Main Story – House Armed Services starts work on National Defense Authorization Act
By Matt Vallone, Senior Analysis Manager
The House Armed Services will kick off debate on this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week with subcommittees marking up their sections of the bill. This year’s NDAA will contain reforms to DoD that Chairman Mac Thornberry laid out in detail earlier this year. However, with no budget resolution it remains to be seen what the topline will be for this year’s bill. Defense watchers should follow the process carefully, as it may provide indications as to where the budget fight may go later in the year. On the House floor Republican leadership will recognize Tax Day by working on a series of bills aimed at the IRS.
On the Senate side, leadership hopes to finish up work on FAA reauthorization before shifting over to consideration of appropriations bills. If successful, this would represent a very early start to the funding process and put additional pressure on House leadership to find a way forward.
Congressional Defense Activity
SASC – 4/19 Nomination of General Vincent K. Brooks, Full Committee Hearing, 930am, 216 Hart
4/19 CLOSED: Cybersecurity and United States Cyber Command, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, 230pm, 217 CVC
4/20 Navy and Marine Corps Aviation Programs, Subcommittee on Seapower, 2pm, 232 Russell
4/20 Current State of Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, Subcommittee on Personnel, 230pm, 222 Russell
4/21 Nominations of General Curtis M. Scaparrotti and General Lori J. Robinson, Full Committee Hearing, 930am, 216 Hart
HASC – 4/20 Mark-up, Subcommittee on Military Personnel, 1130am
4/20 Mark-up, Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, 130pm
4/20 Mark-up, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, 3pm
4/21 Mark-up, Subcommittee on Readiness, 930am
4/21 Mark-up, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, 11am
4/21 Mark-up, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, 12pm
HAC-D –4/21 CLOSED: Budget Hearing – Intelligence Community, 405 Capitol Building, 10am
SAC-D – 4/20 Hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request and funding justification for Defense innovation and research, 192 Dirksen, 1030am
Government Activity Round-up
GAO released a couple noteworthy reports since our last Political Report, including their review of the DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). The report assesses the defensibility and documentation of the QHSR results, and offers some other critiques. Read the GAO report here. Always an interesting topic, GAO also released a report on the F-35 JSF, as the program beings to develop new capabilities.
At the CBO, we will point you towards the same link as last week. They have collaborated with the Joint Committee on Taxation to produce an estimate of the President’s budget. Overall conclusions aren’t particularly different than Avascent’s view. Deficits decline the next couple of years and then resume rising, though at a slower pace than in current law. The full report is here.
There are a few interesting events this week in DC. SAIS will host a lecture on China and the Cold War on Monday. Pivoting nicely from that event, the Atlantic Council will host an event featuring Andrei Kozyrev (former Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs), titled ‘Where is Russia Headed?’. And for the defense focused crowd, the Heritage Foundation will discuss strategic defense challenges for the next US President, on Wednesday evening.