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the armed services committee
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taking a break now from its review of the defense programs and policy bill so members can vote now on the floor of the house. when they come back, we'll bring you back to this committee live right here on c-span3. and now, a look at some of the session from this morning. >> committee will come to order. chair notes the presence of a quorum.
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committee meets to consider and mark-up hr-5515, national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2019, in the hope that we'll move through our work briskly, i want to make just three points at the outset. one, i appreciate the work and contributions in this bill made by each member of this committee. we come from different backgrounds, experiences, and political philosophies, but each member adds to the whole, whether it is the good work of the subcommittees or participation in our hearings and briefings. and i know we've been occupying a lot of your time in recent weeks. or the more than 1,500 requests we've received to be included in this measure. i hope that each of us takes pride in the results of our work together. second, this bill takes the crucial next steps to rebuilding our military and reforming the pentagon. our nation owes the men and
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women who serve the best equipment, the best training, the best support that it can provide. we have not given them our best in the past, and we are seeing some of the consequences of that failure. the two-year budget agreement begins to turn that around, but we in congress have to follow through on the second year with a defense authorization and appropriation bills enacted on time. at the same time, we simply must continue to see that the taxpayers get more value for each dollar spent at the pentagon and that our military is agile enough to respond to the many complex security challenges facing us, even when it challenges the old way of doing things. this bill advances both goals. third and finally, i know this is an election year and that outside of these doors, our politics is polarized.
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but for 57 straight years with presidents of both parties and congressional majorities of both parties, a defense authorization bill has been signed into law. it is so important, maybe even more now than it has been in the past, for our troops and for the world to see that unity in support of our men and women in uniform and in support of strengthening america national security. we'll debate a number of particulars, but however any one issue is decided, we need to keep the main thing the main thing, and the main thing for us in this bill is the defense of the united states of america. yield to the ranking member. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i want to echo in particular your last remarks. the great thing about this committee is we've worked together in a bipartisan way to produce a product, and i think
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it's enormously important, certainly for the men and women who serve in the military. it's always surprising me as i travel around and visit those service members how much they are aware of what we are doing or what we are not doing, for that matter. so, if we can work together in a bipartisan way and show that the system works, i know that it matters to the men and women who are defending this country. it also matters to the country as a whole. as the chairman has alluded to, these are difficult and very partisan times. if our committee can be the exception to that rule, i think it has an impact beyond just national security, but on the system as a whole to make people believe politics can, in fact, work, we can work in a bipartisan way to produce a product. i also agree with the chairman that these are difficult times in the national security environment, and it's even more important that we do our work and we do it well. and the last thing i will say is i want to thank the chairman. actually, one more thing after that. i want to thank the chairman for his leadership of this committee. he has 100% maintained that
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bipartisan tradition that's been here as long as i've been in congress and longer than that, so i appreciate the partnership of working with him, even when we disagree. we find a way to work through that, and that's the way the system is supposed to work, so i appreciate his leadership on that. and in particular, his leadership on acquisition reform and procurement reform, the holy grail of our committee, i understand. but we can always make it better, and i think the chairman has really worked hard to do that. i think, actually, the leadership at the pentagon is working now to do that. it will never be perfect. it will never be easy. this is an incredibly complicated set of issues we deal with. and when you're buying the f-35, for instance, that's a lot more complicated than buying fraj rater. it's never going to be simple, but we can always do better and i applaud the chairman for his work to make sure we do. and the last thing i will say is to thank the staff for their great leadership. in fact, the best way to sum it up is my staff director called me a couple days ago and said,
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well, 381 amendments have been submitted. i realize the number is now higher. and i had the luxury of saying, well, i don't have to worry about all 381 of those. eventually, they'll whittle down and we'll worry about those. the staff, they've got to worry about every single one of them. they're the ones who help bridge the compromise and get us started. without them, we could never, ever come close to completing this process. so, i thank the staff for their hard work and i look forward to a robust debate and producing an excellent product, as we always do. with that, i'll yield back. >> thank the gentleman and certainly echo his comments about the staff, assuming they perform well during the course of the day. we'll see. no, i'm teasing. before proceeding, let me take a moment to welcome congressman paul mitchell to the committee. this is his first meeting. welcome. see how you like it. congressman mitchell from
