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115th Congress }                                          { REPORT
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
  2d Session   }                                          { 115-769

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                            DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 
                          APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2019

                               __________

                              R E P O R T

                                 OF THE

                      COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

                             together with

                            ADDITIONAL VIEWS

                        [TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 6157]

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 June 20, 2018.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed


                   U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLISHING OFFICE                    
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                                                                   Page
Bill Totals......................................................     1
Committee Budget Review Process..................................     3
Introduction.....................................................     3
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....................................................     6
  Research, Development, Test and Evaluation.....................     7
  Defense Health Program.........................................     8
Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism 
  Requirements...................................................     8
Compliance with Congressional Direction..........................     8
Army Out-Of-Cycle Program Decisions..............................     9
Cloud Computing..................................................     9
Other Transaction Authority for Follow-On Production.............    10
Quarterly Cyber Operations Briefing..............................    10
Cyberspace Activities Budget Exhibits............................    10
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.......    16
    Military Personnel Special Interest Items....................    16
    Minority Outreach and Officer Accessions.....................    16
    Cultural Sensitivity Training................................    17
    Trauma Training Program......................................    17
  Military Personnel, Army.......................................    17
    Budget Justification.........................................    21
  Military Personnel, Navy.......................................    21
  Military Personnel, Marine Corps...............................    25
  Military Personnel, Air Force..................................    29
  Reserve Personnel, Army........................................    33
  Reserve Personnel, Navy........................................    36
  Reserve Personnel, Marine Corps................................    39
  Reserve Personnel, Air Force...................................    42
  National Guard Personnel, Army.................................    45
    Suicide Prevention and Outreach..............................    48
  National Guard Personnel, Air Force............................    48
TITLE II. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE..............................    51
  Reprogramming Guidance for Operation and Maintenance Accounts..    53
  Reprogramming Guidance for Special Operations Command..........    54
  Operation and Maintenance Special Interest Items...............    54
  Operation and Maintenance Quarterly Updates....................    54
  Restoring Readiness............................................    55
  Defense Foreign Language and Cultural Immersion Training.......    55
  Pilot Shortages................................................    55
  Small Business Innovation Research Program.....................    55
  Vieques and Culebra............................................    56
  National Security Education Program............................    56
  Indian Financing Act...........................................    57
  Facility Demolition............................................    57
  Real Property..................................................    57
  Storm Water Conveyance Systems.................................    57
  Child Care Programs............................................    58
  Operation and Maintenance, Army................................    58
    Physical Fitness.............................................    64
  Operation and Maintenance, Navy................................    64
    Navy Training Flights........................................    71
    Submarine Maintenance Shortfalls.............................    71
    Additive Technology for Sustainment of Navy Assets...........    71
    Public Shipyards.............................................    71
     Aegis Ashore Poland.........................................    71
   Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps.......................    72
   Operation and Maintenance, Air Force..........................    76
     Air Education and Training Command..........................    82
   Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide.......................    82
     PFOS/PFOA Exposure Assessment...............................    88
     Defense Commissary Agency...................................    88
     Autism Spectrum Disorder....................................    88
     Meals Ready-To-Eat War Reserve..............................    88
     Youth Serving Organizations.................................    88
     Joint Regional Security Stacks..............................    89
     Quality Assurance...........................................    89
     Educational Opportunities on the Cotentin Peninsula.........    89
     Sexual Assault and Juvenile Justice.........................    89
     Defense Logistics Agency....................................    90
     Special Operations Command Pre-Deployment Training..........    90
   Operation and Maintenance, Army Reserve.......................    90
   Operation and Maintenance, Navy Reserve.......................    93
   Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps Reserve...............    96
   Operation and Maintenance, Air Force Reserve..................    99
     Bird Strike Incidents.......................................   102
   Operation and Maintenance, Army National Guard................   102
   Operation and Maintenance, Air National Guard.................   105
   United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces...........   108
   Environmental Restoration, Army...............................   108
   Environmental Restoration, Navy...............................   108
   Environmental Restoration, Air Force..........................   108
     Granular Activated Carbon...................................   108
   Environmental Restoration, Defense-Wide.......................   108
   Environmental Restoration, Formerly Used Defense Sites........   109
   Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid................   109
   Cooperative Threat Reduction Account..........................   109
   Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund..   109
TITLE III. PROCUREMENT...........................................   111
   Reprogramming Guidance for Acquisition Accounts...............   113
   Funding Increases.............................................   113
   Procurement Special Interest Items............................   113
   Aircraft Procurement, Army....................................   113
     AH-64 Apache................................................   117
     Apache Upgrades.............................................   117
     UH-60M Black Hawk...........................................   117
   Missile Procurement, Army.....................................   117
   Procurement of Weapons and Tracked Combat Vehicles, Army......   121
     Stryker.....................................................   125
   Procurement of Ammunition, Army...............................   126
   Other Procurement, Army.......................................   130
     Land Mobile Radios for United States Army Europe............   143
   Aircraft Procurement, Navy....................................   143
     Navy Reserve Combat Aircraft................................   150
   Weapons Procurement, Navy.....................................   150
     Tomahawk Production.........................................   154
   Procurement of Ammunition, Navy and Marine Corps..............   154
   Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy.............................   158
     Steam Turbine Production....................................   162
   Other Procurement, Navy.......................................   162
     Electro-Optical Infrared Surveillance Sensors...............   174
   Procurement, Marine Corps.....................................   174
   Aircraft Procurement, Air Force...............................   180
     MQ-9........................................................   187
     C-135B......................................................   187
     Battlefield Airborne Communication Node.....................   187
     Compass Call................................................   188
     Light Attack................................................   188
     F-22........................................................   189
   Missile Procurement, Air Force................................   189
   Space Procurement, Air Force..................................   192
     Wideband Gapfiller Satellites...............................   195
   Procurement of Ammunition, Air Force..........................   195
   Other Procurement, Air Force..................................   198
   Procurement, Defense-Wide.....................................   204
   National Guard and Reserve Equipment..........................   209
   Defense Production Act........................................   209
     Rare Earth Elements.........................................   210
   Joint Urgent Operational Needs Fund...........................   210
TITLE IV. RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION.............   211
   Reprogramming Guidance for Acquisition Accounts...............   213
   Funding Increases.............................................   213
   Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Special Interest 
    Items........................................................   213
   F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Developmental Test Fleet............   213
   Cost Estimates for Agile Software Development.................   214
   Hypoxia and Physiological Episode Research....................   214
   Satellite Communications......................................   215
   Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Army..............   215
     Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Program...........   232
     Burn Patient Transfer System................................   232
     Army Lethality Improvements.................................   232
     Advanced Development of Asset Protection Technologies.......   232
     Domestic Supply of Novel Lightweight Transparent Armor 
      Materials..................................................   233
     Transformative Technologies for Propulsion Manufacturing 
      Processes..................................................   233
     Army Network Readiness......................................   233
     Metal Matrix Composite......................................   233
     Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Risk Management..............   233
     Industrial Base Resiliency..................................   234
     Precision Gun Launched Projectiles..........................   234
     Lightweight Protective Armor................................   234
     Batteries for Austere Locations.............................   234
     Improved Turbine Engine Program.............................   234
     Joint Multi-Role Program....................................   235
     Mobile Camouflage Systems...................................   235
     Hercules Tow Vehicle/M88A2E1................................   235
     Army Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories........   236
     Long-Range Precision Fire Missile...........................   236
     Integration of Iron Dome for Air and Missile Defense........   236
     Army Research Laboratory Open Campus Initiative.............   236
     Cyber and Electronic Warfare for the Dismounted Soldier.....   237
   Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Navy..............   237
     Small Business Innovation Research Program..................   255
     Advanced Lightweight Polymer-Cased 7.62mm Ammunitions.......   255
     Advanced Energetics Research................................   255
     DDG-51 Degaussing Standards.................................   255
     Energy Storage Research.....................................   256
     Coastal Environmental Research..............................   256
   Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force.........   256
     Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System 
      Recapitalization...........................................   271
     F-15........................................................   271
     Test and Evaluation Support.................................   272
     Adaptive Engine Transition Program..........................   272
     Space Solar Power Program...................................   272
     Commercial Satellite Communications Services................   273
   Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Defense-Wide......   273
     Defense Rapid Innovation Fund...............................   286
     Reactive Material Structures................................   286
     Reclaimed Refrigerants......................................   286
     Trusted Foundry.............................................   286
     Digital Manufacturing.......................................   286
     Advanced Function Fabrics...................................   287
     Cooperative Research........................................   287
     Unmanned Aircraft Systems...................................   287
   Operational Test and Evaluation, Defense......................   287
TITLE V. REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS..........................   289
   Defense Working Capital Funds.................................   289
TITLE VI. OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS...................   291
   Defense Health Program........................................   291
     Reprogramming Guidance for the Defense Health Program.......   295
     Carryover...................................................   295
     Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Programs......................   295
     Metastatic Cancer Research..................................   296
     Electronic Health Records...................................   296
     Advanced Orthopedic Surgical Training.......................   297
     Traumatic Brain Injury......................................   297
     Opioid Abuse and Non-Opiate Pain Management.................   298
     Collaboration with Minority Serving Health Institutions.....   298
     Mental Health Providers.....................................   298
     Impact of Gut Microbiome on Chronic Conditions..............   299
     Rare Cancers................................................   299
     Maternal and Child Health...................................   299
     Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program...................   299
     The Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical 
      Center.....................................................   300
   Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction, Defense............   301
   Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense........   301
   Office of the Inspector General...............................   301
TITLE VII. RELATED AGENCIES......................................   303
   National and Military Intelligence Programs...................   303
     Classified Annex............................................   303
   Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System 
    Fund.........................................................   303
   Intelligence Community Management Account.....................   303
     Credibility Assessment......................................   304
TITLE VIII. GENERAL PROVISIONS...................................   305
TITLE IX. OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS/GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM   315
   Committee Recommendation......................................   315
   Reporting Requirements........................................   315
   Military Personnel............................................   315
   Operation and Maintenance.....................................   321
     Afghanistan Security Forces Fund............................   330
     Counter-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Train and Equip Fund   330
     Kurdish Peshmerga...........................................   330
     Report on U.S. Defense Assistance to Saudi Arabia and United 
      Arab Emirates Coalition in Yemen...........................   330
   Procurement...................................................   330
   Research, Development, Test and Evaluation....................   342
   Revolving and Management Funds................................   346
     Defense Working Capital Funds...............................   346
   Other Department of Defense Programs..........................   346
     Defense Health Program......................................   346
     Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense......   346
     Office of the Inspector General.............................   346
   General Provisions............................................   346
TITLE X..........................................................   349
     Additional General Provisions...............................   349
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPORTING REQUIREMENTS..................   349
   Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives.........   349
   Rescissions...................................................   349
   Transfer of Funds.............................................   349
   Earmark Disclosure Statement..................................   352
   Compliance with Rule XIII, Cl. 3(e) (Ramseyer Rule)...........   352
   Changes in the Application of Existing Law....................   352
   Appropriations Not Authorized By Law..........................   364
   Comparison with the Budget Resolution.........................   365
   Five-Year Outlay Projections..................................   365
   Financial Assistance to State and Local Governments...........   365
   Program Duplication...........................................   365
   Directed Rule Making..........................................   366
   Full Committee Votes..........................................   367
   Additional Views..............................................   389
   
   
   

115th Congress }                                          { REPORT
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
  2d Session   }                                          { 115-769

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            DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2019

                                _______
                                

 June 20, 2018.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

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

                              R E P O R T

                             together with

                            ADDITIONAL VIEWS

                        [To accompany H.R. 6157]

    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, 2019.

                              BILL TOTALS

    Appropriations for most military functions of the 
Department of Defense are provided for in the accompanying bill 
for fiscal year 2019. 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 2019 budget request for 
activities funded in the Department of Defense Appropriations 
Act totals $675,473,023,000 in new budget obligational 
authority.


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                    COMMITTEE BUDGET REVIEW PROCESS

    During its review of the fiscal year 2019 budget request 
and execution of appropriations for fiscal year 2018, the 
Subcommittee on Defense held a total of seven hearings and five 
formal briefings during the period of February 2018 to May 
2018. 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 2019 
Department of Defense funding is $674,591,000,000, which is an 
increase of $19,973,481,000 above the fiscal year 2018 enacted 
level and a decrease of $882,023,000 below the budget request. 
The recommendation includes $606,512,000,000 in base funding 
and $68,079,000,000 for overseas contingency operations/global 
war on terrorism funding in title IX.
    The Committee recommendation is constructed to assist the 
Department with its strategy driven approach to achieve a more 
lethal, resilient, and rapidly innovative Joint Force. When 
combined with allies and partners, the Joint Force will sustain 
American influence and ensure favorable balances of power that 
safeguard the free and open international order. To achieve 
these goals and to build on the well-guided appropriations 
strategy of fiscal year 2018, the Committee has once again 
sought the trained and experienced guidance of the Secretary of 
Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the 
leadership of the military Services, and other national 
security experts. It is the goal of the Committee to provide 
sufficient, stable, and timely appropriations. The Committee 
sees its fiscal year 2018 funding efforts as a turning point, 
thus averting the decline of military readiness and rebounding 
the legacy of ensuring that the United States military is the 
strongest, most capable military in the world.
    This recommendation continues to provide robust resources 
needed to respond to and deter threats from adversaries, 
including Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, and to counter 
violent extremists throughout the world. The Chairman of the 
Joint Chiefs requested that the Committee help ensure that the 
Joint Force has the depth, flexibility, readiness, and 
responsiveness to ensure that servicemen and women never face a 
fair fight. This recommendation builds on the Committee's 
commitment to financially resource the funding levels required 
by the nation's fighting force and its leaders to accomplish 
each mission without fail.
    The Committee's recommendation is guided by the National 
Security Strategy and the National Defense Strategy, both of 
which are designed to safeguard American prosperity, protect 
the American people, homeland, and way of life, by preserving 
peace through strength, and garnering American influence 
throughout the globe.
    After 17 years, the United States continues to be engaged 
in its historically longest war. From the day the nation was 
attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001, the operational 
tempo of the military, the tools of national diplomacy, and 
moreover, the American way of life has been challenged. 
Throughout these expanded conflicts, the military strategy had 
begun to atrophy and the competitive advantage erode. As 
requested and provided with this appropriation, robust funding 
will reverse that decline and place the military Services on a 
continuing upward climb to global superiority and to address 
the increasingly complex global security environment.
    The Committee recommendation also addresses a new challenge 
faced by the military and the Department of Defense--not that 
of a kinetic enemy, but of a virtual cyber enemy. Adversaries 
are advanced in the prospect of overcoming opponents via 
virtual means by disrupting or even disabling computer/data 
networks and the national telecommunications backbone. 
Additionally, foes including Russia, China, Iran, and North 
Korea use this virtual environment to spawn instability through 
media, state-sponsored terrorist activities to garner influence 
while vying for regional hegemony using a growing network of 
proxies. Secure vital communications and data transmission is 
at risk. This recommendation provides robust funding for 
network resiliency and reliability.
    The reserve component forces traditionally supported combat 
operations as a strategic reserve, however, more recently, 
reserve component forces have transitioned to an operational 
force and have been vital while joining active component forces 
in long-term engagements in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout 
the world. The Committee has once again addressed the needs of 
the reserve components, investing in many unfunded priorities 
not addressed by the budget request. For over 37 years Congress 
has addressed the equipment needs of the National Guard and 
reserves by providing funding for improved equipment needed but 
not requested by the senior Service of each.
    Fiscal responsibility and congressional oversight is 
afforded across this recommendation while being mindful of 
integrating the key elements of national power. In addition to 
providing for military strength, the recommendation considers 
the nation's reliance on soft power. Partnering with the 
Department of State provides power through diplomacy by 
achieving international strength deterrence, reliability, and 
partner alliances throughout the world.
    The Committee recommendation builds on prior year 
investments in readiness and technological dominance to defend 
the nation and to remain the preeminent military power in the 
world. The Committee believes and has followed the 
recommendation of the Secretary of Defense to ensure that the 
balance of power remains favorable through a position of 
strength, thus advancing international order and the security 
and prosperity of the United States.
    The Committee recommendation balances the needs 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 2019.

              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, 
2019, 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 2020, 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 2020.

                         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). The dollar threshold for 
reprogramming funds shall be $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 
$139,308,351,000 for active, reserve, and National Guard 
military personnel, a decrease of $1,380,950,000 below the 
budget request, and an increase of $5,940,954,000 above the 
fiscal year 2018 enacted level. The Committee recommendation 
provides full funding necessary to increase basic pay for all 
military personnel by 2.6 percent, as authorized by current 
law, effective January 1, 2019.

                       OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

    In title II of the bill, the Committee recommends a total 
of $197,551,742,000 for operation and maintenance support to 
the military Services and other Department of Defense entities, 
a decrease of $1,917,894,000 below the budget request, and an 
increase of $9,306,159,000 above the fiscal year 2018 enacted 
level. The recommended levels will robustly fund operational 
training, readiness, and facilities needs in fiscal year 2019.

