and 
transfer procedures for the National Intelligence Program.
    Language is included that provides that the Director of 
National Intelligence shall submit budget exhibits identifying 
the future-years intelligence program.
    Language is included that defines the congressional 
intelligence committees for the purposes of this Act.
    Language is included that provides that funds from certain 
operation and maintenance accounts may be transferred to a 
central fund established for Fisher Houses and Suites pursuant 
to section 2493(d) of title 10, United States Code.
    Language is included that provides that funds appropriated 
by this Act may be used for making remittances and transfers to 
the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund.
    Language is included that provides that agencies post 
congressionally directed reports on a public website.
    Language is included that provides limitations on the award 
of contracts to contractors that require mandatory arbitration 
for certain claims as a condition of employment or a 
contractual relationship. The Secretary of Defense is 
authorized to waive the applicability of these limitations for 
national security interests.
    Language is included that provides for the availability and 
transfer of funds for the Joint Department of Defense-
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration 
Fund.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds in 
contravention of section 130h of title 10, United States Code.
    Language is included that provides for the purchase of 
heavy and light armored vehicles for physical security or force 
protection purposes.
    Language is included that provides transfer authority for 
the Director of National Intelligence for the National 
Intelligence Program subject to certain limitations.
    Language is included that prohibits funds to transfer or 
release certain individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 
into the United States, its territories, or possessions.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds to 
construct, acquire, or modify any facility in the United 
States, its territories, or possessions to house individuals 
detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds to 
transfer any individual detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the 
custody or control of the individual's country of origin, any 
other foreign country, or any other foreign entity except in 
accordance with sections 1034 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 and 1034 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds in 
contravention of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1541).
    Language is included that prohibits the Department of 
Defense from entering into certain agreements with 
Rosoboronexport with certain waiver authorities.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds for 
the purchase or manufacture of a United States flag unless such 
flag is treated as a covered item. under section 2533a(b) of 
title 10, United States Code.
    Language is included that provides for the availability of 
funds for ex gratia payments in certain circumstances subject 
to certain conditions.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds to 
reduce or prepare to reduce the number of deployed and non-
deployed strategic delivery vehicles and launchers below 
certain authorized levels.
    Language is included that requires grant awards to be 
posted on a public website in a searchable format.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds for 
the performance of a flight demonstration team at a location 
outside the United States if a performance at a location within 
the United States was canceled during the current fiscal year 
due to insufficient funding.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds by the 
National Security Agency for certain activities.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds to 
implement the Arms Trade Treaty until the Senate approves a 
resolution of ratification.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available in this or any other Act to pay the salary of any 
officer or employee who approves or implements the transfer of 
certain administrative responsibilities or budgetary resources 
unless expressly provided for in Defense Appropriations Acts.
    Language is included that requires certain notification on 
the use of funds for activities authorized under section 1208 
of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005, 
with a waiver for exigent circumstances.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds with 
respect to Iraq in contravention of the War Powers Resolution 
(50 U.S.C. 1541).
    Langtiage is included that prohibits the use of funds to 
award a new contract for the T-AO Fleet Oiler or the Towing, 
Salvage, and Rescue Ships programs except under certain 
circumstances.
    Language is included that reduces the amount of funds 
appropriated in title II of this Act due to excess cash 
balances in the Department of Defense Working Capital Funds.
    Language is included that reduces the amount of funds 
appropriated in title II of this Act due to lower than 
anticipated fuel costs.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available by this Act to pay Government Travel Charge Card 
expenses for gaming or certain entertainment activities.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds may 
available by this Act to propose, plan for, or execute a new 
base realignment and closure round.
    Language is included that makes available funds provided 
under the heading ``Operation and Maintenance, Navy'' for 
purposes related to the National Defense Reserve Fleet.
    Language is included that provides for a limitation on the 
use of funds made available by this Act for the Joint 
Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization 
program.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available in this to carry out the closure or realignment of 