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michigan's tenth district replaces mr. bridenstine, who's gone on to other pursuits, and we are glad to have him here. now let me go to a few announcements and unanimous consent requests. the order of consideration for today's mark-up will follow the subcommittee structure. we will begin first with the subject matter that falls under the jurisdiction of the subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities. then the subcommittee on tactical air and land forces, subcommittee on sea power and projection forces, subcommittee on readiness, subcommittee on military personnel, then the subcommittee on strategic forces, and finally, the full committee matters. i think this is the same order we had last year. if a member has an amendment that involves the jurisdiction of other committees, we request that member before he or she offers the amendment have a letter from the respective committee chair indicating their waiver of the right of referral. i impose the same requirement on
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language in the underlying mark so we can proceed directly to the house floor without our bill being sequentially referred to other committees. also, amendment involving additional spending should identify suitable offsets. members must not offer amendments that could result in a point of order against hr- 5515 on the house floor during consideration. i also remind members that house rules prevent consideration of a bill reported by a committee unless the report includes a list of congressional earmarks or a statement that the proposition contains no congressional earmarks, since it is also the policy of the house republican conference no member shall request a congressional earmark, we will not have any. it is the chair's intention to operate under the five-minute rule in order to allow all interested members the opportunity to speak in an orderly manner. at the same time, you don't have to take the full five minutes. and once a point has been made, it doesn't have to be repeated over and over again.
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without objection -- i ask unanimous consent, members have five legislative days with which to submit written statements into the record. without objection, it is so ordered. i ask unanimous consent that the provisions contained in the reports of the subcommittees and the chairman's mark, which include full committee provisions, be considered for purposes of this mark-up as original text of hr-5515 and that these provisions be considered as having been read and that the bill be open to amendment at any point. without objection, i ask unanimous consent that the chair be authorized to declare a recess at any time, without objection. and on that point, my understanding is we expect votes on the house floor sometime between 1:00 and 1:30, sometime between 4:00 and 4:30. my intention is to roll on through, except for that time when we have votes. there will be food and plenty of caffeine and sugar available for
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members, so lagging energy should never be an excuse. does the ranking member have anything else on schedule or you want to add at this point? >> it would sound bad to repeat your point about you don't have to repeat points, so, but that's what i think we should repeat. i yield back. >> good point. okay. the committee will now receive the report of the subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities. pursuant to committee rule 17 and in consultation with the ranking member, we'll postpone recorded votes on amendments to this particular subcommittee until consideration of all amendments to this subcommittee mark has concluded. chair recognizes the distinguished chair of the subcommittee, the gentle lady from new york, ms. stefanik. >> thank you. i am pleased to present this portion of the fiscal year 2019 national defense authorization act. i would like to begin by thanking all of the members of the subcommittee and the full committee for their
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contributions and enthusiastic participation in the hearings, briefings, and congressional delegations that we have held over the past year. as i said at our subcommittee mark-up, we have taken a deliberate look at some very significant issues within the subcommittee's jurisdiction, and we have done so in a united and bipartisan manner. i thank each of my colleagues on the subcommittee for their hard work and support. the emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee mark this year focuses on ensuring our technological superiority by providing the policies and recommending resources for programs that will energize our science and technology enterprise, infuse the department with a culture of innovation, strengthen our cyber warfare capabilities, safeguard our critical infrastructure, provide support for our special operations forces at home and abroad, resource and provide authorities to counter terrorism, and review and advance our preparedness to counter weapons of mass destruction. i am especially proud of what the subcommittee has been able to achieve this year in
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reviewing and understanding adversarial threats, most notably from china and russia, while also maintaining our focus on emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, directed energy, hypersonics, synthetic biology, and robotics. our emphasis on science and technology carries two broad themes. first, the mark better organizes the department of defense to oversee, accelerate, and integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning across the defense enterprise. the mark will establish an ai policy and oversight council and conduct a thorough review of the wide-ranging military applications of this decisive technology. the mark also recommends to the full committee an additional $40 million above the president's budget request for artificial intelligence and machine learning programs. these provisions carry many of the themes of the stand-alone ai legislation hr-5356, a bill i introduced with co-sponsor ranking member langevin and several members of the