                              PROCUREMENT

    In title III of the bill, the Committee recommends a total 
of $133,040,027,000 for procurement.
    Major procurement initiatives and modifications funded in 
titles III and IX include:
    $1,166,056,000 for the procurement of 58 UH-60 Blackhawk 
helicopters, an increase of $156,000,000 and eight helicopters 
above the President's request;
    $1,125,662,000 for the procurement of 66 remanufactured and 
new build AH-64 Apache helicopters, an increase of $87,727,000 
and eight new build helicopters above the President's request;
    $34,000,000 for the procurement of four UH-72A Lakota 
helicopters, an increase of $34,000,000 and four aircraft above 
the President's request;
    $163,326,000 for the procurement of 10 MQ-1 Gray Eagle 
unmanned aerial vehicles, the same as the President's request;
    $1,530,999,000 for the upgrade of 135 Abrams tanks to the 
M1A2 system enhancement package configuration, the same as the 
President's request;
    $1,881,304,000 for the procurement of 24 F/A-18E/F Super 
Hornet aircraft;
    $1,767,179,000 for the procurement of ten P-8A Poseidon 
multi-mission aircraft;
    $1,072,113,000 for the procurement of six E-2D Advanced 
Hawkeye aircraft, an increase of two aircraft and $340,000,000 
above the President's request;
    $798,355,000 for the procurement of 25 AH-1Z helicopters;
    $1,134,337,000 for the procurement of 13 V-22 aircraft, an 
increase of six aircraft and $328,000,000 above the President's 
request;
    $1,027,729,000 for the procurement of eight CH-53K 
helicopters;
    $649,015,000 for the procurement of six VH-92 executive 
helicopters;
    $9,443,026,000 for the procurement of 93 F-35 Lightning 
aircraft, an increase of $1,724,200,000 and 16 aircraft above 
the President's request: 22 short take-off and vertical landing 
variants for the Marine Corps, 15 carrier variants for the Navy 
and Marine Corps, and 56 conventional variants for the Air 
Force;
    $22,708,767,000 for the procurement of 12 Navy ships, 
including three DDG-51 guided missile destroyers, two SSN-774 
attack submarines, three Littoral Combat Ships, one Towing, 
Salvage, and Rescue Ship, two TAO fleet oilers, one 
Expeditionary Sea Base, and the continued procurement of the 
Columbia Class submarine, an increase of $837,330,000 and two 
ships above the President's request;
    $1,799,998,000 for the procurement of 18 C/HC/MC/KC-130J 
aircraft, an increase of $604,069,000 and eight aircraft above 
the President's request;
    $487,707,000 for the procurement of 24 MQ-9 Reaper unmanned 
aerial vehicles;
    $2,293,623,000 for the procurement of 15 KC-46 tanker 
aircraft;
    $678,358,000 for the procurement of 10 combat rescue 
helicopters;
    $1,664,536,000 for the procurement of five space launch 
services; and
    $200,000,000 for the Israeli Cooperative Programs under the 
Missile Defense Agency.

               RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION

    In title IV of the bill, the Committee recommends a total 
of $91,218,284,000 for research, development, test and 
evaluation.
    Major initiatives and modifications include:
    $496,564,000 for the continued development of the Columbia 
class ballistic missile submarine;
    $413,529,000 for the continued development of the Next 
Generation Jammer;
    $1,262,044,000 for the continued development of the F-35 
Lightning Joint Strike Fighter aircraft;
    $2,314,196,000 for the continued development of the B-21 
bomber;
    $623,000,000 for the development of a new JSTARS aircraft;
    $637,032,000 for the development of a Presidential Aircraft 
Replacement;
    $457,652,000 for the continued development of a new combat 
rescue helicopter;
    $245,447,000 for space launch services;
    $433,889,000 for the Global Positioning System IIIC;
    $513,235,000 for the Global Positioning System III 
Operational Control Segment;
    $633,126,000 for the next-generation Overhead Persistent 
Infrared system;
    $3,388,766,000 for the Defense Advanced Research Projects 
Agency; and
    $300,000,000 for the Israeli Cooperative Programs under the 
Missile Defense Agency.

                         DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM

    The Committee recommends a total of $34,047,018,000 in 
title VI 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 $68,079,000,000 for overseas contingency operations/global 
war on terrorism (OCO/GWOT) requirements.
    Military Personnel: The Committee recommends a total of 
$4,660,661,000 for military personnel OCO/GWOT requirements in 
title IX of the bill.
    Operation and Maintenance: The Committee recommends a total 
of $48,304,549,000 for operation and maintenance OCO/GWOT 
requirements in title IX of the bill.
    Procurement: The Committee recommends a total of 
$12,745,120,000 for procurement OCO/GWOT requirements in title 
IX of the bill.
    Research, Development, Test and Evaluation: The Committee 
recommends a total of $1,180,836,000 for research, development, 
test and evaluation OCO/GWOT requirements in title IX of the 
bill.

                COMPLIANCE WITH CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTION

    The Committee is extremely concerned with the increasing 
willingness by the Department of Defense to disregard 
congressional direction as provided in annual Department of 
Defense Appropriations Acts. The perseverance by Congress and 
this Committee in particular for additional funding for the 
Department of Defense has been tireless for the past several 
years. Thus, when the Department decides to use additional 
funding for purposes other than the appropriated purpose, it 
seems that the persistence to provide increased funding has 
been taken for granted. General Provision 8006 states that 
additional funding above the budget request for a particular 
program or effort may be used only for that program or effort 
which Congress directed. Any changes to this must be formally 
requested on a reprogramming action submitted by the Under 
Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). However, there have been 
several recent instances where congressional direction has been 
disregarded by the Department in an effort to fund Department 
priorities rather than those priorities directed by the 
Congress. Additionally, there have been many occurrences in 
which the Services attempt to ``buy back'' reductions to 
programs rather than re-baseline those programs accordingly.
    The Committee believes that the relationship between the 
Department and the Congress must be seamless in order to 
provide appropriate funding and direction for the military and 
national security. The Committee believes the Department of 
Defense needs to fully recognize the criticality of this 
relationship and the role the Congress plays. The Committee 
directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to the 
House and Senate Appropriations Committees not later than 90 
days after the enactment of this Act on any funding added by 
the Congress in the last five fiscal years that was not 
executed in accordance with congressional direction and any 
directed reductions of funding that were reimbursed with other 
funding.

                  ARMY OUT-OF-CYCLE PROGRAM DECISIONS

    The Committee has become increasingly concerned by the 
number of out-of-cycle program decisions being made by the 
Army. These decisions are too often disconnected from the 
budget requests submitted to Congress and which the Committee 
acts upon in its annual recommendations. In addition, the 
Committee believes that the Army has not been forthcoming on 
issues related to the executability of funds that were 
requested by the Army as part of its fiscal year 2018 budget 
submission or requested in its unfunded requirements list. The 
Committee has learned of these issues only upon the 
communication of the desire to reprogram funds to new 
modernization priorities, even though in several instances 
these priorities are not adequately supported by the fiscal 
year 2019 budget request and future years defense plan. The 
Committee expects the Army to improve the quality and 
timeliness of its communications to the Committee, properly 
align its programmatic decision making process to the budget 
process, and ensure that its new or increased budgetary demands 
upon the Congress are sustained in its future years defense 
plan.

                            CLOUD COMPUTING

    The Committee believes cloud computing, if implemented 
properly, will have far-reaching benefits for improving the 
efficiency of day-to-day operations of the Department, as well 
as enabling important new military capabilities critical to 
maintaining tactical advantage, such as artificial 
intelligence. However, the Committee remains concerned that the 
Department does not have a coherent strategy for how its 
various cloud initiatives, such as the Joint Enterprise Defense 
Infrastructure, the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions, Mil-
Cloud, and other cloud efforts, are intended to work together 
to form the seamless enterprise the Department espouses. The 
Committee also has serious concerns with acquisition strategies 
for cloud service contracts that limit competition throughout 
the period of performance of the contract. This is especially 
problematic in a rapidly changing field such as cloud 
computing. Consequently, the Committee expects the Department 
to develop a strategy that will delineate how it intends to 
promote competition and innovation on an ongoing basis. The 
Department also has not adequately addressed the 
vulnerabilities and threats of adopting an enterprise-wide 
cloud strategy, to include cyber threats, insider-threats, 
potential conflicts from foreign ownership, and the need for 
resiliency. Therefore, the Committee recommendation includes a 
general provision directing the Secretary of Defense to provide 
a comprehensive strategy for cloud computing across the 
Department and to propose a plan to bring greater transparency 
to the funding requested and expended for procuring cloud 
computing services, including the funds to migrate legacy data 
systems to the cloud computing environment. The plan should 
address the acquisition strategy developed to procure cloud 
services, to include all types of contracts and funding 
vehicles considered for use.

          OTHER TRANSACTION AUTHORITY FOR FOLLOW-ON PRODUCTION

    The Committee supports the Department of Defense's use of 
Other Transaction Authority (OTA) as an important tool to 
provide flexibility and agility for cutting-edge research and 
development projects and prototypes. However, the Committee is 
concerned with the lack of transparency on the use of OTA 
authority for follow-on production procurements. Therefore, the 
Committee directs that no funds may be obligated or expended to 
carry out a follow-on production contract or transaction under 
Section 2371b(f) of title 10, United States Code, until 30 days 
after the Secretary of Defense provides the congressional 
defense committees with notification of the proposed contract 
or transaction, including a determination and finding of the 
facts and circumstances to clearly and convincingly justify the 
specific determination made.

                  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.

                 CYBERSPACE ACTIVITIES BUDGET EXHIBITS

    The Committee repeats direction from fiscal year 2018 
seeking additional details regarding the budget request for 
cyberspace activities within the Department of Defense. The 
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), the Department of 
Defense Chief Information Officer, and the Service Secretaries 
are directed, with the fiscal year 2020 budget submission, to 
initiate the establishment of individual cyberspace activity 
projects for research, development, test and evaluation 
accounts; individual cyberspace activity sub-activity groups 
for operation and maintenance accounts; and individual budget 
line items for procurement accounts. Funds that cross 
capability lines and are more appropriately documented within 
non-cyberspace activity projects, sub-activity groups, and line 
items may continue to be reported as such, but should include 
specific cyber language and resource amounts within the 
appropriate non-cyberspace operation and maintenance; 
procurement; and research, development, test and evaluation 
budget justification material and shall be referenced in any 
cyberspace justification materials. Such inclusion of cyber 
activities in non-cyber projects, sub-activity groups, and line 
items shall be carried out in the most limited manner as 
possible to meet congressional intent.
    Funding appropriated for cyberspace activities as defined 
by the classified cyberspace activities information technology 
investment budget request for fiscal year 2019 may only be used 
for such activities. The Secretary of Defense is directed 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 other purpose.

                                TITLE I

                           MILITARY PERSONNEL

    The fiscal year 2019 Department of Defense military 
personnel budget request totals $140,689,301,000. The Committee 
recommendation provides $139,308,351,000 for the military 
personnel accounts. The table below summarizes the Committee 
recommendations:


                      MILITARY PERSONNEL OVERVIEW

    The Committee recommendation provides $139,308,351,000 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 2.6 percent as authorized by 
current law, effective January 1, 2019. The Committee continues 
to encourage constructive evaluations of recruitment and 
retention programs, bonus and special pay incentives, and 
personnel benefit programs for fiscal year 2019. 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 fiscal year 2019 budget request includes an increase of 
15,600 in total end strength for the active forces and an 
increase of 800 in total end strength for the Selected Reserve 
as compared to the fiscal year 2018 authorized levels. 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 2018 authorized...........................         1,322,500
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................         1,338,100
Fiscal year 2019 recommendation.......................         1,338,100
Compared with fiscal year 2018........................           +15,600
Compared with fiscal year 2019 budget request.........             - - -
 

                 OVERALL SELECTED RESERVE END STRENGTH

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 authorized...........................           816,900
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................           817,700
Fiscal year 2019 recommendation.......................           817,700
Compared with fiscal year 2018........................              +800
Compared with fiscal year 2019 budget request.........             - - -
 


                                   SUMMARY OF MILITARY PERSONNEL END STRENGTH
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                                                                                Fiscal year 2019
                                                               -------------------------------------------------
                                                   Fiscal year                                          Change
                                                       2018       Budget      Committee     Change       from
                                                    authorized    request    recommended     from       fiscal
                                                                                            request    year 2018
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Active Forces (End Strength)
    Army.........................................      483,500     487,500       487,500       - - -       4,000
    Navy.........................................      327,900     335,400       335,400       - - -       7,500
    Marine Corps.................................      186,000     186,100       186,100       - - -         100
    Air Force....................................      325,100     329,100       329,100       - - -       4,000
                                                  --------------------------------------------------------------
        Total, Active Forces.....................    1,322,500   1,338,100     1,338,100       - - -      15,600
Guard and Reserve Forces (End Strength)
    Army Reserve.................................      199,500     199,500       199,500       - - -       - - -
    Navy Reserve.................................       59,000      59,100        59,100       - - -         100
    Marine Corps Reserve.........................       38,500      38,500        38,500       - - -       - - -
    Air Force Reserve............................       69,800      70,000        70,000       - - -         200
    Army National Guard..........................      343,500     343,500       343,500       - - -       - - -
    Air National Guard...........................      106,600     107,100       107,100       - - -         500
                                                  --------------------------------------------------------------
        Total, Selected Reserve..................      816,900     817,700       817,700       - - -         800
                                                  --------------------------------------------------------------
Total, Military Personnel........................    2,139,400   2,155,800     2,155,800       - - -      16,400
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         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 2019 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.

                MINORITY OUTREACH AND OFFICER ACCESSIONS

    Minorities remain underrepresented in the general officer 
ranks across the Services. To build a more diverse 
organization, the Committee supports efforts to conduct 
effective outreach and recruiting programs focused on 
increasing officer accessions in minority communities and 
encourages the Secretary of Defense and the Service Secretaries 
to support efforts, with both personnel and resources, to 
improve diversity in the military.

                     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. The Committee also encourages the 
development of enhanced medical and critical care preparedness 
programs.

                        MILITARY PERSONNEL, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $41,628,855,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    43,670,542,000
Committee recommendation..............................    43,093,752,000
Change from budget request............................      -576,790,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$43,093,752,000 for Military Personnel, Army which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2019:


                          BUDGET JUSTIFICATION

    The Committee is disappointed in the level of detail 
provided in the Army's Military Personnel budget justification 
for fiscal year 2019. While the President's Budget for fiscal 
year 2019 was submitted prior to final consideration of the 
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the Army was 
given an opportunity to clarify the numbers that were used to 
formulate the fiscal year 2019 request. In many cases the Army 
failed to explain how changes in price and program were 
reflected in the fiscal year 2019 request. For example, in 
several instances the Army's response to Committee inquiries 
did not adequately account for the differences in price and 
program changes. In other cases it is unclear how the amounts 
were derived, other than to match the fiscal year 2019 request. 
The Committee supports the Army's requested fiscal year 2019 
end strength levels, but is disappointed in the incomplete and 
inadequate budget justification. As a result, the Committee 
includes an overall reduction of $32,000,000 and expects the 
fiscal year 2020 budget justification will provide the details 
required for Congressional oversight.
    Additionally, the Committee is disturbed by the 
deficiencies in the Army's fiscal year 2019 budget process. The 
Army learned of pricing modifications in January, and yet 
submitted their fiscal year 2019 budget with outdated 
information. The Army had more than two months to share these 
price fluctuations with the Congress prior to enactment of the 
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, and failed to 
do so. Additional program modifications were discovered in 
April. Together, the price and program changes resulted in an 
asset of $850,000,000 in fiscal year 2018, and a projected 
$383,000,000 asset for fiscal year 2019. Instead, the Army is 
now using these superfluous funds as a source for initiatives 
which are both outside the normal budget cycle and unjustified 
to the Congress. As a result, the Committee recommendation 
includes a reduction of $400,000,000.

                        MILITARY PERSONNEL, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $28,772,118,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    30,426,211,000
Committee recommendation..............................    30,254,211,000
Change from budget request............................      -172,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$30,254,211,000 for Military Personnel, Navy which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                    MILITARY PERSONNEL, MARINE CORPS


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $13,231,114,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    13,890,968,000
Committee recommendation..............................    13,770,968,000
Change from budget request............................      -120,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$13,770,968,000 for Military Personnel, Marine Corps which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                     MILITARY PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $28,790,440,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    30,526,011,000
Committee recommendation..............................    30,357,311,000
Change from budget request............................      -168,700,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$30,357,311,000 for Military Personnel, Air Force which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                        RESERVE PERSONNEL, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $4,715,608,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     4,955,947,000
Committee recommendation..............................     4,848,947,000
Change from budget request............................      -107,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,848,947,000 
for Reserve Personnel, Army which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2019:
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                        RESERVE PERSONNEL, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $1,988,362,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     2,067,521,000
Committee recommendation..............................     2,055,221,000
Change from budget request............................       -12,300,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,055,221,000 
for Reserve Personnel, Navy which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2019:
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                    RESERVE PERSONNEL, MARINE CORPS


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $764,903,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       788,090,000
Committee recommendation..............................       777,390,000
Change from budget request............................       -10,700,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $777,390,000 
for Reserve Personnel, Marine Corps which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                      RESERVE PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $1,802,554,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     1,894,286,000
Committee recommendation..............................     1,853,526,000
Change from budget request............................       -40,760,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,853,526,000 
for Reserve Personnel, Air Force which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                     NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $8,264,626,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     8,744,345,000
Committee recommendation..............................     8,589,785,000
Change from budget request............................      -154,560,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $8,589,785,000 
for National Guard Personnel, Army which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                    SUICIDE PREVENTION AND OUTREACH

    The Committee is concerned by the number of suicides among 
servicemembers. The Committee recognizes programs like the 
National Guard Bureau's national counseling and suicide 
prevention peer-to-peer outreach programs are vital to reducing 
the number of suicides among guardsmen. The Committee 
encourages the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to continue 
supporting such programs.

