[Congressional Record Volume 161, Number 141 (Tuesday, September 29, 2015)]
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CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 1735, NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR 
                            FISCAL YEAR 2016

  Mr. THORNBERRY submitted the following conference report and 
statement on the bill (H.R. 1735) to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense, 
for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department 
of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal 
year, and for other purposes:

                  Conference Report (H. Rept. 114-270)

       The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the 
     two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 
     1735), to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for 
     military activities of the Department of Defense, for 
     military construction, and for defense activities of the 
     Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel 
     strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes, 
     having met, after full and free conference, have agreed to 
     recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as 
     follows:
       That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
     amendment of the Senate and agree to the same with an 
     amendment as follows:
       In lieu of the matter proposed to be inserted by the Senate 
     amendment, insert the following:

     SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

       This Act may be cited as the ``National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016''.

     SEC. 2. ORGANIZATION OF ACT INTO DIVISIONS; TABLE OF 
                   CONTENTS.

       (a) Divisions.--This Act is organized into four divisions 
     as follows:
       (1) Division A--Department of Defense Authorizations.
       (2) Division B--Military Construction Authorizations.
       (3) Division C--Department of Energy National Security 
     Authorizations and Other Authorizations.
       (4) Division D--Funding Tables.
       (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act 
     is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title.
Sec. 2. Organization of Act into divisions; table of contents.
Sec. 3. Congressional defense committees.
Sec. 4. Budgetary effects of this Act.

            DIVISION A--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AUTHORIZATIONS

                          TITLE I--PROCUREMENT

              Subtitle A--Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 101. Authorization of appropriations.

                       Subtitle B--Army Programs

Sec. 111. Prioritization of upgraded UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters within 
              Army National Guard.
Sec. 112. Roadmap for replacement of A/MH-6 Mission Enhanced Little 
              Bird aircraft to meet special operations requirements.
Sec. 113. Report on options to accelerate replacement of UH-60A 
              Blackhawk helicopters of Army National Guard.
Sec. 114. Sense of Congress on tactical wheeled vehicle protection 
              kits.

                       Subtitle C--Navy Programs

Sec. 121. Modification of CVN-78 class aircraft carrier program.
Sec. 122. Amendment to cost limitation baseline for CVN-78 class 
              aircraft carrier program.
Sec. 123. Extension and modification of limitation on availability of 
              funds for Littoral Combat Ship.
Sec. 124. Modification to multiyear procurement authority for Arleigh 
              Burke class destroyers and associated systems.
Sec. 125. Procurement of additional Arleigh Burke class destroyer.
Sec. 126. Refueling and complex overhaul of the U.S.S. George 
              Washington.
Sec. 127. Fleet Replenishment Oiler Program.
Sec. 128. Limitation on availability of funds for U.S.S. John F. 
              Kennedy (CVN-79).
Sec. 129. Limitation on availability of funds for U.S.S. Enterprise 
              (CVN-80).
Sec. 130. Limitation on availability of funds for Littoral Combat Ship.
Sec. 131. Reporting requirement for Ohio-class replacement submarine 
              program.

                     Subtitle D--Air Force Programs

Sec. 141. Backup inventory status of A-10 aircraft.
Sec. 142. Prohibition on availability of funds for retirement of A-10 
              aircraft.
Sec. 143. Prohibition on availability of funds for retirement of EC-
              130H Compass Call aircraft.
Sec. 144. Prohibition on availability of funds for retirement of Joint 
              Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, EC-130H Compass 
              Call, and Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft.
Sec. 145. Limitation on availability of funds for F-35A aircraft 
              procurement.
Sec. 146. Prohibition on availability of funds for retirement of KC-10 
              aircraft.
Sec. 147. Limitation on availability of funds for transfer of C-130 
              aircraft.
Sec. 148. Limitation on availability of funds for executive 
              communications upgrades for C-20 and C-37 aircraft.
Sec. 149. Limitation on availability of funds for T-1A Jayhawk 
              aircraft.
Sec. 150. Notification of retirement of B-1, B-2, and B-52 bomber 
              aircraft.
Sec. 151. Inventory requirement for fighter aircraft of the Air Force.
Sec. 152. Sense of Congress regarding the OCONUS basing of F-35A 
              aircraft.

       Subtitle E--Defense-wide, Joint, and Multiservice Matters

Sec. 161. Limitation on availability of funds for Joint Battle Command-
              Platform.
Sec. 162. Report on Army and Marine Corps modernization plan for small 
              arms.
Sec. 163. Study on use of different types of enhanced 5.56mm ammunition 
              by the Army and the Marine Corps.

         TITLE II--RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST, AND EVALUATION

              Subtitle A--Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 201. Authorization of appropriations.

    Subtitle B--Program Requirements, Restrictions, and Limitations

Sec. 211. Centers for Science, Technology, and Engineering Partnership.
Sec. 212.  Expansion of eligibility for financial assistance under 
              Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research 
              for Transformation Program to include citizens of 
              countries participating in the Technical Cooperation 
              Program.
Sec. 213. Expansion of education partnerships to support technology 
              transfer and transition.
Sec. 214. Improvement to coordination and communication of defense 
              research activities.
Sec. 215. Reauthorization of Global Research Watch program.
Sec. 216. Reauthorization of defense research and development rapid 
              innovation program.
Sec. 217. Science and technology activities to support business systems 
              information technology acquisition programs.
Sec. 218. Department of Defense technology offset program to build and 
              maintain the military technological superiority of the 
              United States.
Sec. 219. Limitation on availability of funds for F-15 infrared search 
              and track capability development.
Sec. 220. Limitation on availability of funds for development of the 
              shallow water combat submersible.
Sec. 221. Limitation on availability of funds for the advanced 
              development and manufacturing facility under the medical 
              countermeasure program.
Sec. 222. Limitation on availability of funds for distributed common 
              ground system of the Army.
Sec. 223. Limitation on availability of funds for distributed common 
              ground system of the United States Special Operations 
              Command.
Sec. 224. Limitation on availability of funds for Integrated Personnel 
              and Pay System of the Army.

                 Subtitle C--Reports and Other Matters

Sec. 231. Streamlining the Joint Federated Assurance Center.
Sec. 232. Demonstration of Persistent Close Air Support capabilities.
Sec. 233. Strategies for engagement with Historically Black Colleges 
              and Universities and Minority-serving Institutions of 
              Higher Education.
Sec. 234. Report on commercial-off-the-shelf wide-area surveillance 
              systems for Army tactical unmanned aerial systems.
Sec. 235. Report on Tactical Combat Training System Increment II.
Sec. 236. Report on technology readiness levels of the technologies and 
              capabilities critical to the long-range strike bomber 
              aircraft.
Sec. 237. Assessment of air-land mobile tactical communications and 
              data network requirements and capabilities.
Sec. 238. Study of field failures involving counterfeit electronic 
              parts.
Sec. 239. Airborne data link plan.
Sec. 240. Plan for advanced weapons technology war games.
Sec. 241. Independent assessment of F135 engine program.
Sec. 242. Comptroller General review of autonomic logistics information 
              system for F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
Sec. 243. Sense of Congress regarding facilitation of a high quality 
              technical workforce.

                  TITLE III--OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

              Subtitle A--Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 301. Authorization of appropriations.

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                   Subtitle B--Energy and Environment

Sec. 311. Limitation on procurement of drop-in fuels.
Sec. 312. Southern Sea Otter Military Readiness Areas.
Sec. 313. Modification of energy management reporting requirements.
Sec. 314. Revision to scope of statutorily required review of projects 
              relating to potential obstructions to aviation so as to 
              apply only to energy projects.
Sec. 315. Exclusions from definition of ``chemical substance'' under 
              Toxic Substances Control Act.

                 Subtitle C--Logistics and Sustainment

Sec. 322. Repeal of limitation on authority to enter into a contract 
              for the sustainment, maintenance, repair, or overhaul of 
              the F117 engine.
Sec. 323. Pilot programs for availability of working-capital funds for 
              product improvements.

                          Subtitle D--Reports

Sec. 331. Modification of annual report on prepositioned materiel and 
              equipment.
Sec. 332. Report on merger of Office of Assistant Secretary for 
              Operational Energy Plans and Deputy Under Secretary for 
              Installations and Environment.
Sec. 333. Report on equipment purchased noncompetitively from foreign 
              entities.

                       Subtitle E--Other Matters

Sec. 341. Prohibition on contracts making payments for honoring members 
              of the Armed Forces at sporting events.
Sec. 342. Military animals: transfer and adoption.
Sec. 343. Temporary authority to extend contracts and leases under the 
              ARMS Initiative.
Sec. 344. Improvements to Department of Defense excess property 
              disposal.
Sec. 345. Limitation on use of funds for Department of Defense 
              sponsorships, advertising, or marketing associated with 
              sports-related organizations or sporting events.
Sec. 346. Reduction in amounts available for Department of Defense 
              headquarters, administrative, and support activities.

              TITLE IV--MILITARY PERSONNEL AUTHORIZATIONS

                       Subtitle A--Active Forces

Sec. 401. End strengths for active forces.
Sec. 402. Revisions in permanent active duty end strength minimum 
              levels.

                       Subtitle B--Reserve Forces

Sec. 411. End strengths for Selected Reserve.
Sec. 412. End strengths for reserves on active duty in support of the 
              reserves.
Sec. 413. End strengths for military technicians (dual status).
Sec. 414. Fiscal year 2016 limitation on number of non-dual status 
              technicians.
Sec. 415. Maximum number of reserve personnel authorized to be on 
              active duty for operational support.

              Subtitle C--Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 421. Military personnel.
Sec. 422. Report on force structure of the Army.

                   TITLE V--MILITARY PERSONNEL POLICY

                  Subtitle A--Officer Personnel Policy

Sec. 501. Reinstatement of enhanced authority for selective early 
              discharge of warrant officers.
Sec. 502. Equitable treatment of junior officers excluded from an all-
              fully-qualified-officers list because of administrative 
              error.
Sec. 503. Enhanced flexibility for determination of officers to 
              continue on active duty and for selective early 
              retirement and early discharge.
Sec. 504. Authority to defer until age 68 mandatory retirement for age 
              of a general or flag officer serving as Chief or Deputy 
              Chief of Chaplains of the Army, Navy, or Air Force.
Sec. 505. General rule for warrant officer retirement in highest grade 
              held satisfactorily.
Sec. 506. Implementation of Comptroller General recommendation on the 
              definition and availability of costs associated with 
              general and flag officers and their aides.

                Subtitle B--Reserve Component Management

Sec. 511. Continued service in the Ready Reserve by Members of Congress 
              who are also members of the Ready Reserve.
Sec. 512. Clarification of purpose of reserve component special 
              selection boards as limited to correction of error at a 
              mandatory promotion board.
Sec. 513. Increase in number of days of active duty required to be 
              performed by reserve component members for duty to be 
              considered Federal service for purposes of unemployment 
              compensation for ex-servicemembers.
Sec. 514. Temporary authority to use Air Force reserve component 
              personnel to provide training and instruction regarding 
              pilot training.
Sec. 515. Assessment of Military Compensation and Retirement 
              Modernization Commission recommendation regarding 
              consolidation of authorities to order members of reserve 
              components to perform duty.

                Subtitle C--General Service Authorities

Sec. 521. Limited authority for Secretary concerned to initiate 
              applications for correction of military records.
Sec. 522. Temporary authority to develop and provide additional 
              recruitment incentives.
Sec. 523. Expansion of authority to conduct pilot programs on career 
              flexibility to enhance retention of members of the Armed 
              Forces.
Sec. 524. Modification of notice and wait requirements for change in 
              ground combat exclusion policy for female members of the 
              Armed Forces.
Sec. 525. Role of Secretary of Defense in development of gender-neutral 
              occupational standards.
Sec. 526. Establishment of process by which members of the Armed Forces 
              may carry an appropriate firearm on a military 
              installation.
Sec. 527. Establishment of breastfeeding policy for the Department of 
              the Army.
Sec. 528. Sense of Congress recognizing the diversity of the members of 
              the Armed Forces.

  Subtitle D--Military Justice, Including Sexual Assault and Domestic 
                    Violence Prevention and Response

Sec. 531. Enforcement of certain crime victim rights by the Court of 
              Criminal Appeals.
Sec. 532. Department of Defense civilian employee access to Special 
              Victims' Counsel.
Sec. 533. Authority of Special Victims' Counsel to provide legal 
              consultation and assistance in connection with various 
              Government proceedings.
Sec. 534. Timely notification to victims of sex-related offenses of the 
              availability of assistance from Special Victims' Counsel.
Sec. 535. Additional improvements to Special Victims' Counsel program.
Sec. 536. Enhancement of confidentiality of restricted reporting of 
              sexual assault in the military.
Sec. 537. Modification of deadline for establishment of Defense 
              Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and 
              Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces.
Sec. 538. Improved Department of Defense prevention and response to 
              sexual assaults in which the victim is a male member of 
              the Armed Forces.
Sec. 539. Preventing retaliation against members of the Armed Forces 
              who report or intervene on behalf of the victim of an 
              alleged sex-related offence.
Sec. 540. Sexual assault prevention and response training for 
              administrators and instructors of Senior Reserve 
              Officers' Training Corps.
Sec. 541. Retention of case notes in investigations of sex-related 
              offenses involving members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, 
              or Marine Corps.
Sec. 542. Comptroller General of the United States reports on 
              prevention and response to sexual assault by the Army 
              National Guard and the Army Reserve.
Sec. 543. Improved implementation of changes to Uniform Code of 
              Military Justice.
Sec. 544. Modification of Rule 104 of the Rules for Courts-Martial to 
              establish certain prohibitions concerning evaluations of 
              Special Victims' Counsel.
Sec. 545. Modification of Rule 304 of the Military Rules of Evidence 
              relating to the corroboration of a confession or 
              admission.

         Subtitle E--Member Education, Training, and Transition

Sec. 551. Enhancements to Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.
Sec. 552. Availability of preseparation counseling for members of the 
              Armed Forces discharged or released after limited active 
              duty.
Sec. 553. Availability of additional training opportunities under 
              Transition Assistance Program.
Sec. 554. Modification of requirement for in-resident instruction for 
              courses of instruction offered as part of Phase II joint 
              professional military education.
Sec. 555. Termination of program of educational assistance for reserve 
              component members supporting contingency operations and 
              other operations.
Sec. 556. Appointments to military service academies from nominations 
              made by Delegates in Congress from the Virgin Islands, 
              Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the 
              Northern Mariana Islands.
Sec. 557. Support for athletic programs of the United States Military 
              Academy.
Sec. 558. Condition on admission of defense industry civilians to 
              attend the United States Air Force Institute of 
              Technology.
Sec. 559. Quality assurance of certification programs and standards for 
              professional credentials obtained by members of the Armed 
              Forces.
Sec. 560. Prohibition on receipt of unemployment insurance while 
              receiving post-9/11 education assistance.

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Sec. 561. Job Training and Post-Service Placement Executive Committee.
Sec. 562. Recognition of additional involuntary mobilization duty 
              authorities exempt from five-year limit on reemployment 
              rights of persons who serve in the uniformed services.
Sec. 563. Expansion of outreach for veterans transitioning from serving 
              on active duty.

Subtitle F--Defense Dependents' Education and Military Family Readiness 
                                Matters

Sec. 571. Continuation of authority to assist local educational 
              agencies that benefit dependents of members of the Armed 
              Forces and Department of Defense civilian employees.
Sec. 572. Impact aid for children with severe disabilities.
Sec. 573. Authority to use appropriated funds to support Department of 
              Defense student meal programs in domestic dependent 
              elementary and secondary schools located outside the 
              United States.
Sec. 574. Family support programs for immediate family members of 
              members of the Armed Forces assigned to special 
              operations forces.

                   Subtitle G--Decorations and Awards

Sec. 581. Authorization for award of the Distinguished-Service Cross 
              for acts of extraordinary heroism during the Korean War.

          Subtitle H--Miscellaneous Reports and Other Matters

Sec. 591. Coordination with non-government suicide prevention 
              organizations and agencies to assist in reducing suicides 
              by members of the Armed Forces.
Sec. 592. Extension of semiannual reports on the involuntary separation 
              of members of the Armed Forces.
Sec. 593. Report on preliminary mental health screenings for 
              individuals becoming members of the Armed Forces.
Sec. 594. Report regarding new rulemaking under the Military Lending 
              Act and Defense Manpower Data Center reports and 
              meetings.
Sec. 595. Remotely piloted aircraft career field manning shortfalls.

          TITLE VI--COMPENSATION AND OTHER PERSONNEL BENEFITS

                     Subtitle A--Pay and Allowances

Sec. 601. No fiscal year 2016 increase in military basic pay for 
              general and flag officers.
Sec. 602. Limitation on eligibility for supplemental subsistence 
              allowances to members serving outside the United States 
              and associated territory.
Sec. 603. Phased-in modification of percentage of national average 
              monthly cost of housing usable in computation of basic 
              allowance for housing inside the United States.
Sec. 604. Extension of authority to provide temporary increase in rates 
              of basic allowance for housing under certain 
              circumstances.
Sec. 605. Availability of information under the Food and Nutrition Act 
              of 2008.

           Subtitle B--Bonuses and Special and Incentive Pays

Sec. 611. One-year extension of certain bonus and special pay 
              authorities for reserve forces.
Sec. 612. One-year extension of certain bonus and special pay 
              authorities for health care professionals.
Sec. 613. One-year extension of special pay and bonus authorities for 
              nuclear officers.
Sec. 614. One-year extension of authorities relating to title 37 
              consolidated special pay, incentive pay, and bonus 
              authorities.
Sec. 615. One-year extension of authorities relating to payment of 
              other title 37 bonuses and special pays.
Sec. 616. Increase in maximum annual amount of nuclear officer bonus 
              pay.
Sec. 617. Modification to special aviation incentive pay and bonus 
              authorities for officers.
Sec. 618. Repeal of obsolete authority to pay bonus to encourage Army 
              personnel to refer persons for enlistment in the Army.

            Subtitle C--Travel and Transportation Allowances

Sec. 621. Transportation to transfer ceremonies for family and next of 
              kin of members of the Armed Forces who die overseas 
              during humanitarian operations.
Sec. 622. Repeal of obsolete special travel and transportation 
              allowance for survivors of deceased members of the Armed 
              Forces from the Vietnam conflict.
Sec. 623. Study and report on policy changes to the Joint Travel 
              Regulations.

     Subtitle D--Disability Pay, Retired Pay, and Survivor Benefits

                       Part I--Retired Pay Reform

Sec. 631. Modernized retirement system for members of the uniformed 
              services.
Sec. 632. Full participation for members of the uniformed services in 
              the Thrift Savings Plan.
Sec. 633. Lump sum payments of certain retired pay.
Sec. 634. Continuation pay for full TSP members with 12 years of 
              service.
Sec. 635. Effective date and implementation.

                         Part II--Other Matters

Sec. 641. Death of former spouse beneficiaries and subsequent 
              remarriages under the Survivor Benefit Plan.

   Subtitle E--Commissary and Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality 
                        Benefits and Operations

Sec. 651. Plan to obtain budget-neutrality for the defense commissary 
              system and the military exchange system.
Sec. 652. Comptroller General of the United States report on the 
              Commissary Surcharge, Non-appropriated Fund, and 
              Privately-Financed Major Construction Program.

                       Subtitle F--Other Matters

Sec. 661. Improvement of financial literacy and preparedness of members 
              of the Armed Forces.
Sec. 662. Recordation of obligations for installment payments of 
              incentive pays, allowances, and similar benefits when 
              payment is due.

                   TITLE VII--HEALTH CARE PROVISIONS

           Subtitle A--TRICARE and Other Health Care Benefits

Sec. 701. Access to TRICARE Prime for certain beneficiaries.
Sec. 702. Modifications of cost-sharing for the TRICARE pharmacy 
              benefits program.
Sec. 703. Expansion of continued health benefits coverage to include 
              discharged and released members of the Selected Reserve.
Sec. 704. Access to health care under the TRICARE program for 
              beneficiaries of TRICARE Prime.
Sec. 705. Expansion of reimbursement for smoking cessation services for 
              certain TRICARE beneficiaries.

                 Subtitle B--Health Care Administration

Sec. 711. Waiver of recoupment of erroneous payments caused by 
              administrative error under the TRICARE program.
Sec. 712. Publication of data on patient safety, quality of care, 
              satisfaction, and health outcome measures under the 
              TRICARE program.
Sec. 713. Expansion of evaluation of effectiveness of the TRICARE 
              program to include information on patient safety, quality 
              of care, and access to care at military medical treatment 
              facilities.
Sec. 714. Portability of health plans under the TRICARE program.
Sec. 715. Joint uniform formulary for transition of care.
Sec. 716. Licensure of mental health professionals in TRICARE program.
Sec. 717. Designation of certain non-Department mental health care 
              providers with knowledge relating to treatment of members 
              of the Armed Forces.
Sec. 718. Comprehensive standards and access to contraception 
              counseling for members of the Armed Forces.

                 Subtitle C--Reports and Other Matters

Sec. 721. Provision of transportation of dependent patients relating to 
              obstetrical anesthesia services.
Sec. 722. Extension of authority for DOD-VA Health Care Sharing 
              Incentive Fund.
Sec. 723. Extension of authority for Joint Department of Defense-
              Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility 
              Demonstration Fund.
Sec. 724. Limitation on availability of funds for Office of the 
              Secretary of Defense.
Sec. 725. Pilot program on urgent care under TRICARE program.
Sec. 726. Pilot program on incentive programs to improve health care 
              provided under the TRICARE program.
Sec. 727. Limitation on availability of funds for Department of Defense 
              Healthcare Management Systems Modernization.
Sec. 728. Submittal of information to Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
              relating to exposure to airborne hazards and open burn 
              pits.
Sec. 729. Plan for development of procedures to measure data on mental 
              health care provided by the Department of Defense.
Sec. 730. Report on plans to improve experience with and eliminate 
              performance variability of health care provided by the 
              Department of Defense.
Sec. 731. Comptroller General study on gambling and problem gambling 
              behavior among members of the Armed Forces.

  TITLE VIII--ACQUISITION POLICY, ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT, AND RELATED 
                                MATTERS

             Subtitle A--Acquisition Policy and Management

Sec. 801. Required review of acquisition-related functions of the 
              Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces.
Sec. 802. Role of Chiefs of Staff in the acquisition process.
Sec. 803. Expansion of rapid acquisition authority.
Sec. 804. Middle tier of acquisition for rapid prototyping and rapid 
              fielding.
Sec. 805. Use of alternative acquisition paths to acquire critical 
              national security capabilities.
Sec. 806. Secretary of Defense waiver of acquisition laws to acquire 
              vital national security capabilities.

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Sec. 807. Acquisition authority of the Commander of United States Cyber 
              Command.
Sec. 808. Report on linking and streamlining requirements, acquisition, 
              and budget processes within Armed Forces.
Sec. 809. Advisory panel on streamlining and codifying acquisition 
              regulations.
Sec. 810. Review of time-based requirements process and budgeting and 
              acquisition systems.

Subtitle B--Amendments to General Contracting Authorities, Procedures, 
                            and Limitations

Sec. 811. Amendment relating to multiyear contract authority for 
              acquisition of property.
Sec. 812. Applicability of cost and pricing data and certification 
              requirements.
Sec. 813. Rights in technical data.
Sec. 814. Procurement of supplies for experimental purposes.
Sec. 815. Amendments to other transaction authority.
Sec. 816. Amendment to acquisition threshold for special emergency 
              procurement authority.
Sec. 817. Revision of method of rounding when making inflation 
              adjustment of acquisition-related dollar thresholds.

  Subtitle C--Provisions Related to Major Defense Acquisition Programs

Sec. 821. Acquisition strategy required for each major defense 
              acquisition program, major automated information system, 
              and major system.
Sec. 822. Revision to requirements relating to risk management in 
              development of major defense acquisition programs and 
              major systems.
Sec. 823. Revision of Milestone A decision authority responsibilities 
              for major defense acquisition programs.
Sec. 824. Revision of Milestone B decision authority responsibilities 
              for major defense acquisition programs.
Sec. 825. Designation of milestone decision authority.
Sec. 826. Tenure and accountability of program managers for program 
              definition periods.
Sec. 827. Tenure and accountability of program managers for program 
              execution periods.
Sec. 828. Penalty for cost overruns.
Sec. 829. Streamlining of reporting requirements applicable to 
              Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and 
              Engineering regarding major defense acquisition programs.
Sec. 830. Configuration Steering Boards for cost control under major 
              defense acquisition programs.
Sec. 831. Repeal of requirement for stand-alone manpower estimates for 
              major defense acquisition programs.
Sec. 832. Revision to duties of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of 
              Defense for Developmental Test and Evaluation and the 
              Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems 
              Engineering.

        Subtitle D--Provisions Relating to Acquisition Workforce

Sec. 841. Amendments to Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce 
              Development Fund.
Sec. 842. Dual-track military professionals in operational and 
              acquisition specialities.
Sec. 843. Provision of joint duty assignment credit for acquisition 
              duty.
Sec. 844. Mandatory requirement for training related to the conduct of 
              market research.
Sec. 845. Independent study of implementation of defense acquisition 
              workforce improvement efforts.
Sec. 846. Extension of authority for the civilian acquisition workforce 
              personnel demonstration project.

          Subtitle E--Provisions Relating to Commercial Items

Sec. 851. Procurement of commercial items.
Sec. 852. Modification to information required to be submitted by 
              offeror in procurement of major weapon systems as 
              commercial items.
Sec. 853. Use of recent prices paid by the Government in the 
              determination of price reasonableness.
Sec. 854. Report on defense-unique laws applicable to the procurement 
              of commercial items and commercially available off-the-
              shelf items.
Sec. 855. Market research and preference for commercial items.
Sec. 856. Limitation on conversion of procurements from commercial 
              acquisition procedures.
Sec. 857. Treatment of goods and services provided by nontraditional 
              defense contractors as commercial items.

                  Subtitle F--Industrial Base Matters

Sec. 861. Amendment to Mentor-Protege Program.
Sec. 862. Amendments to data quality improvement plan.
Sec. 863. Notice of contract consolidation for acquisition strategies.
Sec. 864. Clarification of requirements related to small business 
              contracts for services.
Sec. 865. Certification requirements for Business Opportunity 
              Specialists, commercial market representatives, and 
              procurement center representatives.
Sec. 866. Modifications to requirements for qualified HUBZone small 
              business concerns located in a base closure area.
Sec. 867. Joint venturing and teaming.
Sec. 868. Modification to and scorecard program for small business 
              contracting goals.
Sec. 869. Establishment of an Office of Hearings and Appeals in the 
              Small Business Administration; petitions for 
              reconsideration of size standards.
Sec. 870. Additional duties of the Director of Small and Disadvantaged 
              Business Utilization.
Sec. 871. Including subcontracting goals in agency responsibilities.
Sec. 872. Reporting related to failure of contractors to meet goals 
              under negotiated comprehensive small business 
              subcontracting plans.
Sec. 873. Pilot program for streamlining awards for innovative 
              technology projects.
Sec. 874. Surety bond requirements and amount of guarantee.
Sec. 875. Review of Government access to intellectual property rights 
              of private sector firms.
Sec. 876. Inclusion in annual technology and industrial capability 
              assessments of a determination about defense acquisition 
              program requirements.

                       Subtitle G--Other Matters

Sec. 881. Consideration of potential program cost increases and 
              schedule delays resulting from oversight of defense 
              acquisition programs.
Sec. 882. Examination and guidance relating to oversight and approval 
              of services contracts.
Sec. 883. Streamlining of requirements relating to defense business 
              systems.
Sec. 884. Procurement of personal protective equipment.
Sec. 885. Amendments concerning detection and avoidance of counterfeit 
              electronic parts.
Sec. 886. Exception for AbilityOne products from authority to acquire 
              goods and services manufactured in Afghanistan, Central 
              Asian States, and Djibouti.
Sec. 887. Effective communication between government and industry.
Sec. 888. Standards for procurement of secure information technology 
              and cyber security systems.
Sec. 889. Unified information technology services.
Sec. 890. Cloud strategy for Department of Defense.
Sec. 891. Development period for Department of Defense information 
              technology systems.
Sec. 892. Revisions to pilot program on acquisition of military purpose 
              nondevelopmental items.
Sec. 893. Improved auditing of contracts.
Sec. 894. Sense of Congress on evaluation method for procurement of 
              audit or audit readiness services.
Sec. 895. Mitigating potential unfair competitive advantage of 
              technical advisors to acquisition programs.
Sec. 896. Survey on the costs of regulatory compliance.
Sec. 897. Treatment of interagency and State and local purchases when 
              the Department of Defense acts as contract intermediary 
              for the General Services Administration.
Sec. 898. Competition for religious services contracts.
Sec. 899. Pilot program regarding risk-based contracting for smaller 
              contract actions under the Truth in Negotiations Act.

      TITLE IX--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

Sec. 901. Update of statutory specification of functions of the 
              Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff relating to joint 
              force development activities.
Sec. 902. Sense of Congress on the United States Marine Corps.

                      TITLE X--GENERAL PROVISIONS

                     Subtitle A--Financial Matters

Sec. 1001. General transfer authority.
Sec. 1002. Accounting standards to value certain property, plant, and 
              equipment items.
Sec. 1003. Report on auditable financial statements.
Sec. 1004. Sense of Congress on sequestration.
Sec. 1005. Annual audit of financial statements of Department of 
              Defense components by independent external auditors.

                  Subtitle B--Counter-Drug Activities

Sec. 1011. Extension of authority to support unified counterdrug and 
              counterterrorism campaign in Colombia.
Sec. 1012. Extension and expansion of authority to provide additional 
              support for counter-drug activities of certain foreign 
              governments.
Sec. 1013. Sense of Congress on Central America.

                Subtitle C--Naval Vessels and Shipyards

Sec. 1021. Additional information supporting long-range plans for 
              construction of naval vessels.
Sec. 1022. National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund.
Sec. 1023. Extension of authority for reimbursement of expenses for 
              certain Navy mess operations afloat.
Sec. 1024. Availability of funds for retirement or inactivation of 
              Ticonderoga class cruisers or dock landing ships.

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Sec. 1025. Limitation on the use of funds for removal of ballistic 
              missile defense capabilities from Ticonderoga class 
              cruisers.
Sec. 1026. Independent assessment of United States Combat Logistic 
              Force requirements.

                      Subtitle D--Counterterrorism

Sec. 1031. Prohibition on use of funds for transfer or release of 
              individuals detained at United States Naval Station, 
              Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States.
Sec. 1032. Prohibition on use of funds to construct or modify 
              facilities in the United States to house detainees 
              transferred from United States Naval Station, Guantanamo 
              Bay, Cuba.
Sec. 1033. Prohibition on use of funds for transfer or release to 
              certain countries of individuals detained at United 
              States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Sec. 1034. Reenactment and modification of certain prior requirements 
              for certifications relating to transfer of detainees at 
              United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to 
              foreign countries and other foreign entities.
Sec. 1035. Comprehensive detention strategy.
Sec. 1036. Prohibition on use of funds for realignment of forces at or 
              closure of United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, 
              Cuba.
Sec. 1037. Report on current detainees at United States Naval Station, 
              Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, determined or assessed to be high 
              risk or medium risk.
Sec. 1038. Reports to Congress on contact between terrorists and 
              individuals formerly detained at United States Naval 
              Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Sec. 1039. Inclusion in reports to Congress of information about 
              recidivism of individuals formerly detained at United 
              States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Sec. 1040. Report to Congress on terms of written agreements with 
              foreign countries regarding transfer of detainees at 
              United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Sec. 1041. Report on use of United States Naval Station, Guantanamo 
              Bay, Cuba, and other Department of Defense or Bureau of 
              Prisons prisons or detention or disciplinary facilities 
              in recruitment or other propaganda of terrorist 
              organizations.
Sec. 1042. Permanent authority to provide rewards through government 
              personnel of allied forces and certain other 
              modifications to Department of Defense program to provide 
              rewards.
Sec. 1043. Sunset on exception to congressional notification of 
              sensitive military operations.
Sec. 1044. Repeal of semiannual reports on obligation and expenditure 
              of funds for the combating terrorism program.
Sec. 1045. Limitation on interrogation techniques.

         Subtitle E--Miscellaneous Authorities and Limitations

Sec. 1051. Department of Defense excess property program.
Sec. 1052. Sale or donation of excess personal property for border 
              security activities.
Sec. 1053. Management of military technicians.
Sec. 1054. Limitation on transfer of certain AH-64 Apache helicopters 
              from Army National Guard to regular Army and related 
              personnel levels.
Sec. 1055. Authority to provide training and support to personnel of 
              foreign ministries of defense.
Sec. 1056. Information operations and engagement technology 
              demonstrations.
Sec. 1057. Prohibition on use of funds for retirement of Helicopter Sea 
              Combat Squadron 84 and 85 aircraft.
Sec. 1058. Limitation on availability of funds for destruction of 
              certain landmines and report on department of defense 
              policy and inventory of anti-personnel landmine 
              munitions.
Sec. 1059. Department of Defense authority to provide assistance to 
              secure the southern land border of the United States.

                    Subtitle F--Studies and Reports

Sec. 1060. Provision of defense planning guidance and contingency 
              planning guidance information to Congress.
Sec. 1061. Expedited meetings of the National Commission on the Future 
              of the Army.
Sec. 1062. Modification of certain reports submitted by Comptroller 
              General of the United States.
Sec. 1063. Report on implementation of the geographically distributed 
              force laydown in the area of responsibility of United 
              States Pacific Command.
Sec. 1064. Independent study of national security strategy formulation 
              process.
Sec. 1065. Report on the status of detection, identification, and 
              disablement capabilities related to remotely piloted 
              aircraft.
Sec. 1066. Report on options to accelerate the training of pilots of 
              remotely piloted aircraft.
Sec. 1067. Studies of fleet platform architectures for the Navy.
Sec. 1068. Report on strategy to protect United States national 
              security interests in the Arctic region.
Sec. 1069. Comptroller General briefing and report on major medical 
              facility projects of Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sec. 1070. Submittal to Congress of munitions assessments.
Sec. 1071. Potential role for United States ground forces in the 
              Western Pacific theater.
Sec. 1072. Repeal or revision of reporting requirements related to 
              military personnel issues.
Sec. 1073. Repeal or revision of reporting requirements relating to 
              readiness.
Sec. 1074. Repeal or revision of reporting requirements related to 
              naval vessels and Merchant Marine.
Sec. 1075. Repeal or revision of reporting requirements related to 
              civilian personnel.
Sec. 1076. Repeal or revision of reporting requirements related to 
              nuclear proliferation and related matters.
Sec. 1077. Repeal or revision of reporting requirements related to 
              acquisition.
Sec. 1078. Repeal or revision of miscellaneous reporting requirements.
Sec. 1079. Repeal of reporting requirements.
Sec. 1080. Termination of requirement for submittal to Congress of 
              reports required of Department of Defense by statute.

                       Subtitle G--Other Matters

Sec. 1081. Technical and clerical amendments.
Sec. 1082. Situations involving bombings of places of public use, 
              Government facilities, public transportation systems, and 
              infrastructure facilities.
Sec. 1083. Executive agent for the oversight and management of 
              alternative compensatory control measures.
Sec. 1084. Navy support of Ocean Research Advisory Panel.
Sec. 1085. Level of readiness of Civil Reserve Air Fleet carriers.
Sec. 1086. Reform and improvement of personnel security, insider threat 
              detection and prevention, and physical security.
Sec. 1087. Transfer of surplus firearms to Corporation for the 
              Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety.
Sec. 1088. Modification of requirements for transferring aircraft 
              within the Air Force inventory.
Sec. 1089. Reestablishment of Commission to Assess the Threat to the 
              United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack.
Sec. 1090. Mine countermeasures master plan and report.
Sec. 1091. Congressional notification and briefing requirement on 
              ordered evacuations of United States embassies and 
              consulates involving support provided by the Department 
              of Defense.
Sec. 1092. Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator.
Sec. 1093. Sense of Congress on the inadvertent transfer of anthrax 
              from the Department of Defense.
Sec. 1094. Modification of certain requirements applicable to major 
              medical facility lease for a Department of Veterans 
              Affairs outpatient clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Sec. 1095. Authorization of fiscal year 2015 major medical facility 
              projects of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sec. 1096. Designation of construction agent for certain construction 
              projects by Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sec. 1097. Department of Defense strategy for countering unconventional 
              warfare.

                  TITLE XI--CIVILIAN PERSONNEL MATTERS

Sec. 1101. Procedures for reduction in force of Department of Defense 
              civilian personnel.
Sec. 1102. One-year extension of temporary authority to grant 
              allowances, benefits, and gratuities to civilian 
              personnel on official duty in a combat zone.
Sec. 1103. Extension of rate of overtime pay for Department of the Navy 
              employees performing work aboard or dockside in support 
              of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier forward deployed 
              in Japan.
Sec. 1104. Modification to temporary authorities for certain positions 
              at Department of Defense research and engineering 
              facilities.
Sec. 1105. Required probationary period for new employees of the 
              Department of Defense.
Sec. 1106. Delay of periodic step increase for civilian employees of 
              the Department of Defense based upon unacceptable 
              performance.
Sec. 1107. United States Cyber Command workforce.
Sec. 1108. One-year extension of authority to waive annual limitation 
              on premium pay and aggregate limitation on pay for 
              Federal civilian employees working overseas.

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Sec. 1109. Pilot program on dynamic shaping of the workforce to improve 
              the technical skills and expertise at certain Department 
              of Defense laboratories.
Sec. 1110. Pilot program on temporary exchange of financial management 
              and acquisition personnel.
Sec. 1111. Pilot program on enhanced pay authority for certain 
              acquisition and technology positions in the Department of 
              Defense.
Sec. 1112. Pilot program on direct hire authority for veteran technical 
              experts into the defense acquisition workforce.
Sec. 1113. Direct hire authority for technical experts into the defense 
              acquisition workforce.

             TITLE XII--MATTERS RELATING TO FOREIGN NATIONS

                  Subtitle A--Assistance and Training

Sec. 1201. One-year extension of logistical support for coalition 
              forces supporting certain United States military 
              operations.
Sec. 1202. Strategic framework for Department of Defense security 
              cooperation.
Sec. 1203. Redesignation, modification, and extension of National Guard 
              State Partnership Program.
Sec. 1204. Extension of authority for non-reciprocal exchanges of 
              defense personnel between the United States and foreign 
              countries.
Sec. 1205. Monitoring and evaluation of overseas humanitarian, 
              disaster, and civic aid programs of the Department of 
              Defense.
Sec. 1206. One-year extension of funding limitations for authority to 
              build the capacity of foreign security forces.
Sec. 1207. Authority to provide support to national military forces of 
              allied countries for counterterrorism operations in 
              Africa.
Sec. 1208. Reports on training of foreign military intelligence units 
              provided by the Department of Defense.
Sec. 1209. Prohibition on security assistance to entities in Yemen 
              controlled by the Houthi movement.

        Subtitle B--Matters Relating to Afghanistan and Pakistan

Sec. 1211. Extension and modification of Commanders' Emergency Response 
              Program.
Sec. 1212. Extension and modification of authority for reimbursement of 
              certain coalition nations for support provided to United 
              States military operations.
Sec. 1213. Additional matter in semiannual report on enhancing security 
              and stability in Afghanistan.
Sec. 1214. Extension of authority to acquire products and services 
              produced in countries along a major route of supply to 
              Afghanistan.
Sec. 1215. Extension of authority to transfer defense articles and 
              provide defense services to the military and security 
              forces of Afghanistan.
Sec. 1216. Modification of protection for Afghan allies.

             Subtitle C--Matters Relating to Syria and Iraq

Sec. 1221. Extension of authority to support operations and activities 
              of the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq.
Sec. 1222. Strategy for the Middle East and to counter violent 
              extremism.
Sec. 1223. Modification of authority to provide assistance to counter 
              the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Sec. 1224. Reports on United States Armed Forces deployed in support of 
              Operation Inherent Resolve.
Sec. 1225. Matters relating to support for the vetted Syrian 
              opposition.
Sec. 1226. Support to the Government of Jordan and the Government of 
              Lebanon for border security operations.
Sec. 1227. Sense of Congress on the security and protection of Iranian 
              dissidents living in Camp Liberty, Iraq.

                  Subtitle D--Matters Relating to Iran

Sec. 1231. Modification and extension of annual report on the military 
              power of Iran.
Sec. 1232. Sense of Congress on the Government of Iran's malign 
              activities.
Sec. 1233. Report on military-to-military engagements with Iran.
Sec. 1234. Security guarantees to countries in the Middle East.
Sec. 1235. Rule of construction.

         Subtitle E--Matters Relating to the Russian Federation

Sec. 1241. Notifications relating to testing, production, deployment, 
              and sale or transfer to other states or non-state actors 
              of the Club-K cruise missile system by the Russian 
              Federation.
Sec. 1242. Notifications of deployment of nuclear weapons by Russian 
              Federation to territory of Ukrainian Republic or Russian 
              territory of Kaliningrad.
Sec. 1243. Measures in response to non-compliance by the Russian 
              Federation with its obligations under the INF Treaty.
Sec. 1244. Modification of notification and assessment of proposal to 
              modify or introduce new aircraft or sensors for flight by 
              the Russian Federation under the Open Skies Treaty.
Sec. 1245. Prohibition on availability of funds relating to sovereignty 
              of the Russian Federation over Crimea.
Sec. 1246. Limitation on military cooperation between the United States 
              and the Russian Federation.
Sec. 1247. Report on implementation of the New START Treaty.
Sec. 1248. Additional matters in annual report on military and security 
              developments involving the Russian Federation.
Sec. 1249. Report on alternative capabilities to procure and sustain 
              nonstandard rotary wing aircraft historically procured 
              through Rosoboronexport.
Sec. 1250. Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.
Sec. 1251. Training for Eastern European national military forces in 
              the course of multilateral exercises.

        Subtitle F--Matters Relating to the Asia-Pacific Region

Sec. 1261. Strategy to promote United States interests in the Indo-
              Asia-Pacific region.
Sec. 1262. Requirement to submit Department of Defense policy regarding 
              foreign disclosure or technology release of Aegis Ashore 
              capability to Japan.
Sec. 1263. South China Sea Initiative.

                       Subtitle G--Other Matters

Sec. 1271. Two-year extension and modification of authorization for 
              non-conventional assisted recovery capabilities.
Sec. 1272. Amendment to the annual report under Arms Control and 
              Disarmament Act.
Sec. 1273. Extension of authorization to conduct activities to enhance 
              the capability of foreign countries to respond to 
              incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.
Sec. 1274. Modification of authority for support of special operations 
              to combat terrorism.
Sec. 1275. Limitation on availability of funds to implement the Arms 
              Trade Treaty.
Sec. 1276. Report on the security relationship between the United 
              States and the Republic of Cyprus.
Sec. 1277. Sense of Congress on European defense and the North Atlantic 
              Treaty Organization.
Sec. 1278. Briefing on the sale of certain fighter aircraft to Qatar.
Sec. 1279. United States-Israel anti-tunnel cooperation.
Sec. 1280. NATO Special Operations Headquarters.
Sec. 1281. Increased presence of United States ground forces in Eastern 
              Europe to deter aggression on the border of the North 
              Atlantic Treaty Organization.

                TITLE XIII--COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION

Sec. 1301. Specification of Cooperative Threat Reduction funds.
Sec. 1302. Funding allocations.

                    TITLE XIV--OTHER AUTHORIZATIONS

                     Subtitle A--Military Programs

Sec. 1401. Working capital funds.
Sec. 1402. National Defense Sealift Fund.
Sec. 1403. Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction, Defense.
Sec. 1404. Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense-wide.
Sec. 1405. Defense Inspector General.
Sec. 1406. Defense Health Program.
Sec. 1407. National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund.

                 Subtitle B--National Defense Stockpile

Sec. 1411. Extension of date for completion of destruction of existing 
              stockpile of lethal chemical agents and munitions.

                   Subtitle C--Working-Capital Funds

Sec. 1421. Limitation on cessation or suspension of distribution of 
              funds from Department of Defense working-capital funds.
Sec. 1422. Working-capital fund reserve account for petroleum market 
              price fluctuations.

                       Subtitle D--Other Matters

Sec. 1431. Authority for transfer of funds to Joint Department of 
              Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility 
              Demonstration Fund for Captain James A. Lovell Health 
              Care Center, Illinois.
Sec. 1432. Authorization of appropriations for Armed Forces Retirement 
              Home.

   TITLE XV--AUTHORIZATION OF ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR OVERSEAS 
                         CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS

              Subtitle A--Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 1501. Purpose and treatment of certain authorizations of 
              appropriations.
Sec. 1502. Procurement.
Sec. 1503. Research, development, test, and evaluation.
Sec. 1504. Operation and maintenance.
Sec. 1505. Military personnel.
Sec. 1506. Working capital funds.
Sec. 1507. Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense-wide.
Sec. 1508. Defense Inspector General.
Sec. 1509. Defense Health program.
Sec. 1510. Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund.

                     Subtitle B--Financial Matters

Sec. 1521. Treatment as additional authorizations.
Sec. 1522. Special transfer authority.

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          Subtitle C--Limitations, Reports, and Other Matters

Sec. 1531. Afghanistan Security Forces Fund.
Sec. 1532. Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund.
Sec. 1533. Availability of Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat 
              Fund for training of foreign security forces to defeat 
              improvised explosive devices.
Sec. 1534. Comptroller General report on use of certain funds provided 
              for operation and maintenance.

     TITLE XVI--STRATEGIC PROGRAMS, CYBER, AND INTELLIGENCE MATTERS

                      Subtitle A--Space Activities

Sec. 1601. Major force program and budget for national security space 
              programs.
Sec. 1602. Principal advisor on space control.
Sec. 1603. Council on Oversight of the Department of Defense 
              Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Enterprise.
Sec. 1604. Modification to development of space science and technology 
              strategy.
Sec. 1605. Delegation of authority regarding purchase of Global 
              Positioning System user equipment.
Sec. 1606. Rocket propulsion system development program.
Sec. 1607. Exception to the prohibition on contracting with Russian 
              suppliers of rocket engines for the evolved expendable 
              launch vehicle program.
Sec. 1608. Acquisition strategy for evolved expendable launch vehicle 
              program.
Sec. 1609. Allocation of funding for evolved expendable launch vehicle 
              program.
Sec. 1610. Consolidation of acquisition of wideband satellite 
              communications.
Sec. 1611. Analysis of alternatives for wide-band communications.
Sec. 1612. Expansion of goals and modification of pilot program for 
              acquisition of commercial satellite communication 
              services.
Sec. 1613. Integrated policy to deter adversaries in space.
Sec. 1614. Prohibition on reliance on China and Russia for space-based 
              weather data.
Sec. 1615. Limitation on availability of funds for weather satellite 
              follow-on system.
Sec. 1616. Limitations on availability of funds for the Defense 
              Meteorological Satellite program.
Sec. 1617. Streamline of commercial space launch activities.
Sec. 1618. Plan on full integration and exploitation of overhead 
              persistent infrared capability.
Sec. 1619. Options for rapid space reconstitution.
Sec. 1620. Evaluation of exploitation of space-based infrared system 
              against additional threats.
Sec. 1621. Quarterly reports on Global Positioning System III space 
              segment, Global Positioning System operational control 
              segment, and Military Global Positioning System user 
              equipment acquisition programs.
Sec. 1622. Sense of Congress on missile defense sensors in space.

  Subtitle B--Defense Intelligence and Intelligence-Related Activities

Sec. 1631. Executive agent for open-source intelligence tools.
Sec. 1632. Waiver and congressional notification requirements related 
              to facilities for intelligence collection or for special 
              operations abroad.
Sec. 1633. Prohibition on National Intelligence Program consolidation.
Sec. 1634. Limitation on availability of funds for Office of the Under 
              Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.
Sec. 1635. Department of Defense intelligence needs.
Sec. 1636. Report on management of certain programs of Defense 
              intelligence elements.
Sec. 1637. Report on Air National Guard contributions to the RQ-4 
              Global Hawk mission.
Sec. 1638. Government Accountability Office review of intelligence 
              input to the defense acquisition process.

                 Subtitle C--Cyberspace-Related Matters

Sec. 1641. Codification and addition of liability protections relating 
              to reporting on cyber incidents or penetrations of 
              networks and information systems of certain contractors.
Sec. 1642. Authorization of military cyber operations.
Sec. 1643. Limitation on availability of funds pending the submission 
              of integrated policy to deter adversaries in cyberspace.
Sec. 1644. Authorization for procurement of relocatable Sensitive 
              Compartmented Information Facility.
Sec. 1645. Designation of military department entity responsible for 
              acquisition of critical cyber capabilities.
Sec. 1646. Assessment of capabilities of United States Cyber Command to 
              defend the United States from cyber attacks.
Sec. 1647. Evaluation of cyber vulnerabilities of major weapon systems 
              of the Department of Defense.
Sec. 1648. Comprehensive plan and biennial exercises on responding to 
              cyber attacks.
Sec. 1649. Sense of Congress on reviewing and considering findings and 
              recommendations of Council of Governors on cyber 
              capabilities of the Armed Forces.

                       Subtitle D--Nuclear Forces

Sec. 1651. Assessment of threats to National Leadership Command, 
              Control, and Communications System.
Sec. 1652. Organization of nuclear deterrence functions of the Air 
              Force.
Sec. 1653. Procurement authority for certain parts of intercontinental 
              ballistic missile fuzes.
Sec. 1654. Prohibition on availability of funds for de-alerting 
              intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Sec. 1655. Assessment of global nuclear environment.
Sec. 1656. Annual briefing on the costs of forward-deploying nuclear 
              weapons in Europe.
Sec. 1657. Report on the number of planned long-range standoff weapons.
Sec. 1658. Review of Comptroller General of the United States on 
              recommendations relating to nuclear enterprise of the 
              Department of Defense.
Sec. 1659. Sense of Congress on organization of Navy for nuclear 
              deterrence mission.
Sec. 1660. Sense of Congress on the nuclear force improvement program 
              of the Air Force.
Sec. 1661. Senses of Congress on importance of cooperation and 
              collaboration between United States and United Kingdom on 
              nuclear issues and on 60th anniversary of Fleet Ballistic 
              Missile Program.
Sec. 1662. Sense of Congress on plan for implementation of Nuclear 
              Enterprise Reviews.
Sec. 1663. Sense of Congress and report on milestone A decision on 
              long-range standoff weapon.
Sec. 1664. Sense of Congress on policy on the nuclear triad.
Sec. 1665. Report relating to the costs associated with extending the 
              life of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic 
              missile.

         Subtitle E--Missile Defense Programs and Other Matters

Sec. 1671. Prohibitions on providing certain missile defense 
              information to Russian Federation.
Sec. 1672. Prohibition on integration of missile defense systems of 
              Russian Federation into missile defense systems of United 
              States.
Sec. 1673. Prohibition on integration of missile defense systems of 
              China into missile defense systems of United States.
Sec. 1674. Limitations on availability of funds for Patriot lower tier 
              air and missile defense capability of the Army.
Sec. 1675. Integration and interoperability of air and missile defense 
              capabilities of the United States.
Sec. 1676. Integration and interoperability of allied missile defense 
              capabilities.
Sec. 1677. Missile defense capability in Europe.
Sec. 1678. Availability of funds for Iron Dome short-range rocket 
              defense system.
Sec. 1679. Israeli cooperative missile defense program codevelopment 
              and coproduction.
Sec. 1680. Boost phase defense system.
Sec. 1681. Development and deployment of multiple-object kill vehicle 
              for missile defense of the United States homeland.
Sec. 1682. Requirement to replace capability enhancement I 
              exoatmospheric kill vehicles.
Sec. 1683. Designation of preferred location of additional missile 
              defense site in the United States and plan for expediting 
              deployment time of such site.
Sec. 1684. Additional missile defense sensor coverage for protection of 
              United States homeland.
Sec. 1685. Concept development of space-based missile defense layer.
Sec. 1686. Aegis Ashore capability development.
Sec. 1687. Development of requirements to support integrated air and 
              missile defense capabilities.
Sec. 1688. Extension of requirement for Comptroller General of the 
              United States review and assessment of missile defense 
              acquisition programs.
Sec. 1689. Report on medium range ballistic missile defense sensor 
              alternatives for enhanced defense of Hawaii.
Sec. 1690. Sense of Congress and report on validated military 
              requirement and Milestone A decision on prompt global 
              strike weapon system.

            DIVISION B--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AUTHORIZATIONS

Sec. 2001. Short title.
Sec. 2002. Expiration of authorizations and amounts required to be 
              specified by law.
Sec. 2003. Effective date.

                 TITLE XXI--ARMY MILITARY CONSTRUCTION

Sec. 2101. Authorized Army construction and land acquisition projects.
Sec. 2102. Family housing.
Sec. 2103. Improvements to military family housing units.
Sec. 2104. Authorization of appropriations, Army.
Sec. 2105. Modification of authority to carry out certain fiscal year 
              2013 project.

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Sec. 2106. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2012 
              projects.
Sec. 2107. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2013 
              projects.
Sec. 2108. Additional authority to carry out certain fiscal year 2016 
              project.

                 TITLE XXII--NAVY MILITARY CONSTRUCTION

Sec. 2201. Authorized Navy construction and land acquisition projects.
Sec. 2202. Family housing.
Sec. 2203. Improvements to military family housing units.
Sec. 2204. Authorization of appropriations, Navy.
Sec. 2205. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2012 
              projects.
Sec. 2206. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2013 
              projects.

              TITLE XXIII--AIR FORCE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION

Sec. 2301. Authorized Air Force construction and land acquisition 
              projects.
Sec. 2302. Family housing.
Sec. 2303. Improvements to military family housing units.
Sec. 2304. Authorization of appropriations, Air Force.
Sec. 2305. Modification of authority to carry out certain fiscal year 
              2010 project.
Sec. 2306. Modification of authority to carry out certain fiscal year 
              2014 project.
Sec. 2307. Modification of authority to carry out certain fiscal year 
              2015 project.
Sec. 2308. Extension of authorization of certain fiscal year 2012 
              project.
Sec. 2309. Extension of authorization of certain fiscal year 2013 
              project.
Sec. 2310. Certification of optimal location for Joint Intelligence 
              Analysis Complex and plan for rotation of forces at Lajes 
              Field, Azores.

           TITLE XXIV--DEFENSE AGENCIES MILITARY CONSTRUCTION

Sec. 2401. Authorized Defense Agencies construction and land 
              acquisition projects.
Sec. 2402. Authorized energy conservation projects.
Sec. 2403. Authorization of appropriations, Defense Agencies.
Sec. 2404. Modification of authority to carry out certain fiscal year 
              2012 project.
Sec. 2405. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2012 
              projects.
Sec. 2406. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2013 
              projects.
Sec. 2407. Modification and extension of authority to carry out certain 
              fiscal year 2014 project.
Sec. 2408. Modification of authority to carry out certain fiscal year 
              2015 project.

   TITLE XXV--NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION SECURITY INVESTMENT 
                                PROGRAM

Sec. 2501. Authorized NATO construction and land acquisition projects.
Sec. 2502. Authorization of appropriations, NATO.

            TITLE XXVI--GUARD AND RESERVE FORCES FACILITIES

 Subtitle A--Project Authorizations and Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 2601. Authorized Army National Guard construction and land 
              acquisition projects.
Sec. 2602. Authorized Army Reserve construction and land acquisition 
              projects.
Sec. 2603. Authorized Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve 
              construction and land acquisition projects.
Sec. 2604. Authorized Air National Guard construction and land 
              acquisition projects.
Sec. 2605. Authorized Air Force Reserve construction and land 
              acquisition projects.
Sec. 2606. Authorization of appropriations, National Guard and Reserve.

                       Subtitle B--Other Matters

Sec. 2611. Modification and extension of authority to carry out certain 
              fiscal year 2013 project.
Sec. 2612. Modification of authority to carry out certain fiscal year 
              2015 projects.
Sec. 2613. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2012 
              projects.
Sec. 2614. Extension of authorizations of certain fiscal year 2013 
              projects.

          TITLE XXVII--BASE REALIGNMENT AND CLOSURE ACTIVITIES

Sec. 2701. Authorization of appropriations for base realignment and 
              closure activities funded through Department of Defense 
              base closure account.
Sec. 2702. Prohibition on conducting additional Base Realignment and 
              Closure (BRAC) round.

         TITLE XXVIII--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION GENERAL PROVISIONS

 Subtitle A--Military Construction Program and Military Family Housing 
                                Changes

Sec. 2801. Revision of congressional notification thresholds for 
              reserve facility expenditures and contributions to 
              reflect congressional notification thresholds for minor 
              construction and repair projects.
Sec. 2802. Extension of temporary, limited authority to use operation 
              and maintenance funds for construction projects outside 
              the United States.
Sec. 2803. Defense laboratory modernization pilot program.
Sec. 2804. Temporary authority for acceptance and use of contributions 
              for certain construction, maintenance, and repair 
              projects mutually beneficial to the Department of Defense 
              and Kuwait military forces.
Sec. 2805. Conveyance to Indian tribes of relocatable military housing 
              units at military installations in the United States.

        Subtitle B--Real Property and Facilities Administration

Sec. 2811. Protection of Department of Defense installations.
Sec. 2812. Enhancement of authority to accept conditional gifts of real 
              property on behalf of military service academies.
Sec. 2813. Utility system conveyance authority.
Sec. 2814. Leasing of non-excess property of military departments and 
              Defense Agencies; treatment of value provided by local 
              education agencies and elementary and secondary schools.
Sec. 2815. Force-structure plan and infrastructure inventory and 
              assessment of infrastructure necessary to support the 
              force structure.
Sec. 2816. Temporary reporting requirements related to main operating 
              bases, forward operating sites, and cooperative security 
              locations.
Sec. 2817. Exemption of Army off-site use and off-site removal only 
              non-mobile properties from certain excess property 
              disposal requirements.

  Subtitle C--Provisions Related to Asia-Pacific Military Realignment

Sec. 2821. Limited exception to restriction on development of public 
              infrastructure in connection with realignment of Marine 
              Corps forces in Asia-Pacific region.
Sec. 2822. Annual report on Government of Japan contributions toward 
              realignment of Marine Corps forces in Asia-Pacific 
              region.

                      Subtitle D--Land Conveyances

Sec. 2831. Release of reversionary interest retained as part of 
              conveyance to the Economic Development Alliance of 
              Jefferson County, Arkansas.
Sec. 2832. Land exchange authority, Mare Island Army Reserve Center, 
              Vallejo, California.
Sec. 2833. Land exchange, Navy Outlying Landing Field, Naval Air 
              Station, Whiting Field, Florida.
Sec. 2834. Release of property interests retained in connection with 
              land conveyance, Camp Villere, Louisiana.
Sec. 2835. Release of property interests retained in connection with 
              land conveyance, Fort Bliss Military Reservation, Texas.

                 Subtitle E--Military Land Withdrawals

Sec. 2841. Additional withdrawal and reservation of public land, Naval 
              Air Weapons Station China Lake, California.

                       Subtitle F--Other Matters

Sec. 2851. Modification of Department of Defense guidance on use of 
              airfield pavement markings.
Sec. 2852. Extension of authority for establishment of commemorative 
              work in honor of Brigadier General Francis Marion.

 DIVISION C--DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY NATIONAL SECURITY AUTHORIZATIONS AND 
                          OTHER AUTHORIZATIONS

      TITLE XXXI--DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS

         Subtitle A--National Security Programs Authorizations

Sec. 3101. National Nuclear Security Administration.
Sec. 3102. Defense environmental cleanup.
Sec. 3103. Other defense activities.
Sec. 3104. Nuclear energy.

   Subtitle B--Program Authorizations, Restrictions, and Limitations

Sec. 3111. Improvement to accountability of Department of Energy 
              employees and projects.
Sec. 3112. Stockpile responsiveness program.
Sec. 3113. Notification of cost overruns and Selected Acquisition 
              Reports for major alteration projects.
Sec. 3114. Root cause analyses for certain cost overruns.
Sec. 3115. Funding of laboratory-directed research and development 
              programs.
Sec. 3116. Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant contract 
              oversight.
Sec. 3117. Use of best practices for capital asset projects and nuclear 
              weapon life extension programs.
Sec. 3118. Research and development of advanced naval nuclear fuel 
              system based on low-enriched uranium.
Sec. 3119. Disposition of weapons-usable plutonium.
Sec. 3120. Establishment of microlab pilot program.
Sec. 3121. Prohibition on availability of funds for provision of 
              defense nuclear nonproliferation assistance to Russian 
              Federation.

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Sec. 3122. Prohibition on availability of funds for new fixed site 
              radiological portal monitors in foreign countries.
Sec. 3123. Limitation on availability of funds for certain arms control 
              and nonproliferation technologies.
Sec. 3124. Limitation on availability of funds for nuclear weapons 
              dismantlement.

                     Subtitle C--Plans and Reports

Sec. 3131. Long-term plan for meeting national security requirements 
              for unencumbered uranium.
Sec. 3132. Defense nuclear nonproliferation management plan and 
              reports.
Sec. 3133. Plan for deactivation and decommissioning of nonoperational 
              defense nuclear facilities.
Sec. 3134. Assessment of emergency preparedness of defense nuclear 
              facilities.
Sec. 3135. Modifications to cost-benefit analyses for competition of 
              management and operating contracts.
Sec. 3136. Interagency review of applications for the transfer of 
              United States civil nuclear technology.
Sec. 3137. Governance and management of nuclear security enterprise.
Sec. 3138. Annual report on number of full-time equivalent employees 
              and contractor employees.
Sec. 3139. Development of strategy on risks to nonproliferation caused 
              by additive manufacturing.
Sec. 3140. Plutonium pit production capacity.
Sec. 3141. Assessments on nuclear proliferation risks and nuclear 
              nonproliferation opportunities.
Sec. 3142. Analysis of alternatives for Mobile Guardian Transporter 
              program.

          TITLE XXXII--DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARD

Sec. 3201. Authorization.
Sec. 3202. Administration of Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

                 TITLE XXXIV--NAVAL PETROLEUM RESERVES

Sec. 3401. Authorization of appropriations.

                  TITLE XXXV--MARITIME ADMINISTRATION

Sec. 3501. Authorization of the Maritime Administration.
Sec. 3502. Sense of Congress regarding Maritime Security Fleet program.
Sec. 3503. Update of references to the Secretary of Transportation 
              regarding unemployment insurance and vessel operators.
Sec. 3504. Payment for Maritime Security Fleet vessels.
Sec. 3505. Melville Hall of United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Sec. 3506. Cadet commitment agreements.
Sec. 3507. Student incentive payment agreements.
Sec. 3508. Short sea transportation defined.

                       DIVISION D--FUNDING TABLES

Sec. 4001. Authorization of amounts in funding tables.
Sec. 4002. Clarification of applicability of undistributed reductions 
              of certain operation and maintenance funding among all 
              operation and maintenance funding.

                         TITLE XLI--PROCUREMENT

Sec. 4101. Procurement.
Sec. 4102. Procurement for overseas contingency operations.

        TITLE XLII--RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST, AND EVALUATION

Sec. 4201. Research, development, test, and evaluation.
Sec. 4202. Research, development, test, and evaluation for overseas 
              contingency operations.

                 TITLE XLIII--OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

Sec. 4301. Operation and maintenance.
Sec. 4302. Operation and maintenance for overseas contingency 
              operations.
Sec. 4303. Operation and maintenance base requirements.

                     TITLE XLIV--MILITARY PERSONNEL

Sec. 4401. Military personnel.
Sec. 4402. Military personnel for overseas contingency operations.

                    TITLE XLV--OTHER AUTHORIZATIONS

Sec. 4501. Other authorizations.
Sec. 4502. Other authorizations for overseas contingency operations.

                   TITLE XLVI--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION

Sec. 4601. Military construction.

      TITLE XLVII--DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS

Sec. 4701. Department of Energy national security programs.

     SEC. 3. CONGRESSIONAL DEFENSE COMMITTEES.

       In this Act, the term ``congressional defense committees'' 
     has the meaning given that term in section 101(a)(16) of 
     title 10, United States Code.

     SEC. 4. BUDGETARY EFFECTS OF THIS ACT.

       The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purposes of 
     complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall 
     be determined by reference to the latest statement titled 
     ``Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation'' for this Act, 
     jointly submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by 
     the Chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees, 
     provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the 
     vote on passage in the House acting first on the conference 
     report or amendment between the Houses.

            DIVISION A--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AUTHORIZATIONS

                          TITLE I--PROCUREMENT

              Subtitle A--Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 101. Authorization of appropriations.

                       Subtitle B--Army Programs

Sec. 111. Prioritization of upgraded UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters within 
              Army National Guard.
Sec. 112. Roadmap for replacement of A/MH-6 Mission Enhanced Little 
              Bird aircraft to meet special operations requirements.
Sec. 113. Report on options to accelerate replacement of UH-60A 
              Blackhawk helicopters of Army National Guard.
Sec. 114. Sense of Congress on tactical wheeled vehicle protection 
              kits.

                       Subtitle C--Navy Programs

Sec. 121. Modification of CVN-78 class aircraft carrier program.
Sec. 122. Amendment to cost limitation baseline for CVN-78 class 
              aircraft carrier program.
Sec. 123. Extension and modification of limitation on availability of 
              funds for Littoral Combat Ship.
Sec. 124. Modification to multiyear procurement authority for Arleigh 
              Burke class destroyers and associated systems.
Sec. 125. Procurement of additional Arleigh Burke class destroyer.
Sec. 126. Refueling and complex overhaul of the U.S.S. George 
              Washington.
Sec. 127. Fleet Replenishment Oiler Program.
Sec. 128. Limitation on availability of funds for U.S.S. John F. 
              Kennedy (CVN-79).
Sec. 129. Limitation on availability of funds for U.S.S. Enterprise 
              (CVN-80).
Sec. 130. Limitation on availability of funds for Littoral Combat Ship.
Sec. 131. Reporting requirement for Ohio-class replacement submarine 
              program.

                     Subtitle D--Air Force Programs

Sec. 141. Backup inventory status of A-10 aircraft.
Sec. 142. Prohibition on availability of funds for retirement of A-10 
              aircraft.
Sec. 143. Prohibition on availability of funds for retirement of EC-
              130H Compass Call aircraft.
Sec. 144. Prohibition on availability of funds for retirement of Joint 
              Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, EC-130H Compass 
              Call, and Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft.
Sec. 145. Limitation on availability of funds for F-35A aircraft 
              procurement.
Sec. 146. Prohibition on availability of funds for retirement of KC-10 
              aircraft.
Sec. 147. Limitation on availability of funds for transfer of C-130 
              aircraft.
Sec. 148. Limitation on availability of funds for executive 
              communications upgrades for C-20 and C-37 aircraft.
Sec. 149. Limitation on availability of funds for T-1A Jayhawk 
              aircraft.
Sec. 150. Notification of retirement of B-1, B-2, and B-52 bomber 
              aircraft.
Sec. 151. Inventory requirement for fighter aircraft of the Air Force.
Sec. 152. Sense of Congress regarding the OCONUS basing of F-35A 
              aircraft.

       Subtitle E--Defense-wide, Joint, and Multiservice Matters

Sec. 161. Limitation on availability of funds for Joint Battle Command-
              Platform.
Sec. 162. Report on Army and Marine Corps modernization plan for small 
              arms.
Sec. 163. Study on use of different types of enhanced 5.56mm ammunition 
              by the Army and the Marine Corps.

              Subtitle A--Authorization of Appropriations

     SEC. 101. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

       Funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated for fiscal 
     year 2016 for procurement for the Army, the Navy and the 
     Marine Corps, the Air Force, and Defense-wide activities, as 
     specified in the funding table in section 4101.

                       Subtitle B--Army Programs

     SEC. 111. PRIORITIZATION OF UPGRADED UH-60 BLACKHAWK 
                   HELICOPTERS WITHIN ARMY NATIONAL GUARD.

       (a) Prioritization of Upgrades.--Not later than 180 days 
     after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Chief of the 
     National Guard Bureau shall issue guidance regarding the 
     fielding of upgraded UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to units of 
     the Army National Guard. Such guidance shall prioritize for 
     such fielding the units of the Army National Guard with 
     assigned UH-60 helicopters that have the most flight hours 
     and the highest annual usage rates within the UH-60 fleet of 
     the Army National Guard, consistent with the force generation 
     unit readiness requirements of the Army.
       (b) Report.--Not later than 30 days after the date on which 
     the Chief of the National Guard Bureau issues the guidance 
     under subsection (a), the Chief shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report that details such 
     guidance.

     SEC. 112. ROADMAP FOR REPLACEMENT OF A/MH-6 MISSION ENHANCED 
                   LITTLE BIRD AIRCRAFT TO MEET SPECIAL OPERATIONS 
                   REQUIREMENTS.

       (a) Roadmap.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit 
     to the congressional defense committees a roadmap for 
     replacing A/MH-6 Mission Enhanced Little Bird aircraft to 
     meet the rotary-wing, light attack, reconnaissance 
     requirements particular to special operations.
       (b) Elements.--The roadmap under subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:

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       (1) An updated schedule and display of programmed A/MH-6 
     Block 3.0 modernization and upgrades, showing usable life of 
     the fleet, and the anticipated service life extensions of all 
     A/MH-6 platforms.
       (2) A description of current and anticipated rotary-wing, 
     light attack, reconnaissance requirements and platforms 
     particular to special operations, including key performance 
     parameters of anticipated platforms.
       (3) The feasibility of service-common platforms satisfying 
     future rotary-wing, light attack, reconnaissance requirements 
     particular to special operations.
       (4) The feasibility of commercially available platforms 
     satisfying future rotary-wing, light attack, reconnaissance 
     requirements particular to special operations.
       (5) The anticipated funding requirements for the special 
     operation forces major force program for the development and 
     procurement of an A/MH-6 replacement platform if the service-
     common platforms described in paragraph (3) are not available 
     or if commercially available platforms described in paragraph 
     (4) are leveraged.
       (6) A description of efforts as of the date of the roadmap 
     to coordinate with the military departments on a service-
     common platform to satisfy replacement platform requirements.
       (7) Any other matters the Secretary considers appropriate.

     SEC. 113. REPORT ON OPTIONS TO ACCELERATE REPLACEMENT OF UH-
                   60A BLACKHAWK HELICOPTERS OF ARMY NATIONAL 
                   GUARD.

       Not later than March 1, 2016, the Secretary of the Army 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report 
     containing detailed options for the potential acceleration of 
     the replacement of all UH-60A helicopters of the Army 
     National Guard by not later than September 30, 2020. The 
     report shall include the following:
       (1) The additional funding and quantities required, listed 
     by each of fiscal years 2017 through 2020, for H-60M 
     production, UH-60A-to-L RECAP, and UH-60L-to-V RECAP that is 
     necessary to achieve such replacement of all UH-60A 
     helicopters by September 30, 2020.
       (2) Any industrial base limitations that may affect such 
     acceleration, including with respect to the production 
     schedules for the other variants of the UH-60 helicopter.
       (3) The potential effects of such acceleration on the 
     planned replacement of all UH-60A helicopters of the regular 
     components of the Armed Forces by September 30, 2025.
       (4) Identification of any additional funding or resources 
     required to train members of the National Guard to operate 
     and maintain UH-60M aircraft in order to achieve such 
     replacement of all UH-60A helicopters by September 30, 2020.
       (5) Any other matters the Secretary determines appropriate.

     SEC. 114. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON TACTICAL WHEELED VEHICLE 
                   PROTECTION KITS.

       It is the sense of Congress that--
       (1) members of the Army face an increasingly complex and 
     evolving threat environment that requires advanced and 
     effective technology to protect soldiers while allowing the 
     soldiers to effectively carry out the mission of the Army;
       (2) the heavy tactical vehicle protection kits program 
     provides the Army with improved and necessary ballistic 
     protection for the heavy tactical vehicle fleet;
       (3) a secure heavy tactical vehicle fleet provides the Army 
     with greater logistical tractability and offers soldiers the 
     necessary flexibility to tailor armor levels based on threat 
     levels and mission requirements; and
       (4) as Congress provides for a modern and secure Army, it 
     is necessary to provide the appropriate funding levels to 
     meet the tactical wheeled vehicle protection kits acquisition 
     objectives of the Army.

                       Subtitle C--Navy Programs

     SEC. 121. MODIFICATION OF CVN-78 CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER 
                   PROGRAM.

       (a) Reports on Design and Engineering Changes.--Subsection 
     (f) of section 122 of the John Warner National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Public Law 109-364; 
     120 Stat. 2104), as added by section 121(c) of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (Public Law 
     113-66; 127 Stat. 692), is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new paragraph:
       ``(3) CVN-78 class aircraft carriers change orders.--
       ``(A) As part of each report required under paragraph (1), 
     the Secretary shall include a description of new design and 
     engineering changes to CVN-78 class aircraft carriers if 
     applicable.
       ``(B) The additional reporting requirement in subparagraph 
     (A) shall include, with respect to CVN-78 class aircraft 
     carriers in each reporting period--
       ``(i) any design or engineering change with an associated 
     cost greater than $5,000,000;
       ``(ii) any program or ship cost increases for each design 
     or engineering change identified in subparagraph (A); and
       ``(iii) any cost reduction achieved.
       ``(C) The Secretary and the Chief of Naval Operations, 
     without delegation, shall jointly certify the design and 
     engineering changes included in each report under paragraph 
     (1), as required by subparagraph (A) of this paragraph. Each 
     certification shall include a determination that each such 
     change--
       ``(i) serves the national security interests of the United 
     States; and
       ``(ii) cannot be deferred to a future ship because of 
     operational necessity, safety, or substantial cost reduction 
     that still meets threshold requirements.''.
       (b) Conforming Amendments.--Such subsection is further 
     amended--
       (1) by striking the heading and inserting the following new 
     heading: ``Requirements for CVN-78 Class Aircraft Carriers''; 
     and
       (2) in paragraph (1), by striking the heading and inserting 
     the following new heading: ``CVN-79 quarterly cost 
     estimate''.

     SEC. 122. AMENDMENT TO COST LIMITATION BASELINE FOR CVN-78 
                   CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER PROGRAM.

       (a) Cost Limitation.--Section 122(a)(2) of the John Warner 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 
     (Public Law 109-364; 120 Stat. 2104), as amended by section 
     121(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66; 127 Stat. 691), is further 
     amended by striking ``$11,498,000,000'' and inserting 
     ``$11,398,000,000''.
       (b) Factor for Adjustment.--Subsection (b) of such section 
     122, as amended by section 121(b)(1) of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, is amended by adding 
     at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(8) With respect to the aircraft carrier designated as 
     CVN-79, the amounts of increases not exceeding $100,000,000 
     if the Chief of Naval Operations determines that achieving 
     the amount set forth in subsection (a)(2) (as amended by 
     section 122(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2016) would result in unacceptable reductions to 
     the operational capability of the ship.''.

     SEC. 123. EXTENSION AND MODIFICATION OF LIMITATION ON 
                   AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP.

       Section 124(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66; 127 Stat. 693), as 
     amended by section 123 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. 
     ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3314), is further 
     amended--
       (1) by striking ``this Act, the Carl Levin and Howard P. 
     `Buck' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2015, or otherwise made available for fiscal years 2014 
     or 2015'' and inserting ``this Act, the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, or otherwise made 
     available for fiscal years 2014, 2015, or 2016''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:
       ``(6) A Littoral Combat Ship seaframe acquisition strategy 
     for the Littoral Combat Ships designated as LCS 25 through 
     LCS 32, including upgrades to be installed on these ships 
     that were identified for the upgraded Littoral Combat Ship, 
     which is proposed to commence with LCS 33.
       ``(7) A Littoral Combat Ship mission module acquisition 
     strategy to reach the total acquisition quantity of each 
     mission module.
       ``(8) A cost and schedule plan to outfit Flight 0 and 
     Flight 0+ Littoral Combat Ships with capabilities identified 
     for the upgraded Littoral Combat Ship.
       ``(9) A current Test and Evaluation Master Plan for the 
     Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules, approved by the 
     Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, which includes 
     the performance levels expected to be demonstrated during 
     developmental testing for each component and mission module 
     prior to commencing the associated operational test phase.''.

     SEC. 124. MODIFICATION TO MULTIYEAR PROCUREMENT AUTHORITY FOR 
                   ARLEIGH BURKE CLASS DESTROYERS AND ASSOCIATED 
                   SYSTEMS.

       Section 123(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-239; 126 Stat. 1655) is 
     amended by inserting ``or Flight III'' after ``Flight IIA''.

     SEC. 125. PROCUREMENT OF ADDITIONAL ARLEIGH BURKE CLASS 
                   DESTROYER.

       (a) Procurement Authority.--
       (1) Additional destroyer.--The Secretary of the Navy may 
     procure one Arleigh Burke class destroyer, in addition to any 
     other procurement of such ships otherwise authorized by law, 
     to be procured either--
       (A) as an addition to the contract covering the 10 Arleigh 
     Burke class destroyers authorized to be procured under 
     section 123 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-239; 126 Stat. 1655); or
       (B) under a separate contract in fiscal year 2018.
       (2) Incremental funding.--The Secretary may employ 
     incremental funding for the procurement authorized under 
     paragraph (1).
       (b) Condition on Out-year Contract Payments.--A contract 
     entered into under subsection (a) shall provide that any 
     obligation of the United States to make a payment under such 
     contract for any fiscal year after fiscal year 2016 is 
     subject to the availability of appropriations for that 
     purpose for such fiscal year.

     SEC. 126. REFUELING AND COMPLEX OVERHAUL OF THE U.S.S. GEORGE 
                   WASHINGTON.

       (a) Refueling and Complex Overhaul.--The Secretary of the 
     Navy may carry out the nuclear refueling and complex overhaul 
     of the U.S.S. George Washington (CVN-73).
       (b) Use of Incremental Funding.--With respect to any 
     contract entered into under subsection (a) for the nuclear 
     refueling and complex overhaul of the U.S.S. George 
     Washington, the Secretary may use incremental funding for a 
     period not to exceed six years after advance procurement 
     funds for such nuclear refueling and complex overhaul effort 
     are first obligated.
       (c) Condition for Out-year Contract Payments.--Any contract 
     entered into under subsection (a) shall provide that any 
     obligation of the United States to make a payment under the 
     contract for a fiscal year after fiscal year 2016 is subject 
     to the availability of appropriations for that purpose for 
     that later fiscal year.

     SEC. 127. FLEET REPLENISHMENT OILER PROGRAM.

       (a) Contract Authority.--The Secretary of the Navy may 
     enter into one or more contracts

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     to procure up to six Fleet Replenishment Oilers. Such 
     procurements may also include advance procurement for 
     economic order quantity and long lead time materials, 
     beginning with the lead ship, commencing not earlier than 
     fiscal year 2016.
       (b) Liability.--Any contract entered into under subsection 
     (a) shall provide that any obligation of the United States to 
     make a payment under the contract is subject to the 
     availability of appropriations for that purpose, and that 
     total liability to the Government for termination of any 
     contract entered into shall be limited to the total amount of 
     funding obligated at the time of termination.

     SEC. 128. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR U.S.S. JOHN 
                   F. KENNEDY (CVN-79).

       (a) Limitation.--Of the funds authorized to be appropriated 
     by this Act or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 
     for procurement for the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), 
     $100,000,000 may not be obligated or expended until the date 
     on which the Secretary of the Navy submits to the 
     congressional defense committees the certification under 
     subsection (b)(1) or the notification under paragraph (2) of 
     such subsection, as the case may be, and the reports under 
     subsections (c) and (d).
       (b) Certification Regarding Full Ship Shock Trials.--
       (1) In general.--Except as provided by paragraph (2), not 
     later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this 
     Act, the Secretary of the Navy shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a certification that the 
     Navy will conduct full ship shock trials on the U.S.S. Gerald 
     R. Ford (CVN-78) prior to the first deployment of such ship.
       (2) Waiver.--The Secretary of Defense may waive the 
     certification required under paragraph (1) if the Secretary 
     submits to the congressional defense committees a 
     notification of such waiver, including--
       (A) the rationale of the Secretary for issuing such waiver;
       (B) a certification that the Secretary has analyzed and 
     accepts the operational risk of the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford 
     deploying without having conducted full ship shock trials; 
     and
       (C) a certification that full ship shock trials will be 
     completed on the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford after the first 
     deployment of such ship and prior to the first major 
     maintenance availability of such ship.
       (c) Report on Costs Relating to CVN-79 and CVN-80.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 90 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Navy shall 
     submit to the congressional defense committees a report that 
     evaluates cost issues related to the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy 
     (CVN-79) and the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-80).
       (2) Elements.--The report under paragraph (1) shall include 
     the following:
       (A) Options to achieve ship end cost of no more than 
     $10,000,000,000.
       (B) Options to freeze the design of CVN-79 for CVN-80, with 
     exceptions only for changes due to full ship shock trials or 
     other significant test and evaluation results.
       (C) Options to reduce the plans cost for CVN-80 to less 
     than 50 percent of the CVN-79 plans cost.
       (D) Options to transition all non-nuclear Government-
     furnished equipment, including launch and arresting 
     equipment, to contractor-furnished equipment.
       (E) Options to build the ships at the most economic pace, 
     such as four years between ships.
       (F) A business case analysis for the Enterprise Air Search 
     Radar modification to CVN-79 and CVN-80.
       (G) A business case analysis for the two-phase CVN-79 
     delivery proposal and impact on fleet deployments.
       (d) Report on Future Development.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than April 1, 2016, the 
     Secretary of the Navy shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a report on potential requirements, 
     capabilities, and alternatives for the future development of 
     aircraft carriers that would replace or supplement the CVN-78 
     class aircraft carrier.
       (2) Elements.--The report under paragraph (1) shall include 
     the following:
       (A) A description of fleet, sea-based tactical aviation 
     capability requirements for a range of operational scenarios 
     beginning in the 2025 timeframe.
       (B) A description of alternative aircraft carrier designs 
     that meet the requirements described under subparagraph (A).
       (C) A description of nuclear and non-nuclear propulsion 
     options.
       (D) A description of tonnage options ranging from less than 
     20,000 tons to greater than 100,000 tons.
       (E) Requirements for unmanned systems integration from 
     inception.
       (F) Developmental, procurement, and lifecycle cost 
     assessment of alternatives.
       (G) A notional acquisition strategy for the development and 
     construction of alternatives.
       (H) A description of shipbuilding industrial base 
     considerations and a plan to ensure opportunity for 
     competition among alternatives.
       (I) A description of funding and timing considerations 
     related to developing the Annual Long-Range Plan for 
     Construction of Naval Vessels required under section 231 of 
     title 10, United States Code.

     SEC. 129. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR U.S.S. 
                   ENTERPRISE (CVN-80).

       (a) Limitation.--Of the funds authorized to be appropriated 
     by this Act or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 
     for advance procurement for the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-80), 
     $191,400,000 may not be obligated or expended until the date 
     on which the Secretary of the Navy submits to the 
     congressional defense committees the certification under 
     subsection (b) and the report under subsection (c).
       (b) Certification Regarding CVN-80 Design.--Not later than 
     90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the 
     Secretary of the Navy shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a certification that the design of the 
     U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-80) will repeat the design of CVN-79, 
     with modifications only for significant test and evaluation 
     results or significant cost reduction initiatives that still 
     meet threshold requirements.
       (c) Report.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 90 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Navy shall 
     submit to the congressional defense committees a report that 
     details the costs of the plans related to the U.S.S. 
     Enterprise (CVN-80).
       (2) Elements.--The report under paragraph (1) shall include 
     the following elements, reported by total cost and cost by 
     fiscal year, with a detailed description and a justification 
     for why each cost is recurring and attributable to the U.S.S. 
     Enterprise (CVN-80):
       (A) Overall plans.
       (B) Propulsion plant detail design.
       (C) Platform detail design.
       (D) Lead yard services and hull planning yard.
       (E) Platform detail design (Steam and Electric Plant 
     Planning Yard).
       (F) Other.

     SEC. 130. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR LITTORAL 
                   COMBAT SHIP.

