[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 167 (Tuesday, August 28, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51970-51971]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21094]



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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary


Renewal of Missile Defense Advisory Committee

AGENCY: DoD.

ACTION: Renewal of Federal Advisory Committee.

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SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 
1972 (5 U.S.C. Appendix), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 
U.S.C. 552b), and 41 CFR 102-3.50(d), the Department of Defense gives 
notice that it is renewing the charter for the Missile Defense Advisory 
Committee (hereafter referred to as ``the Committee'').
    The Committee shall provide the Secretary of Defense, through the 
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics 
and the Director, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), independent advice and 
recommendations on all matters relating to missile defense, including 
system development, technology, program maturity and readiness of 
configurations for the Ballistic Missile Defense System.
    The Committee shall be composed of not more than eleven Committee 
members, who are eminent authorities in the field of national defense 
policy, acquisition and technical areas relating to Ballistic Missile 
Defense System Programs including distinguished members of academia and 
the science and technology communities; Federally Funded Research and 
Development Centers (FFRDCs)/National Laboratories and industry.
    Committee members shall be appointed by the Secretary of Defense 
and their appointments will be renewed on an annual basis. Those 
members, who are not full-time or permanent part-time federal officers 
or employees, shall be appointed as experts and consultants under the 
authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109 and serve as special government employees. 
With the exception of travel and per diem for official Committee 
related travel, Committee members shall serve without compensation, 
unless authorized by the Secretary of Defense.
    Committee members may be appointed for term of service ranging from 
one-to-two years. Unless authorized by the Secretary of Defense, no 
member may serve more than two consecutive terms of service. This same 
term of service limitation also applies to any DoD authorized 
subcommittees.
    The Secretary of Defense, based upon the recommendation of the 
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, 
shall appoint the Committee's Chairperson from the total Committee 
membership. The Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition, Technology, and 
Logistics, shall appoint the Vice Chairperson, based on the 
recommendation of the Director, MDA. The Committee Chairperson and Vice 
Chairperson may serve a term of service of one-to-two years and may 
serve more than one term of service, not to exceed two terms, and not 
to exceed their maximum allowed membership on the Committee; however, 
with the concurrence of the appointing authority, may be reappointed in 
these positions for additional terms.
    The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and 
Logistics, pursuant to DoD policies/procedures, may appoint, as deemed 
necessary, experts and consultants, with special expertise, to assist 
the Committee on an ad hoc basis. These experts and consultants, if not 
full-time or part time government employees, shall be appointed under 
the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109, shall serve as special government 
employees, shall be appointed on an intermittent basis to work specific 
Committee-related efforts, and shall have no voting rights. Non-voting 
experts and consultants shall serve terms of appointments as determined 
by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and 
Logistics, according to DoD policy/procedures. Non-voting experts and 
consultants appointed by the Under Secretary of Defense for 
Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics shall not count toward the 
Committee's total membership.
    Each Committee member is appointed to provide advice on behalf of 
the government on the basis of his or her best judgment without 
representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free 
from conflict of interest.
    The Department, when necessary and consistent with the Committee's 
mission and DoD policies and procedures, may establish subcommittees to 
support the Committee. Establishment of subcommittees will be based 
upon a written determination, to include terms of reference, by the 
Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, or the Under 
Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
    The Committee has established three permanent subcommittees: The 
Technical Subcommittee, Geopolitical Subcommittee, and the Agency 
Strategic Operations Subcommittee which are comprised of members who 
are eminent authorities in the fields of science, technology, 
manufacturing, acquisition process, system development, national 
defense policy and other matters of special interest to the DoD and 
MDA.
    a. The Technical Subcommittee shall be comprised of no more than 
seven members. The primary focus of the Subcommittee is to conduct 
independent reviews and assessments of topics deemed critical by the 
Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Under Secretary 
of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics including 
application of technology to improve missile defense capabilities and 
quality and relevance of missile defense science, engineering and 
technology programs; and system development. The estimated number of 
subcommittee meeting is up to four per year.
    b. The Geopolitical Subcommittee shall be comprised of no more than 
six members. The primary focus of the Subcommittee is to conduct 
independent reviews and assessments of topics deemed critical by the 
Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Under Secretary 
of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics including issues 
central to missile defense strategic priorities and policy implications 
of United States defense strategies; program maturity and readiness of 
configurations; national defense policy and acquisition. The estimated 
number of subcommittee meetings is up to four per year.
    c. The Agency Strategic Operations Subcommittee shall be comprised 
of no more than six members. The primary focus of the Subcommittee is 
to conduct independent reviews and assessments of quick reaction and ad 
hoc topics deemed critical by the Secretary of Defense, Deputy 
Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, 
Technology, and Logistics, and Director, Missile Defense Agency. The 
estimated number of subcommittee meeting is up to four per year.
    These subcommittees shall not work independently of the chartered 
Committee, and shall report all their recommendations and advice to the 
Committee for full deliberation and discussion. These subcommittees 
have no authority to make decisions on behalf of the chartered 
Committee; nor can any subcommittee or its members update or report 
directly to the DoD or any Federal officers or employees who are not 
Committee members.
    All subcommittee members shall be appointed in the same manner as 
the Committee members; that is, the Secretary of Defense shall appoint 
subcommittee members even if the member in question is already a 
Committee member. Subcommittee members, with the approval of the