                  NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $3,408,817,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     3,725,380,000
Committee recommendation..............................     3,707,240,000
Change from budget request............................       -18,140,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,707,240,000 
for National Guard Personnel, Air Force which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                                TITLE II

                       OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

    The fiscal year 2019 Department of Defense operation and 
maintenance budget request totals $199,469,636,000. The 
Committee recommendation provides $197,551,742,000 for the 
operation and maintenance accounts. The table below summarizes 
the Committee recommendations:
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     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 2019 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, or between sub-activity groups 
in the case of Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide, in 
excess of $15,000,000.
    In addition, the Secretary shall follow prior approval 
reprogramming procedures in excess of $15,000,000 out of the 
following readiness sub-activity groups:

    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:
    Operational forces
    Field logistics
    Depot maintenance
    Facilities sustainment, restoration, and modernization

    Air Force:
    Primary combat forces
    Combat enhancement forces
    Depot maintenance
    Operating forces depot maintenance
    Facilities sustainment, restoration, and modernization
    Contractor logistics support and system support
    Flying hour program
    Mobilization depot maintenance
    Training and recruiting depot maintenance
    Administration and service-wide depot maintenance

    Air Force Reserve:
    Depot maintenance

    Air National Guard:
    Depot maintenance

    Additionally, the Secretary of Defense is directed to use 
normal prior approval reprogramming procedures when 
implementing transfers in excess of $15,000,000 into the 
following budget sub-activities:

    Operation and Maintenance, Army:
    Other personnel support/recruiting and advertising

    Operation and Maintenance, Army National Guard:
    Other personnel support/recruiting and advertising

         REPROGRAMMING GUIDANCE FOR SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND

    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a 
baseline report that shows the Special Operations Command's 
operation and maintenance funding by sub-activity group for the 
fiscal year 2019 appropriation not later than 60 days after the 
enactment of this Act. The Secretary of Defense is further 
directed to submit quarterly execution reports to the 
congressional defense committees not later than 45 days after 
the end of each fiscal quarter that addresses the rationale for 
the realignment of any funds within and between budget sub-
activities and the movement of any base funds used to support 
Overseas Contingency Operations. Finally, the Secretary of 
Defense is directed to notify the congressional defense 
committees 30 days prior to the realignment of funds in excess 
of $15,000,000 between sub-activity groups.

            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.

              OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE QUARTERLY UPDATES

    Regular interaction with each of the Service's financial 
management offices enhances the ability of the Committee to 
perform its essential oversight responsibilities. Through these 
interactions, the Committee is able to gain a better 
understanding of the challenges each of the Services face with 
the obligation and execution of their programs and contracts. 
The Committee notes the successful quarterly meetings with the 
Navy throughout fiscal year 2018 and directs the Director of 
each of the Service's Operations Divisions (Financial 
Management and Budget) to provide quarterly briefings to the 
House and Senate Appropriations Committees on their respective 
operation and maintenance execution rates in fiscal year 2019.

                          RESTORING READINESS

    The Committee recommends additional readiness funds for the 
Services within the operation and maintenance accounts. This 
funding shall be used only to improve military readiness, 
including increased training, depot maintenance, and base 
operations support. None of the funding provided may be used 
for recruiting, marketing, or advertising programs. The 
readiness funding provided is a congressional special interest 
item. The Secretary of Defense and the Service Secretaries are 
directed to submit a detailed spend plan by sub-activity group 
not less than 30 days prior to the obligation of these funds.

        DEFENSE FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL IMMERSION TRAINING

    The Committee appreciates the continued emphasis the 
Department of Defense places on advanced foreign language and 
cultural immersion training. The Committee also supports the 
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and its 
efforts to ensure that necessary requirements for advanced 
foreign language and cultural training and materials are being 
met. Members of the military and intelligence community must be 
able to communicate and interact directly with local 
populations, guides, foreign allies, and contractors to fully 
understand and respect their cultures. The Committee encourages 
the Secretary of Defense to continue efforts to improve 
existing capabilities and to ensure that requirements for 
authentic advanced foreign language training and cultural 
materials are being fully met.
    The Committee also supports efforts to offer foreign 
language and cultural training online to increase access for 
servicemembers. The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense 
to provide a report to the congressional defense committees not 
later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act on current 
and future Department-wide efforts to offer foreign language 
training online.

                            PILOT SHORTAGES

    The Committee appreciates efforts throughout the Department 
of Defense to address the shortage of pilots across the 
Services. The Committee encourages the Secretary of Defense to 
work with higher education institutions, including Historically 
Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, 
and other Minority Serving Institutions, to develop programs 
that will prepare more students to meet the eligibility 
requirements for pilot training. In addition, the Secretary of 
the Air Force is encouraged to examine university-based 
training for Air Force ROTC cadets and civilian aviation 
students as pilots and sensor operators for Remotely Piloted 
Aircraft.

               SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH PROGRAM

    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 Departmental efforts to 
provide mentoring and outreach services for small businesses 
competing for contracts, with a focus on minority-owned and 
HUBZone businesses. The Committee encourages the Secretary of 
Defense to continue efforts to support these programs.

                          VIEQUES AND CULEBRA

    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 Army and 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 is also concerned about public safety on the 
northwest peninsula of Culebra due to unexploded ordnance 
identified there by the Army. The Committee encourages the 
Secretary of the Army to exercise available authorities, 
including the authority clarified through the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, to decontaminate the 
northwest peninsula. Additionally, the Committee directs the 
Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Navy to each 
submit a report to the congressional defense committees not 
later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act detailing 
all respective decontamination authorities and plans applicable 
to Culebra and Vieques, to include particular emphasis on the 
decontamination of the northwest peninsula of Culebra.
    The Committee also notes that there are gaps in information 
about types and amounts of ordnance used on Vieques and 
Culebra, as well as about potential links between the ordnance 
used and present threats to public health. The Committee 
directs the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Navy 
to provide a report to the congressional defense committees not 
later than 60 days after the enactment of this Act on 
previously released information related to the ordnance on the 
two islands. The Committee also urges the Secretaries to 
publish the relevant documents on the internet in a single 
location and in a user-friendly format.

                  NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION PROGRAM

    The Committee recognizes that 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 
supporting these programs to ensure warfighters receive the 
language and culture training needed to effectively complete 
missions. Additionally, the Committee directs the Secretary of 
Defense to submit a report not later than 60 days after the 
enactment of this Act which provides the percentage of 
strategic language billets filled with level three foreign 
language speakers and identifies additional resources that may 
be required to address existing shortfalls in this skill set. 
Furthermore, the Committee encourages the Director of the 
National Security Education Program to find ways to work 
collaboratively with Historically Black Colleges and 
Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and other Minority 
Serving Institutions to ensure a diversity of analysts with 
proficiency in critical languages.

                          INDIAN FINANCING ACT

    The Committee recommendation includes funds for activities 
authorized in the Indian Financing Act of 1974. The Committee 
directs the Secretary of Defense to obligate funds for these 
activities not later than 90 days after the enactment of this 
Act.

                          FACILITY DEMOLITION

    The Committee notes the increased budget request from each 
of the Services for facilities sustainment, restoration, and 
modernization. However, the additional funding requests for 
facility reduction and demolition are concerning. While 
demolition can be a useful tool for readiness, health, and 
safety efforts, a prioritization process for site selection is 
imperative. Prior to obligating funding for any facility 
reduction or demolition activity, the Committee directs the 
Secretary of Defense to submit a report to the congressional 
defense committees that provides a spend plan for demolition 
activities in fiscal year 2019 and explains the process used to 
identify and prioritize demolitions across the Department of 
Defense enterprise.

                             REAL PROPERTY

    The Committee directs the Assistant Secretary of Defense 
(Energy, Installations, and Environment), 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 Department of 
Defense facilities with a category code related to 
administration or warehouse space, are coded as active, and 
have a zero percent utilization in the Department's real 
property inventory database. The report should indicate the 
feasibility of conveying or selling the facility or property.

                     STORM WATER CONVEYANCE SYSTEMS

    The Committee is concerned with the maintenance and repair 
of aging and stressed infrastructure by the Department of 
Defense, especially during and after devastating weather events 
producing excess storm water such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, 
and Maria in 2017. Military installations must be maintained 
not only for training of servicemembers but to provide a 
certain quality of life for all residents. A resilient 
infrastructure able to handle storm water on its installations 
is part of this quality of life. Therefore, the Committee 
directs the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the 
Service Secretaries, to provide a report to the congressional 
defense committees not later than 180 days after the enactment 
of this Act on the current state of military installation storm 
water conveyance systems, current projects to repair or 
strengthen these systems, and future plans to address any 
shortcomings identified. The report shall include related 
funding profiles.

                          CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

    The Committee supports continued efforts by the Department 
to improve and expand military child care programs. Providing 
this benefit helps to ease the stress placed on military 
families which positively impacts the readiness of our 
servicemembers. The Committee encourages the Secretary of 
Defense to evaluate all options which may further expand child 
care opportunities, including the utilization of excess 
infrastructure as child development centers (CDC) at 
installations located in rural locations. The Committee also 
encourages the Secretary of Defense to explore partnerships 
with other federal agencies to coordinate joint accessibility 
to CDCs.

                    OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $38,816,957,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    42,009,317,000
Committee recommendation..............................    41,334,782,000
Change from budget request............................      -674,535,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$41,334,782,000 for Operation and Maintenance, Army which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                            PHYSICAL FITNESS

    The Committee believes that physical fitness prior to 
mobilization is an important readiness tool. Accordingly, the 
Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to make 
necessary investments in physical fitness equipment at all 
mobilization force generation installations to ensure the 
physical readiness of all troops prior to deployment.

                    OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $45,384,353,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    49,003,633,000
Committee recommendation..............................    48,963,337,000
Change from budget request............................       -40,296,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$48,963,337,000 for Operation and Maintenance, Navy which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                         NAVY TRAINING FLIGHTS

    The Committee fully supports training of naval aviators but 
recognizes the impact this training often has on local 
communities. In order to maximize awareness of flight 
activities with the public and other federal agencies, the 
Committee encourages the Secretary of the Navy to coordinate 
with the Federal Aviation Administrator to clearly specify 
flight parameters approaching, within, and leaving military 
operational areas.

                    SUBMARINE MAINTENANCE SHORTFALLS

    The Committee recognizes that the nuclear-capable public 
naval shipyards are backlogged with submarine maintenance work, 
while private nuclear-capable shipyards have underutilized 
capacity. The Los Angeles (SSN-688) class submarines are 
especially impacted by this backlog, which significantly 
reduces their operational availability for missions in support 
of combatant commanders. 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 that outlines a comprehensive, five-year submarine 
maintenance plan that restores submarine operational 
availability and fully utilizes both public and private 
nuclear-capable shipyards in accordance with all applicable 
laws. The plan should strive to provide both private and public 
shipyards with predictable frequency of maintenance 
availabilities and estimate any potential cost savings that 
distributing the workload may deliver.

           ADDITIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINMENT OF NAVY ASSETS

    The use of high-pressure cold spray technology to repair 
previously un-repairable assets may be an effective way to 
reduce maintenance costs. This technology is capable of 
applying new metal to highly worn or corroded metal surfaces 
without damaging the base metal. The Committee encourages the 
Secretary of the Navy to assess this technology for potential 
use as a new repair process.

                            PUBLIC SHIPYARDS

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, 
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard each 
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, as well as 
the Navy's piers, docks, and underwater ranges, 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.

                          AEGIS ASHORE POLAND

    The Committee recognizes that the Aegis Ashore in 
Redzikowo, Poland will provide critical missile defense 
capability to defend deployed forces, allies, and partners from 
ballistic missile threats. The site will be manned and operated 
by sailors on rotating, unaccompanied tours. The Committee 
provides for the use of up to $150,000 of Operation and 
Maintenance, Navy funding to maintain the current containerized 
handling units on site in Poland for housing.
    The Committee directs the Secretary of the Navy to provide 
a report to the congressional defense committees not later than 
60 days after the enactment of this Act on options to improve 
long-term housing for sailors at the Aegis Ashore Poland site, 
including estimated costs and schedule for completing the 
possible improvements.

                OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, MARINE CORPS


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $6,605,546,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     6,832,510,000
Committee recommendation..............................     6,824,269,000
Change from budget request............................        -8,241,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $6,824,269,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                  OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $39,544,193,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    42,060,568,000
Committee recommendation..............................    41,465,107,000
Change from budget request............................      -595,461,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$41,465,107,000 for Operation and Maintenance, Air Force which 
will provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                   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.

                OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, DEFENSE-WIDE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $34,059,257,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    36,352,625,000
Committee recommendation..............................    35,676,402,000
Change from budget request............................      -676,223,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$35,676,402,000 for Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide 
which will provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                     PFOS/PFOA EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT

    The Committee continues to be concerned about potential 
perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid 
(PFOA) contamination on military installations. The Committee 
recommends $7,000,000 for an exposure assessment, which shall 
be limited to current or former domestic military installations 
known to have PFOS/PFOA contamination in drinking water, ground 
water, and any other sources of water and relevant exposure 
pathways. The Committee directs the Assistant Secretary of 
Defense (Energy, Installations, and Environment) to provide a 
report to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees not 
later than 30 days after the enactment of this Act on the 
Department's strategy to execute this funding.

                       DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY

    The Department of Defense recently announced its intention 
to begin the sale of beer and wine in defense commissaries. The 
Committee supports this decision as a measure to increase 
customer convenience and satisfaction. However, the Committee 
notes that the sale of distilled spirits is not included in the 
new policy. Since military commissary stores are intended to be 
similar to commercial grocery stores and roughly half of States 
legally sell distilled spirits in grocery stores, the Committee 
believes that the Department should have explored this option 
to further improve customer convenience at all military 
commissaries. The Committee directs the Undersecretary of 
Defense (Personnel and Readiness) to review the policy for sale 
of alcohol at military commissaries and submit a report to the 
House and Senate Appropriations Committees not later than 90 
days after the enactment of this Act on the decisions which led 
to the exclusion of distilled spirits and whether the 
Department will re-consider its decision to restrict the sale 
of distilled spirits in military commissaries.

                        AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

    The Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) 
provides school-aged children of military families, including 
those students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a high 
level of education that prepares them for postsecondary 
education and career success. To facilitate communication and 
social skills development, the Committee encourages the 
Director of DODEA to utilize new technologies and clinically 
tested curriculums to improve social skills and generate 
positive educational outcomes in students with ASD.

                     MEALS READY-TO-EAT WAR RESERVE

    The Committee recommendation fully supports the fiscal year 
2019 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 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.

                     JOINT REGIONAL SECURITY STACKS

    The Committee recognizes the ongoing efforts of the Defense 
Information Systems Agency (DISA) to protect sensitive 
government data from unauthorized access and disclosure. 
Deployment of DISA's Joint Regional Security Stacks is expected 
to improve the security, effectiveness, and efficiency of the 
Department of Defense Information Network. The Committee 
encourages the Director of DISA to assess whether a center 
stack architecture could improve how network traffic is 
delivered to cybersecurity tool components.

                           QUALITY ASSURANCE

    The Department of Defense does not have an established 
quality management policy to ensure the consistent application 
of quality management system requirements across all 
Departmental components. The Committee encourages the Secretary 
of Defense to establish an overarching quality management 
policy and to study the merits of requiring suppliers and 
contractors to adopt electronic quality management systems 
platforms that provide for the complete traceability of all 
components, assemblies, and finished products.

          EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ON THE COTENTIN PENINSULA

    The Committee recognizes the significance of the upcoming 
75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the allied invasion of 
Normandy, France. Normandy, and specifically the Cotentin 
Peninsula, is hallowed ground where thousands of allied 
military members sacrificed their lives to bring freedom and 
peace to the European continent. The Committee supports efforts 
to develop an education program on the Cotentin Peninsula as a 
location to grow global partnerships, strengthen alliances, and 
understand the enduring legacy of the allied invasion of 
Normandy. The Committee encourages the Secretary of Defense to 
evaluate ways in which the Department can support these 
efforts.

                  SEXUAL ASSAULT AND JUVENILE JUSTICE

    The Committee is concerned by reports of sexual assault and 
harassment among students at schools managed by the Department 
of Defense Education Activity. Local government officials do 
not have uniformly established jurisdiction when dealing with 
criminal offenses of juvenile members of the military community 
on domestic military installations. The Committee directs the 
Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the Department of 
Justice, to explore opportunities to establish memorandums of 
understanding with state and local prosecutors to adjudicate 
juvenile criminal cases when the alleged offenses occurred 
within the boundaries of a military installation. The Committee 
directs the Secretary of Defense to provide a report to the 
congressional defense committees not later than 120 days after 
the enactment of this Act which details efforts to establish 
memorandums of understanding, successes and challenges with 
implementation, whether additional authorities are necessary to 
address this problem, actions that each Department is taking to 
address, respond to, and prevent sexual assault cases, and each 
Department's strategy related to misconduct by such juveniles.

                        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 2016 and 
2017.

           SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND PRE-DEPLOYMENT TRAINING

    The Committee recognizes the importance of pre-deployment 
training for all Special Operations Forces operators. The 
recent 15-6 investigation regarding the events in Niger noted 
deficiencies in pre-deployment training contributed to the 
tragic events on October 4, 2017. The Committee recommends 
fully funding training for the Special Operations Command and 
expects the resource level will be sufficient. The Committee 
will continue to monitor the training requirements and will 
adjust funding levels as necessary prior to enactment.

                OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY RESERVE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $2,877,104,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     2,916,909,000
Committee recommendation..............................     2,877,402,000
Change from budget request............................       -39,507,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,877,402,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Army Reserve which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NAVY RESERVE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $1,069,707,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     1,027,006,000
Committee recommendation..............................     1,019,966,000
Change from budget request............................        -7,040,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,019,966,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Navy Reserve which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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            OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, MARINE CORPS RESERVE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $284,837,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       271,570,000
Committee recommendation..............................       281,570,000
Change from budget request............................       +10,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $281,570,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps Reserve which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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              OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE RESERVE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $3,202,307,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     3,260,234,000
Committee recommendation..............................     3,212,234,000
Change from budget request............................       -48,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,212,234,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Air Force Reserve which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                         BIRD STRIKE INCIDENTS

    The Committee is concerned that several Air Force Reserve 
Command (AFRC) facilities are susceptible to bird strike 
incidents due to poor drainage or as a result of drainage 
systems that are ill-equipped to manage water. Given the risk 
to loss of life and property, the Committee encourages the 
Secretary of the Air Force to prioritize operation and 
maintenance funding to installations with unfinished earthen 
drainage channels to ensure the ability of the AFRC to achieve 
its mission objectives.

             OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY NATIONAL GUARD


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $7,284,170,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     7,399,295,000
Committee recommendation..............................     7,329,771,000
Change from budget request............................       -69,524,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $7,329,771,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Army National Guard which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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             OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR NATIONAL GUARD


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $6,900,798,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     6,427,622,000
Committee recommendation..............................     6,438,162,000
Change from budget request............................       +10,540,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $6,438,162,000 
for Operation and Maintenance, Air National Guard which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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          UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ARMED FORCES


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................       $14,538,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................        14,662,000
Committee recommendation..............................        14,662,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $14,662,000 
for the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

                    ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $235,809,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       203,449,000
Committee recommendation..............................       235,809,000
Change from budget request............................       +32,360,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $235,809,000 
for Environmental Restoration, Army.

                    ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $365,883,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       329,253,000
Committee recommendation..............................       365,883,000
Change from budget request............................       +36,630,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $365,883,000 
for Environmental Restoration, Navy.

                  ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $352,549,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       296,808,000
Committee recommendation..............................       376,808,000
Change from budget request............................       +80,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $376,808,000 
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 may have 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 2018 appropriation........................       $19,002,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................         8,926,000
Committee recommendation..............................        19,002,000
Change from budget request............................       +10,076,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $19,002,000 
for Environmental Restoration, Defense-Wide.

         ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, FORMERLY USED DEFENSE SITES


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $248,673,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       212,346,000
Committee recommendation..............................       248,673,000
Change from budget request............................       +36,327,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $248,673,000 
for Environmental Restoration, Formerly Used Defense Sites.

             OVERSEAS HUMANITARIAN, DISASTER, AND CIVIC AID


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $129,900,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       107,663,000
Committee recommendation..............................       117,663,000
Change from budget request............................       +10,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $117,663,000 
for Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid. 
Specifically, $10,000,000 is provided as a program increase for 
the Humanitarian Mine Action Program, of which $7,000,000 is 
for activities in Southeast Asia.

                  COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION ACCOUNT


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $350,000,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       335,240,000
Committee recommendation..............................       350,240,000
Change from budget request............................       +15,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $350,240,000 
for the Cooperative Threat Reduction Account which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2019:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
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                                                                        Budget       Committee      Change from
                                                                       Request      Recommended       Request
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COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION ACCOUNT
    Strategic Offensive Arms Elimination...........................        2,823           2,823           - - -
    Chemical Weapons Destruction...................................        5,446           5,446           - - -
    Global Nuclear Security........................................       29,001          44,001          15,000
        Program increase--Global Nuclear Security..................                       15,000
    Cooperative Biological Engagement..............................      197,585         197,585           - - -
    Proliferation Prevention.......................................       74,937          74,937           - - -
    Other Assessments/Admin Costs..................................       25,448          25,448           - - -
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    TOTAL, COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION ACCOUNT....................      335,240         350,240          15,000
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      DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ACQUISITION WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FUND


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $500,000,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       400,000,000
Committee recommendation..............................       400,000,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $400,000,000 
for the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Development 
Fund which will provide the following program in fiscal year 
2019:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                        Budget       Committee      Change from
                                                                       Request      Recommended       Request
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TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT...........................................      230,600         230,600           - - -
RETENTION AND RECOGNITION..........................................       16,200          16,200           - - -
RECRUITING AND HIRING..............................................      153,200         153,200           - - -
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    TOTAL, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ACQUISITION WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT       400,000         400,000           - - -
     FUND..........................................................
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                               TITLE III

                              PROCUREMENT

    The fiscal year 2019 Department of Defense procurement 
budget request totals $130,564,621,000. The Committee 
recommendation provides $133,040,027,000 for the procurement 
accounts. The table below summarizes the Committee 
recommendations:
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            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 explanatory statement.

                       AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, ARMY

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $5,535,794,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     3,782,558,000
Committee recommendation..............................     4,103,942,000
Change from budget request............................      +321,384,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,103,942,000 
for Aircraft Procurement, Army which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2019:
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                              AH-64 APACHE

    The Committee is aware that the Army is reviewing a 
decision to increase the size of the four Army National Guard 
AH-64 Apache battalions from 18 to 24 aircraft, and that as a 
result, the acquisition objective for Apache aircraft will 
increase. The Committee supports such an increase to maximize 
the operational availability and lethality of the Army's Apache 
fleet. The Committee further notes that the Department of 
Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, fully funded the Army's pre-
existing acquisition objective for new build Apache aircraft. 
The fiscal year 2019 request, which was submitted prior to the 
final appropriation for fiscal year 2018, included a request 
for 12 new build aircraft. The Committee recommends an increase 
of six aircraft above the budget request and designates 12 of 
the 18 total aircraft for the Army National Guard in order to 
accelerate the enhancement of the Guard's Apache battalions. 
The remaining six aircraft are available to the Army for fleet 
management and replacement of recent operational losses. The 
Committee directs the Secretary of the Army to provide a report 
to the congressional defense committees on its plans with 
respect to increasing the size of Army National Guard Apache 
battalions not later than September 30, 2018.

                            APACHE UPGRADES

    The Committee is aware that the Army has sought information 
from industry on the state of technology that could be 
incorporated into a potential materiel solution for replacement 
of the targeting and pilotage sensor systems on the AH-64 
Apache. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to 
pursue upgrades to the Apache mission systems in order to close 
existing capability gaps and mature technology which may be 
adaptable for the Future Vertical Lift program. The Committee 
further encourages the Secretary of the Army to acquire these 
system upgrades using full and open competition.

                           UH-60M BLACK HAWK

    To accelerate the recapitalization of the Army National 
Guard's UH-60A fleet, the Committee recommends an increase of 
eight UH-60M Black Hawk aircraft above the budget request of 
50, and designates not fewer than 15 of the 58 total aircraft 
for the Army National Guard.

                       MISSILE PROCUREMENT, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $3,196,910,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     3,355,777,000
Committee recommendation..............................     3,074,502,000
Change from budget request............................      -281,275,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,074,502,000 
for Missile Procurement, Army which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2019:
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        PROCUREMENT OF WEAPONS AND TRACKED COMBAT VEHICLES, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $4,391,573,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     4,489,118,000
Committee recommendation..............................     4,590,205,000
Change from budget request............................      +101,087,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,590,205,000 
for Procurement of Weapons and Tracked Combat Vehicles, Army 
which will provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                                STRYKER

    The recommendation includes $225,390,000 for the Stryker 
Upgrade program, an increase of $203,490,000 above the budget 
request. The recommendation funds the conversion of one-half of 
the fifth Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) to the double-V 
hull (DVHA1) configuration. The Committee notes that the 
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, provided 
$300,000,000 in additional funding for Stryker lethality 
pursuant to an Army unfunded requirement request. The Committee 
understands that an early user test and evaluation report on 
the turreted 30 millimeter solution set procured under the 2015 
Operational Needs Statement will be finalized in June 2018 and 
that the Army will achieve a decision by the end of fiscal year 
2019 on the preferred course of action for further Stryker 
lethality modifications.
    At the same time, the Committee is aware that the Chief of 
Staff of the Army has directed that all SBCTs be converted to a 
DVHA1 configuration. Currently only three of Army's nine SBCTs 
have vehicles in the DVHA1 configuration. The Army's fiscal 
year 2019 budget request and future years defense plan does not 
reflect or support this decision with the necessary budgetary 
resources. The Committee understands that sufficient prior year 
funding exists to complete the fourth SBCT conversion to DVHA1 
and begin procurement of modifications for the fifth SBCT. The 
Committee further understands that the Army expects to submit a 
reprogramming request to the congressional defense committees 
that would repurpose most of the funds previously appropriated 
for Stryker lethality to further the conversion of the fifth 
SBCT. The Army has also requested that the Committee realign 
$149,390,000 within this account to support the new DVHA1 
strategy. The recommendation realigns this funding per the 
Army's request and provides additional funding of $54,100,000. 
This combination of prior year and fiscal year 2019 funds are 
sufficient to fund the conversion of one-half of the fifth SBCT 
to the DVHA1 configuration.
    At the same time, the Committee is concerned that the 
Army's decisions on Stryker modifications, to include both 
lethality and DVHA1, are not being synchronized with the budget 
cycle, are currently under-resourced, and have been subject to 
sudden change. The Army has indicated that the optimal pace for 
Stryker DVHA1 conversion is one-half of a SBCT per year, but so 
far the Army has not indicated a commitment to funding DVHA1 at 
this pace. In addition, the Committee finds a lack of 
consistency from the Army on its true requirements and plans 
for Stryker lethality. Therefore, the Committee directs the 
Secretary of the Army to submit a report on its plans for 
Stryker vehicles, to include a resourcing strategy for funding 
Stryker DVHA1 conversion at a rate of one-half of a SBCT per 
year, an explanation of Stryker lethality requirements, an 
acquisition and resourcing strategy for fielding required 
lethality modifications, and an explanation and cost estimate 
for any further known requirements for Stryker modifications. 
This report shall be submitted to the congressional defense 
committees not later than 90 days after the enactment of this 
Act.

                    PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $2,548,740,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     2,234,761,000
Committee recommendation..............................     2,255,323,000
Change from budget request............................       +20,562,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,255,323,000 
for Procurement of Ammunition, Army which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                        OTHER PROCUREMENT, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $8,298,418,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     7,999,529,000
Committee recommendation..............................     7,683,632,000
Change from budget request............................      -315,897,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $7,683,632,000 
for Other Procurement, Army which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2019:
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            LAND MOBILE RADIOS FOR UNITED STATES ARMY EUROPE

    The Committee supports the Army's efforts to modernize the 
Land Mobile Radio (LMR) network in Europe. Moving to a joint 
United States Air Force in Europe-United States Army Europe LMR 
system supports broader Joint Information Environment goals and 
generates cost savings. Migration to the joint LMR network 
allows for the reuse of system frequencies throughout the 
theater, resulting in reduced spectrum use which is a host 
nation imperative. However, the Committee remains concerned 
about LMR shortfalls on some United States Army Europe 
installations which increases the risk of ineffective force 
protection in the case of a catastrophic event. The Committee 
acknowledges important upgrades are underway in Germany, but 
urges the Secretary of the Army to prioritize funding in fiscal 
year 2019 for upgrades in Italy, Benelux, Bulgaria, Romania, 
Lithuania, Poland, and Croatia.

                       AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $19,957,380,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    19,041,799,000
Committee recommendation..............................    20,107,195,000
Change from budget request............................    +1,065,396,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$20,107,195,000 for Aircraft Procurement, Navy which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                      NAVY RESERVE COMBAT AIRCRAFT

    The Committee remains concerned that the ageing 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.

                       WEAPONS PROCUREMENT, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $3,510,590,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     3,702,393,000
Committee recommendation..............................     3,555,587,000
Change from budget request............................      -146,806,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,555,587,000 
for Weapons Procurement, Navy which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2019:
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                          TOMAHAWK PRODUCTION

    The Committee is concerned by the Navy's mismanagement of 
the Tomahawk missile program. In the previous two fiscal years, 
the Congress has added funding above the budget requests for 
the Tomahawk program due to the fact that the Navy has 
requested fewer missiles than necessary to maintain a minimum 
sustainment rate and that missiles have been expended in the 
Central Command area of operations. The Department of Defense 
Appropriations Act, 2018, included $102,000,000 above the 
request to procure additional munitions, as requested by the 
Navy in its updated unfunded requirements list. However, 
despite the request by the Navy and the direction by the 
Congress to procure additional Tomahawks, the Navy has now 
proposed to not procure any missiles, but to use the funding to 
purchase support and test equipment. Therefore, the Committee 
recommendation includes a rescission of $115,657,000 of fiscal 
year 2018 funds from the Tomahawk program and 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 that details the inventory requirement and current 
level for the Tomahawk missile and the feasibility of 
restarting missile production in fiscal year 2020.

            PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $804,335,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     1,006,209,000
Committee recommendation..............................       973,556,000
Change from budget request............................       -32,653,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $973,556,000 
for Procurement of Ammunition, Navy and Marine Corps which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                   SHIPBUILDING AND CONVERSION, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $23,824,738,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    21,871,437,000
Committee recommendation..............................    22,708,767,000
Change from budget request............................      +837,330,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$22,708,767,000 for Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy which 
will provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                        STEAM TURBINE PRODUCTION

    The Committee understands that the production of steam 
turbines is vital for the Navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan and 
has concerns that any disruption to this production could have 
major ramifications. The Committee directs the Secretary of the 
Navy to provide a report to the congressional defense 
committees not later than 180 days after the enactment of this 
Act that describes the current industrial base for steam 
turbines for Navy ships, how a temporary halt in production 
would impact shipbuilding, and any steps the Navy is taking to 
increase the domestic steam turbine industrial base.

                        OTHER PROCUREMENT, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $7,941,018,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     9,414,355,000
Committee recommendation..............................     9,093,835,000
Change from budget request............................      -320,520,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $9,093,835,000 
for Other Procurement, Navy which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2019:
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             ELECTRO-OPTICAL INFRARED SURVEILLANCE SENSORS

    The Committee is concerned by the lack of modern electro-
optical infrared surveillance sensors installed upon forward 
deployed minesweepers. Advanced systems would provide 
situational awareness for ships that are continually relied 
upon to perform critical missions. Therefore, the Committee 
recommendation includes $5,000,000 for the procurement of 
additional electro-optical infrared surveillance sensors and 
the Committee encourages the Secretary of the Navy to 
prioritize installation on forward deployed minesweepers.

                       PROCUREMENT, MARINE CORPS


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $1,942,737,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     2,860,410,000
Committee recommendation..............................     2,647,569,000
Change from budget request............................      -212,841,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,647,569,000 
for Procurement, Marine Corps which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2019:
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                    AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $18,504,556,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    16,206,937,000
Committee recommendation..............................    17,118,921,000
Change from budget request............................      +911,984,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$17,118,921,000 for Aircraft Procurement, Air Force which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                                  MQ-9

    The Committee notes that in its fiscal year 2017 budget 
request, the Air Force indicated no plans to procure MQ-9 
Reaper aircraft in fiscal year 2018 and beyond. The fiscal year 
2018 budget request included 16 aircraft, but again projected 
no further aircraft procurement in fiscal year 2019 and beyond. 
The fiscal year 2019 request includes 29 aircraft. The Air 
Force now indicates plans to procure four aircraft per year in 
fiscal years 2020, 2021, and 2022, and then increase to a 
quantity of 13 in 2023. The Committee finds this procurement 
profile to be neither sustainable nor sufficient to meet known 
requirements. The Committee is aware that the Air Force 
projects a need for further aircraft beyond the current future 
years defense plan based on current requirements and projected 
attrition. The Committee recommends funding MQ-9 procurement to 
an efficient rate of 24 aircraft in fiscal year 2019. Further, 
the Committee urges the Secretary of the Air Force to 
reconsider the MQ-9 procurement profile and, beginning with the 
fiscal year 2020 request, to budget for a steady, sustainable, 
and economically efficient rate of MQ-9 procurement throughout 
the future years defense plan.

                                 C-135B

    The Air Force budget request includes $222,176,000 for the 
procurement of two aircraft to replace the OC-135 aircraft that 
currently perform United States overflights under the Open 
Skies Treaty. The recommendation does not include funding for 
the procurement of the two aircraft for two reasons. First, the 
Air Force has not finalized an acquisition strategy, to include 
the vital decision of whether to pursue Open Skies 
recapitalization as a sole-source acquisition or a full and 
open competition. Second, the Air Force has not funded the 
integration effort as indicated in the December 2017 decision 
memorandum that recommended the acquisition of a new platform. 
The Committee recommendation reflects neither a judgment on the 
merit of the Open Skies Treaty nor a rejection of the valid 
sustainability and aircraft performance concerns regarding the 
OC-135 that are cited by the Air Force as a rationale for 
recapitalization.
    The Committee recommends transferring $21,374,000 from 
Aircraft Procurement, Air Force to Research, Development, Test 
and Evaluation, Air Force to fund integration and risk 
reduction efforts for the eventual replacement aircraft. The 
Committee understands that the acquisition strategy may be 
finalized by August 2018. Therefore, the Committee directs the 
Secretary of the Air Force to provide a report to the 
congressional defense committees on the selected acquisition 
strategy, as well as an updated cost estimate and schedule 
pursuant to that strategy, not later than September 30, 2018.

                BATTLEFIELD AIRBORNE COMMUNICATION NODE

    The Committee is aware that the Air Force recently decided 
to transfer the Battlefield Airborne Communication Node (BACN) 
system to a program of record and is in the process of 
documenting a requirement for one or more additional BACN 
platforms. The Committee understands that a need for additional 
BACN capacity could be satisfied with the acquisition of a new 
RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft, the modification of an existing 
Global Hawk Block 30 aircraft, or the acquisition of a new E-
11A aircraft. Therefore, the recommendation includes an 
increase of $105,000,000 for BACN. Furthermore, the Committee 
directs the Secretary of the Air Force to provide a report to 
the congressional defense committees not later than 90 days 
after the enactment of this Act on the updated BACN 
requirement, the chosen course of action for meeting a 
documented need for additional BACN aircraft, and a spending 
plan for the additional funding recommended by the Committee.

                              COMPASS CALL

    The recommendation includes an increase of $194,000,000 
above the budget request to procure and modify one additional 
EC-37B Compass Call aircraft, with the expectation that such 
funds will allow the Air Force to accelerate the fielding of 
the fourth such aircraft to meet combatant commander needs and 
mitigate performance concerns regarding the legacy EC-130H 
fleet. The Committee recommends that the Secretary of the Air 
Force consider increasing the procurement of EC-37B aircraft to 
two per year if such a pace of recapitalization can be achieved 
without unduly disrupting the operational availability of 
Compass Call capability for the combatant commanders.