       Of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or 
     otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 for research 
     and development, design, construction, procurement, or 
     advanced procurement of materials for the Littoral Combat 
     Ships designated as LCS 33 or subsequent, not more than 50 
     percent may be obligated or expended until Secretary of the 
     Navy submits to the Committees on Armed Services of the 
     Senate and the House of Representatives each of the 
     following:
       (1) A capabilities based assessment, or equivalent report, 
     to assess capability gaps and associated capability 
     requirements and risks for the upgraded Littoral Combat Ship, 
     which is proposed to commence with LCS 33. Such assessment 
     shall conform with the Joint Capabilities Integration and 
     Development System, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of 
     Staff Instruction 3170.01H.
       (2) A certification that the Joint Requirements Oversight 
     Council has validated an updated Capabilities Development 
     Document for the upgraded Littoral Combat Ship.
       (3) A report describing the upgraded Littoral Combat Ship 
     modernization, which shall, at a minimum, include the 
     following elements:
       (A) A description of capabilities that the Littoral Combat 
     Ship program delivers, and a description of how these relate 
     to the characteristics of the future joint force identified 
     in the Capstone Concept for Joint Operations, concept of 
     operations, and integrated architecture documents.
       (B) A summary of analyses and studies conducted on Littoral 
     Combat Ship modernization.
       (C) A concept of operations for Littoral Combat Ship at the 
     operational level and tactical level describing how they 
     integrate and synchronize with joint and combined forces to 
     achieve the Joint Force Commander's intent.
       (D) A description of threat systems of potential 
     adversaries that are projected or assessed to reach initial 
     operational capability within 15 years against which the 
     lethality and survivability of the Littoral Combat Ship 
     should be determined.
       (E) A plan and timeline for Littoral Combat Ship 
     modernization program execution.
       (F) A description of system capabilities required for 
     Littoral Combat Ship modernization, including key performance 
     parameters and key system attributes.
       (G) A plan for family of systems or systems of systems 
     synchronization.
       (H) A plan for information technology and national security 
     systems supportability.
       (I) A plan for intelligence supportability.
       (J) A plan for electromagnetic environmental effects and 
     spectrum supportability.
       (K) A description of assets required to achieve initial 
     operational capability of a Littoral Combat Ship 
     modernization increment.
       (L) A schedule and initial operational capability and full 
     operational capability definitions.
       (M) A description of doctrine, organization, training, 
     materiel, leadership, education, personnel, facilities, and 
     policy considerations.
       (N) A description of other system attributes.
       (4) A plan for future periodic combat systems upgrades, 
     which are necessary to ensure relevant capability throughout 
     the Littoral Combat Ship or Frigate class service lives, 
     using the process described in paragraph (3).

     SEC. 131. REPORTING REQUIREMENT FOR OHIO-CLASS REPLACEMENT 
                   SUBMARINE PROGRAM.

       If the budget of the President submitted to Congress under 
     section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, for a fiscal 
     year includes a request for funds for the Ohio-class 
     replacement submarine program, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     include in the budget justification materials submitted to 
     Congress in support of the Department of Defense budget for 
     such fiscal year a report that includes the following 
     elements regarding such program (described in terms of both 
     fiscal year 2010 dollars and current fiscal year dollars as 
     of the date of the report):
       (1) Lead ship end cost (with plans).
       (2) Lead ship end cost (less plans).
       (3) Lead ship non-recurring engineering cost.
       (4) Average follow-on ship cost.
       (5) Average operations and sustainment cost per hull per 
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       (6) The average follow-on ship affordability target as 
     determined by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, 
     Technology, and Logistics.
       (7) The operations and sustainment cost per hull per year 
     affordability target as determined by the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.

                     Subtitle D--Air Force Programs

     SEC. 141. BACKUP INVENTORY STATUS OF A-10 AIRCRAFT.

       (a) Maximum Number.--In carrying out section 133(b)(2)(A) 
     of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 
     113-291; 128 Stat. 3316), the Secretary of the Air Force may 
     not move more than 18 A-10 aircraft in the active component 
     to backup flying status pursuant to an authorization made by 
     the Secretary of Defense under such section.
       (b) Conforming Amendment.--Such section 133(b)(2)(A) is 
     amended by striking ``36'' and inserting ``18''.

     SEC. 142. PROHIBITION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR RETIREMENT 
                   OF A-10 AIRCRAFT.

       (a) Prohibition on Availability of Funds for Retirement.--
     Except as provided by section 141, none of the funds 
     authorized to be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made 
     available for fiscal year 2016 for the Air Force may be 
     obligated or expended to retire, prepare to retire, or place 
     in storage or on backup aircraft inventory status any A-10 
     aircraft.
       (b) Additional Limitations on Retirement.--
       (1) In general.--Except as provided by section 141, and in 
     addition to the limitation in subsection (a), during the 
     period before December 31, 2016, the Secretary of the Air 
     Force may not retire, prepare to retire, or place in storage 
     or on backup flying status any A-10 aircraft.
       (2) Minimum inventory requirement.--The Secretary of the 
     Air Force shall ensure the Air Force maintains a minimum of 
     171 A-10 aircraft designated as primary mission aircraft 
     inventory.
       (c) Prohibition on Availability of Funds for Significant 
     Reductions in Manning Levels.--None of the funds authorized 
     to be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available 
     for fiscal year 2016 for the Air Force may be obligated or 
     expended to make significant reductions to manning levels 
     with respect to any A-10 aircraft squadrons or divisions.
       (d) Additional Limitation on Significant Reductions in 
     Manning Levels.--In addition to the limitation in subsection 
     (c), during the period before December 31, 2016, the 
     Secretary of the Air Force may not make significant 
     reductions to manning levels with respect to any A-10 
     aircraft squadrons or divisions.
       (e) Study on Replacement Capability Requirements or Mission 
     Platform for the A-10 Aircraft.--
       (1) Independent assessment required.--
       (A) In general.--The Secretary of the Air Force shall 
     commission an appropriate entity outside the Department of 
     Defense to conduct an assessment of the required capabilities 
     or mission platform to replace the A-10 aircraft. This 
     assessment would represent preparatory work to inform an 
     analysis of alternatives.
       (B) Elements.--The assessment required under subparagraph 
     (A) shall include each of the following:
       (i) Future needs analysis for the current A-10 aircraft 
     mission set to include troops-in-contact/close air support, 
     air interdiction, strike control and reconnaissance, and 
     combat search and rescue support in both contested and 
     uncontested battle environments. At a minimum, the needs 
     analysis should specifically address the following areas:

       (I) The ability to safely and effectively conduct troops-
     in-contact/danger close missions or missions in close 
     proximity to civilians in the presence of the air defenses 
     found with enemy ground maneuver units.
       (II) The ability to effectively target and destroy moving, 
     camouflaged, or dug-in troops, artillery, armor, and armored 
     personnel carriers.
       (III) The ability to engage, target, and destroy tanks and 
     armored personnel carriers, including with respect to the 
     carrying capacity of armor-piercing weaponry, including 
     mounted cannons and missiles.
       (IV) The ability to remain within visual range of friendly 
     forces and targets to facilitate responsiveness to ground 
     forces and minimize re-attack times.
       (V) The ability to safely conduct close air support beneath 
     low cloud ceilings and in reduced visibilities at low 
     airspeeds in the presence of the air defenses found with 
     enemy ground maneuver units.
       (VI) The capability to enable the pilot and aircraft to 
     survive attacks stemming from small arms, machine guns, man-
     portable air-defense systems, and lower caliber anti-aircraft 
     artillery organic or attached to enemy ground forces and 
     maneuver units.
       (VII) The ability to communicate effectively with ground 
     forces and downed pilots, including in communications jamming 
     or satellite-denied environments.
       (VIII) The ability to execute the missions described in 
     subclauses (I), (II), (III), and (IV) in a GPS- or satellite-
     denied environment with or without sensors.
       (IX) The ability to deliver multiple lethal firing passes 
     and sustain long loiter endurance to support friendly forces 
     throughout extended ground engagements.
       (X) The ability to operate from unprepared dirt, grass, and 
     narrow road runways and to generate high sortie rates under 
     these austere conditions.

       (ii) Identification and assessment of gaps in the ability 
     of existing and programmed mission platforms in providing 
     required capabilities to conduct missions specified in clause 
     (i) in both contested and uncontested battle environments.
       (iii) Assessment of operational effectiveness of existing 
     and programmed mission platforms to conduct missions 
     specified in clause (i) in both contested and uncontested 
     battle environments.
       (iv) Assessment of probability of likelihood of conducting 
     missions requiring troops-in-contact/close air support 
     operations specified in clause (i) in contested environments 
     as compared to uncontested environments.
       (v) Any other matters the independent entity or the 
     Secretary of the Air Force determines to be appropriate.
       (2) Report.--
       (A) In general.--Not later than September 30, 2016, the 
     Secretary of the Air Force shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a report that includes the assessment 
     required under paragraph (1).
       (B) Form.--The report required under subparagraph (A) may 
     be submitted in classified form, but shall also contain an 
     unclassified executive summary and may contain an 
     unclassified annex.
       (3) Nonduplication of effort.--If any information required 
     under paragraph (1) has been included in another report or 
     notification previously submitted to the congressional 
     defense committees by law, the Secretary of the Air Force may 
     provide a list of such reports and notifications at the time 
     of submitting the report required under paragraph (2) instead 
     of including such information in such report.

     SEC. 143. PROHIBITION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR RETIREMENT 
                   OF EC-130H COMPASS CALL AIRCRAFT.

       (a) Prohibition on Availability of Funds for Retirement.--
     None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act 
     or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 for the Air 
     Force may be obligated or expended to retire, prepare to 
     retire, or place in storage or on backup aircraft inventory 
     status any EC-130H Compass Call aircraft.
       (b) Additional Prohibition on Retirement.--In addition to 
     the prohibition in subsection (a), during the period 
     preceding December 31, 2016, the Secretary of the Air Force 
     may not retire, prepare to retire, or place in storage or on 
     backup flying status any EC-130H Compass Call aircraft.
       (c) Report on Retirement of EC-130H Compass Call 
     Aircraft.--Not later than September 30, 2016, the Secretary 
     of the Air Force shall submit to the congressional defense 
     committees a report that includes, at a minimum, the 
     following:
       (1) The rationale for the retirement of existing EC-130H 
     Compass Call aircraft, including an operational analysis of 
     the impact of such retirements on the warfighting 
     requirements of the combatant commanders.
       (2) Future needs analysis for the current EC-130H Compass 
     Call aircraft electronic warfare mission set to include 
     suppression of sophisticated enemy air defense systems, 
     advanced radar jamming, avoiding radar detection, 
     communications, sensing, satellite navigation, command and 
     control, and battlefield awareness.
       (3) A review of operating concepts for airborne electronic 
     attack.
       (4) An assessment of upgrades to the electronic warfare 
     systems of EC-130H Compass Call aircraft, the costs of such 
     upgrades, and expected upgrades through 2025, and the 
     expected service life of EC-130H Compass Call aircraft.
       (5) A review of the global proliferation of more 
     sophisticated air defenses and advanced commercial digital 
     electronic devices which counter the airborne electronic 
     attack capabilities of the United States by state and non-
     state actors.
       (6) An assessment of the ability of the current EC-130H 
     Compass Call fleet to meet tasking requirements of the 
     combatant commanders.
       (7) A plan for how the Air Force will recapitalize the 
     capability requirement of the EC-130H Compass Call mission in 
     the future, whether through a replacement program or by 
     integrating such capabilities onto an existing platform.
       (8) If the plan under paragraph (7) includes integrating 
     such capabilities onto an existing platform, an analysis that 
     verifies that such platform has the space, weight, cooling, 
     and power necessary to support the integration of the EC-130H 
     Compass Call capability.
       (9) Such other matters relating to the required mission 
     capabilities and transition of the EC-130H Compass Call fleet 
     as the Secretary considers appropriate.
       (d) Form.--The report under subsection (c) may be submitted 
     in classified form, but shall also contain an unclassified 
     executive summary and may contain an unclassified annex.
       (e) Nonduplication of Effort.--If any information required 
     in the report under subsection (c) has been included in 
     another report or notification previously submitted to the 
     congressional defense committees by law, the Secretary of the 
     Air Force may provide a list of such reports and 
     notifications at the time of submitting the report required 
     under subsection (c) instead of including such information in 
     such report.

     SEC. 144. PROHIBITION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR RETIREMENT 
                   OF JOINT SURVEILLANCE TARGET ATTACK RADAR 
                   SYSTEM, EC-130H COMPASS CALL, AND AIRBORNE 
                   WARNING AND CONTROL SYSTEM AIRCRAFT.

       (a) Prohibition.--Except as provided by subsection (b), 
     none of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act 
     or otherwise made available for fiscal years 2016 or 2017 for 
     the Air Force may be obligated or expended to retire, or 
     prepare to retire, any covered aircraft.
       (b) Exception.--The prohibition in subsection (a) shall not 
     apply to individual covered aircraft that the Secretary of 
     the Air Force determines, on a case-by-case basis, to be non-
     operational because of mishaps, other damage, or being 
     uneconomical to repair.

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       (c) Covered Aircraft.--In this section, the term ``covered 
     aircraft'' means the following:
       (1) Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft.
       (2) EC-130H Compass Call aircraft.
       (3) Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft.

     SEC. 145. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR F-35A 
                   AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT.

       Of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or 
     otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 for aircraft 
     procurement, Air Force, not more than $4,285,000,000 may be 
     obligated for the procurement of F-35A aircraft until the 
     Secretary of the Air Force certifies to the congressional 
     defense committees that F-35A aircraft delivered during 
     fiscal year 2018 will have full combat capability, as 
     determined as of the date of the enactment of this Act, with 
     Block 3F hardware, software, and weapons carriage.

     SEC. 146. PROHIBITION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR RETIREMENT 
                   OF KC-10 AIRCRAFT.

       (a) Prohibition.--Except as provided by subsection (b), 
     none of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act 
     or otherwise made available for fiscal years 2016 or 2017 for 
     the Air Force may be obligated or expended to retire, or 
     prepare to retire, any KC-10 aircraft.
       (b) Exception.--The prohibition in subsection (a) shall not 
     apply to individual KC-10 aircraft that the Secretary of the 
     Air Force determines, on a case-by-case basis, to be non-
     operational because of mishaps, other damage, or being 
     uneconomical to repair.

     SEC. 147. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR TRANSFER OF 
                   C-130 AIRCRAFT.

       None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act 
     or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 for the Air 
     Force may be obligated or expended to transfer from one 
     facility of the Department of Defense to another any C-130H 
     aircraft, initiate any C-130 manpower authorization 
     adjustments, retire or prepare to retire any C-130H aircraft, 
     or close any C-130H unit until a period of 90 days elapses 
     following the date on which the Secretary of the Air Force, 
     the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Air 
     Force, and the Chief of Staff of the Army, in consultation 
     with the commanders of the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd 
     Airborne Division, and the United States Army Special 
     Operations Command, jointly certify to the Committees on 
     Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives 
     that--
       (1) the Secretary of the Air Force will maintain dedicated 
     C-130 wings to support the daily training and contingency 
     requirements of the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne 
     Division, and the United States Army Special Operations 
     Command at manning levels required to support and operate the 
     number of aircraft that existed as part of regular and 
     reserve Air Force operations in support of such units as of 
     September 30, 2014; or
       (2) the failure to maintain such dedicated C-130 wings will 
     not adversely affect the daily training requirement of such 
     airborne and special operations units.

     SEC. 148. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR EXECUTIVE 
                   COMMUNICATIONS UPGRADES FOR C-20 AND C-37 
                   AIRCRAFT.

       (a) Limitation.--Except as provided by subsection (b), none 
     of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or 
     otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 for the Air 
     Force may be obligated or expended to upgrade the executive 
     communications of C-20 and C-37 aircraft until the date on 
     which the Secretary of the Air Force certifies in writing to 
     the congressional defense committees that such upgrades do 
     not--
       (1) cause such aircraft to exceed any weight limitation; or
       (2) reduce the operational capability of such aircraft.
       (b) Waiver.--The Secretary may waive the limitation in 
     subsection (a) if the Secretary--
       (1) determines that such waiver is necessary for the 
     national security interests of the United States; and
       (2) notifies the congressional defense committees of such 
     waiver.

     SEC. 149. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR T-1A 
                   JAYHAWK AIRCRAFT.

       Of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or 
     otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 for aircraft 
     procurement, Air Force, for avionics modification to the T-1A 
     Jayhawk aircraft, not more than 85 percent may be obligated 
     or expended until a period of 30 days has elapsed following 
     the date on which the Secretary of the Air Force submits to 
     the congressional defense committees the report required 
     under section 142 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' 
     McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3320).

     SEC. 150. NOTIFICATION OF RETIREMENT OF B-1, B-2, AND B-52 
                   BOMBER AIRCRAFT.

       (a) Notification.--Except as provided by subsection (b), 
     during the period preceding the date on which the long-range 
     strike bomber aircraft achieves initial operational 
     capability, the Secretary of the Air Force may not retire or 
     prepare to retire covered aircraft during a fiscal year 
     unless the Secretary includes in the defense budget materials 
     for that fiscal year a notification of the proposed 
     retirement, including the rationale for the retirement, the 
     effects of the retirement, and how the Secretary will 
     mitigate any risks relating to the retirement.
       (b) Exception.--The notification requirement in subsection 
     (a) shall not apply to individual covered aircraft that the 
     Secretary determines, on a case-by-case basis, to be non-
     operational because of mishaps, other damage, or being 
     uneconomical to repair.
       (c) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``covered aircraft'' means B-1, B-2, and B-52 
     bomber aircraft.
       (2) The term ``defense budget materials'' has the meaning 
     given that term in section 231(f) of title 10, United States 
     Code.

     SEC. 151. INVENTORY REQUIREMENT FOR FIGHTER AIRCRAFT OF THE 
                   AIR FORCE.

       (a) Inventory Requirement.--During the two-year period 
     beginning on October 1, 2015, the Secretary of the Air Force 
     shall maintain a total aircraft inventory of fighter aircraft 
     of not less than 1,900 aircraft, and a total primary mission 
     aircraft inventory (combat-coded) of not less than 1,100 
     fighter aircraft.
       (b) Budget Information Regarding Retirement of Fighter 
     Aircraft.--
       (1) Report.--If the Secretary proposes to retire fighter 
     aircraft in a fiscal year, the Secretary shall include in the 
     materials submitted in support of the budget of the President 
     for that fiscal year (as submitted to Congress under section 
     1105(a) of title 31, United States Code) a report setting 
     forth the following:
       (A) The rationale and appropriate supporting analysis for 
     the proposed retirement.
       (B) An assessment of the implications of such retirement 
     for the Air Force, the Air National Guard, and the Air Force 
     Reserve for the force mix ratio of fighter aircraft.
       (C) Such other matters relating to the proposed retirement 
     as the Secretary considers appropriate.
       (2) Exception.--Paragraph (1) shall not apply to individual 
     fighter aircraft that the Secretary determines, on a case-by-
     case basis, to be non-operational because of mishaps, other 
     damage, or being uneconomical to repair.
       (c) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``fighter aircraft'' means an aircraft that is 
     designated by a basic mission design series of A-10, F-15, F-
     16, F-22, or F-35.
       (2) The term ``primary mission aircraft inventory'' means 
     aircraft assigned to meet the primary aircraft authorization 
     to a unit for the performance of its wartime mission.

     SEC. 152. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING THE OCONUS BASING OF F-
                   35A AIRCRAFT.

       (a) Finding.--Congress finds that the Department of Defense 
     is continuing its process of permanently stationing the F-35 
     aircraft at installations in the continental United States 
     and forward-basing such aircraft outside the continental 
     United States.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that 
     the Secretary of the Air Force, in the strategic basing 
     process for the F-35A aircraft, should continue to consider 
     the benefits derived from sites that--
       (1) are capable of hosting fighter-based bilateral and 
     multilateral training opportunities with international 
     partners;
       (2) have sufficient airspace and range capabilities and 
     capacity to meet the training requirements;
       (3) have existing facilities to support personnel, 
     operations, and logistics associated with the flying mission;
       (4) have limited encroachment that would adversely impact 
     training or operations; and
       (5) minimize the overall construction and operational 
     costs.

       Subtitle E--Defense-wide, Joint, and Multiservice Matters

     SEC. 161. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR JOINT 
                   BATTLE COMMAND-PLATFORM.

       (a) Limitation.--Of the funds authorized to be appropriated 
     by this Act or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 
     for joint battle command-platform equipment, not more than 75 
     percent may be obligated or expended until a period of 30 
     days has elapsed following the date on which the Assistant 
     Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology, and 
     Logistics submits to the congressional defense committees the 
     report under subsection (b).
       (b) Report.--Not later than March 1, 2016, the Assistant 
     Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology, and 
     Logistics shall submit to the congressional defense 
     committees a report that provides a detailed test and 
     evaluation plan to address the effectiveness, suitability, 
     and survivability shortfalls of the joint battle command-
     platform identified by the Director of Operational Test and 
     Evaluation in the fiscal year 2014 report of the Director 
     submitted to Congress.

     SEC. 162. REPORT ON ARMY AND MARINE CORPS MODERNIZATION PLAN 
                   FOR SMALL ARMS.

       (a) Report Required.--Not later than one year after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Army 
     and the Secretary of the Navy shall jointly submit to the 
     Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of 
     Representatives a report on the plan of the Army and the 
     Marine Corps to modernize small arms for the Army and the 
     Marine Corps during the 15-year period beginning on the date 
     of such plan, including the mechanisms to be used to promote 
     competition among suppliers of small arms and small arms 
     parts in achieving the plan.
       (b) Small Arms.--The small arms covered by the plan under 
     subsection (a) shall include the following:
       (1) Pistols.
       (2) Carbines.
       (3) Rifles and automatic rifles.
       (4) Light machine guns.
       (5) Such other small arms as the Secretaries consider 
     appropriate for purposes of the report required by subsection 
     (a).
       (c) Non-standard Small Arms.--In addition to the arms 
     specified in subsection (b), the plan under subsection (a) 
     shall also address non-standard small arms not currently in 
     the small arms inventory of the Army or the Marine Corps.

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     SEC. 163. STUDY ON USE OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF ENHANCED 5.56MM 
                   AMMUNITION BY THE ARMY AND THE MARINE CORPS.

       (a) Use of Different Types of Enhanced 5.56mm Ammunition.--
       (1) Study.--Not later than 30 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall seek to 
     enter into a contract with a federally funded research and 
     development center to conduct a study on the use of different 
     types of enhanced 5.56mm ammunition by the Army and the 
     Marine Corps.
       (2) Submission.--Not later than 90 days after the date on 
     which the contract is entered into under paragraph (1), the 
     federally funded research and development center conducting 
     the study under such paragraph shall submit to the Secretary 
     the study, including any findings and recommendations of the 
     federally funded research and development center.
       (b) Report.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 30 days after the date on 
     which the Secretary receives the study under subsection 
     (a)(2), the Secretary shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a report on the study.
       (2) Matters included.--The report under paragraph (1) shall 
     include the following:
       (A) The study, including any findings and recommendations 
     of the federally funded research and development center that 
     conducted the study.
       (B) An explanation of the reasons for the Army and the 
     Marine Corps to use in combat two different types of enhanced 
     5.56mm ammunition.
       (C) An explanation of the appropriateness, effectiveness, 
     and suitability issues that may arise from the use of such 
     different types of ammunition.
       (D) An explanation of any additional costs that have 
     resulted from the use of such different types of ammunition.
       (E) An explanation of any future plans of the Army or the 
     Marine Corps to eventually transition to using in combat one 
     standard type of enhanced 5.56mm ammunition.
       (F) If there are no plans described in subparagraph (E), an 
     analysis of the potential benefits of a transition described 
     in such subparagraph, including the timeline for such a 
     transition to occur.
       (G) Any findings, recommendations, comments, or plans that 
     the Secretary determines appropriate.

         TITLE II--RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST, AND EVALUATION

              Subtitle A--Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 201. Authorization of appropriations.

    Subtitle B--Program Requirements, Restrictions, and Limitations

Sec. 211. Centers for Science, Technology, and Engineering Partnership.
Sec. 212.  Expansion of eligibility for financial assistance under 
              Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research 
              for Transformation Program to include citizens of 
              countries participating in the Technical Cooperation 
              Program.
Sec. 213. Expansion of education partnerships to support technology 
              transfer and transition.
Sec. 214. Improvement to coordination and communication of defense 
              research activities.
Sec. 215. Reauthorization of Global Research Watch program.
Sec. 216. Reauthorization of defense research and development rapid 
              innovation program.
Sec. 217. Science and technology activities to support business systems 
              information technology acquisition programs.
Sec. 218. Department of Defense technology offset program to build and 
              maintain the military technological superiority of the 
              United States.
Sec. 219. Limitation on availability of funds for F-15 infrared search 
              and track capability development.
Sec. 220. Limitation on availability of funds for development of the 
              shallow water combat submersible.
Sec. 221. Limitation on availability of funds for the advanced 
              development and manufacturing facility under the medical 
              countermeasure program.
Sec. 222. Limitation on availability of funds for distributed common 
              ground system of the Army.
Sec. 223. Limitation on availability of funds for distributed common 
              ground system of the United States Special Operations 
              Command.
Sec. 224. Limitation on availability of funds for Integrated Personnel 
              and Pay System of the Army.

                 Subtitle C--Reports and Other Matters

Sec. 231. Streamlining the Joint Federated Assurance Center.
Sec. 232. Demonstration of Persistent Close Air Support capabilities.
Sec. 233. Strategies for engagement with Historically Black Colleges 
              and Universities and Minority-serving Institutions of 
              Higher Education.
Sec. 234. Report on commercial-off-the-shelf wide-area surveillance 
              systems for Army tactical unmanned aerial systems.
Sec. 235. Report on Tactical Combat Training System Increment II.
Sec. 236. Report on technology readiness levels of the technologies and 
              capabilities critical to the long-range strike bomber 
              aircraft.
Sec. 237. Assessment of air-land mobile tactical communications and 
              data network requirements and capabilities.
Sec. 238. Study of field failures involving counterfeit electronic 
              parts.
Sec. 239. Airborne data link plan.
Sec. 240. Plan for advanced weapons technology war games.
Sec. 241. Independent assessment of F135 engine program.
Sec. 242. Comptroller General review of autonomic logistics information 
              system for F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
Sec. 243. Sense of Congress regarding facilitation of a high quality 
              technical workforce.

              Subtitle A--Authorization of Appropriations

     SEC. 201. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

       Funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated for fiscal 
     year 2016 for the use of the Department of Defense for 
     research, development, test, and evaluation as specified in 
     the funding table in section 4201.

    Subtitle B--Program Requirements, Restrictions, and Limitations

     SEC. 211. CENTERS FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND ENGINEERING 
                   PARTNERSHIP.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 139 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by inserting after section 2367 the 
     following new section:

     ``Sec. 2368. Centers for Science, Technology, and Engineering 
       Partnership

       ``(a) Designation.--(1) The Secretary of Defense, in 
     coordination with the Secretaries of the military 
     departments, shall designate each science and technology 
     reinvention laboratory as a Center for Science, Technology, 
     and Engineering Partnership (in this section referred to as 
     `Centers') in the recognized core competencies of the 
     designee.
       ``(2) The Secretary of Defense shall establish a policy to 
     encourage the Secretary of each military department to 
     reengineer management and business processes and adopt best-
     business and personnel practices at the Centers of the 
     Secretary concerned in connection with the capability 
     requirements of the Centers, so as to serve as recognized 
     leaders in such capabilities throughout the Department of 
     Defense and in the national technology and industrial base.
       ``(3) The Secretary of Defense, acting through the 
     directors of the Centers, may conduct one or more pilot 
     programs, consistent with applicable requirements of law, to 
     test any practices referred to in paragraph (2) that the 
     Directors determine could--
       ``(A) improve the efficiency and effectiveness of 
     operations at Centers;
       ``(B) improve the support provided by the Centers for the 
     elements of the Department of Defense who use the services of 
     the Centers; and
       ``(C) enhance capabilities by reducing the cost and 
     improving the performance and efficiency of executing 
     laboratory missions.
       ``(b) Public-private Partnerships.--(1) To achieve one or 
     more objectives set forth in paragraph (2), the Secretary may 
     authorize and establish incentives for the Director of a 
     Center to enter into public-private cooperative arrangements 
     (in this section referred to as a `public-private 
     partnership') to provide for any of the following:
       ``(A) For employees of the Center, academia, private 
     industry, State and local governments, or other entities 
     outside the Department of Defense to perform (under contract, 
     subcontract, or otherwise) work related to the capabilities 
     of the Center, including any work that--
       ``(i) involves one or more capabilities of the Center; and
       ``(ii) may be applicable to both the Department and 
     commercial entities.
       ``(B) For private industry or other entities outside the 
     Department of Defense to use for either Government or 
     commercial purposes any capabilities of the Center that are 
     not fully used for Department of Defense activities for any 
     period determined to be consistent with the needs of the 
     Department of Defense.
       ``(2) The objectives for exercising the authority provided 
     in paragraph (1) are as follows:
       ``(A) To maximize the use of the capacity of a Center.
       ``(B) To reduce or eliminate the cost of ownership of a 
     Center by the Department of Defense.
       ``(C) To reduce the cost of science, technology, and 
     engineering activities of the Department of Defense.
       ``(D) To leverage private sector investment in--
       ``(i) such efforts as research and equipment 
     recapitalization for a Center; and
       ``(ii) the promotion of the undertaking of commercial 
     business ventures based on the capabilities of a Center, as 
     determined by the director of the Center.
       ``(E) To foster cooperation and technology transfer between 
     the armed forces, academia, private industry, and State and 
     local governments.
       ``(F) To increase access by a Center to a skilled technical 
     workforce that can contribute to the effective and efficient 
     execution of the missions of the Department of Defense.
       ``(G) To increase the ability of a Center to access and use 
     non-Department of Defense methods to develop and innovate and 
     access capabilities that contribute to the effective and 
     efficient execution of the missions of the Department of 
     Defense.
       ``(3)(A) Public-private partnerships entered into under 
     paragraph (1) may be used for purposes relating to technology 
     transfer and other authorities described in subparagraph (B).
       ``(B) The authorities described in this subparagraph are 
     provisions of law that provide for cooperation and 
     partnership by the Department of Defense with academia, 
     private industry, and State and local governments, including 
     the following:

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       ``(i) Sections 3371 through 3375 of title 5.
       ``(ii) Sections 2194, 2358, 2371, 2511, 2539b, and 2563 of 
     this title.
       ``(iii) Section 209 of title 35.
       ``(iv) Sections 8, 12, and 23 of the Stevenson-Wydler 
     Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3706, 3710a, and 
     3715).
       ``(c) Private Sector Use of Excess Capacity.--Any 
     capability of a Center made available to the private sector 
     may be used to perform research and testing activities in 
     order to make more efficient and economical use of 
     Government-owned capabilities and encourage the creation and 
     preservation of jobs to ensure the availability of a 
     workforce with the necessary research and technical skills to 
     meet the needs of the armed forces.
       ``(d) Crediting of Amounts for Performance.--Amounts 
     received by a Center for work performed under a public-
     private partnership may--
       ``(1) be credited to the appropriation or fund, including a 
     working-capital or revolving fund, that incurs the cost of 
     performing the work; or
       ``(2) be used by the Director of the Center as the Director 
     considers appropriate and consistent with section 219 of the 
     Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417; 10 U.S.C. 2358 note).
       ``(e) Availability of Excess Capacities to Private-sector 
     Partners.--Capacities of a Center may be made available for 
     use by a private-sector entity under this section only if--
       ``(1) the use of the capacities will not have a significant 
     adverse effect on the performance of the Center or the 
     ability of the Center to achieve the mission of the Center, 
     as determined by the Director of the Center; and
       ``(2) the private-sector entity agrees--
       ``(A) to reimburse the Department of Defense when required 
     in accordance with the guidance of the Department for the 
     direct and indirect costs (including any rental costs) that 
     are attributable to the use of the capabilities by the 
     private-sector entity, as determined by the Secretary of the 
     military departments; and
       ``(B) to hold harmless and indemnify the United States 
     from--
       ``(i) any claim for damages or injury to any person or 
     property arising out of the use of the capabilities, except 
     under the circumstances described in section 2563(c)(3) of 
     this title; and
       ``(ii) any liability or claim for damages or injury to any 
     person or property arising out of a decision by the Secretary 
     to suspend or terminate that use of capabilities during a war 
     or national emergency.
       ``(f) Construction of Provision.--Nothing in this section 
     may be construed to authorize a change, otherwise prohibited 
     by law, from the performance of work at a Center by personnel 
     of the Department of Defense to performance by a contractor.
       ``(g) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) The term `capabilities', with respect to a Center for 
     Science, Technology, and Engineering Partnership, means the 
     facilities, equipment, personnel, intellectual property, and 
     other assets that support the core competencies of the 
     Center.
       ``(2) The term `national technology and industrial base' 
     has the meaning given that term in section 2500 of this 
     title.
       ``(3) The term `science and technology reinvention 
     laboratory' means a science and technology reinvention 
     laboratory designated under section 1105 of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 
     111-84; 10 U.S.C. 2358 note).''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the 
     item relating to section 2367 the following new item:

``2368. Centers for Science, Technology, and Engineering 
              Partnership.''.

     SEC. 212. EXPANSION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE 
                   UNDER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SCIENCE, 
                   MATHEMATICS, AND RESEARCH FOR TRANSFORMATION 
                   PROGRAM TO INCLUDE CITIZENS OF COUNTRIES 
                   PARTICIPATING IN THE TECHNICAL COOPERATION 
                   PROGRAM.

       Section 2192a of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in subsection (b)(1)(A), by inserting ``or, subject to 
     subsection (g), a country the government of which is a party 
     to The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) memorandum of 
     understanding of October 24, 1995'' after ``United States'';
       (2) by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (h); and
       (3) by inserting after section (f) the following new 
     subsection (g):
       ``(g) Limitation on Participation.--(1) The Secretary may 
     not award scholarships or fellowships under this section to 
     more than five individuals described in paragraph (2) per 
     year.
       ``(2) An individual described in this paragraph is an 
     individual who--
       ``(A) has not previously been awarded a scholarship or 
     fellowship under the program under this section;
       ``(B) is not a citizen of the United States; and
       ``(C) is a citizen of a country the government of which is 
     a party to The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) 
     memorandum of understanding of October 24, 1995.''.

     SEC. 213. EXPANSION OF EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS TO SUPPORT 
                   TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND TRANSITION.

       Section 2194 of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in subsection (a), by inserting ``business, law, 
     technology transfer or transition'' after ``mathematics,''; 
     and
       (2) in subsection (b)--
       (A) by redesignating paragraphs (4) through (6) as 
     paragraphs (5) through (7), respectively;
       (B) by inserting after paragraph (3) the following new 
     paragraph (4):
       ``(4) providing in the defense laboratory sabbatical 
     opportunities for faculty and internship opportunities for 
     students;''; and
       (C) in paragraphs (5) and (6), as redesignated by 
     subparagraph (A), by striking ``research projects'' both 
     places it appears and inserting ``projects, including 
     research and technology transfer or transition projects''.

     SEC. 214. IMPROVEMENT TO COORDINATION AND COMMUNICATION OF 
                   DEFENSE RESEARCH ACTIVITIES.

       (a) In General.--Section 2364 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (a) and inserting the following 
     new subsection:
       ``(a) Coordination of Department of Defense Research, 
     Development, and Technological Data.--The Secretary of 
     Defense shall promote, monitor, and evaluate programs for the 
     communication and exchange of research, development, and 
     technological data--
       ``(1) among the Defense research facilities, combatant 
     commands, and other organizations that are involved in 
     developing for the Department of Defense the technological 
     requirements for new items for use by combat forces;
       ``(2) among Defense research facilities and other offices, 
     agencies, and bureaus in the Department that are engaged in 
     related technological matters;
       ``(3) among other research facilities and other departments 
     or agencies of the Federal Government that are engaged in 
     research, development, and technological matters;
       ``(4) among private commercial, research institution, and 
     university entities engaged in research, development, and 
     technological matters potentially relevant to defense on a 
     voluntary basis;
       ``(5) to the extent practicable, to achieve full awareness 
     of scientific and technological advancement and innovation 
     wherever it may occur, whether funded by the Department of 
     Defense, another element of the Federal Government, or other 
     entities; and
       ``(6) through development and distribution of clear 
     technical communications to the public, military operators, 
     acquisition organizations, and civilian and military 
     decision-makers that conveys successes of research and 
     engineering activities supported by the Department and the 
     contributions of such activities to support national 
     needs.'';
       (2) in subsection (b)--
       (A) by striking paragraph (3) and inserting the following 
     new paragraph:
       ``(3) that the managers of such facilities have broad 
     latitude to choose research and development projects based on 
     awareness of activities throughout the technology domain, 
     including within the Federal Government, the Department of 
     Defense, public and private research institutions and 
     universities, and the global commercial marketplace;'';
       (B) in paragraph (4), by striking ``; and'' and inserting a 
     semicolon;
       (C) in paragraph (5), by striking the period at the end and 
     inserting ``; and''; and
       (D) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(6) that, in light of Defense research facilities being 
     funded by the public, Defense research facilities are broadly 
     authorized and encouraged to support national technological 
     development goals and support technological missions of other 
     departments and agencies of the Federal Government, when such 
     support is determined by the Secretary of Defense to be in 
     the best interests of the Federal Government.''.
       (3) in the section heading, by inserting ``and technology 
     domain awareness'' after ``activities''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 139 of such title is amended by striking 
     the item relating to section 2364 and inserting the 
     following:

``2364. Coordination and communication of defense research activities 
              and technology domain awareness.''.

     SEC. 215. REAUTHORIZATION OF GLOBAL RESEARCH WATCH PROGRAM.

       Section 2365 of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b), by 
     inserting ``and private sector persons'' after ``foreign 
     nations'' both places it appears; and
       (2) in subsection (f), by striking ``September 30, 2015'' 
     and inserting ``September 30, 2025''.

     SEC. 216. REAUTHORIZATION OF DEFENSE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT 
                   RAPID INNOVATION PROGRAM.

       (a) Extension of Program.--Section 1073 of the Ike Skelton 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 
     (Public Law 111-383; 10 U.S.C. 2359a note) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (d), by striking ``2015'' and inserting 
     ``2023''; and
       (2) in subsection (g), by striking ``September 30, 2015'' 
     and inserting ``September 30, 2023''.
       (b) Modification of Guidelines for Operation of Program.--
     Subsection (b) of such section is amended--
       (1) by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows:
       ``(1) The issuance of an annual broad agency announcement 
     or the use of any other competitive or merit-based processes 
     by the Department of Defense for candidate proposals in 
     support of defense acquisition programs as described in 
     subsection (a).'';
       (2) in paragraph (3), by striking the second sentence;
       (3) in paragraph (4)--
       (A) in the first sentence, by striking ``be funded under 
     the program for more than two years'' and inserting ``receive 
     more than a total of two years of funding under the 
     program''; and
       (B) by striking the second sentence; and
       (4) by adding at the end, the following new paragraphs:

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       ``(5) Mechanisms to facilitate transition of follow-on or 
     current projects carried out under the program into defense 
     acquisition programs, through the use of the authorities of 
     section 819 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 10 U.S.C. 2302 note) or 
     such other authorities as may be appropriate to conduct 
     further testing, low rate production, or full rate production 
     of technologies developed under the program.
       ``(6) Projects are selected using merit-based selection 
     procedures and the selection of projects is not subject to 
     undue influence by Congress or other Federal agencies.''.
       (c) Repeal of Report Requirement.--Such section is further 
     amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (f); and
       (2) by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (f).

     SEC. 217. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACTIVITIES TO SUPPORT 
                   BUSINESS SYSTEMS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 
                   ACQUISITION PROGRAMS.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary of Defense, acting through 
     the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, 
     and Logistics, the Deputy Chief Management Officer, and the 
     Chief Information Officer, shall establish a set of science, 
     technology, and innovation activities to improve the 
     acquisition outcomes of major automated information systems 
     through improved performance and reduced developmental and 
     life cycle costs.
       (b) Execution of Activities.--The activities established 
     under subsection (a) shall be carried out by such military 
     departments and Defense Agencies as the Under Secretary and 
     the Deputy Chief Management Officer consider appropriate.
       (c) Activities.--
       (1) In general.--The set of activities established under 
     subsection (a) may include the following:
       (A) Development of capabilities in Department of Defense 
     laboratories, test centers, and federally funded research and 
     development centers to provide technical support for 
     acquisition program management and business process re-
     engineering activities.
       (B) Funding of intramural and extramural research and 
     development activities as described in subsection (e).
       (2) Current activities.--The Secretary shall identify the 
     current activities described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of 
     paragraph (1) that are being carried out as of the date of 
     the enactment of this Act. The Secretary shall consider such 
     current activities in determining the set of activities to 
     establish pursuant to subsection (a).
       (d) Gap Analysis.--In establishing the set of activities 
     under subsection (a), not later than 270 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in coordination 
     with the Secretaries of the military departments and the 
     heads of the Defense Agencies, shall conduct a gap analysis 
     to identify activities that are not, as of such date, being 
     pursued in the current science and technology program of the 
     Department. The Secretary shall use such analysis in 
     determining--
       (1) the set of activities to establish pursuant to 
     subsection (a) that carry out the purposes specified in 
     subsection (c)(1); and
       (2) the proposed funding requirements and timelines.
       (e) Funding of Intramural and Extramural Research and 
     Development.--
       (1) In general.--In carrying out the set of activities 
     required by subsection (a), the Secretary may award grants or 
     contracts to eligible entities to carry out intramural or 
     extramural research and development in areas of interest 
     described in paragraph (3).
       (2) Eligible entities.--For purposes of this subsection, an 
     eligible entity includes the following:
       (A) Entities in the defense industry.
       (B) Institutions of higher education.
       (C) Small businesses.
       (D) Nontraditional defense contractors (as defined in 
     section 2302 of title 10, United States Code).
       (E) Federally funded research and development centers, 
     primarily for the purpose of improving technical expertise to 
     support acquisition efforts.
       (F) Nonprofit research institutions.
       (G) Government laboratories and test centers, primarily for 
     the purpose of improving technical expertise to support 
     acquisition efforts.
       (3) Areas of interest.--The areas of interest described in 
     this paragraph are the following:
       (A) Management innovation, including personnel and 
     financial management policy innovation.
       (B) Business process re-engineering.
       (C) Systems engineering of information technology business 
     systems.
       (D) Cloud computing to support business systems and 
     business processes.
       (E) Software development, including systems and techniques 
     to limit unique interfaces and simplify processes to 
     customize commercial software to meet the needs of the 
     Department of Defense.
       (F) Hardware development, including systems and techniques 
     to limit unique interfaces and simplify processes to 
     customize commercial hardware to meet the needs of the 
     Department of Defense.
       (G) Development of methodologies and tools to support 
     development and operational test of large and complex 
     business systems.
       (H) Analysis tools to allow decision-makers to make 
     tradeoffs between requirements, costs, technical risks, and 
     schedule in major automated information system acquisition 
     programs.
       (I) Information security in major automated information 
     system systems.
       (J) Innovative acquisition policies and practices to 
     streamline acquisition of information technology systems.
       (K) Such other areas as the Secretary considers 
     appropriate.
       (f) Priorities.--
       (1) In general.--In carrying out the set of activities 
     required by subsection (a), the Secretary shall give priority 
     to--
       (A) projects that--
       (i) address the innovation and technology needs of the 
     Department of Defense; and
       (ii) support activities of initiatives, programs, and 
     offices identified by the Under Secretary and Deputy Chief 
     Management Officer; and
       (B) the projects and programs identified in paragraph (2).
       (2) Projects and programs identified.--The projects and 
     programs identified in this paragraph are the following:
       (A) Major automated information system programs.
       (B) Projects and programs under the oversight of the Deputy 
     Chief Management Officer.
       (C) Projects and programs relating to defense procurement 
     acquisition policy.
       (D) Projects and programs of the agencies and field 
     activities of the Office of the Secretary of Defense that 
     support business missions such as finance, human resources, 
     security, management, logistics, and contract management.
       (E) Military and civilian personnel policy development for 
     information technology workforce.

     SEC. 218. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY OFFSET PROGRAM TO 
                   BUILD AND MAINTAIN THE MILITARY TECHNOLOGICAL 
                   SUPERIORITY OF THE UNITED STATES.

       (a) Program Established.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall establish a 
     technology offset program to build and maintain the military 
     technological superiority of the United States by--
       (A) accelerating the fielding of offset technologies that 
     would help counter technological advantages of potential 
     adversaries of the United States, including directed energy, 
     low-cost, high-speed munitions, autonomous systems, undersea 
     warfare, cyber technology, and intelligence data analytics, 
     developed using research funding of the Department of Defense 
     and accelerating the commercialization of such technologies; 
     and
       (B) developing and implementing new policies and 
     acquisition and business practices.
       (2) Guidelines.--Not later than one year after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue 
     guidelines for the operation of the program established under 
     paragraph (1), including--
       (A) criteria for an application for funding by a military 
     department, Defense Agency, or a combatant command;
       (B) the purposes for which such a department, agency, or 
     command may apply for funds and appropriate requirements for 
     technology development or commercialization to be supported 
     using program funds;
       (C) the priorities, if any, to be provided to field or 
     commercialize offset technologies developed by certain types 
     of research funding of the Department; and
       (D) criteria for evaluation of an application for funding 
     or changes to policies or acquisition and business practices 
     by such a department, agency, or command for purposes of the 
     program.
       (b) Applications for Funding.--
       (1) In general.--Under the program established under 
     subsection (a)(1), not less frequently than annually, the 
     Secretary shall solicit from the heads of the military 
     departments, the Defense Agencies, and the combatant commands 
     applications for funding to be used to enter into contracts, 
     cooperative agreements, or other transaction agreements 
     entered into pursuant to section 2371b of title 10, United 
     States Code, as added by section 815,with appropriate 
     entities for the fielding or commercialization of 
     technologies.
       (2) Treatment pursuant to certain congressional rules.--
     Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to require any 
     official of the Department of Defense to provide funding 
     under this section to any Congressional earmark as defined 
     pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House of 
     Representatives or any congressionally directed spending item 
     as defined pursuant to paragraph 5 of rule XLIV of the 
     Standing Rules of the Senate.
       (c) Funding.--
       (1) In general.--Subject to the availability of 
     appropriations for such purpose, of the funds authorized to 
     be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available for 
     fiscal year 2016 for research, development, test, and 
     evaluation, Defense-wide, not more than $400,000,000 may be 
     used for each such fiscal year for the program established 
     under subsection (a)(1).
       (2) Amount for directed energy.--Of the funds specified in 
     paragraph (1) for any of fiscal years 2016 through 2020, not 
     more than $200,000,000 may be used for each such fiscal year 
     for activities in the field of directed energy.
       (d) Transfer Authority.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary may transfer funds available 
     for the program established under subsection (a)(1) to the 
     research, development, test, and evaluation accounts of a 
     military department, Defense Agency, or a combatant command 
     pursuant to an application, or any part of an application, 
     that the Secretary determines would support the purposes of 
     the program.
       (2) Supplement not supplant.--The transfer authority 
     provided in paragraph (1) is in addition to any other 
     transfer authority available to the Secretary of Defense.
       (e) Termination.--
       (1) In general.--The authority to carry out the program 
     under subsection (a)(1) shall terminate on September 30, 
     2020.
       (2) Transfer after termination.--Any amounts made available 
     for the program that remain available for obligation on the 
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     which the program terminates may be transferred under 
     subsection (d) during the 180-day period beginning on the 
     date of the termination of the program.

     SEC. 219. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR F-15 
                   INFRARED SEARCH AND TRACK CAPABILITY 
                   DEVELOPMENT.

       (a) Limitation.--Of the funds authorized to be appropriated 
     by this Act or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 
     for research, development, test, and evaluation, Air Force, 
     for F-15 infrared search and track capability, not more than 
     50 percent may be obligated or expended until a period of 30 
     days has elapsed following the date on which the Secretary of 
     Defense submits to the congressional defense committees the 
     report under subsection (b).
       (b) Report.--Not later than March 1, 2016, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees 
     a report on the requirements and cost estimates for the 
     development and procurement of infrared search and track 
     capability for F/A-18 and F-15 aircraft of the Navy and the 
     Air Force. The report shall include the following:
       (1) A comparison of the requirements between the F/A-18 and 
     F-15 aircraft infrared search and track development efforts 
     of the Navy and the Air Force.
       (2) An explanation of any differences between the F/A-18 
     and F-15 aircraft infrared search and track capability 
     development efforts of the Navy and the Air Force.
       (3) A summary of the schedules and required funding to 
     develop and field such capability.
       (4) An explanation of any need for the Navy and the Air 
     Force to field different F/A-18 and F-15 aircraft infrared 
     search and track systems.
       (5) Any other matters the Secretary determines appropriate.

     SEC. 220. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR DEVELOPMENT 
                   OF THE SHALLOW WATER COMBAT SUBMERSIBLE.

       (a) Limitation.--Of the amounts authorized to be 
     appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available for 
     fiscal year 2016 for the development of the shallow water 
     combat submersible of the United States Special Operations 
     Command, not more than 50 percent may be obligated or 
     expended until a period of 15 days elapses following the 
     later of the date on which--
       (1) the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, 
     Technology, and Logistics designates a civilian official to 
     be responsible for oversight of and assistance to the United 
     States Special Operations Command for all undersea mobility 
     programs; and
       (2) the Under Secretary, in coordination with the Assistant 
     Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity 
     Conflict and the Commander of the United States Special 
     Operations Command, submits to the congressional defense 
     committees the report described in subsection (b).
       (b) Report Described.--The report described in this 
     subsection is a report on the shallow water combat 
     submersible program that includes the following:
       (1) An analysis of the reasons for cost and schedule 
     overruns associated with the program, including with respect 
     to the performance of contractors and subcontractors.
       (2) A revised timeline for initial and full operational 
     capability of the shallow water combat submersible.
       (3) A description of the challenges associated with the 
     integration with dry deck shelter and other diving 
     technologies.
       (4) The projected cost to meet the total unit acquisition 
     objective.
       (5) A plan to prevent, identify, and mitigate any 
     additional cost and schedule overruns.
       (6) A description of any opportunities to recover cost or 
     schedule overruns.
       (7) A description of any lessons that the Under Secretary 
     may have learned from the shallow water combat submersible 
     program that could be applied to future undersea mobility 
     acquisition programs.
       (8) Any other matters that the Under Secretary considers 
     appropriate.

     SEC. 221. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR THE 
                   ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURING FACILITY 
                   UNDER THE MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURE PROGRAM.

       (a) Limitation.--Of the funds authorized to be appropriated 
     by this Act or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 
     for research, development, test, and evaluation, Defense-
     wide, for the advanced development and manufacturing 
     facility, and the associated activities performed at such 
     facility, under the medical countermeasure program of the 
     chemical and biological defense program, not more than 75 
     percent may be obligated or expended until a period of 45 
     days elapses following the date on which the Secretary of 
     Defense submits to the congressional defense committees the 
     report under subsection (b).
       (b) Report.--The Secretary shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report on the advanced 
     development and manufacturing facility under the medical 
     countermeasure program that includes the following:
       (1) An overall description of the advanced development and 
     manufacturing facility, including validated Department of 
     Defense requirements.
       (2) Program goals, proposed metrics of performance, and 
     anticipated procurement and operations and maintenance costs 
     during the period covered by the current future years defense 
     program under section 221 of title 10, United States Code.
       (3) The results of any analysis of alternatives and 
     efficiency reviews conducted by the Secretary that justifies 
     the manufacturing and privately financed construction of an 
     advanced manufacturing and development facility rather than 
     using other programs and facilities of the Federal Government 
     or industry facilities for advanced development and 
     manufacturing of medical countermeasures.
       (4) An independent cost-benefit analysis that justifies the 
     manufacturing and privately financed construction of an 
     advanced manufacturing and development facility described in 
     paragraph (3).
       (5) If no independent cost-benefit analysis makes the 
     justification described in paragraph (4), an explanation for 
     why such manufacturing and privately financed construction 
     cannot be so justified.
       (6) Any other matters the Secretary of Defense determines 
     appropriate.
       (c) Comptroller General Review.--Not later than 60 days 
     after the date on which the Secretary submits the report 
     under subsection (b), the Comptroller General of the United 
     States shall submit to the congressional defense committees a 
     review of such report.

     SEC. 222. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR DISTRIBUTED 
                   COMMON GROUND SYSTEM OF THE ARMY.

       (a) Limitation.--Of the funds authorized to be appropriated 
     by this Act or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 
     for research, development, test, and evaluation, Army, for 
     the distributed common ground system of the Army, not more 
     than 75 percent may be obligated or expended until the 
     Secretary of the Army--
       (1) conducts a review of the program planning for the 
     distributed common ground system of the Army; and
       (2) submits to the appropriate congressional committees the 
     report required by subsection (b)(1).
       (b) Report.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary shall submit to the 
     appropriate congressional committees a report on the review 
     of the distributed common ground system of the Army conducted 
     under subsection (a)(1).
       (2) Matters included.--The report under paragraph (1) shall 
     include the following:
       (A) A review of the segmentation of Increment 2 of the 
     distributed common ground system program of the Army into 
     discrete software components with the associated requirements 
     of each component.
       (B) Identification of each component of Increment 2 of the 
     distributed common ground system of the Army for which 
     commercial software exists that is capable of fulfilling most 
     or all of the system requirements for each such component.
       (C) A cost analysis of each such commercial software that 
     compares performance with projected cost.
       (D) Determination of the degree to which commercial 
     software solutions are compliant with the standards required 
     by the framework and guidance for the Intelligence Community 
     Information Technology Enterprise, the Defense Intelligence 
     Information Enterprise, and the Joint Information 
     Environment.
       (E) Identification of each component of Increment 2 of the 
     distributed common ground system of the Army that the 
     Secretary determines may be acquired through competitive 
     means.
       (F) An acquisition plan for Increment 2 of the distributed 
     common ground system of the Army that prioritizes the 
     acquisition of commercial software components, including a 
     data integration layer, in time to meet the projected 
     deployment schedule for Increment 2.
       (G) A review of the timetable for the distributed common 
     ground system program of the Army in order to determine 
     whether there is a practical, executable acquisition 
     strategy, including the use of operational capability 
     demonstrations, that could lead to an initial operating 
     capability of Increment 2 of the distributed common ground 
     system of the Army prior to fiscal year 2017.
       (c) Appropriate Congressional Committees Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate congressional committees'' 
     means--
       (1) the congressional defense committees; and
       (2) the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate and 
     the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House 
     of Representatives.

     SEC. 223. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR DISTRIBUTED 
                   COMMON GROUND SYSTEM OF THE UNITED STATES 
                   SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND.

       (a) Limitation.--Of the funds authorized to be appropriated 
     by this Act or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 
     for research, development, test, and evaluation, Defense-
     wide, for the United States Special Operations Command for 
     the distributed common ground system, not more than 75 
     percent may be obligated or expended until the Commander of 
     the United States Special Operations Command submits to the 
     congressional defense committees the report required by 
     subsection (b).
       (b) Report Required.--The Commander shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees and the Permanent Select 
     Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives a 
     report on the distributed common ground system. Such report 
     shall include the following:
       (1) A review of the segmentation of the distributed common 
     ground system special operations forces program into discrete 
     software components with the associated requirements of each 
     component.
       (2) Identification of each component of the distributed 
     common ground system special operations forces program for 
     which commercial software exists that is capable of 
     fulfilling most or all of the system requirements for each 
     such component.
       (3) A cost analysis of each such commercial software that 
     compares performance with projected cost.
       (4) A determination of the degree to which commercial 
     software solutions are compliant with the standards required 
     by the framework and guidance for the Intelligence Community

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     Information Technology Enterprise, the Defense Intelligence 
     Information Enterprise, and the Joint Information 
     Environment.
       (5) Identification of each component of the distributed 
     common ground system special operations forces program that 
     the Commander determines may be acquired through competitive 
     means.
       (6) An assessment of the extent to which elements of the 
     distributed common ground system special operations forces 
     program could be modified to increase commercial acquisition 
     opportunities.
       (7) An acquisition plan that leads to full operational 
     capability prior to fiscal year 2019.

     SEC. 224. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR INTEGRATED 
                   PERSONNEL AND PAY SYSTEM OF THE ARMY.

       Of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or 
     otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 for research, 
     development, test, and evaluation, Army, for the integrated 
     personnel and pay system of the Army, not more than 75 
     percent may be obligated or expended until the date on which 
     the Secretary of the Army submits to the congressional 
     defense committees a report that includes the following:
       (1) Updated and validated information regarding the 
     performance of the current legacy personnel and pay system of 
     the Army for each high-level objective and business outcome 
     described in the business case for IPPS-A Increment II, dated 
     December 2014, including justifications for threshold and 
     objective values for the integrated personnel and pay system 
     of the Army.
       (2) An explanation how the integrated personnel and pay 
     system of the Army will enable significant change throughout 
     the entire human resources enterprise.
       (3) A description for how the implementation of the 
     capabilities in the integrated personnel and pay system of 
     the Army will result in changes to the capabilities and 
     services to be provided by the Defense Finance and Accounting 
     Services, including an estimate of cost savings and manpower 
     savings resulting from elimination of duplicative functions.
       (4) A description of alternative program approaches that 
     could reduce the overall cost of development and deployment 
     for the integrated personnel and pay system of the Army 
     without delaying the current program schedule by more than 
     six months.

                 Subtitle C--Reports and Other Matters

     SEC. 231. STREAMLINING THE JOINT FEDERATED ASSURANCE CENTER.

       Section 937(c)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66; 10 U.S.C. 2224 note) 
     is amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (C), by striking ``, in coordination 
     with the Center for Assured Software of the National Security 
     Agency,''; and
       (2) in subparagraph (E), by striking ``, in coordination 
     with the Defense Microelectronics Activity,''.

     SEC. 232. DEMONSTRATION OF PERSISTENT CLOSE AIR SUPPORT 
                   CAPABILITIES.

       (a) Joint Demonstration Required.--Subject to the 
     availability of funds, the Secretary of the Air Force, the 
     Secretary of the Army, and the Director of the Defense 
     Advanced Research Projects Agency may jointly conduct a 
     demonstration of the persistent close air support capability 
     during fiscal year 2016.
       (b) Parameters of Demonstration.--
       (1) Selection and equipment of aircraft.--If the 
     demonstration under subsection (a) is conducted, the 
     Secretary of the Air Force shall select and equip at least 
     two aircraft for use in the demonstration that the Secretary 
     otherwise intends to use for close air support.
       (2) Close air support operations.--If the demonstration 
     under subsection (a) is conducted, the demonstration shall 
     include close air support operations that involve the 
     following:
       (A) Multiple tactical radio networks representing diverse 
     ground force user communities.
       (B) Two-way digital exchanges of situational awareness 
     data, video, and calls for fire between aircraft and ground 
     users without modification to aircraft operational flight 
     profiles.
       (C) Real-time sharing of blue force, aircraft, and target 
     location data to reduce risks of fratricide.
       (D) Lightweight digital tools based on commercial-off-the-
     shelf technology for pilots and joint tactical air 
     controllers.
       (E) Operations in simple and complex operating 
     environments.
       (c) Assessment.--If the demonstration under subsection (a) 
     is conducted, the Secretary of the Air Force, the Secretary 
     of the Army, and the Director of the Defense Advanced 
     Research Projects Agency shall jointly--
       (1) assess the effect of the capabilities demonstrated as 
     part of the demonstration required by subsection (a) on--
       (A) the time required to conduct close air support 
     operations;
       (B) the effectiveness of blue force in achieving tactical 
     objectives; and
       (C) the risk of fratricide and collateral damage;
       (2) estimate the costs that would be incurred in 
     transitioning the technology used in the persistent close air 
     support capability to the Army and the Air Force; and
       (3) provide to the congressional defense committees a 
     briefing on the results of the demonstration, the assessment 
     under paragraph (1), and the cost estimates under paragraph 
     (2) by December 1, 2016.

     SEC. 233. STRATEGIES FOR ENGAGEMENT WITH HISTORICALLY BLACK 
                   COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND MINORITY-SERVING 
                   INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

       (a) Basic Research Entities.--
       (1) Strategy.--The heads of each basic research entity 
     shall each develop a strategy for how to engage with and 
     support the development of scientific, technical, 
     engineering, and mathematics capabilities of covered 
     educational institutions in carrying out section 2362 of 
     title 10, United States Code.
       (2) Elements.--Each strategy under paragraph (1) shall 
     include the following:
       (A) Goals and vision for maintaining a credible and 
     sustainable program relating to the engagement and support 
     under the strategy.
       (B) Metrics to enhance scientific, technical, engineering, 
     and mathematics capabilities at covered educational 
     institutions, including with respect to measuring progress 
     toward increasing the success of such institutions to compete 
     for broader research funding sources other than set-aside 
     funds.
       (C) Promotion of mentoring opportunities between covered 
     educational institutions and other research institutions.
       (D) Regular assessment of activities that are used to 
     develop, maintain, and grow scientific, technical, 
     engineering, and mathematics capabilities.
       (E) Inclusion of faculty of covered educational 
     institutions into program reviews, peer reviews, and other 
     similar activities.
       (F) Targeting of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate 
     students at covered educational institutions for inclusion 
     into research or internship opportunities within the military 
     department.
       (b) Office of the Secretary.--The Secretary of Defense 
     shall develop and implement a strategy for how to engage with 
     and support the development of scientific, technical, 
     engineering, and mathematics capabilities of covered 
     educational institutions pursuant to the strategies developed 
     under subsection (a).
       (c) Submission.--
       (1) Basic research entities.--Not later than 180 days after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the heads of each 
     basic research entity shall each submit to the congressional 
     defense committees the strategy developed by the head under 
     subsection (a)(1).
       (2) Office of the secretary.--Not later than one year after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees 
     the strategy developed under subsection (b).
       (d) Covered Institution Defined.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``basic research entity'' means an entity of 
     the Department of Defense that executes research, 
     development, test, and evaluation budget activity 1 funding, 
     as described in the Department of Defense Financial 
     Management Regulation.
       (2) The term ``covered educational institution'' has the 
     meaning given that term in section 2362(e) of title 10, 
     United States Code.

     SEC. 234. REPORT ON COMMERCIAL-OFF-THE-SHELF WIDE-AREA 
                   SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS FOR ARMY TACTICAL UNMANNED 
                   AERIAL SYSTEMS.

       (a) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Army shall submit 
     to the congressional defense committees a report that 
     contains the findings of a market survey and assessment of 
     commercial-off-the-shelf wide-area surveillance sensors 
     operationally suitable for insertion into the tactical 
     unmanned aerial systems of the Army.
       (b) Elements.--The market survey and assessment contained 
     in the report under subsection (a) shall include--
       (1) specific details regarding the capabilities of current 
     and commercial-off-the-shelf wide-area surveillance sensors 
     that are, or could be, used on tactical unmanned aerial 
     systems of the Army, including--
       (A) daytime and nighttime monitoring coverage;
       (B) video resolution outputs;
       (C) bandwidth requirements;
       (D) activity-based intelligence and forensic capabilities;
       (E) simultaneous region of interest monitoring capability;
       (F) interoperability with other sensors and subsystems 
     currently used on such tactical unmanned aerial systems;
       (G) sensor weight;
       (H) sensor cost;
       (I) frame rates;
       (J) on-board processing capabilities; and
       (K) any other factors the Secretary considers relevant;
       (2) an assessment of the effect on such tactical unmanned 
     aerial systems due to the insertion of commercial-off-the-
     shelf wide-area surveillance sensors; and
       (3) recommendations on the advisability and feasibility to 
     upgrade or enhance wide-area surveillance sensors of such 
     tactical unmanned aerial systems, as considered appropriate 
     by the Secretary.
       (c) Form.--The report under subsection (a) may contain a 
     classified annex.

     SEC. 235. REPORT ON TACTICAL COMBAT TRAINING SYSTEM INCREMENT 
                   II.

       (a) Report.--Not later than January 29, 2016, the Secretary 
     of the Navy and the Secretary of the Air Force shall submit 
     to the congressional defense committees a report on the 
     baseline and alternatives to the Tactical Air Combat Training 
     System (TCTS) Increment II of the Navy.
       (b) Contents.--The report under subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) An explanation of the rationale for a new start TCTS II 
     program as compared to an incremental upgrade to the existing 
     TCTS system.
       (2) An estimate of total cost to develop, procure, and 
     replace the existing Department of the Navy TCTS architecture 
     with an encrypted TCTS II compared to upgrades to existing 
     TCTS.
       (3) A cost estimate and schedule comparison of achieving 
     encryption requirements into the existing TCTS program as 
     compared to TCTS II.

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       (4) A review of joint Department of the Air Force and the 
     Department of the Navy investment in live-virtual-
     constructive advanced air combat training and planned 
     timeline for inclusion into TCTS II architecture.
       (5) A cost estimate to integrate F-35 aircraft with TCTS II 
     and achieve interoperability between the Department of the 
     Navy and Department of the Air Force.
       (6) A cost estimate for coalition partners to achieve TCTS 
     II interoperability within the Department of Defense.
       (7) An assessment of risks posed by non-interoperable TCTS 
     systems within the Department of the Navy and the Department 
     of the Air Force.
       (8) An explanation of the acquisition strategy for the TCTS 
     program.
       (9) An explanation of key performance parameters for the 
     TCTS II program.
       (10) Any other information the Secretary of the Navy and 
     Secretary of the Air Force determine is appropriate to 
     include.

     SEC. 236. REPORT ON TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVELS OF THE 
                   TECHNOLOGIES AND CAPABILITIES CRITICAL TO THE 
                   LONG-RANGE STRIKE BOMBER AIRCRAFT.

       (a) Report Required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report 
     on the technology readiness levels of the technologies and 
     capabilities critical to the long-range strike bomber 
     aircraft.
       (b) Review by Comptroller General of the United States.--
     Not later than 60 days after the report of the Secretary is 
     submitted under subsection (a), the Comptroller General of 
     the United States shall review the report and submit to the 
     congressional defense committees an assessment of the matters 
     contained in the report.

     SEC. 237. ASSESSMENT OF AIR-LAND MOBILE TACTICAL 
                   COMMUNICATIONS AND DATA NETWORK REQUIREMENTS 
                   AND CAPABILITIES.

       (a) Assessment Required.--The Director of Cost Assessment 
     and Program Evaluation shall seek to enter into a contract 
     with a federally funded research and development center to 
     conduct a comprehensive assessment of current and future 
     requirements and capabilities of the Army with respect to 
     air-land ad hoc, mobile tactical communications and data 
     networks, including the technological feasibility, 
     suitability, and survivability of such networks.
       (b) Elements.--The assessment under subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) Concepts, capabilities, and capacities of current or 
     future communications and data network systems to meet the 
     requirements of current or future tactical operations 
     effectively, efficiently, and affordably.
       (2) Software requirements and capabilities, particularly 
     with respect to communications and data network waveforms.
       (3) Hardware requirements and capabilities, particularly 
     with respect to receiver and transmission technology, 
     tactical communications, and data radios at all levels and on 
     all platforms, all associated technologies, and their 
     integration, compatibility, and interoperability.
       (4) Any other matters relevant or necessary for a 
     comprehensive assessment of tactical networks or networking 
     in the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (Increments 1 
     and 2).
       (c) Independent Entity.--The Director shall select a 
     federally funded research and development center with direct, 
     long-standing, and demonstrated experience and expertise in 
     program test and evaluation of concepts, requirements, and 
     technologies for joint tactical communications and data 
     networking to perform the assessment under subsection (a).
       (d) Report Required.--Not later than April 30, 2016, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional 
     defense commitments a report including the findings and 
     recommendations of the assessment conducted under subsection 
     (a), together with the separate comments of the Secretary of 
     Defense and the Secretary of the Army.

     SEC. 238. STUDY OF FIELD FAILURES INVOLVING COUNTERFEIT 
                   ELECTRONIC PARTS.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary of Defense shall conduct a 
     hardware assurance study to assess the presence, scope, and 
     effect on Department of Defense operations of counterfeit 
     electronic parts that have passed through the supply chain of 
     the Department and into fielded systems.
       (b) Matters Included.--The study under subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) The technical analysis conducted under paragraph (1) of 
     subsection (c).
       (2) The report on the technical assessment submitted under 
     paragraph (3)(B) of subsection (c).
       (3) Recommendations for such legislative and administrative 
     action, including budget requirements, as the Secretary 
     considers necessary to conduct sampling and technical 
     hardware analyses of counterfeit parts in identified areas of 
     high concern.
       (c) Execution and Technical Analysis.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary shall direct the executive 
     agent for printed circuit board technology designated under 
     section 256(a) of the Duncan Hunter National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417; 
     10 U.S.C. 2501 note) to coordinate the execution of the study 
     under subsection (a) using capabilities of the Department in 
     effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this 
     Act to conduct a technical analysis on a sample of failed 
     electronic parts in fielded systems.
       (2) Elements.--The technical analysis required by paragraph 
     (1) shall include the following:
       (A) The selection of a representative sample of electronic 
     component types, including digital, mixed-signal, and analog 
     integrated circuits.
       (B) An assessment of the presence of counterfeit parts, 
     including causes and attributes of failures of any identified 
     counterfeit part.
       (C) For components found to have counterfeit parts, an 
     assessment of the effect of the counterfeit part in the 
     failure mechanism.
       (D) For cases with counterfeit parts contributing to the 
     failure, a determination of the failure attributes, factors, 
     and effects on subsystem and system level reliability, 
     readiness, and performance.
       (3) Technical assessment.--For any parts assessed under 
     paragraph (2) that demonstrate unusual or suspicious failure 
     mechanisms, the federation established under section 
     937(a)(1) of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66; 10 U.S.C. 2224 note) 
     shall--
       (A) conduct a technical assessment for indications of 
     malicious tampering; and
       (B) submit to the executive agent described in paragraph 
     (1) a report on the findings of the federation with respect 
     to the technical assessment.
       (d) Report.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 540 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report on the study 
     carried out under subsection (a).
       (2) Contents.--The report required by paragraph (1) shall 
     include the following:
       (A) The findings of the Secretary with respect to the study 
     conducted under subsection (a).
       (B) The recommendations developed under subsection (b)(3).

     SEC. 239. AIRBORNE DATA LINK PLAN.

       (a) Plan Required.--The Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and the Vice Chairman 
     of the Joint Chiefs of Staff shall jointly, in consultation 
     with the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of the Air 
     Force, develop a plan--
       (1) to provide objective survivable communications gateways 
     to enable--
       (A) the secure dissemination of national and tactical 
     intelligence information to fourth-generation fighter 
     aircraft and supporting airborne platforms and to low-
     observable penetrating platforms such as the F-22 and F-35 
     aircraft; and
       (B) the secure reception and dissemination of sensor data 
     from low-observable penetrating aircraft, such as the F-22 
     and F-35 aircraft;
       (2) to provide secure data sharing between the fifth-
     generation fighter aircraft of the Navy, the Air Force, and 
     the Marine Corps, with minimal changes to the outer surfaces 
     of the aircraft and to aircraft operational flight programs; 
     and
       (3) to enable secure data sharing between fifth-generation 
     and fourth-generation aircraft in jamming environments.
       (b) Additional Plan Requirements.--The plan under 
     subsection (a) shall include non-proprietary and open systems 
     approaches that are compatible with the rapid capabilities 
     office open mission systems initiative of the Air Force and 
     the future airborne capability environment initiative of the 
     Navy.
       (c) Briefing.--Not later than February 15, 2016, the Under 
     Secretary and the Vice Chairman shall jointly provide to the 
     Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives 
     and the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate a briefing 
     on the plan under subsection (a).

     SEC. 240. PLAN FOR ADVANCED WEAPONS TECHNOLOGY WAR GAMES.

       (a) Plan Required.--The Secretary of Defense, in 
     coordination with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 
     shall develop and implement a plan for integrating advanced 
     weapons and offset technologies into exercises carried out 
     individually and jointly by the military departments to 
     improve the development and experimentation of various 
     concepts for employment by the Armed Forces.
       (b) Elements.--The plan under subsection (a) shall include 
     the following:
       (1) Identification of specific exercises to be carried out 
     individually or jointly by the military departments under the 
     plan.
       (2) Identification of emerging advanced weapons and offset 
     technologies based on joint and individual recommendations of 
     the military departments, including with respect to directed-
     energy weapons, hypersonic strike systems, autonomous 
     systems, or other technologies as determined by the 
     Secretary.
       (3) A schedule for integrating either prototype 
     capabilities or table-top exercises into relevant exercises.
       (4) A method for capturing lessons learned and providing 
     feedback both to the developers of the advanced weapons and 
     offset technology and the military departments.
       (c) Submission.--Not later than one year after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the 
     Committees on Armed Services of the House of Representatives 
     and the Senate a report containing the plan under subsection 
     (a) and a status update on the implementation of such plan.

     SEC. 241. INDEPENDENT ASSESSMENT OF F135 ENGINE PROGRAM.

       (a) Assessment.--The Secretary of Defense shall seek to 
     enter into a contract with a federally funded research and 
     development center to conduct an assessment of the F135 
     engine program.
       (b) Elements.--The assessment under subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) An assessment of the reliability, growth, and cost-
     reduction efforts with respect to the F135 engine program, 
     including--
       (A) a detailed description of the reliability and cost 
     history of the engine;
       (B) the identification of key reliability and cost 
     challenges to the program as of the date of the assessment; 
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       (C) the identification of any potential options for 
     addressing such challenges.
       (2) In accordance with subsection (c), a thorough 
     assessment of the incident on June 23, 2014, consisting of an 
     F135 engine failure and subsequent fire, including--
       (A) the identification and definition of the root cause of 
     the incident;
       (B) the identification of potential actions or design 
     changes needed to address such root cause; and
       (C) the associated cost, schedule, and performance 
     implications of such incident to both the F135 engine program 
     and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
       (c) Conduct of Assessment.--The federally funded research 
     and development center selected to conduct the assessment 
     under subsection (a) shall carry out subsection (b)(2) by 
     analyzing data collected by the F-35 Joint Program Office, 
     other elements of the Federal Government, or contractors. 
     Nothing in this section may be construed as affecting the 
     plans of the Secretary to dispose of the aircraft involved in 
     the incident described in such subsection (b)(2).
       (d) Report.--Not later than March 15, 2016, the Secretary 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report 
     containing the assessment conducted under subsection (a).

     SEC. 242. COMPTROLLER GENERAL REVIEW OF AUTONOMIC LOGISTICS 
                   INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR F-35 LIGHTNING II 
                   AIRCRAFT.

       (a) Report.--Not later than April 1, 2016, the Comptroller 
     General of the United States shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report on the autonomic 
     logistics information system for the F-35 Lightning II 
     aircraft program.
       (b) Elements.--The report under subsection (a) shall 
     include, at a minimum, the following:
       (1) The fielding status, in terms of units equipped with 
     various software and hardware configurations, for the 
     autonomic logistics information system element of the F-35 
     Lightning II aircraft program, as of the date of the report.
       (2) The development schedule for upgrades to the autonomic 
     logistics information system, and an assessment of the 
     ability of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft program to maintain 
     such schedule.
       (3) The views of maintenance personnel and other personnel 
     involved in operating and maintaining F-35 Lightning II 
     aircraft in testing and operational units.
       (4) The effect of the autonomic logistics information 
     system program on the operational availability of the F-35 
     Lightning II aircraft program.
       (5) Improvements, if any, regarding the time required for 
     maintenance personnel to input data and use the autonomic 
     logistics information system.
       (6) The ability of the autonomic logistics information 
     system to be deployed on both ships and to forward land-based 
     locations, including any limitations of such a deployable 
     version.
       (7) The cost estimates for development and fielding of the 
     autonomic logistics information system program and an 
     assessment of the capability of the program to address 
     performance problems within the planned resources.
       (8) Other matters regarding the autonomic logistics 
     information system that the Comptroller General determines of 
     critical importance to the long-term viability of the system.

     SEC. 243. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING FACILITATION OF A HIGH 
                   QUALITY TECHNICAL WORKFORCE.

       It is the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Defense 
     should explore using existing authorities for promoting 
     science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs, 
     such as under section 233 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. 
     ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 10 U.S.C. 2193a note), to 
     allow laboratories of the Department of Defense and federally 
     funded research and development centers to help facilitate 
     and shape a high quality scientific and technical future 
     workforce that can support the needs of the Department.

                  TITLE III--OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

              Subtitle A--Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 301. Authorization of appropriations.

                   Subtitle B--Energy and Environment

Sec. 311. Limitation on procurement of drop-in fuels.
Sec. 312. Southern Sea Otter Military Readiness Areas.
Sec. 313. Modification of energy management reporting requirements.
Sec. 314. Revision to scope of statutorily required review of projects 
              relating to potential obstructions to aviation so as to 
              apply only to energy projects.
Sec. 315. Exclusions from definition of ``chemical substance'' under 
              Toxic Substances Control Act.

                 Subtitle C--Logistics and Sustainment

Sec. 322. Repeal of limitation on authority to enter into a contract 
              for the sustainment, maintenance, repair, or overhaul of 
              the F117 engine.
Sec. 323. Pilot programs for availability of working-capital funds for 
              product improvements.

                          Subtitle D--Reports

Sec. 331. Modification of annual report on prepositioned materiel and 
              equipment.
Sec. 332. Report on merger of Office of Assistant Secretary for 
              Operational Energy Plans and Deputy Under Secretary for 
              Installations and Environment.
Sec. 333. Report on equipment purchased noncompetitively from foreign 
              entities.

                       Subtitle E--Other Matters

Sec. 341. Prohibition on contracts making payments for honoring members 
              of the Armed Forces at sporting events.
Sec. 342. Military animals: transfer and adoption.
Sec. 343. Temporary authority to extend contracts and leases under the 
              ARMS Initiative.
Sec. 344. Improvements to Department of Defense excess property 
              disposal.
Sec. 345. Limitation on use of funds for Department of Defense 
              sponsorships, advertising, or marketing associated with 
              sports-related organizations or sporting events.
Sec. 346. Reduction in amounts available for Department of Defense 
              headquarters, administrative, and support activities.

              Subtitle A--Authorization of Appropriations

     SEC. 301. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

       Funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated for fiscal 
     year 2016 for the use of the Armed Forces and other 
     activities and agencies of the Department of Defense for 
     expenses, not otherwise provided for, for operation and 
     maintenance, as specified in the funding table in section 
     4301.

                   Subtitle B--Energy and Environment

     SEC. 311. LIMITATION ON PROCUREMENT OF DROP-IN FUELS.

       (a) In General.--Subchapter II of chapter 173 of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new section:

     ``Sec. 2922h. Limitation on procurement of drop-in fuels

       ``(a) Limitation.--Except as provided in subsection (b), 
     the Secretary of Defense may not make a bulk purchase of a 
     drop-in fuel for operational purposes unless the fully 
     burdened cost of that drop-in fuel is cost-competitive with 
     the fully burdened cost of a traditional fuel available for 
     the same purpose.
       ``(b) Waiver.--(1) Subject to the requirements of paragraph 
     (2), the Secretary of Defense may waive the limitation under 
     subsection (a) with respect to a purchase.
       ``(2) Not later than 30 days after issuing a waiver under 
     this subsection, the Secretary shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees notice of the waiver. Any 
     such notice shall include each of the following:
       ``(A) The rationale of the Secretary for issuing the 
     waiver.
       ``(B) A certification that the waiver is in the national 
     security interest of the United States.
       ``(C) The expected fully burdened cost of the purchase for 
     which the waiver is issued.
       ``(c) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) The term `drop-in fuel' means a neat or blended 
     liquid hydrocarbon fuel designed as a direct replacement for 
     a traditional fuel with comparable performance 
     characteristics and compatible with existing infrastructure 
     and equipment.
       ``(2) The term `traditional fuel' means a liquid 
     hydrocarbon fuel derived or refined from petroleum.
       ``(3) The term `operational purposes'--
       ``(A) means for the purposes of conducting military 
     operations, including training, exercises, large scale 
     demonstrations, and moving and sustaining military forces and 
     military platforms; and
       ``(B) does not include research, development, testing, 
     evaluation, fuel certification, or other demonstrations.
       ``(4) The term `fully burdened cost' means the commodity 
     price of the fuel plus the total cost of all personnel and 
     assets required to move and, when necessary, protect the fuel 
     from the point at which the fuel is received from the 
     commercial supplier to the point of use.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such subchapter is amended by inserting after 
     the item relating to section 2922g the following new item:

``2922h. Limitation on procurement of drop-in fuels.''.

     SEC. 312. SOUTHERN SEA OTTER MILITARY READINESS AREAS.

       (a) Establishment of the Southern Sea Otter Military 
     Readiness Areas.--Chapter 631 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     section:

     ``Sec. 7235. Establishment of the Southern Sea Otter Military 
       Readiness Areas

       ``(a) Establishment.--The Secretary of the Navy shall 
     establish areas, to be known as `Southern Sea Otter Military 
     Readiness Areas', for national defense purposes. Such areas 
     shall include each of the following:
       ``(1) The area that includes Naval Base Ventura County, San 
     Nicolas Island, and Begg Rock and the adjacent and 
     surrounding waters within the following coordinates:


 
                       ``N. Latitude/W. Longitude
 
                    3327.8'/11934.3'

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                    3320.5'/11915.5'
                    3313.5'/11911.8'
                    3306.5'/11915.3'
                    3302.8'/11926.8'
                    3308.8'/11946.3'
                    3317.2'/11956.9'
                   3330.9'/11954.2'.
 

       ``(2) The area that includes Naval Base Coronado, San 
     Clemente Island and the adjacent and surrounding waters 
     running parallel to shore to 3 nautical miles from the high 
     tide line designated by part 165 of title 33, Code of Federal 
     Regulations, on May 20, 2010, as the San Clemente Island 3NM 
     Safety Zone.
       ``(b) Activities Within the Southern Sea Otter Military 
     Readiness Areas.--
       ``(1) Incidental takings under endangered species act of 
     1973.--Sections 4 and 9 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 
     (16 U.S.C. 1533, 1538) shall not apply with respect to the 
     incidental taking of any southern sea otter in the Southern 
     Sea Otter Military Readiness Areas in the course of 
     conducting a military readiness activity.
       ``(2) Incidental takings under marine mammal protection act 
     of 1972.--Sections 101 and 102 of the Marine Mammal 
     Protection Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1371, 1372) shall not apply 
     with respect to the incidental taking of any southern sea 
     otter in the Southern Sea Otter Military Readiness Areas in 
     the course of conducting a military readiness activity.
       ``(3) Treatment as species proposed to be listed.--For 
     purposes of conducting a military readiness activity, any 
     southern sea otter while within the Southern Sea Otter 
     Military Readiness Areas shall be treated for the purposes of 
     section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 
     1536) as a member of a species that is proposed to be listed 
     as an endangered species or a threatened species under 
     section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 
     1533).
       ``(c) Removal.--Nothing in this section or any other 
     Federal law shall be construed to require that any southern 
     sea otter located within the Southern Sea Otter Military 
     Readiness Areas be removed from the Areas.
       ``(d) Revision or Termination of Exceptions.--The Secretary 
     of the Interior may revise or terminate the application of 
     subsection (b) if the Secretary of the Interior, in 
     consultation with the Secretary of the Navy, determines that 
     military activities occurring in the Southern Sea Otter 
     Military Readiness Areas are impeding the southern sea otter 
     conservation or the return of southern sea otters to optimum 
     sustainable population levels.
       ``(e) Monitoring.--
       ``(1) In general.--The Secretary of the Navy shall conduct 
     monitoring and research within the Southern Sea Otter 
     Military Readiness Areas to determine the effects of military 
     readiness activities on the growth or decline of the southern 
     sea otter population and on the near-shore ecosystem. 
     Monitoring and research parameters and methods shall be 
     determined in consultation with the Service.
       ``(2) Reports.--Not later than 24 months after the date of 
     the enactment of this section and every three years 
     thereafter, the Secretary of the Navy shall report to 
     Congress and the public on monitoring undertaken pursuant to 
     paragraph (1).
       ``(f) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) Southern sea otter.--The term `southern sea otter' 
     means any member of the subspecies Enhydra lutris nereis.
       ``(2) Take.--The term `take'--
       ``(A) when used in reference to activities subject to 
     regulation by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 
     1531 et seq.), shall have the meaning given such term in that 
     Act; and
       ``(B) when used in reference to activities subject to 
     regulation by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (16 
     U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) shall have the meaning given such term 
     in that Act.
       ``(3) Incidental taking.--The term `incidental taking' 
     means any take of a southern sea otter that is incidental to, 
     and not the purpose of, the carrying out of an otherwise 
     lawful activity.
       ``(4) Military readiness activity.--The term `military 
     readiness activity' has the meaning given that term in 
     section 315(f) of the Bob Stump National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 (16 U.S.C. 703 note) 
     and includes all training and operations of the armed forces 
     that relate to combat and the adequate and realistic testing 
     of military equipment, vehicles, weapons, and sensors for 
     proper operation and suitability for combat use.
       ``(5) Optimum sustainable population.--The term `optimum 
     sustainable population' means, with respect to any population 
     stock, the number of animals that will result in the maximum 
     productivity of the population or the species, keeping in 
     mind the carrying capacity of the habitat and the health of 
     the ecosystem of which they form a constituent element.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new item:

``7235. Establishment of the Southern Sea Otter Military Readiness 
              Areas.''.