United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    Language is included providing for the availability and 
transfer of additional readiness funds made available to the 
Services in title II of this Act for activities related to the 
Zika virus.
    Language is included that prohibits funding for computer 
networks that do not block pornography, subject to certain law 
enforcement and national defense exceptions.
    Language is included that prohibits the transfer of 
Department of Defense funds for certain purposes except in 
accordance with reprogramming and transfer procedures.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of Defense 
Acquisition Workforce Developments funds for certain purposes.
    Language is included that provides additional funds for 
military personnel accounts and provides transfer authority to 
such accounts.
    Language is included that provides additional funds for 
purposes of repairing schools on military installations subject 
to certain requirements.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds to 
implement changes to certain Department of Defense regulations.
    Language is included under the heading ``Afghanistan 
Security Forces Fund'' that provides for the use of funds for 
certain purposes and the management of contributions and 
returned items.
    Language is included under the heading ``Counter-ISIL Train 
and Equip Fund'' that provides for the use of funds for certain 
purposes, compliance with vetting standards, management of 
contributions, and the submission of certain reports.
    Language is included under the heading ``National Guard and 
Reserve Equipment Account'' providing for the procurement of 
certain items and the submission of modernization priority 
assessments.
    Language is included under the heading ``Joint Improvised-
Threat Defeat Fund'' that makes funds available for certain 
purposes notwithstanding any other provision of law and 
provides for transfers to other accounts.
    Language is included that provides that funds made 
available in title IX are in addition to amounts appropriated 
or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense for 
the current fiscal year.
    Language is included that provides for supervision and 
administration costs for construction projects associated with 
overseas contingency operations.
    Language is included that provides for the availability of 
funds to purchase passenger, heavy, and light armored vehicles 
notwithstanding price or other limitations on the purchase of 
passenger carrying vehicles for use in the U.S. Central Command 
area of responsibility.
    Language is included that provides funds and authority for 
the Commanders' Emergency Response Program and establishes 
certain reporting requirements.
    Language is included that authorizes the use of funds to 
provide certain assistance to coalition forces supporting 
military and stability operations in Afghanistan and to counter 
the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and establishes 
certain reporting requirements.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds to 
establish permanent bases in Iraq or Afghanistan.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds in 
contravention of certain laws or regulations promulgated to 
implement the United Nations Convention Against Torture and 
Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
    Language is included that places limitations on the use of 
Afghanistan Security Forces Funds and requires certain 
certifications.
    Language is included that provides for the availability of 
funds appropriated in title IX of this Act for the purchase of 
items having an investment unit cost of up to $500,000, subject 
to certain conditions.
    Language is included that provides for up to $500,000,000 
of funds appropriated by this Act under the heading ``Operation 
and Maintenance, Defense-Wide'' to be used for assistance to 
the Government of Jordan for certain purposes.
    Language is included prohibiting the use of funds made 
available by this Act under the heading ``Counter-Islamic State 
of Iraq and the Levant Train and Equip Fund'' to procure or 
transfer man-portable air defense systems.
    Language is included that provides for $150,000,000 for 
assistance to the military and national security forces of 
Ukraine for certain purposes and under certain conditions.
    Language is included providing for the availability of 
funds appropriated in title IX for replacement of items 
provided to the Government of Ukraine from the inventory of the 
United States to the extent provided for in this Act.
    Language is included prohibiting the use of funds made 
available by this Act for assistance to Ukraine to procure or 
transfer man-portable air defense systems.
    Language is included that places limitations on the use of 
Coalition Support Funds under the heading ``Operation and 
Maintenance, Defense-Wide'' in title IX for the Government of 
Pakistan.
    Language is included that provides for additional funds and 
transfer authority to improve the intelligence, surveillance, 
and reconnaissance capabilities of the Department of Defense, 
subject to a reporting requirement.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds with 
respect to Syria in contravention of the War Powers Resolution 
(50 U.S.C. 1541).
    Language is included that rescinds certain funds made 
available in prior years in title IX.
    Language is included that provides that amounts designed in 
this Act as Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on 
Terrorism shall be available only if the President subsequently 
so designates all such amounts and transmits such designations 
to the Congress.
    Language is included that sets the amount by which 
subcommittee allocation exceeds the amount of proposed new 
budget authority at $0.
    Language is included that changes certain time limitations 
on embryo cryopreservation and storage.
    Language is included that repeals the Authorization for the 
Use of Military Force, with certain conditions.


