The Senate Armed Services Committee injects an additional $ 35 billion into the Defense Department’s budget and recommends a monumental change in the way crimes are prosecuted in the military in its version of the Defense Defense Authorization Bill. 2022.
The Senate panel brings the Pentagon’s budget to $ 740 billion, from the $ 715 billion requested by the Biden administration, bringing total military spending for 2022 to nearly $ 778 billion.
“This bill [helps] protect the nation, counter an ever-evolving series of threats and support our troops on and off the battlefield, âsaid Jack Reed (DR.I.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. âThis forward-looking legislation invests in people, platforms and infrastructure. It authorizes funding levels and establishes policies to equip, supply, and train U.S. forces today and into the future. It provides for military families while strengthening the American industrial base and the workers who contribute to our national security.
The extra money funds a variety of accounts, primarily those that increase the military’s capacity by spending billions of dollars to buy more planes like the F-35 and build and restore ships for the Navy.
The bill also hampers the DoD’s attempt to save $ 2.8 billion by divesting certain legacy systems. The law prohibits the Pentagon from reducing its A-10 or C-130 fleets.
The $ 35 billion increase also invests in building future weapon systems. It is investing an additional $ 500 million in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and an additional $ 268 million to bolster DoD cybersecurity efforts. There is an increase of $ 1 billion for space programs, microelectronics, and various research and development programs.
The legislation fully adopts Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s bill to amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice to remove all prosecutions for non-military crimes from the chain of command and create special units for victims of sex crimes.
“I will say this is concept wording that will still need a bit of sandpaper to be perfect, but we will probably do that by the time the bill is tabled,” said Senator Tim. Kaine (D-Va.) Told reporters Thursday. âWe take cases out of the chain of command because people who have been sexually assaulted, the men and women who have been through it, often don’t believe the chain of command will protect them. Sometimes the perpetrators are in the chain of command, or sometimes the chain of command has pampered the perpetrator or been willing to condone the perpetrators’ offenses.
The bill was rejected by the DoD as it tried to find common ground between Congress’ proposal and taking concrete action against sexual assault in the military. The Pentagon ended up supporting a small step forward that would remove sex crimes and gender crimes like stalking from the chain of command, but leave other non-military crimes in it. good order and discipline.
The committee disagreed with the DoD.
Other highlights of the bill include the requirement for women to register for military service, an issue that has been debated and studied extensively in recent years.
The legislation funds a 2.7% increase in military pay, grants military personnel two weeks of paid bereavement leave after a family death, and increases parental leave to 12 weeks.
The bill creates a basic necessities allowance for the military after reports of starving servicemen and their families surfaced.
The legislation also creates parity for special and incentive pay between reserve and active components, amending a long-standing mismatch between service members doing the same job.
In the field of cyberspace, the committee calls for the development of a common zero-trust strategy and a model architecture for the information network of the Ministry of Defense. He also wants a data management strategy.
The committee wants the DoD to examine public-private partnerships with companies in the internet ecosystem to uncover and disrupt malicious cyber actors and demand a report on the Cyber ââMaturity Model Certification Program.
Within the acquisition, the committee wants the DoD to rank the performance of its acquisition programs, and then create reports on how the lowest ranking can improve.
The bill would also repeal the preference for fixed price contracts.