This bill authorizes FY2018 appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense (DOD) programs and activities, including military personnel strengths. It does not provide budget authority, which is provided in subsequent appropriations legislation.
The bill authorizes appropriations to DOD for: (1) Procurement, including aircraft, missiles, weapons and tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, shipbuilding and conversion, space procurement, and other procurement; (2) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation; (3) Operation and Maintenance; (4) Working Capital Funds; (5) the Joint Urgent Operational Needs Fund; (6) Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction; (7) Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities; (8) the Defense Inspector General; (9) the Defense Health Program; (10) the Armed Forces Retirement Home; (11) Overseas Contingency Operations; and (12) Military Construction.
The bill also authorizes the FY2018 personnel strength for active duty and reserve forces and sets forth policies regarding compensation and other personnel benefits, the Ready Reserve Force and Military Sealift Command surge fleet, and matters relating to foreign nations.
Provisions within this bill would harm taxpayers by promoting costly sole-source, government-based technology concepts over proven private sector solutions; threaten national security by recommending the Department of Defense (DOD) to use open source code for unclassified software as the preferred programming source code; adversely impact intellectual property rights; and violate long-standing technology neutral procurement policies.
Coalition Letters:BCFC Cosigns Coalition Letter to Defense Bill Conferees (105 downloads)
Introduced in House (06/07/2017).