                              LIGHT ATTACK

    The Committee is aware that the Air Force has commenced a 
second phase of experimentation with light attack aircraft. The 
Committee believes that a light attack aircraft can provide a 
cost-efficient capability to perform missions in permissive 
environments and build capacity with international partners, 
while preserving fourth and fifth generation assets for 
scenarios involving peer and near-peer competitors and 
increasing training opportunities for Air Force fighter pilots. 
The Committee notes that while the Air Force may seek to 
initiate an acquisition program in the near future, the fiscal 
year 2019 budget request includes no funding to procure a light 
attack aircraft. Therefore, the Committee recommendation 
includes an increase of $40,000,000 above the request to 
initiate an acquisition program for light attack aircraft 
pending a decision by the Air Force. The Committee further 
notes that the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, 
provided $100,000,000 to implement the experimentation campaign 
for light attack in the Research, Development, Test and 
Evaluation, Air Force account. Should funds from this previous 
appropriation remain available upon the completion of the 
experimentation campaign, the Committee encourages the 
Secretary of the Air Force to submit a reprogramming request to 
augment the funding for procurement provided in this Act.
    The Committee further directs the Secretary of the Air 
Force to brief the House and Senate Appropriations Committees 
at the earliest possible date, but not later than 30 days 
following a decision to proceed with procurement of a light 
attack aircraft, on the proposed course of action for light 
attack, to include the results of the experimentation campaign; 
the objectives, cost estimates, schedule, and contracting 
strategy for any proposed acquisition program; and an 
integration strategy for effectively incorporating light attack 
aircraft into the Air Force's force structure.

                                  F-22

    The Committee notes that in August 2017 the Air Force 
submitted a report to the congressional defense committees on 
the upgrade of 34 F-22 training and flight test aircraft from 
their current Block 20 configuration to a Block 30 Increment 
3.2B configuration. The Air Force estimated that such an effort 
could require as much as $1,718,000,000 and eight years to 
complete, and would carry significant technical and 
programmatic risk. However, such an upgrade would increase the 
effective number of available combat aircraft and allow pilots 
to train and fight with the same configuration of aircraft, 
should additional funding be made available for the effort.
    With a fleet of just 186 F-22 aircraft, the Committee 
believes that all possible efforts for maximizing operational 
availability and realistic training should be considered, 
including a potential Block 20 upgrade effort and other cost 
effective options. Therefore, the Committee directs the 
Secretary of the Air Force to submit a report to the 
congressional defense committees not later than 120 days after 
the enactment of this Act that includes an analysis of current 
trends in F-22 availability and the major drivers of variance 
in mission capable rates, options (including required funding) 
for improving F-22 availability and mission capable rates, the 
impact of the Block 20 configuration on the quality of both 
pilot training and flight testing, and options (including 
required funding) for material solutions other than a Block 20 
upgrade to improving the quality of F-22 pilot training.
    In addition, the Committee recommendation includes an 
increase of $50,000,000 above the request for mission critical 
spares, and $10,000,000 above the request for the F-22 
Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability Program, to 
increase near-term F-22 availability and mission capability.

                     MISSILE PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $2,207,747,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     2,669,454,000
Committee recommendation..............................     2,591,982,000
Change from budget request............................       -77,472,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,591,982,000 
for Missile Procurement, Air Force which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                      SPACE PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $3,552,175,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     2,527,542,000
Committee recommendation..............................     2,388,642,000
Change from budget request............................      -138,900,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,388,642,000 
for Space Procurement, Air Force which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                     WIDEBAND GAPFILLER SATELLITES

    The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, 
included $600,000,000 above the budget request for two 
additional Wideband Gapfiller Satellites (WGS); however, the 
funding has not yet been obligated for that purpose. The 
Committee directs the Secretary of the Air Force to 
expeditiously procure the two satellites and to budget for 
launch and operation and maintenance costs in subsequent budget 
requests. Further, none of the funds appropriated in the 
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, may be used to 
procure any launch service for WGS space vehicles 11 and 12; 
delivery on-orbit or otherwise.

                  PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $1,651,977,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     1,587,304,000
Committee recommendation..............................     1,468,992,000
Change from budget request............................      -118,312,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,468,992,000 
for Procurement of Ammunition, Air Force which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                      OTHER PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $20,503,273,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    20,890,164,000
Committee recommendation..............................    20,597,574,000
Change from budget request............................      -292,590,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$20,597,574,000 for Other Procurement, Air Force which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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                       PROCUREMENT, DEFENSE-WIDE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $5,429,270,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     6,786,271,000
Committee recommendation..............................     6,711,225,000
Change from budget request............................       -75,046,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $6,711,225,000 
for Procurement, Defense-Wide which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2019:
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                  NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE EQUIPMENT

    The Committee recommends $1,300,000,000 for National Guard 
and Reserve Equipment. Of that amount, $421,000,000 is for the 
Army National Guard; $421,000,000 is for the Air National 
Guard; $180,000,000 is for the Army Reserve; $65,000,000 is for 
the Navy Reserve; $13,000,000 is for the Marine Corps Reserve; 
and $200,000,000 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 is 
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; crashworthy, ballistically tolerant auxiliary 
fuel systems for ground and air; fifth generation certified 
wireless mobile mesh self-healing tamper-proof network systems; 
HMMWV rollover mitigation; joint threat emitters; modular small 
arms ranges/simulation; personal dosimeters; secure voice, 
text, and data communications for joint response and 
operations; sense and avoid systems; training systems and 
simulators; and unstabilized gunnery trainers and upgrades.

                         DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................       $67,401,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................        38,578,000
Committee recommendation..............................        68,578,000
Change from budget request............................       +30,000,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $68,578,000 
for the Defense Production Act which will provide the following 
program in fiscal year 2019:

                EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                        [In thousands of dollars]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Change from
                                     Budget      Committee      Request
                                    Request     Recommended
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DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT PURCHASES       38,578        68,578       30,000
    Program increase............                     30,000
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        TOTAL, DEFENSE                 38,578        68,578       30,000
         PRODUCTION ACT
         PURCHASES..............
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                          RARE EARTH ELEMENTS

    The Committee notes that certain elements such as lithium, 
cobalt, and rare earth elements are critical to national 
security and that maintaining a domestic supply is 
strategically vital. The Committee encourages the Secretary of 
Defense to invest in these important elements in order to 
protect the nation's strategic interests.

                  JOINT URGENT OPERATIONAL NEEDS FUND


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................             - - -
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................      $100,025,000
Committee recommendation..............................             - - -
Change from budget request............................      -100,025,000
 

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

                                TITLE IV

               RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION

    The fiscal year 2019 Department of Defense research, 
development, test and evaluation budget request totals 
$91,056,950,000. The Committee recommendation provides 
$91,218,284,000 for the research, development, test and 
evaluation accounts. The table below summarizes the Committee 
recommendations:
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            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 explanatory statement.

           F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER DEVELOPMENTAL TEST FLEET

    The Director of the F-35 Joint Program Office has 
communicated to the Committee a need to recapitalize the F-35 
developmental test fleet due to the extensive flight hours 
achieved during system development and demonstration. The 
Committee further notes that the Director of Operational Test 
and Evaluation has identified test infrastructure, including 
aircraft, as a prerequisite for the success of the program's 
continuous capability development and delivery approach to 
warfighting improvements beyond the system development and 
demonstration phase. Therefore, the Committee recommendation 
includes a provision allowing the Secretary of Defense to 
utilize funds appropriated in this or any other Act for F-35 
procurement and research, development, test and evaluation to 
modify up to six aircraft, including up to two aircraft of each 
variant, to a test configuration. The Committee directs the 
Secretary of Defense, with the concurrence of the Secretary of 
the Air Force and the Secretary of the Navy, to notify the 
congressional defense committees not fewer than 30 days prior 
to obligating and expending funds for this purpose. The 
notification shall contain the costs of modifying the aircraft, 
the source of funding by fiscal year and account, and a 
statement that the use of such funds will not adversely affect 
the F-35 operational fleet. The Committee expects that any such 
use of funds will not unduly hinder or harm other critical 
aspects of the Joint Strike Fighter program.

             COST ESTIMATES FOR AGILE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

    The Committee notes that an increasing number of weapon 
systems programs within the Department of Defense have turned 
to agile software development as a method for delivering new 
and enhanced capabilities to the warfighter on a rapid and 
repeatable basis, avoiding the delays and cost overruns 
associated with previous methods variously described as 
sequential, waterfall, or ``big bang'' approaches to software 
development. The Committee agrees that agile methods are 
required to keep pace with the evolving threat environment, but 
finds that program managers have been unable to articulate the 
changes in cost estimating practices needed to support this 
approach while maintaining transparency and accountability for 
the funds that are being requested. It is unclear to the 
Committee whether agile software development will result in 
significant savings as the transition to this method has 
resulted in either unchanged or increased funding requests for 
software development.
    The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to provide a 
report to the congressional defense committees not later than 
180 days after the enactment of this Act on the cost estimating 
methods being used by the Services and defense agencies for 
agile software development. The report shall include, but not 
be limited to, the different types of cost estimating methods 
being used, an evaluation of the effectiveness of each of these 
methods, whether emerging best practices are being collected 
and disseminated at enterprise-wide levels, and whether these 
methods have an impact on performance monitoring as well as 
statutory cost and schedule reporting requirements such as 
selected acquisition reports. Finally, the Secretary shall make 
recommendations to improve the Department of Defense's cost 
estimating methods for agile software development to both 
improve program management and ensure the transparency of 
budget requests.

               HYPOXIA AND PHYSIOLOGICAL EPISODE RESEARCH

    The Committee remains concerned about the recent Service-
wide incidents aboard multiple aircraft platforms in which 
pilots reported symptoms of hypoxia or other physiological 
events and recognizes that the Services are accelerating 
efforts to reduce these occurrences. In order to capitalize on 
the research and investment across weapons platforms and 
Services, the Committee encourages the Secretaries of the Navy 
and the Air Force to share positive outcomes related to 
aircraft modifications, changes in crew training and education, 
improved maintenance practices, and medical conclusions. The 
Committee directs the Secretaries of the Navy and the Air 
Force, in consultation with the Surgeons General of the Navy 
and the Air Force, to provide a report to the congressional 
defense committees not later than 90 days after the enactment 
of this Act on these cross-Service collaboration efforts and 
how fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019 funding is being 
executed to support physiological episode reduction.

                        SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS

    The current military satellite communications architecture 
is constructed with purpose-built equipment designed for 
specific requirements that include a range of frequencies and 
waveforms at varying levels of mission assuredness for 
different environments. Unfortunately, the parts were designed 
independently with proprietary technologies rather than part of 
a single, well-planned interoperative architecture. This has 
resulted in performance inflexibility and restricted the 
architecture's ability to evolve as new bandwidth and 
resilience requirements have emerged. For example, fifty 
percent of communications funding is spent on terminals which 
limits future architecture options.
    As such, the Committee directs the Secretaries of the Army, 
Navy, and Air Force to submit an integrated wideband and 
narrowband communications architecture and acquisition strategy 
to the congressional defense committees not later than 180 days 
after the enactment of this Act. The architecture should 
include government and commercial space systems as well as user 
terminals and enterprise network management capabilities. It 
should be based on flexible operations, open standards, and 
commonality that has communications path diversity. Stovepipes, 
proprietary approaches, and other restrictive architectural 
characteristics should be avoided to the maximum extent 
practicable. Modern technology such as mesh networks and laser 
technology should be thoroughly reviewed for applicability to 
resiliency requirements.
    The Committee encourages the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, 
and Air Force to establish a joint program office to manage 
architecture development and adjudicate operational 
requirements to facilitate creation of an acquisition strategy.

            RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, ARMY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $10,647,426,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    10,159,379,000
Committee recommendation..............................    10,108,108,000
Change from budget request............................       -51,271,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$10,108,108,000 for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, 
Army which will provide the following program in fiscal year 
2019:
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           MATERIALS IN EXTREME DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTS PROGRAM

    The Committee recognizes the importance of the Army's 
Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments program which expands 
research, education, and technology development efforts in 
protection materials. Strengthening the domestic capability to 
develop and manufacture essential protection materials is vital 
to national security. The Committee encourages the Secretary of 
the Army to continue to support this important research.

                      BURN PATIENT TRANSFER SYSTEM

    The Committee continues to support 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.

                      ARMY LETHALITY IMPROVEMENTS

    The Committee acknowledges that state aggression, 
terrorism, global weapons proliferation, and technological 
evolution pose challenges to Army superiority over potential 
peer adversaries. 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 
Appropriations Act, 2015. As a result, the Army has provided 
resources for select mitigation activities that can be achieved 
in the near term. However, the Committee notes that the study 
identified specific areas of concern including loss of weapons 
range overmatch, effects of enemy countermeasures to GPS, 
defense against laser weapons, proliferation of low-cost 
commercially available unmanned aerial systems, and sub-
optimization of weapon acquisition planning. The Committee 
encourages the Secretary of the Army to continue the 
advancement of armament systems integration capabilities 
through existing capacity and mechanisms to advance and 
coordinate armament systems development and effectiveness.

         ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT OF ASSET PROTECTION TECHNOLOGIES

    The Committee recognizes the Army's advancement in 
developing successful 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 
systems capabilities.

    DOMESTIC SUPPLY OF NOVEL LIGHTWEIGHT TRANSPARENT ARMOR MATERIALS

    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.

   TRANSFORMATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR PROPULSION MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

    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.

                         ARMY NETWORK READINESS

    The Committee encourages the Army to test and down-select 
readily available non-developmental tactical communications 
technologies that deliver the highest quality performance in 
voice, video, and data dissemination at the squad and 
individual soldier level. The Committee directs the Director, 
Operational Test and Evaluation to provide an independent 
written assessment of Army network readiness to the 
congressional defense committees not later than 90 days after 
the enactment of this Act, to include an examination and 
analysis of existing Army systems and compare this to tested 
and readily-available alternatives including commercial 
technologies.

                         METAL MATRIX COMPOSITE

    The Committee recognizes the versatility and broad 
application that metal matrix composite technology provides for 
the military by significantly reducing the weight of parts 
while simultaneously increasing service life. The Committee 
encourages the Secretary of the Army to continue to test, 
develop, and field metal matrix composite components that can 
reduce vehicle weight, reduce fuel consumption, increase 
payload capacity, and extend service life.

             CYBERSECURITY AND SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT

    The Committee recognizes the critical need for 
cybersecurity and supply chain risk management advanced 
research because new capabilities are required to detect and 
mitigate increasingly complex, stealthy, and advanced 
persistent cyber and supply chain threats to Army weapons 
systems and networks. The Committee encourages the Secretary of 
the Army to focus on advancing research that provides improved 
cybersecurity and supply chain risk management.

                       INDUSTRIAL BASE RESILIENCY

    The Committee acknowledges the importance of maintaining a 
robust industrial base for the development of future 
technologies. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the 
Army to support the continued development of methodologies and 
technologies to preserve a flexible, secure, and resilient 
industrial base to ensure continuity of operations.

                   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.

                      LIGHTWEIGHT PROTECTIVE ARMOR

    The Committee is concerned that the weight and bulk of body 
armor can have a detrimental effect on soldier performance and 
confidence when worn in active threat scenarios. Body armor 
does not always fit all warfighters and any fluctuations in 
weight add to this challenge. These variables often deter 
warfighters from wearing the full body armor ensemble for 
maximum protection while on active duty. While operational 
threats increase in lethality, it is imperative that soldiers' 
armor protection solutions are enhanced to decrease weight and 
bulk and to increase strength, durability, and comfort. 
Therefore, the Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army 
to work with industry to research and develop lightweight 
protective body armor.

                    BATTERIES FOR AUSTERE LOCATIONS

    The Committee recognizes the danger often faced by 
servicemembers in fuel resupply missions in remote outposts. 
The Committee also notes the development of next generation, 
high capacity, high power batteries, and their potential 
ability to reduce fuel costs, increase dependability, and 
reduce risks faced by servicemembers. The Committee encourages 
the Secretary of the Army to assess the potential use of next 
generation, high capacity, and high power batteries at remote 
outposts in austere operating locations.

                    IMPROVED TURBINE ENGINE PROGRAM

    The Committee understands the Army is advancing research 
and development of the Improved Turbine Engine Program and is 
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 logistics footprint, and 
operational and support costs. The Committee recommends fully 
funding the Improved Turbine Engine Program in fiscal year 2019 
and encourages the Secretary of the Army to ensure that the 
program is funded appropriately in future years budget 
submissions.

                        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 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.

                       MOBILE CAMOUFLAGE SYSTEMS

    The Committee recognizes that mobile camouflage systems on 
combat vehicles may provide enhanced signature management 
protection, reduced temperatures inside and around combat 
vehicles, and fuel savings without interfering with the 
operation of the vehicles. The Committee is aware of the Army's 
ongoing operational testing of mobile camouflage systems at the 
National Training Center and encourages the Secretary of the 
Army to accelerate those efforts. Given the potential 
significant advantages of developing this capability, the 
Committee directs the Secretary of the Army to provide a report 
to the congressional defense committees not later than 60 days 
after the enactment of this Act which outlines the mobile 
camouflage system test results, as well as the timeline and 
cost of developing, testing, and fielding these systems.

                      HERCULES TOW VEHICLE/M88A2E1

    The Committee is concerned that two M88A2 recovery vehicles 
must be used to tow or recover one M1A2 Abrams tank due to the 
increased weight of the tank. The inability to tow a tank with 
a single recovery vehicle degrades readiness and threatens to 
slow the pace of an entire Armored Brigade Combat Team. The 
Committee notes that the Chief of Staff of the Army has 
approved an upgrade program called the M88A2E1 that would 
improve vehicle power, traction, braking, and steering to 
ensure single vehicle recovery. The Committee also notes that 
the M88A2E1 development appears to be funded over six years, an 
extensive period for what should be considered an urgent 
engineering change proposal. The Committee encourages the 
Secretary of the Army to develop and procure the M88A2E1 with 
greater intent and expediency and directs the Secretary of the 
Army to provide a report to the congressional defense 
committees not later than 30 days after the enactment of this 
Act on the acquisition and funding plan for the M88A2E1 
program.