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subcommittee that would establish a national security commission on artificial intelligence. second, the mark built upon previous ndaas and has testing of weapons and hypersonic vehicles and accelerates the deployment of these technologies by recommending to the full committee today an additional $100 million. these steps will ensure our competitive advantage against near-peer and peer adversaries and maintain our superiority in these fields. in addition to the science and technology provisions, the mark strengthens our whole-of-government cybersecurity posture by establishing a pilot program that allows for improved coordination between the department of defense and homeland security to prevent and respond to cyber attacks against our critical infrastructure. the mark also reinforces international partnerships in cyber warfare to counter aggressive adversaries such as russia, china, and north korea. this includes support for our nato partners to enhance
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partnered cyber capabilities and information-sharing. the mark also recommends fully resourcing u.s. cyber command and service cyber programs and activities and tightening the department of defense requirement to notify congress in the event of cyber intrusions that expose the personal information of our service members. the mark before the full committee today also authorizes u.s. special operations commands' programs and activities, including ongoing efforts in iraq, syria, afghanistan, yemen, somalia, and eastern europe. we extend authority for critical personnel recovery programs and strengthen congressional oversight of ongoing counterterrorism and sensitive activities. the mark will also streamline the department's oversights of countering weapons of mass destruction by creating a single principal adviser to the secretary of defense for these activities. to build upon the success of family support and mental and behavioral health programs within u.s. special operations command, which this subcommittee has championed in previous years, we are encouraging the
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department to examine how the most successful elements of the programs can be scaled to the broader force to ensure our service members and their families are receiving the best care possible. we're also directing the secretary to review professionalism and ethics programs across the special operations forces to better understand any impact from the very high operational tempo after nearly 17 years of war. we recognize much of this burden has been carried by special operations forces. before moving along, i want to take a moment to thank ranking member langevin of rhode island. jim, it's been an honor working with you in such a bipartisan manner, and i look forward to continuing to work together. i also want to thank our subcommittee staff who have worked so diligently on the mark, including staff lead pete filano, members eric snelgrove, katie sutton, lindsey cavanaugh and jamie jackson, our clerk, nevi shadler, and our fellow dr. mark pebble. thank you, chairman thornberry,
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and i look forward to discussing our etc subcommittee mark this morning. with that, i yield back the remainder of my time. >> the ranking member of the subcommittee, mr. langevin's recognized for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. and i want to thank you, chairwoman stefanik. together in a bipartisan manner, we've accomplished a great deal to be proud of in the etc mark and it's been a pleasure working with you, and i echo many of the same comments that you have just made. and i'd also like to thank chairman thornberry and ranking member smith for their contribution to the bill before us today, both of whom served as chair or ranking member of this subcommittee. i know it takes great interest in the work that we do. it's i believe the most significant work we do each year in this subcommittee, and it would not be possible without your leadership. and last but not least, i'd like to thank etc staff for tireless
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work on this mark, particularly lindsey cavanaugh, pete filano, jamie jackson, eric snelgrove, katie sutton, mark pebble, and nevi shadler. without your expertise and guidance, this mark would not be as strong as it is today. the mark reflects the focus of this subcommittee over the course of the last year, strengthening cyber operations, enhancing innovation, embracing risk, where appropriate, improving oversight, providing for our forces at the pointy tip of the spear, most especially socom and jsoc and increasing our preparedness for countering weapons of mass destruction. we make significant funding choices in this mark, investing heavily in the research, development, and transition of advanced technologies and important national security initiatives. it includes $40 million in additional funding for both navy and army, electromagnetic rail and gun programs, particularly
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important as china right now is fielding an electromagnetic rail gun on a ship. we cannot and we will not cede this ground to any foreign country. as well as $10 million to support the critical dod cyber scholarship program to get graduates into the department of defense as cyber warriors earlier in their careers. the mark builds upon previous initiatives and also sets new policy to guide the department as we confront new threats across the globe. for example, it calls for updates to cyber vulnerability and mitigation assessments of department facilities by expanding the scope of successful programs, such as hack the pentagon, and improves coordination and response for cyber incidents by authorizing u.s. cyber command to provide critical technical expertise to the department of homeland security. looking forward, the mark prioritized science, technology,
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and innovation. it's critical that the department of defense be encouraged to take some risk as we work to combat new pressing challenges that demand creative solutions. with china and russia challenging our technological superiority, we cannot just play defense. instead, we must promote and accelerate game-changing, emerging technologies, such as hypersonics, directed energy, and applications of artificial intelligence, and get them into the hands of the war fighter as soon as possible. so, we cannot do all these things alone, of course. the etc mark also bolsters our international partnerships, especially with nato, when it comes to cyber warfare and influence operations in order to counter threats in our ever-changing world. with that, mr. chairman, in closing, i just want to again thank and congratulate chairwoman stefanik, all of the members of the subcommittee who made contributions to this mark.