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Secretary of Defense, may serve a term of service on the subcommittee 
of one-to-two years, with annual renewals. No member shall serve more 
than two consecutive terms of service on the subcommittee; however, 
with the concurrence of the appointing authority, may be reappointed in 
these positions for additional terms.
    Subcommittee members, if not full-time or part-time government 
employees, shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under 
the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109, and shall serve as special government 
employees, whose appointments must be renewed by the Secretary of 
Defense on an annual basis. With the exception of travel and per diem 
for official Committee-related travel, subcommittee members shall serve 
without compensation.
    All subcommittees operate under the provisions of FACA, the 
Government in the Sunshine Act, governing Federal statutes and 
regulations, and governing DoD policies/procedures.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Freeman, Advisory Committee 
Management Officer for the Department of Defense, 703-692-5952.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee shall meet at the call of the 
Designated Federal Officer, in consultation with the Chairperson. The 
estimated number of Committee meetings is four per year.
    In addition, the Designated Federal Officer is required to be in 
attendance at all Committee and subcommittee meetings for the entire 
duration of each and every meeting; however, in the absence of the 
Designated Federal Officer, a properly approved Alternate Designated 
Federal Officer shall attend the entire duration of the Committee or 
subcommittee meeting.
    The Designated Federal Officer, or the Alternate Designated Federal 
Officer, shall call all of the Committee's and subcommittee's meetings; 
prepare and approve all meeting agendas; adjourn any meeting when the 
Designated Federal Officer, or the Alternate Designated Federal 
Officer, determines adjournment to be in the public interest or 
required by governing regulations or DoD policies/procedures; and chair 
meetings when directed to do so by the official to whom the Committee 
reports.
    Pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.105(j) and 102-3.140, the public or 
interested organizations may submit written statements to Missile 
Defense Advisory Committee membership about the Committee's mission and 
functions. Written statements may be submitted at any time or in 
response to the stated agenda of planned meeting of Missile Defense 
Advisory Committee.
    All written statements shall be submitted to the Designated Federal 
Officer for the Missile Defense Advisory Committee, and this individual 
will ensure that the written statements are provided to the membership 
for their consideration. Contact information for the Missile Defense 
Advisory Committee's Designated Federal Officer can be obtained from 
the GSA's FACA Database--https://www.fido.gov/facadatabase/public.asp.
    The Designated Federal Officer, pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.150, will 
announce planned meetings of the Missile Defense Advisory Committee. 
The Designated Federal Officer, at that time, may provide additional 
guidance on the submission of written statements that are in response 
to the stated agenda for the planned meeting in question.

    Dated: August 22, 2012.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
[FR Doc. 2012-21094 Filed 8-27-12; 8:45 am]
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