          ARMY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY REINVENTION LABORATORIES

    The Committee notes the important 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.

                   LONG-RANGE PRECISION FIRE MISSILE

    The Committee is encouraged by the Army's development of a 
maneuverable long-range precision fire missile that will 
provide additional capability to the Army munitions inventory. 
The Committee also understands that topology optimization 
design tools and additive manufacturing technologies could be 
integrated into the production of long-range precision fires in 
order to advance the capability and reduce the cost of these 
critical missile systems. As such, the Committee encourages the 
Secretary of the Army to continue development of this 
technology and to incorporate low-cost, optimized components 
into operational platforms.

          INTEGRATION OF IRON DOME FOR AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE

    The Committee recognizes that the Army has a critical 
capability gap for air and missile defense and that the Army is 
currently focused on accelerating the delivery of a maneuver 
short-range air defense capability but is also reviewing other 
air and missile defense capability gaps for the protection of 
fixed and semi-fixed sites. The Committee notes that over the 
past several fiscal years, Congress has provided more than 
$1,300,000,000 for the development and procurement of the Iron 
Dome missile defense system for the Government of Israel and 
that the system is co-produced both in Israel and the United 
States. The Iron Dome system has proven successful in defending 
against a wide range of threats and the Committee believes that 
the system could potentially meet the Army air and missile 
defense requirement.
    Therefore, the Committee directs the Secretary of the Army 
to provide a report to the congressional defense committees not 
later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act that details 
the possible integration of the Iron Dome system into the Army 
air and missile defense architecture and an acquisition 
strategy that includes cost and schedule.

            ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY OPEN CAMPUS INITIATIVE

    The Committee supports the Army Research Laboratory (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. 
Through these extended campuses, Army researchers are able to 
easily collaborate with and leverage scientific assets outside 
ARL headquarters. The Committee encourages the Director of the 
Army Reseach 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 to 
increase access to infrastructure, research staff, equipment, 
concepts, and results.

        CYBER AND ELECTRONIC WARFARE FOR THE DISMOUNTED SOLDIER

    The Committee recognizes the need to provide dismounted 
soldiers with cyber situational awareness and electronic 
warfare capabilities at the tactical edge and encourages the 
continued development and deployment of existing prototypes.

            RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, NAVY


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $18,010,754,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    18,481,666,000
Committee recommendation..............................    17,658,244,000
Change from budget request............................      -823,422,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$17,658,244,000 for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, 
Navy which will provide the following program in fiscal year 
2019:


               SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH PROGRAM

    The Committee recognizes that the Small Business Innovation 
Research (SBIR) program is a valuable tool to engage small 
businesses and provide a pathway for innovators to conduct 
business with the Department of Defense. According to SBIR law, 
agencies are to use the SBIR awardee to the greatest extent 
practicable, thus giving that awardee the opportunity to 
perfect and scale their innovations. If an agency determines 
that it is not practicable to pursue SBIR-developed 
technologies with their SBIR awardee they are to notify the 
Small Business Administration and allow for an appeal process.
    The Committee is concerned about the Navy's adherence to 
SBIR law, specifically as it pertains to the fully competed 
Automated Test and Re-Test program. Despite communications from 
the Navy that the technology has been successful; has led to an 
``enterprise-wide'' approach; and can lower the time, cost, and 
improve the quality of naval warfare systems, the Navy resists 
deploying the technology beyond a few programs, while at the 
same time pursuing other entities. The resistance to allow 
innovators to participate in Department of Defense markets 
directly impacts transformational efficiencies recommended by 
military leadership.
    As such, the Committee recommendation includes a transfer 
of $30,000,000 from the Office of Naval Research management 
headquarters to the Automated Test and Re-Test program for the 
purpose of scaling and deploying the technology throughout the 
Navy.

         ADVANCED LIGHTWEIGHT POLYMER-CASED 7.62MM AMMUNITIONS

    The Committee recognizes the progress made on the design, 
development, and testing of advanced lightweight small arms 
ammunitions. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Navy 
to continue to explore and refine the use of advanced 
lightweight polymer-cased 7.62mm ammunitions to reduce weight 
burden, improve mobility, and enhance survivability of 
warfighters.

                      ADVANCED ENERGETICS RESEARCH

    The Committee recognizes the requirement for continued 
investment in advanced energetics research and development to 
increase the lethality, range, and speed of weapons; develop 
new capabilities; and expand the domestic energetics workforce. 
The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Navy to support 
advanced energetics research and development efforts and to 
incorporate successful technologies into advanced weapon 
systems.

                      DDG-51 DEGAUSSING STANDARDS

    The Committee recognizes that DDG-51 Destroyers account for 
more than half of the Navy's surface combatant fleet and that 
these ships operate daily in regions where mine warfare is a 
significant threat. The Committee is concerned that the current 
fleet of destroyers may not have the most current magnetic 
signature requirements and in-service ship degaussing systems. 
The Committee directs the Secretary of the Navy to provide a 
report to the congressional defense committees not later than 
60 days after the enactment of this Act that details the 
current state of degaussing systems in the DDG-51 fleet, the 
most recent Navy degaussing standards, and a plan, including 
cost and schedule, for incorporating such standards into both 
new construction and in-service DDG-51s.

                        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 and believes that training 
must replicate the operational and threat environments that 
submarines and unmanned systems are likely to encounter in 
these areas. The Committee believes that additional research of 
the magnetic, electric, and acoustic ambient fields in the 
littoral 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 area.

         RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, AIR FORCE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $37,428,078,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    40,178,343,000
Committee recommendation..............................    40,939,500,000
Change from budget request............................      +761,157,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$40,939,500,000 for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, 
Air Force which will provide the following program in fiscal 
year 2019:
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     JOINT SURVEILLANCE TARGET ATTACK RADAR SYSTEM RECAPITALIZATION

    The fiscal year 2019 budget request proposes to terminate 
the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) 
recapitalization program and removes all funding for the 
program from the future years defense plan. The Committee 
strongly supports the continuation of the JSTARS 
recapitalization program and notes that the Department of 
Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, provided $405,451,000 for 
JSTARS recapitalization and prohibited the Secretary of the Air 
Force from reprogramming or otherwise utilizing these funds for 
any purpose other than the JSTARS recapitalization program of 
record.
    The Committee further notes that the House-passed version 
of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 
would limit the use of certain funds until the Secretary of the 
Air Force certifies that a contract has been awarded for JSTARS 
recapitalization. The Committee believes that should the 
Secretary of the Air Force decide to continue the JSTARS 
recapitalization program and award a contract, the funding 
previously appropriated is sufficient through fiscal year 2019 
based on previous Air Force budget estimates. However, since 
the Air Force removed funding for the program in the future 
years defense plan and is in the process of formulating its 
fiscal year 2020 budget request, the Committee recommends an 
additional $623,000,000 to support potential continuation of 
the JSTARS recapitalization program and designates this funding 
as a congressional special interest item. In addition, the 
Committee recommendation includes a provision that would 
prohibit the divestment of more than one legacy E-8C JSTARS 
aircraft unless the Secretary of the Air Force certifies to the 
congressional defense committees that funds have been obligated 
pursuant to a contract award for continuation of the JSTARS 
recapitalization program.
    The Committee further directs the Secretary of the Air 
Force to submit a report to the congressional defense 
committees not later than September 30, 2018, that provides 
options for continuing the JSTARS recapitalization program with 
an acquisition objective for fewer than 17 aircraft but which 
can still fulfill known combatant commander requirements. The 
report shall include estimated cost and schedule impacts, 
available options for accelerating the delivery of new JSTARS 
aircraft, and the timeline for achievement of initial operating 
capability.

                                  F-15

    The Committee recommendation includes $50,000,000 above the 
budget request to upgrade the F-15 electronic warfare warning 
set in order to restore capability degraded by the fielding of 
active electronically scanned array radars. In addition, the 
Committee is concerned by the Air Force's decision to remove 
funding for the procurement of Eagle Passive Active Warning and 
Survivability System (EPAWSS) kits for the F-15C fleet. The 
Committee understands that the Air Force intends to achieve a 
production decision for EPAWSS in fiscal year 2019 and has 
funded the development of the increment 1 capability for the F-
15C through preliminary design review. The Committee is also 
aware that the Air Force continues to invest in F-15C 
capability and sustainability, including critical structural 
upgrades, as it considers options for the future of the fleet.
    As such, the Committee directs the Secretary of the Air 
Force to submit a report to the congressional defense 
committees not later than 60 days after the enactment of this 
Act that includes the impact that the lack of EPAWSS will have 
on the F-15C fleet's mission capabilities for both homeland 
defense and contested environments overseas; whether the Joint 
Requirements Oversight Council has revalidated the reduced 
scope of the EPAWSS program to verify its effect on warfighter 
capabilities; the impact of the quantity for F-15C on EPAWSS 
unit costs; and a cost estimate by year and account to fully 
restore F-15C EPAWSS increment 1 modifications. To preserve the 
option of continuing EPAWSS production for the F-15C, the 
Committee also recommends an increase of $67,200,000 for F-15C 
EPAWSS procurement in Aircraft Procurement, Air Force.

                      TEST AND EVALUATION SUPPORT

    The budget request includes $111,000,000 in Test and 
Evaluation Support funding for three major construction 
projects pursuant to the Defense Laboratory Modernization Pilot 
Program authorized under Section 2803 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. The Committee 
understands that the Air Force currently is not authorized to 
initiate planning and design activities for these projects 
using research, development, test and evaluation funds and thus 
the projects cannot be executed in fiscal year 2019. Therefore, 
the Committee recommendation reduces the request by 
$106,000,000 as ahead of need and recommends $5,000,000 only to 
initiate planning and design activities subject to 
authorization. At the same time, the Committee recommends an 
increase of $50,000,000 to support other needed enhancements to 
the major range and test facility base and directs the 
Secretary of the Air Force to provide a spending plan for these 
funds to the congressional defense committees not later than 90 
days after the enactment of this Act.

                   ADAPTIVE ENGINE TRANSITION PROGRAM

    The Committee recommendation includes $790,355,000, the 
same level as the budget request, for the Adaptive Engine 
Transition Program (AETP). The AETP continues to mature engine 
technologies to high readiness levels and reduce the risk for 
the development of an adaptive cycle engine that will offer 
significant performance and operational capability enhancements 
and can be scaled to apply to existing and future combat 
aircraft. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Air 
Force to continue investing in this technology to ensure the 
achievement of an operational capability at the earliest 
opportunity.

                       SPACE SOLAR POWER PROGRAM

    The Committee understands that the Space Solar Power 
program is an Air Force priority but has concerns about its 
assignment to the recently created Space Rapid Capabilities 
Office. Fiscal year 2019 budget justification materials do not 
include sufficient requirements, schedules, or costs to merit 
rapid acquisition. Therefore, the Committee designates this 
program as a new start and congressional special interest item, 
and directs the Secretary of the Air Force to assign all 
programmatic responsibilities, including budget authority, for 
the Space Solar Power program to the Air Force Research 
Laboratory.

              COMMERCIAL SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

    The Committee is concerned about the Department of 
Defense's approach to acquiring commercial satellite 
communications services and is disappointed that the Department 
has not articulated its needs in a consolidated budget request. 
To increase visibility and oversight of this funding, the 
Committee recommendation transfers $49,000,000 from the 
Wideband Gapfiller Satellite program within the Space 
Procurement, Air Force appropriation into a new program 
element, Commercial Satellite Communications, within the 
Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, Air Force 
appropriation. In addition, the Committee directs the Secretary 
of the Air Force to transfer all future commercial satellite 
communications integration funding into this new program 
element and encourages the Secretary of the Air Force to 
articulate and prioritize adequate funding in budget 
submissions for the future years defense plan.

        RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, DEFENSE-WIDE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $22,010,975,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    22,016,553,000
Committee recommendation..............................    22,291,423,000
Change from budget request............................      +274,870,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$22,291,423,000 for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, 
Defense-Wide which will provide the following program in fiscal 
year 2019:


                     DEFENSE RAPID INNOVATION FUND

    The Committee recommendation includes $250,000,000 for the 
Defense Rapid Innovation Fund. The Committee strongly 
encourages the Secretary of Defense to focus this program on 
the validation and transition of promising technologies 
developed by small businesses from the research and development 
stage through the prototype stage.

                      REACTIVE MATERIAL STRUCTURES

    The Committee is aware of advances in reactive material 
structures technology that show promise for enhancing explosive 
capacity beyond existing capabilities. The Committee encourages 
the Under Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering) to 
pursue efforts to test and evaluate these technologies in 
support of increasing munitions lethality.

                         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 
and Sustainment) 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.

                            TRUSTED FOUNDRY

    The Committee recognizes the importance of obtaining 
microelectronics from trusted suppliers. The Committee urges 
the Secretary of Defense to facilitate and encourage 
competition in the fabrication of microelectronic devices when 
two or more participants in the Trusted Foundry Program can 
provide such devices and to expand opportunities for 
participation in the Trusted Foundry program. Participants in 
the Trusted Foundry Program should have the opportunity to 
compete under full, open, and merit-based bidding, to the 
extent practicable, for all Trusted Foundry contracts.

                         DIGITAL MANUFACTURING

    The Committee recognizes the importance of digital 
manufacturing and design in enabling new capabilities and 
reducing system development costs and timelines. The Committee 
supports the Department of Defense's efforts in strengthening 
the United States manufacturing industrial base through 
investments, including the Digital Manufacturing and Design 
Innovation Institute. The Department's close collaboration with 
industry and academia accelerates the research and development 
of new digital manufacturing capabilities which directly 
benefit both the defense industrial base and the Department.

                       ADVANCED FUNCTION FABRICS

    The Committee notes the importance of developing advanced 
function fabrics that are more lightweight and enhance 
situational awareness on the battlefield. The Committee 
encourages the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and 
Engineering) to support the development of an end-to-end fabric 
product design that will provide benefits to the warfighter.

                          COOPERATIVE RESEARCH

    The Committee is pleased with efforts by the Service 
Secretaries to increase communication and cooperation among the 
military services on science and technology investments. 
Coordination of the respective research agendas and investment 
plans will help reduce duplication, better leverage investments 
in areas of mutual interest, and reduce gaps in promising areas 
of technology. The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense 
to submit a report to the congressional defense committees not 
later than 120 days after the enactment of this Act which 
identifies the strategy and goals for each specific area of 
ongoing cooperative research, a five-year plan of prospective 
areas of cooperative research, and an estimate of amounts and 
sources of funding to carry out such research.

                       UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

    The Committee encourages the Secretary of Defense to 
coordinate with the Federal Aviation Administrator on the use 
of its designated Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test sites for 
the development and demonstration of common UAS standards, 
architecture, and technologies to ensure a consistent, 
nationwide approach to airspace integration across all airspace 
users.

                OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION, DEFENSE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $210,900,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       221,009,000
Committee recommendation..............................       221,009,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $221,009,000 
for Operational Test and Evaluation, Defense which will provide 
the following program in fiscal year 2019:

                EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                        [In thousands of dollars]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Change from
                                     Budget      Committee      Request
                                    Request     Recommended
------------------------------------------------------------------------
OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION.       85,685        85,685        - - -
LIVE FIRE TESTING...............       64,332        64,332        - - -
OPERATIONAL TEST ACTIVITIES AND        70,992        70,992        - - -
 ANALYSIS.......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, OPERATIONAL TEST &         221,009       221,009        - - -
     EVALUATION, DEFENSE........
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                                TITLE V

                     REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS

                     DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUNDS

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................    $1,685,596,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................     1,542,115,000
Committee recommendation..............................     1,542,115,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,542,115,000 
for the Defense Working Capital Funds accounts which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:

                EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                        [In thousands of dollars]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Change from
                                     Budget      Committee     Request
                                    Request     Recommended
------------------------------------------------------------------------
WORKING CAPITAL FUND, ARMY......      158,765       158,765        - - -
WORKING CAPITAL FUND, AIR FORCE.       69,054        69,054        - - -
WORKING CAPITAL FUND, DEFENSE-         48,096        48,096        - - -
 WIDE...........................
DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUND,       1,266,200     1,266,200        - - -
 DECA...........................
------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, DEFENSE WORKING          1,542,115     1,542,115        - - -
     CAPITAL FUNDS..............
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                TITLE VI

                  OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS

                         DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................   $34,428,167,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................    33,729,192,000
Committee recommendation..............................    34,047,018,000
Change from budget request............................      +317,826,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$34,047,018,000 for the Defense Health Program which will 
provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:
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         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, 
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 2019, 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 2018 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 $130,000,000 for the peer-reviewed 
breast cancer research program, $100,000,000 for the peer-
reviewed prostate cancer research program, $20,000,000 for the 
peer-reviewed ovarian cancer research program, $20,000,000 for 
the peer-reviewed kidney cancer research program, $14,000,000 
for the peer-reviewed lung cancer research program, and 
$80,000,000 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 vaccine 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 appreciates the report provided by the 
Department of Defense that contained recommendations on 
research for metastatic cancer. The Committee directs the 
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to submit a 
report to the congressional defense committees not later than 
60 days after the enactment of this Act on the status of the 
implementation of the recommendations contained in the report.