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and again, i want to thank the staff for their due diligence and the hard work they put into bringing this mark to where it is today. with that, it's been a pleasure working with chairwoman stefanik and members of the subcommittee. and with that, mr. chairman, i yield back. >> thank the gentleman. is there any -- before we turn to amendments, is there any further discussion of the subcommittee mark? if not, are there any amendments to the subcommittee mark? chair recognizes the gentle lady from new york. >> mr. chairman, i ask unanimous consent to call up on block package number one, consisting of amendments that have been worked and approved with minority. >> without objection, so ordered. if the clerk would please distribute the onblock amendment. and i'll pause just a second to mention that we upgraded our technology from last year, and we saved a tremendous amount of
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time by electronically distributing amendments last year. now we have these tablets. if y'all have any trouble in operating them, please let the staff now, but i think it will be an improvement even over what we did before. without objection, as i say, the amendments will be considered as read. the gentle lady from new york is recognized. >> this is compromised an amendment from mr. banks on autonomous weapons, and ms. gabbard, requiring a report on chemical weapons in syria after the u.s. strikes. amendment 052 by mr. hice regarding partnerships for cyber, and mr. larsen on implementing recommendations from operational united assistance. amendment 067 by mr. larsen, directing a briefing on university research into autonomous systems. amendment 094 r-1 by
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mr. thornberry, regarding modifications by the global communications center. amendment by ms. gabbard for emergency response for non contiguous states and 147 by ms. chaney, amending the hypersonics initiative language to include inf treaty impacts. >> gentle lady yield back? >> yes. >> gentleman from long island wish to be recognized? >> just to echo the words of the chair that she and i have worked out these amendments in consultation with the subcommittee and the staff and i support the package and i yield back. >> is there further discussion on the onblock package? and let me yield to myself for just a moment to make a point. if you look at the underlying marks, there are a little more than 100 requests for reports.
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if you look at all the amendments submitted, there's another 100 requests for reports. i've ask dod how much the average cost of a report is and they can't report back an answer in a timely way. i picked one that was on my desk that i requested last year. it's 15 pages, and it costs, according to the little notice on the front of it, it costs $26,000. if all those reports that i just mentioned in the amendments and the underlying costs are no more than 15 pages and cost no more than $26,000 each, it's about $5 million that these reports cost. now, the truth is, we've got to get information from the department. and sometimes we have to force them to give us information.