     SEC. 313. MODIFICATION OF ENERGY MANAGEMENT REPORTING 
                   REQUIREMENTS.

       Section 2925(a) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) by striking paragraphs (4) and (7);
       (2) by redesignating paragraphs (5), (6), (8), (9), (10), 
     (11), and (12) as paragraphs (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), 
     and (10), respectively;
       (3) by amending paragraph (7), as redesignated by paragraph 
     (2) of this section, to read as follows:
       ``(7) A description and estimate of the progress made by 
     the military departments in meeting current high performance 
     and sustainable building standards under the Unified 
     Facilities Criteria.'';
       (4) by amending paragraph (9), as redesignated by such 
     paragraph (2), to read as follows:
       ``(9) Details of all commercial utility outages caused by 
     threats and those caused by hazards at military installations 
     that last eight hours or longer, whether or not the outage 
     was mitigated by backup power, including non-commercial 
     utility outages and Department of Defense-owned 
     infrastructure, including the total number and location of 
     outages, the financial impact of the outages, and measure 
     taken to mitigate outages in the future at the affected 
     locations and across the Department of Defense.''; and
       (5) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(11) At the discretion of the Secretary of Defense, a 
     classified annex, as appropriate.''.

     SEC. 314. REVISION TO SCOPE OF STATUTORILY REQUIRED REVIEW OF 
                   PROJECTS RELATING TO POTENTIAL OBSTRUCTIONS TO 
                   AVIATION SO AS TO APPLY ONLY TO ENERGY 
                   PROJECTS.

       (a) Scope of Section.--Section 358 of the Ike Skelton 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 
     (Public Law 111-383; 124 Stat. 4198; 49 U.S.C. 44718 note) is 
     amended--
       (1) in subsection (c)(3), by striking ``from State and 
     local officials or the developer of a renewable energy 
     development or other energy project'' and inserting ``from a 
     State government, an Indian tribal government, a local 
     government, a landowner, or the developer of an energy 
     project'';
       (2) in subsection (c)(4), by striking ``readiness, and'' 
     and all that follows and inserting ``readiness and to clearly 
     communicate to such parties actions being taken by the 
     Department of Defense under this section.'';
       (3) in subsection (d)(2)(B), by striking ``as high, medium, 
     or low'';
       (4) by redesignating subsection (j) as subsection (k); and
       (5) by inserting after subsection (i) the following new 
     subsection (j):
       ``(j) Applicability of Section.--This section does not 
     apply to a non-energy project.''.
       (b) Definitions.--Subsection (k) of such section, as 
     redesignated by paragraph (4) of subsection (a), is amended 
     by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:
       ``(4) The term `energy project' means a project that 
     provides for the generation or transmission of electrical 
     energy.
       ``(5) The term `non-energy project' means a project that is 
     not an energy project.
       ``(6) The term `landowner' means a person or other legal 
     entity that owns a fee interest in real property on which a 
     proposed energy project is planned to be located.''.

     SEC. 315. EXCLUSIONS FROM DEFINITION OF ``CHEMICAL 
                   SUBSTANCE'' UNDER TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT.

       Section 3(2)(B)(v) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (15 
     U.S.C. 2602(2)(B)(v)) is amended by striking ``, and'' and 
     inserting ``and any component of such an article (limited to 
     shot shells, cartridges, and components of shot shells and 
     cartridges), and''.

                 Subtitle C--Logistics and Sustainment

     SEC. 322. REPEAL OF LIMITATION ON AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO A 
                   CONTRACT FOR THE SUSTAINMENT, MAINTENANCE, 
                   REPAIR, OR OVERHAUL OF THE F117 ENGINE.

       Section 341 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 
     (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3345) is repealed.

     SEC. 323. PILOT PROGRAMS FOR AVAILABILITY OF WORKING-CAPITAL 
                   FUNDS FOR PRODUCT IMPROVEMENTS.

       (a) Pilot Programs Required.--During fiscal year 2016, each 
     of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, 
     Logistics, and Technology, the Assistant Secretary of the 
     Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition, and the 
     Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition shall 
     initiate a pilot program pursuant to section 330 of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 
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     110-181; 122 Stat. 68), as amended by section 332 of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 
     (Public Law 112-239; 126 Stat. 1697).
       (b) Limitation on Availability of Funds.--A minimum of 
     $5,000,000 of working-capital funds shall be used for each of 
     the pilot programs initiated under subsection (a) for fiscal 
     year 2016.

                          Subtitle D--Reports

     SEC. 331. MODIFICATION OF ANNUAL REPORT ON PREPOSITIONED 
                   MATERIEL AND EQUIPMENT.

       Section 2229a(a)(8) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended to read as follows:
       ``(8) A list of any equipment used in support of 
     contingency operations slated for retrograde and subsequent 
     inclusion in the prepositioned stocks.''.

     SEC. 332. REPORT ON MERGER OF OFFICE OF ASSISTANT SECRETARY 
                   FOR OPERATIONAL ENERGY PLANS AND DEPUTY UNDER 
                   SECRETARY FOR INSTALLATIONS AND ENVIRONMENT.

       The Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a report 
     on the merger of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of 
     Defense for Operational Energy Plans and the Office of the 
     Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and 
     Environment under section 901 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 
     128 Stat. 3462). Such report shall include--
       (1) a description of how the office is implementing its 
     responsibilities under sections 138(b)(9), 138(c), and 
     2925(b) of title 10, United States Code, and Department of 
     Defense Directives 5134.15 (Assistant Secretary of Defense 
     for Operational Energy Plans and Programs) and 4280.01 
     (Department of Defense Energy Policy);
       (2) a description of any efficiencies achieved as a result 
     of the merger; and
       (3) the number of Department of Defense personnel whose 
     responsibilities are focused on energy matters specifically.

     SEC. 333. REPORT ON EQUIPMENT PURCHASED NONCOMPETITIVELY FROM 
                   FOREIGN ENTITIES.

       (a) Report Required.--Not later than March 30, 2016, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a report containing a list of each 
     contract awarded to a foreign entity outside of the national 
     technology and industrial base, as described in section 
     2505(c) of title 10, United States Code, by the Department of 
     Defense during fiscal years 2011 through 2015--
       (1) using procedures other than competitive procedures; and
       (2) for the procurement of equipment, weapons, weapons 
     systems, components, subcomponents, or end-items with a value 
     of $10,000,000 or more.
       (b) Elements of Report.--The report required by subsection 
     (a) shall include, for each contract listed, each of the 
     following:
       (1) An identification of the items purchased under the 
     contract--
       (A) described in section 8302(a)(1) of title 41, United 
     States Code, and purchased from a foreign manufacturer by 
     reason of an exception under section 8302(a)(2)(A) or section 
     8302(a)(2)(B) of such title;
       (B) described in section 2533b(a)(1) of title 10, United 
     States Code, and purchased from a foreign manufacturer by 
     reason of an exception under section 2533b(b); and
       (C) described in section 2534(a) of such title and 
     purchased from a foreign manufacturer by reason of a waiver 
     exercised under paragraph (1), (2), (4), or (5) of section 
     2534(d) of such title.
       (2) The rationale for using the exception or waiver.
       (3) A list of potential alternative manufacturing sources 
     from the public and private sector that could be developed to 
     establish competition for those items.

                       Subtitle E--Other Matters

     SEC. 341. PROHIBITION ON CONTRACTS MAKING PAYMENTS FOR 
                   HONORING MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AT 
                   SPORTING EVENTS.

       (a) Prohibition.--Subchapter I of chapter 134 of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 
     2241a the following new section:

     ``Sec. 2241b. Prohibition on contracts providing payments for 
       activities at sporting events to honor members of the armed 
       forces

       ``(a) Prohibition.--The Department of Defense may not enter 
     into any contract or other agreement under which payments are 
     to be made in exchange for activities by the contractor 
     intended to honor, or giving the appearance of honoring, 
     members of the armed forces (whether members of the regular 
     components or the reserve components) at any form of sporting 
     event.
       ``(b) Construction.--Nothing in subsection (a) shall be 
     construed as prohibiting the Department of Defense from 
     taking actions to facilitate activities intended to honor 
     members of the armed forces at sporting events that are 
     provided on a pro bono basis or otherwise funded with non-
     Federal funds if such activities are provided and received in 
     accordance with applicable rules and regulations regarding 
     the acceptance of gifts by the military departments, the 
     armed forces, and members of the armed forces.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of subchapter I of chapter 134 of title 10, United 
     States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating 
     to section 2241a the following new item:

``2241b. Prohibition on contracts providing payments for activities at 
              sporting events to honor members of the armed forces.''.

     SEC. 342. MILITARY ANIMALS: TRANSFER AND ADOPTION.

       (a) Availability for Adoption.--Section 2583(a) of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended by striking ``may'' in the 
     matter preceding paragraph (1) and inserting ``shall''.
       (b) Authorized Recipients.--Subsection (c) of section 2583 
     of title 10, United States Code, is amended to read as 
     follows:
       ``(c) Authorized Recipients.--(1) A military animal shall 
     be made available for adoption under this section, in order 
     of recommended priority--
       ``(A) by former handlers of the animal;
       ``(B) by other persons capable of humanely caring for the 
     animal; and
       ``(C) by law enforcement agencies.
       ``(2) If the Secretary of the military department concerned 
     determines that an adoption is justified under subsection 
     (a)(2) under circumstances under which the handler of a 
     military working dog is wounded in action, the dog shall be 
     made available for adoption only by the handler. If the 
     Secretary of the military department concerned determines 
     that such an adoption is justified under circumstances under 
     which the handler of a military working dog is killed in 
     action or dies of wounds received in action, the military 
     working dog shall be made available for adoption only by a 
     parent, child, spouse, or sibling of the deceased handler.''.
       (c) Transfer for Adoption.--Subsection (f) of section 2583 
     of title 10, United States Code, is amended in the matter 
     preceding paragraph (1) by striking ``may transfer'' and 
     inserting ``shall transfer''.
       (d) Location of Retirement.--Subsection (f) of such section 
     is further amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as 
     subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively;
       (2) by inserting ``(1)'' before ``If the Secretary'';
       (3) in paragraph (1), as designated by paragraph (2) of 
     this subsection--
       (A) by striking ``, and no suitable adoption is available 
     at the military facility where the dog is located,''; and
       (B) in subparagraph (B), as designated by paragraph (1) of 
     this subsection, by inserting ``within the United States'' 
     after ``to another location''; and
       (4) by adding at the end the following new paragraph (2):
       ``(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply if at the time of 
     retirement--
       ``(A) the dog is located outside the United States and a 
     United States citizen or service member living abroad adopts 
     the dog; or
       ``(B) the dog is located within the United States and 
     suitable adoption is available where the dog is located.''.
       (e) Preference in Adoption for Former Handlers.--Such 
     section is further amended--
       (1) by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (h); and
       (2) by inserting after subsection (f) the following new 
     subsection (g):
       ``(g) Preference in Adoption of Retired Military Working 
     Dogs for Former Handlers.--(1) In providing for the adoption 
     under this section of a retired military working dog 
     described in paragraph (1) or (3) of subsection (a), the 
     Secretary of the military department concerned shall accord a 
     preference to the former handler of the dog unless the 
     Secretary determines that adoption of the dog by the former 
     handler would not be in the best interests of the dog.
       ``(2) In the case of a dog covered by paragraph (1) with 
     more than one former handler seeking adoption of the dog at 
     the time of adoption, the Secretary shall provide for the 
     adoption of the dog by such former handler whose adoption of 
     the dog will best serve the interests of the dog and such 
     former handlers. The Secretary shall make any determination 
     required by this paragraph with respect to a dog following 
     consultation with the kennel master of the unit at which the 
     dog was last located before adoption under this section.
       ``(3) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as 
     altering, revising, or overriding any policy of a military 
     department for the adoption of military working dogs by law 
     enforcement agencies before the end of the dogs' useful 
     lives.''.

     SEC. 343. TEMPORARY AUTHORITY TO EXTEND CONTRACTS AND LEASES 
                   UNDER THE ARMS INITIATIVE.

       Contracts or subcontracts entered into pursuant to section 
     4554(a)(3)(A) of title 10, United States Code, on or before 
     the date that is five years after the date of the enactment 
     of this Act may include an option to extend the term of the 
     contract or subcontract for an additional 25 years.

     SEC. 344. IMPROVEMENTS TO DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EXCESS 
                   PROPERTY DISPOSAL.

       (a) Plan Required.--Not later than March 15, 2016, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a plan for the improved management and 
     oversight of the systems, processes, and controls involved in 
     the disposition of excess non-mission essential equipment and 
     materiel by the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition 
     Services.
       (b) Contents of Plan.--At a minimum, the plan shall address 
     each of the following:
       (1) Backlogs of unprocessed property at disposition sites 
     that do not meet Defense Logistics Agency Disposition 
     Services goals.
       (2) Customer wait times.
       (3) Procedures governing the disposal of serviceable items 
     in order to prevent the destruction of excess property 
     eligible for utilization, transfer, or donation before 
     potential recipients are able to view and obtain the 
     property.
       (4) Validation of materiel release orders.
       (5) Assuring adequate physical security for the storage of 
     equipment.
       (6) The number of personnel required to effectively manage 
     retrograde sort yards.
       (7) Managing any potential increase in the amount of excess 
     property to be processed.

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       (8) Improving the reliability of Defense Logistics Agency 
     Disposition Services data.
       (9) Procedures for ensuring no property is offered for 
     public sale until all requirements for utilization, transfer, 
     and donation are met.
       (10) Validation of physical inventory against database 
     entries.
       (c) Congressional Briefing.--By not later than March 15, 
     2016, the Secretary shall provide to the congressional 
     defense committees a briefing on the actions taken to 
     implement the plan required under subsection (a).

     SEC. 345. LIMITATION ON USE OF FUNDS FOR DEPARTMENT OF 
                   DEFENSE SPONSORSHIPS, ADVERTISING, OR MARKETING 
                   ASSOCIATED WITH SPORTS-RELATED ORGANIZATIONS OR 
                   SPORTING EVENTS.

       Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated for the 
     Department of Defense by this Act or otherwise made available 
     to the Department for sponsorship, advertising, or marketing 
     associated with sports-related organizations or sporting 
     events, not more than 75 percent may be obligated or expended 
     until the date on which the Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Personnel and Readiness, in consultation with the Director of 
     Accessions Policy--
       (1) conducts a review of current contracts and task orders 
     for such sponsorships, advertising, and marketing (as awarded 
     by the regular and reserve components of the Armed Forces) in 
     order to assess--
       (A) whether such sponsorships, advertising, and marketing 
     are effective in meeting the recruiting objectives of the 
     Department;
       (B) whether consistent metrics are used to evaluate the 
     effectiveness of each such activity in generating leads and 
     recruit accessions; and
       (C) whether the return on investment for such activities is 
     sufficient to warrant the continuing use of Department funds 
     for such activities; and
       (2) submits to the Committees on Armed Services of the 
     Senate and the House of Representatives a report that 
     includes--
       (A) a description of the actions being taken to coordinate 
     efforts of the Department relating to such sponsorships, 
     advertising, and marketing, and to minimize duplicative 
     contracts for such sponsorships, advertising, and marketing, 
     as applicable; and
       (B) the results of the review required by paragraph (1), 
     including an assessment of the extent to which the continuing 
     use of Department funds for such sponsorships, advertising, 
     and marketing is warranted in light of the review and the 
     actions described pursuant to subparagraph (A).

     SEC. 346. REDUCTION IN AMOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR DEPARTMENT OF 
                   DEFENSE HEADQUARTERS, ADMINISTRATIVE, AND 
                   SUPPORT ACTIVITIES.

       (a) Plan for Achievement of Cost Savings.--
       (1) In general.--Commencing not later than 120 days after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall implement a plan to ensure that the Department 
     of Defense achieves not less than $10,000,000,000 in cost 
     savings from the headquarters, administrative, and support 
     activities of the Department during the period beginning with 
     fiscal year 2015 and ending with fiscal year 2019. The 
     Secretary shall ensure that at least one half of the required 
     cost savings are programmed for fiscal years before fiscal 
     year 2018.
       (2) Treatment of savings pursuant to headquarters 
     reduction.--Documented savings achieved pursuant to the 
     headquarters reduction requirement in subsection (b), other 
     than savings achieved in fiscal year 2020, shall count toward 
     the cost savings required by paragraph (1).
       (3) Treatment of savings pursuant to management 
     activities.--Documented savings in the human resources 
     management, health care management, financial flow 
     management, information technology infrastructure and 
     management, supply chain and logistics, acquisition and 
     procurement, and real property management activities of the 
     Department during the period referred to in paragraph (1) may 
     be counted toward the cost savings required by paragraph (1).
       (4) Treatment of savings pursuant to force structure 
     revisions.--Savings or reductions to military force structure 
     or military operating units of the Armed Forces may not count 
     toward the cost savings required by paragraph (1).
       (5) Reports.--The Secretary shall include with the budget 
     for the Department of Defense for each of fiscal years 2017, 
     2018, and 2019, as submitted to Congress pursuant to section 
     1105 of title 31, United States Code, a report describing and 
     assessing the progress of the Department in implementing the 
     plan required by paragraph (1) and in achieving the cost 
     savings required by that paragraph.
       (6) Comptroller general assessments.--Not later than 90 
     days after the submittal of each report required by paragraph 
     (5), the Comptroller General of the United States shall 
     submit to the congressional defense committees a report 
     setting forth the assessment of the Comptroller General of 
     the report and of the extent to which the Department of 
     Defense is in compliance with the requirements of this 
     section.
       (b) Headquarters Reductions.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 90 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     modify the headquarters reduction plan required by section 
     904 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2014 (Public Law 113-66; 127 Stat. 816; 10 U.S.C. 111 note) 
     to ensure that it achieves savings in the total funding 
     available for major Department of Defense headquarters 
     activities by fiscal year 2020 that are not less than 25 
     percent of the baseline amount. The modified plan shall 
     establish a specific savings objective for each major 
     headquarters activity in each fiscal year through fiscal year 
     2020. The budget for the Department of Defense for each 
     fiscal year after fiscal year 2016 shall reflect the savings 
     required by the modified plan.
       (2) Baseline amount.--For the purposes of this subsection, 
     the baseline amount is the amount authorized to be 
     appropriated by this Act for fiscal year 2016 for major 
     Department of Defense headquarters activities, adjusted by a 
     credit for reductions in such headquarters activities that 
     are documented, as of the date that is 90 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, as having been accomplished in 
     earlier fiscal years in accordance with the December 2013 
     directive of the Secretary of Defense on headquarters 
     reductions. The modified plan issued pursuant to paragraph 
     (1) shall include an overall baseline amount for all of the 
     major Department of Defense headquarters activities that 
     credits reductions accomplished in earlier fiscal years in 
     accordance with the December 2013 directive, and a specific 
     baseline amount for each such headquarters activity that 
     credits such reductions.
       (3) Major department of defense headquarters activities 
     defined.--In this subsection, the term ``major Department of 
     Defense headquarters activities'' means the following:
       (A) Each of the following organizations:
       (i) The Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint 
     Staff.
       (ii) The Office of the Secretary of the Army and the Army 
     Staff.
       (iii) The Office of the Secretary of the Navy, the Office 
     of the Chief of Naval Operations, and Headquarters, Marine 
     Corps.
       (iv) The Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and the 
     Air Staff.
       (v) The Office of the Chief, National Guard Bureau, and the 
     National Guard Joint Staff.
       (B)(i) Except as provided in clause (ii), headquarters 
     elements of each of the following:
       (I) The combatant commands, the sub-unified commands, and 
     subordinate commands that directly report to such commands.
       (II) The major commands of the military departments and the 
     subordinate commands that directly report to such commands.
       (III) The component commands of the military departments.
       (IV) The Defense Agencies, the Department of Defense field 
     activities, and the Office of the Inspector General of the 
     Department of Defense.
       (V) Department of Defense components that report directly 
     to the organizations specified in subparagraph (A).
       (ii) Subordinate commands and direct-reporting components 
     otherwise described in clause (i) that do not have 
     significant functions other than operational, operational 
     intelligence, or tactical functions, or training for 
     operational, operational intelligence, or tactical functions, 
     are not headquarters elements for purposes of this 
     subsection.
       (4) Implementation.--Not later than 120 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise 
     applicable guidance on the Department of Defense major 
     headquarters activities as needed to--
       (A) incorporate into such guidance the definition of the 
     term ``major Department of Defense headquarters activities'' 
     as provided in paragraph (3);
       (B) ensure that the term ``headquarters element'', as used 
     in paragraph (3)(B), is consistently applied within such 
     guidance to include--
       (i) senior leadership and staff functions of applicable 
     commands and components; and
       (ii) direct support to senior leadership and staff 
     functions of applicable commands and components and to higher 
     headquarters;
       (C) ensure that the budget and accounting systems of the 
     Department of Defense are modified to track funding for the 
     major Department of Defense headquarters activities as 
     separate funding lines; and
       (D) identify and address any deviation from the specific 
     savings objective established for a headquarters activity in 
     the modified plan issued by the Secretary pursuant to the 
     requirement in paragraph (1).
       (c) Comprehensive Review of Headquarters and Administrative 
     and Support Activities.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall conduct a 
     comprehensive review of the management and operational 
     headquarters of the Department of Defense for purposes of 
     consolidating and streamlining headquarters functions and 
     administrative and support activities.
       (2) Elements.--The review required by paragraph (1) shall 
     address the following:
       (A) The extent, if any, to which the staff of the 
     Secretaries of the military departments and the Chiefs of 
     Staff of the Armed Forces have duplicative staff functions 
     and services and could be consolidated into a single service 
     staff.
       (B) The extent, if any, to which the staff of the Office of 
     the Secretary of Defense, the military departments, the 
     Defense Agencies, and temporary organizations have 
     duplicative staff functions and services and could be 
     streamlined with respect to--
       (i) performing oversight and making policy;
       (ii) performing staff functions and services specific to 
     the military department concerned;
       (iii) performing multi-department staff functions and 
     services; and
       (iv) performing functions and services across the 
     Department of Defense with respect to intelligence collection 
     and analysis.
       (C) The extent, if any, to which the Joint Staff, the 
     combatant commands, and their subordinate service component 
     commands have duplicative staff functions and services that 
     could be shared, consolidated, eliminated, or otherwise 
     streamlined with--
       (i) the Joint Staff performing oversight and execution;
       (ii) the staff of the combatant commands performing only 
     staff functions and services specific to the combatant 
     command concerned; and
       (iii) the staff of the service component commands of the 
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     only staff functions and services specific to the service 
     component command concerned.
       (D) The extent, if any, to which reductions in military and 
     civilian end-strength in management or operational 
     headquarters could be used to create, build, or fill 
     shortages in force structure for operational units.
       (E) The extent, if any, to which revisions are required to 
     the Defense Officers Personnel Management Act, including 
     requirements for officers to serve in joint billets, the 
     number of qualifying billets, the rank structure in the joint 
     billets, and the joint qualification requirement for officers 
     to be promoted while serving for extensive periods in 
     critical positions such as program managers of major defense 
     acquisition programs, and officers in units of component 
     forces supporting joint commands, in order to achieve 
     efficiencies, provide promotion fairness and equity, and 
     obtain effective governance in the management of the 
     Department of Defense.
       (F) The structure and staffing of the Joint Staff, and the 
     number, structure, and staffing of the combatant commands and 
     their subordinate service component commands, including, in 
     particular--
       (i) whether or not the staff organization of each such 
     entity has documented and periodically validated requirements 
     for such entity;
       (ii) whether or not there are an appropriate number of 
     combatant commands relative to the requirements of the 
     National Security Strategy, the Quadrennial Defense Review, 
     and the National Military Strategy; and
       (iii) whether or not opportunities exist to consolidate 
     staff functions and services common to the Joint Staff and 
     the service component commands into a single staff 
     organization that provides the required functions, services, 
     capabilities, and capacities to the Chairman of the Joint 
     Chiefs of Staff and supported combatant commanders, and if 
     so--

       (I) where in the organizational structure such staff 
     functions, services, capabilities, and capacities would be 
     established; and
       (II) whether or not the military departments could execute 
     such staff functions, services, capabilities, and capacities 
     while executing their requirements to organize, train, and 
     equip the Armed Forces.

       (G) The statutory and regulatory authority of the combatant 
     commands to establish subordinate joint commands or 
     headquarters, including joint task forces, led by a general 
     or flag officer, and the extent, if any, to which the 
     combatant commands have used such authority--
       (i) to establish temporary or permanent subordinate joint 
     commands or headquarters, including joint task forces, led by 
     general or flag officers;
       (ii) to disestablish temporary or permanent subordinate 
     joint commands or headquarters, including joint task forces, 
     led by general or flag officers;
       (iii) to increase requirements for general and flag 
     officers in the joint pool which are exempt from the end 
     strength limitations otherwise applicable to general and flag 
     officers in the Armed Forces;
       (iv) to participate in the management of joint officer 
     qualification in order to ensure the efficient and effective 
     quality and quantity of officers needed to staff headquarters 
     functions and services and return to the services officers 
     with required professional experience and skills necessary to 
     remain competitive for increased responsibility and authority 
     through subsequent assignment or promotion, including by 
     identifying--

       (I) circumstances, if any, in which officers spend a 
     disproportionate amount of time in their careers to attain 
     joint officer qualifications with corresponding loss of 
     opportunities to develop in the service-specific assignments 
     needed to gain the increased proficiency and experience to 
     qualify for service and command assignments; and
       (II) circumstances, if any, in which the military 
     departments detail officers to joint headquarters staffs in 
     order to maximize the number of officers receiving joint duty 
     credit with a focus on the quantity, instead of the quality, 
     of officers achieving joint duty credit;

       (v) to establish commanders' strategic planning groups, 
     advisory groups, or similar parallel personal staff entities 
     that could risk isolating function and staff processes, 
     including an assessment of the justification used to 
     establish such personal staff organizations and their impact 
     on the effectiveness and efficiency of organizational staff 
     functions, services, capabilities, and capacities; and
       (vi) to ensure the identification and management of 
     officers serving or having served in units in subordinate 
     service component or joint commands during combat operations 
     and did not receive joint credit for such service.
       (3) Consultation.--The Secretary shall, to the extent 
     practicable and as the Secretary considers appropriate, 
     conduct the review required by paragraph (1) in consultation 
     with such experts on matters covered by the review who are 
     independent of the Department of Defense.
       (4) Report.--Not later than March 1, 2016, the Secretary 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report 
     setting forth the results of the review required by paragraph 
     (1).

              TITLE IV--MILITARY PERSONNEL AUTHORIZATIONS

                       Subtitle A--Active Forces

Sec. 401. End strengths for active forces.
Sec. 402. Revisions in permanent active duty end strength minimum 
              levels.

                       Subtitle B--Reserve Forces

Sec. 411. End strengths for Selected Reserve.
Sec. 412. End strengths for reserves on active duty in support of the 
              reserves.
Sec. 413. End strengths for military technicians (dual status).
Sec. 414. Fiscal year 2016 limitation on number of non-dual status 
              technicians.
Sec. 415. Maximum number of reserve personnel authorized to be on 
              active duty for operational support.

              Subtitle C--Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 421. Military personnel.
Sec. 422. Report on force structure of the Army.

                       Subtitle A--Active Forces

     SEC. 401. END STRENGTHS FOR ACTIVE FORCES.

       The Armed Forces are authorized strengths for active duty 
     personnel as of September 30, 2016, as follows:
       (1) The Army, 475,000.
       (2) The Navy, 329,200.
       (3) The Marine Corps, 184,000.
       (4) The Air Force, 320,715.

     SEC. 402. REVISIONS IN PERMANENT ACTIVE DUTY END STRENGTH 
                   MINIMUM LEVELS.

       Section 691 of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in subsection (b), by striking paragraphs (1) through 
     (4) and inserting the following new paragraphs:
       ``(1) For the Army, 475,000.
       ``(2) For the Navy, 329,200.
       ``(3) For the Marine Corps, 184,000.
       ``(4) For the Air Force, 317,000.''; and
       (2) in subsection (e), by striking ``0.5 percent'' and 
     inserting ``2 percent''.

                       Subtitle B--Reserve Forces

     SEC. 411. END STRENGTHS FOR SELECTED RESERVE.

       (a) In General.--The Armed Forces are authorized strengths 
     for Selected Reserve personnel of the reserve components as 
     of September 30, 2016, as follows:
       (1) The Army National Guard of the United States, 342,000.
       (2) The Army Reserve, 198,000.
       (3) The Navy Reserve, 57,400.
       (4) The Marine Corps Reserve, 38,900.
       (5) The Air National Guard of the United States, 105,500.
       (6) The Air Force Reserve, 69,200.
       (7) The Coast Guard Reserve, 7,000.
       (b) End Strength Reductions.--The end strengths prescribed 
     by subsection (a) for the Selected Reserve of any reserve 
     component shall be proportionately reduced by--
       (1) the total authorized strength of units organized to 
     serve as units of the Selected Reserve of such component 
     which are on active duty (other than for training) at the end 
     of the fiscal year; and
       (2) the total number of individual members not in units 
     organized to serve as units of the Selected Reserve of such 
     component who are on active duty (other than for training or 
     for unsatisfactory participation in training) without their 
     consent at the end of the fiscal year.
       (c) End Strength Increases.--Whenever units or individual 
     members of the Selected Reserve of any reserve component are 
     released from active duty during any fiscal year, the end 
     strength prescribed for such fiscal year for the Selected 
     Reserve of such reserve component shall be increased 
     proportionately by the total authorized strengths of such 
     units and by the total number of such individual members.

     SEC. 412. END STRENGTHS FOR RESERVES ON ACTIVE DUTY IN 
                   SUPPORT OF THE RESERVES.

       Within the end strengths prescribed in section 411(a), the 
     reserve components of the Armed Forces are authorized, as of 
     September 30, 2016, the following number of Reserves to be 
     serving on full-time active duty or full-time duty, in the 
     case of members of the National Guard, for the purpose of 
     organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or 
     training the reserve components:
       (1) The Army National Guard of the United States, 30,770.
       (2) The Army Reserve, 16,261.
       (3) The Navy Reserve, 9,934.
       (4) The Marine Corps Reserve, 2,260.
       (5) The Air National Guard of the United States, 14,748.
       (6) The Air Force Reserve, 3,032.

     SEC. 413. END STRENGTHS FOR MILITARY TECHNICIANS (DUAL 
                   STATUS).

       The minimum number of military technicians (dual status) as 
     of the last day of fiscal year 2016 for the reserve 
     components of the Army and the Air Force (notwithstanding 
     section 129 of title 10, United States Code) shall be the 
     following:
       (1) For the Army National Guard of the United States, 
     26,099.
       (2) For the Army Reserve, 7,395.
       (3) For the Air National Guard of the United States, 
     22,104.
       (4) For the Air Force Reserve, 9,814.

     SEC. 414. FISCAL YEAR 2016 LIMITATION ON NUMBER OF NON-DUAL 
                   STATUS TECHNICIANS.

       (a) Limitations.--
       (1) National guard.--Within the limitation provided in 
     section 10217(c)(2) of title 10, United States Code, the 
     number of non-dual status technicians employed by the 
     National Guard as of September 30, 2016, may not exceed the 
     following:
       (A) For the Army National Guard of the United States, 
     1,600.
       (B) For the Air National Guard of the United States, 350.
       (2) Army reserve.--The number of non-dual status 
     technicians employed by the Army Reserve as of September 30, 
     2016, may not exceed 595.
       (3) Air force reserve.--The number of non-dual status 
     technicians employed by the Air Force Reserve as of September 
     30, 2016, may not exceed 90.
       (b) Non-dual Status Technicians Defined.--In this section, 
     the term ``non-dual status technician'' has the meaning given 
     that term in section 10217(a) of title 10, United States 
     Code.

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     SEC. 415. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF RESERVE PERSONNEL AUTHORIZED TO 
                   BE ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR OPERATIONAL SUPPORT.

       During fiscal year 2016, the maximum number of members of 
     the reserve components of the Armed Forces who may be serving 
     at any time on full-time operational support duty under 
     section 115(b) of title 10, United States Code, is the 
     following:
       (1) The Army National Guard of the United States, 17,000.
       (2) The Army Reserve, 13,000.
       (3) The Navy Reserve, 6,200.
       (4) The Marine Corps Reserve, 3,000.
       (5) The Air National Guard of the United States, 16,000.
       (6) The Air Force Reserve, 14,000.

              Subtitle C--Authorization of Appropriations

     SEC. 421. MILITARY PERSONNEL.

       (a) Authorization of Appropriations.--Funds are hereby 
     authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2016 for the 
     use of the Armed Forces and other activities and agencies of 
     the Department of Defense for expenses, not otherwise 
     provided for, for military personnel, as specified in the 
     funding table in section 4401.
       (b) Construction of Authorization.--The authorization of 
     appropriations in subsection (a) supersedes any other 
     authorization of appropriations (definite or indefinite) for 
     such purpose for fiscal year 2016.

     SEC. 422. REPORT ON FORCE STRUCTURE OF THE ARMY.

       (a) Report Required.--Not later than 90 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     submit to Congress a report containing the following:
       (1) An assessment by the Secretary of Defense of reports by 
     the Secretary of the Army on the force structure of the Army 
     submitted to Congress under section 1066 of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 
     112-239; 126 Stat. 1943) and section 1062 of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 
     113-291; 128 Stat. 3503).
       (2) An evaluation of the adequacy of the Army force 
     structure proposed for the future-years defense program for 
     fiscal years 2017 through 2021 to meet the goals of the 
     national military strategy of the United States.
       (3) An independent risk assessment by the Chairman of the 
     Joint Chiefs of Staff of the proposed Army force structure 
     and the ability of such force structure to meet the 
     operational requirements of combatant commanders.
       (4) A description of the planning assumptions and scenarios 
     used by the Department of Defense to validate the size and 
     force structure of the Army, including the Army Reserve and 
     the Army National Guard.
       (5) A certification by the Secretary of Defense that the 
     Secretary has reviewed the reports by the Secretary of the 
     Army and the assessments of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs 
     of Staff and determined that an end strength for active duty 
     personnel of the Army below the end strength level authorized 
     in section 401(1) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3348) 
     will be adequate to meet the national military strategy of 
     the United States.
       (6) A description of various alternative options for 
     allocating funds to ensure that the end strengths of the Army 
     do not fall below levels of significant risk, as determined 
     pursuant to the risk assessment conducted by the Chairman of 
     the Joint Chiefs of Staff under paragraph (3).
       (7) Such other information or updates as the Secretary of 
     Defense considers appropriate.
       (b) Form.--The report required by subsection (a) shall be 
     submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified 
     annex.

                   TITLE V--MILITARY PERSONNEL POLICY

                  Subtitle A--Officer Personnel Policy

Sec. 501. Reinstatement of enhanced authority for selective early 
              discharge of warrant officers.
Sec. 502. Equitable treatment of junior officers excluded from an all-
              fully-qualified-officers list because of administrative 
              error.
Sec. 503. Enhanced flexibility for determination of officers to 
              continue on active duty and for selective early 
              retirement and early discharge.
Sec. 504. Authority to defer until age 68 mandatory retirement for age 
              of a general or flag officer serving as Chief or Deputy 
              Chief of Chaplains of the Army, Navy, or Air Force.
Sec. 505. General rule for warrant officer retirement in highest grade 
              held satisfactorily.
Sec. 506. Implementation of Comptroller General recommendation on the 
              definition and availability of costs associated with 
              general and flag officers and their aides.

                Subtitle B--Reserve Component Management

Sec. 511. Continued service in the Ready Reserve by Members of Congress 
              who are also members of the Ready Reserve.
Sec. 512. Clarification of purpose of reserve component special 
              selection boards as limited to correction of error at a 
              mandatory promotion board.
Sec. 513. Increase in number of days of active duty required to be 
              performed by reserve component members for duty to be 
              considered Federal service for purposes of unemployment 
              compensation for ex-servicemembers.
Sec. 514. Temporary authority to use Air Force reserve component 
              personnel to provide training and instruction regarding 
              pilot training.
Sec. 515. Assessment of Military Compensation and Retirement 
              Modernization Commission recommendation regarding 
              consolidation of authorities to order members of reserve 
              components to perform duty.

                Subtitle C--General Service Authorities

Sec. 521. Limited authority for Secretary concerned to initiate 
              applications for correction of military records.
Sec. 522. Temporary authority to develop and provide additional 
              recruitment incentives.
Sec. 523. Expansion of authority to conduct pilot programs on career 
              flexibility to enhance retention of members of the Armed 
              Forces.
Sec. 524. Modification of notice and wait requirements for change in 
              ground combat exclusion policy for female members of the 
              Armed Forces.
Sec. 525. Role of Secretary of Defense in development of gender-neutral 
              occupational standards.
Sec. 526. Establishment of process by which members of the Armed Forces 
              may carry an appropriate firearm on a military 
              installation.
Sec. 527. Establishment of breastfeeding policy for the Department of 
              the Army.
Sec. 528. Sense of Congress recognizing the diversity of the members of 
              the Armed Forces.

  Subtitle D--Military Justice, Including Sexual Assault and Domestic 
                    Violence Prevention and Response

Sec. 531. Enforcement of certain crime victim rights by the Court of 
              Criminal Appeals.
Sec. 532. Department of Defense civilian employee access to Special 
              Victims' Counsel.
Sec. 533. Authority of Special Victims' Counsel to provide legal 
              consultation and assistance in connection with various 
              Government proceedings.
Sec. 534. Timely notification to victims of sex-related offenses of the 
              availability of assistance from Special Victims' Counsel.
Sec. 535. Additional improvements to Special Victims' Counsel program.
Sec. 536. Enhancement of confidentiality of restricted reporting of 
              sexual assault in the military.
Sec. 537. Modification of deadline for establishment of Defense 
              Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and 
              Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces.
Sec. 538. Improved Department of Defense prevention and response to 
              sexual assaults in which the victim is a male member of 
              the Armed Forces.
Sec. 539. Preventing retaliation against members of the Armed Forces 
              who report or intervene on behalf of the victim of an 
              alleged sex-related offence.
Sec. 540. Sexual assault prevention and response training for 
              administrators and instructors of Senior Reserve 
              Officers' Training Corps.
Sec. 541. Retention of case notes in investigations of sex-related 
              offenses involving members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, 
              or Marine Corps.
Sec. 542. Comptroller General of the United States reports on 
              prevention and response to sexual assault by the Army 
              National Guard and the Army Reserve.
Sec. 543. Improved implementation of changes to Uniform Code of 
              Military Justice.
Sec. 544. Modification of Rule 104 of the Rules for Courts-Martial to 
              establish certain prohibitions concerning evaluations of 
              Special Victims' Counsel.
Sec. 545. Modification of Rule 304 of the Military Rules of Evidence 
              relating to the corroboration of a confession or 
              admission.

         Subtitle E--Member Education, Training, and Transition

Sec. 551. Enhancements to Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.
Sec. 552. Availability of preseparation counseling for members of the 
              Armed Forces discharged or released after limited active 
              duty.
Sec. 553. Availability of additional training opportunities under 
              Transition Assistance Program.
Sec. 554. Modification of requirement for in-resident instruction for 
              courses of instruction offered as part of Phase II joint 
              professional military education.
Sec. 555. Termination of program of educational assistance for reserve 
              component members supporting contingency operations and 
              other operations.
Sec. 556. Appointments to military service academies from nominations 
              made by Delegates in Congress from the Virgin Islands, 
              Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the 
              Northern Mariana Islands.
Sec. 557. Support for athletic programs of the United States Military 
              Academy.
Sec. 558. Condition on admission of defense industry civilians to 
              attend the United States Air Force Institute of 
              Technology.
Sec. 559. Quality assurance of certification programs and standards for 
              professional credentials obtained by members of the Armed 
              Forces.

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Sec. 560. Prohibition on receipt of unemployment insurance while 
              receiving post-9/11 education assistance.
Sec. 561. Job Training and Post-Service Placement Executive Committee.
Sec. 562. Recognition of additional involuntary mobilization duty 
              authorities exempt from five-year limit on reemployment 
              rights of persons who serve in the uniformed services.
Sec. 563. Expansion of outreach for veterans transitioning from serving 
              on active duty.

Subtitle F--Defense Dependents' Education and Military Family Readiness 
                                Matters

Sec. 571. Continuation of authority to assist local educational 
              agencies that benefit dependents of members of the Armed 
              Forces and Department of Defense civilian employees.
Sec. 572. Impact aid for children with severe disabilities.
Sec. 573. Authority to use appropriated funds to support Department of 
              Defense student meal programs in domestic dependent 
              elementary and secondary schools located outside the 
              United States.
Sec. 574. Family support programs for immediate family members of 
              members of the Armed Forces assigned to special 
              operations forces.

                   Subtitle G--Decorations and Awards

Sec. 581. Authorization for award of the Distinguished-Service Cross 
              for acts of extraordinary heroism during the Korean War.

          Subtitle H--Miscellaneous Reports and Other Matters

Sec. 591. Coordination with non-government suicide prevention 
              organizations and agencies to assist in reducing suicides 
              by members of the Armed Forces.
Sec. 592. Extension of semiannual reports on the involuntary separation 
              of members of the Armed Forces.
Sec. 593. Report on preliminary mental health screenings for 
              individuals becoming members of the Armed Forces.
Sec. 594. Report regarding new rulemaking under the Military Lending 
              Act and Defense Manpower Data Center reports and 
              meetings.
Sec. 595. Remotely piloted aircraft career field manning shortfalls.

                  Subtitle A--Officer Personnel Policy

     SEC. 501. REINSTATEMENT OF ENHANCED AUTHORITY FOR SELECTIVE 
                   EARLY DISCHARGE OF WARRANT OFFICERS.

       Section 580a of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in subsection (a), by striking ``November 30, 1993, and 
     ending on October 1, 1999'' and inserting ``October 1, 2015, 
     and ending on October 1, 2019''; and
       (2) in subsection (c)--
       (A) by striking paragraph (3); and
       (B) by redesignating paragraphs (4) and (5) as paragraphs 
     (3) and (4), respectively.

     SEC. 502. EQUITABLE TREATMENT OF JUNIOR OFFICERS EXCLUDED 
                   FROM AN ALL-FULLY-QUALIFIED-OFFICERS LIST 
                   BECAUSE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR.

       (a) Officers on Active-duty List.--Section 624(a)(3) of 
     title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end 
     the following new subparagraph:
       ``(E) If the Secretary of the military department concerned 
     determines that one or more officers or former officers were 
     not placed on an all-fully-qualified-list under this 
     paragraph because of administrative error, the Secretary may 
     prepare a supplemental all-fully-qualified-officers list 
     containing the names of any such officers for approval in 
     accordance with this paragraph.''.
       (b) Officers on Reserve Active-Status List.--Section 
     14308(b)(4) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by 
     adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(E) If the Secretary of the military department concerned 
     determines that one or more officers or former officers were 
     not placed on an all-fully-qualified-list under this 
     paragraph because of administrative error, the Secretary may 
     prepare a supplemental all-fully-qualified-officers list 
     containing the names of any such officers for approval in 
     accordance with this paragraph.''.
       (c) Conforming Amendments to Special Selection Board 
     Authority.--
       (1) Regular components.--Section 628(a)(1) of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended by striking ``or the name of a 
     person that should have been placed on an all-fully-
     qualified-officers list under section 624(a)(3) of this title 
     was not so placed,''.
       (2) Reserve components.--Section 14502(a)(1) of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended by striking ``or whose name 
     was not placed on an all-fully-qualified-officers list under 
     section 14308(b)(4) of this title because of administrative 
     error,''.

     SEC. 503. ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY FOR DETERMINATION OF OFFICERS 
                   TO CONTINUE ON ACTIVE DUTY AND FOR SELECTIVE 
                   EARLY RETIREMENT AND EARLY DISCHARGE.

       Section 638a(d)(2) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking ``officers considered--'' and all that 
     follows and inserting ``officers considered.''.

     SEC. 504. AUTHORITY TO DEFER UNTIL AGE 68 MANDATORY 
                   RETIREMENT FOR AGE OF A GENERAL OR FLAG OFFICER 
                   SERVING AS CHIEF OR DEPUTY CHIEF OF CHAPLAINS 
                   OF THE ARMY, NAVY, OR AIR FORCE.

       (a) Deferral Authority.-- Section 1253 of title 10, United 
     States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following 
     new subsection:
       ``(c) Deferred Retirement of Chaplains.--(1) The Secretary 
     of the military department concerned may defer the retirement 
     under subsection (a) of an officer serving in a general or 
     flag officer grade who is the Chief of Chaplains or Deputy 
     Chief of Chaplains of that officer's armed force.
       ``(2) A deferment of the retirement of an officer referred 
     to in paragraph (1) may not extend beyond the first day of 
     the month following the month in which the officer becomes 68 
     years of age.
       ``(3) The authority to defer the retirement of an officer 
     referred to in paragraph (1) expires December 31, 2020. 
     Subject to paragraph (2), a deferment granted before that 
     date may continue on and after that date.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendments.--
       (1) Section heading.--The heading of section 1253 of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

     ``Sec. 1253. Age 64: regular commissioned officers in general 
       and flag officer grades; exceptions''.

       (2) Table of sections.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 63 of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking the item relating to section 1253 and 
     inserting the following new item:

``1253. Age 64: regular commissioned officers in general and flag 
              officer grades; exceptions.''.

     SEC. 505. GENERAL RULE FOR WARRANT OFFICER RETIREMENT IN 
                   HIGHEST GRADE HELD SATISFACTORILY.

       Section 1371 of title 10, United States Code, is amended to 
     read as follows:

     ``Sec. 1371. Warrant officers: general rule

       ``Unless entitled to a higher retired grade under some 
     other provision of law, a warrant officer shall be retired in 
     the highest regular or reserve warrant officer grade in which 
     the warrant officer served satisfactorily, as determined by 
     the Secretary concerned.''.

     SEC. 506. IMPLEMENTATION OF COMPTROLLER GENERAL 
                   RECOMMENDATION ON THE DEFINITION AND 
                   AVAILABILITY OF COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH GENERAL 
                   AND FLAG OFFICERS AND THEIR AIDES.

       (a) Definition of Costs.--
       (1) In general.--For the purpose of providing a consistent 
     approach to estimating and managing the full costs associated 
     with general and flag officers and their aides, the Secretary 
     of Defense shall direct the Director, Cost Assessment and 
     Program Evaluation, to define the costs that could be 
     associated with general and flag officers since 2001, 
     including--
       (A) security details;
       (B) Government and commercial air travel;
       (C) general and flag officer per diem;
       (D) enlisted and officer aide housing and travel costs;
       (E) general and flag officer additional support staff and 
     their travel, equipment, and per diem costs;
       (F) general and flag officer official residences; and
       (G) any other associated costs incurred due to the nature 
     of their position.
       (2) Coordination.--The Director, Cost Assessment and 
     Program Evaluation, shall prepare the definition of costs 
     under paragraph (1) in coordination with the Under Secretary 
     of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and the Secretaries of 
     the military departments.
       (b) Report On Costs Associated With General And Flag 
     Officers and Aides.--Not later than June 30, 2016, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed 
     Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a 
     report describing the costs associated with general and flag 
     officers and their enlisted and officer aides.

                Subtitle B--Reserve Component Management

     SEC. 511. CONTINUED SERVICE IN THE READY RESERVE BY MEMBERS 
                   OF CONGRESS WHO ARE ALSO MEMBERS OF THE READY 
                   RESERVE.

       Section 10149 of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by redesignating subsection (b) as subsection (c); and
       (2) by inserting after subsection (a) the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(b)(1) In applying Ready Reserve continuous screening 
     under this section, an individual who is both a member of the 
     Ready Reserve and a Member of Congress may not be transferred 
     to the Standby Reserve or discharged on account of the 
     individual's position as a Member of Congress.
       ``(2) The transfer or discharge of an individual who is 
     both a member of the Ready Reserve and a Member of Congress 
     may be ordered--
       ``(A) only by the Secretary of Defense or, in the case of a 
     Member of Congress who also is a member of the Coast Guard 
     Reserve, the Secretary of the Department in which the Coast 
     Guard is operating when it is not operating as a service in 
     the Navy; and
       ``(B) only on the basis of the needs of the service, taking 
     into consideration the position and duties of the individual 
     in the Ready Reserve.
       ``(3) In this subsection, the term `Member of Congress' 
     includes a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to Congress and 
     a Member-elect.''.

     SEC. 512. CLARIFICATION OF PURPOSE OF RESERVE COMPONENT 
                   SPECIAL SELECTION BOARDS AS LIMITED TO 
                   CORRECTION OF ERROR AT A MANDATORY PROMOTION 
                   BOARD.

       Section 14502(b) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1)--

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       (A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking 
     ``a selection board'' and inserting ``a mandatory promotion 
     board convened under section 14101(a) of this title''; and
       (B) in subparagraphs (A) and (B), by striking ``selection 
     board'' and inserting ``mandatory promotion board''; and
       (2) in the first sentence of paragraph (3)--
       (A) by striking ``Such board'' and inserting ``The special 
     selection board''; and
       (B) by striking ``selection board'' and inserting 
     ``mandatory promotion board''.

     SEC. 513. INCREASE IN NUMBER OF DAYS OF ACTIVE DUTY REQUIRED 
                   TO BE PERFORMED BY RESERVE COMPONENT MEMBERS 
                   FOR DUTY TO BE CONSIDERED FEDERAL SERVICE FOR 
                   PURPOSES OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION FOR EX-
                   SERVICEMEMBERS.

       (a) Increase of Number of Days.--Section 8521(a)(1) of 
     title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking ``90 
     days'' in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) and inserting 
     ``180 days''.
       (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by subsection (a) 
     shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act, 
     and shall apply with respect to periods of Federal service 
     commencing on or after that date.

     SEC. 514. TEMPORARY AUTHORITY TO USE AIR FORCE RESERVE 
                   COMPONENT PERSONNEL TO PROVIDE TRAINING AND 
                   INSTRUCTION REGARDING PILOT TRAINING.

       (a) Authority.--
       (1) In general.--During fiscal year 2016, the Secretary of 
     the Air Force may authorize personnel described in paragraph 
     (2) to provide training and instruction regarding pilot 
     training to the following:
       (A) Members of the Armed Forces on active duty.
       (B) Members of foreign military forces who are in the 
     United States.
       (2) Personnel.--The personnel described in this paragraph 
     are the following:
       (A) Members of the reserve components of the Air Force on 
     active Guard and Reserve duty (as that term is defined in 
     section 101(d) of title 10, United States Code) who are not 
     otherwise authorized to conduct the training described in 
     paragraph (1) due to the limitations in section 12310 of 
     title 10, United States Code.
       (B) Members of the Air Force who are military technicians 
     (dual status) who are not otherwise authorized to conduct the 
     training described in paragraph (1) due to the limitations in 
     section 10216 of title 10, United States Code, and section 
     709(a) of title 32, United States Code.
       (3) Limitation.--Not more than 50 members described in 
     paragraph (2) may provide training and instruction under the 
     authority in paragraph (1) at any one time.
       (4) Federal tort claims act.--Members of the uniformed 
     services described in paragraph (2) who provide training and 
     instruction pursuant to the authority in paragraph (1) shall 
     be covered by the Federal Tort Claims Act for purposes of any 
     claim arising from the employment of such individuals under 
     that authority.
       (b) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Air Force shall 
     submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and 
     the House of Representatives a report setting forth a plan to 
     eliminate shortages in the number of pilot instructors within 
     the Air Force using authorities available to the Secretary 
     under current law.

     SEC. 515. ASSESSMENT OF MILITARY COMPENSATION AND RETIREMENT 
                   MODERNIZATION COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION 
                   REGARDING CONSOLIDATION OF AUTHORITIES TO ORDER 
                   MEMBERS OF RESERVE COMPONENTS TO PERFORM DUTY.

       (a) Assessment Required.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     conduct an assessment of the recommendation of the Military 
     Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission 
     regarding consolidation of statutory authorities by which 
     members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces may be 
     ordered to perform duty. The Secretary shall specifically 
     assess each of the six broader duty statuses recommended by 
     the Commission as replacements for the 30 reserve component 
     duty statuses currently authorized to determine whether 
     consolidation will increase efficiency in the reserve 
     components.
       (b) Submission of Report.--Not later than 180 days after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of 
     the Senate and the House of Representatives a report 
     containing the results of the Secretary's assessment. If, as 
     a result of the assessment, the Secretary determines that an 
     alternate approach to consolidation of the statutory 
     authorities described in subsection (a) is preferable, the 
     Secretary shall submit the alternate approach, including a 
     draft of such legislation as would be necessary to amend 
     titles 10, 14, 32, and 37 of the United States Code and other 
     provisions of law in order to implement the Secretary's 
     approach by October 1, 2018.

                Subtitle C--General Service Authorities

     SEC. 521. LIMITED AUTHORITY FOR SECRETARY CONCERNED TO 
                   INITIATE APPLICATIONS FOR CORRECTION OF 
                   MILITARY RECORDS.

       Section 1552(b) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) in the first sentence--
       (A) by striking ``or his heir or legal representative'' and 
     inserting ``(or the claimant's heir or legal representative) 
     or the Secretary concerned''; and
       (B) by striking ``he discovers'' and inserting 
     ``discovering''; and
       (2) in the second sentence, by striking ``However, a 
     board'' and inserting the following: ``The Secretary 
     concerned may file a request for correction of a military 
     record only if the request is made on behalf of a group of 
     members or former members of the armed forces who were 
     similarly harmed by the same error or injustice. A board''.

     SEC. 522. TEMPORARY AUTHORITY TO DEVELOP AND PROVIDE 
                   ADDITIONAL RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES.

       (a) Additional Recruitment Incentives Authorized.--The 
     Secretary of a military department may develop and provide 
     incentives, not otherwise authorized by law, to encourage 
     individuals to accept an appointment as a commissioned 
     officer, to accept an appointment as a warrant officer, or to 
     enlist in an Armed Force under the jurisdiction of the 
     Secretary.
       (b) Relation to Other Personnel Authorities.--A recruitment 
     incentive developed under subsection (a) may be provided--
       (1) without regard to the lack of specific authority for 
     the recruitment incentive under title 10 or 37, United States 
     Code; and
       (2) notwithstanding any provision of such titles, or any 
     rule or regulation prescribed under such provision, relating 
     to methods of providing incentives to individuals to accept 
     appointments or enlistments in the Armed Forces, including 
     the provision of group or individual bonuses, pay, or other 
     incentives.
       (c) Notice and Wait Requirement.--The Secretary of a 
     military department may not provide a recruitment incentive 
     developed under subsection (a) until--
       (1) the Secretary submits to the congressional defense 
     committees a plan regarding provision of the recruitment 
     incentive, which includes--
       (A) a description of the incentive, including the purpose 
     of the incentive and the potential recruits to be addressed 
     by the incentive;
       (B) a description of the provisions of titles 10 and 37, 
     United States Code, from which the incentive would require a 
     waiver and the rationale to support the waiver;
       (C) a statement of the anticipated outcomes as a result of 
     providing the incentive; and
       (D) a description of the method to be used to evaluate the 
     effectiveness of the incentive; and
       (2) the expiration of the 30-day period beginning on the 
     date on which the plan was received by Congress.
       (d) Limitation on Number of Incentives.--The Secretary of a 
     military department may not provide more than three 
     recruitment incentives under the authority of this section.
       (e) Limitation on Number of Individuals Receiving 
     Incentives.--The number of individuals who receive one or 
     more of the recruitment incentives provided under subsection 
     (a) by the Secretary of a military department during a fiscal 
     year for an Armed Force under the jurisdiction of the 
     Secretary may not exceed 20 percent of the accession 
     objective of that Armed Force for that fiscal year.
       (f) Duration of Developed Incentive.--A recruitment 
     incentive developed under subsection (a) may be provided for 
     not longer than a three-year period beginning on the date on 
     which the incentive is first provided, except that the 
     Secretary of the military department concerned may extend the 
     period if the Secretary determines that additional time is 
     needed to fully evaluate the effectiveness of the incentive.
       (g) Reporting Requirements.--If the Secretary of a military 
     department provides an recruitment incentive under subsection 
     (a) for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report, not later than 60 
     days after the end of the fiscal year, containing--
       (1) a description of each incentive provided under 
     subsection (a) during that fiscal year; and
       (2) an assessment of the impact of the incentives on the 
     recruitment of individuals for an Armed Force under the 
     jurisdiction of the Secretary.
       (h) Termination of Authority to Provide Incentives.--
     Notwithstanding subsection (f); the authority to provide 
     recruitment incentives under this section expires on December 
     31, 2020.

     SEC. 523. EXPANSION OF AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT PILOT PROGRAMS ON 
                   CAREER FLEXIBILITY TO ENHANCE RETENTION OF 
                   MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

       (a) Repeal of Limitation on Eligible Participants.--
     Subsection (b) of section 533 of the Duncan Hunter National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 
     110-417; 10 U.S.C. prec. 701 note) is repealed.
       (b) Repeal of Limitation on Number of Participants.--
     Subsection (c) of section 533 of the Duncan Hunter National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 
     110-417; 10 U.S.C. prec. 701 note) is repealed.
       (c) Conforming Amendments.--Section 533 of the Duncan 
     Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2009 (Public Law 110-417; 10 U.S.C. prec. 701 note) is 
     further amended--
       (1) by redesignating subsections (d) through (m) as 
     subsections (b) through (k), respectively; and
       (2) in subsections (b)(1), (d), and (f)(3)(D) (as so 
     redesignated), by striking ``subsection (e)'' each place it 
     appears and inserting ``subsection (c)''.

     SEC. 524. MODIFICATION OF NOTICE AND WAIT REQUIREMENTS FOR 
                   CHANGE IN GROUND COMBAT EXCLUSION POLICY FOR 
                   FEMALE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

       (a) Rule for Ground Combat Personnel Policy.--Section 
     652(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1)--
       (A) in the first sentence, by striking ``before any such 
     change is implemented'' and inserting ``not less than 30 
     calendar days before such change is implemented''; and
       (B) by striking the second sentence; and
       (2) by striking paragraph (5).
       (b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 652(b)(1) of title 10, 
     United States Code, is

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     amended by inserting ``calendar'' before ``days''.

     SEC. 525. ROLE OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE IN DEVELOPMENT OF 
                   GENDER-NEUTRAL OCCUPATIONAL STANDARDS.

       Section 524(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3361; 10 
     U.S.C. 113 note) is amended--
       (1) by striking ``and'' at the end of paragraph (1);
       (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (2) and 
     inserting ``; and''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(3) measure the combat readiness of combat units, 
     including special operations forces.''.

     SEC. 526. ESTABLISHMENT OF PROCESS BY WHICH MEMBERS OF THE 
                   ARMED FORCES MAY CARRY AN APPROPRIATE FIREARM 
                   ON A MILITARY INSTALLATION.

       Not later than December 31, 2015, the Secretary of Defense, 
     taking into consideration the views of senior leadership of 
     military installations in the United States, shall establish 
     and implement a process by which the commanders of military 
     installations in the United States, or other military 
     commanders designated by the Secretary of Defense for 
     military reserve centers, Armed Services recruiting centers, 
     and such other defense facilities as the Secretary may 
     prescribe, may authorize a member of the Armed Forces who is 
     assigned to duty at the installation, center or facility to 
     carry an appropriate firearm on the installation, center, or 
     facility if the commander determines that carrying such a 
     firearm is necessary as a personal- or force-protection 
     measure.

     SEC. 527. ESTABLISHMENT OF BREASTFEEDING POLICY FOR THE 
                   DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY.

       The Secretary of the Army shall develop a comprehensive 
     policy regarding breastfeeding by female members of the Army 
     who are breastfeeding. At a minimum, the policy shall address 
     the following:
       (1) The provision of a designated room or area that will 
     provide the member with adequate privacy and cleanliness and 
     that includes an electrical outlet to facilitate the use of a 
     breast pump. Restrooms should not be considered an 
     appropriate location.
       (2) An allowance for appropriate breaks, when practicable, 
     to permit the member to breastfeed or utilize a breast pump.

     SEC. 528. SENSE OF CONGRESS RECOGNIZING THE DIVERSITY OF THE 
                   MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

       (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
       (1) The United States military includes individuals with a 
     variety of national, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds that 
     have roots all over the world.
       (2) In addition to diverse backgrounds, members of the 
     Armed Forces come from numerous religious traditions, 
     including Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, non-
     denominational, non-practicing, and many more.
       (3) Members of the Armed Forces from diverse backgrounds 
     and religious traditions have lost their lives or been 
     injured defending the national security of the United States.
       (4) Diversity contributes to the strength of the Armed 
     Forces, and service members from different backgrounds and 
     religious traditions share the same goal of defending the 
     United States.
       (5) The unity of the Armed Forces reflects the strength in 
     diversity that makes the United States a great nation.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that 
     the United States should--
       (1) continue to recognize and promote diversity in the 
     Armed Forces; and
       (2) honor those from all diverse backgrounds and religious 
     traditions who have made sacrifices in serving the United 
     States through the Armed Forces.

  Subtitle D--Military Justice, Including Sexual Assault and Domestic 
                    Violence Prevention and Response

     SEC. 531. ENFORCEMENT OF CERTAIN CRIME VICTIM RIGHTS BY THE 
                   COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS.

       Subsection (e) of section 806b of title 10, United States 
     Code (article 6b of the Uniform Code of Military Justice), is 
     amended to read as follows:
       ``(e) Enforcement by Court of Criminal Appeals.--(1) If the 
     victim of an offense under this chapter believes that a 
     preliminary hearing ruling under section 832 of this title 
     (article 32) or a court-martial ruling violates the rights of 
     the victim afforded by a section (article) or rule specified 
     in paragraph (4), the victim may petition the Court of 
     Criminal Appeals for a writ of mandamus to require the 
     preliminary hearing officer or the court-martial to comply 
     with the section (article) or rule.
       ``(2) If the victim of an offense under this chapter is 
     subject to an order to submit to a deposition, 
     notwithstanding the availability of the victim to testify at 
     the court-martial trying the accused for the offense, the 
     victim may petition the Court of Criminal Appeals for a writ 
     of mandamus to quash such order.
       ``(3) A petition for a writ of mandamus described in this 
     subsection shall be forwarded directly to the Court of 
     Criminal Appeals, by such means as may be prescribed by the 
     President, and, to the extent practicable, shall have 
     priority over all other proceedings before the court.
       ``(4) Paragraph (1) applies with respect to the protections 
     afforded by the following:
       ``(A) This section (article).
       ``(B) Section 832 (article 32) of this title.
       ``(C) Military Rule of Evidence 412, relating to the 
     admission of evidence regarding a victim's sexual background.
       ``(D) Military Rule of Evidence 513, relating to the 
     psychotherapist-patient privilege.
       ``(E) Military Rule of Evidence 514, relating to the victim 
     advocate-victim privilege.
       ``(F) Military Rule of Evidence 615, relating to the 
     exclusion of witnesses.''.

     SEC. 532. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE ACCESS TO 
                   SPECIAL VICTIMS' COUNSEL.

       Section 1044e(a)(2) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by adding the following new subparagraph:
       ``(C) A civilian employee of the Department of Defense who 
     is not eligible for military legal assistance under section 
     1044(a)(7) of this title, but who is the victim of an alleged 
     sex-related offense, and the Secretary of Defense or the 
     Secretary of the military department concerned waives the 
     condition in such section for the purposes of offering 
     Special Victims' Counsel services to the employee.''.

     SEC. 533. AUTHORITY OF SPECIAL VICTIMS' COUNSEL TO PROVIDE 
                   LEGAL CONSULTATION AND ASSISTANCE IN CONNECTION 
                   WITH VARIOUS GOVERNMENT PROCEEDINGS.

       Section 1044e(b) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraph (9) as paragraph (10); and
       (2) by inserting after paragraph (8) the following new 
     paragraph (9):
       ``(9) Legal consultation and assistance in connection 
     with--
       ``(A) any complaint against the Government, including an 
     allegation under review by an inspector general and a 
     complaint regarding equal employment opportunities;
       ``(B) any request to the Government for information, 
     including a request under section 552a of title 5 (commonly 
     referred to as a `Freedom of Information Act request'); and
       ``(C) any correspondence or other communications with 
     Congress.''.

     SEC. 534. TIMELY NOTIFICATION TO VICTIMS OF SEX-RELATED 
                   OFFENSES OF THE AVAILABILITY OF ASSISTANCE FROM 
                   SPECIAL VICTIMS' COUNSEL.

       (a) Timely Notice Described.--Section 1044e(f) of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (3); and
       (2) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following new 
     paragraph (2):
       ``(2) Subject to such exceptions for exigent circumstances 
     as the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the 
     Department in which the Coast Guard is operating may 
     prescribe, notice of the availability of a Special Victims' 
     Counsel shall be provided to an individual described in 
     subsection (a)(2) before any military criminal investigator 
     or trial counsel interviews, or requests any statement from, 
     the individual regarding the alleged sex-related offense.''.
       (b) Conforming Amendment to Related Legal Assistance 
     Authority.--Section 1565b(a) of title 10, United States Code, 
     is amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (4); and
       (2) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following new 
     paragraph (3):
       ``(3) Subject to such exceptions for exigent circumstances 
     as the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the 
     Department in which the Coast Guard is operating may 
     prescribe, notice of the availability of a Special Victims' 
     Counsel under section 1044e of this title shall be provided 
     to a member of the armed forces or dependent who is the 
     victim of sexual assault before any military criminal 
     investigator or trial counsel interviews, or requests any 
     statement from, the member or dependent regarding the alleged 
     sexual assault.''.

     SEC. 535. ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS TO SPECIAL VICTIMS' COUNSEL 
                   PROGRAM.

       (a) Training Time Period and Requirements.--Section 
     1044e(d) of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by inserting ``(1)'' before ``An individual'';
       (2) by designating existing paragraphs (1) and (2) as 
     subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(2) The Secretary of Defense shall--
       ``(A) develop a policy to standardize the time period 
     within which a Special Victims' Counsel receives training; 
     and
       ``(B) establish the baseline training requirements for a 
     Special Victims' Counsel.''.
       (b) Improved Administrative Responsibility.--Section 
     1044e(e) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by 
     adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(3) The Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the 
     Secretaries of the military departments and the Secretary of 
     the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating, shall 
     establish--
       ``(A) guiding principles for the Special Victims' Counsel 
     program, to include ensuring that--
       ``(i) Special Victims' Counsel are assigned to locations 
     that maximize the opportunity for face-to-face communication 
     between counsel and clients; and
       ``(ii) effective means of communication are available to 
     permit counsel and client interactions when face-to-face 
     communication is not feasible;
       ``(B) performance measures and standards to measure the 
     effectiveness of the Special Victims' Counsel program and 
     client satisfaction with the program; and
       ``(C) processes by which the Secretaries of the military 
     departments and the Secretary of the Department in which the 
     Coast Guard is operating will evaluate and monitor the 
     Special Victims' Counsel program using such guiding 
     principles and performance measures and standards.''.

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       (c) Conforming Amendment Regarding Qualifications.--Section 
     1044(d)(2) of chapter 53 of title 10, United States Code is 
     amended by striking ``meets the additional qualifications 
     specified in subsection (d)(2)'' and inserting ``satisfies 
     the additional qualifications and training requirements 
     specified in subsection (d)''.

     SEC. 536. ENHANCEMENT OF CONFIDENTIALITY OF RESTRICTED 
                   REPORTING OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY.

       (a) Preemption of State Law To Ensure Confidentiality of 
     Reporting.--Section 1565b(b) of title 10, United States Code, 
     is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(3) In the case of information disclosed pursuant to 
     paragraph (1), any State law or regulation that would require 
     an individual specified in paragraph (2) to disclose the 
     personally identifiable information of the adult victim or 
     alleged perpetrator of the sexual assault to a State or local 
     law enforcement agency shall not apply, except when reporting 
     is necessary to prevent or mitigate a serious and imminent 
     threat to the health or safety of an individual.''.
       (b) Clarification of Scope.--Section 1565b(b)(1) of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended by striking ``a 
     dependent'' and inserting ``an adult dependent''.
       (c) Definitions.--Section 1565b of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(c) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) Sexual assault.--The term `sexual assault' includes 
     the offenses of rape, sexual assault, forcible sodomy, 
     aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, and 
     attempts to commit such offenses, as punishable under 
     applicable Federal or State law.
       ``(2) State.--The term `State' includes the District of 
     Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth 
     of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any territory or 
     possession of the United States.''.

     SEC. 537. MODIFICATION OF DEADLINE FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF 
                   DEFENSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATION, 
                   PROSECUTION, AND DEFENSE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IN 
                   THE ARMED FORCES.

       Section 546(a)(2) of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' 
     McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3374; 10 U.S.C. 1561 
     note) is amended by striking ``not later than'' and all that 
     follows and inserting ``not later than 90 days after the date 
     of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2016.''.

     SEC. 538. IMPROVED DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PREVENTION AND 
                   RESPONSE TO SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN WHICH THE VICTIM 
                   IS A MALE MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES.

       (a) Plan to Improve Prevention and Response.--The Secretary 
     of Defense, in collaboration with the Secretaries of the 
     military departments, shall develop a plan to improve 
     Department of Defense prevention and response to sexual 
     assaults in which the victim is a male member of the Armed 
     Forces.
       (b) Elements.--The plan required by subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) Sexual assault prevention and response training to more 
     comprehensively and directly address the incidence of male 
     members of the Armed Forces who are sexually assaulted and 
     how certain behavior and activities, such as hazing, can 
     constitute a sexual assault.
       (2) Methods to evaluate the extent to which differences 
     exist in the medical and mental health-care needs of male and 
     female sexual assault victims, and the care regimen, if any, 
     that will best meet those needs.
       (3) Data-driven decision making to improve male-victim 
     sexual assault prevention and response program efforts.
       (4) Goals with associated metrics to drive the changes 
     needed to address sexual assaults of male members of the 
     Armed Forces.
       (5) Information about the sexual victimization of males in 
     communications to members that are used to raise awareness of 
     sexual assault and efforts to prevent and respond to it.
       (6) Guidance for the department's medical and mental health 
     providers, and other personnel as appropriate, based on the 
     results of the evaluation described in paragraph (2), that 
     delineates these gender-specific distinctions and the care 
     regimen that is recommended to most effectively meet those 
     needs.

     SEC. 539. PREVENTING RETALIATION AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE ARMED 
                   FORCES WHO REPORT OR INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF THE 
                   VICTIM OF AN ALLEGED SEX-RELATED OFFENCE.

       (a) Strategy Required.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     develop a comprehensive strategy to prevent retaliation 
     carried out by members of the Armed Forces against other 
     members who report or otherwise intervene on behalf of the 
     victim of an alleged sex-related offence.
       (b) Elements.--The comprehensive strategy required by 
     subsection (a) shall include, at a minimum, the following:
       (1) Bystander intervention programs emphasizing the 
     importance of guarding against retaliation.
       (2) Department of Defense and military department policies 
     and requirements to ensure protection for victims of alleged 
     sex-related offences and members who intervene on behalf of 
     victims from retaliation.
       (3) Additional training for commanders on methods and 
     procedures to combat attitudes and beliefs that result in 
     retaliation.
       (c) Definitions.--For purposes of this section:
       (1) The term ``alleged sex-related offence'' has the 
     meaning given that term in section 1044e(g) of title 10, 
     United States Code.
       (2) The term ``retaliation'' has such meaning as may be 
     given that term by the Secretary of Defense in the 
     development of the strategy required by subsection (a).

     SEC. 540. SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE TRAINING FOR 
                   ADMINISTRATORS AND INSTRUCTORS OF SENIOR 
                   RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS.

       The Secretary of a military department shall ensure that 
     the commander of each unit of the Senior Reserve Officers' 
     Training Corps and all Professors of Military Science, senior 
     military instructors, and civilian employees detailed, 
     assigned, or employed as administrators and instructors of 
     the Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps receive regular 
     sexual assault prevention and response training and 
     education.

     SEC. 541. RETENTION OF CASE NOTES IN INVESTIGATIONS OF SEX-
                   RELATED OFFENSES INVOLVING MEMBERS OF THE ARMY, 
                   NAVY, AIR FORCE, OR MARINE CORPS.

       (a) Retention of All Investigative Records Required.--Not 
     later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this 
     Act, the Secretary of Defense shall update Department of 
     Defense records retention policies to ensure that, for all 
     investigations relating to an alleged sex-related offense (as 
     defined in section 1044e(g) of title 10, United States Code) 
     involving a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine 
     Corps, all elements of the case file shall be retained as 
     part of the investigative records retained in accordance with 
     section 586 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81; 10 U.S.C. 1561 note).
       (b) Elements.--In updating records retention policies as 
     required by subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall 
     address, at a minimum, the following matters:
       (1) The elements of the case file to be retained must 
     include, at a minimum, the case activity record, case review 
     record, investigative plans, and all case notes made by an 
     investigating agent or agents.
       (2) All investigative records must be retained for no less 
     than 50 years.
       (3) No element of the case file may be destroyed until the 
     expiration of the time that investigative records must be 
     kept.
       (4) Records may be stored digitally or in hard copy, in 
     accordance with existing law or regulations or additionally 
     prescribed policy considered necessary by the Secretary of 
     the military department concerned.
       (c) Consistent Education and Policy.--The Secretary of 
     Defense shall ensure that existing policy, education, and 
     training are updated to reflect policy changes in accordance 
     with subsection (a).
       (d) Uniform Application to Military Departments.--The 
     Secretary of Defense shall ensure that, to the maximum extent 
     practicable, the policy developed under subsections (a) is 
     implemented uniformly by the military departments.

     SEC. 542. COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES REPORTS ON 
                   PREVENTION AND RESPONSE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT BY 
                   THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD AND THE ARMY RESERVE.

       (a) Initial Report.--Not later than April 1, 2016, the 
     Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to 
     Congress a report on the preliminary assessment of the 
     Comptroller General (made pursuant to a review conducted by 
     the Comptroller General for purposes of this section) of the 
     extent to which the Army National Guard and the Army 
     Reserve--
       (1) have in place policies and programs to prevent and 
     respond to incidents of sexual assault involving members of 
     the Army National Guard or the Army Reserve, as applicable;
       (2) provide medical and mental health care services to 
     members of the Army National Guard or the Army Reserve, as 
     applicable, following a sexual assault; and
       (3) have identified whether the nature of service in the 
     Army National Guard or the Army Reserve, as the case may be, 
     poses challenges to the prevention of or response to sexual 
     assault.
       (b) Additional Reports.--If after submitting the report 
     required by subsection (a) the Comptroller General makes 
     additional assessments as a result of the review described in 
     that subsection, the Comptroller General shall submit to 
     Congress such reports on such additional assessments as the 
     Comptroller General considers appropriate.

     SEC. 543. IMPROVED IMPLEMENTATION OF CHANGES TO UNIFORM CODE 
                   OF MILITARY JUSTICE.

       The Secretary of Defense shall examine the Department of 
     Defense process for implementing statutory changes to the 
     Uniform Code of Military Justice for the purpose of 
     developing options for streamlining such process. The 
     Secretary shall adopt procedures to ensure that legal 
     guidance is published as soon as practicable whenever 
     statutory changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice are 
     implemented.

     SEC. 544. MODIFICATION OF RULE 104 OF THE RULES FOR COURTS-
                   MARTIAL TO ESTABLISH CERTAIN PROHIBITIONS 
                   CONCERNING EVALUATIONS OF SPECIAL VICTIMS' 
                   COUNSEL.

       Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, Rule 104(b) of the Rules for Courts-Martial shall 
     be modified to provide that the prohibitions concerning 
     evaluations established by that Rule shall apply to the 
     giving of a less favorable rating or evaluation to any member 
     of the Armed Forces serving as a Special Victims' Counsel 
     because of the zeal with which such counsel represented a 
     victim.

     SEC. 545. MODIFICATION OF RULE 304 OF THE MILITARY RULES OF 
                   EVIDENCE RELATING TO THE CORROBORATION OF A 
                   CONFESSION OR ADMISSION.

       To the extent the President considers practicable, the 
     President shall modify Rule 304(c) of

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     the Military Rules of Evidence to conform to the rules 
     governing the admissibility of the corroboration of 
     admissions and confessions in the trial of criminal cases in 
     the United States district courts.

         Subtitle E--Member Education, Training, and Transition

     SEC. 551. ENHANCEMENTS TO YELLOW RIBBON REINTEGRATION 
                   PROGRAM.

       (a) Scope and Purpose.--Section 582(a) of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 
     110-181; 10 U.S.C. 10101 note) is amended by striking 
     ``combat veteran''.
       (b) Eligibility.--
       (1) Definition.--Section 582 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110-181; 
     10 U.S.C. 10101 note) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new subsection:
       ``(l) Eligible Individuals Defined.--For the purposes of 
     this section, the term `eligible individual' means a member 
     of a reserve component, a member of their family, or a 
     designated representative who the Secretary of Defense 
     determines to be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration 
     Program.''.
       (2) Conforming amendments.--Section 582 of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 
     110-181; 10 U.S.C. 10101 note) is amended--
       (A) in subsection (a), by striking ``National Guard and 
     Reserve members and their families'' and inserting ``eligible 
     individuals'';
       (B) in subsection (b), by striking ``members of the reserve 
     components of the Armed Forces, their families,'' and 
     inserting ``eligible individuals'';
       (C) in subsection (d)(2)(C), by striking ``members of the 
     Armed Forces and their families'' and inserting ``eligible 
     individuals'';
       (D) in subsection (h), in the matter preceding paragraph 
     (1)--
       (i) by striking ``members of the Armed Forces and their 
     family members'' and inserting ``eligible individuals''; and
       (ii) by striking ``such members and their family members'' 
     and inserting ``such eligible individuals'';
       (E) in subsection (j), by striking ``members of the Armed 
     Forces and their families'' and inserting ``eligible 
     individuals''; and
       (F) in subsection (k), by striking ``individual members of 
     the Armed Forces and their families'' and inserting 
     ``eligible individuals''.
       (c) Office for Reintegration Programs.--Section 582(d) of 
     the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 
     (Public Law 110-181; 10 U.S.C. 10101 note) is amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (1)(B), by striking ``substance abuse 
     and mental health treatment services'' and inserting 
     ``substance abuse, mental health treatment, and other quality 
     of life services''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(3) Grants.--The Office for Reintegration Programs may 
     make grants to conduct data collection, trend analysis, and 
     curriculum development and to prepare reports in support of 
     activities under this section.''.
       (d) Operation of Program.--
       (1) Enhanced flexibility.--Subsection (g) of section 582 of 
     the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 
     (Public Law 110-181; 10 U.S.C. 10101 note) is amended to read 
     as follows:
       ``(g) Operation of Program.--
       ``(1) In general.--The Office for Reintegration Programs 
     shall assist State National Guard and Reserve organizations 
     with the development and provision of information, events, 
     and activities to support the health and well-being of 
     eligible individuals before, during, and after periods of 
     activation, mobilization, or deployment.
       ``(2) Focus of information, events, and activities.--
       ``(A) Before activation, mobilization, or deployment.--
     Before a period of activation, mobilization, or deployment, 
     the information, events, and activities described in 
     paragraph (1) should focus on preparing eligible individuals 
     and affected communities for the rigors of activation, 
     mobilization, and deployment.
       ``(B) During activation, mobilization, or deployment.--
     During such a period, the information, events, and activities 
     described in paragraph (1) should focus on--
       ``(i) helping eligible individuals cope with the challenges 
     and stress associated with such period;
       ``(ii) decreasing the isolation of eligible individuals 
     during such period; and
       ``(iii) preparing eligible individuals for the challenges 
     associated with reintegration.
       ``(C) After activation, mobilization, or deployment.--After 
     such a period, but no earlier than 30 days after 
     demobilization, the information, events, and activities 
     described in paragraph (1) should focus on--
       ``(i) reconnecting the member with their families, friends, 
     and communities;
       ``(ii) providing information on employment opportunities;
       ``(iii) helping eligible individuals deal with the 
     challenges of reintegration;
       ``(iv) ensuring that eligible individuals understand what 
     benefits they are entitled to and what resources are 
     available to help them overcome the challenges of 
     reintegration; and
       ``(v) providing a forum for addressing negative behaviors 
     related to operational stress and reintegration.
       ``(3) Member pay.--Members shall receive appropriate pay 
     for days spent attending such events and activities.
       ``(4) Minimum number of events and activities.--The State 
     National Guard and Reserve Organizations shall provide to 
     eligible individuals--
       ``(A) one event or activity before a period of activation, 
     mobilization, or deployment;
       ``(B) one event or activity during a period of activation, 
     mobilization, or deployment; and
       ``(C) two events or activities after a period of 
     activation, mobilization, or deployment.''.
       (2) Conforming amendments.--Section 582 of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 
     110-181; 10 U.S.C. 10101 note) is amended--
       (A) in subsection (a), by striking ``throughout the entire 
     deployment cycle'';
       (B) in subsection (b)--
       (i) by striking ``well-being through the 4 phases'' through 
     the end of the subsection and inserting ``well-being.'';
       (ii) in the heading, by striking ``; Deployment Cycle'';
       (C) in subsection (d)(2)(C), by striking ``throughout the 
     deployment cycle described in subsection (g)''; and
       (D) in the heading of subsection (f), by striking ``State 
     Deployment Cycle''.
       (e) Additional Permitted Outreach Service.--Section 582(h) 
     of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2008 (Public Law 110-181; 10 U.S.C. 10101 note) is amended by 
     adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(16) Stress management and positive coping skills.''.
       (f) Support of Department-wide Suicide Prevention 
     Efforts.--Section 582 of the National Defense Authorization 
     Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110-181; 10 U.S.C. 10101 
     note) is amended by inserting after subsection (h) the 
     following new subsection:
       ``(i) Support of Suicide Prevention Efforts.--The Office 
     for Reintegration Programs shall assist the Defense Suicide 
     Prevention Office and the Defense Centers of Excellence for 
     Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury to collect 
     and analyze information, suggestions, and best practices from 
     State National Guard and Reserve organizations with suicide 
     prevention and community response programs.''.
       (g) Name Change.--Section 582(d)(1)(B) of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 
     110-181; 10 U.S.C. 10101 note) is amended by striking 
     ``Substance Abuse and the Mental Health Services 
     Administration'' and inserting ``Substance Abuse and Mental 
     Health Services Administration''.

     SEC. 552. AVAILABILITY OF PRESEPARATION COUNSELING FOR 
                   MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES DISCHARGED OR 
                   RELEASED AFTER LIMITED ACTIVE DUTY.

       Section 1142(a)(4) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``that member's first 
     180 days of active duty'' and inserting ``the first 180 
     continuous days of active duty of the member''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(C) For purposes of calculating the days of active duty 
     of a member under subparagraph (A), the Secretary concerned 
     shall exclude any day on which--
       ``(i) the member performed full-time training duty or 
     annual training duty; and
       ``(ii) the member attended, while in the active military 
     service, a school designated as a service school by law or by 
     the Secretary concerned.''.