                       ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS

    The Committee continues to support the efforts that the 
Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs 
are undertaking with regard to electronic health records and 
the health record system. The Committee's ongoing expectation 
is that the Departments' electronic health record systems must 
be completely and meaningfully interoperable with seamless 
compatibility. While the Committee acknowledges the significant 
undertaking of the effort, the Committee is concerned with 
aspects of the initial fielding of the electronic health 
record, Military Health System (MHS) Genesis. The Committee 
notes that a recent partial Initial Operational Test and 
Evaluation (IOT&E) report described the fielding of MHS Genesis 
as ``neither operationally effective nor operationally 
suitable'' at this time. For this reason, the Committee directs 
the Comptroller General to perform a review of the 
implementation of MHS Genesis at the four currently active 
sites: Fairchild Air Force Base, Naval Health Clinic Oak 
Harbor, Naval Hospital Bremerton, and Madigan Army Medical 
Center. The report should include, but not be limited to, how 
MHS Genesis is addressing the concerns raised by the partial 
IOT&E report; the performance of MHS Genesis in meeting the 
demands of each of the medical facilities; underlying issues 
with implementation; anticipated delays in implementation; and 
impact on the execution of funds. As new military treatment 
facilities are expected to start implementing MHS Genesis in 
January 2019, the report should be submitted to the House and 
Senate Appropriations Committees not later than 180 days after 
the enactment of this Act.
    The Committee further directs the Comptroller General to 
perform quarterly performance reviews of the Department of 
Defense's electronic health record deployment so that the 
Committee can further monitor implementation of the system and 
if it is meeting predicted cost assumptions.
    The Committee also 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. 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.

                 ADVANCED ORTHOPEDIC SURGICAL TRAINING

    The Committee understands that servicemembers and their 
families regularly undergo orthopedic procedures and that these 
types of musculoskeletal injuries account for a significant 
amount 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.

                         TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

    The Committee recognizes recent efforts by the Department 
of Defense to leverage partnerships with academia and the 
private sector to understand and improve prevention and 
treatment of traumatic brain injuries to servicemembers. The 
Committee encourages the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health 
Affairs) to continue to leverage partnerships with academia and 
the private sector to support further studies of traumatic 
brain injuries to gain a deeper understanding of concussive 
injuries including how they impact the brain, how and to what 
extent the brain recovers, and how prevention and treatment 
methods may be improved.

              OPIOID ABUSE AND NON-OPIATE PAIN MANAGEMENT

    The Committee remains concerned by opioid abuse among 
servicemembers, and the significant cost of opioid-based pain 
medication to the Department of Defense. The Committee believes 
that alternative forms of pain management have promise in 
treating pain while reducing rates of addiction for 
servicemembers, and that such alternatives may also be more 
cost effective for the Department. The Committee is encouraged 
by the strong commitment of the Department of Defense and the 
Department of Veterans Affairs in researching improved pain 
management protocols, and encourages the Assistant Secretary of 
Defense (Health Affairs) to expand the Department's research 
into the efficacy of opioid alternatives. The Committee also 
encourages the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) 
to ensure its prescribers are familiar with the guidelines 
published by the Centers for Disease Control, and to prioritize 
abuse-deterrent formulations of prescription opioids through 
TRICARE formularies. Further, the Committee directs the 
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to conduct a 
review of the Department's policies on pain management and 
provide a report not later than 90 days after the enactment of 
this Act to the congressional defense committees on current 
policies on prescribing opioid-based pain medication; how the 
Department is documenting instances of opioid abuse in the 
military; current initiatives into alternative pain management 
treatment; and the status of the Department's progress in 
implementing the recommendations made by the 2015 National 
Advisory Council on Complementary and Integrative Health 
Working Group Report.

        COLLABORATION WITH MINORITY SERVING HEALTH INSTITUTIONS

    The Committee encourages the Assistant Secretary of Defense 
(Health Affairs) to work collaboratively in the health research 
field with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 
Hispanic Serving Institutions, and other Minority Serving 
Institutions. The Committee directs the Assistant Secretary of 
Defense (Health Affairs) to provide a report to 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.

                        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.

             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. The 
Committee believes that the role of the microorganisms of the 
gut need to be more fully researched and strategies to control 
these chronic conditions must be developed. 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 at developing 
drug and nutritional regimens to enhance the well-being of 
active and retired military servicemembers and dependents.

                              RARE CANCERS

    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) defines rare cancers as 
cancers that occur in fewer than 15 out of 100,000 people per 
year. Over 500 rare cancers have been identified by the NCI. 
Military personnel are uniquely exposed to carcinogens that may 
increase the risk of certain cancers. The Committee is 
concerned about the need for a better understanding of rare 
cancers that may impact servicemembers, and therefore 
encourages the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) 
to collect data on the prevalence of rare cancers among 
servicemembers, and consider ways that the Department can 
improve the understanding of how rare cancers impact 
servicemembers.

                       MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

    The Committee expects that new mothers utilizing military 
healthcare are receiving care and support during and after 
their pregnancies. The Committee encourages the Assistant 
Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to ensure that maternal 
mental health services, mental health support services, and 
screening procedures used to identify postpartum depression are 
available to women at Department of Defense medical facilities.

               JOINT WARFIGHTER MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM

    The Committee recommends $45,000,000 for the Joint 
Warfighter Medical Research Program. The Committee appreciates 
the program's focus on the medical needs of the warfighter on 
the battlefield, and believes priority should be given for 
research to address the ``golden hour'' for servicemembers with 
life threatening injuries, battlefield diagnostics, and medical 
threats and treatments for warfighters deployed around the 
world.
    The ``golden hour'' policy, which commits to getting 
wounded servicemembers lifesaving care within the first hour 
after an injury occurs, was initially put in place to address 
battlefield casualties. With reports that the Department may 
not be able to commit to the ``golden hour'' for servicemembers 
in future conflicts, the Committee expects the Assistant 
Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to identify current gaps 
in medical planning and resources, and consider medical 
capabilities that may mitigate fatalities, including enhancing 
hemorrhage control research and development. In particular, the 
Committee encourages research and development of freeze-dried 
plasma and platelets, in addition to rapidly deployable, all-
in-one acute and chronic wound care therapy engineered to 
address complex trauma and start tissue regeneration.
    For injuries suffered on the battlefield, the Committee 
believes that the Department of Defense should make enhancing 
battlefield diagnostics a priority. The Committee is encouraged 
by recent technological advances related to traumatic brain 
injury, including magnetic resonance technology. The Committee 
is pleased by the development of portable neurological devices 
in support of mild traumatic brain injury assessment for 
servicemembers in the field and supports the continued review 
of benefits that could be gained from deployment of this 
diagnostic tool. The Committee also notes that advances in 
exposure science, including environmental and wearable sensors 
technology and chemical surveillance, partnered with advanced 
computing, allow for optimized exposure surveillance and health 
monitoring through rapid and comprehensive measurement of 
biosignatures, and believes these efforts should be explored. 
Additionally, the Committee sees advantages to advancing 
genomics work to identify and counter evolving chemical and 
biologic threats, and developing medical countermeasures to 
chemical or biological weapons of mass destruction.
    Further, the Committee believes that additional research of 
battlefield treatment is necessary and encourages the Assistant 
Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to explore solutions for 
life threatening battlefield complications such as sepsis. The 
Committee also encourages the use of telemedicine and other 
technologies that would allow for better collection, 
integration, and transfer of patient data from battlefield 
medical units through transport and treatment. In preparation 
for environments military personnel may face while serving, the 
Committee encourages the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health 
Affairs) to establish protocols providing for the training, 
transport, and treatment for servicemembers exposed to highly 
infectious diseases. The Committee also encourages the 
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) to continue 
offering competitive grants to applicants from academia, 
industry, and federal government agencies to expand the 
chemical control toolbox, and to develop and validate vector 
management strategies needed to protect deployed military 
personnel.

   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 fostered the 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 Committee commends the 
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) for assisting 
the Murtha Cancer Center in 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.

           CHEMICAL AGENTS AND MUNITIONS DESTRUCTION, DEFENSE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $961,732,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       993,816,000
Committee recommendation..............................       993,816,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $993,816,000 
for Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction, Defense which 
will provide the following program in fiscal year 2019:

                EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                        [In thousands of dollars]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Change from
                                      Budget     Committee      Request
                                     Request    Recommended
------------------------------------------------------------------------
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE........      105,997      105,997        - - -
PROCUREMENT......................        1,091        1,091        - - -
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND        886,728      886,728        - - -
 EVALUATION......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, CHEMICAL AGENTS AND         993,816      993,816        - - -
     MUNITIONS DESTRUCTION,
     DEFENSE.....................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

         DRUG INTERDICTION AND COUNTER-DRUG ACTIVITIES, DEFENSE


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $934,814,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       787,525,000
Committee recommendation..............................       854,814,000
Change from budget request............................       +67,289,000
 

    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 2019:

                EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                        [In thousands of dollars]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Change from
                                     Budget      Committee      Request
                                    Request     Recommended
------------------------------------------------------------------------
COUNTER-NARCOTICS SUPPORT.......      547,171       530,285      -16,886
    Transfer to National Guard                      -16,886
 counter-drug program...........
DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION PROGRAM...      117,900       121,900        4,000
    Program increase--young                           4,000
 Marines drug demand reduction..
NATIONAL GUARD COUNTER-DRUG           117,178       197,353       80,175
 PROGRAM........................
    Transfer from counter-                           16,886
 narcotics support..............
    Program increase............                     63,289
NATIONAL GUARD COUNTER-DRUG             5,276         5,276        - - -
 SCHOOLS........................
------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, DRUG INTERDICTION AND      787,525       854,814       67,289
 COUNTER-DRUG ACTIVITIES,
 DEFENSE........................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                    OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL


 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $321,887,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       329,273,000
Committee recommendation..............................       329,273,000
Change from budget request............................             - - -
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $329,273,000 
for the Office of the Inspector General which will provide the 
following program in fiscal year 2019:

                                    EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Committee         Change from
                                                          Budget  Request      Recommended          Request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE..............................            327,611            327,611              - - -
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION.............              1,602              1,602              - - -
PROCUREMENT............................................                 60                 60              - - -
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL.............            329,273            329,273              - - -
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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

    Adjustments to classified programs are addressed in a 
separate, detailed, and comprehensive classified annex. The 
Intelligence Community, the 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, 
2019.

   CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY SYSTEM FUND

 
 
 
Fiscal year 2018 appropriation........................      $514,000,000
Fiscal year 2019 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 2018 appropriation........................      $537,600,000
Fiscal year 2019 budget request.......................       539,124,000
Committee recommendation..............................       512,424,000
Change from budget request............................       -26,700,000
 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $512,424,000 
for the Intelligence Community Management Account.

                         CREDIBILITY ASSESSMENT

    The Committee is concerned about the costs, complexity, and 
timeliness of the current security clearance process across the 
federal government. The National Center for Credibility 
Assessment (NCCA) has been exploring less expensive 
technologies and methods that may help target which individuals 
require a polygraph. These technologies require rigorous 
testing to evaluate their relative utility compared to the 
polygraph. Therefore, the Committee directs the Director of 
National Intelligence, acting as the federal government's 
Security Executive Agent, and the NCCA to provide a report to 
the congressional defense committees not later than 90 days 
after the enactment of this Act on the effectiveness of 
alternative technologies to the polygraph.

                               TITLE VIII

                           GENERAL PROVISIONS

    Title VIII of the accompanying bill includes 130 general 
provisions. A brief 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 has been amended and 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 has been amended and 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 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 has been amended and 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 has been amended and 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 for the availability of funds for the 
mitigation of environmental impacts on Indian lands resulting 
from Department of Defense activities.
    Section 8036 requires the Department of Defense to comply 
with the Buy American Act, chapter 83 of title 41, United 
States Code.
    Section 8037 places certain limitations on the use of funds 
made available in this Act to establish field operating 
agencies.
    Section 8038 places restrictions on converting to 
contractor performance an activity or function of the 
Department of Defense unless it meets certain guidelines 
provided.
    Section 8039 has been amended and provides for the 
rescission of $492,954,000 from the following programs:

 
 
 
2017 Appropriations:
    Aircraft Procurement, Navy:
        F/A-18 E/F production support and ILS.........       $69,140,000
    Aircraft Procurement, Air Force:
        KC-46.........................................        72,000,000
        F-22 Increment 3.2b...........................         2,000,000
        VC-25A Mods...................................        19,600,000
2018 Appropriations:
    Aircraft Procurement, Navy:
        E-2D Series...................................        11,761,000
    Weapons Procurement, Navy:
        Tomahawk......................................       115,657,000
    Aircraft Procurement, Air Force:
        HC/MC-130 modifications.......................        88,400,000
        F-16 modifications............................        10,000,000
        MQ-9..........................................        36,500,000
    Missile Procurement, Air Force:
        Missile Replacement Equipment--Ballistic......         5,200,000
    Space Procurement, Air Force:
        Air Force Satellite Communications System.....         5,000,000
        Family of Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals......         5,000,000
        Spacelift Range System........................        10,000,000
        Spare and Repair Parts........................         5,000,000
    Procurement, Defense-Wide:
        THAAD.........................................        14,000,000
    Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Navy:
        Navy warfighting exp and demo.................         6,196,000
    Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air
     Force:
        B-2 Squadrons.................................        13,000,000
        Special Tactics/Combat Control................         4,500,000
 

    Section 8040 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 8041 prohibits funding from being obligated or 
expended for assistance to the Democratic People's Republic of 
Korea unless specifically appropriated for that purpose.
    Section 8042 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 8043 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 8044 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 8045 provides funding for Red Cross and United 
Services Organization grants.
    Section 8046 prohibits funding from being used to purchase 
supercomputers which are not manufactured in the United States.
    Section 8047 provides funds for the Small Business 
Innovation Research program and the Small Business Technology 
Transfer program.
    Section 8048 prohibits funding from being used for 
contractor bonuses being paid due to business restructuring.
    Section 8049 provides for prior congressional notification 
of article or service transfers to international peacekeeping 
organizations.
    Section 8050 provides for the Department of Defense to 
dispose of negative unliquidated or unexpended balances for 
expired or closed accounts.
    Section 8051 provides conditions for the use of equipment 
of the National Guard Distance Learning Project on a space-
available, reimbursable basis.
    Section 8052 provides funding for Sexual Assault Prevention 
and Response Programs.
    Section 8053 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 8054 provides for a waiver of ``Buy American'' 
provisions for certain cooperative programs.
    Section 8055 prohibits funding in this Act from being used 
for repairs or maintenance to military family housing units.
    Section 8056 provides obligation authority for new starts 
for advanced concept technology demonstration projects only 
after notification to the congressional defense committees.
    Section 8057 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 8058 provides for the use of National Guard 
personnel to support ground-based elements of the National 
Ballistic Missile Defense System.
    Section 8059 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 8060 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 8061 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 8062 prohibits funding to separate, or to 
consolidate from within, the National Intelligence Program 
budget from the Department of Defense budget.
    Section 8063 has been amended and 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 8064 requires that rapid acquisition authority 
notifications be provided to the Subcommittees on Defense of 
the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of 
Representatives concurrently with the Committees on 
Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives 
as required under section 806(c)(4) of the Bob Stump National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003.
    Section 8065 has been amended and provides funding and 
transfer authority for the Israeli Cooperative Programs.
    Section 8066 has been amended and provides for the funding 
of prior year shipbuilding cost increases.
    Section 8067 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 8068 prohibits funding from being used to initiate 
a new start program without prior written notification.
    Section 8069 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 8070 prohibits funding from being used for the 
research, development, test, evaluation, procurement, or 
deployment of nuclear armed interceptors of a missile defense 
system.
    Section 8071 has been amended and reduces appropriations to 
reflect savings due to favorable exchange rates.
    Section 8072 makes funds available for transfer for the 
purposes of rapid acquisition and deployment of supplies and 
associated support services pursuant to section 806 of the Bob 
Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003.
    Section 8073 prohibits funding from being used to reduce or 
disestablish the operation of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance 
Squadron of the Air Force Reserve.
    Section 8074 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 8075 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 8076 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 8077 provides limitations on the Shipbuilding and 
Conversion, Navy appropriation.
    Section 8078 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 8079 prohibits the use of funds to modify Army 
Contracting Command--New Jersey without prior congressional 
notification.
    Section 8080 places restrictions on the transfer of funds 
for support to friendly foreign countries in connection with 
the conduct of operations in which the United States in not 
participating.
    Section 8081 has been amended and places limitations on the 
reprogramming of funds from the Defense Acquisition Workforce 
Development Fund.
    Section 8082 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 prohibits the use of funds for the purpose of 
making remittances 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 to 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 has been amended and 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 Web site in a searchable format.
    Section 8103 places restrictions on transfer amounts 
available in the Rapid Prototyping Fund.
    Section 8104 prohibits the use of funds for flight 
demonstration teams outside of the United States.
    Section 8105 prohibits the use of funds by the National 
Security Agency targeting United States persons under 
authorities granted in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance 
Act.
    Section 8106 prohibits the use of funds to implement the 
Arms Trade Treaty until ratified by the Senate.
    Section 8107 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 8108 prohibits the use of funds to provide 
counterterrorism support to foreign partners unless the 
congressional defense committees are notified accordingly.
    Section 8109 prohibits the use of funds to contravene the 
War Powers Resolution with respect to Iraq.
    Section 8110 has been amended and prohibits the use of 
funds to award a new TAO Fleet Oiler program contract for the 
acquisition of certain components unless those components are 
manufactured in the Unites States.
    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 grants the Secretary of 
Defense the authority to use funds for Office of Personnel and 
Management background investigations.
    Section 8115 prohibits the use of funds to close facilities 
at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
    Section 8116 prohibits the use of funding for information 
technology systems that do not have sufficient pornographic 
content filters.
    Section 8117 places certain limitations on the transfer of 
funds for Global Engagement Center activities.
    Section 8118 has been amended 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 8119 provides guidance on the implementation of the 
Policy for Assisted Reproductive Services for the Benefit of 
Seriously or Severely Ill/Injured Active Duty Service Members.
    Section 8120 prohibits the use of funds to provide arms, 
training, or other assistance to the Azov Battalion.
    Section 8121 prohibits the use of funds to purchase heavy 
water from Iran.
    Section 8122 is new and reduces funding in title II of this 
Act for Operation and Maintenance, Army to reflect excess cash 
balances in Department of Defense Working Capital Funds.
    Section 8123 is new and reduces funding in title II of this 
Act for Operation and Maintenance, Navy to reflect excess cash 
balances in Department of Defense Working Capital Funds.
    Section 8124 is new and limits the availability of funds to 
carry out changes to the Joint Travel Regulations of the 
Department of Defense.
    Section 8125 is new and prohibits the use of funds for the 
divestiture of the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar 
System.
    Section 8126 is new and places restrictions on the use of 
funding for military parades.
    Section 8127 is new and provides for the availability of 
funds to implement cost-effective agreements for required 
heating facility modernization in the Kaiserslautern Military 
Community, Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center, and Ramstein 
Air Base, Germany.
    Section 8128 is new and provides for the use of funds to 
modify two F-35 Joint Strike Fighters per variant to a test 
configuration.
    Section 8129 is new and makes funding available in the 
Defense Health Program for death gratuity payments.
    Section 8130 is new and places restrictions on the use of 
funds to migrate data and applications to the proposed Joint 
Enterprise Defense Infrastructure and the Defense Enterprise 
Office Solutions cloud services.