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there are good and legitimate reasons to require reports. on the other hand, there are some instances where a briefing will do just fine. and i'm concerned about the proliferation of report. secretary mattis is concerned about proliferation of reports. i certainly do not want to block any member from being able to get the information he or she needs to do our job. i do want -- i'm just taking a moment, because the first ones are in this enblocpaccage. we have got to do per about thinking through the costs and the burdens of automatically asking for a written report when there may well be other good ways for us to get that information. okay, i'm not going to talk about it more, but i just have to highlight that. is there other discussion about the en bloc package? if not, the question is on the
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enbloc package offered by the gentle lady from new york. all those in fair say aye. opposed say no. the ayes have it, and the package is adopted. the gentle lady from new york is recognized for en bloc package number two. >> i ask unanimous consent to call up number two, consisting of amendments worked and approved with the minority. >> without objection, so ordered. if the clerk would distribute the en bloc amendments. and the gentle lady from new york is recognized for five minutes. >> en bloc package number two is comprised of amendment 125 r-1 by mr. hunter regarding a briefing on u.s. support to ukrainian special operations forces. amendment 185 r-1 by ms. rosen, directing a briefing on automated cyber defense capabilities. amendment 189 r-1 by mr. schuster, regarding protection of autonomous systems from cyber attacks. amendment 196 by mr. langevin regarding methods to safeguard
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the defense industrial base. amendment 239 by ms. murphy, directing a briefing on modeling and simulation. amendment 243 by mr. scott regarding a report on urban warfare. amendment 249 r-1 by mr. gallagher, regarding continuous monitoring capabilities and comply to connect. and amendment 321 r-2 by mr mr. khanna on a briefing on information technologies. i yield back. >> is there further discussion? if not, the question is on the amendments offered by the gentle lady from new york. those that are in favor, say aye. those opposed say no. being the chair, the ayes have it. the ayes have it and the amendments en bloc are adopted. the gentle lady from new york. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i offer amendment 385, the national security commission on artificial intelligence act of 2018. this amendment would create an independent national security
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commission on artificial intelligence and is the bill i introduced as hr-5356. mr. chairman, this amendment will direct a comprehensive and national-level review of advances -- >> i'm sorry, if the gentle lady will suspend for just a second. >> yes. >> the clerk will distribute the amendment. all right. now, gentle lady may continue. >> mr. chairman, this amendment will direct a comprehensive and national-level review of advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies for the president of the united states and congress. it will address and identify the national security needs of the nation with respect to ai, including economic risk and other needs for the common defense of our nation. and the amendment will provide actionable recommendations to the president and the congress, including ways to more effectively organize the federal government for artificial intelligence. this is a constantly developing technology that will touch every aspect of our lives. it is critical to our national
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security and the development of our broader economy. the investments we make and the policies we establish will provide the foundation for our qualitative technological military advantage, but every day we run the risk of that edge being eroded. in order to preserve this, we must increase our research investments in public, private, and academic institutions, build and educate a talented workforce, establish the data and privacy standards that will protect all of our citizens, embrace the technological advantages that ai, quaint yum sciences, and high-performance computing will provide to the dod, and lead the international community in establishing the laws, ethics, and norms associated with implementing these technologies. while i'm withdrawing this amendment so we can continue to work with outside committees on jurisdictional issues, i am proud that we have incorporated many of the important aspects of this into the etc mark to specifically address ai within the department of defense. and i look forward to working with my colleagues in the coming weeks as we move the ndaa to the
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floor so we can establish this important national security commission on artificial intelligence. and with that, i withdraw the amendment and yield back the remainder of my time. >> amendment is withdrawn. gentle lady from new york is recognized for en bloc package number three. >> i ask unanimous skon sent to call up en bloc package number three, consisting of amendments worked and approved with the minority. >> without objection, so ordered. if the clerk would please distribute the en bloc package. recognized for five minutes. >> this is comprised of the following -- amendment 148 by mr. smith, regarding a nonlethal weapon system capability, amendment 167 by myself, concerning dual-use ceramic production, amendment by mr. panetta on a briefing for hacking on defense and professional military education, amendment 314 r-1 by mr. turner regarding small business and technology transfer programs,
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amendment 320 r-1 by mr. carbajal, a pilot program for cyber training with the air national guard, amendment 329 r-1 by mr. russell directing a briefing on counter unmanned aerial surveillance technologies, and one on explosive device technologies. amendment 398 by chairman thornberry to provide a briefing on the automated test and retest program, and amendment 402 by mr. o'rourke requiring reports on exgratia payments for civilian casualties. with that, i yield back. >> any further discussion on en bloc package number three? if not, the question is on the amendment as offered -- >> sorry -- >> the gentleman from ohio's recognized for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. first, i'd like to recognize my colleague, steve shabbat, for his work in the small business committee on this amendment concerning small business. as you know, in the age of emerging threats and a fast-based global market, it is
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out of necessity that our economy and our defense remain agile and cutting edge. that's why it's important that programs like the small business innovative research program is an asset, continues to be an asset to our defense and national security. i wanted to thank chairman shabbat for his work on this and also, i believe mr. knight wishes to speak on this and i yield the remainder of my time to him. >> thank you, mr. chair. i'm proud to co-sponsor this amendment. some of these measures included in the amendment have passed through the sbc and sst committees previously. this amendment brings us one step closer towards a more transparent and safe government and would give the opportunity for america's small business to continue participating in the national security needs for innovation in our country. it also allows for much more flexibility and much more agility. small businesses are essential to america's economic competitiveness and industrial base, supporting programs like sbir is important for the safety and economic stability of our nation. i encourage support of this
