Bridenstine adds bill provisions

U.S.Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, added several key provisions to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) completed markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018.

The next step is consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives the second week in July.

Bridenstine highlighted three important provisions:

  • Equal Treatment of Orders to Serve on Active Duty

Bridenstine is a cosponsor of the Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act, which eliminates disparities in health care, retirement, deployment allowance and education benefits for mobilized Reserve Component personnel.

  • Establishment of a Space Flag Training Event

The Secretary of Defense is directed to encourage department-wide participation in the Air Force’s advanced space training exercise, Space Flag.  Additionally, the secretary is to provide help with doctrine, concepts of operation, and tactics.  Such exercises will enhance our ability to successfully engage in a future conflict that extends to space.

  • Responsive Launch

US STRATCOM has repeatedly identified the need to rapidly reconstitute and replenish critical space capabilities in the event of an attack.

This provision encourages the Secretary of Defense to increase the priority and resources for this mission for responsive and resilient launch capabilities.