                                TITLE IX

        OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS/GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    In title IX, the Committee recommends total new 
appropriations of $68,079,000,000. 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 Syria 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.

                           MILITARY PERSONNEL

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$4,660,661,000 for Military Personnel. The Committee 
recommendation for each military personnel account is as 
follows:
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                       OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$48,304,549,000 for Operation and Maintenance. The Committee 
recommendation for each operation and maintenance account is as 
follows:
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                    AFGHANISTAN SECURITY FORCES FUND

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$5,199,450,000 for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund.

      COUNTER-ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA TRAIN AND EQUIP FUND

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$1,400,000,000 for the Counter-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria 
Train and Equip Fund.

                           KURDISH PESHMERGA

    The Committee is encouraged that the Department of Defense 
has signed an updated memorandum of understanding with the 
Kurdistan Regional Government. This memorandum allows the 
Department to extend the payment of stipends through the 
Kurdistan Regional Government to nearly 35,000 members of the 
Kurdish Peshmerga. The Peshmerga are historic military forces 
of the federal region of Iraqi Kurdistan responsible for 
security in that region. During the ISIS offensive in Iraq, the 
Peshmerga effectively defended a 600 kilometer front and were 
among the most effective Iraqi forces at defeating ISIS. In 
addition, the Peshmerga played a key role in the mission to 
capture Saddam Hussein and capturing key al Qaeda leadership 
which eventually assisted in identifying the location of Osama 
Bin Laden.

   REPORT ON U.S. DEFENSE ASSISTANCE TO SAUDI ARABIA AND UNITED ARAB 
                      EMIRATES COALITION IN YEMEN

    The Committee is aware that U.S. military forces provide 
assistance to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The Committee 
requests a classified report from the Secretary of Defense, no 
later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, 
submitted to the congressional defense committees detailing 
activities by the Department of Defense in providing assistance 
to this coalition beginning in March 2015.

                              PROCUREMENT

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$12,745,120,000 for Procurement. The Committee recommendation 
for each procurement account is as follows:
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               RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$1,180,836,000 for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation. 
The Committee recommendation for each research, development, 
test and evaluation account is as follows:
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                     REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS


                     DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUNDS

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$15,190,000 for the Defense Working Capital Funds accounts. The 
Committee recommendation is as follows:

                EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                        [In thousands of dollars]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Change from
                                      Budget     Committee      Request
                                     Request    Recommended
------------------------------------------------------------------------
WORKING CAPITAL FUND, ARMY.......        6,600        6,600        - - -
WORKING CAPITAL FUND, DEFENSE-           8,590        8,590        - - -
 WIDE............................
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    TOTAL, DEFENSE WORKING              15,190       15,190        - - -
     CAPITAL FUNDS...............
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                  OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS


                         DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$352,068,000 for the Defense Health Program. The Committee 
recommendation is as follows:

                EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS
                        [In thousands of dollars]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Change from
                                      Budget     Committee      Request
                                     Request    Recommended
------------------------------------------------------------------------
IN-HOUSE CARE....................       72,627       72,627        - - -
PRIVATE SECTOR CARE..............      277,066      277,066        - - -
CONSOLIDATED HEALTH SUPPORT......        2,375        2,375        - - -
------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL, OPERATION AND               352,068      352,068        - - -
     MAINTENANCE.................
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         DRUG INTERDICTION AND COUNTER-DRUG ACTIVITIES, DEFENSE

    The Committee recommends an additional appropriation of 
$153,100,000 for Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities 
Defense.

                    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 of the accompanying bill includes 22 general 
provisions, many of which extend or modify war-related 
authorities included in previous Acts. A brief description of 
each provision 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 has been amended and 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.
    Section 9005 has been amended and 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 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 in 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 places restrictions on the transfer of 
additional C-130 cargo aircraft to the Afghanistan National 
Security Forces or Afghanistan Air Force.
    Section 9020 has been amended and provides for the 
rescission of $377,216,000 from the following programs:

 
 
 
2017 Appropriations:
    Procurement of Ammunition, Navy and Marine Corps:
        Ammunition less than $5 million...............        $2,216,000
2018 Appropriations:
    Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund:
        Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund.............        25,000,000
    Coalition Support Fund:
        Coalition Support Fund........................       350,000,000
 

    Section 9021 requires the Secretary of Defense to certify 
the use of funds in the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund under 
certain conditions.
    Section 9022 is new and requires the President to designate 
Overseas Contingency Operation/Global War on Terrorism funds.

                                TITLE X

                     ADDITIONAL GENERAL PROVISIONS

    Title X of the accompanying bill includes the following 
general provision:
    Section 10001 is new and provides no funding for the 
Spending Reduction Account.

            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:

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------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aircraft Procurement, Navy, 2017/2019..........              $69,140,000
Aircraft Procurement, Air Force, 2017/2019.....               93,600,000
Aircraft Procurement, Navy, 2018/2020..........               11,761,000
Weapons Procurement, Navy, 2018/2020...........              115,657,000
Aircraft Procurement, Air Force, 2018/2020.....              134,900,000
Missile Procurement, Air Force, 2018/2020......                5,200,000
Space Procurement, Air Force, 2018/2020........               25,000,000
Procurement, Defense-Wide, 2018/2020...........               14,000,000
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation,                    6,196,000
 Navy, 2018/2019...............................
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air               17,500,000
 Force, 2018/2019..............................
Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on
 Terrorism:
    Procurement of Ammunition, Navy and Marine                $2,216,000
     Corps, 2017/2019..........................
    Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund, 2018/                  25,000,000
     2019......................................
    Coalition Support Fund, 2018/2019..........              350,000,000
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                           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 ``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 ``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. 
8049'' 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. 
8052'' which provides for the transfer of funds from 
``Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide'' to the Department 
of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of 
the Air Force to support the Sexual Assault Special Victims' 
Counsel Program.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8061'' 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. 
8065'' 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. 
8066'' which provides for the transfer of funds from 
``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. 
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. 
8114'' which provides for the transfer of funds from 
``Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide'' and ``Research, 
Development, Test and Evaluation, Defense-Wide'' for background 
investigation information technology systems of the Office of 
Personnel Management or other federal agency responsible for 
background investigations.
    Language has been included under ``General Provisions, Sec. 
8118'' which provides for the transfer of funds from 
``Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide'' for elementary and 
secondary public schools on military installations.
    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 ``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 title IX ``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 Representatives, the Committee notes that the 
accompanying bill does not propose to repeal or amend a statute 
or part thereof.

               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 that provides not more than $7,503,000 
for the Combatant Commander Initiative Fund.
    Language is included that provides not less than 
$42,300,000 for the Procurement Technical Assistance 
Cooperative Agreement Program, of which not less than 
$4,500,000 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 $19,160,000 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 limits funds credited or 
transferred to the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce 
Development Fund.
    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 ``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 ``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 HIV/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 $752,600,000 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 2019 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 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 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 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 for certain 
notifications to be submitted to congressional defense 
committees.
    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 provides for prompt notification 
of the use of funds for rapid acquisition and deployment of 
supplies and support services.
    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 requires notification to the 
congressional defense committees prior to the use of funds for 
support to foreign countries in connection with the conduct of 
certain operations.
    Language is included that requires certain transfers of 
funds from the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund 
be made in accordance with reprogramming and transfer 
procedures.
    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 prohibits funds appropriated by 
this Act from being used to make remittances 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 regarding the allocation of certain 
reductions among programs, projects and activities, and 
requires notifications regarding certain transfers.
    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).
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds to 
award a new contract for the T-AO Fleet Oiler program except 
under certain circumstances.
    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 made 
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 headings ``Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide'', 
``Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Defense-Wide'', 
and ``Procurement, Defense-Wide'' for purposes related to 
Federal Government security and suitability background 
investigations.
    Language is included that prohibits the use of funds made 
available in this Act to carry out the closure or realignment 
of United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    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 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 that changes certain time limitations 
on embryo cryopreservation and storage.
    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 provides for a limitation on the 
use of funds made available by this or any other Act for the 
Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization 
program.
    Language is included that prohibits funds to provide 
certain equipment for customary ceremonial honors if the 
Secretary determines that the provision of such equipment would 
undermine readiness.
    Language is includes that prohibits funds for energy 
contracts for the new Rhine Ordnance Barracks Army Medical 
Center until a written certification is provided to the 
congressional defense committees.
    Language is include that makes available funds to modify 
certain F-35 aircraft to a test configuration, subject to 
certain notification requirements.
    Language is included that allows certain funds to be 
obligated to make death gratuity payments if appropriations for 
``Military Personnel'' are not available for obligation of such 
payments.
    Language is included that prohibits funds made available by 
this or any other Act to migrate data and applications to 
certain cloud computing enterprise systems until certain 
notification requirements have been met.
    Language is included under the heading ``Operation and 
Maintenance, Defense-Wide'' that provides for the use of funds 
for certain purposes subject to certain requirements, and 
requires the submission of certain reports.
    ``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-ISIS 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 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 Syria, 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-ISIS Train 
and Equip Fund'' to procure or transfer man-portable air 
defense systems.
    Language is included that provides for $250,000,000 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 reporting requirements.
    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 provides a limitation on the 
transfer of certain aircraft to the Afghanistan National 
Security Forces until submission of a report.
    Language is included that rescinds certain funds made 
available in prior years in title IX.
    Language is included that places certain conditions and 
reporting requirements on the use of the Afghanistan Security 
Forces Fund.
    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.


                 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:

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                                                             302(b) Allocation                This Bill
                                                       ---------------------------------------------------------
                                                            Budget                       Budget
                                                           Authority      Outlays       Authority      Outlays
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Discretionary, Total..................................         674,591      644,324         674,591   \1\625,863
    General Purpose...................................       (606,512)           NA       (606,512)  \1\(589,142
                                                                                                               )
    Global War on Terrorism\2\........................        (68,079)           NA        (68,079)     (36,721)
Mandatory.............................................             514          514             514          514
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\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
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2019..............................         \1\352,099          \1\36,721
2020..............................            139,350             18,205
2021..............................             54,919              7,395
2022..............................             28,558              2,835
2023 and future years.............             21,321              1,558
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\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.
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                            ADDITIONAL VIEWS

    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 $674,591,000,000 in 
discretionary funding covering all Department of Defense (DoD) 
and Intelligence Community functions except for Military 
Construction and Family Housing. This is $822,023,000 below the 
President's budget request, and $19,973,481,000 above last 
year's enacted level. The Overseas Contingency Operations/
Global War on Terrorism (OCO/GWOT) portion provides a total of 
$68,079,000,000, an increase of $420,000,000 above the 
President's budget request. The amount provided for Fiscal Year 
2019 adheres to the Bipartisan Budget Act budget allocation for 
Defense.
    We appreciate how the Chairwoman has conducted the business 
of the Defense Subcommittee and her abiding priority for the 
safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of every man and woman in 
uniform. Additionally, she fostered a thoughtful and bipartisan 
approach to our work and fiercely defended oversight 
responsibilities and the constitutional prerogative of the 
Subcommittee.
    Oversight of the management and expenditure of the $674 
billion provided to the Department of Defense and the 
Intelligence Community is a core function of the Defense 
Subcommittee. That is why we are pleased with the inclusion of 
report language strengthening the oversight of the agencies 
funded in the bill. The report contains several sections 
encouraging the Department, as a whole, and with a special 
focus on the Army, to adhere to Congressional direction, 
increase transparency for budget exhibits, and improve the 
quality and timeliness of communication. The committee cannot 
conduct effective oversight when proposals are presented at the 
last minute with the intention of forcing a decision. Oversight 
cannot be effective when complex changes to a program are first 
communicated to the Legislative Branch through the media. It is 
our intention that the language included in the report will 
improve communication between the committee and the agencies.
    In addition to strong oversight, we would like to highlight 
several other efforts in the bill. We applaud the inclusion of 
a new provision that will permit the use of funds to pay for 
death gratuities if a shutdown in government occurs. While we 
should never face government shutdowns, if we do, a deceased 
service member's family should not face any barriers to 
assistance while mourning the loss of a loved one.
    Additionally, this bill increases funding by almost $200 
million above the budget request for several important 
environmental clean-up accounts. The Committee has been 
proactive in addressing emerging environmental issues, 
including those caused by firefighting chemicals, and was 
disappointed that the Administration reduced funding for 
environmental clean-up in its budget request. Those living on 
and near military facilities, and everyone throughout our 
country for that matter, should not have to worry about access 
to clean drinking water.
    Setting aside the bill, we reiterate our concerns from 
prior years about the continued inability to enact 
Appropriations bills anywhere close to the start of the fiscal 
year. For the Department of Defense, and for any agency, the 
lack of predictable appropriations is a major obstacle to the 
planning and execution of programs.
    We were cautiously optimistic that the Bipartisan Budget 
Act, which provided relief from the Budget Control Act (BCA), 
would provide a pathway for completing the FY 2019 bills in a 
somewhat timely manner. Unfortunately, the next two fiscal 
years present daunting obstacles that make it even more 
important to complete our FY 2019 work as soon as possible.
    Most obvious is the return of the BCA caps in FY 2020, 
which, if left unchanged, will require the Department's base 
funding for FY 2020 to be reduced by $71 billion from the level 
provided in this bill. A reduction of that magnitude would 
cause unfathomable disruption. Senior leaders in the Pentagon 
are already identifying programs that have a lower return on 
investment to cut if this scenario were to occur. Those leaders 
should be focused on other matters, and the sooner Congress 
provides a fifth round of statutory relief for the last two 
years of the BCA, the better.
    Additionally, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has 
testified that arresting the erosion of our military's 
competitive advantage requires real budget growth of at least 
three percent above inflation through 2023. Increasing that 
competitive advantage would require even higher growth.
    We also must consider that maintaining our competitive 
advantage in defense requires other investments that we do not 
immediately equate with military matters. As only 29 percent of 
Americans age 17-24 qualify for military service, investments 
in our youth, difficult-to-retain populations, education, and 
public health are equally important.
    Finally, we remain concerned that while we have seen plenty 
of long-awaited, long-term planning and strategy documents 
generated by the Pentagon and the White House over the last 500 
days, the bulk of our ongoing military operations continue to 
be authorized by legislation from 17 years ago. There have been 
four Presidential elections and eight Congressional elections 
since the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force 
(AUMF). Last year, the Committee showed leadership on this 
matter when it agreed to an amendment offered by our colleague 
Rep. Barbara Lee that would have repealed the 2001 AUMF 240 
days after the bill was enacted. To our dismay, Republican 
leadership in the House used the Rules Committee to remove 
Representative Lee's language before the FY 2018 bill was 
considered on the House floor and then prevented the 
consideration of any amendments related to the AUMF. 
Unfortunately, the desire to prevent the whole House from 
debating the AUMF remains, and when Rep. Lee offered the same 
amendment at markup this year, it was defeated. It is 
reprehensible that Congress cannot muster the backbone to even 
debate the legal justification for the conflicts in which we 
are asking our men and women in uniform to fight in.
    To reiterate, the Bipartisan Budget Act enacted earlier 
this year provided relief from unworkable discretionary 
spending caps. The agreement was supposed to provide the 
country with stability following a year of shutdowns, last-
minute veto threats, and general uncertainty in government. It 
was crafted to provide additional investments in both our 
national security and economic security, and it was that 
balance that led it to receive bipartisan support. That 
stability lasted long enough for Congress to pass a bipartisan 
Omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2018, and then Republican 
chaos reigned again. The President threatened to veto the bill, 
unhappy with Congress' large investments in programs to help 
low- and middle-income Americans and rejection of his campaign-
promised border wall.
    Even after the President signed the bill, the 
Administration and Republican leadership in Congress who voted 
for the Bipartisan Budget Act and the Omnibus bill have 
continued to attempt to undo those bipartisan agreements. The 
majority passed H.R. 3, a rescission bill to undo funding and 
mollify an angry President. We have been told by OMB Director 
Mick Mulvaney that this was the first of many rescission 
packages meant to bring spending in line with the President's 
priorities, ignoring Congressional action that dismissed the 
President's draconian FY 2018 budget requests.
    In addition to the unacceptable rescissions proposals, the 
majority's lack of transparency in allocating the FY 2019 
discretionary budget also endangers future bipartisan 
compromise. The majority abandoned longstanding committee 
practice to provide Members and the public with a budget 
blueprint for domestic spending, known as 302(b) allocations. 
Members were asked to vote on bills without having the full 
picture on what impact each bill would have on the other bills. 
This departure from regular order makes it more difficult for 
this Defense Bill and the other eleven must pass bills to be 
enacted by the beginning of the fiscal year, and runs counter 
to the bipartisanship that led to the enactment of the FY 2018 
Omnibus and the Bipartisan Budget Act.
    In closing, despite some of the concerns we have expressed, 
we appreciate our colleagues' commitment to our troops and to 
our Nation's defense. We look forward to continuing work with 
the Chairwoman, Members of the Committee, and staff in 
completing this difficult task before us.
                                                     Nita M. Lowey.
                                                Peter J. Visclosky.

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