     SEC. 553. AVAILABILITY OF ADDITIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES 
                   UNDER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

       Section 1144 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by 
     adding at the end the following new subsection:
       ``(f) Additional Training Opportunities.--(1) As part of 
     the program carried out under this section, the Secretary of 
     Defense and the Secretary of the Department in which the 
     Coast Guard is operating, when the Coast Guard is not 
     operating within the Department of the Navy, shall permit a 
     member of the armed forces eligible for assistance under the 
     program to elect to receive additional training in any of the 
     following subjects:
       ``(A) Preparation for higher education or training.
       ``(B) Preparation for career or technical training.
       ``(C) Preparation for entrepreneurship.
       ``(D) Other training options determined by the Secretary of 
     Defense and the Secretary of the Department in which the 
     Coast Guard is operating, when the Coast Guard is not 
     operating within the Department of the Navy.
       ``(2) The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the 
     Department in which the Coast Guard is operating, when the 
     Coast Guard is not operating within the Department of the 
     Navy, shall ensure that a member of the armed forces who 
     elects to receive additional training in subjects available 
     under paragraph (1) is able to receive the training.''.

     SEC. 554. MODIFICATION OF REQUIREMENT FOR IN-RESIDENT 
                   INSTRUCTION FOR COURSES OF INSTRUCTION OFFERED 
                   AS PART OF PHASE II JOINT PROFESSIONAL MILITARY 
                   EDUCATION.

       Section 2154(a)(2)(A) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by inserting ``, or offered through,'' after ``taught 
     in residence at''.

     SEC. 555. TERMINATION OF PROGRAM OF EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE 
                   FOR RESERVE COMPONENT MEMBERS SUPPORTING 
                   CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS AND OTHER OPERATIONS.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 1607 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     section:

     ``Sec. 16167. Sunset

       ``(a) Sunset.--The authority to provide educational 
     assistance under this chapter shall terminate on the date 
     that is four years after the date of the enactment of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.
       ``(b) Limitation on Provision of Assistance Pending 
     Sunset.--Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, 
     during the period beginning on the date of the enactment of 
     the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal

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     Year 2016 and ending on the date that is four years after the 
     date of the enactment of that Act, educational assistance may 
     be provided under this chapter only to a member otherwise 
     eligible for educational assistance under this chapter who 
     received educational assistance under this chapter for a 
     course of study at an educational institution for the 
     enrollment period at the educational institution that 
     immediately preceded the date of the enactment of that 
     Act.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 1607 of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by adding at the end the following new item:

``16167. Sunset.''.

     SEC. 556. APPOINTMENTS TO MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMIES FROM 
                   NOMINATIONS MADE BY DELEGATES IN CONGRESS FROM 
                   THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, GUAM, AMERICAN SAMOA, AND 
                   THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA 
                   ISLANDS.

       (a) United States Military Academy.--Section 4342(a) of 
     title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (6), by striking ``Three'' and inserting 
     ``Four'';
       (2) in paragraph (8), by striking ``Three'' and inserting 
     ``Four'';
       (3) in paragraph (9), by striking ``Two'' and inserting 
     ``Three''; and
       (4) in paragraph (10), by striking ``Two'' and inserting 
     ``Three''.
       (b) United States Naval Academy.--Section 6954(a) of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (6), by striking ``Three'' and inserting 
     ``Four'';
       (2) in paragraph (8), by striking ``Three'' and inserting 
     ``Four'';
       (3) in paragraph (9), by striking ``Two'' and inserting 
     ``Three''; and
       (4) in paragraph (10), by striking ``Two'' and inserting 
     ``Three''.
       (c) United States Air Force Academy.--Section 9342(a) of 
     title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (6), by striking ``Three'' and inserting 
     ``Four'';
       (2) in paragraph (8), by striking ``Three'' and inserting 
     ``Four'';
       (3) in paragraph (9), by striking ``Two'' and inserting 
     ``Three''; and
       (4) in paragraph (10), by striking ``Two'' and inserting 
     ``Three''.
       (d) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section 
     shall apply with respect to the nomination of candidates for 
     appointment to the United States Military Academy, the United 
     States Naval Academy, and the United States Air Force Academy 
     for classes entering these military service academies after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act.

     SEC. 557. SUPPORT FOR ATHLETIC PROGRAMS OF THE UNITED STATES 
                   MILITARY ACADEMY.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 403 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     section:

     ``Sec. 4362. Support of athletic programs

       ``(a) Authority.--
       ``(1) Contracts and cooperative agreements.--The Secretary 
     of the Army may enter into contracts and cooperative 
     agreements with the Army West Point Athletic Association for 
     the purpose of supporting the athletic programs of the 
     Academy. Notwithstanding section 2304(k) of this title, the 
     Secretary may enter such contracts or cooperative agreements 
     on a sole source basis pursuant to section 2304(c)(5) of this 
     title. Notwithstanding chapter 63 of title 31, a cooperative 
     agreement under this section may be used to acquire property 
     or services for the direct benefit or use of the Academy.
       ``(2) Financial controls.--(A) Before entering into a 
     contract or cooperative agreement under paragraph (1), the 
     Secretary shall ensure that such contract or agreement 
     includes appropriate financial controls to account for 
     Academy and Association resources in accordance with accepted 
     accounting principles.
       ``(B) Any such contract or cooperative agreement shall 
     contain a provision that allows the Secretary, at the 
     Secretary's discretion, to review the financial accounts of 
     the Association to determine whether the operations of the 
     Association--
       ``(i) are consistent with the terms of the contract or 
     cooperative agreement; and
       ``(ii) will not compromise the integrity or appearance of 
     integrity of any program of the Department of the Army.
       ``(3) Leases.--Section 2667(h) of this title shall not 
     apply to any leases the Secretary may enter into with the 
     Association for the purpose of supporting the athletic 
     programs of the Academy.
       ``(b) Support Services.--
       ``(1) Authority.--To the extent required by a contract or 
     cooperative agreement under subsection (a), the Secretary may 
     provide support services to the Association while the 
     Association conducts its support activities at the Academy. 
     The Secretary may provide support services described in 
     paragraph (2) only if the Secretary determines that the 
     provision of such services is essential for the support of 
     the athletic programs of the Academy.
       ``(2) Support services defined.--(A) In this subsection, 
     the term `support services' includes utilities, office 
     furnishings and equipment, communications services, records 
     staging and archiving, audio and video support, and security 
     systems in conjunction with the leasing or licensing of 
     property.
       ``(B) Such term includes--
       ``(i) housing for Association personnel on United States 
     Army Garrison, West Point, New York; and
       ``(ii) enrollment of dependents of Association personnel in 
     elementary and secondary schools under the same criteria 
     applied to dependents of Federal employees under section 
     2164(a) of this title, except that educational services 
     provided pursuant to this clause shall be provided on a 
     reimbursable basis.
       ``(3) No liability of the united states.--Any such support 
     services may only be provided without any liability of the 
     United States to the Association.
       ``(c) Acceptance of Support.--
       ``(1) Support received from the association.--
     Notwithstanding section 1342 of title 31, the Secretary may 
     accept from the Association funds, supplies, and services for 
     the support of the athletic programs of the Academy. For the 
     purposes of this section, employees or personnel of the 
     Association may not be considered to be employees of the 
     United States.
       ``(2) Funds received from ncaa.--The Secretary may accept 
     funds from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to 
     support the athletic programs of the Academy.
       ``(3) Limitation.--The Secretary shall ensure that 
     contributions under this subsection and expenditure of funds 
     pursuant to subsection (e) do not reflect unfavorably on the 
     ability of the Department of the Army, any of its employees, 
     or any member of the armed forces to carry out any 
     responsibility or duty in a fair and objective manner, or 
     compromise the integrity or appearance of integrity of any 
     program of the Department of the Army, or any individual 
     involved in such a program.
       ``(d) Trademarks and Service Marks.--
       ``(1) Licensing, marketing, and sponsorship agreements.--An 
     agreement under subsection (a) may, consistent with section 
     2260 of this title (other than subsection (d) of such 
     section), authorize the Association to enter into licensing, 
     marketing, and sponsorship agreements relating to trademarks 
     and service marks identifying the Academy, subject to the 
     approval of the Secretary of the Army.
       ``(2) Limitations.--No licensing, marketing, or sponsorship 
     agreement may be entered into under paragraph (1) if--
       ``(A) such agreement would reflect unfavorably on the 
     ability of the Department of the Army, any of its employees, 
     or any member of the armed forces to carry out any 
     responsibility or duty in a fair and objective manner; or
       ``(B) the Secretary determines that the use of the 
     trademark or service mark would compromise the integrity or 
     appearance of integrity of any program of the Department of 
     the Army, or any individual involved in such a program.
       ``(e) Retention and Use of Funds.--Any funds received by 
     the Secretary under this section may be retained for use in 
     support of the athletic programs of the Academy and shall 
     remain available until expended.
       ``(f) Service on Association Board of Directors.--The 
     Association is a designated entity for which authorization 
     under sections 1033(a) and 1589(a) of this title may be 
     provided.
       ``(g) Conditions.--The authority provided in this section 
     with respect to the Association is available only so long as 
     the Association continues--
       ``(1) to qualify as a nonprofit organization under section 
     501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and operates 
     in accordance with this section, the law of the State of New 
     York, and the constitution and bylaws of the Association; and
       ``(2) to operate exclusively to support the athletic 
     programs of the Academy.
       ``(h) Association Defined.--In this section, the term 
     `Association' means the Army West Point Athletic 
     Association.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 403 of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by adding at the end the following new item:

``4362. Support of athletic programs.''.

     SEC. 558. CONDITION ON ADMISSION OF DEFENSE INDUSTRY 
                   CIVILIANS TO ATTEND THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 
                   INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.

       Section 9314a(c)(2) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking ``will be done on a space-available basis 
     and not require an increase in the size of the faculty'' and 
     inserting ``will not require an increase in the permanently 
     authorized size of the faculty''.

     SEC. 559. QUALITY ASSURANCE OF CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS AND 
                   STANDARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS OBTAINED 
                   BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

       Section 2015 of title 10, United States Code, as amended by 
     section 551 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 
     (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3376), is further amended--
       (1) by redesignating subsections (c) and (d) as subsections 
     (d) and (e), respectively; and
       (2) by inserting after subsection (b) the following new 
     subsection (c):
       ``(c) Quality Assurance of Certification Programs and 
     Standards.--(1) Commencing not later than three years after 
     the date of the enactment of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, each Secretary 
     concerned shall ensure that any credentialing program used in 
     connection with the program under subsection (a) is 
     accredited by an accreditation body that meets the 
     requirements specified in paragraph (2).
       ``(2) The requirements for accreditation bodies specified 
     in this paragraph are requirements that an accreditation 
     body--
       ``(A) be an independent body that has in place mechanisms 
     to ensure objectivity and impartiality in its accreditation 
     activities;
       ``(B) meet a recognized national or international standard 
     that directs its policy and procedures regarding 
     accreditation;
       ``(C) apply a recognized national or international 
     certification standard in making its accreditation decisions 
     regarding certification bodies and programs;

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       ``(D) conduct on-site visits, as applicable, to verify the 
     documents and records submitted by credentialing bodies for 
     accreditation;
       ``(E) have in place policies and procedures to ensure due 
     process when addressing complaints and appeals regarding its 
     accreditation activities;
       ``(F) conduct regular training to ensure consistent and 
     reliable decisions among reviewers conducting accreditations; 
     and
       ``(G) meet such other criteria as the Secretary concerned 
     considers appropriate in order to ensure quality in its 
     accreditation activities.''.

     SEC. 560. PROHIBITION ON RECEIPT OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE 
                   WHILE RECEIVING POST-9/11 EDUCATION ASSISTANCE.

       (a) Effect of Receipt of Post-9/11 Education Assistance.--
     Section 8525(b) of title 5, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking ``he 
     receives'' and inserting ``the individual receives'';
       (2) in paragraph (1), by striking ``or'' after the 
     semicolon;
       (3) by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (3); and
       (4) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following new 
     paragraph (2):
       ``(2) except in the case of an individual described in 
     subsection (a), an educational assistance allowance under 
     chapter 33 of title 38; or''.
       (b) Exception.--Section 8525 of title 5, United States 
     Code, is amended by inserting before subsection (b) the 
     following new subsection:
       ``(a) Subsection (b)(2) does not apply to an individual 
     who--
       ``(1) is otherwise entitled to compensation under this 
     subchapter;
       ``(2) is described in section 3311(b) of title 38;
       ``(3) is not receiving retired pay under title 10; and
       ``(4) was discharged or released from service in the Armed 
     Forces or the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and 
     Atmospheric Administration (including through a reduction in 
     force) under honorable conditions, but did not voluntarily 
     separate from such service.''.

     SEC. 561. JOB TRAINING AND POST-SERVICE PLACEMENT EXECUTIVE 
                   COMMITTEE.

       Section 320 of title 38, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in subsection (b)(2), by inserting ``a subordinate Job 
     Training and Post-Service Placement Executive Committee,'' 
     before ``and such other committees'';
       (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
       ``(e) Job Training and Post-Service Placement Executive 
     Committee.--The Job Training and Post-Service Placement 
     Executive Committee described in subsection (b)(2) shall--
       ``(1) review existing policies, procedures, and practices 
     of the Departments (including the military departments) with 
     respect to job training and post-service placement programs; 
     and
       ``(2) identify changes to such policies, procedures, and 
     practices to improve job training and post-service 
     placement.''; and
       (3) in subsection (d)(2), by inserting ``, including with 
     respect to job training and post-service placement'' before 
     the period at the end.

     SEC. 562. RECOGNITION OF ADDITIONAL INVOLUNTARY MOBILIZATION 
                   DUTY AUTHORITIES EXEMPT FROM FIVE-YEAR LIMIT ON 
                   REEMPLOYMENT RIGHTS OF PERSONS WHO SERVE IN THE 
                   UNIFORMED SERVICES.

       Section 4312(c)(4)(A) of title 38, United States Code, is 
     amended by inserting after ``12304,'' the following: 
     ``12304a, 12304b,''.

     SEC. 563. EXPANSION OF OUTREACH FOR VETERANS TRANSITIONING 
                   FROM SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY.

       (a) Expansion of Pilot Program.--Section 5(c)(5) of the 
     Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act 
     (Public Law 114-2; 38 U.S.C. 1712A note) is amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (C), by striking ``; and'' and 
     inserting a semicolon;
       (2) in subparagraph (D), by striking the period at the end 
     and inserting ``; and''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(E) conducts outreach to individuals transitioning from 
     serving on active duty in the Armed Forces who are 
     participating in the Transition Assistance Program of the 
     Department of Defense or other similar transition programs to 
     inform such individuals of the community oriented veteran 
     peer support network under paragraph (1) and other support 
     programs and opportunities that are available to such 
     individuals.''.
       (b) Inclusion of Information in Interim Report.--Section 
     5(d)(1) of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American 
     Veterans Act (Public Law 114-2; 38 U.S.C. 1712A note) is 
     amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (C), by striking ``; and'' and 
     inserting a semicolon;
       (2) in subparagraph (D), by striking the period at the end 
     and inserting ``; and''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(E) the number of veterans who--
       ``(i) received outreach from the Department of Veterans 
     Affairs while serving on active duty as a member of the Armed 
     Forces; and
       ``(ii) participated in a peer support program under the 
     pilot program for veterans transitioning from serving on 
     active duty.''.

Subtitle F--Defense Dependents' Education and Military Family Readiness 
                                Matters

     SEC. 571. CONTINUATION OF AUTHORITY TO ASSIST LOCAL 
                   EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES THAT BENEFIT DEPENDENTS OF 
                   MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND DEPARTMENT OF 
                   DEFENSE CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES.

       (a) Assistance to Schools With Significant Numbers of 
     Military Dependent Students.--Of the amount authorized to be 
     appropriated for fiscal year 2016 by section 301 and 
     available for operation and maintenance for Defense-wide 
     activities as specified in the funding table in section 4301, 
     $25,000,000 shall be available only for the purpose of 
     providing assistance to local educational agencies under 
     subsection (a) of section 572 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Public Law 109-163; 
     20 U.S.C. 7703b).
       (b) Local Educational Agency Defined.--In this section, the 
     term ``local educational agency'' has the meaning given that 
     term in section 8013(9) of the Elementary and Secondary 
     Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7713(9)).

     SEC. 572. IMPACT AID FOR CHILDREN WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES.

       Of the amount authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 
     2016 pursuant to section 301 and available for operation and 
     maintenance for Defense-wide activities as specified in the 
     funding table in section 4301, $5,000,000 shall be available 
     for payments under section 363 of the Floyd D. Spence 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (as 
     enacted into law by Public Law 106-398; 114 Stat. 1654A-77; 
     20 U.S.C. 7703a).

     SEC. 573. AUTHORITY TO USE APPROPRIATED FUNDS TO SUPPORT 
                   DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE STUDENT MEAL PROGRAMS IN 
                   DOMESTIC DEPENDENT ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY 
                   SCHOOLS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES.

       (a) Authority.--Section 2243 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended--
       (1) in subsection (a)--
       (A) by striking ``the defense dependents' education 
     system'' and inserting ``overseas defense dependents' 
     schools''; and
       (B) by striking ``students enrolled in that system'' and 
     inserting ``students enrolled in such a school'';
       (2) in subsection (d), by striking ``Department of Defense 
     dependents' schools which are located outside the United 
     States'' and inserting ``overseas defense dependents' 
     schools''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
       ``(e) Overseas Defense Dependents' School Defined.--In this 
     section, the term `overseas defense dependents' school' means 
     the following:
       ``(1) A school established as part of the defense 
     dependents' education system provided for under the Defense 
     Dependents' Education Act of 1978 (20 U.S.C. 921 et seq.).
       ``(2) An elementary or secondary school established 
     pursuant to section 2164 of this title that is located in a 
     territory, commonwealth, or possession of the United 
     States.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendments.--
       (1) Section heading.--The heading of section 2243 of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

     ``Sec. 2243. Authority to use appropriated funds to support 
       student meal programs in overseas defense dependents' 
       schools''.

       (2) Table of sections.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of subchapter I of chapter 134 of title 10, United 
     States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to 
     section 2243 and inserting the following new item:

``2243. Authority to use appropriated funds to support student meal 
              programs in overseas defense dependents' schools.''.

     SEC. 574. FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAMS FOR IMMEDIATE FAMILY 
                   MEMBERS OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES ASSIGNED 
                   TO SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES.

       (a) Extension of Authority to Conduct Programs .--Section 
     554(f) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66; 10 U.S.C. 1785 note) is amended 
     by striking ``2016'' and inserting ``2018''.
       (b) Modification of Reporting Requirement.--Subsection (g) 
     of section 554 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66; 10 U.S.C. 1785 note) is 
     amended to read as follows:
       ``(g) Report Required.--
       ``(1) In general.--Not later than March 1, 2016, and each 
     March 1 thereafter though the conclusion of the pilot 
     programs conducted under subsection (a), the Commander, in 
     coordination with the Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Personnel and Readiness, shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a report describing the progress made in 
     achieving the goals of the pilot programs.
       ``(2) Elements of report.--Each report under this 
     subsection shall include the following for each pilot 
     program:
       ``(A) A description of the pilot program to address family 
     support requirements not being provided by the Secretary of a 
     military department to immediate family members of members of 
     the Armed Forces assigned to special operations forces.
       ``(B) An assessment of the impact of the pilot program on 
     the readiness of members of the Armed Forces assigned to 
     special operations forces.
       ``(C) A comparison of the pilot program to other programs 
     conducted by the Secretaries of the military departments to 
     provide family support to immediate family members of members 
     of the Armed Forces.
       ``(D) Recommendations for incorporating the lessons learned 
     from the pilot program into family support programs conducted 
     by the Secretaries of the military departments.
       ``(E) Any other matters considered appropriate by the 
     Commander or the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and 
     Readiness.''.

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                   Subtitle G--Decorations and Awards

     SEC. 581. AUTHORIZATION FOR AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED-
                   SERVICE CROSS FOR ACTS OF EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM 
                   DURING THE KOREAN WAR.

       Notwithstanding the time limitations specified in section 
     3744 of title 10, United States Code, or any other time 
     limitation with respect to the awarding of certain medals to 
     persons who served in the Armed Forces, the Secretary of the 
     Army may award the Distinguished-Service Cross under section 
     3742 of such title to Edward Halcomb who, while serving in 
     Korea as a member of the United States Army in the grade of 
     Private First Class in Company B, 1st Battalion, 29th 
     Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, distinguished 
     himself by acts of extraordinary heroism from August 20, 
     1950, to October 19, 1950, during the Korean War.

          Subtitle H--Miscellaneous Reports and Other Matters

     SEC. 591. COORDINATION WITH NON-GOVERNMENT SUICIDE PREVENTION 
                   ORGANIZATIONS AND AGENCIES TO ASSIST IN 
                   REDUCING SUICIDES BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED 
                   FORCES.

       (a) Development of Policy.--The Secretary of Defense, in 
     consultation with the Secretaries of the military 
     departments, may develop a policy to coordinate the efforts 
     of the Department of Defense and non-government suicide 
     prevention organizations regarding--
       (1) the use of such non-government organizations to reduce 
     the number of suicides among members of the Armed Forces by 
     comprehensively addressing the needs of members of the Armed 
     Forces who have been identified as being at risk of suicide;
       (2) the delineation of the responsibilities within the 
     Department of Defense regarding interaction with such 
     organizations;
       (3) the collection of data regarding the efficacy and cost 
     of coordinating with such organizations; and
       (4) the preparation and preservation of any reporting 
     material the Secretary determines necessary to carry out the 
     policy.
       (b) Suicide Prevention Efforts.--The Secretary of Defense 
     is authorized to take any necessary measures to prevent 
     suicides by members of the Armed Forces, including by 
     facilitating the access of members of the Armed Forces to 
     successful non-governmental treatment regimen.

     SEC. 592. EXTENSION OF SEMIANNUAL REPORTS ON THE INVOLUNTARY 
                   SEPARATION OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

       Section 525(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-239; 126 Stat. 1724) is 
     amended by striking ``calendar years 2013 and 2014'' and 
     ``each of calendar years 2013 through 2017''.

     SEC. 593. REPORT ON PRELIMINARY MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR 
                   INDIVIDUALS BECOMING MEMBERS OF THE ARMED 
                   FORCES.

       (a) Report on Recommendations in Connection With 
     Screenings.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit 
     to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the 
     House of Representatives a report on the feasibility of 
     conducting, before the enlistment or accession of an 
     individual into the Armed Forces, a mental health screening 
     of the individual to bring mental health screenings to parity 
     with physical screenings of prospective members.
       (b) Elements.--The report under subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) Recommendations with respect to establishing a secure, 
     electronically-based preliminary mental health screening of 
     new members of the Armed Forces.
       (2) Recommendations with respect to the composition of the 
     mental health screening, evidenced-based best practices, and 
     how to track changes in mental health screenings relating to 
     traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and 
     other conditions.

     SEC. 594. REPORT REGARDING NEW RULEMAKING UNDER THE MILITARY 
                   LENDING ACT AND DEFENSE MANPOWER DATA CENTER 
                   REPORTS AND MEETINGS.

       (a) Report on New Military Lending Act Rulemaking.--Not 
     later than 60 days after the issuance by the Secretary of 
     Defense of the regulation issued with regard to section 987 
     of title 10, United States Code (commonly known as the 
     Military Lending Act), and part of 232 of title 32, Code of 
     Federal Regulations (its implementing regulation), the 
     Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense 
     committees a report that discusses--
       (1) the ability and reliability of the Defense Manpower 
     Data Center in meeting real-time requests for accurate 
     information needed to make a determination regarding whether 
     a borrower is covered by the Military Lending Act; or
       (2) an alternate mechanism or mechanisms for identifying 
     such covered borrowers.
       (b) Defense Manpower Data Center Reports and Meetings.--
       (1) Reports on accuracy, reliability, and integrity of 
     systems.--The Director of the Defense Manpower Data Center 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees reports 
     on the accuracy, reliability, and integrity of the Defense 
     Manpower Data Center systems used to identify covered 
     borrowers and covered policyholders under military consumer 
     protection laws. The first report is due six months after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, and the Director shall 
     submit additional reports every six months thereafter through 
     December 31, 2020, to show improvements in the accuracy, 
     reliability, and integrity of such systems.
       (2) Report on plan to strengthen capabilities.--Not later 
     than six months after the date of the enactment of this Act, 
     the Director of the Defense Manpower Data Center shall submit 
     to the congressional defense committees a report on plans to 
     strengthen the capabilities of the Defense Manpower Data 
     Center systems, including staffing levels and funding, in 
     order to improve the identification of covered borrowers and 
     covered policyholders under military consumer protection 
     laws.
       (3) Meetings with private sector users of systems.--The 
     Director of the Defense Manpower Data Center shall meet 
     regularly with private sector users of Defense Manpower Data 
     Center systems used to identify covered borrowers and covered 
     policyholders under military consumer protection laws to 
     learn about issues facing such users and to develop ways of 
     addressing such issues. The first meeting pursuant to this 
     requirement shall take place with three months after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act.

     SEC. 595. REMOTELY PILOTED AIRCRAFT CAREER FIELD MANNING 
                   SHORTFALLS.

       (a) Limitation.--Of the funds authorized to be appropriated 
     by this Act or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 
     for operation and maintenance for the Office of the Secretary 
     of the Air Force, not more than 85 percent may be obligated 
     or expended until a period of 15 days has elapsed following 
     the date on which the Secretary of the Air Force submits to 
     the congressional defense committees the report described in 
     subsection (b).
       (b) Report Required.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 60 days after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Air Force shall 
     submit to the congressional defense committees a report on 
     remotely piloted aircraft career field manning levels and 
     actions the Air Force will take to rectify personnel 
     shortfalls.
       (2) Elements.--The report required under paragraph (1) 
     shall include the following elements:
       (A) A description of current and projected manning 
     requirements and inventory levels for remotely piloted 
     aircraft systems.
       (B) A description of rated and non-rated officer and 
     enlisted manning policies for authorization and inventory 
     levels in effect for remotely piloted aircraft systems and 
     units, to include whether remotely piloted aircraft duty is 
     considered as a permanent Air Force Specialty Code or treated 
     as an ancillary single assignment duty, and if both are used, 
     the division of authorizations between permanently assigned 
     personnel and those who will return to a different primary 
     career field.
       (C) Comparisons to other Air Force manned combat aircraft 
     systems and units with respect to personnel policies, 
     manpower authorization levels, and projected personnel 
     inventory.
       (D) Identification and assessment of mitigation actions to 
     increase unit manning levels, including recruitment and 
     retention bonuses, incentive pay, use of enlisted personnel, 
     and increased weighting to remotely piloted aircraft 
     personnel on promotion boards, and to ensure the school house 
     for remotely piloted aircraft personnel is sufficient to meet 
     increased manning demands.
       (E) Analysis demonstrating the requirements determination 
     for how remotely piloted aircraft pilot and sensor operators 
     are selected, including whether individuals are prior rated 
     or non-rated qualified, what prerequisite training or 
     experience is necessary, and required and types of basic and 
     advanced qualification training for each mission design 
     series of remotely piloted aircraft in the Air Force 
     inventory.
       (F) Recommendations for changes to existing legislation 
     required to implement mitigation actions.
       (G) An assessment of the authorization levels of government 
     civilian and contractor support required for sufficiency of 
     remotely piloted aircraft career field manning.
       (H) A description and associated timeline of actions the 
     Air Force will take to increase remotely piloted aircraft 
     career field manpower authorizations and manning levels to at 
     least the equal of the normative levels of manning and 
     readiness of all other combat aircraft career fields.
       (I) A description of any other matters concerning remotely 
     piloted aircraft career field manning levels the Secretary of 
     the Air Force determines to be appropriate.
       (3) Form.--The report required under paragraph (1) may be 
     submitted in classified form, but shall also contain an 
     unclassified executive summary and may contain an 
     unclassified annex.
       (4) Nonduplication of effort.--If any information required 
     under paragraph (1) has been included in another report or 
     notification previously submitted to Congress by law, the 
     Secretary of the Air Force may provide a list of such reports 
     and notifications at the time of submitting the report 
     required under this subsection in lieu of including such 
     information in the report.

          TITLE VI--COMPENSATION AND OTHER PERSONNEL BENEFITS

                     Subtitle A--Pay and Allowances

Sec. 601. No fiscal year 2016 increase in military basic pay for 
              general and flag officers.
Sec. 602. Limitation on eligibility for supplemental subsistence 
              allowances to members serving outside the United States 
              and associated territory.
Sec. 603. Phased-in modification of percentage of national average 
              monthly cost of housing usable in computation of basic 
              allowance for housing inside the United States.
Sec. 604. Extension of authority to provide temporary increase in rates 
              of basic allowance for housing under certain 
              circumstances.
Sec. 605. Availability of information under the Food and Nutrition Act 
              of 2008.

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           Subtitle B--Bonuses and Special and Incentive Pays

Sec. 611. One-year extension of certain bonus and special pay 
              authorities for reserve forces.
Sec. 612. One-year extension of certain bonus and special pay 
              authorities for health care professionals.
Sec. 613. One-year extension of special pay and bonus authorities for 
              nuclear officers.
Sec. 614. One-year extension of authorities relating to title 37 
              consolidated special pay, incentive pay, and bonus 
              authorities.
Sec. 615. One-year extension of authorities relating to payment of 
              other title 37 bonuses and special pays.
Sec. 616. Increase in maximum annual amount of nuclear officer bonus 
              pay.
Sec. 617. Modification to special aviation incentive pay and bonus 
              authorities for officers.
Sec. 618. Repeal of obsolete authority to pay bonus to encourage Army 
              personnel to refer persons for enlistment in the Army.

            Subtitle C--Travel and Transportation Allowances

Sec. 621. Transportation to transfer ceremonies for family and next of 
              kin of members of the Armed Forces who die overseas 
              during humanitarian operations.
Sec. 622. Repeal of obsolete special travel and transportation 
              allowance for survivors of deceased members of the Armed 
              Forces from the Vietnam conflict.
Sec. 623. Study and report on policy changes to the Joint Travel 
              Regulations.

     Subtitle D--Disability Pay, Retired Pay, and Survivor Benefits

                       Part I--Retired Pay Reform

Sec. 631. Modernized retirement system for members of the uniformed 
              services.
Sec. 632. Full participation for members of the uniformed services in 
              the Thrift Savings Plan.
Sec. 633. Lump sum payments of certain retired pay.
Sec. 634. Continuation pay for full TSP members with 12 years of 
              service.
Sec. 635. Effective date and implementation.

                         Part II--Other Matters

Sec. 641. Death of former spouse beneficiaries and subsequent 
              remarriages under the Survivor Benefit Plan.

   Subtitle E--Commissary and Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality 
                        Benefits and Operations

Sec. 651. Plan to obtain budget-neutrality for the defense commissary 
              system and the military exchange system.
Sec. 652. Comptroller General of the United States report on the 
              Commissary Surcharge, Non-appropriated Fund, and 
              Privately-Financed Major Construction Program.

                       Subtitle F--Other Matters

Sec. 661. Improvement of financial literacy and preparedness of members 
              of the Armed Forces.
Sec. 662. Recordation of obligations for installment payments of 
              incentive pays, allowances, and similar benefits when 
              payment is due.

                     Subtitle A--Pay and Allowances

     SEC. 601. NO FISCAL YEAR 2016 INCREASE IN MILITARY BASIC PAY 
                   FOR GENERAL AND FLAG OFFICERS.

       Section 203(a)(2) of title 37, United States Code, shall be 
     applied for rates of basic pay payable for commissioned 
     officers in pay grades O-7 through O-10 during calendar year 
     2016 by using the rate of pay for level II of the Executive 
     Schedule in effect during 2014. The rates of basic pay 
     payable for such officers shall not increase during calendar 
     year 2016.

     SEC. 602. LIMITATION ON ELIGIBILITY FOR SUPPLEMENTAL 
                   SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCES TO MEMBERS SERVING 
                   OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND ASSOCIATED 
                   TERRITORY.

       Section 402a(b) of title 37, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1), by inserting ``and paragraph (4)'' 
     after ``subsection (d)''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(4) After September 30, 2016, a member is eligible for a 
     supplemental subsistence allowance under this section only if 
     the member is serving outside the United States, the 
     Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin 
     Islands, or Guam.''.

     SEC. 603. PHASED-IN MODIFICATION OF PERCENTAGE OF NATIONAL 
                   AVERAGE MONTHLY COST OF HOUSING USABLE IN 
                   COMPUTATION OF BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR HOUSING 
                   INSIDE THE UNITED STATES.

       Section 403(b)(3)(B) of title 37, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking ``may not exceed one percent.'' and 
     inserting the following: ``may not exceed the following:
       ``(i) One percent for months occurring during 2015.
       ``(ii) Two percent for months occurring during 2016.
       ``(iii) Three percent for months occurring during 2017.
       ``(iv) Four percent for months occurring during 2018.
       ``(v) Five percent for months occurring after 2018.''.

     SEC. 604. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY 
                   INCREASE IN RATES OF BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR 
                   HOUSING UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.

       Section 403(b)(7)(E) of title 37, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking ``December 31, 2015'' and inserting 
     ``December 31, 2016''.

     SEC. 605. AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION UNDER THE FOOD AND 
                   NUTRITION ACT OF 2008.

       In administering the supplemental nutrition assistance 
     program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 
     (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), the Secretary of Agriculture shall 
     ensure that any safeguards that prevent the use or disclosure 
     of information obtained from applicant households shall not 
     prevent the use of that information by, or the disclosure of 
     that information to, the Secretary of Defense for purposes of 
     determining the number of applicant households that contain 
     one or more members of a regular component or reserve 
     component of the Armed Forces.

           Subtitle B--Bonuses and Special and Incentive Pays

     SEC. 611. ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF CERTAIN BONUS AND SPECIAL PAY 
                   AUTHORITIES FOR RESERVE FORCES.

       The following sections of title 37, United States Code, are 
     amended by striking ``December 31, 2015'' and inserting 
     ``December 31, 2016'':
       (1) Section 308b(g), relating to Selected Reserve 
     reenlistment bonus.
       (2) Section 308c(i), relating to Selected Reserve 
     affiliation or enlistment bonus.
       (3) Section 308d(c), relating to special pay for enlisted 
     members assigned to certain high-priority units.
       (4) Section 308g(f)(2), relating to Ready Reserve 
     enlistment bonus for persons without prior service.
       (5) Section 308h(e), relating to Ready Reserve enlistment 
     and reenlistment bonus for persons with prior service.
       (6) Section 308i(f), relating to Selected Reserve 
     enlistment and reenlistment bonus for persons with prior 
     service.
       (7) Section 478a(e), relating to reimbursement of travel 
     expenses for inactive-duty training outside of normal 
     commuting distance.
       (8) Section 910(g), relating to income replacement payments 
     for reserve component members experiencing extended and 
     frequent mobilization for active duty service.

     SEC. 612. ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF CERTAIN BONUS AND SPECIAL PAY 
                   AUTHORITIES FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS.

       (a) Title 10 Authorities.--The following sections of title 
     10, United States Code, are amended by striking ``December 
     31, 2015'' and inserting ``December 31, 2016'':
       (1) Section 2130a(a)(1), relating to nurse officer 
     candidate accession program.
       (2) Section 16302(d), relating to repayment of education 
     loans for certain health professionals who serve in the 
     Selected Reserve.
       (b) Title 37 Authorities.--The following sections of title 
     37, United States Code, are amended by striking ``December 
     31, 2015'' and inserting ``December 31, 2016'':
       (1) Section 302c-1(f), relating to accession and retention 
     bonuses for psychologists.
       (2) Section 302d(a)(1), relating to accession bonus for 
     registered nurses.
       (3) Section 302e(a)(1), relating to incentive special pay 
     for nurse anesthetists.
       (4) Section 302g(e), relating to special pay for Selected 
     Reserve health professionals in critically short wartime 
     specialties.
       (5) Section 302h(a)(1), relating to accession bonus for 
     dental officers.
       (6) Section 302j(a), relating to accession bonus for 
     pharmacy officers.
       (7) Section 302k(f), relating to accession bonus for 
     medical officers in critically short wartime specialties.
       (8) Section 302l(g), relating to accession bonus for dental 
     specialist officers in critically short wartime specialties.

     SEC. 613. ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF SPECIAL PAY AND BONUS 
                   AUTHORITIES FOR NUCLEAR OFFICERS.

       The following sections of title 37, United States Code, are 
     amended by striking ``December 31, 2015'' and inserting 
     ``December 31, 2016'':
       (1) Section 312(f), relating to special pay for nuclear-
     qualified officers extending period of active service.
       (2) Section 312b(c), relating to nuclear career accession 
     bonus.
       (3) Section 312c(d), relating to nuclear career annual 
     incentive bonus.

     SEC. 614. ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF AUTHORITIES RELATING TO TITLE 
                   37 CONSOLIDATED SPECIAL PAY, INCENTIVE PAY, AND 
                   BONUS AUTHORITIES.

       The following sections of title 37, United States Code, are 
     amended by striking ``December 31, 2015'' and inserting 
     ``December 31, 2016'':
       (1) Section 331(h), relating to general bonus authority for 
     enlisted members.
       (2) Section 332(g), relating to general bonus authority for 
     officers.
       (3) Section 333(i), relating to special bonus and incentive 
     pay authorities for nuclear officers.
       (4) Section 334(i), relating to special aviation incentive 
     pay and bonus authorities for officers.
       (5) Section 335(k), relating to special bonus and incentive 
     pay authorities for officers in health professions.
       (6) Section 336(g), relating to contracting bonus for 
     cadets and midshipmen enrolled in the Senior Reserve 
     Officers' Training Corps.
       (7) Section 351(h), relating to hazardous duty pay.
       (8) Section 352(g), relating to assignment pay or special 
     duty pay.
       (9) Section 353(i), relating to skill incentive pay or 
     proficiency bonus.
       (10) Section 355(h), relating to retention incentives for 
     members qualified in critical military skills or assigned to 
     high priority units.

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     SEC. 615. ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF AUTHORITIES RELATING TO 
                   PAYMENT OF OTHER TITLE 37 BONUSES AND SPECIAL 
                   PAYS.

       The following sections of title 37, United States Code, are 
     amended by striking ``December 31, 2015'' and inserting 
     ``December 31, 2016'':
       (1) Section 301b(a), relating to aviation officer retention 
     bonus.
       (2) Section 307a(g), relating to assignment incentive pay.
       (3) Section 308(g), relating to reenlistment bonus for 
     active members.
       (4) Section 309(e), relating to enlistment bonus.
       (5) Section 316a(g), relating to incentive pay for members 
     of precommissioning programs pursuing foreign language 
     proficiency.
       (6) Section 324(g), relating to accession bonus for new 
     officers in critical skills.
       (7) Section 326(g), relating to incentive bonus for 
     conversion to military occupational specialty to ease 
     personnel shortage.
       (8) Section 327(h), relating to incentive bonus for 
     transfer between Armed Forces.
       (9) Section 330(f), relating to accession bonus for officer 
     candidates.

     SEC. 616. INCREASE IN MAXIMUM ANNUAL AMOUNT OF NUCLEAR 
                   OFFICER BONUS PAY.

       Section 333(d)(1)(A) of title 37, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking ``$35,000'' and inserting ``$50,000''.

     SEC. 617. MODIFICATION TO SPECIAL AVIATION INCENTIVE PAY AND 
                   BONUS AUTHORITIES FOR OFFICERS.

       (a) Clarification of Secretarial Authority To Set 
     Requirements for Aviation Incentive Pay Eligibility.--
     Subsection (a) of section 334 of title 37, United States 
     Code, is amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4), and (5) 
     as subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), (D), and (E), respectively, 
     and moving the margin of such subparagraphs, as so 
     redesignated, 2 ems to the right;
       (2) by striking ``The Secretary'' and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(1) Incentive pay authorized.--The Secretary''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph (2):
       ``(2) Officers not currently engaged in flying duty.--The 
     Secretary concerned may pay aviation incentive pay under this 
     section to an officer who is otherwise qualified for such pay 
     but who is not currently engaged in the performance of 
     operational flying duty or proficiency flying duty if the 
     Secretary determines, under regulations prescribed under 
     section 374 of this title, that payment of aviation incentive 
     pay to that officer is in the best interests of the 
     service.''.
       (b) Restoration of Authority To Pay Aviation Incentive Pay 
     to Medical Officers Performing Flight Surgeon Duties.--
     Subsection (h)(1) of such section is amended by striking 
     ``(except a flight surgeon or other medical officer)''.
       (c) Increase in Maximum Amount of Aviation Special Pays for 
     Flying Duty of Remotely Piloted Aircraft.--Subsection (c)(1) 
     of such section is amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``exceed $850 per 
     month; and'' and inserting ``exceed--
       ``(i) $1,000 per month for officers performing qualifying 
     flying duty relating to remotely piloted aircraft (RPA); or
       ``(ii) $850 per month for officers performing other 
     qualifying flying duty; and''; and
       (2) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``$25,000'' and all 
     that follows and inserting ``, for each 12-month period of 
     obligated service agreed to under subsection (d)--
       ``(i) $35,000 for officers performing qualifying flying 
     duty relating to remotely piloted aircraft; or
       ``(ii) $25,000 for officers performing other qualifying 
     flying duty.''.
       (d) Authority To Pay Aviation Bonus and Skill Incentive Pay 
     to Officers Simultaneously.--Subsection (f) of such section 
     is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``353'' and inserting 
     ``353(a)''; and
       (2) in paragraph (2)--
       (A) by striking ``a payment'' and inserting ``a bonus 
     payment''; and
       (B) by striking ``353'' and inserting ``353(b)''.
       (e) Report.--Not later than February 1, 2016, the Secretary 
     of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense 
     committees a report setting forth the empirical case for an 
     increase in special and incentive pay for aviation officers 
     in order to address a specific, statistically-based retention 
     problem with respect to such officers. The report shall 
     include the results of a study, conducted by the Secretary in 
     connection with the case, on a market-based compensation 
     approach to the retention of such officers that considers the 
     pay and allowances offered by commercial airlines to pilots 
     and the propensity of pilots to leave the Air Force to become 
     commercial airline pilots.

     SEC. 618. REPEAL OF OBSOLETE AUTHORITY TO PAY BONUS TO 
                   ENCOURAGE ARMY PERSONNEL TO REFER PERSONS FOR 
                   ENLISTMENT IN THE ARMY.

       (a) Repeal.--Section 3252 of title 10, United States Code, 
     is repealed.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 333 of such title is amended by striking 
     the item relating to section 3252.

            Subtitle C--Travel and Transportation Allowances

     SEC. 621. TRANSPORTATION TO TRANSFER CEREMONIES FOR FAMILY 
                   AND NEXT OF KIN OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES 
                   WHO DIE OVERSEAS DURING HUMANITARIAN 
                   OPERATIONS.

       Section 481f(e)(1) of title 37, United States Code, is 
     amended by inserting ``(including during a humanitarian 
     relief operation)'' after ``located or serving overseas''.

     SEC. 622. REPEAL OF OBSOLETE SPECIAL TRAVEL AND 
                   TRANSPORTATION ALLOWANCE FOR SURVIVORS OF 
                   DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES FROM THE 
                   VIETNAM CONFLICT.

       (a) Repeal and Redesignation.--Section 481f of title 37, 
     United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (d); and
       (2) by redesignating subsections (e), (f), (g), and (h) as 
     subsections (d), (e), (f), and (g), respectively.
       (b) Conforming Amendment to Cross Reference.--Section 
     2493(a)(4)(B)(ii) of title 10, United States Code, is amended 
     by striking ``section 481f(e)'' and inserting ``section 
     481f(d)''.

     SEC. 623. STUDY AND REPORT ON POLICY CHANGES TO THE JOINT 
                   TRAVEL REGULATIONS.

       (a) Study.--The Comptroller General of the United States 
     shall conduct a study on the impact of the policy changes to 
     the Joint Travel Regulations for the Uniformed Service 
     Members and Department of Defense Civilian Employees related 
     to flat rate per diem for long term temporary duty travel 
     that took effect on November 1, 2014. The study shall assess 
     the following:
       (1) The impact of such changes on shipyard workers who 
     travel on long-term temporary duty assignments.
       (2) Whether such changes have discouraged employees of the 
     Department of Defense, including civilian employees at 
     shipyards and depots, from volunteering for important 
     temporary duty travel assignments.
       (b) Report.--Not later than June 1, 2016, the Comptroller 
     General shall submit to the Committee on Armed Services of 
     the Senate and the Committee on Armed Services of the House 
     of Representatives a report on the study required by 
     subsection (a).

     Subtitle D--Disability Pay, Retired Pay, and Survivor Benefits

                       PART I--RETIRED PAY REFORM

     SEC. 631. MODERNIZED RETIREMENT SYSTEM FOR MEMBERS OF THE 
                   UNIFORMED SERVICES.

       (a) Regular Service.--Section 1409(b) of title 10, United 
     States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following 
     new paragraph:
       ``(4) Modernized retirement system.--
       ``(A) Reduced multiplier for full tsp members.--
     Notwithstanding paragraphs (1), (2), and (3), in the case of 
     a member who first becomes a member of the uniformed services 
     on or after January 1, 2018, or a member who makes the 
     election described in subparagraph (B) (referred to as a 
     `full TSP member')--
       ``(i) paragraph (1)(A) shall be applied by substituting `2' 
     for `2\1/2\';
       ``(ii) clause (i) of paragraph (3)(B) shall be applied by 
     substituting `60 percent' for `75 percent'; and
       ``(iii) clause (ii)(I) of such paragraph shall be applied 
     by substituting `2' for `2\1/2\'.
       ``(B) Election to participate in modernized retirement 
     system.--Pursuant to subparagraph (C), a member of a 
     uniformed service serving on December 31, 2017, who has 
     served in the uniformed services for fewer than 12 years as 
     of December 31, 2017, may elect, in exchange for the reduced 
     multipliers described in subparagraph (A) for purposes of 
     calculating the retired pay of the member, to receive Thrift 
     Savings Plan contributions pursuant to section 8440e(e) of 
     title 5.
       ``(C) Election period.--
       ``(i) In general.--Except as provided in clauses (ii) and 
     (iii), a member of a uniformed service described in 
     subparagraph (B) may make the election authorized by that 
     subparagraph only during the period that begins on January 1, 
     2018, and ends on December 31, 2018.
       ``(ii) Hardship extension.--The Secretary concerned may 
     extend the election period described in clause (i) for a 
     member who experiences a hardship as determined by the 
     Secretary concerned.
       ``(iii) Effect of break in service.--A member of a 
     uniformed service who returns to service after a break in 
     service that occurs during the election period specified in 
     clause (i) shall make the election described in subparagraph 
     (B) within 30 days after the date of the reentry into service 
     of the member.
       ``(D) No retroactive contributions pursuant to election.--
     Thrift Savings Plan contributions may not be made for a 
     member making an election pursuant to subparagraph (B) for 
     any period beginning before the date of the member's election 
     under that subparagraph by reason of the member's election.
       ``(E) Regulations.--The Secretary concerned shall prescribe 
     regulations to implement this paragraph.''.
       (b) Non-regular Service.--Section 12739 of title 10, United 
     States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following 
     new subsection:
       ``(f) Modernized Retirement System.--
       ``(1) Reduced multiplier for full tsp members.--
     Notwithstanding subsection (a) or (c), in the case of a 
     person who first performs reserve component service on or 
     after January 1, 2018, after not having performed regular or 
     reserve component service on or before that date, or a person 
     who makes the election described in paragraph (2) (referred 
     to as a `full TSP member')--
       ``(A) subsection (a)(2) shall be applied by substituting `2 
     percent' for `2\1/2\ percent';
       ``(B) subparagraph (A) of subsection (c)(2) shall be 
     applied by substituting `60 percent' for `75 percent'; and
       ``(C) subparagraph (B)(ii) of such subsection shall be 
     applied by substituting `2 percent' for `2\1/2\ percent'.
       ``(2) Election to participate in modernized retirement 
     system.--

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       ``(A) In general.--Pursuant to subparagraph (B), a person 
     performing reserve component service on December 31, 2017, 
     who has performed fewer than 12 years of service as of 
     December 31, 2017 (as computed in accordance with section 
     12733 of this title), may elect, in exchange for the reduced 
     multipliers described in paragraph (1) for purposes of 
     calculating the retired pay of the person, to receive Thrift 
     Savings Plan contributions pursuant to section 8440e(e) of 
     title 5.
       ``(B) Election period.--
       ``(i) In general.--Except as provided in clauses (ii) and 
     (iii), a person described in subparagraph (A) may make the 
     election described in that subparagraph during the period 
     that begins on January 1, 2018, and ends on December 31, 
     2018.
       ``(ii) Hardship extension.--The Secretary concerned may 
     extend the election period described in clause (i) for a 
     person who experiences a hardship as determined by the 
     Secretary concerned.
       ``(iii) Persons experiencing break in service.--A person 
     returning to reserve component service after a break in 
     reserve component service in which falls the election period 
     specified in clause (i) shall make the election described in 
     subparagraph (A) on the date of the reentry into service of 
     the person.
       ``(C) No retroactive contributions pursuant to election.--
     Thrift Savings Plan contributions may not be made for a 
     person making an election pursuant to subparagraph (A) for 
     any pay period beginning before the date of the person's 
     election under that subparagraph by reason of the person's 
     election.
       ``(3) Regulations.--The Secretary concerned shall prescribe 
     regulations to implement this subsection.''.
       (c) Coordinating Amendments to Other Retirement 
     Authorities.--
       (1) Disability, warrant officers, and dopma retired pay.--
       (A) Computation of retired pay.--The table in section 
     1401(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (i) in paragraph (1) in column 2 of formula number 1, by 
     striking ``2\1/2\% of years of service credited to him under 
     section 1208'' and inserting ``the retired pay multiplier 
     determined for the member under section 1409 of this title''; 
     and
       (ii) in paragraph (1) in column 2 of formula number 2, by 
     striking ``2\1/2\% of years of service credited to him under 
     section 1208'' and inserting ``the retired pay multiplier 
     determined for the member under section 1409 of this title''; 
     and
       (iii) in column 2 of each of formula number 4 and formula 
     number 5, by striking ``section 1409(a)'' and inserting 
     ``section 1409''.
       (B) Clarification regarding modernized retirement system.--
     Section 1401a(b) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (i) by redesignating paragraph (5) as paragraph (6); and
       (ii) by inserting after paragraph (4) the following new 
     paragraph (5):
       ``(5) Adjustments for participants in modernized retirement 
     system.--Notwithstanding paragraph (3), if a member or former 
     member participates in the modernized retirement system by 
     reason of section 1409(b)(4) of this title (including 
     pursuant to an election under subparagraph (B) of that 
     section), the Secretary shall increase the retired pay of 
     such member in accordance with paragraph (2).''.
       (2) 15-year career status bonus.--Section 354 of title 37, 
     United States Code, is amended--
       (A) in subsection (f)--
       (i) by striking ``If a'' and inserting ``(1) If a''; and
       (ii) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(2) If a person who is paid a bonus under this section 
     subsequently makes an election described in section 
     1409(b)(4)(B) of title 10, the person shall repay any bonus 
     payments received under this section in the same manner as 
     repayments are made under section 373 of this title.''; and
       (B) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
       ``(g) Sunset and Continuation of Payments.--(1) A Secretary 
     concerned may not pay a new bonus under this section after 
     December 31, 2017.
       ``(2) Subject to subsection (f)(2), the Secretary concerned 
     may continue to make payments for bonuses that were awarded 
     under this section on or before the date specified in 
     paragraph (1).''.
       (3) Application to national oceanic and atmospheric 
     administration commissioned corps.--Paragraph (2) of section 
     245(a) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
     Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002 (33 U.S.C. 3045(a)) is 
     amended to read as follows:
       ``(2) the retired pay multiplier determined under section 
     1409 of such title for the number of years of service that 
     may be credited to the officer under section 1405 of such 
     title as if the officer's service were service as a member of 
     the Armed Forces.''.
       (4) Application to public health service.--Section 
     211(a)(4) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 
     212(a)(4)) is amended--
       (A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking 
     ``at the rate of 2 \1/2\ per centum of the basic pay of the 
     highest grade held by him as such officer'' and inserting 
     ``calculated by multiplying the retired pay base determined 
     under section 1406 of title 10, United States Code, by the 
     retired pay multiplier determined under section 1409 of such 
     title for the numbers of years of service credited to the 
     officer under this paragraph''; and
       (B) in the matter following subparagraph (B)(iii)--
       (i) in subparagraph (C), by striking ``such pay, and'' and 
     inserting ``such pay,''; and
       (ii) in subparagraph (D), by striking ``such basic pay.'' 
     and inserting ``such basic pay, and (E) in the case of any 
     officer who participates in the modernized retirement system 
     by reason of section 1409(b) of title 10, United States Code 
     (including pursuant to an election under subparagraph (B) of 
     that section), subparagraph (C) shall be applied by 
     substituting `40 per centum' for `50 per centum' each place 
     the term appears.''.
       (d) Repeal of Reduced Cost-of-living Adjustments for 
     Members Under the Age of 62.--The following amendments shall 
     not take effect:
       (1) The amendments to be made by section 403 of the 
     Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-67; 127 Stat. 
     1186), as amended by section 10001(a) of the Department of 
     Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 (division C of Public Law 
     113-76; 128 Stat. 151), section 2 of Public Law 113-82 (128 
     Stat. 1009), and section 623 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. 
     ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3403).
       (2) The amendments to be made by section 10001(b) of the 
     Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014.

     SEC. 632. FULL PARTICIPATION FOR MEMBERS OF THE UNIFORMED 
                   SERVICES IN THE THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN.

       (a) Modernized Retirement System.--
       (1) Definitions.--Section 8440e(a) of title 5, United 
     States Code, is amended by striking paragraphs (1) and (2) 
     and inserting the following new paragraphs:
       ``(1) the term `basic pay' means basic pay payable under 
     section 204 of title 37;
       ``(2) the term `full TSP member' means a member described 
     in subsection (e)(1);
       ``(3) the term `member' has the meaning given the term in 
     section 211 of title 37; and
       ``(4) the term `Secretary concerned' has the meaning given 
     the term in section 101 of title 37.''.
       (2) TSP contributions.--Subsection (e) of section 8440e of 
     title 5, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
       ``(e) Modernized Retirement System.--
       ``(1) TSP contributions.--Notwithstanding any other 
     provision of law, the Secretary concerned shall make 
     contributions to the Thrift Savings Fund, in accordance with 
     section 8432 (except to the extent the requirements under 
     such section are modified by this subsection), for the 
     benefit of a member--
       ``(A) who first enters a uniformed service on or after 
     January 1, 2018; or
       ``(B) who--
       ``(i) first entered a uniformed service before January 1, 
     2018;
       ``(ii) has completed fewer than 12 years of service in the 
     uniformed services as of December 31, 2017; and
       ``(iii) makes the election described in section 
     1409(b)(4)(B) or 12729(f)(2) of title 10 to receive Thrift 
     Savings Plan contributions under this subsection in exchange 
     for the reduced multipliers described in section 
     1409(b)(4)(A) or 12739(f)(1) of title 10, as applicable, for 
     purposes of calculating the retired pay of the member.
       ``(2) Maximum amount.--The amount contributed under this 
     subsection by the Secretary concerned for the benefit of a 
     full TSP member for any pay period shall not be more than 5 
     percent of the member's basic pay for such pay period. Any 
     such contribution under this subsection, though in accordance 
     with section 8432 as provided in paragraph (1), is instead 
     of, and not in addition to, amounts contributable under 
     section 8432 as provided in section 8432(c).
       ``(3) Timing and duration of contributions.--
       ``(A) Automatic contributions.--The Secretary concerned 
     shall make a contribution described in section 8432(c)(1) 
     under this subsection for the benefit of a member described 
     in paragraph (1) for any pay period during the period that--
       ``(i) begins--

       ``(I) on or after the day that is 60 days afer the date the 
     member first enters a uniformed service, in the case of a 
     member described in paragraph (1)(A); or
       ``(II) on or after the date the member makes the election 
     described in paragraph (1)(B), in the case of a member making 
     such an election; and

       ``(ii) ends on the day such member completes 26 years of 
     service as a member of the uniformed services.
       ``(B) Matching contributions.--The Secretary concerned 
     shall make a contribution described in section 8432(c)(2) 
     under this subsection for the benefit of a member described 
     in paragraph (1) for any pay period during the period that--
       ``(i) begins--

       ``(I) on or after the day that is 2 years and 1 day after 
     the date the member first enters a uniformed service, in the 
     case of a member described in paragraph (1)(A); or
       ``(II) on or after the date the member makes the election 
     described in paragraph (1)(B), in the case of a member making 
     such an election; and

       ``(ii) ends on the day such member completes 26 years of 
     service as a member of the uniformed services.
       ``(4) Protections for spouses and former spouses.--Section 
     8435 shall apply to a full TSP member in the same manner as 
     such section is applied to an employee or Member under such 
     section.''.
       (b) Automatic Enrollment in Thrift Savings Plan.--Section 
     8432(b)(2) of title 5, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (D)(ii), by striking ``Members'' and 
     inserting ``(ii) Except in the case of a full TSP member (as 
     defined in section 8440e(a)), members'';
       (2) in subparagraph (E), by striking ``8440e(a)(1)'' and 
     inserting ``8440e(b)(1)''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(F) Notwithstanding any other provision of this 
     paragraph, if a full TSP member (as defined

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     in section 8440e(a)) has declined automatic enrollment into 
     the Thrift Savings Plan for a year, the full TSP member shall 
     be automatically reenrolled on January 1 of the succeeding 
     year, with contributions under subsection (a) at the default 
     percentage of basic pay.''.
       (c) Vesting.--
       (1) Two-years of service.--Section 8432(g)(2) of title 5, 
     United States Code, is amended--
       (A) in subparagraph (A)(iii), by striking ``or'' after the 
     semicolon;
       (B) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end 
     and inserting ``; or''; and
       (C) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(C) 2 years of service in the case of a member of the 
     uniformed services.''.
       (2) Separation.--Section 8432(g) of title 5, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     paragraph:
       ``(6) For purposes of this subsection, a member of the 
     uniformed services shall be considered to have separated from 
     Government employment if the member is discharged or released 
     from service in the uniformed services.''.
       (d) Thrift Savings Plan Default Investment Fund.--Section 
     8438(c)(2) of title 5, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``(A) Consistent with 
     the requirements of subparagraph (B), if an'' and inserting 
     ``If an''; and
       (2) by striking subparagraph (B).
       (e) Repeal of Separate Contribution Agreement Authority.--
       (1) Repeal.--Section 211 of title 37, United States Code, 
     is amended--
       (A) by striking subsection (d); and
       (B) by redesignating subsection (e) as subsection (d).
       (2) Conforming amendment.--Section 8432b(c)(2)(B) of title 
     5, United States Code, is amended by striking ``(including 
     pursuant to an agreement under section 211(d) of title 37)''.

     SEC. 633. LUMP SUM PAYMENTS OF CERTAIN RETIRED PAY.

       (a) Lump Sum Payments of Certain Retired Pay.--
       (1) In general.--Chapter 71 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     section:

     ``Sec. 1415. Lump sum payment of certain retired pay

       ``(a) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) Covered retired pay.--The term `covered retired pay' 
     means retired pay under--
       ``(A) this title;
       ``(B) title 14;
       ``(C) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
     Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002 (33 U.S.C. 3001 et 
     seq.); or
       ``(D) the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 201 et 
     seq.).
       ``(2) Eligible person.--The term `eligible person' means a 
     person who--
       ``(A)(i) first becomes a member of a uniformed service on 
     or after January 1, 2018; or
       ``(ii) makes the election described in section 
     1409(b)(4)(B) or 12739(f)(2) of this title; and
       ``(B) does not retire or separate under chapter 61 of this 
     title.
       ``(3) Retirement age.--The term `retirement age' has the 
     meaning given the term in section 216(l) of the Social 
     Security Act (42 U.S.C. 416(l)).
       ``(b) Election of Lump Sum Payment of Certain Retired 
     Pay.--
       ``(1) In general.--An eligible person entitled to covered 
     retired pay (including an eligible person who is entitled to 
     such pay by reason of an election described in subsection 
     (a)(2)(A)(ii)) may elect to receive--
       ``(A) a lump sum payment of the discounted present value at 
     the time of the election of an amount of the covered retired 
     pay that the eligible person is otherwise entitled to receive 
     for the period beginning on the date of retirement and ending 
     on the date the eligible person attains the eligible person's 
     retirement age equal to--
       ``(i) 50 percent of the amount of such covered retired pay 
     during such period; or
       ``(ii) 25 percent of the amount of such covered retired pay 
     during such period; and
       ``(B) a monthly amount during the period described in 
     subparagraph (A) equal to--
       ``(i) in the case of an eligible person electing to receive 
     an amount described in subparagraph (A)(i), 50 percent of the 
     amount of monthly covered retired pay the eligible person is 
     otherwise entitled to receive during such period; and
       ``(ii) in the case of an eligible person electing to 
     receive an amount described in subparagraph (A)(ii), 75 
     percent of the amount of monthly covered retired pay the 
     eligible person is otherwise entitled to receive during such 
     period
       ``(2) Discounted present value.--The Secretary of Defense 
     shall compute the discounted present value of amounts of 
     covered retired pay that an eligible person is otherwise 
     entitled to receive for a period for purposes of paragraph 
     (1)(A) by--
       ``(A) estimating the aggregate amount of retired pay the 
     person would receive for the period, taking into account 
     cost-of-living adjustments under section 1401a of this title 
     projected by the Secretary at the time the person separates 
     from service and would otherwise begin receiving covered 
     retired pay; and
       ``(B) reducing the aggregate amount estimated pursuant to 
     subparagraph (A) by an appropriate percentage determined by 
     the Secretary--
       ``(i) using average personal discount rates (as defined and 
     calculated by the Secretary taking into consideration 
     applicable and reputable studies of personal discount rates 
     for military personnel and past actuarial experience in the 
     calculation of personal discount rates under this paragraph); 
     and
       ``(ii) in accordance with generally accepted actuarial 
     principles and practices.
       ``(3) Timing of election.--An eligible person shall make 
     the election under this subsection not later than 90 days 
     before the date of the retirement of the eligible person from 
     the uniformed services.
       ``(4) Single payment or combination of payments.--An 
     eligible person may elect to receive a lump sum payment under 
     this subsection in a single payment or in a combination of 
     payments.
       ``(5) Commencement of payment.--An eligible person who 
     makes an election under this subsection shall receive the 
     lump sum payment, or the first installment of a combination 
     of payments of the lump sum payment if elected under 
     paragraph (4), as follows:
       ``(A) Not later than 60 days after the date of the 
     retirement of the eligible person from the uniformed 
     services.
       ``(B) In the case of an eligible person who is a member of 
     a reserve component, not later than 60 days after the earlier 
     of--
       ``(i) the date on which the eligible person attains 60 
     years of age; or
       ``(ii) the date on which the eligible person first becomes 
     entitled to covered retired pay.
       ``(6) No subsequent adjustment.--An eligible person who 
     accepts payment of a lump sum under this subsection may not 
     seek the review of or otherwise challenge the amount of the 
     lump sum in light of any variation in cost-of-living 
     adjustments under section 1401a of this title, actuarial 
     assumptions, or other factors used by the Secretary in 
     calculating the amount of the lump sum that occur after the 
     Secretary pays the lump sum.
       ``(c) Resumption of Monthly Annuity.--
       ``(1) General rule.--Subject to paragraph (2), an eligible 
     person who makes an election described in subsection (b)(1) 
     shall be entitled to receive the eligible person's monthly 
     covered retired pay calculated in accordance with paragraph 
     (2) after the eligible person attains the eligible person's 
     retirement age.
       ``(2) Restoration of full retirement amount at retirement 
     age.--The retired pay of an eligible person who makes an 
     election described in subsection (a) shall be recomputed, 
     effective on the first day of the first month beginning after 
     the person attains the eligible person's retirement age, so 
     as to be an amount equal to the amount of covered retired pay 
     to which the eligible person would otherwise be entitled on 
     that date if the annual increases, in the retired pay of the 
     eligible person made to reflect changes in the Consumer Price 
     Index, had been made in accordance with section 1401a of this 
     title.
       ``(d) Payment of Retired Pay to Persons Not Making 
     Election.--An eligible person who does not make the election 
     described in subsection (b)(1) shall be paid the retired pay 
     to which the eligible person is otherwise entitled under the 
     applicable provisions of law referred to in subsection 
     (a)(1).
       ``(e) Regulations.--The Secretary of Defense concerned 
     shall prescribe regulations to carry out the provisions of 
     this section.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 71 of such title is amended by adding at 
     the end the following new item:

``1415. Lump sum payment of certain retired pay.''.
       (3) Payments from department of defense military retirement 
     fund.--Section 1463(a)(1) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking ``or 1414'' and inserting ``, 1414, or 
     1415''.
       (b) Offset of Veterans Pension and Compensation by Amount 
     of Lump Sum Payments.--Section 5304 of title 38, United 
     States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following 
     new subsection:
       ``(d)(1) Other than amounts payable under section 1413a or 
     1414 of title 10, the amount of pension and compensation 
     benefits payable to a person under this title shall be 
     reduced by the amount of any lump sum payment made to such 
     person under section 1415 of title 10.
       ``(2) The Secretary shall collect any reduction under 
     paragraph (1) from amounts otherwise payable to the person 
     under this title, including pension and compensation payable 
     under this title, before any pension and compensation 
     payments under this title may be paid to the person.''.

     SEC. 634. CONTINUATION PAY FOR FULL TSP MEMBERS WITH 12 YEARS 
                   OF SERVICE.

       (a) Continuation Pay.--Subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 
     37, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new section:

     ``Sec. 356. Continuation pay: full TSP members with 12 years 
       of service

       ``(a) Continuation Pay.--The Secretary concerned shall make 
     a payment of continuation pay to each full TSP member (as 
     defined in section 8440e(a) of title 5) of the uniformed 
     services under the jurisdiction of the Secretary who--
       ``(1) completes 12 years of service; and
       ``(2) enters into an agreement with the Secretary to serve 
     for an additional 4 years of obligated service.
       ``(b) Amount.--The amount of continuation pay payable to a 
     full TSP member under subsection (a) shall be the amount that 
     is equal to--
       ``(1) in the case of a member of a regular component--
       ``(A) the monthly basic pay of the member at 12 years of 
     service multiplied by 2.5; plus
       ``(B) at the discretion of the Secretary concerned, the 
     monthly basic pay of the member at 12 years of service 
     multiplied by such number of months (not to exceed 13 months) 
     as the Secretary concerned shall specify in the agreement of 
     the member under subsection (a); and
       ``(2) in the case of a member of a reserve component--
       ``(A) the amount of monthly basic pay to which the member 
     would be entitled at 12 years of service if the member were a 
     member of a regular component multiplied by 0.5; plus

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       ``(B) at the discretion of the Secretary concerned, the 
     amount of monthly basic pay described in subparagraph (A) 
     multiplied by such number of months (not to exceed 6 months) 
     as the Secretary concerned shall specify in the agreement of 
     the member under subsection (a).
       ``(c) Additional Discretionary Authority.--In addition to 
     the continuation pay required under subsection (a), the 
     Secretary concerned may provide continuation pay under this 
     subsection to a full TSP member described in subsection (a), 
     and subject to the service agreement referred to in paragraph 
     (2) of such subsection, in an amount determined by the 
     Secretary concerned.
       ``(d) Timing of Payment.--The Secretary concerned shall pay 
     continuation pay under subsection (a) to a full TSP member 
     when the member completes 12 years of service. If the 
     Secretary concerned also provides continuation pay under 
     subsection (c) to the member, that continuation pay shall be 
     provided when the member completes 12 years of service.
       ``(e) Lump Sum or Installments.--A full TSP member may 
     elect to receive continuation pay provided under subsection 
     (a) or (c) in a lump sum or in a series of not more than four 
     payments.
       ``(f) Relationship to Other Pay and Allowances.--
     Continuation pay under this section is in addition to any 
     other pay or allowance to which the full TSP member is 
     entitled.
       ``(g) Repayment.--A full TSP member who receives 
     continuation pay under this section (a) and fails to complete 
     the obligated service required under such subsection shall be 
     subject to the repayment provisions of section 373 of this 
     title.
       ``(h) Regulations.--Each Secretary concerned shall 
     prescribe regulations to carry out this section.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 5 of title 37, United States Code, is 
     amended by adding at the end the following new item:

``356. Continuation pay: full TSP members with 12 years of service.''.

     SEC. 635. EFFECTIVE DATE AND IMPLEMENTATION.

       (a) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this part shall 
     take effect on January 1, 2018.
       (b) Implementation.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretaries concerned, the Director of 
     the Office of Personnel Management, and the Federal 
     Retirement Thrift Investment Board shall each and jointly 
     take appropriate actions to ensure the full and effective 
     implementation of the amendments made by this part in order 
     to ensure that members of the uniformed services will be able 
     to participate in the modernized retirement plan provided by 
     this part commencing on the date specified in subsection (a).
       (2) Implementation plan.--Not later than March 1, 2016, the 
     Secretaries concerned shall submit to the appropriate 
     committees of Congress a report containing a plan to ensure 
     the full and effective commencement and operational 
     implementation of the amendments made by this part in 
     accordance with paragraph (1).
       (c) Additional Technical and Conforming Amendments.--The 
     report required by subsection (b) shall contain a draft of 
     such legislation as may be necessary to make any additional 
     technical and conforming changes to titles 10 and 37, United 
     States Code, and other provisions of law that are required or 
     should be made by reason of the amendments made by this part.
       (d) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' means--
       (A) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Energy and Commerce, the Committee on Natural Resources, the 
     Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the 
     Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House 
     of Representatives; and
       (B) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the Committee on 
     Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on Homeland 
     Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Committee on 
     Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate.
       (2) The term ``Secretary concerned'' has the meaning given 
     that term in section 101 of title 37, United States Code.

                         PART II--OTHER MATTERS

     SEC. 641. DEATH OF FORMER SPOUSE BENEFICIARIES AND SUBSEQUENT 
                   REMARRIAGES UNDER THE SURVIVOR BENEFIT PLAN.

       (a) In General.--Section 1448(b) of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     paragraph:
       ``(7) Effect of death of former spouse beneficiary.--
       ``(A) Termination of participation in plan.--A person who 
     elects to provide an annuity to a former spouse under 
     paragraph (2) or (3) and whose former spouse subsequently 
     dies is no longer a participant in the Plan, effective on the 
     date of death of the former spouse.
       ``(B) Authority for election of new spouse beneficiary.--If 
     a person's participation in the Plan is discontinued by 
     reason of the death of a former spouse beneficiary, the 
     person may elect to resume participation in the Plan and to 
     elect a new spouse beneficiary as follows:
       ``(i) Married on the date of death of former spouse.--A 
     person who is married at the time of the death of the former 
     spouse beneficiary may elect to provide coverage to that 
     person's spouse. Such an election must be received by the 
     Secretary concerned within one year after the date of death 
     of the former spouse beneficiary.
       ``(ii) Marriage after death of former spouse beneficiary.--
     A person who is not married at the time of the death of the 
     former spouse beneficiary and who later marries may elect to 
     provide spouse coverage. Such an election must be received by 
     the Secretary concerned within one year after the date on 
     which that person marries.
       ``(C) Effective date of election.--The effective date of 
     election under this paragraph shall be as follows:
       ``(i) An election under subparagraph (B)(i) is effective as 
     of the first day of the first calendar month following the 
     death of the former spouse beneficiary.
       ``(ii) An election under subparagraph (B)(ii) is effective 
     as of the first day of the first calendar month following the 
     month in which the election is received by the Secretary 
     concerned.
       ``(D) Level of coverage.--A person making an election under 
     subparagraph (B) may not reduce the base amount previously 
     elected.
       ``(E) Procedures.--An election under this paragraph shall 
     be in writing, signed by the participant, and made in such 
     form and manner as the Secretary concerned may prescribe.
       ``(F) Irrevocability.--An election under this paragraph is 
     irrevocable.''.
       (b) Effective Date.--Paragraph (7) of section 1448(b) of 
     title 10, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), 
     shall apply with respect to any person whose former spouse 
     beneficiary dies on or after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act.
       (c) Applicability to Former Spouse Deaths Before 
     Enactment.--
       (1) In general.--A person--
       (A) who before the date of the enactment of this Act had a 
     former spouse beneficiary under the Survivor Benefit Plan who 
     died before that date; and
       (B) who on the date of the enactment of this Act is 
     married,
     may elect to provide spouse coverage for such spouse under 
     the Plan, regardless of whether the person married such 
     spouse before or after the death of the former spouse 
     beneficiary. Any such election may only be made during the 
     one-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of 
     this Act.
       (2) Effective date of election if married at least a year 
     at death former spouse.--If the person providing the annuity 
     was married to the spouse beneficiary for at least one year 
     at the time of the death of the former spouse beneficiary, 
     the effective date of such election shall be the first day of 
     the first month after the death of the former spouse 
     beneficiary.
       (3) Other effective date.--If the person providing the 
     annuity married the spouse beneficiary after (or during the 
     one-year period preceding) the death of the former spouse 
     beneficiary, the effective date of the election shall be the 
     first day of the first month following the first anniversary 
     of the person's marriage to the spouse beneficiary.
       (4) Responsibility for premiums.--A person electing to 
     participate in the Plan under this subsection shall be 
     responsible for payment of all premiums due from the 
     effective date of the election.

   Subtitle E--Commissary and Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality 
                        Benefits and Operations

     SEC. 651. PLAN TO OBTAIN BUDGET-NEUTRALITY FOR THE DEFENSE 
                   COMMISSARY SYSTEM AND THE MILITARY EXCHANGE 
                   SYSTEM.

       (a) In General.--Not later than March 1, 2016, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed 
     Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a 
     report setting forth a comprehensive plan to achieve by 
     October 1, 2018, budget-neutrality in the delivery of 
     commissary and exchange benefits while meeting the benchmarks 
     set forth in subsection (c). In preparing the report, the 
     Secretary shall consider the report required by section 634 
     of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 
     113-291; 128 Stat. 3406) and any other previous reports, 
     studies, and surveys of matters appropriate to the report.
       (b) Report Elements.--The report required by subsection (a) 
     shall include the following:
       (1) A description of any modifications to the commissary 
     and exchange benefit systems the Secretary considers 
     appropriate to obtain budget-neutrality in the delivery of 
     commissary and exchange benefits, including the following:
       (A) The establishment of common business processes, 
     practices, and systems to exploit synergies between the 
     operations of defense commissaries and exchanges and to 
     optimize the operations of the resale system and the benefits 
     provided by the commissaries and exchanges.
       (B) The privatization of the defense commissary system and 
     the military exchange system, in whole or in part.
       (C) Engagement of major commercial grocery retailers or 
     other private sector entities to determine their willingness 
     to provide eligible beneficiaries with discount savings on 
     grocery products and certain household goods.
       (D) The closure of commissaries in locations in close 
     proximity to other commissaries or in locations where 
     commercial alternatives, through major grocery retailers, may 
     be available.
       (2) An analysis of different pricing constructs to improve 
     or enhance the delivery of commissary and exchange benefits.
       (3) A description of the impact of any modifications 
     described pursuant to paragraph (1) on Morale, Welfare and 
     Recreation (MWR) quality-of-life programs.
       (4) Such recommendations for legislative action as the 
     Secretary considers appropriate to achieve by October 1, 
     2018, budget-neutrality in the delivery of commissary and 
     exchange benefits while meeting the benchmarks set forth in 
     subsection (c).
       (c) Benchmarks.--The report required by subsection (a) 
     shall ensure--
       (1) the maintenance of high levels of customer satisfaction 
     in the delivery of commissary and exchange benefits;

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       (2) the provision of high quality products; and
       (3) the sustainment of discount savings to eligible 
     beneficiaries.
       (d) Comptroller General Assessment of Plan.--Not later than 
     120 days after the submittal of the report required by 
     subsection (a), the Comptroller General of the United States 
     shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the 
     Senate and the House of Representatives a report setting 
     forth an assessment by the Comptroller General of the plan to 
     achieve budget-neutrality in the delivery of commissary and 
     exchange benefits while meeting the benchmarks set forth in 
     subsection (c) as set forth in the report required by 
     subsection (a).
       (e) Pilot Programs.--
       (1) Programs authorized.--After the reports required by 
     subsections (a) and (d) have been submitted as described in 
     such subsections, the Secretary may, notwithstanding any 
     requirement in chapter 147 of title 10, United States Code, 
     conduct one or more pilot programs to evaluate the 
     feasibility and advisability of processes and methods for 
     achieving budget-neutrality in the delivery of commissary and 
     exchange benefits and other applicable benchmarks in 
     accordance with this section. The Secretary may authorize any 
     commissary or exchange, or private sector entity, 
     participating in any such pilot program to establish 
     appropriate prices in response to market conditions and 
     customer demand, provided that the level of savings required 
     by paragraph (3) is maintained.
       (2) Benchmarks.--If the Secretary conducts a pilot program 
     under this subsection, the Secretary shall establish 
     specific, measurable benchmarks for measuring success in the 
     provision of high quality grocery goods and products, 
     discount savings to patrons, and high levels of customer 
     satisfaction while achieving budget-neutrality in the 
     delivery of commissary and exchange benefits under the pilot 
     program.
       (3) Required savings to patrons.--The Secretary shall 
     ensure that the level of savings to commissary and exchange 
     patrons under any pilot program under this subsection is not 
     less than the level of savings to such patrons before the 
     implementation of such pilot program, as follows:
       (A) Before commencing a pilot program the Secretary shall 
     establish a baseline of savings to patrons achieved for each 
     commissary or exchange to participate in such pilot program 
     by comparing prices charged by such commissary or exchange 
     for a representative market basket of goods to prices charged 
     by local competitors for the same market basket of goods.
       (B) After commencement of such pilot program, the Secretary 
     shall ensure that each commissary or exchange, or private 
     sector entity, participating in such pilot program conducts 
     market-basket price comparisons not less than once a month 
     and adjusts pricing as necessary to ensure that pricing 
     achieves savings to patrons under such pilot program that are 
     reasonably consistent with the baseline savings for the 
     commissary or exchange established pursuant to subparagraph 
     (A).
       (4) Duration of authority.--The authority of the Secretary 
     to carry out a pilot program under this subsection shall 
     expire on the date that is five years after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act. However, if a pilot program achieves 
     budget-neutrality in the delivery of commissary and exchange 
     benefits and other applicable benchmarks, as measured using 
     the benchmarks required by paragraph (2), the Secretary may 
     continue the pilot program for an additional period of up to 
     five years.
       (5) Reports.--
       (A) Initial reports.--If the Secretary conducts a pilot 
     program under this subsection, the Secretary shall, not later 
     than 30 days before commencing the pilot program, submit to 
     the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House 
     of Representatives a report on the pilot program, including 
     the following:
       (i) A description of the pilot program.
       (ii) The provisions, if any, of chapter 147 of title 10, 
     United States Code, that will be waived in the conduct of the 
     pilot program.
       (B) Final reports.--Not later than 90 days after the date 
     of the completion of any pilot program under this subsection 
     or the date of the commencement of an extension of a pilot 
     program under paragraph (4), the Secretary shall submit to 
     the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House 
     of Representatives a report on the pilot program, including 
     the following:
       (i) A description and assessment of the pilot program.
       (ii) Such recommendations for administrative or legislative 
     action as the Secretary considers appropriate in light of the 
     pilot program.

     SEC. 652. COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES REPORT ON 
                   THE COMMISSARY SURCHARGE, NON-APPROPRIATED 
                   FUND, AND PRIVATELY-FINANCED MAJOR CONSTRUCTION 
                   PROGRAM.

       (a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the 
     United States shall submit to the Committees on Armed 
     Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a 
     report on the Commissary Surcharge, Non-appropriated Fund and 
     Privately-Financed Major Construction Program of the 
     Department of Defense.
       (b) Elements.--The report under subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) An assessment whether the Secretary of Defense has 
     established policies and procedures to ensure the timely 
     submittal to the committees of Congress referred to in 
     subsection (a) of notice on construction projects proposed to 
     be funded through the program referred to in that subsection.
       (2) An assessment whether the Secretaries of the military 
     departments have developed and implemented policies and 
     procedures to comply with the policies and directives of the 
     Department of Defense for the submittal to such committees of 
     Congress of notice on such construction projects.
       (3) An assessment whether the Secretary of Defense has 
     established policies and procedures to notify such committees 
     of Congress when such construction projects have been 
     commenced without notice to Congress.
       (4) An assessment whether construction projects described 
     in paragraph (3) have been completed before submittal of 
     notice to Congress as described in that paragraph and, if so, 
     a list of such projects.

                       Subtitle F--Other Matters

     SEC. 661. IMPROVEMENT OF FINANCIAL LITERACY AND PREPAREDNESS 
                   OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

       (a) Sense of Congress on Financial Literacy and 
     Preparedness of Members.--It is the sense of Congress that--
       (1) the Secretary of Defense should strengthen arrangements 
     with other departments and agencies of the Federal Government 
     and nonprofit organizations in order to improve the financial 
     literacy and preparedness of members of the Armed Forces; and
       (2) the Secretaries of the military departments and the 
     Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces should provide support 
     for the financial literacy and preparedness training carried 
     out under section 992 of title 10, United States Code, as 
     amended by subsections (b), (c), and (d).
       (b) Provision of Financial Literacy and Preparedness 
     Training.--Subsection (a) of section 992 of title 10, United 
     States Code, is amended--
       (1) in the subsection heading, by striking ``Consumer 
     Education'' and inserting ``Financial Literacy Training'';
       (2) in paragraph (1), by striking ``education'' in the 
     matter preceding subparagraph (A) and inserting ``financial 
     literacy training'';
       (3) by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following 
     new paragraph:
       ``(2) Training under this subsection shall be provided to a 
     member of the armed forces--
       ``(A) as a component of the initial entry training of the 
     member;
       ``(B) upon arrival at the first duty station of the member;
       ``(C) upon arrival at each subsequent duty station, in the 
     case of a member in pay grade E-4 or below or in pay grade O-
     3 or below;
       ``(D) on the date of promotion of the member, in the case 
     of a member in pay grade E-5 or below or in pay grade O-4 or 
     below;
       ``(E) when the member vests in the Thrift Savings Plan 
     (TSP) under section 8432(g)(2)(C) of title 5;
       ``(F) when the member becomes entitled to receive 
     continuation pay under section 356 of title 37, at which time 
     the training shall include, at a minimum, information on 
     options available to the member regarding the use of 
     continuation pay;
       ``(G) at each major life event during the service of the 
     member, such as--
       ``(i) marriage;
       ``(ii) divorce;
       ``(iii) birth of first child; or
       ``(iv) disabling sickness or condition;
       ``(H) during leadership training;
       ``(I) during pre-deployment training and during post-
     deployment training;
       ``(J) at transition points in the service of the member, 
     such as--
       ``(i) transition from a regular component to a reserve 
     component;
       ``(ii) separation from service; or
       ``(iii) retirement; and
       ``(K) as a component of periodically recurring required 
     training that is provided to the member at a military 
     installation.'';
       (4) in paragraph (3), by striking ``paragraph (2)(B)'' and 
     inserting ``paragraph (2)(J)''; and
       (5) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(4) The Secretary concerned shall prescribe regulations 
     setting forth any other events and circumstances (in addition 
     to the events and circumstances described in paragraph (2)) 
     upon which the training required by this subsection shall be 
     provided.''.
       (c) Survey of Members' Financial Literacy and 
     Preparedness.--Such section is further amended--
       (1) by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (e); and
       (2) by inserting after subsection (c) the following new 
     subsection (d):
       ``(d) Financial Literacy and Preparedness Survey.--(1) The 
     Director of the Defense Manpower Data Center shall annually 
     include in the status of forces survey a survey of the status 
     of the financial literacy and preparedness of members of the 
     armed forces.
       ``(2) The results of the annual financial literacy and 
     preparedness survey--
       ``(A) shall be used by each of the Secretaries concerned as 
     a benchmark to evaluate and update training provided under 
     this section; and
       ``(B) shall be submitted to the Committees on Armed 
     Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives.''.
       (d) Financial Services Defined.--Subsection (e) of such 
     section, as redesignated by subsection (c)(1) of this 
     section, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     paragraph:
       ``(4) Health insurance, budget management, Thrift Savings 
     Plan (TSP), retirement lump sum payments (including rollover 
     options and tax consequences), and Survivor Benefit Plan 
     (SBP).''.
       (e) Clerical Amendments.--
       (1) Section heading .--The heading of such section is 
     amended to read as follows:

     ``Sec. 992. Financial literacy training: financial 
       services''.