                 COMPARISON WITH THE BUDGET RESOLUTION

    Clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires an explanation of compliance with 
section 308(a)(1)(A) of the Congressional Budget and 
Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-344), as 
amended, which requires that the report accompanying a bill 
providing new budget authority contain a statement detailing 
how that authority compares with the reports submitted under 
section 302 of the Act for the most recently agreed to 
concurrent resolution on the budget for the fiscal year from 
the Committee's section 302(a) allocation. This information 
follows:

                                            [In millions of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                  302(b) Allocation             This Bill
                                                             ---------------------------------------------------
                                                                 Budget                    Budget
                                                               Authority     Outlays     Authority     Outlays
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Discretionary:
  General Purpose...........................................      584,181      553,845      584,181   \1\553,845
  Global War on Terrorism\2\................................       73,934       38,704       73,934       38,704
Mandatory...................................................          514          514          514          514
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\Includes outlays from prior-year budget authority.
\2\Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism.

                      FIVE-YEAR OUTLAY PROJECTIONS

    In compliance with section 308(a)(1)(B) of the 
Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 
(Public Law 93-344), as amended, the following table contains 
five-year projections associated with the budget authority 
provided in the accompanying bill.

                        [In millions of dollars]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                  Non-GWOT       GWOT
------------------------------------------------------------------------
2018..........................................   \1\343,102    \1\38,704
2019..........................................      134,613       19,080
2020..........................................       52,075        8,550
2021..........................................       26,016        3,840
2022 and future years.........................       19,549        2,636
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\Excludes outlays from prior-year budget authority. Note: GWOT is
  Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism.

          FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

    In accordance with section 308(a)(1)(C) of the 
Congressional Budget and Impoundment Act of 1974 (Public Law 
93-344), as amended, no new budget or outlays are provided by 
the accompanying bill for financial assistance to State and 
local governments.

                          PROGRAM DUPLICATION

    No provision of this bill establishes or reauthorizes a 
program of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of 
another Federal program, a program that was included in any 
report from the Government Accountability Office to Congress 
pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139, or a program 
related to a program identified in the most recent Catalog of 
Federal Domestic Assistance.

                          DIRECTED RULE MAKING

    This bill does not contain any provision that specifically 
directs the promulgation or completion of a rule.



ADDITIONAL VIEWS--FISCAL YEAR 2018 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS 
                                  BILL