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amendment. thank you, mr. chair. i yield back. >> mr. chairman, i'd like to recognize ms. murphy, who i believe wants to speak on this. i yield the remainder of my time to her. if not, mr. chairman, then i -- let me just do it. >> i yield back. >> gentleman from california's recognized. >> thank you. i just wanted to thank the committee for working with me to include an amendment that would create a national guard cybersecurity training center pilot program. although the department of defense and the army have taken significant steps to ensure our military is prepared to respond to cyber attacks, an area i remain concerned about, how the national guard is being trained and whether we are providing the necessary training to ensure they are capable of utilizing their defense capabilities in a state environment. the national guard has indicated that their cyber training pipeline remains constrained and that they are looking into ways
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to accelerate joint education and training. this pilot program will provide an environment for more concurrent training for the national guard. the national guard has a dual mission, and they must be able to function in a state environment. currently, some national guard members receive training through the existing cyber training framework. however, we have found that there is a training camp for the national guard as the current platforms do not provide training on how to protect critical infrastructure, something guard members will face during a cyber attack. this pilot program will collaborate with academic institutions to develop curriculum to provide educational training on protecting critical infrastructure alongside other agencies and partners. it will also implement curriculum to educate the national guard on the different missions carried out under titles 10 and 32. during a recent cyber hearing,
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the witnesses reiterated the importance of having existing interagency relationships in place in order to more effectively respond and recover from a cyber attack. this pilot program would provide an interagency training environment that forecasters relationship-building to further enhance common language and approac approach. something we want to avoid is where states independently fight back during a cyber attack. you want them to be part of a national response. and as we heard during the cyber hearing, this all comes down to how we train. thank you again for including my amendment. i yield back. >> further discussion on en bloc package number three? chair yields to himself for just a second to say i agree completely with the importance of the sbir program. what i'm concerned about is how few of those programs actually make it into programs of record for the long haul. and i think that is a focus that a lot of members of this
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committee need to look at in the coming years. it's fine to get them started, but if they don't continue, then you haven't accomplished much. and i'm concerned about that. the question is on the en bloc package number three offered by the gentle lady from new york. the ayes have it, and the amendments are adopted. if there are no further amendments, the chair recognizes gentle lady from new york for the purpose of offering a motion. >> mr. chairman, i move to adopt the subcommittee report of the subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities as amended. >> questions on the motion of the gentle lady from new york. those in favor will say aye. those opposed say no. a quorum being present, the ayes have it, and the motion is adopted. committee will now receive the report of the subcommittee on tactical air and land forces pursuant to committee rule 17 and in consultation with the ranking member. we'll postpone recorded votes on
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the amendments to this particular subcommittee mark and recorded votes on amendments to this portion of the mark until consideration of all amendments to the subcommittee mark has concluded. chair recognizes the chairman of the gentleman from ohio for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. the members have before them the taxable air and land forces subcommittee mark. i want to thank the members for their attendance, participation, and contributions in the overall process. i want to convey my thanks to our ranking member for her support and contribution to the mark of bipartisan partnership that she and her staff have demonstrated and helped to craft this mark has been much appreciated. this will be niki's last mark up, as a member of the house armed service the committee as a result of her retirement. with more than a decade of service in the u.s. house of representatives. i want to personally want to thank her for her bipartisan work she's done in this committee. more particularly, i want to thank her for the work and the
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sexual assault caucus for ten years. we worked together on bipartisan solutions that this committee put into law. and important issues such as counsel for victims and mandatory transfers. niki, i appreciate that your contribution to the safety of service-members is going to continue after your service here. on behalf of the subcommittee, thank you for your service to your country. the mark addresses the bipartisan committees last year and events we heard how years of continuous combat operations compounded with years of deferred modernization created a crisis in military readiness, also, as a result of the affects of sequestration. we acknowledge this damage did not occur in a single year. it will take consistent levels of long-term increased investment to rebuild a modernized military prepared for full spectrum operations. the national defense authorization act for 2018 enakked last year the bipartisan budget agreement signed by the
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president earlier this year, followed by the fiscal year 2018 consolidated appropriation act last month all have laid the foundation for our military's much-needed stability and recovery. much needs to be done. combined with the fiscal year 2019 budget request, the military services should be positioned to continue long-term modernization. the dollars invested today enables tomorrow's readiness. with this framework strong leadership and guidance of chairman thorn berry we have assembled this mark. conducted oversight in approximately 97 billion in programs. i want to summarize some. the joint surveillance target attack radar system. the air force submitted a budget request that did not include funding for the jstar credit three program. we concluded walking away from this program poses unacceptable level of risk to our war fighters. the air force decision know fwlekts years of substantial and relevant analysis.