       (2) Table of sections.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 50 of such title is amended by striking 
     the item related to section 992 and inserting the following 
     new item:


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``992. Financial literacy training: financial services.''.
       (f) Implementations.--Not later than six months after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the 
     military department concerned and the Secretary of the 
     Department in which the Coast Guard is operating shall 
     commence providing financial literacy training under section 
     992 of title 10, United States Code, as amended by 
     subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section, to members of 
     the Armed Forces.

     SEC. 662. RECORDATION OF OBLIGATIONS FOR INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS 
                   OF INCENTIVE PAYS, ALLOWANCES, AND SIMILAR 
                   BENEFITS WHEN PAYMENT IS DUE.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 19 of title 37, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     section:

     ``Sec. 1015. Recordation of installment payment obligations 
       for incentive pays and similar benefits

       ``(a) In General.--In the case of any pay, allowance, 
     bonus, or other benefit described in subsection (b) that is 
     paid to a member of the uniformed services on an installment 
     basis, each installment payment shall be charged to 
     appropriations that are available for obligation at the time 
     such payment is payable.
       ``(b) Covered Pay and Benefits.--Subsection (a) applies to 
     any incentive pay, special pay, or bonus, or similar periodic 
     payment of pay or allowances, or of educational benefits or 
     stipends, that is paid to a member of the uniformed services 
     under this title or title 10.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 19 of such title is amended by adding at 
     the end the following new item:

``1015. Recordation of installment payment obligations for incentive 
              pays and similar benefits.''.

                   TITLE VII--HEALTH CARE PROVISIONS

           Subtitle A--TRICARE and Other Health Care Benefits

Sec. 701. Access to TRICARE Prime for certain beneficiaries.
Sec. 702. Modifications of cost-sharing for the TRICARE pharmacy 
              benefits program.
Sec. 703. Expansion of continued health benefits coverage to include 
              discharged and released members of the Selected Reserve.
Sec. 704. Access to health care under the TRICARE program for 
              beneficiaries of TRICARE Prime.
Sec. 705. Expansion of reimbursement for smoking cessation services for 
              certain TRICARE beneficiaries.

                 Subtitle B--Health Care Administration

Sec. 711. Waiver of recoupment of erroneous payments caused by 
              administrative error under the TRICARE program.
Sec. 712. Publication of data on patient safety, quality of care, 
              satisfaction, and health outcome measures under the 
              TRICARE program.
Sec. 713. Expansion of evaluation of effectiveness of the TRICARE 
              program to include information on patient safety, quality 
              of care, and access to care at military medical treatment 
              facilities.
Sec. 714. Portability of health plans under the TRICARE program.
Sec. 715. Joint uniform formulary for transition of care.
Sec. 716. Licensure of mental health professionals in TRICARE program.
Sec. 717. Designation of certain non-Department mental health care 
              providers with knowledge relating to treatment of members 
              of the Armed Forces.
Sec. 718. Comprehensive standards and access to contraception 
              counseling for members of the Armed Forces.

                 Subtitle C--Reports and Other Matters

Sec. 721. Provision of transportation of dependent patients relating to 
              obstetrical anesthesia services.
Sec. 722. Extension of authority for DOD-VA Health Care Sharing 
              Incentive Fund.
Sec. 723. Extension of authority for joint Department of Defense-
              Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility 
              Demonstration Fund.
Sec. 724. Limitation on availability of funds for Office of the 
              Secretary of Defense.
Sec. 725. Pilot program on urgent care under TRICARE program.
Sec. 726. Pilot program on incentive programs to improve health care 
              provided under the TRICARE program.
Sec. 727. Limitation on availability of funds for Department of Defense 
              Healthcare Management Systems Modernization.
Sec. 728. Submittal of information to Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
              relating to exposure to airborne hazards and open burn 
              pits.
Sec. 729. Plan for development of procedures to measure data on mental 
              health care provided by the Department of Defense.
Sec. 730. Report on plans to improve experience with and eliminate 
              performance variability of health care provided by the 
              Department of Defense.
Sec. 731. Comptroller General study on gambling and problem gambling 
              behavior among members of the Armed Forces.

           Subtitle A--TRICARE and Other Health Care Benefits

     SEC. 701. ACCESS TO TRICARE PRIME FOR CERTAIN BENEFICIARIES.

       Section 732(c)(3) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2013 (10 U.S.C. 1097a note) is amended to 
     read as follows:
       ``(3) Residence at time of election.--
       ``(A) Except as provided by subparagraph (B), an affected 
     eligible beneficiary may not make the one-time election under 
     paragraph (1) if, at the time of such election, the 
     beneficiary does not reside--
       ``(i) in a ZIP code that is in a region described in 
     subsection (d)(1)(B); and
       ``(ii) within 100 miles of a military medical treatment 
     facility.
       ``(B) Subparagraph (A)(ii) shall not apply with respect to 
     an affected eligible beneficiary who--
       ``(i) as of December 25, 2013, resides farther than 100 
     miles from a military medical treatment facility; and
       ``(ii) is such an eligible beneficiary by reason of service 
     in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps.''.

     SEC. 702. MODIFICATIONS OF COST-SHARING FOR THE TRICARE 
                   PHARMACY BENEFITS PROGRAM.

       (a) Modification of Cost-sharing Amounts.--Subparagraph (A) 
     of section 1074g(a)(6) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) in clause (i)--
       (A) in subclause (I), by striking ``$8'' and inserting 
     ``$10''; and
       (B) in subclause (II), by striking ``$20'' and inserting 
     ``$24''; and
       (2) in clause (ii)--
       (A) in subclause (II), by striking ``$16'' and inserting 
     ``$20''; and
       (B) in subclause (III), by striking ``$46'' and inserting 
     ``$49''.
       (b) Modification of COLA Increase.--Subparagraph (C) of 
     such section is amended--
       (1) in clause (i), by striking ``Beginning October 1, 
     2013,'' and inserting ``Beginning October 1, 2016,''; and
       (2) by striking clause (ii) and inserting the following new 
     clause (ii):
       ``(ii) The amount of the increase otherwise provided for a 
     year by clause (i) shall be computed as follows:
       ``(I) If the amount of the increase is equal to or greater 
     than 50 cents, the amount of the increase shall be rounded to 
     the nearest multiple of $1.
       ``(II) If the amount of the increase is less than 50 cents, 
     the increase shall not be made for such year, but shall be 
     carried over to, and accumulated with, the amount of the 
     increase for the subsequent year or years and made when the 
     aggregate amount of increases under this clause for a year is 
     equal to or greater than 50 cents.''.

     SEC. 703. EXPANSION OF CONTINUED HEALTH BENEFITS COVERAGE TO 
                   INCLUDE DISCHARGED AND RELEASED MEMBERS OF THE 
                   SELECTED RESERVE.

       (a) In General.--Subsection (b) of section 1078a of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (4) as 
     paragraphs (3) through (5), respectively; and
       (2) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following new 
     paragraph (2):
       ``(2) A member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve 
     of a reserve component of the armed forces who--
       ``(A) is discharged or released from service in the 
     Selected Reserve, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, under 
     other than adverse conditions, as characterized by the 
     Secretary concerned;
       ``(B) immediately preceding that discharge or release, is 
     enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select; and
       ``(C) after that discharge or release, would not otherwise 
     be eligible for any benefits under this chapter.''.
       (b) Notification of Eligibility.--Subsection (c)(2) of such 
     section is amended by inserting ``or subsection (b)(2)'' 
     after ``subsection (b)(1)''.
       (c) Election of Coverage.--Subsection (d) of such section 
     is amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (4) as 
     paragraphs (3) through (5), respectively; and
       (2) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following new 
     paragraph (2):
       ``(2) In the case of a member described in subsection 
     (b)(2), the written election shall be submitted to the 
     Secretary concerned before the end of the 60-day period 
     beginning on the later of--
       ``(A) the date of the discharge or release of the member 
     from service in the Selected Reserve; and
       ``(B) the date the member receives the notification 
     required pursuant to subsection (c).''.
       (d) Coverage of Dependents.--Subsection (e) of such section 
     is amended by inserting ``or subsection (b)(2)'' after 
     ``subsection (b)(1)''.
       (e) Period of Continued Coverage.--Subsection (g)(1) of 
     such section is amended--
       (1) by redesignating subparagraphs (B) through (D) as 
     subparagraphs (C) through (E); and
       (2) by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following new 
     subparagraph (B):
       ``(B) in the case of a member described in subsection 
     (b)(2), the date which is 18 months after the date the member 
     ceases to be eligible to enroll in TRICARE Reserve Select;''.
       (f) TRICARE Reserve Select Defined.--Such section is 
     further amended by adding at the end the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(h) TRICARE Reserve Select Defined.--In this section, the 
     term `TRICARE Reserve Select' means TRICARE Standard coverage 
     provided under section 1076d of this title.''.
       (g) Conforming Amendments.--Such section is further 
     amended--
       (1) in subsection (c)--
       (A) in paragraph (3), by striking ``subsection (b)(2)'' and 
     inserting ``subsection (b)(3)''; and
       (B) in paragraph (4), by striking ``subsection (b)(3)'' and 
     inserting ``subsection (b)(4)'';

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       (2) in subsection (d)--
       (A) in paragraph (3), as redesignated by subsection (c)(1), 
     by striking ``subsection (b)(2)'' and inserting ``subsection 
     (b)(3)'';
       (B) in paragraph (4), as so redesignated, by striking 
     ``subsection (b)(3)'' and inserting ``subsection (b)(4)''; 
     and
       (C) in paragraph (5), as so redesignated, by striking 
     ``subsection (b)(4)'' and inserting ``subsection (b)(5)'';
       (3) in subsection (e), by striking ``subsection (b)(2) or 
     subsection (b)(3)'' and inserting ``subsection (b)(3) or 
     subsection (b)(4)''; and
       (4) in subsection (g)--
       (A) in paragraph (1)--
       (i) in subparagraph (C), as redesignated by subsection 
     (e)(1), by striking ``subsection (b)(2)'' and inserting 
     ``subsection (b)(3)'';
       (ii) in subparagraph (D), as so redesignated, by striking 
     ``subsection (b)(3)'' and inserting ``subsection (b)(4)''; 
     and
       (iii) in subparagraph (E), as so redesignated, by striking 
     ``subsection (b)(4)'' and inserting ``subsection (b)(5)'';
       (B) in paragraph (2)--
       (i) by striking ``paragraph (1)(B)'' and inserting 
     ``paragraph (1)(C)''; and
       (ii) by striking ``subsection (b)(2)'' and inserting 
     ``subsection (b)(3)''; and
       (C) in paragraph (3)--
       (i) by striking ``paragraph (1)(C)'' and inserting 
     ``paragraph (1)(D)''; and
       (ii) by striking ``subsection (b)(3)'' and inserting 
     ``subsection (b)(4)''.

     SEC. 704. ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE UNDER THE TRICARE PROGRAM FOR 
                   BENEFICIARIES OF TRICARE PRIME.

       (a) Access to Health Care.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     ensure that beneficiaries under TRICARE Prime who are seeking 
     an appointment for health care under TRICARE Prime shall 
     obtain such an appointment within the health care access 
     standards established under subsection (b), including through 
     the use of health care providers in the preferred provider 
     network of TRICARE Prime.
       (b) Standards for Access to Care.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish 
     health care access standards for the receipt of health care 
     under TRICARE Prime, whether received at military medical 
     treatment facilities or from health care providers in the 
     preferred provider network of TRICARE Prime.
       (2) Categories of care.--The health care access standards 
     established under paragraph (1) shall include standards with 
     respect to the following categories of health care:
       (A) Primary care, including pediatric care, maternity care, 
     gynecological care, and other subcategories of primary care.
       (B) Specialty care, including behavioral health care and 
     other subcategories of specialty care.
       (3) Modifications.--The Secretary may modify the health 
     care access standards established under paragraph (1) 
     whenever the Secretary considers the modification of such 
     standards appropriate.
       (4) Publication.--The Secretary shall publish the health 
     care access standards established under paragraph (1), and 
     any modifications to such standards, in the Federal Register 
     and on a publicly accessible Internet website of the 
     Department of Defense.
       (c) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) TRICARE prime.--The term ``TRICARE Prime'' means the 
     managed care option of the TRICARE program.
       (2) TRICARE program.--The term ``TRICARE program'' has the 
     meaning given that term in section 1072(7) of title 10, 
     United States Code.

     SEC. 705. EXPANSION OF REIMBURSEMENT FOR SMOKING CESSATION 
                   SERVICES FOR CERTAIN TRICARE BENEFICIARIES.

       Section 713(f) of the Duncan Hunter National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417; 
     122 Stat. 4503; 10 U.S.C. 1074 note) is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1)(A), by striking ``during fiscal year 
     2009'';
       (2) in paragraph (1)(B), by striking ``during such fiscal 
     year''; and
       (3) in paragraph (2), by striking ``during fiscal year 
     2009'' and inserting ``after September 30, 2008''.

                 Subtitle B--Health Care Administration

     SEC. 711. WAIVER OF RECOUPMENT OF ERRONEOUS PAYMENTS CAUSED 
                   BY ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR UNDER THE TRICARE 
                   PROGRAM.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 55 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by inserting after section 1095f the 
     following new section:

     ``Sec. 1095g. TRICARE program: waiver of recoupment of 
       erroneous payments caused by administrative error

       ``(a) Waiver of Recoupment.--The Secretary of Defense may 
     waive recoupment from an individual who has benefitted from 
     an erroneous TRICARE payment in a case in which each of the 
     following applies:
       ``(1) The payment was made because of an administrative 
     error by an employee of the Department of Defense or a 
     contractor under the TRICARE program.
       ``(2) The individual (or in the case of a minor, the parent 
     or guardian of the individual) had a good faith, reasonable 
     belief that the individual was entitled to the benefit of 
     such payment under this chapter.
       ``(3) The individual relied on the expectation of such 
     entitlement.
       ``(4) The Secretary determines that a waiver of recoupment 
     of such payment is necessary to prevent an injustice.
       ``(b) Responsibility of Contractor.--In any case in which 
     the Secretary waives recoupment under subsection (a) and the 
     administrative error was on the part of a contractor under 
     the TRICARE program, the Secretary shall, consistent with the 
     requirements and procedures of the applicable contract, 
     impose financial responsibility on the contractor for the 
     erroneous payment.
       ``(c) Finality of Determinations.--Any determination by the 
     Secretary under this section to waive or decline to waive 
     recoupment under subsection (a) is a final determination and 
     shall not be subject to appeal or judicial review.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 55 of such title is amended by inserting 
     after the item relating to section 1095f the following new 
     item:

``1095g. TRICARE program: waiver of recoupment of erroneous payments 
              caused by administrative error.''.

     SEC. 712. PUBLICATION OF DATA ON PATIENT SAFETY, QUALITY OF 
                   CARE, SATISFACTION, AND HEALTH OUTCOME MEASURES 
                   UNDER THE TRICARE PROGRAM.

       Section 1073b of title 10, United States Code, is amended 
     by adding at the end the following:
       ``(c) Publication of Data on Patient Safety, Quality of 
     Care, Satisfaction, and Health Outcome Measures.--(1) Not 
     later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall publish on a publically available 
     Internet website of the Department of Defense data on all 
     measures that the Secretary considers appropriate that are 
     used by the Department to assess patient safety, quality of 
     care, patient satisfaction, and health outcomes for health 
     care provided under the TRICARE program at each military 
     medical treatment facility.
       ``(2) The Secretary shall publish an update to the data 
     published under paragraph (1) not less frequently than once 
     each quarter during each fiscal year.
       ``(3) The Secretary may not include data relating to risk 
     management activities of the Department in any publication 
     under paragraph (1) or update under paragraph (2).
       ``(4) The Secretary shall ensure that the data published 
     under paragraph (1) and updated under paragraph (2) is 
     accessible to the public through the primary Internet website 
     of the Department and the primary Internet website of the 
     military medical treatment facility with respect to which 
     such data applies.''.

     SEC. 713. EXPANSION OF EVALUATION OF EFFECTIVENESS OF THE 
                   TRICARE PROGRAM TO INCLUDE INFORMATION ON 
                   PATIENT SAFETY, QUALITY OF CARE, AND ACCESS TO 
                   CARE AT MILITARY MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITIES.

       Section 717(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 1996 (Public Law 104-106; 10 U.S.C. 1073 
     note)) is amended--
       (1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), in the second 
     sentence, by striking ``address'';
       (2) in paragraph (1)--
       (A) by inserting ``address'' before ``the impact of''; and
       (B) by striking ``; and'' and inserting a semicolon;
       (3) in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and 
     inserting ``; and''; and
       (4) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(3) address patient safety, quality of care, and access 
     to care at military medical treatment facilities, including--
       ``(A) an identification of the number of practitioners 
     providing health care in military medical treatment 
     facilities that were reported to the National Practitioner 
     Data Bank during the year preceding the evaluation; and
       ``(B) with respect to each military medical treatment 
     facility, an assessment of--
       ``(i) the current accreditation status of such facility, 
     including any recommendations for corrective action made by 
     the relevant accrediting body;
       ``(ii) any policies or procedures implemented during such 
     year by the Secretary of the military department concerned 
     that were designed to improve patient safety, quality of 
     care, and access to care at such facility;
       ``(iii) data on surgical and maternity care outcomes during 
     such year;
       ``(iv) data on appointment wait times during such year; and
       ``(v) data on patient safety, quality of care, and access 
     to care as compared to standards established by the 
     Department of Defense with respect to patient safety, quality 
     of care, and access to care.''.

     SEC. 714. PORTABILITY OF HEALTH PLANS UNDER THE TRICARE 
                   PROGRAM.

       (a) Health Plan Portability.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that 
     covered beneficiaries under the TRICARE program who are 
     covered under a health plan under such program are able to 
     seamlessly access health care under such health plan in each 
     TRICARE program region.
       (2) Regulations.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall prescribe 
     regulations to carry out paragraph (1).
       (b) Mechanisms To Ensure Portability.--In carrying out 
     subsection (a), the Secretary shall--
       (1) establish a process for electronic notification of 
     contractors responsible for administering the TRICARE program 
     in each TRICARE region when any covered beneficiary intends 
     to relocate between such regions;
       (2) provide for the automatic electronic transfer between 
     such contractors of information relating to covered 
     beneficiaries who are relocating between such regions, 
     including demographic, enrollment, and claims information; 
     and
       (3) ensure each such covered beneficiary is able to obtain 
     a new primary health care provider within ten days of--

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       (A) arriving at the location to which the covered 
     beneficiary has relocated; and
       (B) initiating a request for a new primary health care 
     provider.
       (c) Publication.--The Secretary shall--
       (1) publish information on any modifications made pursuant 
     to subsection (a) with respect to the ability of covered 
     beneficiaries under the TRICARE program who are covered under 
     a health plan under such program to access health care in 
     each TRICARE region on the primary Internet website of the 
     Department that is available to the public; and
       (2) ensure that such information is made available on the 
     primary Internet website that is available to the public of 
     each current contractor responsible for administering the 
     TRICARE program.
       (d) Definitions.--In this section, the terms ``covered 
     beneficiary'' and ``TRICARE program'' have the meaning given 
     such terms in section 1072 of title 10, United States Code.

     SEC. 715. JOINT UNIFORM FORMULARY FOR TRANSITION OF CARE.

       (a) Joint Formulary.--Not later than June 1, 2016, the 
     Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
     shall jointly establish a joint uniform formulary for the 
     Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense 
     with respect to pharmaceutical agents that are critical for 
     the transition of an individual from receiving treatment 
     furnished by the Secretary of Defense to treatment furnished 
     by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
       (b) Selection.--The Secretaries shall select for inclusion 
     on the joint uniform formulary established under subsection 
     (a) pharmaceutical agents relating to--
       (1) the control of pain, sleep disorders, and psychiatric 
     conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder; and
       (2) any other conditions determined appropriate by the 
     Secretaries.
       (c) Report.--Not later than July 1, 2016, the Secretaries 
     shall jointly submit to the appropriate congressional 
     committees a report on the joint uniform formulary 
     established under subsection (a), including a list of the 
     pharmaceutical agents selected for inclusion on the 
     formulary.
       (d) Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be 
     construed to prohibit the Secretary of Defense and the 
     Secretary of Veterans Affairs from each maintaining the 
     respective uniform formularies of the Department of the 
     Secretary.
       (e) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``appropriate congressional committees'' 
     means--
       (A) the congressional defense committees; and
       (B) the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the House of 
     Representatives and the Senate.
       (2) The term ``pharmaceutical agent'' has the meaning given 
     that term in section 1074g(g) of title 10, United States 
     Code.
       (f) Conforming Amendment.--Section 1074g(a)(2)(A) of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new sentence: ``With respect to members of the 
     uniformed services, such uniform formulary shall include 
     pharmaceutical agents on the joint uniform formulary 
     established under section 715 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.''.

     SEC. 716. LICENSURE OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN TRICARE 
                   PROGRAM.

       (a) Qualifications for TRICARE Certified Mental Health 
     Counselors During Transition Period.--During the period 
     preceding January 1, 2021, for purposes of determining 
     whether a mental health care professional is eligible for 
     reimbursement under the TRICARE program as a TRICARE 
     certified mental health counselor, an individual who holds a 
     masters degree or doctoral degree in counseling from a 
     program that is accredited by a covered institution shall be 
     treated as holding such degree from a mental health 
     counseling program or clinical mental health counseling 
     program that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation 
     of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
       (b) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``covered institution'' means any of the 
     following:
       (A) The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior 
     Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC-
     WASC).
       (B) The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
       (C) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education 
     (MSCHE).
       (D) The New England Association of Schools and Colleges 
     Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE).
       (E) The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) 
     Commission on Colleges.
       (F) The WASC Senior College and University Commission 
     (WASC-SCUC).
       (G) The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools 
     (ABHES).
       (H) The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and 
     Colleges (ACCSC).
       (I) The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and 
     Schools (ACICS).
       (J) The Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC).
       (2) The term ``TRICARE program'' has the meaning given that 
     term in section 1072 of title 10, United States Code.

     SEC. 717. DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN NON-DEPARTMENT MENTAL HEALTH 
                   CARE PROVIDERS WITH KNOWLEDGE RELATING TO 
                   TREATMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

       (a) Mental Health Provider Readiness Designation.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than one year after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     develop a system by which any non-Department mental health 
     care provider that meets eligibility criteria established by 
     the Secretary relating to the knowledge described in 
     paragraph (2) receives a mental health provider readiness 
     designation from the Department of Defense.
       (2) Knowledge described.--The knowledge described in this 
     paragraph is the following:
       (A) Knowledge and understanding with respect to the culture 
     of members of the Armed Forces and family members and 
     caregivers of members of the Armed Forces.
       (B) Knowledge with respect to evidence-based treatments 
     that have been approved by the Department for the treatment 
     of mental health issues among members of the Armed Forces.
       (b) Availability of Information on Designation.--
       (1) Registry.--The Secretary of Defense shall establish and 
     update as necessary a publically available registry of all 
     non-Department mental health care providers that are 
     currently designated under subsection (a)(1).
       (2) Provider list.--The Secretary shall update all lists 
     maintained by the Secretary of non-Department mental health 
     care providers that provide mental health care under the laws 
     administered by the Secretary by indicating the providers 
     that are currently designated under subsection (a)(1).
       (c) Non-Department Mental Health Care Provider Defined.--In 
     this section, the term ``non-Department mental health care 
     provider''--
       (1) means a health care provider who--
       (A) specializes in mental health;
       (B) is not a health care provider of the Department of 
     Defense at a facility of the Department; and
       (C) provides health care to members of the Armed Forces; 
     and
       (2) includes psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric 
     nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, marriage 
     and family therapists, and other mental health care providers 
     designated by the Secretary of Defense.

     SEC. 718. COMPREHENSIVE STANDARDS AND ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTION 
                   COUNSELING FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

       (a) Clinical Practice Guidelines.--
       (1) Establishment.--Not later than one year after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     establish clinical practice guidelines for health care 
     providers employed by the Department of Defense on standards 
     of care with respect to methods of contraception and 
     counseling on methods of contraception for members of the 
     Armed Forces.
       (2) Updates.--The Secretary shall from time to time update 
     the clinical practice guidelines established under paragraph 
     (1) to incorporate into such guidelines new or updated 
     standards of care with respect to methods of contraception 
     and counseling on methods of contraception.
       (b) Dissemination.--
       (1) Initial dissemination.--As soon as practicable, but 
     commencing not later than one year after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall provide for rapid 
     dissemination of the clinical practice guidelines to health 
     care providers described in subsection (a)(1).
       (2) Dissemination of updates.--As soon as practicable after 
     each update to the clinical practice guidelines made by the 
     Secretary pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection (a), the 
     Secretary shall provide for the rapid dissemination of such 
     updated clinical practice guidelines to health care providers 
     described in paragraph (1) of such subsection.
       (3) Protocols.--The Secretary shall disseminate the 
     clinical practice guidelines under paragraph (1) and any 
     updates to such guidelines under paragraph (2) in accordance 
     with administrative protocols developed by the Secretary for 
     such purpose.
       (c) Access to Contraception Counseling.--As soon as 
     practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act, the 
     Secretary shall ensure that women members of the Armed Forces 
     have access to comprehensive counseling on the full range of 
     methods of contraception provided by health care providers 
     described in subsection (a)(1) during health care visits, 
     including visits as follows:
       (1) During predeployment health care visits, including 
     counseling that provides specific information women need 
     regarding the interaction between anticipated deployment 
     conditions and various methods of contraception.
       (2) During health care visits during deployment.
       (3) During annual physical examinations.

                 Subtitle C--Reports and Other Matters

     SEC. 721. PROVISION OF TRANSPORTATION OF DEPENDENT PATIENTS 
                   RELATING TO OBSTETRICAL ANESTHESIA SERVICES.

       Section 1040(a)(2) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking subparagraph (F).

     SEC. 722. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY FOR DOD-VA HEALTH CARE 
                   SHARING INCENTIVE FUND.

       Section 8111(d)(3) of title 38, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking ``September 30, 2015'' and inserting 
     ``September 30, 2020''.

     SEC. 723. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY FOR JOINT DEPARTMENT OF 
                   DEFENSE-DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL 
                   FACILITY DEMONSTRATION FUND.

       Section 1704(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 123 Stat. 2573), as 
     amended by section 722 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. 
     ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291), is further amended by 
     striking ``September 30, 2016'' and inserting ``September 30, 
     2017''.

     SEC. 724. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR OFFICE OF 
                   THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.

       Of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or 
     otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 for the Office 
     of the Secretary of Defense, not more than 75 percent may be 
     obligated or expended until the date on which the Secretary 
     of Defense submits to the congressional defense committees 
     the report required by

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     section 713(a)(2) of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' 
     McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3414).

     SEC. 725. PILOT PROGRAM ON URGENT CARE UNDER TRICARE PROGRAM.

       (a) Pilot Program.--
       (1) In general.--Commencing not later than 180 days after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall carry out a pilot program to allow a covered 
     beneficiary under the TRICARE program access to urgent care 
     visits without the need for preauthorization for such visits.
       (2) Duration.--The Secretary shall carry out the pilot 
     program for a period of three years.
       (3) Incorporation of nurse advice line.--The Secretary 
     shall incorporate the nurse advise line of the Department 
     into the pilot program to direct covered beneficiaries 
     seeking access to care to the source of the most appropriate 
     level of health care required to treat the medical conditions 
     of the beneficiaries, including urgent care under the pilot 
     program.
       (b) Publication.--The Secretary shall--
       (1) publish information on the pilot program under 
     subsection (a) for the receipt of urgent care under the 
     TRICARE program--
       (A) on the primary publically available Internet website of 
     the Department; and
       (B) on the primary publically available Internet website of 
     each military medical treatment facility; and
       (2) ensure that such information is made available on the 
     primary publically available Internet website of each current 
     managed care contractor that has established a health care 
     provider network under the TRICARE program.
       (c) Reports.--
       (1) First report.--
       (A) In general.--Not later than one year after the date on 
     which the pilot program under subsection (a) commences, the 
     Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of 
     the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on the 
     pilot program.
       (B) Elements.--The report under subparagraph (1) shall 
     include the following:
       (i) An analysis of urgent care use by covered beneficiaries 
     in military medical treatment facilities and the TRICARE 
     purchased care provider network.
       (ii) A comparison of urgent care use by covered 
     beneficiaries to the use by covered beneficiaries of 
     emergency departments in military medical treatment 
     facilities and the TRICARE purchased care provider network, 
     including an analysis of whether the pilot program decreases 
     the inappropriate use of medical care in emergency 
     departments.
       (iii) A determination of the extent to which the nurse 
     advice line of the Department affected both urgent care and 
     emergency department use by covered beneficiaries in military 
     medical treatment facilities and the TRICARE purchased care 
     provider network.
       (iv) An analysis of any cost savings to the Department 
     realized through the pilot program.
       (v) A determination of the optimum number of urgent care 
     visits available to covered beneficiaries without 
     preauthorization.
       (vi) An analysis of the satisfaction of covered 
     beneficiaries with the pilot program.
       (2) Second report.--Not later than two years after the date 
     on which the pilot program commences, the Secretary shall 
     submit to the committees specified in paragraph (1)(A) an 
     update to the report required by such paragraph, including 
     any recommendations of the Secretary with respect to 
     extending or making permanent the pilot program and a 
     description of any related legislative actions that the 
     Secretary considers appropriate.
       (3) Final report.--Not later than 180 days after the date 
     on which the pilot program is completed, the Secretary shall 
     submit to the committees specified in paragraph (1)(A) a 
     final report on the pilot program that updates the report 
     required by paragraph (2).
       (d) Definitions.--In this section, the terms ``covered 
     beneficiary'' and ``TRICARE program'' have the meaning given 
     such terms in section 1072 of title 10, United States Code.

     SEC. 726. PILOT PROGRAM ON INCENTIVE PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE 
                   HEALTH CARE PROVIDED UNDER THE TRICARE PROGRAM.

       (a) Pilot Program.--Not later than 180 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     commence the conduct of a pilot program under section 1092 of 
     title 10, United States Code, to assess whether a reduction 
     in the rate of increase in health care spending by the 
     Department of Defense and an enhancement of the operation of 
     the military health system may be achieved by developing and 
     implementing value-based incentive programs to encourage 
     health care providers under the TRICARE program (including 
     physicians, hospitals, and others involved in providing 
     health care to patients) to improve the following:
       (1) The quality of health care provided to covered 
     beneficiaries under the TRICARE program.
       (2) The experience of covered beneficiaries in receiving 
     health care under the TRICARE program.
       (3) The health of covered beneficiaries.
       (b) Incentive Programs.--
       (1) Development.--In developing an incentive program under 
     this section, the Secretary shall--
       (A) consider the characteristics of the population of 
     covered beneficiaries affected by the incentive program;
       (B) consider how the incentive program would impact the 
     receipt of health care under the TRICARE program by such 
     covered beneficiaries;
       (C) establish or maintain an assurance that such covered 
     beneficiaries will have timely access to health care during 
     operation of the incentive program;
       (D) ensure that there are no additional financial costs to 
     such covered beneficiaries of implementing the incentive 
     program; and
       (E) consider such other factors as the Secretary considers 
     appropriate.
       (2) Elements.--With respect to an incentive program 
     developed and implemented under this section, the Secretary 
     shall ensure that--
       (A) the size, scope, and duration of the incentive program 
     is reasonable in relation to the purpose of the incentive 
     program; and
       (B) appropriate criteria and data collection are used to 
     ensure adequate evaluation of the feasibility and 
     advisability of implementing the incentive program throughout 
     the TRICARE program.
       (3) Use of existing models.--In developing an incentive 
     program under this section, the Secretary may adapt a value-
     based incentive program conducted by the Centers for Medicare 
     & Medicaid Services or any other governmental or commercial 
     health care program.
       (c) Termination.--The authority of the Secretary to carry 
     out the pilot program under this section shall terminate on 
     December 31, 2019.
       (d) Reports.--
       (1) Interim report.--Not later than one year after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, and not less frequently than 
     once each year thereafter until the termination of the pilot 
     program, the Secretary shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a report on the pilot program.
       (2) Final report.--Not later than September 30, 2019, the 
     Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense 
     committees a final report on the pilot program.
       (3) Elements.--Each report submitted under paragraph (1) or 
     paragraph (2) shall include the following:
       (A) An assessment of each incentive program developed and 
     implemented under this section, including whether such 
     incentive program--
       (i) improves the quality of health care provided to covered 
     beneficiaries, the experience of covered beneficiaries in 
     receiving health care under the TRICARE program, or the 
     health of covered beneficiaries;
       (ii) reduces the rate of increase in health care spending 
     by the Department of Defense; or
       (iii) enhances the operation of the military health system.
       (B) Such recommendations for administrative or legislative 
     action as the Secretary considers appropriate in light of the 
     pilot program, including to implement any such incentive 
     program or programs throughout the TRICARE program.
       (e) Definitions.--In this section, the terms ``covered 
     beneficiary'' and ``TRICARE program'' have the meanings given 
     those terms in section 1072 of title 10, United States Code.

     SEC. 727. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR DEPARTMENT 
                   OF DEFENSE HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 
                   MODERNIZATION.

       Of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or 
     otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 for the 
     Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems 
     Modernization, not more than 75 percent may be obligated or 
     expended until the date on which the Secretary of Defense 
     makes the certification required by section 713(g)(2) of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 
     (Public Law 113-66; 10 U.S.C. 1071 note).

     SEC. 728. SUBMITTAL OF INFORMATION TO SECRETARY OF VETERANS 
                   AFFAIRS RELATING TO EXPOSURE TO AIRBORNE 
                   HAZARDS AND OPEN BURN PITS.

       (a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, and periodically thereafter, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Secretary of 
     Veterans Affairs such information in the possession of the 
     Secretary of Defense as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
     considers necessary to supplement and support--
       (1) the development of information to be included in the 
     Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry established by 
     the Department of Veterans Affairs under section 201 of the 
     Dignified Burial and Other Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act 
     of 2012 (Public Law 112-260; 38 U.S.C. 527 note); and
       (2) research and development activities conducted by the 
     Department of Veterans Affairs to explore the potential 
     health risks of exposure by members of the Armed Forces to 
     environmental factors in Iraq and Afghanistan, in particular 
     the connection of such exposure to respiratory illnesses such 
     as chronic cough, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 
     constrictive bronchiolitis, and pulmonary fibrosis.
       (b) Inclusion of Certain Information.--The Secretary of 
     Defense shall include in the information submitted to the 
     Secretary of Veterans Affairs under subsection (a) 
     information on any research and surveillance efforts 
     conducted by the Department of Defense to evaluate the 
     incidence and prevalence of respiratory illnesses among 
     members of the Armed Forces who were exposed to open burn 
     pits while deployed overseas.

     SEC. 729. PLAN FOR DEVELOPMENT OF PROCEDURES TO MEASURE DATA 
                   ON MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDED BY THE 
                   DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

       Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the 
     Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of 
     Representatives a plan for the Department of Defense to 
     develop procedures to compile and assess data relating to the 
     following:
       (1) Outcomes for mental health care provided by the 
     Department.
       (2) Variations in such outcomes among different medical 
     facilities of the Department.
       (3) Barriers, if any, to the implementation by mental 
     health care providers of the Department of the clinical 
     practice guidelines and other evidence-based treatments and 
     approaches recommended for such providers by the Secretary.

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     SEC. 730. REPORT ON PLANS TO IMPROVE EXPERIENCE WITH AND 
                   ELIMINATE PERFORMANCE VARIABILITY OF HEALTH 
                   CARE PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

       (a) Comprehensive Report.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and 
     the House of Representatives a comprehensive report setting 
     forth the current and future plans of the Secretary, with 
     estimated dates of completion, to carry out the following:
       (A) To improve the experience of beneficiaries with health 
     care provided in military medical treatment facilities and 
     through purchased care.
       (B) To eliminate performance variability with respect to 
     the provision of such health care.
       (2) Elements.--The comprehensive report under paragraph (1) 
     shall include the plans of the Secretary of Defense, in 
     consultation with the Secretaries of the military 
     departments, as follows:
       (A) To align performance measures for health care provided 
     in military medical treatment facilities with performance 
     measures for health care provided through purchased care.
       (B) To improve performance in the provision of health care 
     by the Department of Defense by eliminating performance 
     variability with respect to the provision of health care in 
     military medical treatment facilities and through purchased 
     care.
       (C) To use innovative, high-technology services to improve 
     access to care, coordination of care, and the experience of 
     care in military medical treatment facilities and through 
     purchased care.
       (D) To collect and analyze data throughout the Department 
     with respect to health care provided in military medical 
     treatment facilities and through purchased care to improve 
     the quality of such care, patient safety, and patient 
     satisfaction.
       (E) To develop a performance management system, including 
     by adoption of common measures for access to care, quality of 
     care, safety, and patient satisfaction, that holds medical 
     leadership throughout the Department accountable for 
     sustained improvement of performance.
       (F) To use such other methods as the Secretary considers 
     appropriate to improve the experience of beneficiaries with 
     and eliminate performance variability with respect to health 
     care received from the Department.
       (b) Comptroller General Report.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     submission of the comprehensive report required by subsection 
     (a)(1), the Comptroller General of the United States shall 
     submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and 
     the House of Representatives a report on the plans of the 
     Secretary of Defense set forth in the comprehensive report 
     submitted under such subsection.
       (2) Elements.--The report under paragraph (1) shall include 
     the following:
       (A) An assessment of whether the plans included in the 
     comprehensive report submitted under subsection (a) will, 
     with respect to members of the Armed Forces and covered 
     beneficiaries under the TRICARE program--
       (i) improve health outcomes;
       (ii) create consistent health value; and
       (iii) ensure that such individuals receive quality health 
     care in all military medical treatment facilities and through 
     purchased care.
       (B) An assessment of whether such plans can be achieved 
     within the estimated dates of completion set forth by the 
     Department under such subsection.
       (C) An assessment of whether any such plan would require 
     legislation for the implementation of such plan.
       (D) An assessment of whether the Department of Defense has 
     adequately budgeted amounts to fund the carrying out of such 
     plans.
       (E) Metrics that can be used to evaluate the performance of 
     such plans.
       (c) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``purchased care'' means health care provided 
     pursuant to a contract entered into under the TRICARE 
     program.
       (2) The terms ``covered beneficiary'' and ``TRICARE 
     program'' have the meaning given such terms in section 1072 
     of title 10, United States Code.

     SEC. 731. COMPTROLLER GENERAL STUDY ON GAMBLING AND PROBLEM 
                   GAMBLING BEHAVIOR AMONG MEMBERS OF THE ARMED 
                   FORCES.

       (a) In General.--The Comptroller General of the United 
     States shall conduct a study on gambling among members of the 
     Armed Forces.
       (b) Matters Included.--The study conducted under subsection 
     (a) shall include the following:
       (1) With respect to gaming facilities at military 
     installations, disaggregated by each military department, the 
     number, type, and location of such gaming facilities.
       (2) An assessment of the prevalence of and particular risks 
     for problem gambling among members of the Armed Forces, 
     including such recommendations for policies and programs to 
     be carried out by the Department to address problem gambling 
     as the Comptroller General considers appropriate.
       (3) An assessment of the ability and capacity of military 
     health care personnel to adequately diagnose and provide 
     dedicated treatment for problem gambling, including--
       (A) a comparison of treatment programs of the Department 
     for alcohol abuse, illegal substance abuse, and tobacco 
     addiction with treatment programs of the Department for 
     problem gambling; and
       (B) an assessment of whether additional training for 
     military health care personnel on providing treatment for 
     problem gambling would be beneficial.
       (4) An assessment of the financial counseling and related 
     services that are available to members of the Armed Forces 
     and dependents of such members who are affected by problem 
     gambling.
       (c) Report.--Not later than one year after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall submit 
     to the congressional defense committees a report on the 
     results of the study conducted under subsection (a).

  TITLE VIII--ACQUISITION POLICY, ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT, AND RELATED 
                                MATTERS

             Subtitle A--Acquisition Policy and Management

Sec. 801. Required review of acquisition-related functions of the 
              Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces.
Sec. 802. Role of Chiefs of Staff in the acquisition process.
Sec. 803. Expansion of rapid acquisition authority.
Sec. 804. Middle tier of acquisition for rapid prototyping and rapid 
              fielding.
Sec. 805. Use of alternative acquisition paths to acquire critical 
              national security capabilities.
Sec. 806. Secretary of Defense waiver of acquisition laws to acquire 
              vital national security capabilities.
Sec. 807. Acquisition authority of the Commander of United States Cyber 
              Command.
Sec. 808. Report on linking and streamlining requirements, acquisition, 
              and budget processes within Armed Forces.
Sec. 809. Advisory panel on streamlining and codifying acquisition 
              regulations.
Sec. 810. Review of time-based requirements process and budgeting and 
              acquisition systems.

Subtitle B--Amendments to General Contracting Authorities, Procedures, 
                            and Limitations

Sec. 811. Amendment relating to multiyear contract authority for 
              acquisition of property.
Sec. 812. Applicability of cost and pricing data and certification 
              requirements.
Sec. 813. Rights in technical data.
Sec. 814. Procurement of supplies for experimental purposes.
Sec. 815. Amendments to other transaction authority.
Sec. 816. Amendment to acquisition threshold for special emergency 
              procurement authority.
Sec. 817. Revision of method of rounding when making inflation 
              adjustment of acquisition-related dollar thresholds.

  Subtitle C--Provisions Related to Major Defense Acquisition Programs

Sec. 821. Acquisition strategy required for each major defense 
              acquisition program, major automated information system, 
              and major system.
Sec. 822. Revision to requirements relating to risk management in 
              development of major defense acquisition programs and 
              major systems.
Sec. 823. Revision of Milestone A decision authority responsibilities 
              for major defense acquisition programs.
Sec. 824. Revision of Milestone B decision authority responsibilities 
              for major defense acquisition programs.
Sec. 825. Designation of milestone decision authority.
Sec. 826. Tenure and accountability of program managers for program 
              definition periods.
Sec. 827. Tenure and accountability of program managers for program 
              execution periods.
Sec. 828. Penalty for cost overruns.
Sec. 829. Streamlining of reporting requirements applicable to 
              Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and 
              Engineering regarding major defense acquisition programs.
Sec. 830. Configuration Steering Boards for cost control under major 
              defense acquisition programs.
Sec. 831. Repeal of requirement for stand-alone manpower estimates for 
              major defense acquisition programs.
Sec. 832. Revision to duties of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of 
              Defense for Developmental Test and Evaluation and the 
              Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems 
              Engineering.

        Subtitle D--Provisions Relating to Acquisition Workforce

Sec. 841. Amendments to Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce 
              Development Fund.
Sec. 842. Dual-track military professionals in operational and 
              acquisition specialities.
Sec. 843. Provision of joint duty assignment credit for acquisition 
              duty.
Sec. 844. Mandatory requirement for training related to the conduct of 
              market research.
Sec. 845. Independent study of implementation of defense acquisition 
              workforce improvement efforts.
Sec. 846. Extension of authority for the civilian acquisition workforce 
              personnel demonstration project.

          Subtitle E--Provisions Relating to Commercial Items

Sec. 851. Procurement of commercial items.
Sec. 852. Modification to information required to be submitted by 
              offeror in procurement of major weapon systems as 
              commercial items.
Sec. 853. Use of recent prices paid by the Government in the 
              determination of price reasonableness.

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Sec. 854. Report on defense-unique laws applicable to the procurement 
              of commercial items and commercially available off-the-
              shelf items.
Sec. 855. Market research and preference for commercial items.
Sec. 856. Limitation on conversion of procurements from commercial 
              acquisition procedures.
Sec. 857. Treatment of goods and services provided by nontraditional 
              defense contractors as commercial items.

                  Subtitle F--Industrial Base Matters

Sec. 861. Amendment to Mentor-Protege Program.
Sec. 862. Amendments to data quality improvement plan.
Sec. 863. Notice of contract consolidation for acquisition strategies.
Sec. 864. Clarification of requirements related to small business 
              contracts for services.
Sec. 865. Certification requirements for Business Opportunity 
              Specialists, commercial market representatives, and 
              procurement center representatives.
Sec. 866. Modifications to requirements for qualified HUBZone small 
              business concerns located in a base closure area.
Sec. 867. Joint venturing and teaming.
Sec. 868. Modification to and scorecard program for small business 
              contracting goals.
Sec. 869. Establishment of an Office of Hearings and Appeals in the 
              Small Business Administration; petitions for 
              reconsideration of size standards.
Sec. 870. Additional duties of the Director of Small and Disadvantaged 
              Business Utilization.
Sec. 871. Including subcontracting goals in agency responsibilities.
Sec. 872. Reporting related to failure of contractors to meet goals 
              under negotiated comprehensive small business 
              subcontracting plans.
Sec. 873. Pilot program for streamlining awards for innovative 
              technology projects.
Sec. 874. Surety bond requirements and amount of guarantee.
Sec. 875. Review of Government access to intellectual property rights 
              of private sector firms.
Sec. 876. Inclusion in annual technology and industrial capability 
              assessments of a determination about defense acquisition 
              program requirements.

                       Subtitle G--Other Matters

Sec. 881. Consideration of potential program cost increases and 
              schedule delays resulting from oversight of defense 
              acquisition programs.
Sec. 882. Examination and guidance relating to oversight and approval 
              of services contracts.
Sec. 883. Streamlining of requirements relating to defense business 
              systems.
Sec. 884. Procurement of personal protective equipment.
Sec. 885. Amendments concerning detection and avoidance of counterfeit 
              electronic parts.
Sec. 886. Exception for AbilityOne products from authority to acquire 
              goods and services manufactured in Afghanistan, Central 
              Asian States, and Djibouti.
Sec. 887. Effective communication between government and industry.
Sec. 888. Standards for procurement of secure information technology 
              and cyber security systems.
Sec. 889. Unified information technology services.
Sec. 890. Cloud strategy for Department of Defense.
Sec. 891. Development period for Department of Defense information 
              technology systems.
Sec. 892. Revisions to pilot program on acquisition of military purpose 
              nondevelopmental items.
Sec. 893. Improved auditing of contracts.
Sec. 894. Sense of Congress on evaluation method for procurement of 
              audit or audit readiness services.
Sec. 895. Mitigating potential unfair competitive advantage of 
              technical advisors to acquisition programs.
Sec. 896. Survey on the costs of regulatory compliance.
Sec. 897. Treatment of interagency and State and local purchases when 
              the Department of Defense acts as contract intermediary 
              for the General Services Administration.
Sec. 898. Competition for religious services contracts.
Sec. 899. Pilot program regarding risk-based contracting for smaller 
              contract actions under the Truth in Negotiations Act.

             Subtitle A--Acquisition Policy and Management

     SEC. 801. REQUIRED REVIEW OF ACQUISITION-RELATED FUNCTIONS OF 
                   THE CHIEFS OF STAFF OF THE ARMED FORCES.

       (a) Review Required.--The Chief of Staff of the Army, the 
     Chief of Naval Operations, the Chief of Staff of the Air 
     Force, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps shall conduct a 
     review of their current individual authorities provided in 
     sections 3033, 5033, 8033, and 5043 of title 10, United 
     States Code, and other relevant statutes and regulations 
     related to defense acquisitions for the purpose of developing 
     such recommendations as the Chief concerned or the Commandant 
     considers necessary to further or advance the role of the 
     Chief concerned or the Commandant in the development of 
     requirements, acquisition processes, and the associated 
     budget practices of the Department of Defense.
       (b) Reports.--Not later than March 1, 2016, the Chief of 
     Staff of the Army, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Chief 
     of Staff of the Air Force, and the Commandant of the Marine 
     Corps shall each submit to the congressional defense 
     committees a report containing, at a minimum, the following:
       (1) The recommendations developed by the Chief concerned or 
     the Commandant under subsection (a) and other results of the 
     review conducted under such subsection.
       (2) The actions the Chief concerned or the Commandant is 
     taking, if any, within the Chief's or Commandant's existing 
     authority to implement such recommendations.

     SEC. 802. ROLE OF CHIEFS OF STAFF IN THE ACQUISITION PROCESS.

       (a) Chiefs of Staff as Customer of Acquisition Process.--
       (1) In general.--Chapter 149 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by inserting after section 2546 the 
     following new section:

     ``Sec. 2546a. Customer-oriented acquisition system

       ``(a) Objective.--It shall be the objective of the defense 
     acquisition system to meet the needs of its customers in the 
     most cost-effective manner practicable. The acquisition 
     policies, directives, and regulations of the Department of 
     Defense shall be modified as necessary to ensure the 
     development and implementation of a customer-oriented 
     acquisition system.
       ``(b) Customer.--The customer of the defense acquisition 
     system is the armed force that will have primary 
     responsibility for fielding the system or systems acquired. 
     The customer is represented with regard to a major defense 
     acquisition program by the Secretary of the military 
     department concerned and the Chief of the armed force 
     concerned.
       ``(c) Role of Customer.--The customer of a major defense 
     acquisition program shall be responsible for balancing 
     resources against priorities on the acquisition program and 
     ensuring that appropriate trade-offs are made among cost, 
     schedule, technical feasibility, and performance on a 
     continuing basis throughout the life of the acquisition 
     program.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 149 of such title is amended by 
     inserting after the item relating to section 2546 the 
     following new item:

``2546a. Customer-oriented acquisition system.''.
       (b) Responsibilities of Chiefs.--Section 2547(a) of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (6) as 
     paragraphs (3) through (7), respectively;
       (2) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following new 
     paragraph:
       ``(2) Decisions regarding the balancing of resources and 
     priorities, and associated trade-offs among cost, schedule, 
     technical feasibility, and performance on major defense 
     acquisition programs.''; and
       (3) in paragraph (6), as redesignated by paragraph (1) of 
     this subsection, by striking ``The development'' and 
     inserting ``The development and management''.
       (c) Responsibilities of Military Deputies.--Section 908(d) 
     of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2008 (Public Law 110-181; 10 U.S.C. 2430 note) is amended to 
     read as follows:
       ``(d) Duties of Principal Military Deputies.--Each 
     Principal Military Deputy to a service acquisition executive 
     shall be responsible for--
       ``(1) keeping the Chief of Staff of the Armed Force 
     concerned informed of the progress of major defense 
     acquisition programs;
       ``(2) informing the Chief of Staff on a continuing basis of 
     any developments on major defense acquisition programs, which 
     may require new or revisited trade-offs among cost, schedule, 
     technical feasibility, and performance, including--
       ``(A) significant cost growth or schedule slippage; and
       ``(B) requirements creep (as defined in section 2547(c)(1) 
     of title 10, United States Code); and
       ``(3) ensuring that the views of the Chief of Staff on 
     cost, schedule, technical feasibility, and performance trade-
     offs are strongly considered by program managers and program 
     executive officers in all phases of the acquisition 
     process.''.
       (d) Conforming Amendments.--
       (1) Joint requirements oversight council.--Section 181(d) 
     of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the 
     end the following new paragraph:
       ``(3) The Council shall seek, and strongly consider, the 
     views of the Chiefs of Staff of the armed forces, in their 
     roles as customers of the acquisition system, on matters 
     pertaining to trade-offs among cost, schedule, technical 
     feasibility, and performance under subsection (b)(1)(C) and 
     the balancing of resources with priorities pursuant to 
     subsection (b)(3).''.
       (2) Milestone a decisions.--The Chief of the Armed Force 
     concerned shall advise the milestone decision authority for a 
     major defense acquisition program of the Chief's views on 
     cost, schedule, technical feasibility, and performance trade-
     offs that have been made with regard to the program, as 
     provided in section 2366a(a)(2) of title 10, United States 
     Code, as amended by section 823 of this Act, prior to a 
     Milestone A decision on the program.
       (3) Milestone b decisions.--The Chief of the Armed Force 
     concerned shall advise the milestone decision authority for a 
     major defense acquisition program of the Chief's views on 
     cost, schedule, technical feasibility, and performance trade-
     offs that have been made with regard to the program, as 
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     of title 10, United States Code, as amended by section 824 of 
     this Act, prior to a Milestone B decision on the program.
       (4) Duties of chiefs.--
       (A) Section 3033(d)(5) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking ``section 171'' and inserting ``sections 
     171 and 2547''.
       (B) Section 5033(d)(5) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking ``section 171'' and inserting ``sections 
     171 and 2547''.
       (C) Section 5043(e)(5) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking ``section 171'' and inserting ``sections 
     171 and 2547''.
       (D) Section 8033(d)(5) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking ``section 171'' and inserting ``sections 
     171 and 2547''.

     SEC. 803. EXPANSION OF RAPID ACQUISITION AUTHORITY.

       Section 806(c) of the Bob Stump National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-314; 
     10 U.S.C. 2302 note) is amended to read as follows:
       ``(c) Response to Combat Emergencies and Certain Urgent 
     Operational Needs.--
       ``(1) Determination of need for rapid acquisition and 
     deployment.--(A) In the case of any supplies and associated 
     support services that, as determined in writing by the 
     Secretary of Defense, are urgently needed to eliminate a 
     documented deficiency that has resulted in combat casualties, 
     or is likely to result in combat casualties, the Secretary 
     may use the procedures developed under this section in order 
     to accomplish the rapid acquisition and deployment of the 
     needed supplies and associated support services.
       ``(B) In the case of any supplies and associated support 
     services that, as determined in writing by the Secretary of 
     Defense, are urgently needed to eliminate a documented 
     deficiency that impacts an ongoing or anticipated contingency 
     operation and that, if left unfulfilled, could potentially 
     result in loss of life or critical mission failure, the 
     Secretary may use the procedures developed under this section 
     in order to accomplish the rapid acquisition and deployment 
     of the needed supplies and associated support services.
       ``(C)(i) In the case of any supplies and associated support 
     services that, as determined in writing by the Secretary of 
     Defense without delegation, are urgently needed to eliminate 
     a deficiency that as the result of a cyber attack has 
     resulted in critical mission failure, the loss of life, 
     property destruction, or economic effects, or if left 
     unfilled is likely to result in critical mission failure, the 
     loss of life, property destruction, or economic effects, the 
     Secretary may use the procedures developed under this section 
     in order to accomplish the rapid acquisition and deployment 
     of the needed offensive or defensive cyber capabilities, 
     supplies, and associated support services.
       ``(ii) In this subparagraph, the term `cyber attack' means 
     a deliberate action to alter, disrupt, deceive, degrade, or 
     destroy computer systems or networks or the information or 
     programs resident in or transiting these systems or networks.
       ``(2) Designation of senior official responsible.--(A) 
     Whenever the Secretary makes a determination under 
     subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of paragraph (1) that certain 
     supplies and associated support services are urgently needed 
     to eliminate a deficiency described in that subparagraph, the 
     Secretary shall designate a senior official of the Department 
     of Defense to ensure that the needed supplies and associated 
     support services are acquired and deployed as quickly as 
     possible, with a goal of awarding a contract for the 
     acquisition of the supplies and associated support services 
     within 15 days.
       ``(B) Upon designation of a senior official under 
     subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall authorize that official 
     to waive any provision of law, policy, directive, or 
     regulation described in subsection (d) that such official 
     determines in writing would unnecessarily impede the rapid 
     acquisition and deployment of the needed supplies and 
     associated support services. In a case in which the needed 
     supplies and associated support services cannot be acquired 
     without an extensive delay, the senior official shall require 
     that an interim solution be implemented and deployed using 
     the procedures developed under this section to minimize 
     adverse consequences resulting from the urgent need.
       ``(3) Use of funds.--(A) In any fiscal year in which the 
     Secretary makes a determination described in subparagraph 
     (A), (B), or (C) of paragraph (1), the Secretary may use any 
     funds available to the Department of Defense for acquisitions 
     of supplies and associated support services if the 
     determination includes a written finding that the use of such 
     funds is necessary to address the deficiency in a timely 
     manner.
       ``(B) The authority of this section may only be used to 
     acquire supplies and associated support services--
       ``(i) in the case of determinations by the Secretary under 
     paragraph (1)(A), in an amount aggregating not more than 
     $200,000,000 during any fiscal year;
       ``(ii) in the case of determinations by the Secretary under 
     paragraph (1)(B), in an amount aggregating not more than 
     $200,000,000 during any fiscal year; and
       ``(iii) in the case of determinations by the Secretary 
     under paragraph (1)(C), in an amount aggregating not more 
     than $200,000,000 during any fiscal year.
       ``(4) Notification to congressional defense committees.--
     (A) In the case of a determination by the Secretary under 
     paragraph (1)(A), the Secretary shall notify the 
     congressional defense committees of the determination within 
     15 days after the date of the determination.
       ``(B) In the case of a determination by the Secretary under 
     paragraph (1)(B) the Secretary shall notify the congressional 
     defense committees of the determination at least 10 days 
     before the date on which the determination is effective.
       ``(C) A notice under this paragraph shall include the 
     following:
       ``(i) The supplies and associated support services to be 
     acquired.
       ``(ii) The amount anticipated to be expended for the 
     acquisition.
       ``(iii) The source of funds for the acquisition.
       ``(D) A notice under this paragraph shall be sufficient to 
     fulfill any requirement to provide notification to Congress 
     for a new start program.
       ``(E) A notice under this paragraph shall be provided in 
     consultation with the Director of the Office of Management 
     and Budget.
       ``(5) Time for transitioning to normal acquisition 
     system.--Any acquisition initiated under this subsection 
     shall transition to the normal acquisition system not later 
     than two years after the date on which the Secretary makes 
     the determination described in paragraph (1) with respect to 
     the supplies and associated support services concerned.
       ``(6) Limitation on officers with authority to make a 
     determination.--The authority to make a determination under 
     subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of paragraph (1) may be 
     exercised only by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of 
     Defense.''.

     SEC. 804. MIDDLE TIER OF ACQUISITION FOR RAPID PROTOTYPING 
                   AND RAPID FIELDING.

       (a) Guidance Required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, in 
     consultation with the Comptroller of the Department of 
     Defense and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 
     shall establish guidance for a ``middle tier'' of acquisition 
     programs that are intended to be completed in a period of two 
     to five years.
       (b) Acquisition Pathways.--The guidance required by 
     subsection (a) shall cover the following two acquisition 
     pathways:
       (1) Rapid prototyping.--The rapid prototyping pathway shall 
     provide for the use of innovative technologies to rapidly 
     develop fieldable prototypes to demonstrate new capabilities 
     and meet emerging military needs. The objective of an 
     acquisition program under this pathway shall be to field a 
     prototype that can be demonstrated in an operational 
     environment and provide for a residual operational capability 
     within five years of the development of an approved 
     requirement.
       (2) Rapid fielding.--The rapid fielding pathway shall 
     provide for the use of proven technologies to field 
     production quantities of new or upgraded systems with minimal 
     development required. The objective of an acquisition program 
     under this pathway shall be to begin production within six 
     months and complete fielding within five years of the 
     development of an approved requirement.
       (c) Expedited Process.--
       (1) In general.--The guidance required by subsection (a) 
     shall provide for a streamlined and coordinated requirements, 
     budget, and acquisition process that results in the 
     development of an approved requirement for each program in a 
     period of not more than six months from the time that the 
     process is initiated. Programs that are subject to the 
     guidance shall not be subject to the Joint Capabilities 
     Integration and Development System Manual and Department of 
     Defense Directive 5000.01, except to the extent specifically 
     provided in the guidance.
       (2) Rapid prototyping.--With respect to the rapid 
     prototyping pathway, the guidance shall include--
       (A) a merit-based process for the consideration of 
     innovative technologies and new capabilities to meet needs 
     communicated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the combatant 
     commanders;
       (B) a process for developing and implementing acquisition 
     and funding strategies for the program;
       (C) a process for cost-sharing with the military 
     departments on rapid prototype projects, to ensure an 
     appropriate commitment to the success of such projects;
       (D) a process for demonstrating and evaluating the 
     performance of fieldable prototypes developed pursuant to the 
     program in an operational environment; and
       (E) a process for transitioning successful prototypes to 
     new or existing acquisition programs for production and 
     fielding under the rapid fielding pathway or the traditional 
     acquisition system.
       (3) Rapid fielding.--With respect to the rapid fielding 
     pathway, the guidance shall include--
       (A) a merit-based process for the consideration of existing 
     products and proven technologies to meet needs communicated 
     by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the combatant commanders;
       (B) a process for demonstrating performance and evaluating 
     for current operational purposes the proposed products and 
     technologies;
       (C) a process for developing and implementing acquisition 
     and funding strategies for the program; and
       (D) a process for considering lifecycle costs and 
     addressing issues of logistics support and system 
     interoperability.
       (4) Streamlined procedures.--The guidance for the programs 
     may provide for any of the following streamlined procedures:
       (A) The service acquisition executive of the military 
     department concerned shall appoint a program manager for such 
     program from among candidates from among civilian employees 
     or members of the Armed Forces who have significant and 
     relevant experience managing large and complex programs.
       (B) The program manager for each program shall report with 
     respect to such program directly, without intervening review 
     or approval, to the service acquisition executive of the 
     military department concerned.
       (C) The service acquisition executive of the military 
     department concerned shall evaluate the job performance of 
     such manager on an annual basis. In conducting an evaluation 
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     this paragraph, a service acquisition executive shall 
     consider the extent to which the manager has achieved the 
     objectives of the program for which the manager is 
     responsible, including quality, timeliness, and cost 
     objectives.
       (D) The program manager of a defense streamlined program 
     shall be authorized staff positions for a technical staff, 
     including experts in business management, contracting, 
     auditing, engineering, testing, and logistics, to enable the 
     manager to manage the program without the technical 
     assistance of another organizational unit of an agency to the 
     maximum extent practicable.
       (E) The program manager of a defense streamlined program 
     shall be authorized, in coordination with the users of the 
     equipment and capability to be acquired and the test 
     community, to make trade-offs among life-cycle costs, 
     requirements, and schedules to meet the goals of the program.
       (F) The service acquisition executive, acting in 
     coordination with the defense acquisition executive, shall 
     serve as the milestone decision authority for the program.
       (G) The program manager of a defense streamlined program 
     shall be provided a process to expeditiously seek a waiver 
     from Congress from any statutory or regulatory requirement 
     that the program manager determines adds little or no value 
     to the management of the program.
       (d) Rapid Prototyping Fund.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall establish a 
     fund to be known as the ``Department of Defense Rapid 
     Prototyping Fund'' to provide funds, in addition to other 
     funds that may be available for acquisition programs under 
     the rapid prototyping pathway established pursuant to this 
     section. The Fund shall be managed by a senior official of 
     the Department of Defense designated by the Under Secretary 
     of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. The 
     Fund shall consist of amounts appropriated to the Fund and 
     amounts credited to the Fund pursuant to section 828 of this 
     Act.
       (2) Transfer authority.--Amounts available in the Fund may 
     be transferred to a military department for the purpose of 
     carrying out an acquisition program under the rapid 
     prototyping pathway established pursuant to this section. Any 
     amount so transferred shall be credited to the account to 
     which it is transferred. The transfer authority provided in 
     this subsection is in addition to any other transfer 
     authority available to the Department of Defense.
       (3) Congressional notice.--The senior official designated 
     to manage the Fund shall notify the congressional defense 
     committees of all transfers under paragraph (2). Each 
     notification shall specify the amount transferred, the 
     purpose of the transfer, and the total projected cost and 
     estimated cost to complete the acquisition program to which 
     the funds were transferred.

     SEC. 805. USE OF ALTERNATIVE ACQUISITION PATHS TO ACQUIRE 
                   CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY CAPABILITIES.

       Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall establish procedures 
     for alternative acquisition pathways to acquire capital 
     assets and services that meet critical national security 
     needs. The procedures shall--
       (1) be separate from existing acquisition procedures;
       (2) be supported by streamlined contracting, budgeting, and 
     requirements processes;
       (3) establish alternative acquisition paths based on the 
     capabilities being bought and the time needed to deploy these 
     capabilities; and
       (4) maximize the use of flexible authorities in existing 
     law and regulation.

     SEC. 806. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WAIVER OF ACQUISITION LAWS TO 
                   ACQUIRE VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY CAPABILITIES.

       (a) Waiver Authority.--The Secretary of Defense is 
     authorized to waive any provision of acquisition law or 
     regulation described in subsection (c) for the purpose of 
     acquiring a capability that would not otherwise be available 
     to the Armed Forces of the United States, upon a 
     determination that--
       (1) the acquisition of the capability is in the vital 
     national security interest of the United States;
       (2) the application of the law or regulation to be waived 
     would impede the acquisition of the capability in a manner 
     that would undermine the national security of the United 
     States; and
       (3) the underlying purpose of the law or regulation to be 
     waived can be addressed in a different manner or at a 
     different time.
       (b) Designation of Responsible Official.--Whenever the 
     Secretary of Defense makes a determination under subsection 
     (a)(1) that the acquisition of a capability is in the vital 
     national security interest of the United States, the 
     Secretary shall designate a senior official of the Department 
     of Defense who shall be personally responsible and 
     accountable for the rapid and effective acquisition and 
     deployment of the needed capability. The Secretary shall 
     provide the designated official such authority as the 
     Secretary determines necessary to achieve this objective, and 
     may use the waiver authority in subsection (a) for this 
     purpose.
       (c) Acquisition Laws and Regulations.--
       (1) In general.--Upon a determination described in 
     subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense is authorized to 
     waive any provision of law or regulation addressing--
       (A) the establishment of a requirement or specification for 
     the capability to be acquired;
       (B) research, development, test, and evaluation of the 
     capability to be acquired;
       (C) production, fielding, and sustainment of the capability 
     to be acquired; or
       (D) solicitation, selection of sources, and award of 
     contracts for the capability to be acquired.
       (2) Limitations.--Nothing in this subsection authorizes the 
     waiver of--
       (A) the requirements of this section;
       (B) any provision of law imposing civil or criminal 
     penalties; or
       (C) any provision of law governing the proper expenditure 
     of appropriated funds.
       (d) Report to Congress.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     notify the congressional defense committees at least 30 days 
     before exercising the waiver authority under subsection (a). 
     Each such notice shall include--
       (1) an explanation of the basis for determining that the 
     acquisition of the capability is in the vital national 
     security interest of the United States;
       (2) an identification of each provision of law or 
     regulation to be waived; and
       (3) for each provision identified pursuant to paragraph 
     (2)--
       (A) an explanation of why the application of the provision 
     would impede the acquisition in a manner that would undermine 
     the national security of the United States; and
       (B) a description of the time or manner in which the 
     underlying purpose of the law or regulation to be waived will 
     be addressed.
       (e) Nondelegation.--The authority of the Secretary to waive 
     provisions of laws and regulations under subsection (a) is 
     nondelegable.

     SEC. 807. ACQUISITION AUTHORITY OF THE COMMANDER OF UNITED 
                   STATES CYBER COMMAND.

       (a) Authority.--
       (1) In general.--The Commander of the United States Cyber 
     Command shall be responsible for, and shall have the 
     authority to conduct, the following acquisition activities:
       (A) Development and acquisition of cyber operations-
     peculiar equipment and capabilities.
       (B) Acquisition and sustainment of cyber capability-
     peculiar equipment, capabilities, and services.
       (2) Acquisition functions.--Subject to the authority, 
     direction, and control of the Secretary of Defense, the 
     Commander shall have authority to exercise the functions of 
     the head of an agency under chapter 137 of title 10, United 
     States Code.
       (b) Command Acquisition Executive.--
       (1) In general.--The staff of the Commander shall include a 
     command acquisition executive, who shall be responsible for 
     the overall supervision of acquisition matters for the United 
     States Cyber Command. The command acquisition executive shall 
     have the authority--
       (A) to negotiate memoranda of agreement with the military 
     departments and Department of Defense components to carry out 
     the acquisition of equipment, capabilities, and services 
     described in subsection (a)(1) on behalf of the Command;
       (B) to supervise the acquisition of equipment, 
     capabilities, and services described in subsection (a)(1);
       (C) to represent the Command in discussions with the 
     military departments regarding acquisition programs for which 
     the Command is a customer; and
       (D) to work with the military departments to ensure that 
     the Command is appropriately represented in any joint working 
     group or integrated product team regarding acquisition 
     programs for which the Command is a customer.
       (2) Delivery of acquisition solutions.--The command 
     acquisition executive of the United States Cyber Command 
     shall be--
       (A) responsible to the Commander for rapidly delivering 
     acquisition solutions to meet validated cyber operations-
     peculiar requirements;
       (B) subordinate to the defense acquisition executive in 
     matters of acquisition;
       (C) subject to the same oversight as the service 
     acquisition executives; and
       (D) included on the distribution list for acquisition 
     directives and instructions of the Department of Defense.
       (c) Acquisition Personnel.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall provide the 
     United States Cyber Command with the personnel or funding 
     equivalent to ten full-time equivalent personnel to support 
     the Commander in fulfilling the acquisition responsibilities 
     provided for under this section with experience in--
       (A) program acquisition;
       (B) the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development 
     System Process;
       (C) program management;
       (D) system engineering; and
       (E) costing.
       (2) Existing personnel.--The personnel provided under this 
     subsection shall be provided from among the existing 
     personnel of the Department of Defense.
       (d) Budget.--In addition to the activities of a combatant 
     command for which funding may be requested under section 166 
     of title 10, United States Code, the budget proposal of the 
     United States Cyber Command shall include requests for 
     funding for--
       (1) development and acquisition of cyber operations-
     peculiar equipment; and
       (2) acquisition and sustainment of other capabilities or 
     services that are peculiar to cyber operations activities.
       (e) Cyber Operations Procurement Fund.--In exercising the 
     authority granted in subsection (a), the Commander may not 
     obligate or expend more than $75,000,000 out of the funds 
     made available in each fiscal year from 2016 through 2021 to 
     support acquisition activities provided for under this 
     section.
       (f) Rule of Construction Regarding Intelligence and Special 
     Activities.--Nothing in this section shall be construed to 
     constitute authority to conduct any activity which, if 
     carried out as an intelligence activity by the Department of 
     Defense, would require a notice to the Select Committee on 
     Intelligence of the Senate and the Permanent Select Committee 
     on Intelligence of the House of Representatives under title V 
     of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3091 et 
     seq.).
       (g) Implementation Plan Required.--The authority granted in 
     subsection (a) shall become

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     effective 30 days after the date on which the Secretary of 
     Defense provides to the congressional defense committees a 
     plan for implementation of those authorities under subsection 
     (a). The plan shall include the following:
       (1) A Department of Defense definition of--
       (A) cyber operations-peculiar equipment and capabilities; 
     and
       (B) cyber capability-peculiar equipment, capabilities, and 
     services.
       (2) Summaries of the components to be negotiated in the 
     memorandum of agreements with the military departments and 
     other Department of Defense components to carry out the 
     development, acquisition, and sustainment of equipment, 
     capabilities, and services described in subparagraphs (A) and 
     (B) of subsection (a)(1).
       (3) Memorandum of agreement negotiation and approval 
     timelines.
       (4) Plan for oversight of the command acquisition executive 
     established in subsection (b).
       (5) Assessment of the acquisition workforce needs of the 
     United States Cyber Command to support the authority in 
     subsection (a) until 2021.
       (6) Other matters as appropriate.
       (h) Annual End-of-year Assessment.--Each year, the Cyber 
     Investment Management Board shall review and assess the 
     acquisition activities of the United States Cyber Command, 
     including contracting and acquisition documentation, for the 
     previous fiscal year, and provide any recommendations or 
     feedback to the acquisition executive of Cyber Command.
       (i) Sunset.--
       (1) In general.--The authority under this section shall 
     terminate on September 30, 2021.
       (2) Limitation on duration of acquisitions.--The authority 
     under this section does not include major defense acquisition 
     programs, major automated information system programs, or 
     acquisitions of foundational infrastructure or software 
     architectures the duration of which is expected to last more 
     than five years.

     SEC. 808. REPORT ON LINKING AND STREAMLINING REQUIREMENTS, 
                   ACQUISITION, AND BUDGET PROCESSES WITHIN ARMED 
                   FORCES.

       (a) Reports.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Chief of Staff of the Army, the 
     Chief of Naval Operations, the Chief of Staff of the Air 
     Force, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps shall each 
     submit to the congressional defense committees a report on 
     efforts to link and streamline the requirements, acquisition, 
     and budget processes within the Army, Navy, Air Force, and 
     Marine Corps, respectively.
       (b) Matters Included.--Each report under subsection (a) 
     shall include the following:
       (1) A specific description of--
       (A) the management actions the Chief concerned or the 
     Commandant has taken or plans to take to link and streamline 
     the requirements, acquisition, and budget processes of the 
     Armed Force concerned;
       (B) any reorganization or process changes that will link 
     and streamline the requirements, acquisition, and budget 
     processes of the Armed Force concerned; and
       (C) any cross-training or professional development 
     initiatives of the Chief concerned or the Commandant.
       (2) For each description under paragraph (1)--
       (A) the specific timeline associated with implementation;
       (B) the anticipated outcomes once implemented; and
       (C) how to measure whether or not those outcomes are 
     realized.
       (3) Any other matters the Chief concerned or the Commandant 
     considers appropriate.

     SEC. 809. ADVISORY PANEL ON STREAMLINING AND CODIFYING 
                   ACQUISITION REGULATIONS.

       (a) Establishment.--Not later than 180 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     establish under the sponsorship of the Defense Acquisition 
     University and the National Defense University an advisory 
     panel on streamlining acquisition regulations.
       (b) Membership.--The panel shall be composed of at least 
     nine individuals who are recognized experts in acquisition 
     and procurement policy. In making appointments to the 
     advisory panel, the Under Secretary shall ensure that the 
     members of the panel reflect diverse experiences in the 
     public and private sectors.
       (c) Duties.--The panel shall--
       (1) review the acquisition regulations applicable to the 
     Department of Defense with a view toward streamlining and 
     improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the defense 
     acquisition process and maintaining defense technology 
     advantage; and
       (2) make any recommendations for the amendment or repeal of 
     such regulations that the panel considers necessary, as a 
     result of such review, to--
       (A) establish and administer appropriate buyer and seller 
     relationships in the procurement system;
       (B) improve the functioning of the acquisition system;
       (C) ensure the continuing financial and ethical integrity 
     of defense procurement programs;
       (D) protect the best interests of the Department of 
     Defense; and
       (E) eliminate any regulations that are unnecessary for the 
     purposes described in subparagraphs (A) through (D).
       (d) Administrative Matters.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall provide the 
     advisory panel established pursuant to subsection (a) with 
     timely access to appropriate information, data, resources, 
     and analysis so that the advisory panel may conduct a 
     thorough and independent assessment as required under such 
     subsection.
       (2) Inapplicability of faca.--The requirements of the 
     Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not 
     apply to the advisory panel established pursuant to 
     subsection (a).
       (e) Report.--
       (1) Panel report.--Not later than two years after the date 
     on which the Secretary of Defense establishes the advisory 
     panel, the panel shall transmit a final report to the 
     Secretary.
       (2) Elements.--The final report shall contain a detailed 
     statement of the findings and conclusions of the panel, 
     including--
       (A) a history of each current acquisition regulation and a 
     recommendation as to whether the regulation and related law 
     (if applicable) should be retained, modified, or repealed; 
     and
       (B) such additional recommendations for legislation as the 
     panel considers appropriate.
       (3) Interim reports.--(A) Not later than 6 months and 18 
     months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall submit a report to or brief the 
     congressional defense committees on the interim findings of 
     the panel with respect to the elements set forth in paragraph 
     (2).
       (B) The panel shall provide regular updates to the 
     Secretary of Defense for purposes of providing the interim 
     reports required under this paragraph.
       (4) Final report.--Not later than 30 days after receiving 
     the final report of the advisory panel, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall transmit the final report, together with such 
     comments as the Secretary determines appropriate, to the 
     congressional defense committees.
       (f) Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund 
     Support.--The Secretary of Defense may use amounts available 
     in the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce 
     Development Fund established under section 1705 of title 10, 
     United States Code, to support activities of the advisory 
     panel under this section.

     SEC. 810. REVIEW OF TIME-BASED REQUIREMENTS PROCESS AND 
                   BUDGETING AND ACQUISITION SYSTEMS.

       (a) Time-based Requirements Process.--The Secretary of 
     Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff shall 
     review the requirements process with the goal of establishing 
     an agile and streamlined system that develops requirements 
     that provide stability and foundational direction for 
     acquisition programs and shall determine the advisability of 
     providing a time-based or phased distinction between 
     capabilities needed to be deployed urgently, within 2 years, 
     within 5 years, and longer than 5 years.
       (b) Budgeting and Acquisition Systems.--The Secretary of 
     Defense shall review and ensure that the acquisition and 
     budgeting systems are structured to meet time-based or phased 
     requirements in a manner that is predictable, cost effective, 
     and efficient and takes advantage of emerging technological 
     developments.

Subtitle B--Amendments to General Contracting Authorities, Procedures, 
                            and Limitations

     SEC. 811. AMENDMENT RELATING TO MULTIYEAR CONTRACT AUTHORITY 
                   FOR ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY.

       Subsection (a)(1) and subsection (i)(4) of section 2306b of 
     title 10, United States Code, are each amended by striking 
     ``substantial'' and inserting ``significant''.

     SEC. 812. APPLICABILITY OF COST AND PRICING DATA AND 
                   CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.

       Section 2306a(b)(1) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``; or'' and inserting 
     a semicolon;
       (2) in subparagraph (C), by striking the period at the end 
     and inserting ``; or''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(D) to the extent such data--
       ``(i) relates to an offset agreement in connection with a 
     contract for the sale of a weapon system or defense-related 
     item to a foreign country or foreign firm; and
       ``(ii) does not relate to a contract or subcontract under 
     the offset agreement for work performed in such foreign 
     country or by such foreign firm that is directly related to 
     the weapon system or defense-related item being purchased 
     under the contract.''.

     SEC. 813. RIGHTS IN TECHNICAL DATA.

       (a) Rights in Technical Data Relating to Major Weapon 
     Systems.--Paragraph (2) of section 2321(f) of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
       ``(2) In the case of a challenge to a use or release 
     restriction that is asserted with respect to technical data 
     of a contractor or subcontractor for a major system or a 
     subsystem or component thereof on the basis that the major 
     weapon system, subsystem, or component was developed 
     exclusively at private expense--
       ``(A) the presumption in paragraph (1) shall apply--
       ``(i) with regard to a commercial subsystem or component of 
     a major system, if the major system was acquired as a 
     commercial item in accordance with section 2379(a) of this 
     title;
       ``(ii) with regard to a component of a subsystem, if the 
     subsystem was acquired as a commercial item in accordance 
     with section 2379(b) of this title; and
       ``(iii) with regard to any other component, if the 
     component is a commercially available off-the-shelf item or a 
     commercially available off-the-shelf item with modifications 
     of a type customarily available in the commercial marketplace 
     or minor modifications made to meet Federal Government 
     requirements; and
       ``(B) in all other cases, the challenge to the use or 
     release restriction shall be sustained unless information 
     provided by the contractor or subcontractor demonstrates that 
     the item was developed exclusively at private expense.''.
       (b) Government-industry Advisory Panel.--
       (1) Establishment.--Not later than 90 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, the

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     Secretary of Defense, acting through the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, shall 
     establish a Government-industry advisory panel for the 
     purpose of reviewing sections 2320 and 2321 of title 10, 
     United States Code, regarding rights in technical data and 
     the validation of proprietary data restrictions and the 
     regulations implementing such sections, for the purpose of 
     ensuring that such statutory and regulatory requirements are 
     best structured to serve the interests of the taxpayers and 
     the national defense.
       (2) Membership.--The panel shall be chaired by an 
     individual selected by the Under Secretary, and the Under 
     Secretary shall ensure that--
       (A) the government members of the advisory panel are 
     knowledgeable about technical data issues and appropriately 
     represent the three military departments, as well as the 
     legal, acquisition, logistics, and research and development 
     communities in the Department of Defense; and
       (B) the private sector members of the advisory panel 
     include independent experts and individuals appropriately 
     representative of the diversity of interested parties, 
     including large and small businesses, traditional and non-
     traditional government contractors, prime contractors and 
     subcontractors, suppliers of hardware and software, and 
     institutions of higher education.
       (3) Scope of review.--In conducting the review required by 
     paragraph (1), the advisory panel shall give appropriate 
     consideration to the following factors:
       (A) Ensuring that the Department of Defense does not pay 
     more than once for the same work.
       (B) Ensuring that Department of Defense contractors are 
     appropriately rewarded for their innovation and invention.
       (C) Providing for cost-effective reprocurement, 
     sustainment, modification, and upgrades to Department of 
     Defense systems.
       (D) Encouraging the private sector to invest in new 
     products, technologies, and processes relevant to the 
     missions of the Department of Defense.
       (E) Ensuring that the Department of Defense has appropriate 
     access to innovative products, technologies, and processes 
     developed by the private sector for commercial use.
       (4) Final report.--Not later than September 30, 2016, the 
     advisory panel shall submit its final report and 
     recommendations to the Secretary of Defense. Not later than 
     60 days after receiving the report, the Secretary shall 
     submit a copy of the report, together with any comments or 
     recommendations, to the congressional defense committees.

     SEC. 814. PROCUREMENT OF SUPPLIES FOR EXPERIMENTAL PURPOSES.

       (a) Additional Procurement Authority.--Subsection (a) of 
     section 2373 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by 
     inserting ``transportation, energy, medical, space-flight,'' 
     before ``and aeronautical supplies''.
       (b) Applicability of Chapter 137 of Title 10, United States 
     Code.--Subsection (b) of such section is amended by striking 
     ``only when such purchases are made in quantity'' and 
     inserting ``only when such purchases are made in quantities 
     greater than necessary for experimentation, technical 
     evaluation, assessment of operational utility, or safety or 
     to provide a residual operational capability''.

     SEC. 815. AMENDMENTS TO OTHER TRANSACTION AUTHORITY.