    With this bill, the Committee has carried out its 
Constitutional responsibility to recommend the appropriations 
necessary to provide for the common defense of our Nation. The 
Committee did this in a collegial and bipartisan fashion 
consistent with its long-standing traditions.
    The base portion of this bill provides $584,124,519,000 in 
Fiscal Year 2018 discretionary funding covering all Department 
of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community functions except 
for Military Construction and Family Housing. This is 
$18,233,113,000 above the President's budget request, and 
$68,009,519,000 above last year's enacted level. The Overseas 
Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism (OCO/GWOT) 
portion provides a total of $73,934,000,000, an increase of 
$9,999,130,000 above the President's budget request.
    There are many aspects of this bill we can agree upon. The 
legislation, as written, has the potential to fill many of the 
military's readiness gaps and maintain the strategic 
technological advantage the United States enjoys today. 
Further, Democrats and Republicans agree we have a duty to 
provide predictable and timely appropriations to the Department 
of Defense and the rest of the federal government, consistent 
with the repeated requests of senior defense leaders.
    Unfortunately, at this moment, we are not optimistic about 
the chances of this bill's independent enactment in a timely 
fashion.
    Most prominent of the obstacles facing this legislation is 
the Budget Control Act of 2011, more commonly referred to as 
the BCA. This bill greatly exceeds the cap on defense spending 
established under the BCA for FY 2018, so much so that if the 
House bills were enacted as written, and the BCA caps remain in 
place, the Department of Defense would face a sequester of 
roughly 13 percent. The Department has still not recovered from 
the rash of problems caused by sequestration in FY 2013. The 
Department savaged its Operation and Maintenance accounts in 
the second half of FY 2013 to continue ongoing contingency 
operations and to protect Military Personnel accounts. This 
resulted in the Navy idling an aircraft carrier at a pier in 
Norfolk, the Army cancelling training rotations, the Air Force 
greatly reducing flight times for its combat coded aircraft, 
and widespread civilian furloughs. We simply cannot allow that 
to happen in FY 2018.
    The Nation has avoided the effects of sequestration since 
FY 2013 because Congress and the previous Administration worked 
in a bipartisan and bicameral fashion to provide additional 
investments for our men and women in uniform, and for programs 
that improve our country's economic and physical 
infrastructure, scientific research, public health system, and 
veterans care. The current FY 2018 budget reportedly proposed 
by the House Majority, exceeds the BCA cap by more than $70 
billion for defense spending and is $5 billion under the cap 
for nondefense, ignoring these past compromises. While the 
House Majority rumored budget may cause angst, it is vastly 
superior to the nonsensical budget put forth by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) in May. If past is prologue, after 
this bill passes the House, it will sit idle until mid-
September, when we begin the tortured process of short term 
continuing resolutions, shutdown brinksmanship, possibly an 
increase in the BCA caps, and then, maybe an Omnibus. This is 
the very outcome the Secretary of Defense stated he did not 
want to happen.
    The only path out of uncertainty for this fiscal year is a 
bipartisan agreement on discretionary spending levels. 
Investments in communities by the government have positive 
economic effects that would be lost through draconian cuts. 
Congress might disagree on the ways to generate more revenue or 
reform entitlements, but our fiscal health cannot be improved 
by slashing discretionary spending only.
    Setting aside our frustration with the process, we also 
wish to express our concern with the significant increase in 
funding this bill would provide to the Department of Defense--
$60 billion more than FY 2017 and $29 billion more than the 
Department requested. We support providing additional funding 
to the Department, as we believe we are asking too much of our 
brave service members and their families. Also, to put it 
mildly, the world is a very unsettled place and not moving 
towards stability. However, we believe the Department will have 
difficulty spending so many additional dollars in a timely, 
efficient, and transparent manner. Vacancies in important 
leadership positions within the Department, and hiring 
restrictions on civilian employees will slow the decision 
making process. Currently, the Department is in the midst of 
four comprehensive strategic reviews, including: the National 
Defense Strategy, the Nuclear Posture Review, the Afghanistan 
Strategy Review, and the Counter-ISIS Plan. Each is ongoing and 
their impact on spending during FY 2018 is unknown. Finally, it 
is not likely Congress will complete our work in a timely 
manner and any dollars provided will have to be spent in a 
compressed timeline, much like the current year.
    Given these concerns, we especially appreciate Chairwoman 
Granger's cooperation to include bill and report language in 
the Manager's Amendment in order to meet our constitutional 
oversight responsibility and require transparency into the 
Defense Restoration Funds. These Funds account for $18.6 
billion in the base bill and $10 billion in the Overseas 
Contingency Operations accounts. The added restrictions 
strengthen our ability to oversee the Department's actions.
    We would like to reiterate a concern we expressed in the 
additional views to accompany the FY 2017 report and that is 
our displeasure with the continued reliance on OCO funding. It 
is increasingly difficult after sixteen years of war to argue 
our military is engaged in a contingency. Throughout the past 
years, even with the fluctuations in troop levels in each 
theater of war, the activities have remained somewhat constant, 
and with a decade plus of historical execution data, most of 
these activities should be resourced as enduring requirements, 
not unforeseen events.
    Additionally, we are pleased the committee held a 
constructive discussion and agreed to an amendment offered by 
our colleague, Rep. Barbara Lee, to force Congress to discuss a 
new Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) for the Global War 
on Terror. The amendment accomplishes this by repealing the 
2001 AUMF 240 days after the bill is enacted. That is ample 
time to complete this difficult task. The current AUMF, crafted 
days immediately after the attacks on September 11, 2001, has 
been broadly interpreted by three administrations to justify 
military activities across a swath of countries. Some of the 
current adversaries, most notably the Islamic State, were not 
in existence in 2001. Further, only 22 percent of Members of 
the House of Representatives in the 115th Congress were serving 
the last time an AUMF was enacted. As one of our Republican 
colleagues stated in the debate on the Lee Amendment, if we are 
asking our men and women in uniform to have the courage to risk 
their lives, Congress should at least have the courage to 
provide a clear legal justification for the conflicts they are 
fighting. This echoed sentiments stated by Secretary of Defense 
and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who testified before the 
Defense Subcommittee on June 15, 2017, and both unequivocally 
and forcefully stated their support for a new AUMF. Congress 
should respond to their call for action.
    We are disappointed that a Democratic amendment was not 
agreed to that would have required the committee to adopt a 
full slate of subcommittee allocations before considering any 
bills. In the absence of a complete list of 302(b) allocations, 
the committee adopted an interim number for the Military 
Construction and Veterans Affairs bill, but did not even do 
that for the Defense bill. Not considering full allocations is 
a break from our long-standing practice and is a gross 
departure from the ``regular order'' Republicans frequently 
discuss but consistently ignore.
    Without allocations, members have no way to evaluate how 
each bill fits into the larger discretionary picture. Setting 
aside the Defense bill's breach of the BCA cap, after 
considering the first three bills of the year, the committee 
has approved bills totaling $677.5 billion in spending that 
applies to the BCA limits, which represents 64 percent of total 
of allowable discretionary spending for FY 2018. That leaves 
the remaining nine bills, including the largest domestic bill, 
with only 36 percent of the statutory discretionary limit. This 
will necessitate deep cuts below FY 2017 levels for the 
remaining bills.
    This committee has a long history of working in a 
bipartisan faction to produce a full slate of bills. That 
bipartisan cooperation requires transparency and cannot be 
accomplished when the majority works in secret to develop 
allocations that it does not publicly release.
    In closing, we applaud the Chairwoman and the staff for 
putting together this legislation in less than ideal 
circumstances. We look forward to continuing to work with her, 
the Members of the Committee, and staff in completing the 
difficult task before us.

                                   Nita M. Lowey.
                                   Peter J. Visclosky.