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the air force completed to justify the importance of this capability. the mark sports the battle management concept we determined the air force needs to integrate the recap program as part of the concept's foundation. continuing the recap program also reduces inherit risk as the complexity of the new concept is realized and flushed out. i want to address the issue of fi physiological episodes. as well as the navy's physiological episode team. we met with pilots and human effectiveness wing. we recognize that work has to be done to mitigate these events. the overall progress in determining a root cause is too slight. i'm also very uncomfortable with the response we have received from the chain of command with respect to pilots concerns. finally, the mark supports the president's budget for the f-35 joint fighter program that
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includes 77 aircraft. it represents an increase, it's lower than the final authorized levels for 2018. overall we strongly support the program and recognize the need to transition our air forces to fifth generation aircraft. we fully expect the department to continue in future budgets. we support a more rapid transition to fifth generation tactical aircraft capability and capacity. this is a good mark. it provides necessary reasonable oversight together with the full committee mark and continues to process of rebuilding our military. i strongly support the chairman's mark and commend his leadership in bringing to light the current readiness crisis and seeking a top line budget increase. i yield back. >> without objection. ranking member of the subcommittee is recognized for
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five minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. thank chairman turner for his kind remarks. this is my last participation in the mark up of the ndaa, i have to say it's been my honor and good fortune to serve on this committee throughout my tenure in congress. i have especially appreciated, as have my constituents, the bipartisan thradition that annually allows us to come together to best protect our country and those who serve on our behalf. it's a model that would well serve all of congress. that's also true on this subcommittee. i thank chairman turner for his leadership and spirited bipartisan this year, as well as in past years. we've enjoyed a collaboration relationship for many years. as we sought to address several pressing issues facing the armed services. i would like to thank the subcommittee members for their robust participations in our efforts. i'm pleased at the mark includes
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four proposals related to better understanding and reducing physiological episodes in navy, marine corps. and air force aircraft. the f 18 received a lot of attention due to its problems in this area, it is not the only aircraft to experience such difficulties. the t-45 and t 6 also had issues. in the past, the f 32 went through a similar period. so it is important to keep calling on dod to solve this problem wherever it occurs. the mark also includes appropriate oversight of the f-35 program. first, it requires the secondary of defense provide a detailed cost estimate and schedule for the f-35 program's future upgrade efforts known as c 2d 2. it requires more information on what the dod is doing to make the f-35 more affordable to operate. both issues are just as important to the long-term health of the program as how many aircraft we're producing.
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the f-35 program is an important one. but no program should be immune from oversight by this committee. i believe the mark appropriately redirects the air force to continue the recap program while the service works to develop a next generation j star capability. in order to make sure this capability remains available to maximum effect to our service-members. at this time, i think the prudent course of action to continue down both paths to reserve options for future leaders of the air force and congress as technology in this area continues to evolve. the market makes hard choices on where to cut funding in order to increase funding elsewhere in line with member priorities. the funding adjustments were used to address shortfalls elsewhere in the budget identified to member and military service input. carefully reviewing the proposed budget and making appropriate adjustments is one of the committee's highest priorities in my view.
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i think the mark does that well. the proposal appropriately encreases funding for research and development aimed at using advanced materials to increase ballistic protection and reduce the weight of the personal protective equipment we issue to those we send into harm's way. i want to thank the talented, committed, and knowledgeable professional staff members for all their work to help produce this mark. and especially doug bush with -- >> we'll now resume the discussion of the russell amendment 328. i have dr. abraham, mr. bacon. dr. abraham is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i yield my time to mr. mitchell. >> thank you, doctor abraham. mr.


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