       (a) Authority of the Department of Defense To Carry Out 
     Certain Prototype Projects.--
       (1) In general.--Chapter 139 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by inserting after section 2371a the 
     following new section:

     ``Sec. 2371b. Authority of the Department of Defense to carry 
       out certain prototype projects

       ``(a) Authority.--(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the 
     Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, 
     the Secretary of a military department, or any other official 
     designated by the Secretary of Defense may, under the 
     authority of section 2371 of this title, carry out prototype 
     projects that are directly relevant to enhancing the mission 
     effectiveness of military personnel and the supporting 
     platforms, systems, components, or materials proposed to be 
     acquired or developed by the Department of Defense, or to 
     improvement of platforms, systems, components, or materials 
     in use by the armed forces.
       ``(2) The authority of this section--
       ``(A) may be exercised for a prototype project that is 
     expected to cost the Department of Defense in excess of 
     $50,000,000 but not in excess of $250,000,000 (including all 
     options) only upon a written determination by the senior 
     procurement executive for the agency as designated for the 
     purpose of section 1702(c) of title 41, or, for the Defense 
     Advanced Research Projects Agency or the Missile Defense 
     Agency, the director of the agency that--
       ``(i) the requirements of subsection (d) will be met; and
       ``(ii) the use of the authority of this section is 
     essential to promoting the success of the prototype project; 
     and
       ``(B) may be exercised for a prototype project that is 
     expected to cost the Department of Defense in excess of 
     $250,000,000 (including all options) only if--
       ``(i) the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, 
     Technology, and Logistics determines in writing that--
       ``(I) the requirements of subsection (d) will be met; and
       ``(II) the use of the authority of this section is 
     essential to meet critical national security objectives; and
       ``(ii) the congressional defense committees are notified in 
     writing at least 30 days before such authority is exercised.
       ``(3) The authority of a senior procurement executive or 
     director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or 
     Missile Defense Agency under paragraph (2)(A), and the 
     authority of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, 
     Technology, and Logistics under paragraph (2)(B), may not be 
     delegated.
       ``(b) Exercise of Authority.--
       ``(1) Subsections (e)(1)(B) and (e)(2) of such section 2371 
     shall not apply to projects carried out under subsection (a).
       ``(2) To the maximum extent practicable, competitive 
     procedures shall be used when entering into agreements to 
     carry out projects under subsection (a).
       ``(c) Comptroller General Access to Information.--(1) Each 
     agreement entered into by an official referred to in 
     subsection (a) to carry out a project under that subsection 
     that provides for payments in a total amount in excess of 
     $5,000,000 shall include a clause that provides for the 
     Comptroller General, in the discretion of the Comptroller 
     General, to examine the records of any party to the agreement 
     or any entity that participates in the performance of the 
     agreement.
       ``(2) The requirement in paragraph (1) shall not apply with 
     respect to a party or entity, or a subordinate element of a 
     party or entity, that has not entered into any other 
     agreement that provides for audit access by a Government 
     entity in the year prior to the date of the agreement.
       ``(3)(A) The right provided to the Comptroller General in a 
     clause of an agreement under paragraph (1) is limited as 
     provided in subparagraph (B) in the case of a party to the 
     agreement, an entity that participates in the performance of 
     the agreement, or a subordinate element of that party or 
     entity if the only agreements or other transactions that the 
     party, entity, or subordinate element entered into with 
     Government entities in the year prior to the date of that 
     agreement are cooperative agreements or transactions that 
     were entered into under this section or section 2371 of this 
     title.
       ``(B) The only records of a party, other entity, or 
     subordinate element referred to in subparagraph (A) that the 
     Comptroller General may examine in the exercise of the right 
     referred to in that subparagraph are records of the same type 
     as the records that the Government has had the right to 
     examine under the audit access clauses of the previous 
     agreements or transactions referred to in such subparagraph 
     that were entered into by that particular party, entity, or 
     subordinate element.
       ``(4) The head of the contracting activity that is carrying 
     out the agreement may waive the applicability of the 
     requirement in paragraph (1) to the agreement if the head of 
     the contracting activity determines that it would not be in 
     the public interest to apply the requirement to the 
     agreement. The waiver shall be effective with respect to the 
     agreement only if the head of the contracting activity 
     transmits a notification of the waiver to Congress and the 
     Comptroller General before entering into the agreement. The 
     notification shall include the rationale for the 
     determination.
       ``(5) The Comptroller General may not examine records 
     pursuant to a clause included in an agreement under paragraph 
     (1) more than three years after the final payment is made by 
     the United States under the agreement.
       ``(d) Appropriate Use of Authority.--(1) The Secretary of 
     Defense shall ensure that no official of an agency enters 
     into a transaction (other than a contract, grant, or 
     cooperative agreement) for a prototype project under the 
     authority of this section unless one of the following 
     conditions is met:
       ``(A) There is at least one nontraditional defense 
     contractor participating to a significant extent in the 
     prototype project.
       ``(B) All significant participants in the transaction other 
     than the Federal Government are small businesses or 
     nontraditional defense contractors.
       ``(C) At least one third of the total cost of the prototype 
     project is to be paid out of funds provided by parties to the 
     transaction other than the Federal Government.
       ``(D) The senior procurement executive for the agency 
     determines in writing that exceptional circumstances justify 
     the use of a transaction that provides for innovative 
     business arrangements or structures that would not be 
     feasible or appropriate under a contract, or would provide an 
     opportunity to expand the defense supply base in a manner 
     that would not be practical or feasible under a contract.
       ``(2)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the 
     amounts counted for the purposes of this subsection as being 
     provided, or to be provided, by a party to a transaction with 
     respect to a prototype project that is entered into under 
     this section other than the Federal Government do not include 
     costs that were incurred before the date on which the 
     transaction becomes effective.
       ``(B) Costs that were incurred for a prototype project by a 
     party after the beginning of negotiations resulting in a 
     transaction (other than a contract, grant, or cooperative 
     agreement) with respect to the project before the date on 
     which the transaction becomes effective may be counted for 
     purposes of this subsection as being provided, or to be 
     provided, by the party to the transaction if and to the 
     extent that the official responsible for entering into the 
     transaction determines in writing that--
       ``(i) the party incurred the costs in anticipation of 
     entering into the transaction; and
       ``(ii) it was appropriate for the party to incur the costs 
     before the transaction became effective in order to ensure 
     the successful implementation of the transaction.
       ``(e) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) The term `nontraditional defense contractor' has the 
     meaning given the term under section 2302(9) of this title.
       ``(2) The term `small business' means a small business 
     concern as defined under section 3 of the Small Business Act 
     (15 U.S.C. 632).

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       ``(f) Follow-on Production Contracts or Transactions.--(1) 
     A transaction entered into under this section for a prototype 
     project may provide for the award of a follow-on production 
     contract or transaction to the participants in the 
     transaction.
       ``(2) A follow-on production contract or transaction 
     provided for in a transaction under paragraph (1) may be 
     awarded to the participants in the transaction without the 
     use of competitive procedures, notwithstanding the 
     requirements of section 2304 of this title, if--
       ``(A) competitive procedures were used for the selection of 
     parties for participation in the transaction; and
       ``(B) the participants in the transaction successfully 
     completed the prototype project provided for in the 
     transaction.
       ``(3) Contracts and transactions entered into pursuant to 
     this subsection may be awarded using the authority in 
     subsection (a), under the authority of chapter 137 of this 
     title, or under such procedures, terms, and conditions as the 
     Secretary of Defense may establish by regulation.
       ``(g) Authority To Provide Prototypes and Follow-on 
     Production Items as Government-furnished Equipment.--An 
     agreement entered into pursuant to the authority of 
     subsection (a) or a follow-on contract or transaction entered 
     into pursuant to the authority of subsection (f) may provide 
     for prototypes or follow-on production items to be provided 
     to another contractor as Government-furnished equipment.
       ``(h) Applicability of Procurement Ethics Requirements.--An 
     agreement entered into under the authority of this section 
     shall be treated as a Federal agency procurement for the 
     purposes of chapter 21 of title 41.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 139 of such title is amended by 
     inserting after the item relating to section 2371a the 
     following new item:

``2371b. Authority of the Department of Defense to carry out certain 
              prototype projects.''.
       (b) Modification to Definition of Nontraditional Defense 
     Contractor.--Section 2302(9) of such title is amended to read 
     as follows:
       ``(9) The term `nontraditional defense contractor', with 
     respect to a procurement or with respect to a transaction 
     authorized under section 2371(a) or 2371b of this title, 
     means an entity that is not currently performing and has not 
     performed, for at least the one-year period preceding the 
     solicitation of sources by the Department of Defense for the 
     procurement or transaction, any contract or subcontract for 
     the Department of Defense that is subject to full coverage 
     under the cost accounting standards prescribed pursuant to 
     section 1502 of title 41 and the regulations implementing 
     such section.''.
       (c) Repeal of Obsolete Authority.--Section 845 of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 
     (Public Law 103-160; 10 U.S.C. 2371 note) is hereby repealed. 
     Transactions entered into under the authority of such section 
     845 shall remain in force and effect and shall be modified as 
     appropriate to reflect the amendments made by this section.
       (d) Technical and Conforming Amendment.--Subparagraph (B) 
     of section 1601(c)(1) of the National Defense Authorization 
     Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Public Law 108-136; 10 U.S.C. 2358 
     note) is amended to read as follows:
       ``(B) sections 2371 and 2371b of title 10, United States 
     Code.''.
       (e) Updated Guidance.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense 
     shall issue updated guidance to implement the amendments made 
     by this section.
       (f) Assessment Required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees an 
     assessment of--
       (1) the benefits and risks of permitting not-for-profit 
     defense contractors to be awarded transaction agreements 
     under section 2371b of title 10, United States Code, for the 
     purposes of cost-sharing requirements of subsection (d)(1)(C) 
     of such section; and
       (2) the benefits and risks of removing the cost-sharing 
     requirements of subsection (d)(1)(C) of such section in their 
     entirety.

     SEC. 816. AMENDMENT TO ACQUISITION THRESHOLD FOR SPECIAL 
                   EMERGENCY PROCUREMENT AUTHORITY.

       Section 1903(b)(2) of title 41, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``$250,000'' and 
     inserting ``$750,000''; and
       (2) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``$1,000,000'' and 
     inserting ``$1,500,000''.

     SEC. 817. REVISION OF METHOD OF ROUNDING WHEN MAKING 
                   INFLATION ADJUSTMENT OF ACQUISITION-RELATED 
                   DOLLAR THRESHOLDS.

       Section 1908(e)(2) of title 41, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking 
     ``on the day before the adjustment'' and inserting ``as 
     calculated under paragraph (1)'';
       (2) by striking ``and'' at the end of subparagraph (C); and
       (3) by striking subparagraph (D) and inserting the 
     following new subparagraphs:
       ``(D) not less than $1,000,000, but less than $10,000,000, 
     to the nearest $500,000;
       ``(E) not less than $10,000,000, but less than 
     $100,000,000, to the nearest $5,000,000;
       ``(F) not less than $100,000,000, but less than 
     $1,000,000,000, to the nearest $50,000,000; and
       ``(G) $1,000,000,000 or more, to the nearest 
     $500,000,000.''.

  Subtitle C--Provisions Related to Major Defense Acquisition Programs

     SEC. 821. ACQUISITION STRATEGY REQUIRED FOR EACH MAJOR 
                   DEFENSE ACQUISITION PROGRAM, MAJOR AUTOMATED 
                   INFORMATION SYSTEM, AND MAJOR SYSTEM.

       (a) Consolidation of Requirements Relating to Acquisition 
     Strategy.--
       (1) New title 10 section.--Chapter 144 of title 10, United 
     States Code, is amended by inserting after section 2431 the 
     following new section:

     ``Sec. 2431a. Acquisition strategy

       ``(a) Acquisition Strategy Required.--There shall be an 
     acquisition strategy for each major defense acquisition 
     program, each major automated information system, and each 
     major system approved by a milestone decision authority.
       ``(b) Responsible Official.--For each acquisition strategy 
     required by subsection (a), the Under Secretary of Defense 
     for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics is responsible for 
     issuing and maintaining the requirements for--
       ``(1) the content of the strategy; and
       ``(2) the review and approval process for the strategy.
       ``(c) Considerations.--(1) In issuing requirements for the 
     content of an acquisition strategy for a major defense 
     acquisition program, major automated information system, or 
     major system, the Under Secretary shall ensure that--
       ``(A) the strategy clearly describes the proposed top-level 
     business and technical management approach for the program or 
     system, in sufficient detail to allow the milestone decision 
     authority to assess the viability of the proposed approach, 
     the method of implementing laws and policies, and program 
     objectives;
       ``(B) the strategy contains a clear explanation of how the 
     strategy is designed to be implemented with available 
     resources, such as time, funding, and management capacity;
       ``(C) the strategy is tailored to address program 
     requirements and constraints; and
       ``(D) the strategy considers the items listed in paragraph 
     (2).
       ``(2) Each strategy shall, where appropriate, consider the 
     following:
       ``(A) An approach that delivers required capability in 
     increments, each depending on available mature technology, 
     and that recognizes up front the need for future capability 
     improvements.
       ``(B) Acquisition approach, including industrial base 
     considerations in accordance with section 2440 of this title.
       ``(C) Risk management, including such methods as 
     competitive prototyping at the system, subsystem, or 
     component level, in accordance with section 2431b of this 
     title.
       ``(D) Business strategy, including measures to ensure 
     competition at the system and subsystem level throughout the 
     life-cycle of the program or system in accordance with 
     section 2337 of this title.
       ``(E) Contracting strategy, including--
       ``(i) contract type and how the type selected relates to 
     level of program risk in each acquisition phase;
       ``(ii) how the plans for the program or system to reduce 
     risk enable the use of fixed-price elements in subsequent 
     contracts and the timing of the use of those fixed price 
     elements;
       ``(iii) market research; and
       ``(iv) consideration of small business participation.
       ``(F) Intellectual property strategy in accordance with 
     section 2320 of this title.
       ``(G) International involvement, including foreign military 
     sales and cooperative opportunities, in accordance with 
     section 2350a of this title.
       ``(H) Multiyear procurement in accordance with section 
     2306b of this title.
       ``(I) Integration of current intelligence assessments into 
     the acquisition process.
       ``(J) Requirements related to logistics, maintenance, and 
     sustainment in accordance with sections 2464 and 2466 of this 
     title.
       ``(d) Review.--(1) Subject to the authority, direction, and 
     control of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, 
     Technology, and Logistics, the milestone decision authority 
     shall review and approve, as appropriate, the acquisition 
     strategy for a major defense acquisition program, major 
     automated information system, or major system at each of the 
     following times:
       ``(A) Milestone A approval.
       ``(B) The decision to release the request for proposals for 
     development of the program or system.
       ``(C) Milestone B approval.
       ``(D) Each subsequent milestone.
       ``(E) Review of any decision to enter into full-rate 
     production.
       ``(F) When there has been--
       ``(i) a significant change to the cost of the program or 
     system;
       ``(ii) a critical change to the cost of the program or 
     system;
       ``(iii) a significant change to the schedule of the program 
     or system; or
       ``(iv) a significant change to the performance of the 
     program or system.
       ``(G) Any other time considered relevant by the milestone 
     decision authority.
       ``(2) If the milestone decision authority revises an 
     acquisition strategy for a program or system, the milestone 
     decision authority shall provide notice of the revision to 
     the congressional defense committees.
       ``(e) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) The term `major defense acquisition program' has the 
     meaning provided in section 2430 of this title.
       ``(2) The term `major system' has the meaning provided in 
     section 2302(5) of this title.
       ``(3) The term `Milestone A approval' means a decision to 
     enter into technology maturation and risk reduction pursuant 
     to guidance prescribed by the Secretary of Defense for the 
     management of Department of Defense acquisition programs.

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       ``(4) The term `Milestone B approval' has the meaning 
     provided in section 2366(e)(7) of this title.
       ``(5) The term `milestone decision authority', with respect 
     to a major defense acquisition program, major automated 
     information system, or major system, means the official 
     within the Department of Defense designated with the overall 
     responsibility and authority for acquisition decisions for 
     the program or system, including authority to approve entry 
     of the program or system into the next phase of the 
     acquisition process.
       ``(6) The term `management capacity', with respect to a 
     major defense acquisition program, major automated 
     information system, or major system, means the capacity to 
     manage the program or system through the use of highly 
     qualified organizations and personnel with appropriate 
     experience, knowledge, and skills.
       ``(7) The term `significant change to the cost', with 
     respect to a major defense acquisition program or major 
     system, means a significant cost growth threshold, as that 
     term is defined in section 2433(a)(4) of this title.
       ``(8) The term `critical change to the cost', with respect 
     to a major defense acquisition program or major system, means 
     a critical cost growth threshold, as that term is defined in 
     section 2433(a)(5) of this title.
       ``(9) The term `significant change to the schedule', with 
     respect to a major defense acquisition program, major 
     automated information system, or major system, means any 
     schedule delay greater than six months in a reported 
     event.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the 
     item relating to section 2431 the following new item:

``2431a. Acquisition strategy.''.
       (b)  Additional Amendments.--
       (1) Section 2350a(e) of such title is amended--
       (A) in the subsection heading, by striking ``Document'';
       (B) in paragraph (1), by striking ``the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for'' and all that follows through ``of the Board'' 
     and inserting ``opportunities for such cooperative research 
     and development shall be addressed in the acquisition 
     strategy for the project''; and
       (C) in paragraph (2)--
       (i) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A)--

       (I) by striking ``document'' and inserting ``discussion''; 
     and
       (II) by striking ``include'' and inserting ``consider'';

       (ii) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``A statement 
     indicating whether'' and inserting ``Whether'';
       (iii) in subparagraph (B)--

       (I) by striking ``by the Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics''; and
       (II) by striking ``of the United States under consideration 
     by the Department of Defense''; and

       (iv) in subparagraph (D), by striking ``The recommendation 
     of the Under Secretary'' and inserting ``A recommendation to 
     the milestone decision authority''.
       (2) Section 803 of the Bob Stump National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-314; 
     10 U.S.C. 2430 note) is repealed.

     SEC. 822. REVISION TO REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO RISK 
                   MANAGEMENT IN DEVELOPMENT OF MAJOR DEFENSE 
                   ACQUISITION PROGRAMS AND MAJOR SYSTEMS.

       (a) Risk Management and Mitigation Requirements.--
       (1) In general.--Chapter 144 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by inserting after section 2431a (as added 
     by section 821) the following new section:

     ``Sec. 2431b. Risk management and mitigation in major defense 
       acquisition programs and major systems

       ``(a) Requirement.--The Secretary of Defense shall ensure 
     that the initial acquisition strategy (required under section 
     2431a of this title) approved by the milestone decision 
     authority and any subsequent revisions include the following:
       ``(1) A comprehensive approach for managing and mitigating 
     risk (including technical, cost, and schedule risk) during 
     each of the following periods or when determined appropriate 
     by the milestone decision authority:
       ``(A) The period preceding engineering manufacturing 
     development, or its equivalent.
       ``(B) The period preceding initial production.
       ``(C) The period preceding full-rate production.
       ``(2) An identification of the major sources of risk in 
     each of the periods listed in paragraph (1) to improve 
     programmatic decisionmaking and appropriately minimize and 
     manage program concurrency.
       ``(b) Approach to Manage and Mitigate Risks.--The 
     comprehensive approach to manage and mitigate risk included 
     in the acquisition strategy for purposes of subsection (a)(1) 
     shall, at a minimum, include consideration of risk mitigation 
     techniques such as the following:
       ``(1) Prototyping (including prototyping at the system, 
     subsystem, or component level and competitive prototyping, 
     where appropriate) and, if prototyping at either the system, 
     subsystem, or component level is not used, an explanation of 
     why it is not appropriate.
       ``(2) Modeling and simulation, the areas that modeling and 
     simulation will assess, and identification of the need for 
     development of any new modeling and simulation tools in order 
     to support the comprehensive strategy.
       ``(3) Technology demonstrations and decision points for 
     disciplined transition of planned technologies into programs 
     or the selection of alternative technologies.
       ``(4) Multiple design approaches.
       ``(5) Alternative designs, including any designs that meet 
     requirements but do so with reduced performance.
       ``(6) Phasing of program activities or related technology 
     development efforts in order to address high-risk areas as 
     early as feasible.
       ``(7) Manufacturability and industrial base availability.
       ``(8) Independent risk element assessments by outside 
     subject matter experts.
       ``(9) Schedule and funding margins for identified risks.
       ``(c) Preference for Prototyping.--To the maximum extent 
     practicable and consistent with the economical use of 
     available financial resources, the milestone decision 
     authority for each major defense acquisition program shall 
     ensure that the acquisition strategy for the program provides 
     for--
       ``(1) the production of competitive prototypes at the 
     system or subsystem level before Milestone B approval; or
       ``(2) if the production of competitive prototypes is not 
     practicable, the production of single prototypes at the 
     system or subsystem level.
       ``(d) Definitions.--In this section, the terms `major 
     defense acquisition program' and `major system' have the 
     meanings provided in section 2431a of this title.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the 
     item relating to section 2431a, as so added, the following 
     new item:

``2431b. Risk reduction in major defense acquisition programs and major 
              systems.''.
       (b) Repeal of Superseded Provision.--Section 203 of the 
     Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 (10 U.S.C. 2430 
     note) is repealed.

     SEC. 823. REVISION OF MILESTONE A DECISION AUTHORITY 
                   RESPONSIBILITIES FOR MAJOR DEFENSE ACQUISITION 
                   PROGRAMS.

       (a) Revision to Milestone a Requirements.--Section 2366a of 
     title 10, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

     ``Sec. 2366a. Major defense acquisition programs: 
       determination required before Milestone A approval

       ``(a) Responsibilities.--Before granting Milestone A 
     approval for a major defense acquisition program or a major 
     subprogram, the milestone decision authority for the program 
     or subprogram shall ensure that--
       ``(1) information about the program or subprogram is 
     sufficient to warrant entry of the program or subprogram into 
     the risk reduction phase;
       ``(2) the Secretary of the military department concerned 
     and the Chief of the armed force concerned concur in the 
     cost, schedule, technical feasibility, and performance trade-
     offs that have been made with regard to the program; and
       ``(3) there are sound plans for progression of the program 
     or subprogram to the development phase.
       ``(b) Written Determination Required.--A major defense 
     acquisition program or subprogram may not receive Milestone A 
     approval or otherwise be initiated prior to Milestone B 
     approval until the milestone decision authority determines in 
     writing, after consultation with the Joint Requirements 
     Oversight Council on matters related to program requirements 
     and military needs--
       ``(1) that the program fulfills an approved initial 
     capabilities document;
       ``(2) that the program has been developed in light of 
     appropriate market research;
       ``(3) if the program duplicates a capability already 
     provided by an existing system, the duplication provided by 
     such program is necessary and appropriate;
       ``(4) that, with respect to any identified areas of risk, 
     there is a plan to reduce the risk;
       ``(5) that planning for sustainment has been addressed and 
     that a determination of applicability of core logistics 
     capabilities requirements has been made;
       ``(6) that an analysis of alternatives has been performed 
     consistent with study guidance developed by the Director of 
     Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation;
       ``(7) that a cost estimate for the program has been 
     submitted, with the concurrence of the Director of Cost 
     Assessment and Program Evaluation, and that the level of 
     resources required to develop, procure, and sustain the 
     program is sufficient for successful program execution; and
       ``(8) that the program or subprogram meets any other 
     considerations the milestone decision authority considers 
     relevant.
       ``(c) Submission to Congress.--At the request of any of the 
     congressional defense committees, the Secretary of Defense 
     shall submit to the committee an explanation of the basis for 
     a determination made under subsection (b) with respect to a 
     major defense acquisition program, together with a copy of 
     the written determination. The explanation shall be submitted 
     in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex.
       ``(d) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) The term `major defense acquisition program' has the 
     meaning provided in section 2430 of this title.
       ``(2) The term `initial capabilities document' means any 
     capabilities requirement document approved by the Joint 
     Requirements Oversight Council that establishes the need for 
     a materiel approach to resolve a capability gap.
       ``(3) The term `Milestone A approval' means a decision to 
     enter into technology maturation and risk reduction pursuant 
     to guidance prescribed by the Secretary of Defense for the 
     management of Department of Defense acquisition programs.

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       ``(4) The term `Milestone B approval' has the meaning 
     provided that term in section 2366(e)(7) of this title.
       ``(5) The term `core logistics capabilities' means the core 
     logistics capabilities identified under section 2464(a) of 
     this title.
       ``(6) the term `major subprogram' means a major subprogram 
     of a major defense acquisition program designated under 
     section 2430a(a)(1) of this title.
       ``(7) The term `milestone decision authority', with respect 
     to a major defense acquisition program or a major subprogram, 
     means the official within the Department of Defense 
     designated with the overall responsibility and authority for 
     acquisition decisions for the program or subprogram, 
     including authority to approve entry of the program or 
     subprogram into the next phase of the acquisition process.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 139 of such title is amended by striking 
     the item relating to section 2366a and inserting the 
     following:

``2366a. Major defense acquisition programs: determination required 
              before Milestone A approval.''.

     SEC. 824. REVISION OF MILESTONE B DECISION AUTHORITY 
                   RESPONSIBILITIES FOR MAJOR DEFENSE ACQUISITION 
                   PROGRAMS.

       (a) Revision to Milestone B Requirements.--Section 2366b of 
     title 10, United Stated Code, is amended to read as follows:

     ``Sec. 2366b. Major defense acquisition programs: 
       certification required before Milestone B approval

       ``(a) Certifications and Determination Required.--A major 
     defense acquisition program may not receive Milestone B 
     approval until the milestone decision authority--
       ``(1) has received a preliminary design review and 
     conducted a formal post-preliminary design review assessment, 
     and certifies on the basis of such assessment that the 
     program demonstrates a high likelihood of accomplishing its 
     intended mission;
       ``(2) further certifies that the technology in the program 
     has been demonstrated in a relevant environment, as 
     determined by the milestone decision authority on the basis 
     of an independent review and assessment by the Assistant 
     Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, in 
     consultation with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense 
     for Developmental Test and Evaluation;
       ``(3) determines in writing that--
       ``(A) the program is affordable when considering the 
     ability of the Department of Defense to accomplish the 
     program's mission using alternative systems;
       ``(B) appropriate trade-offs among cost, schedule, 
     technical feasibility, and performance objectives have been 
     made to ensure that the program is affordable when 
     considering the per unit cost and the total acquisition cost 
     in the context of the total resources available during the 
     period covered by the future-years defense program submitted 
     during the fiscal year in which the certification is made;
       ``(C) reasonable cost and schedule estimates have been 
     developed to execute, with the concurrence of the Director of 
     Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, the product 
     development and production plan under the program; and
       ``(D) funding is available to execute the product 
     development and production plan under the program, through 
     the period covered by the future-years defense program 
     submitted during the fiscal year in which the certification 
     is made, consistent with the estimates described in 
     subparagraph (C) for the program;
       ``(E) appropriate market research has been conducted prior 
     to technology development to reduce duplication of existing 
     technology and products;
       ``(F) the Department of Defense has completed an analysis 
     of alternatives with respect to the program;
       ``(G) the Joint Requirements Oversight Council has 
     accomplished its duties with respect to the program pursuant 
     to section 181(b) of this title, including an analysis of the 
     operational requirements for the program;
       ``(H) life-cycle sustainment planning, including corrosion 
     prevention and mitigation planning, has identified and 
     evaluated relevant sustainment costs throughout development, 
     production, operation, sustainment, and disposal of the 
     program, and any alternatives, and that such costs are 
     reasonable and have been accurately estimated;
       ``(I) an estimate has been made of the requirements for 
     core logistics capabilities and the associated sustaining 
     workloads required to support such requirements;
       ``(J) there is a plan to mitigate and account for any costs 
     in connection with any anticipated de-certification of 
     cryptographic systems and components during the production 
     and procurement of the major defense acquisition program to 
     be acquired;
       ``(K) the program complies with all relevant policies, 
     regulations, and directives of the Department of Defense; and
       ``(L) the Secretary of the military department concerned 
     and the Chief of the armed force concerned concur in the 
     trade-offs made in accordance with subparagraph (B); and
       ``(4) in the case of a space system, performs a cost 
     benefit analysis for any new or follow-on satellite system 
     using a dedicated ground control system instead of a shared 
     ground control system, except that no cost benefit analysis 
     is required to be performed under this paragraph for any 
     Milestone B approval of a space system after December 31, 
     2019.
       ``(b) Changes to Certifications or Determination.--(1) The 
     program manager for a major defense acquisition program that 
     has received certifications or a determination under 
     subsection (a) shall immediately notify the milestone 
     decision authority of any changes to the program or a 
     designated major subprogram of such program that--
       ``(A) alter the substantive basis for the certifications or 
     determination of the milestone decision authority relating to 
     any component of such certifications or determination 
     specified in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of subsection (a); or
       ``(B) otherwise cause the program or subprogram to deviate 
     significantly from the material provided to the milestone 
     decision authority in support of such certifications or 
     determination.
       ``(2) Upon receipt of information under paragraph (1), the 
     milestone decision authority may withdraw the certifications 
     or determination concerned or rescind Milestone B approval if 
     the milestone decision authority determines that such 
     certifications, determination, or approval are no longer 
     valid.
       ``(c) Submission to Congress.--(1) The certifications and 
     determination under subsection (a) with respect to a major 
     defense acquisition program shall be submitted to the 
     congressional defense committees with the first Selected 
     Acquisition Report submitted under section 2432 of this title 
     after completion of the certification.
       ``(2) The milestone decision authority shall retain records 
     of the basis for the certifications and determination under 
     paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of subsection (a).
       ``(3) At the request of any of the congressional defense 
     committees, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the 
     committee an explanation of the basis for the certifications 
     and determination under paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of 
     subsection (a) with respect to a major defense acquisition 
     program. The explanation shall be submitted in unclassified 
     form, but may include a classified annex.
       ``(d) Waiver for National Security.--(1) The milestone 
     decision authority may, at the time of Milestone B approval 
     or at the time that such milestone decision authority 
     withdraws a certification or rescinds Milestone B approval 
     pursuant to subsection (b)(2), waive the applicability to a 
     major defense acquisition program of one or more components 
     (as specified in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of subsection 
     (a)) of the certification and determination requirements if 
     the milestone decision authority determines that, but for 
     such a waiver, the Department would be unable to meet 
     critical national security objectives.
       ``(2) Whenever the milestone decision authority makes such 
     a determination and authorizes such a waiver--
       ``(A) the waiver, the waiver determination, and the reasons 
     for the waiver determination shall be submitted in writing to 
     the congressional defense committees within 30 days after the 
     waiver is authorized; and
       ``(B) the milestone decision authority shall review the 
     program not less often than annually to determine the extent 
     to which such program currently satisfies the certification 
     and determination components specified in paragraphs (1), 
     (2), and (3) of subsection (a) until such time as the 
     milestone decision authority determines that the program 
     satisfies all such certification and determination 
     components.
       ``(3) The requirement in paragraph (2)(B) shall not apply 
     to a program for which a certification was required pursuant 
     to section 2433a(c) of this title if the milestone decision 
     authority--
       ``(A) determines in writing that--
       ``(i) the program has reached a stage in the acquisition 
     process at which it would not be practicable to meet the 
     certification component that was waived; and
       ``(ii) the milestone decision authority has taken 
     appropriate alternative actions to address the underlying 
     purposes of such certification component; and
       ``(B) submits the written determination, and an explanation 
     of the basis for the determination, to the congressional 
     defense committees.
       ``(e) Designation of Certification Status in Budget 
     Documentation.--Any budget request, budget justification 
     material, budget display, reprogramming request, Selected 
     Acquisition Report, or other budget documentation or 
     performance report submitted by the Secretary of Defense to 
     the President regarding a major defense acquisition program 
     receiving a waiver pursuant to subsection (d) shall 
     prominently and clearly indicate that such program has not 
     fully satisfied the certification requirements of this 
     section until such time as the milestone decision authority 
     makes the determination that such program has satisfied all 
     such certification requirements.
       ``(f) Nondelegation.--The milestone decision authority may 
     not delegate the certification requirement under subsection 
     (a) or the authority to waive any component of such 
     requirement under subsection (d).
       ``(g) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) The term `major defense acquisition program' means a 
     Department of Defense acquisition program that is a major 
     defense acquisition program for purposes of section 2430 of 
     this title.
       ``(2) The term `designated major subprogram' means a major 
     subprogram of a major defense acquisition program designated 
     under section 2430a(a)(1) of this title.
       ``(3) The term `milestone decision authority', with respect 
     to a major defense acquisition program, means the official 
     within the Department of Defense designated with the overall 
     responsibility and authority for acquisition decisions for 
     the program, including authority to approve entry of the 
     program into the next phase of the acquisition process.
       ``(4) The term `Milestone B approval' has the meaning 
     provided that term in section 2366(e)(7) of this title.
       ``(5) The term `core logistics capabilities' means the core 
     logistics capabilities identified under section 2464(a) of 
     this title.''.
       (b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 2334(a) of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended in paragraph (6)(A)(i) by 
     striking ``any certification under'' and inserting ``any 
     decision to grant milestone approval pursuant to''.

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     SEC. 825. DESIGNATION OF MILESTONE DECISION AUTHORITY.

       (a) In General.--Section 2430 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(d)(1) The milestone decision authority for a major 
     defense acquisition program reaching Milestone A after 
     October 1, 2016, shall be the service acquisition executive 
     of the military department that is managing the program, 
     unless the Secretary of Defense designates, under paragraph 
     (2), another official to serve as the milestone decision 
     authority.
       ``(2) The Secretary of Defense may designate an alternate 
     milestone decision authority for a program with respect to 
     which--
       ``(A) the Secretary determines that the program is 
     addressing a joint requirement;
       ``(B) the Secretary determines that the program is best 
     managed by a Defense Agency;
       ``(C) the program has incurred a unit cost increase greater 
     than the significant cost threshold or critical cost 
     threshold under section 2433 of this title;
       ``(D) the program is critical to a major interagency 
     requirement or technology development effort, or has 
     significant international partner involvement; or
       ``(E) the Secretary determines that an alternate official 
     serving as the milestone decision authority will best provide 
     for the program to achieve desired cost, schedule, and 
     performance outcomes.
       ``(3)(A) After designating an alternate milestone decision 
     authority under paragraph (2) for a program, the Secretary of 
     Defense may revert the position of milestone decision 
     authority for the program back to the service acquisition 
     executive upon request of the Secretary of the military 
     department concerned. A decision on the request shall be made 
     within 180 days after receipt of the request from the 
     Secretary of the military department concerned.
       ``(B) If the Secretary of Defense denies the request for 
     reversion of the milestone decision authority back to the 
     service acquisition executive, the Secretary shall report to 
     the congressional defense committees on the basis of the 
     Secretary's decision that an alternate official serving as 
     milestone decision authority will best provide for the 
     program to achieve desired cost, schedule, and performance 
     outcomes. No such reversion is authorized after a program has 
     incurred a unit cost increase greater than the significant 
     cost threshold or critical cost threshold under section 2433 
     of this title, except in exceptional circumstances.
       ``(4)(A) For each major defense acquisition program, the 
     Secretary of the military department concerned and the Chief 
     of the armed force concerned shall, in each Selected 
     Acquisition Report required under section 2432 of this title, 
     certify that program requirements are stable and funding is 
     adequate to meet cost, schedule, and performance objectives 
     for the program and identify and report to the congressional 
     defense committees on any increased risk to the program since 
     the last report.
       ``(B) The Secretary of Defense shall review the acquisition 
     oversight process for major defense acquisition programs and 
     shall limit outside requirements for documentation to an 
     absolute minimum on those programs where the service 
     acquisition executive of the military department that is 
     managing the program is the milestone decision authority and 
     ensure that any policies, procedures, and activities related 
     to oversight efforts conducted outside of the military 
     departments with regard to major defense acquisition programs 
     shall be implemented in a manner that does not unnecessarily 
     increase program costs or impede program schedules.''.
       (b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 133(b)(5) of such title 
     is amended by inserting before the period at the end the 
     following: ``, except that the Under Secretary shall exercise 
     advisory authority, subject to the authority, direction, and 
     control of the Secretary of Defense, over service acquisition 
     programs for which the service acquisition executive is the 
     milestone decision authority''.
       (c) Implementation.--
       (1) Implementation plan.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees a plan 
     for implementing subsection (d) of section 2430 of title 10, 
     United States Code, as added by subsection (a) of this 
     section.
       (2) Guidance.--The Deputy Chief Management Officer of the 
     Department of Defense, in consultation with the Under 
     Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and 
     Logistics and the service acquisition executives, shall issue 
     guidance to ensure that by not later than October 1, 2016, 
     the acquisition policy, guidance, and practices of the 
     Department of Defense conform to the requirements of 
     subsection (d) of section 2430 of title 10, United States 
     Code, as added by subsection (a) of this section. The 
     guidance shall be designed to ensure a streamlined 
     decisionmaking and approval process and to minimize any 
     information requests, consistent with the requirement of 
     paragraph (4)(A) of such subsection (d).
       (3) Effective date.--The amendments made by subsections (a) 
     and (b) shall take effect on October 1, 2016.

     SEC. 826. TENURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF PROGRAM MANAGERS FOR 
                   PROGRAM DEFINITION PERIODS.

       (a) Revised Guidance Required.--Not later than 180 days 
     after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall revise Department of Defense guidance for major 
     defense acquisition programs to address the tenure and 
     accountability of program managers for the program definition 
     period of major defense acquisition programs.
       (b) Program Definition Period.--For the purposes of this 
     section, the term ``program definition period'', with respect 
     to a major defense acquisition program, means the period 
     beginning with initiation of the program and ending with 
     Milestone B approval (or Key Decision Point B approval in the 
     case of a space program).
       (c) Responsibilities.--The revised guidance required by 
     subsection (a) shall provide that the program manager for the 
     program definition period of a major defense acquisition 
     program is responsible for--
       (1) bringing technologies to maturity and identifying the 
     manufacturing processes that will be needed to carry out the 
     program;
       (2) ensuring continuing focus during program development on 
     meeting stated mission requirements and other requirements of 
     the Department of Defense;
       (3) recommending trade-offs between program cost, schedule, 
     and performance for the life-cycle of the program;
       (4) developing a business case for the program; and
       (5) ensuring that appropriate information is available to 
     the milestone decision authority to make a decision on 
     Milestone B approval (or Key Decision Point B approval in the 
     case of a space program), including information necessary to 
     make the certification required by section 2366a of title 10, 
     United States Code.
       (d) Qualifications, Resources, and Tenure.--The Secretary 
     of Defense shall ensure that each program manager for the 
     program definition period of a major defense acquisition 
     program--
       (1) has the appropriate management, engineering, technical, 
     and financial expertise needed to meet the responsibilities 
     assigned pursuant to subsection (c);
       (2) is provided the resources and support (including 
     systems engineering expertise, cost-estimating expertise, and 
     software development expertise) needed to meet such 
     responsibilities; and
       (3) is assigned to the program manager position for such 
     program until such time as such program receives Milestone B 
     approval (or Key Decision Point B approval in the case of a 
     space program), unless removed for cause or due to 
     exceptional circumstances.
       (e) Waiver Authority.--The Secretary may waive the 
     requirement in paragraph (3) of subsection (d) upon a 
     determination that the program definition period will take so 
     long that it would not be appropriate for a single individual 
     to serve as program manager for the entire period covered by 
     such paragraph.

     SEC. 827. TENURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF PROGRAM MANAGERS FOR 
                   PROGRAM EXECUTION PERIODS.

       (a) Revised Guidance Required.--Not later than 180 days 
     after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall revise Department of Defense guidance for major 
     defense acquisition programs to address the tenure and 
     accountability of program managers for the program execution 
     period of major defense acquisition programs.
       (b) Program Execution Period.--For purposes of this 
     section, the term ``program execution period'', with respect 
     to a major defense acquisition program, means the period 
     beginning with Milestone B approval (or Key Decision Point B 
     approval in the case of a space program) and ending with 
     declaration of initial operational capability.
       (c) Responsibilities.--The revised guidance required by 
     subsection (a) shall--
       (1) require the program manager for the program execution 
     period of a major defense acquisition program to enter into a 
     performance agreement with the manager's immediate supervisor 
     for such program within six months of assignment, that--
       (A) establishes expected parameters for the cost, schedule, 
     and performance of the program consistent with the business 
     case for the program;
       (B) provides the commitment of the supervisor to provide 
     the level of funding and resources required to meet such 
     parameters; and
       (C) provides the assurance of the program manager that such 
     parameters are achievable and that the program manager will 
     be accountable for meeting such parameters; and
       (2) provide the program manager with the authority to--
       (A) consult on the addition of new program requirements 
     that would be inconsistent with the parameters established in 
     the performance agreement entered into pursuant to paragraph 
     (1);
       (B) recommend trade-offs between cost, schedule, and 
     performance, provided that such trade-offs are consistent 
     with the parameters established in the performance agreement 
     entered into pursuant to paragraph (1); and
       (C) develop such interim goals and milestones as may be 
     required to achieve the parameters established in the 
     performance agreement entered into pursuant to paragraph (1).
       (d) Qualifications, Resources, and Tenure.--The Secretary 
     shall ensure that each program manager for the program 
     execution period of a defense acquisition program--
       (1) has the appropriate management, engineering, technical, 
     and financial expertise needed to meet the responsibilities 
     assigned pursuant to subsection (c);
       (2) is provided the resources and support (including 
     systems engineering expertise, cost estimating expertise, and 
     software development expertise) needed to meet such 
     responsibilities; and
       (3) is assigned to the program manager position for such 
     program during the program execution period, unless removed 
     for cause or due to exceptional circumstances.
       (e) Waiver Authority.--The immediate supervisor of a 
     program manager for a major defense acquisition program may 
     waive the requirement in paragraph (3) of subsection (d) upon 
     a determination that the program execution period will take 
     so long that it would not be appropriate for a single 
     individual to serve as

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     program manager for the entire program execution period.

     SEC. 828. PENALTY FOR COST OVERRUNS.

       (a) In General.--For each fiscal year beginning with fiscal 
     year 2015, the Secretary of each military department shall 
     pay a penalty for cost overruns on the covered major defense 
     acquisition programs of the military department.
       (b) Calculation of Penalty.--For the purposes of this 
     section:
       (1) The amount of the cost overrun or underrun on any major 
     defense acquisition program or subprogram in a fiscal year is 
     the difference between the current program acquisition unit 
     cost for the program or subprogram and the program 
     acquisition unit cost for the program as shown in the 
     original Baseline Estimate for the program or subprogram, 
     multiplied by the quantity of items to be purchased under the 
     program or subprogram, as reported in the final Selected 
     Acquisition Report for the fiscal year in accordance with 
     section 2432 of title 10, United States Code.
       (2) Cost overruns or underruns for covered major defense 
     acquisition programs that are joint programs of more than one 
     military department shall be allocated among the military 
     departments in percentages determined by the Under Secretary 
     of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
       (3) The cumulative amount of cost overruns for a military 
     department in a fiscal year is the sum of the cost overruns 
     and cost underruns for all covered major defense acquisition 
     programs of the department in the fiscal year (including cost 
     overruns or underruns allocated to the military department in 
     accordance with paragraph (2)).
       (4) The cost overrun penalty for a military department in a 
     fiscal year is three percent of the cumulative amount of cost 
     overruns of the military department in the fiscal year, as 
     determined pursuant to paragraph (3), except that the cost 
     overrun penalty may not be a negative amount.
       (c) Transfer of Funds.--
       (1) Reduction of research, development, test, and 
     evaluation accounts.--Not later than 60 days after the end of 
     each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2015, the 
     Secretary of each military department shall reduce each 
     research, development, test, and evaluation account of the 
     military department by the percentage determined under 
     paragraph (2), and remit such amount to the Secretary of 
     Defense.
       (2) Determination of amount.--The percentage reduction to 
     research, development, test, and evaluation accounts of a 
     military department referred to in paragraph (1) is the 
     percentage reduction to such accounts necessary to equal the 
     cost overrun penalty for the fiscal year for such department 
     determined pursuant to subsection (b)(4).
       (3) Crediting of funds.--Any amount remitted under 
     paragraph (1) shall be credited to the Rapid Prototyping Fund 
     established pursuant to section 804 of this Act.
       (d) Covered Programs.--A major defense acquisition program 
     is covered under this section if the original Baseline 
     Estimate was established for such program under paragraph (1) 
     or (2) of section 2435(d) of title 10, United States Code, on 
     or after May 22, 2009 (which is the date of the enactment of 
     the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 (Public Law 
     111-23)).

     SEC. 829. STREAMLINING OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE 
                   TO ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR RESEARCH 
                   AND ENGINEERING REGARDING MAJOR DEFENSE 
                   ACQUISITION PROGRAMS.

       (a) Reporting to Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Before Milestone B 
     Approval.--Subparagraph (A) of paragraph (8) of section 
     138(b) of title 10, United States Code, as amended by section 
     901(h)(2) of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 
     (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3466), is further amended--
       (1) by striking ``periodically'';
       (2) by striking ``the major defense acquisition programs'' 
     and inserting ``each major defense acquisition program'';
       (3) by inserting ``before the Milestone B approval for that 
     program'' after ``Department of Defense''; and
       (4) by striking ``such reviews and assessments'' and 
     inserting ``such review and assessment''.
       (b) Annual Report to Secretary of Defense and Congressional 
     Defense Committees.--Subparagraph (B) of such paragraph is 
     amended by inserting ``for which a Milestone B approval 
     occurred during the preceding fiscal year'' after 
     ``Department of Defense''.

     SEC. 830. CONFIGURATION STEERING BOARDS FOR COST CONTROL 
                   UNDER MAJOR DEFENSE ACQUISITION PROGRAMS.

       Section 814(c)(1) of the Duncan Hunter National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417; 
     122 Stat. 4529; 10 U.S.C. 2430 note) is amended--
       (1) by redesignating subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C) as 
     subparagraphs (B), (C), and (D), respectively; and
       (2) by inserting after ``for the following:'' the following 
     new subparagraph:
       ``(A) Monitoring changes in program requirements and 
     ensuring the Chief of Staff of the Armed Force concerned, in 
     consultation with the Secretary of the military department 
     concerned, approves of any proposed changes that could have 
     an adverse effect on program cost or schedule.''.

     SEC. 831. REPEAL OF REQUIREMENT FOR STAND-ALONE MANPOWER 
                   ESTIMATES FOR MAJOR DEFENSE ACQUISITION 
                   PROGRAMS.

       (a) Repeal of Requirement.--Subsection (a)(1) of section 
     2434 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking 
     ``and a manpower estimate for the program have'' and 
     inserting ``has''.
       (b) Conforming Amendments Relating to Regulations.--
     Subsection (b) of such section is amended--
       (1) by striking paragraph (2);
       (2) by striking ``shall require--'' and all that follows 
     through ``that the independent'' and inserting ``shall 
     require that the independent'';
       (3) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as 
     paragraphs (1) and (2), respectively, and moving those 
     paragraphs, as so redesignated, two ems to the left; and
       (4) in paragraph (2), as so redesignated--
       (A) by striking ``and operations and support,'' and 
     inserting ``operations and support, and trained manpower to 
     operate, maintain, and support the program upon full 
     operational deployment,''; and
       (B) by striking ``; and'' and inserting a period.
       (c) Clerical Amendments.--
       (1) Section heading.--The heading of such section is 
     amended to read as follows:

     ``Sec. 2434. Independent cost estimates''.

       (2) Table of sections.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 144 of such title is amended by striking 
     the item relating to section 2434 and inserting the 
     following:

``2434. Independent cost estimates.''.

     SEC. 832. REVISION TO DUTIES OF THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT 
                   SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR DEVELOPMENTAL TEST AND 
                   EVALUATION AND THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY 
                   OF DEFENSE FOR SYSTEMS ENGINEERING.

        Section 139b of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in subsection (a)(5)--
       (A) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``and approve or 
     disapprove''; and
       (B) in subparagraph (C), by inserting ``in order to advise 
     relevant technical authorities for such programs on the 
     incorporation of best practices for developmental test from 
     across the Department'' after ``in accordance with subsection 
     (c))''; and
       (2) in subsection (b)(5)--
       (A) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``and approve''; and
       (B) in subparagraph (C), by inserting ``in order to advise 
     relevant technical authorities for such programs on the 
     incorporation of best practices for systems engineering from 
     across the Department'' after ``programs''.

        Subtitle D--Provisions Relating to Acquisition Workforce

     SEC. 841. AMENDMENTS TO DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ACQUISITION 
                   WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FUND.

       (a) Modifications to Department of Defense Acquisition 
     Workforce Development Fund.--Section 1705 of title 10, United 
     States Code, is amended--
       (1) in subsection (d)--
       (A) in paragraph (2), by amending subparagraph (C) to read 
     as follows:
       ``(C) For purposes of this paragraph, the applicable 
     percentage for a fiscal year is the percentage that results 
     in the credit to the Fund of $500,000,000 in each fiscal 
     year.'';
       (B) in paragraph (2), in subparagraph (D)--
       (i) by striking ``an amount specified in subparagraph (C)'' 
     and inserting ``the amount specified in subparagraph (C)''; 
     and
       (ii) by striking ``an amount that is less than'' and all 
     that follows through the end and inserting ``an amount that 
     is less than $400,000,000.''; and
       (C) in paragraph (3), by striking ``24-month period'' and 
     inserting ``36-month period'';
       (2) in subsection (f), by striking ``60 days'' and 
     inserting ``120 days''; and
       (3) in subsection (g)--
       (A) by striking paragraph (2);
       (B) by striking ``acquisition workforce positions'' and 
     inserting ``of positions in the acquisition workforce, as 
     defined in subsection (h),'';
       (C) by striking ``Authority.--'' and all that follows 
     through ``For purposes of'' in paragraph (1) and inserting 
     ``Authority.--For purposes of'';
       (D) by striking ``(A)'' and inserting ``(1)'';
       (E) by striking ``(B)'' and inserting ``(2)''; and
       (F) by aligning paragraphs (1) and (2), as designated by 
     subparagraphs (D) and (E), so as to be two ems from the left 
     margin.
       (b) Modifications to Biennial Strategic Workforce Plan.--
     Section 115b(d) of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``the defense acquisition 
     workforce, including both military and civilian personnel'' 
     and inserting ``the military, civilian, and contractor 
     personnel that directly support the acquisition processes of 
     the Department of Defense, including persons serving in 
     acquisition-related positions designated by the Secretary of 
     Defense under section 1721 of this title'';
       (2) in paragraph (2)(D)--
       (A) in clause (i), by striking ``; and'' and inserting a 
     semicolon;
       (B) by redesignating clause (ii) as clause (iii); and
       (C) by inserting after clause (i) the following new clause:
       ``(ii) a description of steps that will be taken to address 
     any new or expanded critical skills and competencies the 
     civilian employee workforce will need to address recent 
     trends in defense acquisition, emerging best practices, 
     changes in the Government and commercial marketplace, and new 
     requirements established in law or regulation; and''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(3) For the purposes of paragraph (1), contractor 
     personnel shall be treated as directly supporting the 
     acquisition processes of the Department if, and to the extent 
     that, such contractor personnel perform functions in support

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     of personnel in Department of Defense positions designated by 
     the Secretary of Defense under section 1721 of this title.''.

     SEC. 842. DUAL-TRACK MILITARY PROFESSIONALS IN OPERATIONAL 
                   AND ACQUISITION SPECIALITIES.

       (a) Requirement for Chief of Staff Involvement.--Section 
     1722a(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by 
     inserting after ``military department)'' the following: ``, 
     in collaboration with the Chief of Staff of the Army, the 
     Chief of Naval Operations, the Chief of Staff of the Air 
     Force, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps (with respect 
     to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, 
     respectively),''.
       (b) Dual-track Career Path.--Section 1722a(b) of such title 
     is amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraphs (2) and (3) as paragraphs 
     (3) and (4), respectively;
       (2) in paragraph (1), by inserting ``single-track'' before 
     ``career path''; and
       (3) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following new 
     paragraph (2):
       ``(2) A dual-track career path that attracts the highest 
     quality officers and enlisted personnel and allows them to 
     gain experience in and receive credit for a primary career in 
     combat arms and a functional secondary career in the 
     acquisition field in order to more closely align the military 
     operational, requirements, and acquisition workforces of each 
     armed force.''.

     SEC. 843. PROVISION OF JOINT DUTY ASSIGNMENT CREDIT FOR 
                   ACQUISITION DUTY.

       Section 668(a)(1) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) by striking ``or'' at the end of subparagraph (D);
       (2) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (E) 
     and inserting ``; or''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(F) acquisition matters addressed by military personnel 
     and covered under chapter 87 of this title.''.

     SEC. 844. MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR TRAINING RELATED TO THE 
                   CONDUCT OF MARKET RESEARCH.

       (a) Mandatory Market Research Training.--Section 2377 of 
     title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end 
     the following new subsection:
       ``(d) Market Research Training Required.--The Secretary of 
     Defense shall provide mandatory training for members of the 
     armed forces and employees of the Department of Defense 
     responsible for the conduct of market research required under 
     subsection (c). Such mandatory training shall, at a minimum--
       ``(1) provide comprehensive information on the subject of 
     market research and the function of market research in the 
     acquisition of commercial items;
       ``(2) teach best practices for conducting and documenting 
     market research; and
       ``(3) provide methodologies for establishing standard 
     processes and reports for collecting and sharing market 
     research across the Department.''.
       (b) Incorporation Into Management Certification Training 
     Mandate.--The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff shall 
     ensure that the requirements of section 2377(d) of title 10, 
     United States Code, as added by subsection (a), are 
     incorporated into the requirements management certification 
     training mandate of the Joint Capabilities Integration 
     Development System.

     SEC. 845. INDEPENDENT STUDY OF IMPLEMENTATION OF DEFENSE 
                   ACQUISITION WORKFORCE IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS.

       (a) Requirement for Study.--Not later than 30 days after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall enter into a contract with an independent 
     research entity described in subsection (b) to carry out a 
     comprehensive study of the strategic planning of the 
     Department of Defense related to the defense acquisition 
     workforce. The study shall provide a comprehensive 
     examination of the Department's efforts to recruit, develop, 
     and retain the acquisition workforce with a specific review 
     of the following:
       (1) The implementation of the Defense Acquisition Workforce 
     Improvement Act (including chapter 87 of title 10, United 
     States Code).
       (2) The application of the Department of Defense 
     Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (as established under 
     section 1705 of title 10, United States Code).
       (3) The effectiveness of professional military education 
     programs, including fellowships and exchanges with industry.
       (b) Independent Research Entity.--The entity described in 
     this subsection is an independent research entity that is a 
     not-for-profit entity or a federally funded research and 
     development center with appropriate expertise and analytical 
     capability.
       (c) Reports.--
       (1) To secretary.--Not later than one year after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, the independent research entity 
     shall provide to the Secretary a report containing--
       (A) the results of the study required by subsection (a); 
     and
       (B) such recommendations to improve the acquisition 
     workforce as the independent research entity considers to be 
     appropriate.
       (2) To congress.--Not later than 30 days after receipt of 
     the report under paragraph (1), the Secretary of Defense 
     shall submit such report, together with any additional views 
     or recommendations of the Secretary, to the congressional 
     defense committees.

     SEC. 846. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY FOR THE CIVILIAN ACQUISITION 
                   WORKFORCE PERSONNEL DEMONSTRATION PROJECT.

       (a) Extension.--Section 1762(g) of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by striking ``September 30, 2017'' and 
     inserting ``December 31, 2020''.
       (b) Technical Amendment.--Such section is further amended 
     by striking ``demonstration program'' and inserting 
     ``demonstration project''.

          Subtitle E--Provisions Relating to Commercial Items

     SEC. 851. PROCUREMENT OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS.

       (a) Commercial Item Determinations by Department of 
     Defense.--
       (1) In general.--Chapter 140 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     section:

     ``Sec. 2380. Commercial item determinations by Department of 
       Defense

       ``The Secretary of Defense shall--
       ``(1) establish and maintain a centralized capability with 
     necessary expertise and resources to oversee the making of 
     commercial item determinations for the purposes of 
     procurements by the Department of Defense; and
       ``(2) provide public access to Department of Defense 
     commercial item determinations for the purposes of 
     procurements by the Department of Defense.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new item:

``2380. Commercial item determinations by Department of Defense.''.
       (b) Commercial Item Exception to Submission of Cost and 
     Pricing Data.--Section 2306a(b) of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     paragraph:
       ``(4) Commercial item determination.--(A) For purposes of 
     applying the commercial item exception under paragraph (1)(B) 
     to the required submission of certified cost or pricing data, 
     the contracting officer may presume that a prior commercial 
     item determination made by a military department, a Defense 
     Agency, or another component of the Department of Defense 
     shall serve as a determination for subsequent procurements of 
     such item.
       ``(B) If the contracting officer does not make the 
     presumption described in subparagraph (A) and instead chooses 
     to proceed with a procurement of an item previously 
     determined to be a commercial item using procedures other 
     than the procedures authorized for the procurement of a 
     commercial item, the contracting officer shall request a 
     review of the commercial item determination by the head of 
     the contracting activity.
       ``(C) Not later than 30 days after receiving a request for 
     review of a commercial item determination under subparagraph 
     (B), the head of a contracting activity shall--
       ``(i) confirm that the prior determination was appropriate 
     and still applicable; or
       ``(ii) issue a revised determination with a written 
     explanation of the basis for the revision.''.
       (c) Definition of Commercial Item.--Nothing in this section 
     or the amendments made by this section shall affect the 
     meaning of the term ``commercial item'' under subsection 
     (a)(5) of section 2464 of title 10, United States Code, or 
     any requirement under subsection (a)(3) or subsection (c) of 
     such section.
       (d) Regulations Update.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Defense Federal 
     Acquisition Regulation Supplement shall be updated to reflect 
     the requirements of this section and the amendments made by 
     this section.
       (e) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in this section or the 
     amendments made by this section shall be construed to 
     preclude the contracting officer for the procurement of a 
     commercial item from requiring the contractor to supply 
     information that is sufficient to determine the 
     reasonableness of price, regardless of whether or not the 
     contractor was required to provide such information in 
     connection with any earlier procurement.

     SEC. 852. MODIFICATION TO INFORMATION REQUIRED TO BE 
                   SUBMITTED BY OFFEROR IN PROCUREMENT OF MAJOR 
                   WEAPON SYSTEMS AS COMMERCIAL ITEMS.

       (a) Requirement for Determination.--Subsection (a) of 
     section 2379 of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1)(B), by inserting ``and'' after the 
     semicolon;
       (2) by striking paragraph (2); and
       (3) by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (2).
       (b) Treatment of Subsystems as Commercial Items.--
     Subsection (b) of such section is amended--
       (1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking 
     ``only if'' and inserting ``if either'';
       (2) in paragraph (2)--
       (A) by striking ``that--'' and all that follows through 
     ``the subsystem is a'' and inserting ``that the subsystem is 
     a'';
       (B) by striking ``; and'' and inserting a period; and
       (C) by striking subparagraph (B).
       (c) Treatment of Components as Commercial Items.--
     Subsection (c)(1) of such section is amended--
       (1) by striking ``title only if'' and inserting ``title if 
     either''; and
       (2) in subparagraph (B)--
       (A) by striking ``that--'' and all that follows through 
     ``the component or'' and inserting ``that the component or'';
       (B) by striking ``; and'' and inserting a period; and
       (C) by striking clause (ii).
       (d) Information Submitted.--Subsection (d) of such section 
     is amended to read as follows:
       ``(d) Information Submitted.--(1) To the extent necessary 
     to determine the reasonableness of the price for items 
     acquired under this section, the contracting officer shall 
     require the offeror to submit--

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       ``(A) prices paid for the same or similar commercial items 
     under comparable terms and conditions by both Government and 
     commercial customers;
       ``(B) if the contracting officer determines that the 
     offeror does not have access to and cannot provide sufficient 
     information described in subparagraph (A) to determine the 
     reasonableness of price, information on--
       ``(i) prices for the same or similar items sold under 
     different terms and conditions;
       ``(ii) prices for similar levels of work or effort on 
     related products or services;
       ``(iii) prices for alternative solutions or approaches; and
       ``(iv) other relevant information that can serve as the 
     basis for a price assessment; and
       ``(C) if the contracting officer determines that the 
     information submitted pursuant to subparagraphs (A) and (B) 
     is not sufficient to determine the reasonableness of price, 
     other relevant information regarding the basis for price or 
     cost, including information on labor costs, material costs, 
     and overhead rates.
       ``(2) An offeror may not be required to submit information 
     described in paragraph (1)(C) with regard to a commercially 
     available off-the-shelf item and may be required to submit 
     such information with regard to any other item that was 
     developed exclusively at private expense only after the head 
     of the contracting activity determines in writing that the 
     information submitted pursuant to paragraphs (1)(A) and 
     (1)(B) is not sufficient to determine the reasonableness of 
     price.''.
       (e) Conforming Amendment to Truth in Negotiations Act.--
     Section 2306a(d)(1) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by adding at the end the following new sentence: ``If 
     the contracting officer determines that the offeror does not 
     have access to and cannot provide sufficient information on 
     prices for the same or similar items to determine the 
     reasonableness of price, the contracting officer shall 
     require the submission of information on prices for similar 
     levels of work or effort on related products or services, 
     prices for alternative solutions or approaches, and other 
     information that is relevant to the determination of a fair 
     and reasonable price.''.

     SEC. 853. USE OF RECENT PRICES PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THE 
                   DETERMINATION OF PRICE REASONABLENESS.

        Section 2306a(b) of title 10, United States Code, as 
     amended by section 851, is further amended by adding at the 
     end the following new paragraph:
       ``(5) A contracting officer shall consider evidence 
     provided by an offeror of recent purchase prices paid by the 
     Government for the same or similar commercial items in 
     establishing price reasonableness on a subsequent purchase if 
     the contracting officer is satisfied that the prices 
     previously paid remain a valid reference for comparison after 
     considering the totality of other relevant factors such as 
     the time elapsed since the prior purchase and any differences 
     in the quantities purchased or applicable terms and 
     conditions.''.

     SEC. 854. REPORT ON DEFENSE-UNIQUE LAWS APPLICABLE TO THE 
                   PROCUREMENT OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS AND 
                   COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE OFF-THE-SHELF ITEMS.

       (a) Report Required.--The Secretary of Defense shall submit 
     to the congressional defense committees a report identifying 
     the defense-unique provisions of law that are applicable for 
     procurement of commercial items or commercial off-the-shelf 
     items, both at the prime contract and subcontract level. The 
     report--
       (1) shall discuss the impact--
       (A) of limiting the inclusion of clauses in contracts for 
     commercial items or commercial off-the-shelf items to those 
     that are required to implement law or Executive orders or are 
     determined to be consistent with standard commercial 
     practice; and
       (B) of limiting flow down of clauses in subcontracts for 
     commercial items or commercial off the shelf-items to those 
     that are required to implement law or Executive order; and
       (2) shall provide a listing of all standard clauses used in 
     Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 12 contracts, including a 
     justification for the inclusion of each.
       (b) Deadline for Submission.--The report under subsection 
     (a) shall be submitted not later than 180 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act.

     SEC. 855. MARKET RESEARCH AND PREFERENCE FOR COMMERCIAL 
                   ITEMS.

       (a) Guidance Required.--Not later than 90 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics shall 
     issue guidance to ensure that acquisition officials of the 
     Department of Defense fully comply with the requirements of 
     section 2377 of title 10, United States Code, regarding 
     market research and commercial items. The guidance issued 
     pursuant to this subsection shall, at a minimum--
       (1) provide that the head of an agency may not enter into a 
     contract in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold 
     for information technology products or services that are not 
     commercial items unless the head of the agency determines in 
     writing that no commercial items are suitable to meet the 
     agency's needs as provided in subsection (c)(2) of such 
     section; and
       (2) ensure that market research conducted in accordance 
     with subsection (c) of such section is used, where 
     appropriate, to inform price reasonableness determinations.
       (b) Review Required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Chairman and the Vice 
     Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in consultation with 
     the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, 
     and Logistics, shall review Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of 
     Staff Instruction 3170.01, the Manual for the Operation of 
     the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System, 
     and other documents governing the requirements development 
     process and revise these documents as necessary to ensure 
     that the Department of Defense fully complies with the 
     requirement in section 2377(c) of title 10, United States 
     Code, and section 10.001 of the Federal Acquisition 
     Regulation for Federal agencies to conduct appropriate market 
     research before developing new requirements.
       (c) Market Research Defined.--For the purposes of this 
     section, the term ``market research'' means a review of 
     existing systems, subsystems, capabilities, and technologies 
     that are available or could be made available to meet the 
     needs of the Department of Defense in whole or in part. The 
     review may include any of the techniques for conducting 
     market research provided in section 10.002(b)(2) of the 
     Federal Acquisition Regulation and shall include, at a 
     minimum, contacting knowledgeable individuals in Government 
     and industry regarding existing market capabilities.

     SEC. 856. LIMITATION ON CONVERSION OF PROCUREMENTS FROM 
                   COMMERCIAL ACQUISITION PROCEDURES.

       (a) Limitation.--
       (1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), prior 
     to converting the procurement of commercial items or services 
     valued at more than $1,000,000 from commercial acquisition 
     procedures under part 12 of the Federal Acquisition 
     Regulation to noncommercial acquisition procedures under part 
     15 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the contracting 
     officer for the procurement shall determine in writing that--
       (A) the earlier use of commercial acquisition procedures 
     under part 12 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation was in 
     error or based on inadequate information; and
       (B) the Department of Defense will realize a cost savings 
     compared to the cost of procuring a similar quantity or level 
     of such item or service using commercial acquisition 
     procedures.
       (2) Requirement for approval of determination by head of 
     contracting activity.--In the case of a procurement valued at 
     more than $100,000,000, a contract may not be awarded 
     pursuant to a conversion of the procurement described in 
     paragraph (1) until--
       (A) the head of the contracting activity approves the 
     determination made under paragraph (1); and
       (B) a copy of the determination so approved is provided to 
     the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, 
     Technology, and Logistics.
       (b) Factors to Be Considered.--In making a determination 
     under paragraph (1), the determining official shall, at a 
     minimum, consider the following factors:
       (1) The estimated cost of research and development to be 
     performed by the existing contractor to improve future 
     products or services.
       (2) The transaction costs for the Department of Defense and 
     the contractor in assessing and responding to data requests 
     to support a conversion to noncommercial acquisition 
     procedures.
       (3) Changes in purchase quantities.
       (4) Costs associated with potential procurement delays 
     resulting from the conversion.
       (c) Procedures.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     develop procedures to track conversions of future contracts 
     and subcontracts for improved analysis and reporting and 
     shall revise the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation 
     Supplement to reflect the requirement in subsection (a).
       (d) Reporting Requirement.--Not later than one year after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees 
     a report on the implementation of subsection (a), including 
     any procurements converted as described in that subsection.
       (e) Sunset.--The requirements of this section shall 
     terminate 5 years after the date of the enactment of this 
     Act.

     SEC. 857. TREATMENT OF GOODS AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY 
                   NONTRADITIONAL DEFENSE CONTRACTORS AS 
                   COMMERCIAL ITEMS.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 140 of title 10, United States 
     Code, as amended by section 851, is further amended by adding 
     at the end the following new section:

     ``Sec. 2380A. Treatment of goods and services provided by 
       nontraditional defense contractors as commercial items

       ``Notwithstanding section 2376(1) of this title, items and 
     services provided by nontraditional defense contractors (as 
     that term is defined in section 2302(9) of this title) may be 
     treated by the head of an agency as commercial items for 
     purposes of this chapter.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 140 of such title is amended by 
     inserting after the item relating to section 2380, as added 
     by section 851, the following new item:

``2380A. Treatment of goods and services provided by nontraditional 
              defense contractors as commercial items.''.

                  Subtitle F--Industrial Base Matters

     SEC. 861. AMENDMENT TO MENTOR-PROTEGE PROGRAM.

       (a) In General.--Section 831 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1991 (Public Law 101-510; 
     104 Stat. 1607; 10 U.S.C. 2302 note) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (b), by striking ``designed to enhance'' 
     and all that follows through the period at the end and 
     inserting the following: ``designed to--
       ``(1) enhance the capabilities of disadvantaged small 
     business concerns to perform as subcontractors and suppliers 
     under Department of Defense contracts and other contracts and 
     subcontracts; and
       ``(2) increase the participation of such business concerns 
     as subcontractors and suppliers under Department of Defense 
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     Federal Government contracts, and commercial contracts.'';
       (2) in subsection (c)(2), by striking ``to receive such 
     assistance at any time'' and inserting ``concurrently, and 
     the authority to enter into agreements under subsection (e) 
     shall only be available to such concern during the 5-year 
     period beginning on the date such concern enters into the 
     first such agreement'';
       (3) in subsection (d)--
       (A) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as clauses (i) 
     and (ii), respectively (and conforming the margins 
     accordingly); and
       (B) by inserting before clause (i) (as so redesignated) the 
     following:
       ``(1) the mentor firm is not affiliated with the protege 
     firm prior to the approval of that agreement; and
       ``(2) the mentor firm demonstrates that it--
       ``(A) is qualified to provide assistance that will 
     contribute to the purpose of the program;
       ``(B) is of good financial health and character and does 
     not appear on a Federal list of debarred or suspended 
     contractors; and
       ``(C) can impart value to a protege firm because of 
     experience gained as a Department of Defense contractor or 
     through knowledge of general business operations and 
     government contracting, as demonstrated by evidence that--'';
       (4) by amending subsection (e)(1) to read as follows:
       ``(1) A developmental program for the protege firm, in such 
     detail as may be reasonable, including--
       ``(A) factors to assess the protege firm's developmental 
     progress under the program;
       ``(B) a description of the quantitative and qualitative 
     benefits to the Department of Defense from the agreement, if 
     applicable; and
       ``(C) goals for additional awards that protege firm can 
     compete for outside the Mentor-Protege Program.'';
       (5) in subsection (f)--
       (A) in paragraph (1)(A), by striking ``business 
     development,'';
       (B) by striking paragraph (6); and
       (C) by redesignating paragraph (7) as paragraph (6);
       (6) in subsection (g)--
       (A) in paragraph (2)--
       (i) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``paragraphs (1) and 
     (7) of subsection (f)'' and inserting ``paragraphs (1) and 
     (6) of subsection (f) (except as provided in subparagraph 
     (D))'';
       (ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``under subsection 
     (l)(2)''; and
       (iii) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(D) The Secretary may not reimburse any fee assessed by 
     the mentor firm for services provided to the protege firm 
     pursuant to subsection (f)(6) or for business development 
     expenses incurred by the mentor firm under a contract awarded 
     to the mentor firm while participating in a joint venture 
     with the protege firm.''; and
       (B) in paragraph (3)(B)(i), by striking ``subsection 
     (f)(7)'' and inserting ``subsection (f)(6)'';
       (7) in subsection (h)(1), by inserting ``(15 U.S.C. 631 et 
     seq.)'' after ``Small Business Act'';
       (8) in subsection (j)--
       (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``September 30, 2015'' 
     and inserting ``September 30, 2018''; and
       (B) in paragraph (2), by striking ``September 30, 2018'' 
     and inserting ``September 30, 2021'';
       (9) by redesignating subsection (l) as subsection (n);
       (10) by inserting after subsection (k) the following new 
     subsections:
       ``(l) Report by Mentor Firms.--To comply with section 
     8(d)(7) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(7)), each 
     mentor firm shall submit a report to the Secretary not less 
     than once each fiscal year that includes, for the preceding 
     fiscal year--
       ``(1) all technical or management assistance provided by 
     mentor firm personnel for the purposes described in 
     subsection (f)(1);
       ``(2) any new awards of subcontracts on a competitive or 
     noncompetitive basis to the protege firm under Department of 
     Defense contracts or other contracts, including the value of 
     such subcontracts;
       ``(3) any extensions, increases in the scope of work, or 
     additional payments not previously reported for prior awards 
     of subcontracts on a competitive or noncompetitive basis to 
     the protege firm under Department of Defense contracts or 
     other contracts, including the value of such subcontracts;
       ``(4) the amount of any payment of progress payments or 
     advance payments made to the protege firm for performance 
     under any subcontract made under the Mentor-Protege Program;
       ``(5) any loans made by mentor firm to the protege firm;
       ``(6) all Federal contracts awarded to the mentor firm and 
     the protege firm as a joint venture, designating whether the 
     award was a restricted competition or a full and open 
     competition;
       ``(7) any assistance obtained by the mentor firm for the 
     protege firm from one or more--
       ``(A) small business development centers established 
     pursuant to section 21 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 
     648);
       ``(B) entities providing procurement technical assistance 
     pursuant to chapter 142 of title 10, United States Code; or
       ``(C) historically Black colleges or universities or 
     minority institutions of higher education;
       ``(8) whether there have been any changes to the terms of 
     the mentor-protege agreement; and
       ``(9) a narrative describing the success assistance 
     provided under subsection (f) has had in addressing the 
     developmental needs of the protege firm, the impact on 
     Department of Defense contracts, and addressing any problems 
     encountered.
       ``(m) Review of Report by the Office of Small Business 
     Programs.--The Office of Small Business Programs of the 
     Department of Defense shall review the report required by 
     subsection (l) and, if the Office finds that the mentor-
     protege agreement is not furthering the purpose of the 
     Mentor-Protege Program, decide not to approve any 
     continuation of the agreement.''; and
       (11) in subsection (n) (as so redesignated)--
       (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``means a business 
     concern that meets the requirements of section 3(a) of the 
     Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(a)) and the regulations 
     promulgated pursuant thereto'' and inserting ``has the 
     meaning given such term under section 3 of the Small Business 
     Act (15 U.S.C. 632)'';
       (B) in paragraph (2)--
       (i) by striking ``means:'' and inserting ``means a firm 
     that has less than half the size standard corresponding to 
     its primary North American Industry Classification System 
     code, is not owned or managed by individuals or entities that 
     directly or indirectly have stock options or convertible 
     securities in the mentor firm, and is--'';
       (ii) in subparagraph (D), by striking ``the severely 
     disabled'' and inserting ``severely disabled individuals'';
       (iii) in subparagraph (G), by striking ``Small Business 
     Act.'' and inserting ``Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(p)); 
     or''; and
       (iv) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(H) a small business concern that--
       ``(i) is a nontraditional defense contractor, as such term 
     is defined in section 2302 of title 10, United States Code; 
     or
       ``(ii) currently provides goods or services in the private 
     sector that are critical to enhancing the capabilities of the 
     defense supplier base and fulfilling key Department of 
     Defense needs.'';
       (C) by amending paragraph (8) to read as follows:
       ``(8) The term `severely disabled individual' means an 
     individual who is blind (as defined in section 8501 of title 
     41, United States Code) or a severely disabled individual (as 
     defined in such section).''; and
       (D) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(9) The term `affiliated', with respect to the 
     relationship between a mentor firm and a protege firm, 
     means--
       ``(A) the mentor firm shares, directly or indirectly, with 
     the protege firm ownership or management of the protege firm;
       ``(B) the mentor firm has an agreement, at the time the 
     mentor firm enters into a mentor-protege agreement under 
     subsection (e), to merge with the protege firm;
       ``(C) the owners and managers of the mentor firm are the 
     parent, child, spouse, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, 
     grandparent, grandchild, or first cousin of an owner or 
     manager of the protege firm;
       ``(D) the mentor firm has, during the 2-year period before 
     entering into a mentor-protege agreement, employed any 
     officer, director, principal stock holder, managing member, 
     or key employee of the protege firm;
       ``(E) the mentor firm has engaged in a joint venture with 
     the protege firm during the 2-year period before entering 
     into a mentor-protege agreement, unless such joint venture 
     was approved by the Small Business Administration prior to 
     making any offer on a contract;
       ``(F) the mentor firm is, directly or indirectly, the 
     primary party providing contracts to the protege firm, as 
     measured by the dollar value of the contracts; and
       ``(G) the Small Business Administration has made a 
     determination of affiliation or control under subsection 
     (h).''.
       (b) Application.--
       (1) In general.--The amendments made by subsection (a) 
     shall apply to a mentor-protege agreement made pursuant to 
     section 831 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 1991 (Public Law 101-510; 104 Stat. 1607; 10 
     U.S.C. 2302 note) entered into after the date of the 
     enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2016.
       (2) Retroactivity of report and review requirements.--The 
     amendments made by subsection (a)(10) shall apply to a 
     mentor-protege agreement made pursuant to section 831 of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1991 
     (Public Law 101-510; 104 Stat. 1607; 10 U.S.C. 2302 note) 
     entered into before, on, or after the date of the enactment 
     of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2016.

     SEC. 862. AMENDMENTS TO DATA QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN.

       (a) In General.--Section 15(s) of the Small Business Act 
     (15 U.S.C. 644(s)) is amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (6); and
       (2) by inserting after paragraph (3) the following new 
     paragraphs:
       ``(4) Implementation.--Not later than October 1, 2016, the 
     Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall 
     implement the plan described in this subsection.
       ``(5) Certification.--The Administrator shall annually 
     provide to the Committee on Small Business of the House of 
     Representatives and the Committee on Small Business and 
     Entrepreneurship of the Senate a certification of the 
     accuracy and completeness of data reported on bundled and 
     consolidated contracts.''.
       (b) GAO Study.--
       (1) Study.--Not later than October 1, 2017, the Comptroller 
     General of the United States shall initiate a study on the 
     effectiveness of the plan described in section 15(s) of the 
     Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(s)) that shall assess 
     whether contracts were accurately labeled as bundled or 
     consolidated.
       (2) Contracts evaluated.--For the purposes of conducting 
     the study described in paragraph (1), the Comptroller General 
     of the United States--
       (A) shall evaluate, for work in each of sectors 23, 33, 54, 
     and 56 (as defined by the North American Industry 
     Classification System), not fewer than 100 contracts in each 
     sector;

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       (B) shall evaluate only those contracts--
       (i) awarded by an agency listed in section 901(b) of title 
     31, United States Code; and
       (ii) that have a Base and Exercised Options Value, an 
     Action Obligation, or a Base and All Options Value (as such 
     terms are defined in the Federal Procurement Data System 
     described in section 1122(a)(4)(A) of title 41, United States 
     Code, or any successor system); and
       (C) shall not evaluate contracts that have used any set-
     aside authority.
       (3) Report.--Not later than 12 months after initiating the 
     study required by paragraph (1), the Comptroller General of 
     the United States shall report to the Committee on Small 
     Business of the House of Representatives and the Committee on 
     Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate on the 
     results from such study and, if warranted, any 
     recommendations on how to improve the quality of data 
     reported on bundled and consolidated contracts.

     SEC. 863. NOTICE OF CONTRACT CONSOLIDATION FOR ACQUISITION 
                   STRATEGIES.

       (a) Notice Requirement for the Head of a Contracting 
     Agency.--Section 15(e)(3) of the Small Business Act (15 
     U.S.C. 644(e)(3)) is amended to read as follows:
       ``(3) Strategy specifications.--If the head of a 
     contracting agency determines that an acquisition plan for a 
     procurement involves a substantial bundling of contract 
     requirements, the head of a contracting agency shall publish 
     a notice on a public website that such determination has been 
     made not later than 7 days after making such determination. 
     Any solicitation for a procurement related to the acquisition 
     plan may not be published earlier than 7 days after such 
     notice is published. Along with the publication of the 
     solicitation, the head of a contracting agency shall publish 
     a justification for the determination, which shall include 
     the following information:
       ``(A) The specific benefits anticipated to be derived from 
     the bundling of contract requirements and a determination 
     that such benefits justify the bundling.
       ``(B) An identification of any alternative contracting 
     approaches that would involve a lesser degree of bundling of 
     contract requirements.
       ``(C) An assessment of--
       ``(i) the specific impediments to participation by small 
     business concerns as prime contractors that result from the 
     bundling of contract requirements; and
       ``(ii) the specific actions designed to maximize 
     participation of small business concerns as subcontractors 
     (including suppliers) at various tiers under the contract or 
     contracts that are awarded to meet the requirements.''.
       (b) Notice Requirement for the Senior Procurement Executive 
     or Chief Acquisition Officer.--Section 44(c)(2) of the Small 
     Business Act (15 U.S.C. 657q(c)(2)) is amended by adding at 
     the end the following:
       ``(C) Notice.--Not later than 7 days after making a 
     determination that an acquisition strategy involving a 
     consolidation of contract requirements is necessary and 
     justified under subparagraph (A), the senior procurement 
     executive or Chief Acquisition Officer shall publish a notice 
     on a public website that such determination has been made. 
     Any solicitation for a procurement related to the acquisition 
     strategy may not be published earlier than 7 days after such 
     notice is published. Along with the publication of the 
     solicitation, the senior procurement executive or Chief 
     Acquisition Officer shall publish a justification for the 
     determination, which shall include the information in 
     subparagraphs (A) through (E) of paragraph (1).''.
       (c) Technical Amendment.--Section 44(c)(1) of the Small 
     Business Act (15 U.S.C. 657q(c)(1)) is amended by striking 
     ``Subject to paragraph (4), the head'' and inserting ``The 
     head''.

     SEC. 864. CLARIFICATION OF REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO SMALL 
                   BUSINESS CONTRACTS FOR SERVICES.

       (a) Procurement Contracts.--Section 8(a)(17) of the Small 
     Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a)(17)) is amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``any procurement 
     contract'' and all that follows through ``section 15'' and 
     inserting ``any procurement contract, which contract has as 
     its principal purpose the supply of a product to be let 
     pursuant to this subsection, subsection (m), section 15(a), 
     section 31, or section 36,''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(C) Limitation.--This paragraph shall not apply to a 
     contract that has as its principal purpose the acquisition of 
     services or construction.''.
       (b) Subcontractor Contracts.--Section 46(a)(4) of the Small 
     Business Act (15 U.S.C. 657s(a)(4)) is amended by striking 
     ``for supplies from a regular dealer in such supplies'' and 
     inserting ``which is principally for supplies from a regular 
     dealer in such supplies, and which is not a contract 
     principally for services or construction''.

     SEC. 865. CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY 
                   SPECIALISTS, COMMERCIAL MARKET REPRESENTATIVES, 
                   AND PROCUREMENT CENTER REPRESENTATIVES.

       (a) Business Opportunity Specialist Requirements.--
       (1) In general.--Section 4 of the Small Business Act (15 
     U.S.C. 633) is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(g) Certification Requirements for Business Opportunity 
     Specialists.--
       ``(1) In general.--Consistent with the requirements of 
     paragraph (2), a Business Opportunity Specialist described 
     under section 7(j)(10)(D) shall have a Level I Federal 
     Acquisition Certification in Contracting (or any successor 
     certification) or the equivalent Department of Defense 
     certification, except that a Business Opportunity Specialist 
     who was serving on or before January 3, 2013, may continue to 
     serve as a Business Opportunity Specialist for a period of 5 
     years beginning on such date without such a certification.
       ``(2) Delay of certification requirement.--
       ``(A) Timing.--The certification described in paragraph (1) 
     is not required for any person serving as a Business 
     Opportunity Specialist until the date that is one calendar 
     year after the date such person is appointed as a Business 
     Opportunity Specialist.
       ``(B) Application.--The requirements of subparagraph (A) 
     shall--
       ``(i) be included in any initial job posting for the 
     position of a Business Opportunity Specialist; and
       ``(ii) apply to any person appointed as a Business 
     Opportunity Specialist after January 3, 2013.''.
       (2) Conforming amendment.--Section 7(j)(10)(D)(i) of such 
     Act (15 U.S.C. 636(j)(10)(D)(i)) is amended by striking the 
     second sentence.
       (b) Commercial Market Representative Requirements.--Section 
     4 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 633), as amended by 
     subsection (a)(1), is further amended by adding at the end 
     the following new subsection:
       ``(h) Certification Requirements for Commercial Market 
     Representatives.--
       ``(1) In general.--Consistent with the requirements of 
     paragraph (2), a commercial market representative referred to 
     in section 15(q)(3) shall have a Level I Federal Acquisition 
     Certification in Contracting (or any successor certification) 
     or the equivalent Department of Defense certification, except 
     that a commercial market representative who was serving on or 
     before the date of the enactment of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 may continue to serve 
     as a commercial market representative for a period of 5 years 
     beginning on such date without such a certification.
       ``(2) Delay of certification requirement.--
       ``(A) Timing.--The certification described in paragraph (1) 
     is not required for any person serving as a commercial market 
     representative until the date that is one calendar year after 
     the date such person is appointed as a commercial market 
     representative.
       ``(B) Application.--The requirements of subparagraph (A) 
     shall--
       ``(i) be included in any initial job posting for the 
     position of a commercial market representative; and
       ``(ii) apply to any person appointed as a commercial market 
     representative after the date of the enactment of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.''.
       (c) Procurement Center Representative Requirements.--
     Section 15(l)(5) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 
     644(l)(5)) is amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (A), by amending clause (iii) to read 
     as follows:
       ``(iii) have the certification described in subparagraph 
     (C).''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(C) Certification requirements.--
       ``(i) In general.--Consistent with the requirements of 
     clause (ii), a procurement center representative shall have a 
     Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting 
     (or any successor certification) or the equivalent Department 
     of Defense certification, except that any person serving in 
     such a position on or before January 3, 2013, may continue to 
     serve in that position for a period of 5 years without the 
     required certification.
       ``(ii) Delay of certification requirements.--

       ``(I) Timing.--The certification described in clause (i) is 
     not required for any person serving as a procurement center 
     representative until the date that is one calendar year after 
     the date such person is appointed as a procurement center 
     representative.
       ``(II) Application.--The requirements of subclause (I) 
     shall--

       ``(aa) be included in any initial job posting for the 
     position of a procurement center representative; and
       ``(bb) apply to any person appointed as a procurement 
     center representative after January 3, 2013.''.

     SEC. 866. MODIFICATIONS TO REQUIREMENTS FOR QUALIFIED HUBZONE 
                   SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS LOCATED IN A BASE 
                   CLOSURE AREA.

