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National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Passes House, will Authorize $738 billion for FY 2020

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Passes House, will Authorize $738 billion for FY 2020

The House and Senate have reached an agreement on S. 1790, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, authorizing $738 billion for the nation’s defense initiatives. The compromise abides by the spending caps enacted earlier this year and would provide $635 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Defense (DOD), $23.1 billion for the Department of Energy (DOE), $300 million in other non-defense items, $71.5 billion for the overseas contingency fund, and $8.1 billion for defense-related activities outside the jurisdiction of the NDAA. Of key importance to ASME, the bill includes an increase of $20 million for the Defense-Wide Manufacturing Science and Technology Program, which includes DOD-led institutes that are part of the Manufacturing USA initiative.

The bill contains legislative provisions of interest to the ASME community, including:

  • Sec. 227. Administration of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Funded By the Department of Defense
  • Sec. 229. Diversification of the Research and Engineering Workforce of the Department of Defense
  • Sec. 1735. Extension of National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence
  • Sec. 1741. Improvements to Manufacturing USA Program
  • Sec. 1742. Regional Innovation Program

Also worth noting are sections related to foreign influence, including:  

  • Sec. 1281. Modification of initiative to support protection of national security academic researchers from undue influence and other security threats.
  • Sec. 1746. Securing American Science and Technology
  • Sec. 5706. Comprehensive economic assessment of investment in key United
  • States technologies by companies or organizations linked to China.
  • Sec. 5713. Oversight of foreign influence in academia

To read the above sections in their entirety, please reference the bill text:

The House passed the bill on December 11, sending it to the Senate to vote on the final measure before being sent to the President. The White House has issued a statement of support for the legislation and is expected to sign the bill into law before the Christmas holiday.

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