       (a) In General.--Section 3(p) of the Small Business Act (15 
     U.S.C. 632(p)) is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1)--
       (A) in subparagraph (D), by striking ``or'';
       (B) in subparagraph (E), by striking the period at the end 
     and inserting ``; or''; and
       (C) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(F) qualified disaster areas.'';
       (2) in paragraph (3)--
       (A) by redesignating subparagraphs (D) and (E) as 
     subparagraphs (E) and (F), respectively; and
       (B) by inserting after subparagraph (C) the following:
       ``(D) a small business concern--
       ``(i) that is wholly owned by one or more Native Hawaiian 
     Organizations (as defined in section 8(a)(15)), or by a 
     corporation that is wholly owned by one or more Native 
     Hawaiian Organizations; or
       ``(ii) that is owned in part by one or more Native Hawaiian 
     Organizations, or by a corporation that is wholly owned by 
     one or more Native Hawaiian Organizations, if all other 
     owners are either United States citizens or small business 
     concerns;'';
       (3) in paragraph (4)--
       (A) by amending subparagraph (D) to read as follows:
       ``(D) Base closure area.--

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       ``(i) In general.--Subject to clause (ii), the term `base 
     closure area' means--

       ``(I) lands within the external boundaries of a military 
     installation that were closed through a privatization process 
     under the authority of--

       ``(aa) the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 
     (part A of title XXIX of division B of Public Law 101-510; 10 
     U.S.C. 2687 note);
       ``(bb) title II of the Defense Authorization Amendments and 
     Base Closure and Realignment Act (Public Law 100-526; 10 
     U.S.C. 2687 note);
       ``(cc) section 2687 of title 10, United States Code; or
       ``(dd) any other provision of law authorizing or directing 
     the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of a military 
     department to dispose of real property at the military 
     installation for purposes relating to base closures of 
     redevelopment, while retaining the authority to enter into a 
     leaseback of all or a portion of the property for military 
     use;

       ``(II) the census tract or nonmetropolitan county in which 
     the lands described in subclause (I) are wholly contained;
       ``(III) a census tract or nonmetropolitan county the 
     boundaries of which intersect the area described in subclause 
     (I); and
       ``(IV) a census tract or nonmetropolitan county the 
     boundaries of which are contiguous to the area described in 
     subclause (II) or subclause (III).

       ``(ii) Limitation.--A base closure area shall be treated as 
     a HUBZone--

       ``(I) with respect to a census tract or nonmetropolitan 
     county described in clause (i), for a period of not less than 
     8 years, beginning on the date the military installation 
     undergoes final closure and ending on the date the 
     Administrator makes a final determination as to whether or 
     not to implement the applicable designation described in 
     subparagraph (A) or (B) in accordance with the results of the 
     decennial census conducted after the area was initially 
     designated as a base closure area; and
       ``(II) if such area was treated as a HUBZone at any time 
     after 2010, until such time as the Administrator makes a 
     final determination as to whether or not to implement the 
     applicable designation described in subparagraph (A) or (B), 
     after the 2020 decennial census.

       ``(iii) Definitions.--In this subparagraph:

       ``(I) Census tract.--The term `census tract' means a census 
     tract delineated by the United States Bureau of the Census in 
     the most recent decennial census that is not located in a 
     nonmetropolitan county and does not otherwise qualify as a 
     qualified census tract.
       ``(II) Nonmetropolitan county.--The term `nonmetropolitan 
     county' means a county that was not located in a metropolitan 
     statistical area (as defined in section 143(k)(2)(B) of the 
     Internal Revenue Code of 1986) at the time of the most recent 
     census taken for purposes of selecting qualified census 
     tracts and does not otherwise qualify as a qualified 
     nonmetropolitan county.''; and

       (B) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(E) Qualified disaster area.--
       ``(i) In general.--Subject to clause (ii), the term 
     `qualified disaster area' means any census tract or 
     nonmetropolitan county located in an area for which the 
     President has declared a major disaster under section 401 of 
     the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency 
     Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170) or located in an area in 
     which a catastrophic incident has occurred if such census 
     tract or nonmetropolitan county ceased to be qualified under 
     subparagraph (A) or (B), as applicable, during the period 
     beginning 5 years before the date on which the President 
     declared the major disaster or the catastrophic incident 
     occurred and ending 2 years after such date, except that such 
     census tract or nonmetropolitan county may be a `qualified 
     disaster area' only--

       ``(I) in the case of a major disaster declared by the 
     President, during the 5-year period beginning on the date on 
     which the President declared the major disaster for the area 
     in which the census tract or nonmetropolitan county, as 
     applicable, is located; and
       ``(II) in the case of a catastrophic incident, during the 
     10-year period beginning on the date on which the 
     catastrophic incident occurred in the area in which the 
     census tract or nonmetropolitan county, as applicable, is 
     located.

       ``(ii) Limitation.--A qualified disaster area described in 
     clause (i) shall be treated as a HUBZone for a period of not 
     less than 8 years, beginning on the date the Administrator 
     makes a final determination as to whether or not to implement 
     the designations described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) in 
     accordance with the results of the decennial census conducted 
     after the area was initially designated as a qualified 
     disaster area.''; and
       (4) in paragraph (5)(A)(i)(I)--
       (A) in item (aa)--
       (i) by striking ``subparagraph (A), (B), (C), (D), or (E) 
     of paragraph (3)'' and inserting ``subparagraph (A), (B), 
     (C), (D), (E), or (F) of paragraph (3)''; and
       (ii) by striking ``or'' at the end;
       (B) by redesignating item (bb) as item (cc); and
       (C) by inserting after item (aa) the following new item:
       ``(bb) pursuant to subparagraph (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), or 
     (F) of paragraph (3), that its principal office is located 
     within a base closure area and that not fewer than 35 percent 
     of its employees reside in such base closure area or in 
     another HUBZone; or''.
       (b) Applicability.--The amendments made by subsection 
     (a)(3)(B) shall apply to a major disaster declared by the 
     President under section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford 
     Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170) 
     or a catastrophic incident that occurs on or after the date 
     of enactment of such subsection.
       (c) Including FEMA in Agencies That May Provide Data for 
     HUBZone Program.--Section 31(c)(3) of the Small Business Act 
     (15 U.S.C. 657a(c)(3)) is amended by inserting ``the 
     Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency,'' 
     after ``the Secretary of Labor,''.
       (d) GAO Study of Improvement to Oversight of the HUBZone 
     Program.--Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment 
     of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States 
     shall complete a study on and submit a report to the 
     Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives 
     and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of 
     the Senate that includes--
       (1) an assessment of the evaluation process, including any 
     weaknesses in the process, used by the Small Business 
     Administration to approve or deny participation in the 
     HUBZone program established under section 31 of the Small 
     Business Act (15 U.S.C. 657a);
       (2) an assessment of the oversight of HUBZone program 
     participants by the Small Business Administration, including 
     Administration actions taken to prevent fraud, waste, and 
     abuse; and
       (3) recommendations on how to improve the evaluation 
     process and oversight mechanisms to further reduce fraud, 
     waste, and abuse.

     SEC. 867. JOINT VENTURING AND TEAMING.

       (a) Joint Venture Offers for Bundled or Consolidated 
     Contracts.--Section 15(e)(4) of the Small Business Act (15 
     U.S.C. 644(e)(4)) is amended to read as follows:
       ``(4) Contract teaming.--
       ``(A) In general.--In the case of a solicitation of offers 
     for a bundled or consolidated contract that is issued by the 
     head of an agency, a small business concern that provides for 
     use of a particular team of subcontractors or a joint venture 
     of small business concerns may submit an offer for the 
     performance of the contract.
       ``(B) Evaluation of offers.--The head of the agency shall 
     evaluate an offer described in subparagraph (A) in the same 
     manner as other offers, with due consideration to the 
     capabilities of all of the proposed subcontractors or members 
     of the joint venture as follows:
       ``(i) Teams.--When evaluating an offer of a small business 
     prime contractor that includes a proposed team of small 
     business subcontractors, the head of the agency shall 
     consider the capabilities and past performance of each first 
     tier subcontractor that is part of the team as the 
     capabilities and past performance of the small business prime 
     contractor.
       ``(ii) Joint ventures.--When evaluating an offer of a joint 
     venture of small business concerns, if the joint venture does 
     not demonstrate sufficient capabilities or past performance 
     to be considered for award of a contract opportunity, the 
     head of the agency shall consider the capabilities and past 
     performance of each member of the joint venture as the 
     capabilities and past performance of the joint venture.
       ``(C) Status as a small business concern.--Participation of 
     a small business concern in a team or a joint venture under 
     this paragraph shall not affect the status of that concern as 
     a small business concern for any other purpose.''.
       (b) Team and Joint Ventures Offers for Multiple Award 
     Contracts.--Section 15(q)(1) of such Act (15 U.S.C. 
     644(q)(1)) is amended--
       (1) in the heading, by inserting ``and joint venture'' 
     before ``requirements'';
       (2) by striking ``Each Federal agency'' and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(A) In general.--Each Federal agency''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:
       ``(B) Teams.--When evaluating an offer of a small business 
     prime contractor that includes a proposed team of small 
     business subcontractors for any multiple award contract above 
     the substantial bundling threshold of the Federal agency, the 
     head of the agency shall consider the capabilities and past 
     performance of each first tier subcontractor that is part of 
     the team as the capabilities and past performance of the 
     small business prime contractor.
       ``(C) Joint ventures.--When evaluating an offer of a joint 
     venture of small business concerns for any multiple award 
     contract above the substantial bundling threshold of the 
     Federal agency, if the joint venture does not demonstrate 
     sufficient capabilities or past performance to be considered 
     for award of a contract opportunity, the head of the agency 
     shall consider the capabilities and past performance of each 
     member of the joint venture as the capabilities and past 
     performance of the joint venture.''.

     SEC. 868. MODIFICATION TO AND SCORECARD PROGRAM FOR SMALL 
                   BUSINESS CONTRACTING GOALS.

       (a) Amendment to Governmentwide Goal for Small Business 
     Participation in Procurement Contracts.--Section 
     15(g)(1)(A)(i) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 
     644(g)(1)(A)(i)) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following: ``In meeting this goal, the Government shall 
     ensure the participation of small business concerns from a 
     wide variety of industries and from a broad spectrum of small 
     business concerns within each industry.''.
       (b) Scorecard Program for Evaluating Federal Agency 
     Compliance With Small Business Contracting Goals.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than September 30, 2016, the 
     Administrator of the Small Business Administration, in 
     consultation with the Federal agencies, shall--
       (A) develop a methodology for calculating a score to be 
     used to evaluate the compliance of each Federal agency with 
     meeting the goals established pursuant to section 15(g)(1)(B) 
     of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)(1)(B)) based on 
     each such goal; and
       (B) develop a scorecard based on such methodology.
       (2) Use of scorecard.--Beginning in fiscal year 2017, the 
     Administrator shall establish and

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     carry out a program to use the scorecard developed under 
     paragraph (1) to evaluate whether each Federal agency is 
     creating the maximum practicable opportunities for the award 
     of prime contracts and subcontracts to small business 
     concerns, small business concerns owned and controlled by 
     service-disabled veterans, qualified HUBZone small business 
     concerns, small business concerns owned and controlled by 
     socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and 
     small business concerns owned and controlled by women, by 
     assigning a score to each Federal agency for the previous 
     fiscal year.
       (3) Contents of scorecard.--The scorecard developed under 
     paragraph (1) shall include, for each Federal agency, the 
     following information:
       (A) A determination of whether the Federal agency met each 
     of the prime contract goals established pursuant to section 
     15(g)(1)(B) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 
     644(g)(1)(B)) with respect to small business concerns, small 
     business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled 
     veterans, qualified HUBZone small business concerns, small 
     business concerns owned and controlled by socially and 
     economically disadvantaged individuals, and small business 
     concerns owned and controlled by women.
       (B) A determination of whether the Federal agency met each 
     of the subcontract goals established pursuant to such section 
     with respect to small business concerns, small business 
     concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, 
     qualified HUBZone small business concerns, small business 
     concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically 
     disadvantaged individuals, and small business concerns owned 
     and controlled by women.
       (C) The number of small business concerns, small business 
     concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, 
     qualified HUBZone small business concerns, small business 
     concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically 
     disadvantaged individuals, and small business concerns owned 
     and controlled by women awarded prime contracts in each North 
     American Industry Classification System code during the 
     fiscal year and a comparison to the number of awarded 
     contracts during the prior fiscal year, if available.
       (D) The number of small business concerns, small business 
     concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, 
     qualified HUBZone small business concerns, small business 
     concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically 
     disadvantaged individuals, and small business concerns owned 
     and controlled by women awarded subcontracts in each North 
     American Industry Classification System code during the 
     fiscal year and a comparison to the number of awarded 
     subcontracts during the prior fiscal year, if available.
       (E) Any other factors that the Administrator deems 
     important to achieve the maximum practicable utilization of 
     small business concerns, small business concerns owned and 
     controlled by service-disabled veterans, qualified HUBZone 
     small business concerns, small business concerns owned and 
     controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged 
     individuals, and small business concerns owned and controlled 
     by women.
       (4) Weighted factors.--In using the scorecard to evaluate 
     and assign a score to a Federal agency, the Administrator 
     shall base--
       (A) fifty percent of the score on the dollar value of prime 
     contracts described in paragraph (3)(A); and
       (B) fifty percent of the score on the information provided 
     in subparagraphs (B) through (E) of paragraph (3), weighted 
     in a manner determined by the Administrator to encourage the 
     maximum practicable opportunity for the award of prime 
     contracts and subcontracts to small business concerns, small 
     business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled 
     veterans, qualified HUBZone small business concerns, small 
     business concerns owned and controlled by socially and 
     economically disadvantaged individuals, and small business 
     concerns owned and controlled by women.
       (5) Publication.--The scorecard used by the Administrator 
     under this subsection shall be submitted to the President and 
     Congress along with the report submitted under section 
     15(h)(2) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(h)(2)).
       (6) Report.--After the Administrator uses the scorecard for 
     fiscal year 2018 to assign scores to Federal agencies, but 
     not later than March 31, 2019, the Administrator shall submit 
     a report to the Committee on Small Business of the House of 
     Representatives and the Committee on Small Business and 
     Entrepreneurship of the Senate. Such report shall include the 
     following:
       (A) A description of any increase in the dollar amount of 
     prime contracts and subcontracts awarded to small business 
     concerns, small business concerns owned and controlled by 
     service-disabled veterans, qualified HUBZone small business 
     concerns, small business concerns owned and controlled by 
     socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and 
     small business concerns owned and controlled by women.
       (B) A description of any increase in the dollar amount of 
     prime contracts and subcontracts, and the total number of 
     contracts, awarded to small business concerns, small business 
     concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, 
     qualified HUBZone small business concerns, small business 
     concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically 
     disadvantaged individuals, and small business concerns owned 
     and controlled by women in each North American Industry 
     Classification System code.
       (C) The recommendation of the Administrator on continuing, 
     modifying, expanding, or terminating the program established 
     under this subsection.
       (7) GAO report on scorecard methodology.--Not later than 
     September 30, 2018, the Comptroller General of the United 
     States shall submit to the Committee on Small Business of the 
     House of Representatives and the Committee on Small Business 
     and Entrepreneurship of the Senate a report that--
       (A) evaluates whether the methodology used to calculate a 
     score under this subsection accurately and effectively--
       (i) measures the compliance of each Federal agency with 
     meeting the goals established pursuant to section 15(g)(1)(B) 
     of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)(1)(B)); and
       (ii) encourages Federal agencies to expand opportunities 
     for small business concerns, small business concerns owned 
     and controlled by service-disabled veterans, qualified 
     HUBZone small business concerns, small business concerns 
     owned and controlled by socially and economically 
     disadvantaged individuals, and small business concerns owned 
     and controlled by women to compete for and be awarded Federal 
     procurement contracts across North American Industry 
     Classification System codes; and
       (B) if warranted, makes recommendations on how to improve 
     such methodology to improve its accuracy and effectiveness.
       (8) Definitions.--In this subsection:
       (A) Administrator.--The term ``Administrator'' means the 
     Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
       (B) Federal agency.--The term ``Federal agency'' has the 
     meaning given the term ``agency'' by section 551(1) of title 
     5, United States Code, but does not include the United States 
     Postal Service or the Government Accountability Office.
       (C) Scorecard.--The term ``scorecard'' shall mean any 
     summary using a rating system to evaluate a Federal agency's 
     efforts to meet goals established under section 15(g)(1)(B) 
     of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)(1)(B)) that--
       (i) includes the measures described in paragraph (3); and
       (ii) assigns a score to each Federal agency evaluated.
       (D) Small business act definitions.--
       (i) In general.--The terms ``small business concern'', 
     ``small business concern owned and controlled by service-
     disabled veterans'', ``qualified HUBZone small business 
     concern'', and ``small business concern owned and controlled 
     by women'' have the meanings given such terms under section 3 
     of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632).
       (ii) Small business concerns owned and controlled by 
     socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.--The 
     term ``small business concern owned and controlled by 
     socially and economically disadvantaged individuals'' has the 
     meaning given that term under section 8(d)(3)(C) of the Small 
     Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(3)(C)).

     SEC. 869. ESTABLISHMENT OF AN OFFICE OF HEARINGS AND APPEALS 
                   IN THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION; PETITIONS 
                   FOR RECONSIDERATION OF SIZE STANDARDS.

       (a) Establishment of an Office of Hearings and Appeals in 
     the Small Business Administration.--
       (1) In general.--Section 5 of the Small Business Act (15 
     U.S.C. 634) is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(i) Office of Hearings and Appeals.--
       ``(1) Establishment.--
       ``(A) Office.--There is established in the Administration 
     an Office of Hearings and Appeals--
       ``(i) to impartially decide matters relating to program 
     decisions of the Administrator--

       ``(I) for which Congress requires a hearing on the record; 
     or
       ``(II) that the Administrator designates for hearing by 
     regulation; and

       ``(ii) which shall contain the office of the Administration 
     that handles requests submitted pursuant to sections 552 of 
     title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the 
     `Freedom of Information Act') and maintains records pursuant 
     to section 552a of title 5, United States Code (commonly 
     referred to as the `Privacy Act of 1974').
       ``(B) Jurisdiction.--The Office of Hearings and Appeals 
     shall only hear appeals of matters as described in this Act, 
     the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 (15 U.S.C. 661 et 
     seq.), and title 13 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
       ``(C) Associate administrator.--The head of the Office of 
     Hearings and Appeals shall be the Chief Hearing Officer 
     appointed under section 4(b)(1), who shall be responsible to 
     the Administrator.
       ``(2) Chief hearing officer duties.--
       ``(A) In general.--The Chief Hearing Officer shall--
       ``(i) be a career appointee in the Senior Executive Service 
     and an attorney licensed by a State, commonwealth, territory 
     or possession of the United States, or the District of 
     Columbia; and
       ``(ii) be responsible for the operation and management of 
     the Office of Hearings and Appeals.
       ``(B) Alternative dispute resolution.--The Chief Hearing 
     Officer may assign a matter for mediation or other means of 
     alternative dispute resolution.
       ``(3) Hearing officers.--
       ``(A) In general.--The Office of Hearings and Appeals shall 
     appoint Hearing Officers to carry out the duties described in 
     paragraph (1)(A)(i).
       ``(B) Conditions of employment.--A Hearing Officer 
     appointed under this paragraph--
       ``(i) shall serve in the excepted service as an employee of 
     the Administration under section 2103 of title 5, United 
     States Code, and under the supervision of the Chief Hearing 
     Officer;
       ``(ii) shall be classified at a position to which section 
     5376 of title 5, United States Code, applies; and
       ``(iii) shall be compensated at a rate not exceeding the 
     maximum rate payable under such section.
       ``(C) Authority; powers.--Notwithstanding section 556(b) of 
     title 5, United States Code--
       ``(i) a Hearing Officer may hear cases arising under 
     section 554 of such title;
       ``(ii) a Hearing Officer shall have the powers described in 
     section 556(c) of such title; and

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       ``(iii) the relevant provisions of subchapter II of chapter 
     5 of such title (except for section 556(b) of such title) 
     shall apply to such Hearing Officer.
       ``(D) Treatment of current personnel.--An individual 
     serving as a Judge in the Office of Hearings and Appeals (as 
     that position and office are designated in section 134.101 of 
     title 13, Code of Federal Regulations) on the effective date 
     of this subsection shall be considered as qualified to be, 
     and redesignated as, a Hearing Officer.
       ``(4) Hearing officer defined.--In this subsection, the 
     term `Hearing Officer' means an individual appointed or 
     redesignated under this subsection who is an attorney 
     licensed by a State, commonwealth, territory or possession of 
     the United States, or the District of Columbia.''.
       (2) Associate administrator as chief hearing officer.--
     Section 4(b)(1) of such Act (15 U.S.C. 633(b)) is amended by 
     adding at the end the following: ``One such Associate 
     Administrator shall be the Chief Hearing Officer, who shall 
     administer the Office of Hearings and Appeals established 
     under section 5(i).''.
       (3) Repeal of regulation.--Section 134.102(t) of title 13, 
     Code of Federal Regulations, as in effect on January 1, 2015 
     (relating to types of hearings within the jurisdiction of the 
     Office of Hearings and Appeals), shall have no force or 
     effect.
       (b) Petitions for Reconsideration of Size Standards for 
     Small Business Concerns.--Section 3(a) of the Small Business 
     Act (15 U.S.C. 632(a)) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following:
       ``(9) Petitions for reconsideration of size standards.--
       ``(A) In general.--A person may file a petition for 
     reconsideration with the Office of Hearings and Appeals (as 
     established under section 5(i)) of a size standard revised, 
     modified, or established by the Administrator pursuant to 
     this subsection.
       ``(B) Time limit.--A person filing a petition for 
     reconsideration described in subparagraph (A) shall file such 
     petition not later than 30 days after the publication in the 
     Federal Register of the notice of final rule to revise, 
     modify, or establish size standards described in paragraph 
     (6).
       ``(C) Process for agency review.--The Office of Hearings 
     and Appeals shall use the same process it uses to decide 
     challenges to the size of a small business concern to decide 
     a petition for review pursuant to this paragraph.
       ``(D) Judicial review.--The publication of a final rule in 
     the Federal Register described in subparagraph (B) shall be 
     considered final agency action for purposes of seeking 
     judicial review. Filing a petition for reconsideration under 
     subparagraph (A) shall not be a condition precedent to 
     judicial review of any such size standard.''.

     SEC. 870. ADDITIONAL DUTIES OF THE DIRECTOR OF SMALL AND 
                   DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS UTILIZATION.

       Section 15(k) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(k)) 
     is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (15), by striking ``; and'' and inserting 
     a semicolon;
       (2) in paragraph (16)(C), by striking the period at the end 
     and inserting ``; and''; and
       (3) by inserting after paragraph (16) the following new 
     paragraph:
       ``(17) shall, when notified by a small business concern 
     prior to the award of a contract that the small business 
     concern believes that a solicitation, request for proposal, 
     or request for quotation unduly restricts the ability of the 
     small business concern to compete for the award--
       ``(A) submit the notice of the small business concern to 
     the contracting officer and, if necessary, recommend ways in 
     which the solicitation, request for proposal, or request for 
     quotation may be altered to increase the opportunity for 
     competition;
       ``(B) inform the advocate for competition of such agency 
     (as established under section 1705 of title 41, United States 
     Code, or section 2318 of title 10, United States Code) of 
     such notice; and
       ``(C) ensure that the small business concern is aware of 
     other resources and processes available to address unduly 
     restrictive provisions in a solicitation, request for 
     proposal, or request for quotation, even if such resources 
     and processes are provided by such agency, the 
     Administration, the Comptroller General, or a procurement 
     technical assistance program established under chapter 142 of 
     title 10, United States Code.''.

     SEC. 871. INCLUDING SUBCONTRACTING GOALS IN AGENCY 
                   RESPONSIBILITIES.

       Section 1633(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-239; 126 Stat. 2076; 15 
     U.S.C. 631 note) is amended by striking ``assume 
     responsibility for of the agency's success in achieving small 
     business contracting goals and percentages'' and inserting 
     ``assume responsibility for the agency's success in achieving 
     each of the small business prime contracting and 
     subcontracting goals and percentages''.

     SEC. 872. REPORTING RELATED TO FAILURE OF CONTRACTORS TO MEET 
                   GOALS UNDER NEGOTIATED COMPREHENSIVE SMALL 
                   BUSINESS SUBCONTRACTING PLANS.

       Paragraph (2) of section 834(d) of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 (15 U.S.C. 
     637 note), as added by section 821(d)(2) of the Carl Levin 
     and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization 
     Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 
     3434), is amended by striking ``may not negotiate'' and all 
     that follows through the period at the end and inserting 
     ``shall report to Congress on any negotiated comprehensive 
     subcontracting plan that the Secretary determines did not 
     meet the subcontracting goals negotiated in the plan for the 
     prior fiscal year.''.

     SEC. 873. PILOT PROGRAM FOR STREAMLINING AWARDS FOR 
                   INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS.

       (a) Exception From Certified Cost and Pricing Data 
     Requirements.--The requirements under section 2306a(a) of 
     title 10, United States Code, shall not apply to a contract, 
     subcontract, or modification of a contract or subcontract 
     valued at less than $7,500,000 awarded to a small business or 
     nontraditional defense contractor pursuant to--
       (1) a technical, merit-based selection procedure, such as a 
     broad agency announcement, or
       (2) the Small Business Innovation Research Program,
     unless the head of the agency determines that submission of 
     cost and pricing data should be required based on past 
     performance of the specific small business or nontraditional 
     defense contractor, or based on analysis of other information 
     specific to the award.
       (b) Exception From Records Examination Requirement.--The 
     requirements under subsection (b) of section 2313 of title 
     10, United States Code, shall not apply to a contract valued 
     at less than $7,500,000 awarded to a small business or 
     nontraditional defense contractor pursuant to--
       (1) a technical, merit-based selection procedure, such as a 
     broad agency announcement, or
       (2) the Small Business Innovation Research Program,
     unless the head of the agency determines that auditing of 
     records should be required based on past performance of the 
     specific small business or nontraditional defense contractor, 
     or based on analysis of other information specific to the 
     award.
       (c) Sunset.--The exceptions under subsections (a) and (b) 
     shall terminate on October 1, 2020.
       (d) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Small business.--The term ``small business'' has the 
     meaning given the term ``small business concern'' under 
     section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632).
       (2) Nontraditional defense contractor.--The term 
     ``nontraditional defense contractor'' has the meaning given 
     that term in section 2302(9) of title 10, United States Code.
       (e) Small Business Innovation Research Program 
     Administrative Fee Extension.--Section 9(mm)(1) of the Small 
     Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638(mm)(1)) is amended by striking 
     ``, for the 3 fiscal years beginning after the date of 
     enactment of this subsection,'' and inserting ``and until 
     September 30, 2017,''.

     SEC. 874. SURETY BOND REQUIREMENTS AND AMOUNT OF GUARANTEE.

       (a) Surety Bond Requirements.--Chapter 93 of subtitle VI of 
     title 31, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by adding at the end the following:

     ``Sec. 9310. Individual sureties

       ``If another applicable Federal law or regulation permits 
     the acceptance of a bond from a surety that is not subject to 
     sections 9305 and 9306 and is based on a pledge of assets by 
     the surety, the assets pledged by such surety shall--
       ``(1) consist of eligible obligations described under 
     section 9303(a); and
       ``(2) be submitted to the official of the Government 
     required to approve or accept the bond, who shall deposit the 
     obligations as described under section 9303(b).''; and
       (2) in the table of contents for such chapter, by adding at 
     the end the following:

``9310. Individual sureties.''.
       (b) Amount of Surety Bond Guarantee From Small Business 
     Administration.--Section 411(c)(1) of the Small Business 
     Investment Act of 1958 (15 U.S.C. 694b(c)(1)) is amended by 
     striking ``70'' and inserting ``90''.
       (c) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section 
     shall take effect 1 year after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act.

     SEC. 875. REVIEW OF GOVERNMENT ACCESS TO INTELLECTUAL 
                   PROPERTY RIGHTS OF PRIVATE SECTOR FIRMS.

       (a) Review Required.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 30 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     enter into a contract with an independent entity with 
     appropriate expertise to conduct a review of--
       (A) Department of Defense regulations, practices, and 
     sustainment requirements related to Government access to and 
     use of intellectual property rights of private sector firms; 
     and
       (B) Department of Defense practices related to the 
     procurement, management, and use of intellectual property 
     rights to facilitate competition in sustainment of weapon 
     systems throughout their life-cycle.
       (2) Consultation required.--The contract shall require that 
     in conducting the review, the independent entity shall 
     consult with the National Defense Technology and Industrial 
     Base Council (described in section 2502 of title 10, United 
     States Code) and each Center of Industrial and Technical 
     Excellence (described in section 2474 of title 10, United 
     States Code).
       (b) Report.--Not later than March 1, 2016, the Secretary 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report 
     on the findings of the independent entity, along with a 
     description of any actions that the Secretary proposes to 
     revise and clarify laws or that the Secretary may take to 
     revise or clarify regulations related to intellectual 
     property rights.

     SEC. 876. INCLUSION IN ANNUAL TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRIAL 
                   CAPABILITY ASSESSMENTS OF A DETERMINATION ABOUT 
                   DEFENSE ACQUISITION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS.

       Section 2505(b) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs 
     (5) and (6), respectively; and
       (2) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following new 
     paragraphs (3) and (4):
       ``(3) determine the extent to which the requirements 
     associated with defense acquisition

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     programs can be satisfied by the present and projected 
     performance capacities of industries supporting the sectors 
     or capabilities in the assessment, evaluate the reasons for 
     any variance from applicable preceding determinations, and 
     identify the extent to which those industries are comprised 
     of only one potential source in the national technology and 
     industrial base or have multiple potential sources;
       ``(4) determine the extent to which the requirements 
     associated with defense acquisition programs can be satisfied 
     by the present and projected performance capacities of 
     industries that do not actively support Department of Defense 
     acquisition programs and identify the barriers to the 
     participation of those industries;''.

                       Subtitle G--Other Matters

     SEC. 881. CONSIDERATION OF POTENTIAL PROGRAM COST INCREASES 
                   AND SCHEDULE DELAYS RESULTING FROM OVERSIGHT OF 
                   DEFENSE ACQUISITION PROGRAMS.

       (a) Avoidance of Unnecessary Cost Increases and Schedule 
     Delays.--The Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, the 
     Deputy Chief Management Officer, the Director of the Defense 
     Contract Management Agency, the Director of the Defense 
     Contract Audit Agency, the Inspector General of the 
     Department of Defense, and the heads of other defense audit, 
     testing, acquisition, and management agencies shall ensure 
     that policies, procedures, and activities implemented by 
     their offices and agencies in connection with defense 
     acquisition program oversight do not result in unnecessary 
     increases in program costs or cost estimates or delays in 
     schedule or schedule estimates.
       (b) Consideration of Private Sector Best Practices.--In 
     considering potential cost increases and schedule delays as a 
     result of oversight efforts pursuant to subsection (a), the 
     officials described in such subsection shall consider private 
     sector best practices with respect to oversight 
     implementation.

     SEC. 882. EXAMINATION AND GUIDANCE RELATING TO OVERSIGHT AND 
                   APPROVAL OF SERVICES CONTRACTS.

       Not later than March 1, 2016, the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics shall--
       (1) complete an examination of the decision authority 
     related to acquisition of services; and
       (2) develop and issue guidance to improve capabilities and 
     processes related to requirements development and source 
     selection for, and oversight and management of, services 
     contracts.

     SEC. 883. STREAMLINING OF REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO DEFENSE 
                   BUSINESS SYSTEMS.

       (a) In General.--
       (1) Revision.--Section 2222 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended to read as follows:

     ``Sec. 2222. Defense business systems: business process 
       reengineering; enterprise architecture; management

       ``(a) Defense Business Processes Generally.--The Secretary 
     of Defense shall ensure that defense business processes are 
     reviewed, and as appropriate revised, through business 
     process reengineering to match best commercial practices, to 
     the maximum extent practicable, so as to minimize 
     customization of commercial business systems.
       ``(b) Defense Business Systems Generally.--The Secretary of 
     Defense shall ensure that each covered defense business 
     system developed, deployed, and operated by the Department of 
     Defense--
       ``(1) supports efficient business processes that have been 
     reviewed, and as appropriate revised, through business 
     process reengineering;
       ``(2) is integrated into a comprehensive defense business 
     enterprise architecture;
       ``(3) is managed in a manner that provides visibility into, 
     and traceability of, expenditures for the system; and
       ``(4) uses an acquisition and sustainment strategy that 
     prioritizes the use of commercial software and business 
     practices.
       ``(c) Issuance of Guidance.--
       ``(1) Secretary of defense guidance.--The Secretary shall 
     issue guidance to provide for the coordination of, and 
     decision making for, the planning, programming, and control 
     of investments in covered defense business systems.
       ``(2) Supporting guidance.--The Secretary shall direct the 
     Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense, 
     the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, 
     and Logistics, the Chief Information Officer, and the Chief 
     Management Officer of each of the military departments to 
     issue and maintain supporting guidance, as appropriate and 
     within their respective areas of responsibility, for the 
     guidance of the Secretary issued under paragraph (1).
       ``(d) Guidance Elements.--The guidance issued under 
     subsection (c)(1) shall include the following elements:
       ``(1) Policy to ensure that the business processes of the 
     Department of Defense are continuously reviewed and revised--
       ``(A) to implement the most streamlined and efficient 
     business processes practicable; and
       ``(B) eliminate or reduce the need to tailor commercial 
     off-the-shelf systems to meet or incorporate requirements or 
     interfaces that are unique to the Department of Defense.
       ``(2) A process to establish requirements for covered 
     defense business systems.
       ``(3) Mechanisms for the planning and control of 
     investments in covered defense business systems, including a 
     process for the collection and review of programming and 
     budgeting information for covered defense business systems.
       ``(4) Policy requiring the periodic review of covered 
     defense business systems that have been fully deployed, by 
     portfolio, to ensure that investments in such portfolios are 
     appropriate.
       ``(5) Policy to ensure full consideration of sustainability 
     and technological refreshment requirements, and the 
     appropriate use of open architectures.
       ``(6) Policy to ensure that best acquisition and systems 
     engineering practices are used in the procurement and 
     deployment of commercial systems, modified commercial 
     systems, and defense-unique systems to meet Department of 
     Defense missions.
       ``(e) Defense Business Enterprise Architecture.--
       ``(1) Blueprint.--The Secretary, working through the Deputy 
     Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense, shall 
     develop and maintain a blueprint to guide the development of 
     integrated business processes within the Department of 
     Defense. Such blueprint shall be known as the `defense 
     business enterprise architecture'.
       ``(2) Purpose.--The defense business enterprise 
     architecture shall be sufficiently defined to effectively 
     guide implementation of interoperable defense business system 
     solutions and shall be consistent with the policies and 
     procedures established by the Director of the Office of 
     Management and Budget.
       ``(3) Elements.--The defense business enterprise 
     architecture shall--
       ``(A) include policies, procedures, business data 
     standards, business performance measures, and business 
     information requirements that apply uniformly throughout the 
     Department of Defense; and
       ``(B) enable the Department of Defense to--
       ``(i) comply with all applicable law, including Federal 
     accounting, financial management, and reporting requirements;
       ``(ii) routinely produce verifiable, timely, accurate, and 
     reliable business and financial information for management 
     purposes;
       ``(iii) integrate budget, accounting, and program 
     information and systems; and
       ``(iv) identify whether each existing business system is a 
     part of the business systems environment outlined by the 
     defense business enterprise architecture, will become a part 
     of that environment with appropriate modifications, or is not 
     a part of that environment.
       ``(4) Integration into information technology 
     architecture.--(A) The defense business enterprise 
     architecture shall be integrated into the information 
     technology enterprise architecture required under 
     subparagraph (B).
       ``(B) The Chief Information Officer of the Department of 
     Defense shall develop an information technology enterprise 
     architecture. The architecture shall describe a plan for 
     improving the information technology and computing 
     infrastructure of the Department of Defense, including for 
     each of the major business processes conducted by the 
     Department of Defense.
       ``(f) Defense Business Council.--
       ``(1) Requirement for council.--The Secretary shall 
     establish a Defense Business Council to provide advice to the 
     Secretary on developing the defense business enterprise 
     architecture, reengineering the Department's business 
     processes, developing and deploying defense business systems, 
     and developing requirements for defense business systems. The 
     Council shall be chaired by the Deputy Chief Management 
     Officer and the Chief Information Officer of the Department 
     of Defense.
       ``(2) Membership.--The membership of the Council shall 
     include the following:
       ``(A) The Chief Management Officers of the military 
     departments, or their designees.
       ``(B) The following officials of the Department of Defense, 
     or their designees:
       ``(i) The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, 
     Technology, and Logistics with respect to acquisition, 
     logistics, and installations management processes.
       ``(ii) The Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) with 
     respect to financial management and planning and budgeting 
     processes.
       ``(iii) The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and 
     Readiness with respect to human resources management 
     processes.
       ``(g) Approvals Required for Development.--
       ``(1) Initial approval required.--The Secretary shall 
     ensure that a covered defense business system program cannot 
     proceed into development (or, if no development is required, 
     into production or fielding) unless the appropriate approval 
     official (as specified in paragraph (2)) determines that--
       ``(A) the system has been, or is being, reengineered to be 
     as streamlined and efficient as practicable, and the 
     implementation of the system will maximize the elimination of 
     unique software requirements and unique interfaces;
       ``(B) the system and business system portfolio are or will 
     be in compliance with the defense business enterprise 
     architecture developed pursuant to subsection (e) or will be 
     in compliance as a result of modifications planned;
       ``(C) the system has valid, achievable requirements and a 
     viable plan for implementing those requirements (including, 
     as appropriate, market research, business process 
     reengineering, and prototyping activities);
       ``(D) the system has an acquisition strategy designed to 
     eliminate or reduce the need to tailor commercial off-the-
     shelf systems to meet unique requirements, incorporate unique 
     requirements, or incorporate unique interfaces to the maximum 
     extent practicable; and
       ``(E) is in compliance with the Department's auditability 
     requirements.
       ``(2) Appropriate official.--For purposes of paragraph (1), 
     the appropriate approval official with respect to a covered 
     defense business system is the following:
       ``(A) Except as may be provided in subparagraph (C), in the 
     case of a priority defense business system, the Deputy Chief 
     Management Officer of the Department of Defense.
       ``(B) Except as may be provided in subparagraph (C), for 
     any defense business system other than a priority defense 
     business system--
       ``(i) in the case of a system of a military department, the 
     Chief Management Officer of that military department; and
       ``(ii) in the case of a system of a Defense Agency or 
     Department of Defense Field Activity,

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     or a system that will support the business process of more 
     than one military department or Defense Agency or Department 
     of Defense Field Activity, the Deputy Chief Management 
     Officer of the Department of Defense.
       ``(C) In the case of any defense business system, such 
     official other than the applicable official under 
     subparagraph (A) or (B) as the Secretary designates for such 
     purpose.
       ``(3) Annual certification.--For any fiscal year in which 
     funds are expended for development or sustainment pursuant to 
     a covered defense business system program, the appropriate 
     approval official shall review the system and certify, 
     certify with conditions, or decline to certify, as the case 
     may be, that it continues to satisfy the requirements of 
     paragraph (1). If the approval official determines that 
     certification cannot be granted, the approval official shall 
     notify the milestone decision authority for the program and 
     provide a recommendation for corrective action.
       ``(4) Obligation of funds in violation of requirements.--
     The obligation of Department of Defense funds for a covered 
     defense business system program that has not been certified 
     in accordance with paragraph (3) is a violation of section 
     1341(a)(1)(A) of title 31.
       ``(h) Responsibility of Milestone Decision Authority.--The 
     milestone decision authority for a covered defense business 
     system program shall be responsible for the acquisition of 
     such system and shall ensure that acquisition process 
     approvals are not considered for such system until the 
     relevant certifications and approvals have been made under 
     this section.
       ``(i) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1)(A) Defense business system.--The term `defense 
     business system' means an information system that is operated 
     by, for, or on behalf of the Department of Defense, including 
     any of the following:
       ``(i) A financial system.
       ``(ii) A financial data feeder system.
       ``(iii) A contracting system.
       ``(iv) A logistics system.
       ``(v) A planning and budgeting system.
       ``(vi) An installations management system.
       ``(vii) A human resources management system.
       ``(viii) A training and readiness system.
       ``(B) The term does not include--
       ``(i) a national security system; or
       ``(ii) an information system used exclusively by and within 
     the defense commissary system or the exchange system or other 
     instrumentality of the Department of Defense conducted for 
     the morale, welfare, and recreation of members of the armed 
     forces using nonappropriated funds.
       ``(2) Covered defense business system.--The term `covered 
     defense business system' means a defense business system that 
     is expected to have a total amount of budget authority, over 
     the period of the current future-years defense program 
     submitted to Congress under section 221 of this title, in 
     excess of $50,000,000.
       ``(3) Business system portfolio.--The term `business system 
     portfolio' means all business systems performing functions 
     closely related to the functions performed or to be performed 
     by a covered defense business system.
       ``(4) Covered defense business system program.--The term 
     `covered defense business system program' means a defense 
     acquisition program to develop and field a covered defense 
     business system or an increment of a covered defense business 
     system.
       ``(5) Priority defense business system program.--The term 
     `priority defense business system' means a defense business 
     system that is--
       ``(A) expected to have a total amount of budget authority 
     over the period of the current future-years defense program 
     submitted to Congress under section 221 of this title in 
     excess of $250,000,000; or
       ``(B) designated by the Deputy Chief Management Officer of 
     the Department of Defense as a priority defense business 
     system, based on specific program analyses of factors 
     including complexity, scope, and technical risk, and after 
     notification to Congress of such designation.
       ``(6) Enterprise architecture.--The term `enterprise 
     architecture' has the meaning given that term in section 
     3601(4) of title 44.
       ``(7) Information system.--The term `information system' 
     has the meaning given that term in section 11101 of title 40, 
     United States Code.
       ``(8) National security system.--The term `national 
     security system' has the meaning given that term in section 
     3552(b)(6)(A) of title 44.
       ``(9) Business process mapping.--The term `business process 
     mapping' means a procedure in which the steps in a business 
     process are clarified and documented in both written form and 
     in a flow chart.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such chapter is amended by striking the item 
     relating to section 2222 and inserting the following new 
     item:

``2222. Defense business systems: business process reengineering; 
              enterprise architecture; management.''.
       (b) Deadline for Guidance.--The guidance required by 
     subsection (c)(1) of section 2222 of title 10, United States 
     Code, as amended by subsection (a)(1), shall be issued not 
     later than December 31, 2016.
       (c) Repeal.--Section 811 of the John Warner National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Public Law 
     109-364; 10 U.S.C. 2222 note) is repealed.
       (d) Comptroller General Assessment.--
       (1) Assessment required.--In each odd-numbered year, the 
     Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees an assessment of the extent 
     to which the actions taken by the Department of Defense 
     comply with the requirements of section 2222 of title 10, 
     United States Code.
       (2) Repeal of superseded provision.--Subsection (d) of 
     section 332 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (Public Law 108-375; 
     118 Stat. 1856) is repealed.
       (e) Guidance on Acquisition of Business Systems.--The 
     Secretary of Defense shall issue guidance for major automated 
     information systems acquisition programs to promote the use 
     of best acquisition, contracting, requirement development, 
     systems engineering, program management, and sustainment 
     practices, including--
       (1) ensuring that an acquisition program baseline has been 
     established within two years after program initiation;
       (2) ensuring that program requirements have not changed in 
     a manner that increases acquisition costs or delays the 
     schedule, without sufficient cause and only after maximum 
     efforts to reengineer business processes prior to changing 
     requirements;
       (3) policies to evaluate commercial off-the-shelf business 
     systems for security, resilience, reliability, 
     interoperability, and integration with existing interrelated 
     systems where such system integration and interoperability 
     are essential to Department of Defense operations;
       (4) policies to work with commercial off-the-shelf business 
     system developers and owners in adapting systems for 
     Department of Defense use;
       (5) policies to perform Department of Defense legacy system 
     audits to determine which systems are related to or rely upon 
     the system to be replaced or integrated with commercial off-
     the-shelf business systems;
       (6) policies to perform full backup of systems that will be 
     changed or replaced by the installation of commercial off-
     the-shelf business systems prior to installation and 
     deployment to ensure reconstitution of the system to a 
     functioning state should it become necessary;
       (7) policies to engage the research and development 
     activities and laboratories of the Department of Defense to 
     improve acquisition outcomes; and
       (8) policies to refine and improve developmental and 
     operational testing of business processes that are supported 
     by the major automated information systems.

     SEC. 884. PROCUREMENT OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT.

       The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that the Secretaries 
     of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, in procuring an item of 
     personal protective equipment or a critical safety item, use 
     source selection criteria that is predominately based on 
     technical qualifications of the item and not predominately 
     based on price to the maximum extent practicable if the level 
     of quality or failure of the item could result in death or 
     severe bodily harm to the user, as determined by the 
     Secretaries.

     SEC. 885. AMENDMENTS CONCERNING DETECTION AND AVOIDANCE OF 
                   COUNTERFEIT ELECTRONIC PARTS.

       (a) Amendments Related to Contractor Responsibilities.--
     Section 818(c)(2)(B) of the National Defense Authorization 
     Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81; 10 U.S.C. 2302 
     note) is amended--
       (1) in clause (i), by inserting ``electronic'' after 
     ``avoid counterfeit'';
       (2) in clause (ii)--
       (A) by inserting ``covered'' after ``provided to the''; and
       (B) by inserting ``or were obtained by the covered 
     contractor in accordance with regulations described in 
     paragraph (3)'' after ``Regulation''; and
       (3) in clause (iii), by inserting ``discovers the 
     counterfeit electronic parts or suspect counterfeit 
     electronic parts and'' after ``contractor''.
       (b) Amendments Related to Trusted Suppliers.--Section 
     818(c)(3)(D)(iii) of such Act (Public Law 112-81; 10 U.S.C. 
     2302 note) is amended by striking ``review and audit'' and 
     inserting ``review, audit, and approval''.

     SEC. 886. EXCEPTION FOR ABILITYONE PRODUCTS FROM AUTHORITY TO 
                   ACQUIRE GOODS AND SERVICES MANUFACTURED IN 
                   AFGHANISTAN, CENTRAL ASIAN STATES, AND 
                   DJIBOUTI.

       (a) Exclusion of Certain Items Not Manufactured in 
     Afghanistan.--Section 886 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (10 U.S.C. 2302 note) 
     is amended--
       (1) in subsection (a), by inserting ``and except as 
     provided in subsection (d),'' after ``subsection (b),''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
       ``(d) Exclusion of Items on the AbilityOne Procurement 
     Catalog.--The authority under subsection (a) shall not be 
     available for the procurement of any good that is contained 
     in the procurement catalog described in section 8503(a) of 
     title 41, United States Code, in Afghanistan if such good can 
     be produced and delivered by a qualified nonprofit agency for 
     the blind or a nonprofit agency for other severely disabled 
     in a timely fashion to support mission requirements.''.
       (b) Exclusion of Certain Items Not Manufactured in Central 
     Asian States.--Section 801 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 
     123 Stat. 2399) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (a), by inserting ``and except as 
     provided in subsection (h),'' after ``subsection (b),''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
       ``(h) Exclusion of Items on the AbilityOne Procurement 
     Catalog.--The authority under subsection (a) shall not be 
     available for the procurement of any good that is contained 
     in the procurement catalog described in section 8503(a) of 
     title 41, United States Code, if such good can be produced 
     and delivered by a qualified nonprofit agency for the blind 
     or a nonprofit agency for other severely disabled in a timely 
     fashion to support mission requirements.''.
       (c) Exclusion of Certain Items Not Manufactured in 
     Djibouti.--Section 1263 of the Carl

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     Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291) 
     is amended--
       (1) in subsection (b), by inserting ``and except as 
     provided in subsection (g),'' after ``subsection (c),''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
       ``(g) Exclusion of Items on the AbilityOne Procurement 
     Catalog.--The authority under subsection (b) shall not be 
     available for the procurement of any good that is contained 
     in the procurement catalog described in section 8503(a) of 
     title 41, United States Code, if such good can be produced 
     and delivered by a qualified nonprofit agency for the blind 
     or a nonprofit agency for other severely disabled in a timely 
     fashion to support mission requirements.''.

     SEC. 887. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND 
                   INDUSTRY.

       Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council shall 
     prescribe a regulation making clear that agency acquisition 
     personnel are permitted and encouraged to engage in 
     responsible and constructive exchanges with industry, so long 
     as those exchanges are consistent with existing law and 
     regulation and do not promote an unfair competitive advantage 
     to particular firms.

     SEC. 888. STANDARDS FOR PROCUREMENT OF SECURE INFORMATION 
                   TECHNOLOGY AND CYBER SECURITY SYSTEMS.

       (a) Assessment Required.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     conduct an assessment of the application of the Open Trusted 
     Technology Provider Standard or similar public, open 
     technology standards to Department of Defense procurements 
     for information technology and cyber security acquisitions 
     and provide a briefing to the Committees on Armed Services of 
     the Senate and the House of Representatives not later than 
     one year after the date of the enactment of this Act.
       (b) Elements.--The assessment and briefing required by 
     subsection (a) shall include the following:
       (1) Assessment of the current Open Trusted Technology 
     Provider Standard to determine what aspects might be adopted 
     by the Department of Defense and where additional development 
     of the standard may be required.
       (2) Identification of the types or classes of programs 
     where the standard might be applied most effectively, as well 
     as identification of types or classes of programs that should 
     specifically be excluded from consideration.
       (3) Assessment of the impact on current acquisition 
     regulations or policies of the adoption of the standard.
       (4) Recommendations the Secretary may have related to the 
     adoption of the standard or improvement in the standard to 
     support Department acquisitions.
       (5) Any other matters the Secretary may deem appropriate.

     SEC. 889. UNIFIED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES.

       (a) Business Case Analysis.--Not later than one year after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the Deputy Chief 
     Management Officer, the Chief Information Officer of the 
     Department of Defense, and the Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics shall jointly complete 
     a business case analysis to determine the most effective and 
     efficient way to procure and deploy common information 
     technology services.
       (b) Elements.--The business case analysis required by 
     subsection (a) shall include an assessment of whether the 
     Department of Defense should--
       (1) either--
       (A) acquire a unified set of commercially provided common 
     or enterprise information technology services, including such 
     services as messaging, collaboration, directory, security, 
     and content delivery; or
       (B) allow the military departments and other components of 
     the Department to acquire such services separately;
       (2) either--
       (A) acquire such services from a single provider that 
     bundles all of the services; or
       (B) require that each common service be independently 
     defined and use open standards to enable continuous adoption 
     of best commercial technology; and
       (3) enable availability of multiple versions of each type 
     of service and application to enable choice and competition 
     while supporting interoperability where necessary.

     SEC. 890. CLOUD STRATEGY FOR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

       (a) Cloud Strategy for Secret Internet Protocol Router 
     Network.--
       (1) In general.--The Chief Information Officer of the 
     Department of Defense shall, in consultation with the Under 
     Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, the Vice 
     Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the chief 
     information officers of the military departments, develop a 
     cloud strategy for the Secret Internet Protocol Router 
     Network (SIPRNet) of the Department.
       (2) Matters addressed.--This strategy required by paragraph 
     (1) shall address the following:
       (A) Security requirements.
       (B) The compatibility of applications currently utilized 
     within the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network with a 
     cloud computing environment.
       (C) How a Secret Internet Protocol Router Network cloud 
     capability should be competitively acquired.
       (D) How a Secret Internet Protocol Router Network cloud 
     system for the Department would achieve interoperability with 
     the cloud systems of the intelligence community (as defined 
     in section 3 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 
     3003)) operating at the security level Sensitive 
     Compartmented Information.
       (b) Pricing Policy and Cost Recovery Process for Certain 
     Cloud Services.--The Chief Information Officer shall, in 
     consultation with the Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Intelligence, develop a consistent pricing policy and cost 
     recovery process for the use by Department of Defense 
     components of the cloud services provided through the 
     Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment.
       (c) Assessment of Feasibility and Advisability of Imposing 
     Minimum Standards.--The Chief Information Officer shall 
     assess the feasibility and advisability of imposing a minimum 
     set of open standards for cloud infrastructure, middle-ware, 
     metadata, and application programming interfaces to promote 
     interoperability, information sharing, ease of access to 
     data, and competition across all of the cloud computing 
     systems and services utilized by components of the Department 
     of Defense.

     SEC. 891. DEVELOPMENT PERIOD FOR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 
                   INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS.

       (a) Flexible Limitation on Development Period.--Section 
     2445b of title 10, United States Code is amended--
       (1) by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (e); and
       (2) by inserting after subsection (c) the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(d) Time-certain Development.--If an adjustment or 
     revision under subsection (c) for a major automated 
     information system that is not a national security system 
     provides for a period in excess of five years from the time 
     of program initiation to the time of a full deployment 
     decision, the documents submitted under subsection (a) shall 
     include a written determination by the senior Department of 
     Defense official responsible for the program justifying the 
     need for the longer period.''.
       (b) Repeal of Inconsistent Requirement.--Section 
     2445c(c)(2) of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (B), by striking the semicolon at the 
     end and inserting ``; or'';
       (2) in subparagraph (C), by striking ``; or'' and inserting 
     a period; and
       (3) by striking subparagraph (D).

     SEC. 892. REVISIONS TO PILOT PROGRAM ON ACQUISITION OF 
                   MILITARY PURPOSE NONDEVELOPMENTAL ITEMS.

       Section 866 of the Ike Skelton National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Public Law 111-383; 
     10 U.S.C. 2302 note) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (a)(2), by striking ``with nontraditional 
     defense contractors''; and
       (2) in subsection (b)--
       (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``awarded using 
     competitive procedures in accordance with chapter 137 of 
     title 10, United States Code''; and
       (B) in paragraph (2), by striking ``$50,000,000'' and 
     inserting ``$100,000,000''.

     SEC. 893. IMPROVED AUDITING OF CONTRACTS.

       (a) Prohibition on Performance of Non-defense Audits by 
     DCAA.--
       (1) In general.--Effective on the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Defense Contract Audit Agency may not provide 
     audit support for non-Defense Agencies unless the Secretary 
     of Defense certifies that the backlog for incurred cost 
     audits is less than 18 months of incurred cost inventory.
       (2) Adjustment in funding for reimbursements from non-
     defense agencies.--The amount appropriated and otherwise 
     available to the Defense Contract Audit Agency for a fiscal 
     year beginning after September 30, 2016, shall be reduced by 
     an amount equivalent to any reimbursements received by the 
     Agency from non-Defense Agencies for audit support provided.
       (b) Amendments to Defense Contract Audit Agency Annual 
     Report.--Section 2313a(a) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) in paragraph (2), by amending subparagraph (D) to read 
     as follows:
       ``(D) the total costs of sustained or recovered costs both 
     as a total number and as a percentage of questioned costs; 
     and'';
       (2) in paragraph (3), by striking ``; and'' and inserting a 
     semicolon;
       (3) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (5); and
       (4) by inserting after paragraph (3) the following new 
     paragraph:
       ``(4) a description of outreach actions toward industry to 
     promote more effective use of audit resources; and''.
       (c) Review of Acquisition Oversight and Audits.--
       (1) Review required.--The Secretary of Defense shall review 
     the oversight and audit structure of the Department of 
     Defense with the goals of--
       (A) enhancing the productivity of oversight and program and 
     contract auditing to avoid duplicative audits; and
       (B) streamlining of oversight reviews.
       (2) Recommendations.--The Secretary shall ensure 
     streamlined oversight reviews and avoidance of duplicative 
     audits and make recommendations in the report required under 
     paragraph (3) for any necessary changes in law.
       (3) Report.--
       (A) Not later than one year after the date of the enactment 
     of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report on actions taken to 
     avoid duplicative audits and streamline oversight reviews.
       (B) The report required under this paragraph shall include 
     the following elements:
       (i) A description of actions taken to avoid duplicative 
     audits and streamline oversight reviews based on the review 
     conducted under paragraph (1).

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       (ii) A comparison of commercial industry accounting 
     practices, including requirements under the Sarbanes-Oxley 
     Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-204; 15 U.S.C. 7201 et seq.), 
     with the cost accounting standards prescribed under chapter 
     15 of title 41, United States Code, to determine if some 
     portions of cost accounting standards compliance can be met 
     through such practices or requirements.
       (iii) A description of standards of materiality used by the 
     Defense Contract Audit Agency and the Inspector General of 
     the Department of Defense for defense contract audits.
       (iv) An estimate of average delay and range of delays in 
     contract awards due to the time necessary for the Defense 
     Contract Audit Agency to complete pre-award audits.
       (v) The total costs of sustained or recovered costs both as 
     a total number and as a percentage of questioned costs.
       (d) Incurred Cost Inventory Defined.--In this section, the 
     term ``incurred cost inventory'' means the level of 
     contractor incurred cost proposals in inventory from prior 
     fiscal years that are currently being audited by the Defense 
     Contract Audit Agency.

     SEC. 894. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON EVALUATION METHOD FOR 
                   PROCUREMENT OF AUDIT OR AUDIT READINESS 
                   SERVICES.

       (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
       (1) Given the size, scope, and complexity of the Department 
     of Defense, the statutory deadline to establish and maintain 
     auditable financial statements, starting with the fiscal year 
     2018 financial statement, is one of the more challenging 
     management tasks that has ever faced the Department.
       (2) As the military services have never received a clean 
     opinion on their consolidated financial statements and only 
     recently begun auditing portions of their financial 
     statements, the audits of military service financial 
     statements will also be a complex challenge for companies 
     selected to provide audit services.
       (3) The acquisition of services by the Department abides by 
     many rules and parameters, one of which is the lowest price, 
     technically acceptable (LPTA) evaluation method. LPTA is 
     generally appropriate for commercial or noncomplex services 
     or supplies where the requirement is clearly definable and 
     the risk of unsuccessful contract performance is minimal.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that, 
     before using the lowest price, technically acceptable 
     evaluation method for the procurement of audit or audit 
     readiness services, the Secretary of Defense should establish 
     the values and metrics for evaluating companies offering 
     audit services, including financial management and audit 
     expertise and experience, personnel qualifications and 
     certifications, past performance, technology, tools, and 
     size.

     SEC. 895. MITIGATING POTENTIAL UNFAIR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE 
                   OF TECHNICAL ADVISORS TO ACQUISITION PROGRAMS.

       Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, 
     Technology, and Logistics shall review, and as necessary 
     revise or issue, policy guidance pertaining to the 
     identification, mitigation, and prevention of potential 
     unfair competitive advantage conferred to technical advisors 
     to acquisition programs.

     SEC. 896. SURVEY ON THE COSTS OF REGULATORY COMPLIANCE.

       (a) Survey.--The Secretary of Defense shall conduct a 
     survey of contractors with the highest level of 
     reimbursements for cost type contracts with the Department of 
     Defense during fiscal year 2014 to estimate industry's cost 
     of regulatory compliance (as a percentage of total costs) 
     with Government-unique acquisition regulations and 
     requirements in the categories of quality assurance, 
     accounting and financial management, contracting and 
     purchasing, program management, engineering, logistics, 
     material management, property administration, and other 
     unique requirements not imposed on contracts for commercial 
     items.
       (b) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit 
     to the congressional defense committees a report on the 
     findings of the survey conducted under subsection (a). The 
     data received as a result of the survey and included in the 
     report shall be aggregated to protect against the public 
     release of proprietary information.

     SEC. 897. TREATMENT OF INTERAGENCY AND STATE AND LOCAL 
                   PURCHASES WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ACTS 
                   AS CONTRACT INTERMEDIARY FOR THE GENERAL 
                   SERVICES ADMINISTRATION.

       Contracts executed by the Department of Defense as a result 
     of the transfer of contracts from the General Services 
     Administration or for which the Department serves as an item 
     manager for products on behalf of the General Services 
     Administration shall not be subject to requirements under 
     chapter 148 of title 10, United States Code, to the extent 
     such contracts are for purchases of products by other Federal 
     agencies or State or local governments.

     SEC. 898. COMPETITION FOR RELIGIOUS SERVICES CONTRACTS.

       The Department of Defense may not preclude a non-profit 
     organization from competing for a contract for religious 
     related services on a United States military installation.

     SEC. 899. PILOT PROGRAM REGARDING RISK-BASED CONTRACTING FOR 
                   SMALLER CONTRACT ACTIONS UNDER THE TRUTH IN 
                   NEGOTIATIONS ACT.

       (a) Pilot Program Authorized.--The Secretary of Defense may 
     conduct a pilot program to demonstrate the efficacy of using 
     risk-based techniques in requiring submission of data on a 
     sampling basis for purposes of section 2306a of title 10, 
     United States Code (popularly known as the ``Truth in 
     Negotiations Act'').
       (b) Increase in Thresholds.--For purposes of a pilot 
     program under subsection (a), $5,000,000 shall be the 
     threshold applicable to requirements under paragraph (1) of 
     section 2306a(a) of such title, as follows:
       (1) The requirement under subparagraph (A) of such 
     paragraph to submit cost or pricing data for a prime contract 
     entered into during the pilot program period.
       (2) The requirement under subparagraph (B) of such 
     paragraph to submit cost or pricing data for the change or 
     modification to a prime contract made during the pilot 
     program period.
       (3) The requirement under subparagraph (C) of such 
     paragraph to submit cost or pricing data for a subcontract 
     entered into during the pilot program period.
       (4) The requirement under subparagraph (D) of such 
     paragraph to submit cost or pricing data for the change or 
     modification to a subcontract made during the pilot program 
     period.
       (c) Risk-based Contracting.--
       (1) Authority to require submission of cost or pricing data 
     on below-threshold contracts.--Subject to paragraph (4), when 
     certified cost or pricing data are not required to be 
     submitted pursuant to subsection (b) for a contract or 
     subcontract entered into or modified during the pilot program 
     period, such data may nevertheless be required to be 
     submitted by the head of the procuring activity, if the head 
     of the procuring activity--
       (A) determines that such data are necessary for the 
     evaluation by the agency of the reasonableness of the price 
     of the contract, subcontract, or modification of a contract 
     or subcontract; or
       (B) requires the submission of such data in accordance with 
     a risk-based contracting approach established pursuant to 
     paragraph (3).
       (2) Written determination required.--In any case in which 
     the head of the procuring activity requires certified cost or 
     pricing data to be submitted under paragraph (1)(A), the head 
     of the procuring activity shall justify in writing the reason 
     for such requirement.
       (3) Risk-based contracting.--The head of an agency shall 
     establish a risk-based sampling approach under which the 
     submission of certified cost or pricing data may be required 
     for a risk-based sample of contracts, the price of which is 
     expected to exceed $750,000 but not $5,000,000. The authority 
     to require certified cost or pricing data under this 
     paragraph shall not apply to any contract of an offeror that 
     has not been awarded, for at least the one-year period 
     preceding the issuance of a solicitation for the contract, 
     any other contract in excess of $5,000,000 under which the 
     offeror was required to submit certified cost or pricing data 
     under section 2306a of title 10, United States Code.
       (4) Exception.--The head of the procuring activity may not 
     require certified cost or pricing data to be submitted under 
     this subsection for any contract or subcontract, or 
     modification of a contract or subcontract, covered by the 
     exceptions in subparagraph (A) or (B) of section 2306a(b)(1) 
     of title 10, United States Code.
       (5) Delegation of authority prohibited.--The head of a 
     procuring activity may not delegate functions under this 
     subsection.
       (d) Reports.--Not later than January 1, 2017, and January 
     1, 2019, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report on activities 
     undertaken under this section.
       (e) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Head of an agency.--The term ``head of an agency'' has 
     the meaning given the term in section 2302 of title 10, 
     United States Code.
       (2) Pilot program period.--The term ``pilot program 
     period'' means the period beginning on October 1, 2016, and 
     ending on September 30, 2019.

      TITLE IX--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

Sec. 901. Update of statutory specification of functions of the 
              Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff relating to joint 
              force development activities.
Sec. 902. Sense of Congress on the United States Marine Corps.

     SEC. 901. UPDATE OF STATUTORY SPECIFICATION OF FUNCTIONS OF 
                   THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF 
                   RELATING TO JOINT FORCE DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES.

       Section 153(a)(5) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(F) Advising the Secretary on development of joint 
     command, control, communications, and cyber capability, 
     including integration and interoperability of such 
     capability, through requirements, integrated architectures, 
     data standards, and assessments.''.

     SEC. 902. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON THE UNITED STATES MARINE 
                   CORPS.

       (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
       (1) As senior United States statesman Dr. Henry Kissinger 
     wrote in testimony submitted to the Committee on Armed 
     Services of the Senate on January 29, 2015, ``The United 
     States has not faced a more diverse and complex array of 
     crises since the end of the Second World War.''.
       (2) The rise of non-state forces and near peer competitors 
     has introduced destabilizing pressures around the globe.
       (3) Advances in information and weapons technology have 
     reduced the time available for the United States to prepare 
     for and respond to crises against both known and unknown 
     threats.
       (4) The importance of the maritime domain cannot be 
     overstated. As acknowledged in the March 2015 Navy, Marine 
     Corps, and Coast Guard maritime strategy, ``A Cooperative 
     Strategy for 21st Century Seapower: Forward, Engaged, 
     Ready'': ``Oceans are the lifeblood of the

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     interconnected global community. . . 90 percent of trade by 
     volume travels across the oceans. Approximately 70 percent of 
     the world's population lives within 100 miles of the 
     coastline.''.
       (5) The United States must be prepared to rapidly respond 
     to crises around the world regardless of the nation's fiscal 
     health.
       (6) In this global security environment, it is critical 
     that the nation possess a maritime force whose mission and 
     ethos is readiness--a fight tonight force, forward deployed, 
     that can respond immediately to emergent crises across the 
     full range of military operations around the globe either 
     from the sea or home station.
       (7) The need for such a force was recognized by the 82nd 
     Congress during the Korean War, when it mandated a core 
     mission for the nation's leanest force--the Marine Corps--to 
     be most ready when the nation is least ready.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that--
       (1) the Marine Corps, within the Department of the Navy, 
     remain the Nation's expeditionary, crisis response force;
       (2) the need for such a force with such a capability has 
     never been greater; and
       (3) accordingly, in recognition of this need and the wisdom 
     of the 82nd Congress, the 114th Congress reaffirms section 
     5063 of title 10, United States Code, which states that the 
     Marine Corps--
       (A) shall--
       (i) be organized to include not less than three combat 
     divisions and three air wings, and such other land combat, 
     aviation, and other services as may be organic therein;
       (ii) be organized, trained, and equipped to provide fleet 
     marine forces of combined arms, together with supporting air 
     components, for service with the fleet in the seizure or 
     defense of advanced naval bases and for the conduct of such 
     land operations as may be essential to the prosecution of a 
     naval campaign; and
       (iii) provide detachments and organizations for service on 
     armed vessels of the Navy, provide security detachments for 
     the protection of naval property at naval stations and bases, 
     and perform such other duties as the President may direct;
     but these additional duties may not detract from nor 
     interfere with the operations for which the Marine Corps is 
     primarily organized;
       (B) shall develop, in coordination with the Army and the 
     Air Force, those phases of amphibious operations that pertain 
     to the tactics, techniques, and equipment used by landing 
     forces; and
       (C) is responsible, in accordance with the integrated joint 
     mobilization plans, for the expansion of peacetime components 
     of the Marine Corps to meet the needs of war.

                      TITLE X--GENERAL PROVISIONS

                     Subtitle A--Financial Matters

Sec. 1001. General transfer authority.
Sec. 1002. Accounting standards to value certain property, plant, and 
              equipment items.
Sec. 1003. Report on auditable financial statements.
Sec. 1004. Sense of Congress on sequestration.
Sec. 1005. Annual audit of financial statements of Department of 
              Defense components by independent external auditors.

                  Subtitle B--Counter-Drug Activities

Sec. 1011. Extension of authority to support unified counterdrug and 
              counterterrorism campaign in Colombia.
Sec. 1012. Extension and expansion of authority to provide additional 
              support for counter-drug activities of certain foreign 
              governments.
Sec. 1013. Sense of Congress on Central America.

                Subtitle C--Naval Vessels and Shipyards

Sec. 1021. Additional information supporting long-range plans for 
              construction of naval vessels.
Sec. 1022. National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund.
Sec. 1023. Extension of authority for reimbursement of expenses for 
              certain Navy mess operations afloat.
Sec. 1024. Availability of funds for retirement or inactivation of 
              Ticonderoga class cruisers or dock landing ships.
Sec. 1025. Limitation on the use of funds for removal of ballistic 
              missile defense capabilities from Ticonderoga class 
              cruisers.
Sec. 1026. Independent assessment of United States Combat Logistic 
              Force requirements.

                      Subtitle D--Counterterrorism

Sec. 1031. Prohibition on use of funds for transfer or release of 
              individuals detained at United States Naval Station, 
              Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States.
Sec. 1032. Prohibition on use of funds to construct or modify 
              facilities in the United States to house detainees 
              transferred from United States Naval Station, Guantanamo 
              Bay, Cuba.
Sec. 1033. Prohibition on use of funds for transfer or release to 
              certain countries of individuals detained at United 
              States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Sec. 1034. Reenactment and modification of certain prior requirements 
              for certifications relating to transfer of detainees at 
              United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to 
              foreign countries and other foreign entities.
Sec. 1035. Comprehensive detention strategy.
Sec. 1036. Prohibition on use of funds for realignment of forces at or 
              closure of United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, 
              Cuba.
Sec. 1037. Report on current detainees at United States Naval Station, 
              Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, determined or assessed to be high 
              risk or medium risk.
Sec. 1038. Reports to Congress on contact between terrorists and 
              individuals formerly detained at United States Naval 
              Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Sec. 1039. Inclusion in reports to Congress of information about 
              recidivism of individuals formerly detained at United 
              States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Sec. 1040. Report to Congress on terms of written agreements with 
              foreign countries regarding transfer of detainees at 
              United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Sec. 1041. Report on use of United States Naval Station, Guantanamo 
              Bay, Cuba, and other Department of Defense or Bureau of 
              Prisons prisons or detention or disciplinary facilities 
              in recruitment or other propaganda of terrorist 
              organizations.
Sec. 1042. Permanent authority to provide rewards through government 
              personnel of allied forces and certain other 
              modifications to Department of Defense program to provide 
              rewards.
Sec. 1043. Sunset on exception to congressional notification of 
              sensitive military operations.
Sec. 1044. Repeal of semiannual reports on obligation and expenditure 
              of funds for the combating terrorism program.
Sec. 1045. Limitation on interrogation techniques.

         Subtitle E--Miscellaneous Authorities and Limitations

Sec. 1051. Department of Defense excess property program.
Sec. 1052. Sale or donation of excess personal property for border 
              security activities.
Sec. 1053. Management of military technicians.
Sec. 1054. Limitation on transfer of certain AH-64 Apache helicopters 
              from Army National Guard to regular Army and related 
              personnel levels.
Sec. 1055. Authority to provide training and support to personnel of 
              foreign ministries of defense.
Sec. 1056. Information operations and engagement technology 
              demonstrations.
Sec. 1057. Prohibition on use of funds for retirement of Helicopter Sea 
              Combat Squadron 84 and 85 aircraft.
Sec. 1058. Limitation on availability of funds for destruction of 
              certain landmines and report on department of defense 
              policy and inventory of anti-personnel landmine 
              munitions.
Sec. 1059. Department of Defense authority to provide assistance to 
              secure the southern land border of the United States.

                    Subtitle F--Studies and Reports

Sec. 1060. Provision of defense planning guidance and contingency 
              planning guidance information to Congress.
Sec. 1061. Expedited meetings of the National Commission on the Future 
              of the Army.
Sec. 1062. Modification of certain reports submitted by Comptroller 
              General of the United States.
Sec. 1063. Report on implementation of the geographically distributed 
              force laydown in the area of responsibility of United 
              States Pacific Command.
Sec. 1064. Independent study of national security strategy formulation 
              process.
Sec. 1065. Report on the status of detection, identification, and 
              disablement capabilities related to remotely piloted 
              aircraft.
Sec. 1066. Report on options to accelerate the training of pilots of 
              remotely piloted aircraft.
Sec. 1067. Studies of fleet platform architectures for the Navy.
Sec. 1068. Report on strategy to protect United States national 
              security interests in the Arctic region.
Sec. 1069. Comptroller General briefing and report on major medical 
              facility projects of Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sec. 1070. Submittal to Congress of munitions assessments.
Sec. 1071. Potential role for United States ground forces in the 
              Western Pacific theater.
Sec. 1072. Repeal or revision of reporting requirements related to 
              military personnel issues.
Sec. 1073. Repeal or revision of reporting requirements relating to 
              readiness.
Sec. 1074. Repeal or revision of reporting requirements related to 
              naval vessels and Merchant Marine.
Sec. 1075. Repeal or revision of reporting requirements related to 
              civilian personnel.
Sec. 1076. Repeal or revision of reporting requirements related to 
              nuclear proliferation and related matters.
Sec. 1077. Repeal or revision of reporting requirements related to 
              acquisition.
Sec. 1078. Repeal or revision of miscellaneous reporting requirements.
Sec. 1079. Repeal of reporting requirements.

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Sec. 1080. Termination of requirement for submittal to Congress of 
              reports required of Department of Defense by statute.

                       Subtitle G--Other Matters

Sec. 1081. Technical and clerical amendments.
Sec. 1082. Situations involving bombings of places of public use, 
              Government facilities, public transportation systems, and 
              infrastructure facilities.
Sec. 1083. Executive agent for the oversight and management of 
              alternative compensatory control measures.
Sec. 1084. Navy support of Ocean Research Advisory Panel.
Sec. 1085. Level of readiness of Civil Reserve Air Fleet carriers.
Sec. 1086. Reform and improvement of personnel security, insider threat 
              detection and prevention, and physical security.
Sec. 1087. Transfer of surplus firearms to Corporation for the 
              Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety.
Sec. 1088. Modification of requirements for transferring aircraft 
              within the Air Force inventory.
Sec. 1089. Reestablishment of Commission to Assess the Threat to the 
              United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack.
Sec. 1090. Mine countermeasures master plan and report.
Sec. 1091. Congressional notification and briefing requirement on 
              ordered evacuations of United States embassies and 
              consulates involving support provided by the Department 
              of Defense.
Sec. 1092. Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator.
Sec. 1093. Sense of Congress on the inadvertent transfer of anthrax 
              from the Department of Defense.
Sec. 1094. Modification of certain requirements applicable to major 
              medical facility lease for a Department of Veterans 
              Affairs outpatient clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Sec. 1095. Authorization of fiscal year 2015 major medical facility 
              projects of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sec. 1096. Designation of construction agent for certain construction 
              projects by Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sec. 1097. Department of Defense strategy for countering unconventional 
              warfare.

                     Subtitle A--Financial Matters

     SEC. 1001. GENERAL TRANSFER AUTHORITY.

       (a) Authority to Transfer Authorizations.--
       (1) Authority.--Upon determination by the Secretary of 
     Defense that such action is necessary in the national 
     interest, the Secretary may transfer amounts of 
     authorizations made available to the Department of Defense in 
     this division for fiscal year 2016 between any such 
     authorizations for that fiscal year (or any subdivisions 
     thereof). Amounts of authorizations so transferred shall be 
     merged with and be available for the same purposes as the 
     authorization to which transferred.
       (2) Limitation.--Except as provided in paragraph (3), the 
     total amount of authorizations that the Secretary may 
     transfer under the authority of this section may not exceed 
     $4,500,000,000.
       (3) Exception for transfers between military personnel 
     authorizations.--A transfer of funds between military 
     personnel authorizations under title IV shall not be counted 
     toward the dollar limitation in paragraph (2).
       (b) Limitations.--The authority provided by subsection (a) 
     to transfer authorizations--
       (1) may only be used to provide authority for items that 
     have a higher priority than the items from which authority is 
     transferred; and
       (2) may not be used to provide authority for an item that 
     has been denied authorization by Congress.
       (c) Effect on Authorization Amounts.--A transfer made from 
     one account to another under the authority of this section 
     shall be deemed to increase the amount authorized for the 
     account to which the amount is transferred by an amount equal 
     to the amount transferred.
       (d) Notice to Congress.--The Secretary shall promptly 
     notify Congress of each transfer made under subsection (a).

     SEC. 1002. ACCOUNTING STANDARDS TO VALUE CERTAIN PROPERTY, 
                   PLANT, AND EQUIPMENT ITEMS.

       (a) Requirement for Certain Accounting Standards.--The 
     Secretary of Defense shall work in coordination with the 
     Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board to establish 
     accounting standards to value large and unordinary general 
     property, plant, and equipment items.
       (b) Deadline.--The accounting standards required by 
     subsection (a) shall be established by not later than 
     September 30, 2017, and be available for use for the full 
     audit on the financial statements of the Department of 
     Defense for fiscal year 2018, as required by section 1003(a) 
     of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2014 (Public Law 113-66; 127 Stat. 842; 10 U.S.C. 2222 note).

     SEC. 1003. REPORT ON AUDITABLE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

       Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report ranking all 
     military departments and Defense Agencies in order of how 
     advanced they are in achieving auditable financial statements 
     as required by law. The report should not include information 
     otherwise available in other reports to Congress.

     SEC. 1004. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON SEQUESTRATION.

       It is the sense of the Congress that--
       (1) the fiscal challenges of the Federal Government are a 
     top priority for Congress, and sequestration--non-strategic, 
     across-the-board budget cuts--remains an unreasonable and 
     inadequate budgeting tool to address the deficits and debt of 
     the Federal Government;
       (2) budget caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 
     (Public Law 112-25) impose unacceptable limitations on the 
     budget and increase risk to the national security of the 
     United States; and
       (3) the budget caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 
     2011 must be modified or eliminated through a bipartisan 
     legislative agreement.

     SEC. 1005. ANNUAL AUDIT OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF DEPARTMENT 
                   OF DEFENSE COMPONENTS BY INDEPENDENT EXTERNAL 
                   AUDITORS.

       (a) Audits Required.--For purposes of satisfying the 
     requirement under section 3521(e) of title 31, United States 
     Code, for audits of financial statements of Department of 
     Defense components identified by the Director of the Office 
     of Management and Budget under section 3515(c) of such title, 
     the Inspector General of the Department of Defense shall 
     obtain each year audits of the financial statements of each 
     such component by an independent external auditor.
       (b) Selection of Auditors.--The selection of independent 
     external auditors for purposes of subsection (a) shall be 
     based, among other appropriate criteria, on their 
     qualifications, independence, and capacity to conduct audits 
     described in subsection (a) in accordance with applicable 
     generally accepted government auditing standards. The 
     Inspector General shall participate in the selection of the 
     independent external auditors.
       (c) Monitoring Audits.--The Inspector General shall monitor 
     the conduct of all audits by independent external auditors 
     under subsection (a).
       (d) Reports on Audits.--
       (1) In general.--The Inspector General shall require the 
     independent external auditors conducting audits under 
     subsection (a) to submit a report on their audits each year 
     to--
       (A) the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) as the 
     Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Defense for the 
     purposes of chapter 9 of title 31, United States Code;
       (B) the Controller of the Office of Federal Financial 
     Management in the Office of Management and Budget; and
       (C) the appropriate committees of Congress.
       (2) Appropriate committees of congress defined.--In this 
     subsection, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (A) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Committee 
     on Appropriations of the Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on 
     Appropriations of the House of Representatives.
       (e) Relationship to Existing Law.--The requirements of this 
     section--
       (1) shall be implemented in a manner that is consistent 
     with the requirements of section 1008 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Public Law 107-107; 
     10 U.S.C. 113 note);
       (2) shall not be construed to alter the requirement under 
     section 3521(e) of title 31, United States Code, that the 
     financial statements of the Department of Defense as a whole 
     be audited by the Inspector General or by an independent 
     external auditor, as determined by the Inspector General; and
       (3) shall not be construed to limit or alter the 
     authorities of the Comptroller General of the United States 
     under section 3521(g) of title 31, United States Code.

                  Subtitle B--Counter-Drug Activities

     SEC. 1011. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY TO SUPPORT UNIFIED 
                   COUNTERDRUG AND COUNTERTERRORISM CAMPAIGN IN 
                   COLOMBIA.

       (a) Extension of Authority.--Section 1021 of the Ronald W. 
     Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2005 (Public Law 108-375; 118 Stat. 2042), as most recently 
     amended by section 1011(a) of the Carl Levin and Howard P. 
     ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3483), is further 
     amended--
       (1) in subsection (a), by striking ``2016'' and inserting 
     ``2017''; and
       (2) in subsection (c), by striking ``2016'' and inserting 
     ``2017''.
       (b) Extension of Annual Notice to Congress on Assistance.--
     Section 1011(b) of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' 
     McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2015 is amended by striking ``(as amended by subsection (a)) 
     using funds available for fiscal year 2015'' and inserting 
     ``using funds available for any fiscal year''.

     SEC. 1012. EXTENSION AND EXPANSION OF AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE 
                   ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR COUNTER-DRUG ACTIVITIES 
                   OF CERTAIN FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS.

       (a) Extension.--Subsection (a)(2) of section 1033 of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 
     (Public Law 105-85; 111 Stat. 1881), as most recently amended 
     by section 1013 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66; 127 Stat. 844), is 
     further amended by striking ``2016'' and inserting ``2017''.
       (b) Additional Governments Eligible To Receive Support.--
     Subsection (b) of such section 1033, as so amended, is 
     further amended by adding at the end of the following new 
     paragraphs:

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       ``(40) Government of Kenya.
       ``(41) Government of Tanzania.''.
       (c) Report on Use of Authority.--
       (1) Report required.--Not later than 90 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on 
     the authority to provide additional support for counter-drug 
     activities of foreign governments in section 1033 of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998.
       (2) Elements.--The report shall include, at a minimum, the 
     following:
       (A) A description of the use of the authority over time, 
     and of the use of the authority as in effect during fiscal 
     years 2014 and 2015.
       (B) A description of the impetus for the expansion of the 
     countries eligible for assistance under the program.
       (C) A description of the impetus for the increases over 
     time in the amounts of fund requested for assistance under 
     the program.
       (D) A description of the processes through which priorities 
     are established for countries and regions to be assisted 
     under the program.
       (E) An assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of 
     providing assistance under the program on a country-by 
     country basis rather than providing such assistance on a 
     global basis.
       (F) A description of the funding challenges, if any, 
     associated with providing assistance under the program on a 
     country-by country basis and with providing such assistance 
     on a global basis.
       (3) Appropriate committees of congress defined.--In this 
     subsection, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (A) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations, and the Committee on Appropriations of the 
     Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs, and the Committee on Appropriations of the 
     House of Representatives.

     SEC. 1013. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON CENTRAL AMERICA.

       (a) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings:
       (1) The stability and security of Central American nations 
     have a direct impact on the stability and security of the 
     United States.
       (2) Over the past decade, increased stability and security 
     in the Republic of Colombia has displaced illicit trafficking 
     to Central America, bringing with it increased violence and 
     instability.
       (3) According to the Global Study on Homicide 2013 of the 
     United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, four of the top 
     five countries with the highest homicide rates in the world 
     were Central American nations, including Honduras, Belize, El 
     Salvador, and Guatemala.
       (4) In 2014, approximately 65,000 unaccompanied alien 
     children from Central America entered the United States 
     through its southwest border.
       (5) In November 2014, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador 
     announced a Plan for the Alliance for Prosperity of the 
     Northern Triangle, which is a comprehensive approach to 
     address the ongoing violence and instability facing these 
     three nations by stimulating economic opportunities, 
     improving public safety and rule of law, and strengthening 
     institutions to increase trust in the state.
       (6) The United States Government is supportive of the 
     Alliance for Prosperity, and President's strategy for support 
     includes $1,000,000,000 focused on promoting prosperity and 
     regional economic integration, enhancing security, and 
     promoting improved governance.
       (7) The Department of Defense continues to build the 
     capacity of our partners in the region to address their 
     security challenges and confront threats of mutual concern.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that--
       (1) the United States should, to the extent practicable, 
     prioritize efforts to address the threatening levels of 
     violence, instability, illicit trafficking, and transnational 
     organized crime that challenge the sovereignty of Central 
     American nations and the security of the United States; and
       (2) in order to address such issues, the Department of 
     Defense, to the extent practicable, should--
       (A) increase its operations, as the lead agency of the 
     United States Government, to detect and monitor aerial and 
     maritime illicit trafficking into the United States;
       (B) increase its efforts to support aerial and maritime 
     illicit trafficking interdiction operations;
       (C) increase its operations to build the capacity of 
     partner nations in Central America to confront their own 
     security challenges;
       (D) support interagency programs and activities in Central 
     America addressing instability, including development, 
     education, economic, political, and security challenges; and
       (E) promote observance of and respect for human rights and 
     fundamental freedoms and respect for civilian control of the 
     military.

                Subtitle C--Naval Vessels and Shipyards

     SEC. 1021. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SUPPORTING LONG-RANGE PLANS 
                   FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NAVAL VESSELS.

       Section 231(b)(2)(C) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by inserting ``by ship class in both graphical and 
     tabular form'' after ``The estimated levels of annual 
     funding''.

     SEC. 1022. NATIONAL SEA-BASED DETERRENCE FUND.

       (a) Enhancement of Authority of Secretary of Navy to Use 
     National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund.--Section 2218a of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by redesignating subsections (f) and (g) as subsections 
     (i) and (j), respectively; and
       (2) by inserting after subsection (e) the following new 
     subsections:
       ``(f) Authority to Enter Into Economic Order Quantity 
     Contracts.--(1) The Secretary of the Navy may use funds 
     deposited in the Fund to enter into contracts known as 
     `economic order quantity contracts' with private shipyards 
     and other commercial or government entities to achieve 
     economic efficiencies based on production economies for major 
     components or subsystems. The authority under this subsection 
     extends to the procurement of parts, components, and systems 
     (including weapon systems) common with and required for other 
     nuclear powered vessels under joint economic order quantity 
     contracts.
       ``(2) A contract entered into under paragraph (1) shall 
     provide that any obligation of the United States to make a 
     payment under the contract is subject to the availability of 
     appropriations for that purpose, and that total liability to 
     the Government for termination of any contract entered into 
     shall be limited to the total amount of funding obligated at 
     time of termination.
       ``(g) Authority to Begin Manufacturing and Fabrication 
     Efforts Prior to Ship Authorization.--(1) The Secretary of 
     the Navy may use funds deposited into the Fund to enter into 
     contracts for advance construction of national sea-based 
     deterrence vessels to support achieving cost savings through 
     workload management, manufacturing efficiencies, or workforce 
     stability, or to phase fabrication activities within shipyard 
     and manage sub-tier manufacturer capacity.
       ``(2) A contract entered into under paragraph (1) shall 
     provide that any obligation of the United States to make a 
     payment under the contract is subject to the availability of 
     appropriations for that purpose, and that total liability to 
     the Government for termination of any contract entered into 
     shall be limited to the total amount of funding obligated at 
     time of termination.
       ``(h) Authority to Use Incremental Funding to Enter Into 
     Contracts for Certain Items.--(1) The Secretary of the Navy 
     may use funds deposited into the Fund to enter into 
     incrementally funded contracts for advance procurement of 
     high value, long lead time items for nuclear powered vessels 
     to better support construction schedules and achieve cost 
     savings through schedule reductions and properly phased 
     installment payments.
       ``(2) A contract entered into under paragraph (1) shall 
     provide that any obligation of the United States to make a 
     payment under the contract is subject to the availability of 
     appropriations for that purpose, and that total liability to 
     the Government for termination of any contract entered into 
     shall be limited to the total amount of funding obligated at 
     time of termination.''.
       (b) Modification and Extension of Authority to Transfer 
     Funds.--Section 1022(b)(1) of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 
     128 Stat. 3487) is amended--
       (1) by striking ``or 2016'' and inserting ``2016, or 
     2017''; and
       (2) by striking ``for the Navy for the Ohio Replacement 
     Program'' and inserting ``for the Department of Defense''.

     SEC. 1023. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF 
                   EXPENSES FOR CERTAIN NAVY MESS OPERATIONS 
                   AFLOAT.

       (a) Extension.--Subsection (b) of section 1014 of the 
     Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417; 122 Stat. 4585), as amended by 
     section 1021 of the Ike Skelton National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Public Law 111-383, 
     124 Stat. 4348), is amended by striking ``September 30, 
     2015'' and inserting ``September 30, 2020''.
       (b) Technical and Clarifying Amendments.--Subsection (a) of 
     such section is amended--
       (1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking 
     ``not more that'' and inserting ``not more than''; and
       (2) in paragraph (2), by striking ``Naval vessels'' and 
     inserting ``such vessels''.

     SEC. 1024. AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR RETIREMENT OR 
                   INACTIVATION OF TICONDEROGA CLASS CRUISERS OR 
                   DOCK LANDING SHIPS.

       None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act 
     or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense for 
     fiscal year 2016 may be obligated or expended to retire, 
     prepare to retire, inactivate, or place in storage a cruiser 
     or dock landing ship, except as provided in section 1026(b) 
     of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 
     113-291; 128 Stat. 3490).

     SEC. 1025. LIMITATION ON THE USE OF FUNDS FOR REMOVAL OF 
                   BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE CAPABILITIES FROM 
                   TICONDEROGA CLASS CRUISERS.

       None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act 
     or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense may 
     be used to remove ballistic missile defense capabilities from 
     any of the 5 Ticonderoga class cruisers equipped with such 
     capabilities until the Secretary of the Navy certifies to the 
     congressional defense committees that the Navy has--
       (1) obtained the ballistic missile defense capabilities 
     required by the most recent Navy Force Structure Assessment;
       (2) entered into a modernization of such cruisers that will 
     provide an equal or improved ballistic missile defense 
     capability; or
       (3) obtained at least 40 large surface combatants with 
     ballistic missile defense capability.

     SEC. 1026. INDEPENDENT ASSESSMENT OF UNITED STATES COMBAT 
                   LOGISTIC FORCE REQUIREMENTS.

       (a) Assessment Required.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall seek to 
     enter into an agreement with a federally funded research and 
     development center

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     with appropriate expertise and analytical capability to 
     conduct an assessment of the anticipated future demands of 
     the combat logistics force ships of the Navy and the 
     challenges such ships may face when conducting and supporting 
     future naval operations in contested maritime environments.
       (2) Elements.--The assessment under paragraph (1) shall 
     include the following:
       (A) An assessment of the programmed ability of the United 
     States Combat Logistic Force to support the Navy and the 
     naval forces of allies of the United States that are 
     operating in a dispersed manner and not concentrated in 
     carrier or expeditionary strike groups, in accordance with 
     the concept of distributed lethality of the Navy.
       (B) An assessment of the programmed ability of the United 
     States Combat Logistic Force to support the Navy and the 
     naval forces of allies of the United States that are engaged 
     in major combat operations against an adversary possessing 
     maritime anti-access and area-denial capabilities, including 
     anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles, land-based maritime 
     strike aircraft, submarines, and sea mines.
       (C) An assessment of the programmed ability of the United 
     States Combat Logistic Force to support distributed and 
     expeditionary air operations from an expanded set of 
     alternative and austere air bases in accordance with concepts 
     under development by the Air Force and the Marine Corps.
       (D) An assessment of gaps and deficiencies in the 
     capability and capacity of the United States Combat Logistic 
     Force to conduct and support operations of the United States 
     and allies under the conditions described in subparagraphs 
     (A), (B), and (C).
       (E) Recommendations for adjustments to the programmed 
     ability of the United States Combat Logistic Force to address 
     capability and capacity gaps and deficiencies described in 
     subparagraph (D).
       (F) Any other matters the federally funded research and 
     development center considers appropriate.
       (b) Report Required.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than April 1, 2016, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a report that includes the assessment 
     under subsection (a) and any other matters the Secretary 
     considers appropriate.
       (2) Form.--The report required under paragraph (1) shall be 
     submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified 
     annex.
       (c) Support.--The Secretary of Defense shall provide the 
     federally funded research and development center that 
     conducts the assessment under subsection (a) with timely 
     access to appropriate information, data, resources, and 
     analyses necessary for the center to conduct such assessment 
     thoroughly and independently.

                      Subtitle D--Counterterrorism

     SEC. 1031. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS FOR TRANSFER OR 
                   RELEASE OF INDIVIDUALS DETAINED AT UNITED 
                   STATES NAVAL STATION, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA, TO 
                   THE UNITED STATES.

       No amounts authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made 
     available for the Department of Defense may be used during 
     the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act 
     and ending on December 31, 2016, to transfer, release, or 
     assist in the transfer or release to or within the United 
     States, its territories, or possessions of Khalid Sheikh 
     Mohammed or any other detainee who--
       (1) is not a United States citizen or a member of the Armed 
     Forces of the United States; and
       (2) is or was held on or after January 20, 2009, at United 
     States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by the Department 
     of Defense.

     SEC. 1032. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS TO CONSTRUCT OR MODIFY 
                   FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES TO HOUSE 
                   DETAINEES TRANSFERRED FROM UNITED STATES NAVAL 
                   STATION, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA.

       (a) In General.--No amounts authorized to be appropriated 
     or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense may 
     be used during the period beginning on the date of the 
     enactment of this Act and ending on December 31, 2016, to 
     construct or modify any facility in the United States, its 
     territories, or possessions to house any individual detained 
     at Guantanamo for the purposes of detention or imprisonment 
     in the custody or under the control of the Department of 
     Defense unless authorized by Congress.
       (b) Exception.--The prohibition in subsection (a) shall not 
     apply to any modification of facilities at United States 
     Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
       (c) Individual Detained at Guantanamo Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``individual detained at Guantanamo'' has 
     the meaning given that term in section 1034(f)(2).

     SEC. 1033. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS FOR TRANSFER OR 
                   RELEASE TO CERTAIN COUNTRIES OF INDIVIDUALS 
                   DETAINED AT UNITED STATES NAVAL STATION, 
                   GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA.

       No amounts authorized to be appropriated or otherwise 
     available for the Department of Defense may be used during 
     the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act 
     and ending on December 31, 2016, to transfer, release, or 
     assist in the transfer or release of any individual detained 
     in the custody or under the control of the Department of 
     Defense at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 
     to the custody or control of any country, or any entity 
     within such country, as follows:
       (1) Libya.
       (2) Somalia.
       (3) Syria.
       (4) Yemen.

     SEC. 1034. REENACTMENT AND MODIFICATION OF CERTAIN PRIOR 
                   REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATIONS RELATING TO 
                   TRANSFER OF DETAINEES AT UNITED STATES NAVAL 
                   STATION, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA, TO FOREIGN 
                   COUNTRIES AND OTHER FOREIGN ENTITIES.

       (a) Certification Required Prior to Transfer.--
       (1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), the 
     Secretary of Defense may not use any amounts authorized to be 
     appropriated or otherwise available to the Department of 
     Defense to transfer any individual detained at Guantanamo to 
     the custody or control of the individual's country of origin, 
     any other foreign country, or any other foreign entity unless 
     the Secretary submits to the appropriate committees of 
     Congress the certification described in subsection (b) not 
     later than 30 days before the transfer of the individual.
       (2) Exception.--Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any action 
     taken by the Secretary to transfer any individual detained at 
     Guantanamo to effectuate an order affecting the disposition 
     of the individual that is issued by a court or competent 
     tribunal of the United States having lawful jurisdiction 
     (which the Secretary shall notify the appropriate committees 
     of Congress of promptly after issuance).
       (b) Certification.--A certification described in this 
     subsection is a written certification made by the Secretary 
     that--
       (1) the transfer concerned is in the national security 
     interests of the United States;
       (2) the government of the foreign country or the recognized 
     leadership of the foreign entity to which the individual 
     detained at Guantanamo concerned is to be transferred--
       (A) is not a designated state sponsor of terrorism or a 
     designated foreign terrorist organization;
       (B) maintains control over each detention facility in which 
     the individual is to be detained if the individual is to be 
     housed in a detention facility;
       (C) has taken or agreed to take appropriate steps to 
     substantially mitigate any risk the individual could attempt 
     to reengage in terrorist activity or otherwise threaten the 
     United States or its allies or interests; and
       (D) has agreed to share with the United States any 
     information that is related to the individual;
       (3) if the country to which the individual is to be 
     transferred is a country to which the United States 
     transferred an individual who was detained at United States 
     Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at any time after 
     September 11, 2001, and such transferred individual 
     subsequently engaged in any terrorist activity, the Secretary 
     has--
       (A) considered such circumstances; and
       (B) determined that the actions to be taken as described in 
     paragraph (2)(C) will substantially mitigate the risk of 
     recidivism with regard to the individual to be transferred; 
     and
       (4) includes an intelligence assessment, in classified or 
     unclassified form, of the capacity, willingness, and past 
     practices (if applicable) of the foreign country or foreign 
     entity concerned in relation to the certification of the 
     Secretary under this subsection.
       (c) Coordination With Prohibition on Transfer to Certain 
     Countries.--While the prohibition in section 1033 is in 
     effect, no certification may be made under subsection (b) in 
     connection with the transfer of an individual detained at 
     Guantanamo to a country specified in such section.
       (d) Record of Cooperation.--In assessing the risk that an 
     individual detained at Guantanamo will engage in terrorist 
     activity or other actions that could affect the national 
     security of the United States if released for the purpose of 
     making a certification under subsection (b), the Secretary 
     may give favorable consideration to any such individual--
       (1) who has substantially cooperated with United States 
     intelligence and law enforcement authorities, pursuant to a 
     pre-trial agreement, while in the custody of or under the 
     effective control of the Department of Defense; and
       (2) for whom agreements and effective mechanisms are in 
     place, to the extent relevant and necessary, to provide for 
     continued cooperation with United States intelligence and law 
     enforcement authorities.
       (e) Report.--Whenever the Secretary makes a certification 
     under subsection (b) with respect to an individual detained 
     at Guantanamo, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate 
     committees of Congress, together with such certification, a 
     report that shall include, at a minimum, the following:
       (1) A detailed statement of the basis for the transfer of 
     the individual.
       (2) An explanation why the transfer of the individual is in 
     the national security interests of the United States.
       (3) A description of actions taken to mitigate the risks of 
     reengagement by the individual as described in subsection 
     (b)(2)(C), including any actions taken to address factors 
     relevant to an applicable prior case of reengagement 
     described in subsection (b)(3).
       (4) A copy of any Periodic Review Board findings relating 
     to the individual.
       (5) A copy of the final recommendation by the Guantanamo 
     Detainee Review Task Force established pursuant to Executive 
     Order 13492 relating to the individual and, if applicable, 
     updated information related to any change to such 
     recommendation.
       (6) An assessment whether, as of the date of the 
     certification, the country to which the individual is to be 
     transferred is facing a threat that could substantially 
     affect its ability to exercise control over the individual.
       (7) A classified summary of--
       (A) the individual's record of cooperation, if any, while 
     in the custody of or under the effective control of the 
     Department of Defense; and

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       (B) any agreements and mechanisms in place to provide for 
     continuing cooperation.
       (f) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' means--
       (A) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations, the Committee on Appropriations, and the 
     Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Appropriations, and the 
     Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of 
     Representatives.
       (2) The term ``individual detained at Guantanamo'' means 
     any individual located at United States Naval Station, 
     Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as of October 1, 2009, who--
       (A) is not a citizen of the United States or a member of 
     the Armed Forces of the United States; and
       (B) is--
       (i) in the custody or under the control of the Department 
     of Defense; or
       (ii) otherwise under detention at United States Naval 
     Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
       (3) The term ``foreign terrorist organization'' means any 
     organization so designated by the Secretary of State under 
     section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 
     1189).
       (4) The term ``state sponsor of terrorism'' has the meaning 
     given that term in section 301(13) of the Comprehensive Iran 
     Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (22 
     U.S.C. 8541(13)).
       (g) Repeal of Superseded Requirements and Limitations.--
     Section 1035 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66; 127 Stat. 851; 10 U.S.C. 
     801 note) is repealed.

     SEC. 1035. COMPREHENSIVE DETENTION STRATEGY.

       (a) In General.--Not later than 90 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall, in 
     consultation with the Attorney General and the Director of 
     National Intelligence, submit to the congressional defense 
     committees a report setting forth the details of a 
     comprehensive strategy for the detention of current and 
     future individuals captured and held pursuant to the 
     Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40) 
     pending the end of hostilities.
       (b) Elements.--The report required by subsection (a) shall 
     contain the following:
       (1) The specific facility or facilities that are intended 
     to be used, or modified to be used, to hold individuals for 
     purpose of trial and incarceration after conviction or 
     detention and interrogation pursuant to the law of armed 
     conflict.
       (2) The estimated costs associated with the detention of 
     individuals detained for purpose of trial, incarceration 
     after conviction, or continued detention under the law of 
     armed conflict, including the costs of--
       (A) improvements, additions, or changes to each facility 
     specified pursuant to paragraph (1);
       (B) construction of new facilities, if any;
       (C) maintenance, operation, and sustainment of any such 
     facility;
       (D) security;
       (E) military, civilian, and contractor support personnel; 
     and
       (F) other matters associated with support of detention 
     operations.
       (3) A plan for the disposition of such individuals if the 
     authority to continue detaining an individual pursuant to the 
     law of armed conflict were to expire while such individual is 
     being detained, and an assessment of possible actions that 
     could be taken to mitigate any adverse implications of such a 
     scenario to the national security interests of the United 
     States.
       (4) A plan for the disposition of individuals held pursuant 
     to the Authorization for Use of Military Force who are 
     currently detained at the United States Naval Base, 
     Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
       (5) A plan for the disposition of future detainees held 
     pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force.
       (6) The additional authorities, if any, necessary to detain 
     an individual pursuant to the law of armed conflict as an 
     unprivileged enemy belligerent pursuant to the Authorization 
     for Use of Military Force pending the end of hostilities or a 
     future determination by the Secretary of Defense that such 
     individual no longer requires continued detention.
       (c) Form.--The report required by subsection (a) shall be 
     submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified 
     annex.

     SEC. 1036. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS FOR REALIGNMENT OF 
                   FORCES AT OR CLOSURE OF UNITED STATES NAVAL 
                   STATION, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA.

       (a) Prohibition on Use of Funds.--No amounts authorized to 
     be appropriated or otherwise made available for the 
     Department of Defense for fiscal year 2016 may be used--
       (1) to close or abandon United States Naval Station, 
     Guantanamo Bay, Cuba;
       (2) to relinquish control of Guantanamo Bay to the Republic 
     of Cuba; or
       (3) to implement a material modification to the Treaty 
     Between the United States of America and Cuba signed at 
     Washington, D.C. on May 29, 1934 that constructively closes 
     United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay.
       (b) Report.--
       (1) Report required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report 
     setting forth an assessment of the military implications of 
     United States Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
       (2) Elements.--The report shall include the following:
       (A) An historical analysis of the use and significance of 
     the basing at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay.
       (B) A description of the personnel, resources, and base 
     operations based out of United States Naval Station, 
     Guantanamo Bay, as of the date of the enactment of this Act.
       (C) An assessment of the role of United States Naval 
     Station, Guantanamo Bay, in support of the National Security 
     Strategy, the National Defense Strategy, and the National 
     Military Strategy.
       (D) An assessment of the missions and military requirements 
     that United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, currently 
     supports.
       (E) A description of the uses of United States Naval 
     Station, Guantanamo Bay, by other departments and agencies of 
     the United States Government.
       (F) Any other matters the Secretary considers appropriate.

     SEC. 1037. REPORT ON CURRENT DETAINEES AT UNITED STATES NAVAL 
                   STATION, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA, DETERMINED OR 
                   ASSESSED TO BE HIGH RISK OR MEDIUM RISK.

       (a) Report Required.--Not later than 60 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     submit to the appropriate committees and members of Congress 
     a report setting forth a list of the individuals detained at 
     Guantanamo as of the date of the enactment of this Act who 
     have been determined or assessed by Joint Task Force 
     Guantanamo, at any time before the date of the report, to be 
     a high-risk or medium-risk threat to the United States, its 
     interests, or its allies.
       (b) Elements.--The report under subsection (a) shall set 
     forth, for each individual covered by the report, the 
     following:
       (1) The name and country of origin.
       (2) The date on which first designated or assessed as a 
     high-risk or medium-risk threat to the United States, its 
     interests, or its allies, and an assessment of the 
     justification for the designation or assessment.
       (3) Whether, as of the date of the report, currently 
     designated or assessed as a high-risk or medium-risk threat 
     to the United States, its interests, or its allies.
       (4) If the designation or assessment changed between the 
     date specified pursuant to paragraph (2) and the date of the 
     report--
       (A) the new designation or assessment to which changed;
       (B) the year and month in which the designation or 
     assessment changed; and
       (C) information on, and a justification for, the change in 
     designation or assessment.
       (5) To the extent practicable, without jeopardizing 
     intelligence sources and methods--
       (A) prior actions in support of terrorism, hostile actions 
     against the United States or its allies, gross violations of 
     human rights, and other violations of international law; and
       (B) any affiliations with al Qaeda, al Qaeda affiliates, or 
     other terrorist groups.
       (c) Form.--The report under subsection (a) shall be 
     submitted in unclassified form to the maximum extent 
     practicable, but may include a classified annex.
       (d) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``appropriate committees and members of 
     Congress'' means--
       (A) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Appropriations, and the Select Committee on Intelligence of 
     the Senate;
       (B) the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader of the 
     Senate;
       (C) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Appropriations, and the Permanent Select Committee on 
     Intelligence of the House of Representatives; and
       (D) the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the 
     Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
       (2) The term ``individual detained at Guantanamo'' means 
     any individual located at United States Naval Station, 
     Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as of October 1, 2009, who--
       (A) is not a citizen of the United States or a member of 
     the Armed Forces of the United States; and
       (B) is--
       (i) in the custody or under the control of the Department 
     of Defense; or
       (ii) otherwise under detention at United States Naval 
     Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

     SEC. 1038. REPORTS TO CONGRESS ON CONTACT BETWEEN TERRORISTS 
                   AND INDIVIDUALS FORMERLY DETAINED AT UNITED 
                   STATES NAVAL STATION, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA.

       (a) In General.--Section 319(c) of the Supplemental 
     Appropriations Act, 2009 (Public Law 111-32; 123 Stat. 1874; 
     10 U.S.C. 801 note) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new paragraph:
       ``(6) A summary of all known contact between any individual 
     formerly detained at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and any 
     individual known or suspected to be associated with a foreign 
     terrorist group, which contact included information or 
     discussion about planning for or conduct of hostilities 
     against the United States or its allies or the 
     organizational, logistical, or resource needs or activities 
     of any terrorist group or activity.''.
       (b) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in the amendment made by 
     subsection (a) shall be construed to terminate, alter, 
     modify, override, or otherwise affect any reporting of 
     information required under section 319(c) of the Supplemental 
     Appropriations Act, 2009 before the date of the enactment of 
     this section.

     SEC. 1039. INCLUSION IN REPORTS TO CONGRESS OF INFORMATION 
                   ABOUT RECIDIVISM OF INDIVIDUALS FORMERLY 
                   DETAINED AT UNITED STATES NAVAL STATION, 
                   GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA.

       Section 319(c) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009 
     (Public Law 111-32; 123 Stat. 1874; 10 U.S.C. 801 note), as 
     amended by section 1038, is further amended by adding at the 
     end the following new paragraphs:

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       ``(7) For each individual described in paragraph (4), the 
     date on which such individual was released or transferred 
     from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and the date on which it is 
     confirmed that such individual is suspected or confirmed of 
     reengaging in terrorist activities.
       ``(8) The average period of time described in paragraph (7) 
     for all the individuals described in paragraph (4).''.

     SEC. 1040. REPORT TO CONGRESS ON TERMS OF WRITTEN AGREEMENTS 
                   WITH FOREIGN COUNTRIES REGARDING TRANSFER OF 
                   DETAINEES AT UNITED STATES NAVAL STATION, 
                   GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA.

       (a) Report Required.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense and the 
     Secretary of State shall jointly submit to the appropriate 
     committees of Congress a report describing the terms of any 
     written agreement between the United States Government and 
     the government of the foreign country concerned regarding 
     each individual detained at Guantanamo who was transferred to 
     a foreign country pursuant to a negotiated transfer.
       (2) Statement on lack of written agreement.--If an 
     individual detained at Guantanamo was transferred to a 
     foreign country pursuant to a negotiated transfer and no 
     written agreement exists between the United States Government 
     and the government of the foreign country regarding the 
     transfer of such individual, the report under paragraph (1) 
     shall include an unclassified statement of that fact.
       (3) Arrangements when lack of written agreement.--The 
     report under paragraph (1) shall also provide a description 
     of the types and frequency of arrangements or assurances 
     applicable to negotiated transfers covered by paragraph (2).
       (4) Form.--The report under paragraph (1) may be submitted 
     in classified form, except as provided in paragraph (2).
       (b) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' means--
       (A) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations, the Committee on Appropriations, and the 
     Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Appropriations, and the 
     Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of 
     Representatives.
       (2) The term ``individual detained at Guantanamo'' means 
     any individual located at United States Naval Station, 
     Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as of October 1, 2009, who--
       (A) is not a citizen of the United States or a member of 
     the Armed Forces of the United States; and
       (B) is--
       (i) in the custody or under the control of the Department 
     of Defense; or
       (ii) otherwise under detention at United States Naval 
     Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

     SEC. 1041. REPORT ON USE OF UNITED STATES NAVAL STATION, 
                   GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA, AND OTHER DEPARTMENT OF 
                   DEFENSE OR BUREAU OF PRISONS PRISONS OR 
                   DETENTION OR DISCIPLINARY FACILITIES IN 
                   RECRUITMENT OR OTHER PROPAGANDA OF TERRORIST 
                   ORGANIZATIONS.

       Not later than six months after the date of the enactment 
     of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall, in consultation 
     with the Director of National Intelligence, submit to 
     Congress a report on the use by terrorist organizations and 
     their leaders of images and symbols relating to United States 
     Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and any other Department 
     of Defense or Bureau of Prisons prison or other detention or 
     disciplinary facility for recruitment and other propaganda 
     purposes. The report shall include the following:
       (1) a description of the use by terrorist organizations and 
     their leaders of images and symbols relating to United States 
     Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, and any other Department of 
     Defense or Bureau of Prisons prison or other detention or 
     disciplinary facility for recruitment or other propaganda 
     purposes.
       (2) A description and assessment of--
       (A) the effectiveness of the use of such images and symbols 
     for recruitment and other propaganda purposes during the 
     period beginning on September 11, 2001, and ending on the 
     date of the report; and
       (B) the extent to which such images and symbols continue to 
     be used for recruitment or other propaganda purposes.
       (3) A description and assessment of the efforts of the 
     United States Government to counter the use of such images 
     and symbols for recruitment and other propaganda purposes and 
     to disseminate accurate information about such facilities.

     SEC. 1042. PERMANENT AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE REWARDS THROUGH 
                   GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL OF ALLIED FORCES AND 
                   CERTAIN OTHER MODIFICATIONS TO DEPARTMENT OF 
                   DEFENSE PROGRAM TO PROVIDE REWARDS.

       (a) In General.--Subsection (c)(3) of section 127b of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``subparagraphs (B) 
     and (C)'' and inserting ``subparagraph (B)''; and
       (2) by striking subparagraphs (C) and (D).
       (b) Modification of Reporting Requirements.--Subsection 
     (f)(2) of such section is amended--
       (1) by striking subparagraph (D);
       (2) by redesignating subparagraphs (E), (F), and (G), as 
     subparagraphs (D), (E), and (F), respectively; and
       (3) in subparagraph (D), as redesignated by paragraph (2), 
     by inserting before the period at the end the following: ``, 
     including in which countries the program is being operated''.
       (c) Report on Designation of Countries for Which Rewards 
     May Be Paid.--Such section is further amended by adding at 
     the end the following new subsection:
       ``(h) Report on Designation of Countries for Which Rewards 
     May Be Paid.--Not later than 15 days after the date on which 
     the Secretary designates a country as a country in which an 
     operation or activity of the armed forces is occurring in 
     connection with which rewards may be paid under this section, 
     the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Armed 
     Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a 
     report on the designation. Each report shall include the 
     following:
       ``(1) The country so designated.
       ``(2) The reason for the designation of the country.
       ``(3) A justification for the designation of the country 
     for purposes of this section.''.
       (d) Clerical Amendments.--
       (1) Section heading.--The heading of such section is 
     amended to read as follows:

     ``Sec. 127b. Department of Defense rewards program''.

       (2) Table of sections.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 3 of such title is amended by striking 
     the item relating to section 127b and inserting the following 
     new item:

``127b. Department of Defense rewards program.''.

     SEC. 1043. SUNSET ON EXCEPTION TO CONGRESSIONAL NOTIFICATION 
                   OF SENSITIVE MILITARY OPERATIONS.

       Section 130f(e) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) by inserting ``(1)'' before ``The notification''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(2) The exception in paragraph (1) shall cease to be in 
     effect at the close of December 31, 2017.''.

     SEC. 1044. REPEAL OF SEMIANNUAL REPORTS ON OBLIGATION AND 
                   EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS FOR THE COMBATING 
                   TERRORISM PROGRAM.

       Section 229 of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (d); and
       (2) by redesignating subsection (e) as subsection (d).

     SEC. 1045. LIMITATION ON INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES.

       (a) Limitation on Interrogation Techniques to Those in the 
     Army Field Manual.--
       (1) Army field manual 2-22.3 defined.--In this subsection, 
     the term ``Army Field Manual 2-22.3'' means the Army Field 
     Manual 2-22.3 entitled ``Human Intelligence Collector 
     Operations'' in effect on the date of the enactment of this 
     Act or any similar successor Army Field Manual.
       (2) Restriction.--
       (A) In general.--An individual described in subparagraph 
     (B) shall not be subjected to any interrogation technique or 
     approach, or any treatment related to interrogation, that is 
     not authorized by and listed in the Army Field Manual 2-22.3.
       (B) Individual described.--An individual described in this 
     subparagraph is an individual who is--
       (i) in the custody or under the effective control of an 
     officer, employee, or other agent of the United States 
     Government; or
       (ii) detained within a facility owned, operated, or 
     controlled by a department or agency of the United States, in 
     any armed conflict.
       (3) Implementation.--Interrogation techniques, approaches, 
     and treatments described in Army Field Manual 2-22.3 shall be 
     implemented strictly in accord with the principles, 
     processes, conditions, and limitations prescribed by Army 
     Field Manual 2-22.3.
       (4) Agencies other than the department of defense.--If a 
     process required by Army Field Manual 2-22.3, such as a 
     requirement of approval by a specified Department of Defense 
     official, is inapposite to a department or an agency other 
     than the Department of Defense, the head of such department 
     or agency shall ensure that a process that is substantially 
     equivalent to the process prescribed by Army Field Manual 2-
     22.3 for the Department of Defense is utilized by all 
     officers, employees, or other agents of such department or 
     agency.
       (5) Interrogation by federal law enforcement.--The 
     limitations in this subsection shall not apply to officers, 
     employees, or agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
     the Department of Homeland Security, or other Federal law 
     enforcement entities.
       (6) Update of the army field manual.--
       (A) Requirement to update.--
       (i) In general.--Not sooner than three years after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, and once every three years 
     thereafter, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with 
     the Attorney General, the Director of the Federal Bureau of 
     Investigation, and the Director of National Intelligence, 
     shall complete a thorough review of Army Field Manual 2-22.3, 
     and revise Army Field Manual 2-22.3, as necessary to ensure 
     that Army Field Manual 2-22.3 complies with the legal 
     obligations of the United States and the practices for 
     interrogation described therein do not involve the use or 
     threat of force.
       (ii) Availability to the public.--Army Field Manual 2-22.3 
     shall remain available to the public and any revisions to the 
     Army Field Manual 2-22.3 adopted by the Secretary of Defense 
     shall be made available to the public 30 days prior to the 
     date the revisions take effect.
       (B) Report on best practices of interrogations.--
       (i) Requirement for report.--Not later than 120 days after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the interagency body 
     established pursuant to Executive Order 13491 (commonly known 
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     the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group) shall submit to 
     the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National 
     Intelligence, the Attorney General, and other appropriate 
     officials a report on best practices for interrogation that 
     do not involve the use of force.
       (ii) Recommendations.--The report required by clause (i) 
     may include recommendations for revisions to Army Field 
     Manual 2-22.3 based on the body of research commissioned by 
     the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group.
       (iii) Availability to the public.--Not later than 30 days 
     after the report required by clause (i) is submitted such 
     report shall be made available to the public.
       (b) International Committee of the Red Cross Access to 
     Detainees.--
       (1) Requirement.--The head of any department or agency of 
     the United States Government shall provide the International 
     Committee of the Red Cross with notification of, and prompt 
     access to, any individual detained in any armed conflict in 
     the custody or under the effective control of an officer, 
     employee, contractor, subcontractor, or other agent of the 
     United States Government or detained within a facility owned, 
     operated, or effectively controlled by a department, agency, 
     contractor, or subcontractor of the United States Government, 
     consistent with Department of Defense regulations and 
     policies.
       (2) Construction.--Nothing in this subsection shall be 
     construed--
       (A) to create or otherwise imply the authority to detain; 
     or
       (B) to limit or otherwise affect any other individual 
     rights or state obligations which may arise under United 
     States law or international agreements to which the United 
     States is a party, including the Geneva Conventions, or to 
     state all of the situations under which notification to and 
     access for the International Committee of the Red Cross is 
     required or allowed.

         Subtitle E--Miscellaneous Authorities and Limitations

     SEC. 1051. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EXCESS PROPERTY PROGRAM.

       (a) Website Required.--Section 2576a of title 10, United 
     States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following 
     new subsection:
       ``(e) Publicly Accessible Website.--(1) The Secretary shall 
     create and maintain a publicly available Internet website 
     that provides information on the controlled property 
     transferred under this section and the recipients of such 
     property.
       ``(2) The contents of the Internet website required under 
     paragraph (1) shall include all publicly accessible 
     unclassified information pertaining to the request, transfer, 
     denial, and repossession of controlled property under this 
     section, including--
       ``(A) a current inventory of all controlled property 
     transferred to Federal and State agencies under this section, 
     listed by the name of the recipient and the year of the 
     transfer;
       ``(B) all pending requests for transfers of controlled 
     property under this section, including the information 
     submitted by the Federal and State agencies requesting such 
     transfers; and
       ``(C) all reports required to be submitted to the Secretary 
     under this section by Federal and State agencies that receive 
     controlled property under this section.''.
       (b) Conditions for Transfer.--Subsection (b) of such 
     section is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (3), by striking ``and'' at the end;
       (2) in paragraph (4), by striking the period and inserting 
     ``; and''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:
       ``(5) the recipient, on an annual basis, and with the 
     authorization of the relevant local governing body or 
     authority, certifies that it has adopted publicly available 
     protocols for the appropriate use of controlled property, the 
     supervision of such use, and the evaluation of the 
     effectiveness of such use, including auditing and 
     accountability policies; and
       ``(6) after the completion of the assessment required by 
     section 1051(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2016, the recipient, on an annual basis, 
     certifies that it provides annual training to relevant 
     personnel on the maintenance, sustainment, and appropriate 
     use of controlled property.''.
       (c) Definition of Controlled Property.--Such section is 
     further amended by adding at the end the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(f) Controlled Property.--In this section, the term 
     `controlled property' means any item assigned a 
     demilitarization code of B, C, D, E, G, or Q under Department 
     of Defense Manual 4160.21-M, `Defense Materiel Disposition 
     Manual', or any successor document.''.
       (d) Examination of Training Requirements.--The Secretary of 
     Defense shall enter into an agreement with a federally funded 
     research and development center for the conduct of an 
     assessment of the Department of Defense excess property 
     program under section 2576a of title 10, United States Code, 
     as amended by this section. Such assessment shall include--
       (1) an evaluation of the policies and controls governing 
     the determination of the suitability of recipients of 
     controlled property transferred under the program, including 
     specific recommendations relating to the training that 
     Federal and State agencies that receive such property should 
     receive, at no cost to the Department of Defense, to ensure 
     proficiency in the use, maintenance, and sustainment of such 
     property; and
       (2) an analysis of reported statistics on controlled 
     property transfers, the incidence of controlled property that 
     is unaccounted for, and the effectiveness of the policies and 
     procedures governing the return of controlled property 
     transferred under the program to the Department of Defense.
       (e) One-year Mandatory Use Policy Assessment.--The 
     Secretary of Defense shall enter into an agreement with a 
     federally funded research and development center for the 
     conduct of an assessment of the Department of Defense excess 
     property program under section 2576a of title 10, United 
     States Code, as amended by this section, to determine if the 
     requirement that all controlled property transferred under 
     the program be used within one year of being transferred is 
     achieving its intended effect. Such assessment shall include 
     recommendations on process improvement, including legislative 
     proposals.
       (f) Comptroller General Assessment.--Not later than one 
     year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the 
     Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct an 
     assessment of the Department of Defense excess property 
     program under section 2576a of title 10, United States Code, 
     as amended by this section. Such assessment shall include--
       (1) an evaluation of the transfer of controlled property 
     under the program, including the manner in which the property 
     was used by Federal and State agencies and the effectiveness 
     of the Internet website required under subsection (e) of 
     section 2576a of title 10, United States Code, as added by 
     subsection (a), in providing transparency to the public; and
       (2) a determination of whether the transfer of property 
     under the program enhances the ability of Federal and State 
     agencies to carry out counter-drug and counter-terrorism 
     activities in accordance with the purposes of the program as 
     set forth in section 2576a of title 10, United States Code.

     SEC. 1052. SALE OR DONATION OF EXCESS PERSONAL PROPERTY FOR 
                   BORDER SECURITY ACTIVITIES.

       Section 2576a of title 10, United States Code, as amended 
     by section 1051 is further amended--
       (1) in subsection (a)--
       (A) in paragraph (1)(A), by striking ``counter-drug and 
     counter-terrorism activities'' and inserting ``counterdrug, 
     counterterrorism, and border security activities''; and
       (B) in paragraph (2), by striking ``the Attorney General 
     and the Director of National Drug Control Policy'' and 
     inserting ``the Attorney General, the Director of National 
     Drug Control Policy, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, 
     as appropriate''; and
       (2) in subsection (d), by striking ``counter-drug or 
     counter-terrorism activities'' and inserting ``counterdrug, 
     counterterrorism, or border security activities''.

     SEC. 1053. MANAGEMENT OF MILITARY TECHNICIANS.

       (a) Conversion of Certain Military Technician (dual Status) 
     Positions to Civilian Positions.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall convert not 
     fewer than 20 percent of the positions described in paragraph 
     (2) as of January 1, 2017, from military technician (dual 
     status) positions to positions filled by individuals who are 
     employed under section 3101 of title 5, United States Code, 
     and are not military technicians.
       (2) Covered positions.--The positions described in this 
     paragraph are military technician (dual status) positions as 
     follows:
       (A) Military technician (dual status) positions identified 
     as general administration, clerical, finance, and office 
     service occupations in the report of the Secretary of Defense 
     under section 519 of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2011 (Public Law 112-81; 125 Stat. 1397).
       (B) Such other military technician (dual status) positions 
     as the Secretary shall specify for purposes of this 
     subsection.
       (3) Treatment of incumbents.--In the case of a position 
     converted under paragraph (1) for which there is an incumbent 
     employee, the Secretary may fill that position, as converted, 
     with the incumbent employee without regard to any requirement 
     concerning competition or competitive hiring procedures.
       (b) Phased-in Termination of Army Reserve, Air Force 
     Reserve, and National Guard Non-dual Status Technicians.--
       (1) In general.--Section 10217 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(e) Phased-in Termination of Positions.--(1) No 
     individual may be newly hired or employed, or rehired or 
     reemployed, as a non-dual status technician for the purposes 
     of this section after December 31, 2016.
       ``(2) Commencing January 1, 2017, the maximum number of 
     non-dual status technicians employable by the Army Reserve 
     and by the Air Force Reserve shall be reduced from the number 
     otherwise provided by subsection (c)(1) by one for each 
     individual who retires, is separated from, or otherwise 
     ceases service as a non-dual status technician of the Army 
     Reserve or the Air Force Reserve, as the case may be, after 
     such date until the maximum number of non-dual status 
     technicians employable by the Army Reserve or the Air Force 
     Reserve, as the case may be, is zero.
       ``(3) Commencing January 1, 2017, the maximum number of 
     non-dual status technicians employable by the National Guard 
     shall be reduced from the number otherwise provided by 
     subsection (c)(2) by one for each individual who retires, is 
     separated from, or otherwise ceases service as a non-dual 
     status technician of the National Guard after such date until 
     the maximum number of non-dual status technicians employable 
     by the National Guard is zero.
       ``(4) Any individual newly hired or employed, or rehired or 
     employed, to a position required to be filled by reason of 
     the amendment made by paragraph (1) shall be an individual 
     employed in such position under section 3101 of title 5, and 
     may not be a military technician.
       ``(5) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to 
     terminate the status as a non-dual status technician under 
     this section after December

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     31, 2016, of any individual who is a non-dual status 
     technician for the purposes of this section on that date.''.
       (2) Report on phased-in terminations.--Not later than 
     February 1, 2016, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to 
     Congress a report setting forth a plan for implementing the 
     amendment made by paragraph (1).

     SEC. 1054. LIMITATION ON TRANSFER OF CERTAIN AH-64 APACHE 
                   HELICOPTERS FROM ARMY NATIONAL GUARD TO REGULAR 
                   ARMY AND RELATED PERSONNEL LEVELS.

       Section 1712 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3668) is 
     amended--
       (1) in subsection (b), by striking ``March 31, 2016'' and 
     inserting ``June 30, 2016''; and
       (2) in subsection (e), by striking ``March 31, 2016'' and 
     inserting ``June 30, 2016'' both places it appears.

     SEC. 1055. AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE TRAINING AND SUPPORT TO 
                   PERSONNEL OF FOREIGN MINISTRIES OF DEFENSE.

       (a) Authority.--Section 1081 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81; 10 
     U.S.C. 168 note), as amended by section 1047 of the Carl 
     Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 
     128 Stat. 3494), is further amended--
       (1) by redesignating subsections (b) through (e) as 
     subsections (c) through (f), respectively; and
       (2) by inserting after subsection (a) the following new 
     subsection (b):
       ``(b) Training of Personnel of Foreign Ministries With 
     Security Missions.--
       ``(1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense may, with the 
     concurrence of the Secretary of State, carry out a program to 
     provide training and associated training support services to 
     personnel of foreign ministries of defense (or ministries 
     with security force oversight) or regional organizations with 
     security missions--
       ``(A) for the purpose of--
       ``(i) enhancing civilian oversight of foreign security 
     forces;
       ``(ii) establishing responsible defense governance and 
     internal controls in order to help build effective, 
     transparent, and accountable defense institutions;
       ``(iii) assessing organizational weaknesses and 
     establishing a roadmap for addressing shortfalls; and
       ``(iv) enhancing ministerial, general or joint staff, or 
     service level core management competencies; and
       ``(B) for such other purposes as the Secretary considers 
     appropriate, consistent with the authority in subsection (a).
       ``(2) Notice to congress.--Each fiscal year quarter, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall submit to the appropriate 
     committees of Congress a report on activities under the 
     program under paragraph (1) during the preceding fiscal year 
     quarter. Each report shall include, for the fiscal year 
     quarter covered by such report, the following:
       ``(A) A list of activities under the program.
       ``(B) A list of any organization described in paragraph (1) 
     to which the Secretary assigned employees under the program, 
     including the number of such employees so assigned, the 
     duration of each assignment, a brief description of each 
     assigned employee's activities, and a statement of the cost 
     of each assignment.
       ``(C) A comprehensive justification of any activities 
     conducted pursuant to paragraph (1)(B).''.
       (b) Termination of Authority.--Subsection (c) of such 
     section, as redesignated by subsection (a)(1) of this 
     section, is amended in paragraph (1) by striking ``of the 
     Secretary of Defense'' and all that follows and inserting 
     ``in this section terminates at the close of December 31, 
     2017.''.
       (c) Conforming Amendments.--Such section is further 
     amended--
       (1) in subsection (a), by inserting ``Ministry of Defense 
     Advisor'' before ``Authority'';
       (2) in subsections (d) and (e), as redesignated by 
     subsection (a)(1) of this section, by striking ``the 
     Committees on Armed Services and Foreign Relations of the 
     Senate and the Committees on Armed Services and Foreign 
     Affairs of the House of Representatives'' and inserting ``the 
     appropriate committees of Congress''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
       ``(g) Appropriate Committees of Congress Defined.--In this 
     section, the term `appropriate committees of Congress' 
     means--
       ``(1) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations of the Senate; and
       ``(2) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.''.
       (d) Clerical and Conforming Amendment to Section Heading to 
     Reflect Name of Program.--
       (1) Conforming amendment.--The heading of such section is 
     amended to read as follows:

     ``SEC. 1081. DEFENSE INSTITUTION CAPACITY BUILDING 
                   PROGRAM.''.

       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of contents in section 
     2(b) of such Act is amended by striking the item relating to 
     section 1081 and inserting the following new item:

``Sec. 1081. Defense Institution Capacity Building Program.''.

     SEC. 1056. INFORMATION OPERATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY 
                   DEMONSTRATIONS.

       (a) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that--
       (1) military information support operations are a critical 
     component of the efforts of the Department of Defense to 
     provide commanders with capabilities to shape the operational 
     environment;
       (2) military information support operations are integral to 
     armed conflict and therefore the Secretary of Defense has 
     broad latitude to conduct military information support 
     operations;
       (3) the Secretary of Defense should develop creative and 
     agile concepts, technologies, and strategies across all 
     available media to most effectively reach target audiences, 
     to counter and degrade the ability of adversaries and 
     potential adversaries to persuade, inspire, and recruit 
     inside areas of hostilities or in other areas in direct 
     support of the objectives of commanders; and
       (4) the Secretary of Defense should request additional 
     funds in future budgets to carry out military information 
     support operations to support the broader efforts of the 
     Government to counter violent extremism.
       (b) Technology Demonstrations Required.--To support the 
     ability of the Department of Defense to provide innovative 
     operational concepts and technologies to shape the 
     informational environment, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     carry out a series of technology demonstrations, subject to 
     the availability of funds for such purpose or to a prior 
     approval reprogramming, to assess innovative new technologies 
     for information operations and information engagement to 
     support the operational and strategic requirements of the 
     commanders of the geographic and functional combatant 
     commands, including the urgent and emergent operational needs 
     and the operational and theater campaign plans of such 
     combatant commanders to further the national security 
     objectives and strategic communications requirements of the 
     United States.
       (c) Plan.--By not later than 180 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall provide 
     to the congressional defense committees a plan describing how 
     the Department of Defense will execute the technology 
     demonstrations required under subsection (b). Such plan shall 
     include each of the following elements:
       (1) A general timeline for conducting the technology 
     demonstrations.
       (2) Clearly defined goals and endstate objectives for the 
     demonstrations, including traceability of such goals to the 
     tactical, operational, or strategic requirements of the 
     combatant commanders.
       (3) A process for measuring the performance and 
     effectiveness of the demonstrations.
       (4) A coordination structure to include participation 
     between the technology development and the operational 
     communities, including potentially joint, interagency, 
     intergovernmental, and multinational partners.
       (5) The identification of potential technologies to support 
     the tactical, operational, or strategic needs of the 
     combatant commanders.
       (6) An explanation of how such technologies will support 
     and coordinate with elements of joint, interagency, 
     intergovernmental, and multinational partners.
       (d) Congressional Notice.--Upon initiating a technology 
     demonstration under subsection (b), the Secretary of Defense 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees written 
     notice of the demonstration that includes a detailed 
     description of the demonstration, including its purpose, 
     cost, engagement medium, targeted audience, and any other 
     details the Secretary of Defense believes will assist the 
     committees in evaluating the demonstration.
       (e) Termination.--The authority to carry out a technology 
     demonstration under this section shall terminate on September 
     30, 2022.
       (f) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be 
     construed to limit or alter any authority under which the 
     Department of Defense supports information operations 
     activities within the Department.

     SEC. 1057. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS FOR RETIREMENT OF 
                   HELICOPTER SEA COMBAT SQUADRON 84 AND 85 
                   AIRCRAFT.

       (a) Prohibitions.--Except as provided by subsection (b), 
     none of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act 
     or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 for the Navy 
     may be obligated or expended to--
       (1) retire, prepare to retire, transfer, or place in 
     storage any Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 84 (HSC-84) or 
     Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85 (HSC-85) aircraft; or
       (2) make any changes to manning levels with respect to any 
     HSC-84 or HSC-85 aircraft squadron.
       (b) Waiver.--The Secretary of the Navy may waive subsection 
     (a), if the Secretary certifies to the congressional defense 
     committees that the Secretary has--
       (1) conducted a cost-benefit analysis identifying savings 
     to Department of the Navy regarding decommissioning or 
     deactivation of an HSC-84 or HSC-85 squadron;
       (2) identified a replacement capability that would be 
     available if prioritized and directed by the Secretary of 
     Defense and would meet all operational requirements, 
     including special operational-peculiar requirements of the 
     combatant commands, currently being met by the HSC-84 or HSC-
     85 squadrons and aircraft to be retired, transferred, or 
     placed in storage; and
       (3) deployed such capability.

     SEC. 1058. LIMITATION ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR 
                   DESTRUCTION OF CERTAIN LANDMINES AND REPORT ON 
                   DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE POLICY AND INVENTORY OF 
                   ANTI-PERSONNEL LANDMINE MUNITIONS.

       (a) Limitation.--Except as provided under subsection (b), 
     none of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act 
     or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2016 for the 
     Department of Defense may be obligated or expended for the 
     destruction of anti-personnel landmine munitions before the 
     date on which the Secretary of Defense submits the report 
     required by subsection (c).
       (b) Exception for Safety.--The limitation under subsection 
     (a) shall not apply to any

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     anti-personnel landmine munitions that the Secretary 
     determines are unsafe or could pose a safety risk if not 
     demilitarized or destroyed.
       (c) Report Required.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a 
     report that includes each of the following:
       (A) A description of the policy of the Department of 
     Defense regarding the use of anti-personnel landmines, 
     including methods for commanders to seek waivers to use such 
     munitions.
       (B) A 10-year projection of the inventory levels for all 
     anti-personnel landmine munitions that takes into account 
     future production of anti-personnel landmine munitions, any 
     plans for demilitarization of such munitions, the age of the 
     munitions, storage and safety considerations, and other 
     factors that will impact the size of the inventory.
       (C) A 10-year projection for the cost to achieve the 
     inventory levels projected in subparagraph (B), including the 
     cost for potential demilitarization or disposal of such 
     munitions.
       (D) A 10-year projection for the cost to develop and 
     produce new anti-personnel landmine munitions the Secretary 
     determines are necessary to meet the demands of current 
     operational plans.
       (E) An assessment, by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of 
     Staff, of the effects of the projected anti-personnel 
     landmine inventory on current operational plans.
       (F) Any other matters that the Secretary determines should 
     be included in the report.
       (2) Form of report.--The report required by paragraph (1) 
     shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a 
     classified annex.
       (d) Anti-personnel Landmine Munitions Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``anti-personnel landmine munitions'' 
     includes anti-personnel landmines and sub-munitions as 
     defined by the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, 
     Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines 
     and on their Destruction, as determined by the Secretary.

     SEC. 1059. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE 
                   ASSISTANCE TO SECURE THE SOUTHERN LAND BORDER 
                   OF THE UNITED STATES.

       (a) Authority to Provide Assistance.--The Secretary of 
     Defense may provide assistance to United States Customs and 
     Border Protection for purposes of increasing ongoing efforts 
     to secure the southern land border of the United States.
       (b) Concurrence in Assistance.--Assistance under subsection 
     (a) shall be provided with the concurrence of the Secretary 
     of Homeland Security.
       (c) Types of Assistance Authorized.--The assistance 
     provided under subsection (a) may include the following:
       (1) Deployment of members and units of the regular and 
     reserve components of the Armed Forces to the southern land 
     border of the United States.
       (2) Deployment of manned aircraft, unmanned aerial 
     surveillance systems, and ground-based surveillance systems 
     to support continuous surveillance of the southern land 
     border of the United States.
       (3) Intelligence analysis support.
       (d) Materiel and Logistical Support.--The Secretary of 
     Defense is authorized to deploy such materiel and equipment 
     and logistics support as is necessary to ensure the 
     effectiveness of assistance provided under subsection (a).
       (e) Funding.--Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated 
     for the Department of Defense by this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense may use up to $75,000,000 to provide assistance under 
     subsection (a).
       (f) Reports.--At the end of each three-month period during 
     which assistance is provided under subsection (a), the 
     Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of 
     Homeland Security, shall submit to the congressional defense 
     committees, the Committee on Homeland Security of the House 
     of Representatives, and the Committee on Homeland Security 
     and Government Affairs of the Senate a report on the 
     provision of such assistance during that period. Each report 
     shall include, for the period covered by the report, the 
     following:
       (1) A description of the assistance provided.
       (2) A description of the sources and amounts of funds used 
     to provide such assistance.
       (3) A description of the amounts obligated to provide such 
     assistance.
       (4) An assessment of the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of 
     such assistance in support of the Department of Homeland 
     Security's objectives and strategy to address the challenges 
     on the southern land border of the United States and 
     recommendations, if any, to enhance the effectiveness of such 
     assistance.

                    Subtitle F--Studies and Reports

     SEC. 1060. PROVISION OF DEFENSE PLANNING GUIDANCE AND 
                   CONTINGENCY PLANNING GUIDANCE INFORMATION TO 
                   CONGRESS.

       (a) In General.--Section 113(g) of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     paragraph:
       ``(3) At the time of the budget submission by the President 
     for a fiscal year, the Secretary of Defense shall include in 
     the budget materials submitted to Congress for that year 
     summaries of the guidance developed under paragraphs (1) and 
     (2), as well as summaries of any plans developed in 
     accordance with the guidance developed under paragraph (2). 
     Such summaries shall be sufficient to allow the congressional 
     defense committees to evaluate fully the requirements for 
     military forces, acquisition programs, and operation and 
     maintenance funding in the President's annual budget request 
     for the Department of Defense.''.
       (b) Report Required.--Notwithstanding the requirement under 
     paragraph (3) of section 113(g) of title 10, United States 
     Code, as added by subsection (a), that the Secretary of 
     Defense submit summaries under that paragraph at the time of 
     the President's annual budget submission, by not later than 
     120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the 
     Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense 
     committees a report containing--
       (1) summaries of the guidance developed under paragraphs 
     (1) and (2) of subsection (g) of section 113 of title 10, 
     United States Code; and
       (2) summaries of any plans developed in accordance with the 
     guidance developed under paragraph (2) of such subsection.

     SEC. 1061. EXPEDITED MEETINGS OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON 
                   THE FUTURE OF THE ARMY.

       Section 1702(f) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3665) is 
     amended by adding at the end the following new sentence: 
     ``Section 10 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. 
     App. I) shall not apply to a meeting of the Commission unless 
     the meeting is attended by five or more members of the 
     Commission.''.

     SEC. 1062. MODIFICATION OF CERTAIN REPORTS SUBMITTED BY 
                   COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES.

       (a) Report on NNSA Budget Requests.--Section 3255(a)(2) of 
     the National Nuclear Security Administration Act (50 U.S.C. 
     2455(a)(2)) is amended by inserting before ``, the 
     Comptroller General'' the following: ``in an even-numbered 
     year, and not later than 150 days after the date on which the 
     Administrator submits such materials in an odd-numbered 
     year''.
       (b) Report on Environmental Management.--Section 3134 of 
     the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 
     (Public Law 111-84; 123 Stat. 2713), as amended by section 
     3134(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2013 (Public Law 112-239; 126 Stat. 2193), is further 
     amended--
       (1) in subsection (a), by striking ``a series of three 
     reviews, as described in subsections (b), (c), and (d),'' and 
     inserting ``reviews as described in subsections (b) and 
     (c)'';
       (2) by striking subsection (d); and
       (3) by redesignating subsection (e) as subsection (d).

     SEC. 1063. REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GEOGRAPHICALLY 
                   DISTRIBUTED FORCE LAYDOWN IN THE AREA OF 
                   RESPONSIBILITY OF UNITED STATES PACIFIC 
                   COMMAND.

       (a) Report Required.--Not later than March 1, 2016, the 
     Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Commander of 
     the United States Pacific Command, shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report on Department of 
     Defense plans for implementing the geographically distributed 
     force laydown in the area of responsibility of United States 
     Pacific Command.
       (b) Matters to Be Included.--The report required under 
     subsection (a) shall include the following:
       (1) A description of the force laydown.
       (2) A discussion of how the force laydown affects the 
     operational and contingency plans in the area of 
     responsibility of United States Pacific Command, including a 
     discussion on how timeliness, availability of forces, and 
     risk in meeting the military objectives contained in those 
     plans are affected.
       (3) A discussion of the specific support asset requirements 
     derived from the force laydown, including logistical 
     sustainment, pre-positioned stocks, sea and air lift and, 
     command and control.
       (4) A discussion of the specific infrastructure and 
     military construction requirements derived from the force 
     laydown.
       (5) A discussion on how Department of Defense plans to meet 
     the requirements identified in paragraphs (3) and (4), 
     including the ability of United States Transportation 
     Command, the United States Combat Logistics Force, and the 
     Armed Forces to meet those requirements.
       (6) Any other matters the Secretary of Defense determines 
     to be appropriate.
       (c) Form.--The report required under subsection (a) shall 
     be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a 
     classified annex.

     SEC. 1064. INDEPENDENT STUDY OF NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY 
                   FORMULATION PROCESS.

       (a) Requirement for Study.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     enter into a contract with an independent research entity 
     described in subsection (c) to carry out a comprehensive 
     study of the role of the Department of Defense in the 
     formulation of national security strategy.
       (b) Matters Covered.--The study required by subsection (a) 
     shall include, at a minimum, the following:
       (1) Several case studies of the role of the Department of 
     Defense and its process for the formulation of previous 
     national security strategies in place throughout the history 
     of the United States, with specific emphasis on the 
     development and execution of previous strategies, as well as 
     the factors that contributed to the development and execution 
     of successful previous strategies with specific emphasis on--
       (A) the frequency of strategy updates;
       (B) the synchronization of timelines and content among 
     different strategies;
       (C) the prioritization of objectives;
       (D) the assignment of roles and responsibilities among 
     relevant agencies;
       (E) the links between strategy and resourcing;
       (F) the implementation of strategy within the planning 
     documents of relevant agencies;
       (G) the value of a competition of ideas; and
       (H) recommendations for the executive and legislative 
     branches on the best practices and organizational lessons 
     learned for enabling the Department of Defense to formulate 
     long-term defense strategy.
       (2) A complete review and analysis of the current national 
     security strategy formulation process, as it relates to the 
     Department of Defense, including an analysis of the 
     following:

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       (A) All major Government products and documents of national 
     security strategy relevant to the Department of Defense and 
     how they fit together, including--
       (i) the National Military Strategy prepared by the Chairman 
     of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under section 153(b)(1) of title 
     10, United States Code;
       (ii) the most recent quadrennial defense review conducted 
     by the Secretary of Defense pursuant to section 118 of title 
     10, United States Code;
       (iii) the national security strategy report required under 
     section 108 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 
     3043); and
       (iv) any other relevant national security strategy products 
     and documents.
       (B) The time periods during which the products and 
     documents covered by subparagraph (A) are prepared and 
     published, and how they fit together.
       (C) The interaction between the White House and the 
     agencies that develop such products and documents and 
     formulate strategy.
       (D) All the current entities in the Federal Government that 
     contribute to the national security strategy formulation 
     process and how they fit together.
       (c) Independent Research Entity.--The entity described in 
     this subsection is an independent research entity that is a 
     not-for-profit entity or a federally funded research and 
     development center with appropriate expertise and analytical 
     capability.
       (d) Report.--Not later than 18 months after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the independent research entity shall 
     provide to the Secretary a report on the results of the 
     study. Not later than 90 days after receipt of the report, 
     the Secretary shall submit such report, together with any 
     additional views or recommendations of the Secretary, to the 
     congressional defense committees.

     SEC. 1065. REPORT ON THE STATUS OF DETECTION, IDENTIFICATION, 
                   AND DISABLEMENT CAPABILITIES RELATED TO 
                   REMOTELY PILOTED AIRCRAFT.

       Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report addressing the 
     suitability of existing capabilities to detect, identify, and 
     disable remotely piloted aircraft operating within special 
     use and restricted airspace. The report shall include the 
     following:
       (1) An assessment of the degree to which existing 
     capabilities to detect, identify, and potentially disable 
     remotely piloted aircraft within special use and restricted 
     airspace are able to be deployed and combat prevailing 
     threats.
       (2) An assessment of existing gaps in capabilities related 
     to the detection, identification, or disablement of remotely 
     piloted aircraft within special use and restricted airspace.
       (3) A plan that outlines the extent to which existing 
     research and development programs within the Department of 
     Defense can be leveraged to fill identified capability gaps 
     and/or the need to establish new programs to address such 
     gaps as are identified pursuant to paragraph (2).

     SEC. 1066. REPORT ON OPTIONS TO ACCELERATE THE TRAINING OF 
                   PILOTS OF REMOTELY PILOTED AIRCRAFT.

       Not later than February 1, 2016, the Secretary of the Air 
     Force shall submit to the congressional defense committees a 
     report addressing the immediate and critical training and 
     operational needs of the remotely piloted aircraft community. 
     The report shall include the following:
       (1) An assessment of the viability of using non-rated, 
     civilian, contractor, or enlisted pilots to execute remotely 
     piloted aircraft missions.
       (2) An assessment of the availability and existing 
     utilization of special use airspace available for remotely 
     piloted aircraft training and a plan for accessing additional 
     special use airspace in order to meet anticipated training 
     requirements for remotely piloted aircraft.
       (3) A comprehensive training plan aimed at increasing the 
     throughput of undergraduate remotely piloted aircraft 
     training without sacrificing quality and standards.
       (4) Establishment of an optimum ratio for the mix of 
     training airframes to operational airframes in the remotely 
     piloted aircraft inventory necessary to achieve manning 
     requirements for pilots and sensor operators and, to the 
     extent practicable, a plan for fielding additional remotely 
     piloted aircraft airframes at the formal training units in 
     the active, National Guard, and reserve components in 
     accordance with optimum ratios for MQ-9 and Global Hawk 
     remotely piloted aircraft.
       (5) Establishment of optimum and minimum crew ratios to 
     combat air patrols taking into account all tasks remotely 
     piloted aircraft units execute and, to the extent 
     practicable, a plan for conducting missions in accordance 
     with optimum ratios.
       (6) Identification of any resource, legislative, or 
     departmental policy challenges impeding the corrective action 
     needed to reach a sustainable remotely piloted aircraft 
     operations tempo.
       (7) An assessment, to the extent practicable, of the direct 
     and indirect impacts that the integration of remotely piloted 
     aircraft into the national airspace system has on the ability 
     to generate remotely piloted aircraft crews.
       (8) Any other matters the Secretary determines appropriate.

     SEC. 1067. STUDIES OF FLEET PLATFORM ARCHITECTURES FOR THE 
                   NAVY.

       (a) Independent Studies.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall provide for 
     the performance of three independent studies of alternative 
     future fleet platform architectures for the Navy in the 2030 
     timeframe.
       (2) Submission to congress.--Not later than April 1, 2016, 
     the Secretary shall submit the results of each study to the 
     congressional defense committees.
       (3) Form.--Each such study shall be submitted in 
     unclassified form, but may contain a classified annex as 
     necessary.
       (b) Entities to Perform Studies.--The Secretary of Defense 
     shall provide for the studies under subsection (a) to be 
     performed as follows:
       (1) One study shall be performed by the Department of the 
     Navy and shall include participants from--
       (A) the Office of Net Assessment within the Office of the 
     Secretary of Defense; and
       (B) the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division.
       (2) The second study shall be performed by a federally 
     funded research and development center.
       (3) The final study shall be conducted by an independent, 
     non-governmental institute which is described in section 
     501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and exempt 
     from tax under section 501(a) of such Code, and has 
     recognized credentials and expertise in national security and 
     military affairs.
       (c) Performance of Studies.--
       (1) Independent performance.--The Secretary of Defense 
     shall require the three studies under this section to be 
     conducted independently of each other.
       (2) Matters to be considered.--In performing a study under 
     this section, the organization performing the study, while 
     being aware of the current and projected fleet platform 
     architectures, shall not be limited by the current or 
     projected fleet platform architecture and shall consider the 
     following matters:
       (A) The National Security Strategy of the United States.
       (B) Potential future threats to the United States and to 
     United States naval forces in the 2030 timeframe.
       (C) Traditional roles and missions of United States naval 
     forces.
       (D) Alternative roles and missions for United States naval 
     forces.
       (E) Other government and non-government analyses that would 
     contribute to the study through variations in study 
     assumptions or potential scenarios.
       (F) The role of evolving technology on future naval forces, 
     including unmanned systems.
       (G) Opportunities for reduced operation and sustainment 
     costs.
       (H) Current and projected capabilities of other United 
     States armed forces that could affect force structure 
     capability and capacity requirements of United States naval 
     forces.
       (d) Study Results.--The results of each study under this 
     section shall--
       (1) present the alternative fleet platform architectures 
     considered, with assumptions and possible scenarios 
     identified for each;
       (2) provide for presentation of minority views of study 
     participants; and
       (3) for the recommended architecture, provide--
       (A) the numbers, kinds, and sizes of vessels, the numbers 
     and types of associated manned and unmanned vehicles, and the 
     basic capabilities of each of those platforms;
       (B) other information needed to understand that 
     architecture in basic form and the supporting analysis;
       (C) deviations from the current Annual Long-Range Plan for 
     Construction of Naval Vessels required under section 231 of 
     title 10, United States Code;
       (D) options to address ship classes that begin 
     decommissioning prior to 2035; and
       (E) implications for naval aviation, including the future 
     carrier air wing and land-based aviation platforms.

     SEC. 1068. REPORT ON STRATEGY TO PROTECT UNITED STATES 
                   NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS IN THE ARCTIC 
                   REGION.

       (a) Report on Strategy Required.--Not later than one year 
     after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees 
     a report that sets forth an updated military strategy for the 
     protection of United States national security interests in 
     the Arctic region.
       (b) Elements.--The report required by subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) A description of United States military interests in 
     the Arctic region.
       (2) A description of operational plans and military 
     requirements for the protection of United States national 
     security interests in the Arctic region, including United 
     States citizens, territory, freedom of navigation, and 
     economic and trade interests.
       (3) An identification of any operational seams and a plan 
     to enhance unity of effort among the combatant commands with 
     responsibility for the Arctic region, as well as among the 
     Armed Forces.
       (4) A description of the security environment in the Arctic 
     region, including the activities of foreign nations operating 
     within the Arctic region.
       (5) A description of United States military capabilities 
     required to implement the strategy required by subsection 
     (a).
       (6) An identification of any capability gaps and resource 
     gaps, including in installations, infrastructure, 
     communications and domain awareness, and personnel in the 
     Arctic region, that would impact the implementation of the 
     strategy required by subsection (a) or the execution of any 
     associated operational plan, and a mitigation plan to address 
     such gaps.
       (7) An assessment of military-to-military cooperation with 
     partner nations that have mutual security interests in the 
     Arctic region, including opportunities for sharing 
     installations and maintenance facilities.
       (c) Form.--The report required by subsection (a) shall be 
     submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified 
     annex.

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     SEC. 1069. COMPTROLLER GENERAL BRIEFING AND REPORT ON MAJOR 
                   MEDICAL FACILITY PROJECTS OF DEPARTMENT OF 
                   VETERANS AFFAIRS.

       (a) Briefing.--Not later than 270 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the 
     United States shall provide to the appropriate committees of 
     Congress a briefing on the administration and oversight by 
     the Department of Veterans Affairs of contracts for the 
     design and construction of major medical facility projects, 
     as defined in section 8104(a)(3)(A) of title 38, United 
     States Code.
       (b) Report.--Not later than one year after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall submit 
     to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the 
     administration and oversight described in subsection (a).
       (c) Elements.--The briefing required by subsection (a) and 
     the report required by subsection (b) shall each include an 
     examination of the following:
       (1) The processes used by the Department for overseeing and 
     assuring the performance of construction design and 
     construction contracts for major medical facility projects, 
     as so defined.
       (2) Any actions taken by the Department to improve the 
     administration of such contracts.
       (3) Such opportunities for further improvement of the 
     administration of such contracts as the Comptroller General 
     considers appropriate.
       (d) Appropriate Committees of Congress Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (1) the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the Subcommittee 
     on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related 
     Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; 
     and
       (2) the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the Subcommittee 
     on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related 
     Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations of the House of 
     Representatives.

     SEC. 1070. SUBMITTAL TO CONGRESS OF MUNITIONS ASSESSMENTS.

       (a) Required Reports.--Not later than March 1, 2016, and 
     annually thereafter, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to 
     the congressional defense committees each of the following:
       (1) The most current munitions assessments, as defined by 
     Department of Defense Instruction Number 3000.04, relating to 
     the Department of Defense munitions process.
       (2) The most current sufficiency assessments, as defined by 
     such Department of Defense Instruction.
       (3) The most current approved memorandum of the Joint 
     Requirements Oversight Council resulting from the munitions 
     requirements process.
       (b) Sunset.--The requirement to submit reports and 
     assessments under this section shall terminate on the date 
     that is two years after the date of the enactment of this 
     Act.

     SEC. 1071. POTENTIAL ROLE FOR UNITED STATES GROUND FORCES IN 
                   THE WESTERN PACIFIC THEATER.

       (a) General Assessment Required.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense and the Chairman 
     of the Joint Chiefs of Staff shall jointly conduct a 
     comprehensive assessment of potential roles for United States 
     ground forces in the western Pacific in cooperation with host 
     nations to deter and defeat aggression in the western Pacific 
     region.
       (2) Capabilities to be examined.--The Secretary and the 
     Chairman shall assess the feasibility and potential 
     effectiveness of mobile United States ground forces operating 
     jointly to facilitate--
       (A) anti-access and area-denial capabilities in contested 
     sea lanes and airspace;
       (B) air defense capabilities;
       (C) electronic countermeasures capabilities;
       (D) command, control, communications, and logistics 
     capabilities;
       (E) littoral defenses; and
       (F) any other capabilities the Secretary and Chairman 
     determine to be appropriate.
       (b) Completion Date.--The assessment required by this 
     section shall be completed by not later than one year after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act.
       (c) Briefing of Congress.--Upon the completion of the 
     assessments required by this section, the Secretary and the 
     Chairman shall provide a briefing on the assessment to the 
     Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of 
     Representatives.

     SEC. 1072. REPEAL OR REVISION OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS 
                   RELATED TO MILITARY PERSONNEL ISSUES.

       (a) Report on Foreign Language Proficiency Incentive Pay.--
     Section 316a of title 37, United States Code, as amended by 
     section 615(5) of this Act, is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (f); and
       (2) by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (f).
       (b) Report on Use of Waiver Authority for Military Service 
     Academy Appointments.--Section 553 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81; 10 
     U.S.C. 4346 note) is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (e); and
       (2) by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (e).
       (c) Report on Increase in Junior Reserve Officers' Training 
     Corps Units.--Subsection (e) of section 548 of the Duncan 
     Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2009 (Public Law 110-417; 122 Stat. 4466) is repealed.
       (d) Report on Implementation of Yellow Ribbon Reintegration 
     Program.--
       (1) Reporting requirement.--Section 582(e) of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 
     110-181; 10 U.S.C. 10101 note) is amended by striking 
     paragraph (4).
       (2) Conforming repeal.--Section 597 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 10 
     U.S.C. 10101 note) is repealed.
       (e) Report on Standards of Facilities.--Section 1648 of the 
     Wounded Warrior Act (title XVI of Public Law 110-181; 10 
     U.S.C. 1071 note) is amended by striking subsection (f).
       (f) Report on Inspections of Facilities.--Section 1662 of 
     the Wounded Warrior Act (title XVI of Public Law 110-181; 10 
     U.S.C. 1071 note) is amended--
       (1) by striking ``(a) Required Inspections of Facilities.--
     ''; and
       (2) by striking subsection (b).
       (g) Report on Inspections of Other Facilities.--Section 
     3307 of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina 
     Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 
     (Public Law 110-28; 10 U.S.C. 1073 note) is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (d); and
       (2) by redesignating subsection (e) as subsection (d).
       (h) Report on Local Educational Agency Assistance Related 
     to DOD Activities.--Section 574 of the John Warner National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Public Law 
     109-364; 20 U.S.C. 7703b note) is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (c); and
       (2) by redesignating subsections (d) and (e) as subsections 
     (c) and (d), respectively.

     SEC. 1073. REPEAL OR REVISION OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS 
                   RELATING TO READINESS.

       (a) Biannual Reports on Allocation of Funds Within 
     Operation and Maintenance Budget Subactivities.--
       (1) In general.--Chapter 9 of title 10, United States Code, 
     is amended by striking section 228.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such chapter is amended by striking the item 
     relating to section 228.
       (b) Annual Report on Naval Petroleum Reserves.--Section 
     7431 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking 
     subsection (c).
       (c) Annual Report on Army National Guard Combat 
     Readiness.--
       (1) In general.--Chapter 1013 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by striking section 10542.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such chapter is amended by striking the item 
     relating to section 10542.
       (d) GAO Report on In-kind Payments.--Section 2805 of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 
     (Public Law 112-239; 126 Stat. 2149) is repealed.
       (e) Insider Threat Detection Budget Submission.--Section 
     922 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2012 (Public Law 112-81; 10 U.S.C. 2224 note) is amended by 
     striking subsection (f).
       (f) Price Trend Analysis.--Section 892 of the Ike Skelton 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 
     (Public Law 111-383; 10 U.S.C. 2306a) is repealed.
       (g) Report on Authority for Airlift Transportation at 
     Department of Defense Rates for Non-Department of Defense 
     Federal Cargoes.--Section 351 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 
     123 Stat. 2262) is amended by striking subsection (b).
       (h) Biennial Report on Procurement of Military Working 
     Dogs.--Section 358 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417; 
     10 U.S.C. 2302 note) is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (c); and
       (2) by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (c).
       (i) Report on Foreign Language Proficiency.--Section 958 of 
     the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 
     (Public Law 110-181; 122 Stat. 297) is repealed.
       (j) Report on Arsenal Support Program Initiative.--Section 
     343 of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2001 (as enacted into law by Public Law 106-
     398; 10 U.S.C. 4551 note) is amended by striking subsection 
     (g).
       (k) GAO Review of Contractor-operated Civil Engineering 
     Supply Stores Program.--Section 345 of the Strom Thurmond 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 
     (Public Law 105-261; 112 Stat. 1978) is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (d); and
       (2) by redesignating subsection (e) as subsection (d).

     SEC. 1074. REPEAL OR REVISION OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS 
                   RELATED TO NAVAL VESSELS AND MERCHANT MARINE.

       (a) Report on Naming of Naval Vessels.--Section 7292 of 
     title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking 
     subsection (d).
       (b) Report on Transfer of Vessels Stricken From Naval 
     Vessel Register.--Section 7306 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (d); and
       (2) by redesignating subsections (e) and (f) as subsections 
     (d) and (e), respectively.
       (c) Annual Report of Maritime Administration.--
       (1) Elimination of report and revision of remaining 
     requirement.--Section 50111 of title 46, United States Code, 
     is amended to read as follows:

     ``Sec. 50111. Submission of annual MARAD authorization 
       request

       ``(a) Submission of Legislative Proposal.--Not later than 
     30 days after the date on which the President submits to 
     Congress a budget for a fiscal year pursuant to section 1105 
     of title 31, the Secretary of Transportation shall submit to 
     the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
     Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
     Transportation of the Senate the Maritime Administration 
     authorization request for that fiscal year.
       ``(b) Maritime Administration Request Defined.--In this 
     section, the term `Maritime Administration authorization 
     request' means a proposal for legislation that, for a fiscal 
     year--

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       ``(1) recommends authorizations of appropriations for the 
     Maritime Administration for that fiscal year, including with 
     respect to matters described in subsection 109(j) of title 49 
     or authorized in subtitle V of this title; and
       ``(2) addresses any other matter with respect to the 
     Maritime Administration that the Secretary determines is 
     appropriate.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 501 of title 46, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking the item relating to section 50111 and 
     inserting the following new item:

``50111. Submission of annual MARAD authorization request.''.
       (d) Discretionary Report No Longer Needed.--The Secretary 
     of the Navy is not required to submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a report, or updates to such a report, on 
     open architecture as described in Senate Report 110-077.

     SEC. 1075. REPEAL OR REVISION OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS 
                   RELATED TO CIVILIAN PERSONNEL.

       (a) Report on Pilot Program for Exchange of Information 
     Technology Personnel.--Section 1110 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 
     123 Stat. 2493) is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (i);
       (2) by redesignating subsection (j) as subsection (i); and
       (3) in subsection (i), as so redesignated, by striking 
     paragraph (2) and inserting the following new paragraph:
       ``(2) any employee whose assignment is allowed to continue 
     by virtue of paragraph (1) shall be taken into account for 
     purposes of the numerical limitation under subsection (h).''.
       (b) Report on Experimental Program for Scientific and 
     Technical Personnel.--Section 1101 of the Strom Thurmond 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 
     (Public Law 105-261; 112 Stat. 2139) is amended by striking 
     subsection (g).

     SEC. 1076. REPEAL OR REVISION OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS 
                   RELATED TO NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION AND RELATED 
                   MATTERS.

       (a) Report on Nuclear Weapons Council.--Section 179 of 
     title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking 
     subsection (g).
       (b) Report on Proliferation Security Initiative.--Section 
     1821(b) of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 
     Commission Act of 2007 (50 U.S.C. 2911(b)) is amended--
       (1) by striking ``(1) In General.--''; and
       (2) by striking paragraphs (2) and (3).
       (c) Briefings on Dialogue Between United States and Russian 
     Federation on Nuclear Arms.--Section 1282 of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 
     112-239; 126 Stat. 2034; 22 U.S.C. 5951 note) is amended--
       (1) in the section heading, by striking ``briefings on 
     dialogue'' and inserting ``sense of congress on agreements'';
       (2) by striking subsection (a);
       (3) in subsection (b), by striking ``(b) Sense of Congress 
     on Certain Agreements.--''; and
       (4) by striking subsection (c).
       (d) Implementation Plan for Whole-of-government Vision 
     Prescribed in the National Security Strategy.--Section 1072 
     of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2012 (Public Law 112-81; 125 Stat. 1592; 50 U.S.C. 3043 note) 
     is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (b); and
       (2) by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (b).

     SEC. 1077. REPEAL OR REVISION OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS 
                   RELATED TO ACQUISITION.

       (a) Report on Cost Assessment Activities.--Section 2334 of 
     title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (f); and
       (2) by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (f).
       (b) Report on Performance Assessments and Root Cause 
     Analyses.--Section 2438 of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking subsection (f).

     SEC. 1078. REPEAL OR REVISION OF MISCELLANEOUS REPORTING 
                   REQUIREMENTS.

       (a) Report on Technological Maturity and Integration Risk 
     of Critical Technologies.--Section 138(b)(8) of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by striking subparagraph (B);
       (2) by striking ``shall--'' and all that follows through 
     ``assess the technological maturity'' and inserting ``shall 
     periodically review and assess the technological maturity''; 
     and
       (3) by striking ``; and'' and inserting a period.
       (b) Report on Systems Engineering.--Section 139b(d) of 
     title 10, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by striking paragraph (2);
       (2) by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (2);
       (3) in paragraph (2), as so redesignated--
       (A) by striking ``or (2)'';
       (B) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``systems engineering 
     master plans and'';
       (C) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``, systems 
     engineering master plans,'';
       (D) in subparagraph (C); by striking ``systems engineering, 
     development planning,'' and inserting ``development 
     planning''; and
       (E) by redesignating subparagraph (D) as subparagraph (F);
       (4) by transferring subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph 
     (4) to the end of paragraph (2), as so redesignated, and 
     redesignating those subparagraphs as subparagraphs (D) and 
     (E), respectively; and
       (5) by striking paragraph (4).
       (c) Report on DARPA.--
       (1) Repeal.--Section 2352 of title 10, United States Code, 
     is repealed.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 139 of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking the item relating to section 2352.
       (d) Reports on Status of Navy Next Generation Enterprise 
     Networks Program.--Section 1034 of the Duncan Hunter National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 
     110-417; 122 Stat. 4593) is repealed.

     SEC. 1079. REPEAL OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.

       (a) Annual Report on Prizes for Advanced Technology 
     Achievements.--Section 2374a of title 10, United States Code, 
     is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (e); and
       (2) by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (e).
       (b) Annual Impact Statement on Number of Members in 
     Integrated Disability Evaluation System on Readiness 
     Requirements.--Section 528 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-239; 
     126 Stat. 1725) is repealed.
       (c) Report on Task Force for Business and Stability 
     Operations in Afghanistan.--Section 1535(a) of the Ike 
     Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2011 (Public Law 111-383; 124 Stat. 4426) is amended by 
     striking paragraph (6).
       (d) Reports Under Public Law 110-417.--
       (1) Mitigation of power outage risks for department of 
     defense facilities and activities.--Section 335 of the Duncan 
     Hunter Nation Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 
     (Public Law 110-417; 122 Stat. 4422; 10 U.S.C. 2911 note) is 
     amended by striking subsection (c).
       (2) Annual reports on center of excellence on traumatic 
     extremity injuries and amputations.--Section 723 of the 
     Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417; 122 Stat. 4508) is amended by 
     striking (d).
       (e) Biennial Update of Strategic Management Plan.--Section 
     904(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2008 (Public Law 110-181; 122 Stat. 275) is amended by 
     striking paragraph (3).
       (f) Roadmaps and Reports on Hypersonics Development.--
     Section 218 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization 
     Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Public Law 109-364; 10 U.S.C. 2358 
     note) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (d), by striking paragraph (4); and
       (2) by striking subsection (f).
       (g) Reports on Annual Review of Roles and Missions of the 
     Reserve Components.--Section 513(h) of the Ronald W. Reagan 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 
     (Public Law 108-375; 118 Stat. 1882; 10 U.S.C. 10101 note) is 
     amended--
       (1) by striking paragraph (2); and
       (2) by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (2).
       (h) Annual Submittal of Information Regarding Information 
     Technology Capital Assets.--Section 351 of the Bob Stump 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 
     (Public Law 107-314; 10 U.S.C. 221 note) is hereby repealed.

     SEC. 1080. TERMINATION OF REQUIREMENT FOR SUBMITTAL TO 
                   CONGRESS OF REPORTS REQUIRED OF DEPARTMENT OF 
                   DEFENSE BY STATUTE.

       (a) Termination.--Effective on the date that is two years 
     after the date of the enactment of this Act, each report 
     described in subsection (b) that is still required to be 
     submitted to Congress as of such effective date shall no 
     longer be required to be submitted to Congress.
       (b) Covered Reports.--A report described in this subsection 
     is a report that is required to be submitted to Congress by 
     the Department of Defense, or by any officer, official, 
     component, or element of the Department, by any annual 
     national defense authorization Act as of April 1, 2015.
       (c) Report to Congress.--Not later than February 1, 2016, 
     the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a report that includes each of the 
     following:
       (1) A list of all reports described in subsection (b).
       (2) For each such report, a citation to the provision of 
     law under which the report is required to be submitted.
       (3) Draft legislation that would repeal each such report.

                       Subtitle G--Other Matters

     SEC. 1081. TECHNICAL AND CLERICAL AMENDMENTS.

       (a) Amendments To Title 10, United States Code.--Title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended as follows:
       (1) The tables of chapters at the beginning of subtitle A, 
     and at the beginning of part I of such subtitle, are each 
     amended by striking the item relating to chapter 19 and 
     inserting the following new item:

``19. Cyber Matters..........................................391''.....

       (2) The heading of section 130e is amended to read as 
     follows:

     ``Sec. 130e. Treatment under Freedom of Information Act of 
       certain critical infrastructure security information''.

       (3) The heading of section 153(a)(5) is amended to read as 
     follows: ``Joint Force Development Activities.--''.
       (4) The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 19 is 
     amended by striking the item relating to section 391 and 
     inserting the following new item:

``391. Reporting on cyber incidents with respect to networks and 
              information systems of operationally critical contractors 
              and certain other contractors.''.
       (5) The table of sections at the beginning of subchapter I 
     of chapter 21 is amended by inserting after the item relating 
     to section 429 the following new item:


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``430. Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities Executive 
              Agent.''.
       (6) Section 2006a(a) is amended by striking ``August, 1'' 
     and inserting ``August 1''.
       (7) Sections 2222(j)(5), 2223(c)(3), and 2315 are each 
     amended by striking ``section 3552(b)(5)'' and inserting 
     ``section 3552(b)(6)''.
       (8) Section 2229(d)(1) is amended by striking 
     ``certification in writing'' and inserting ``a certification 
     in writing''.
       (9) Section 2679, as transferred, redesignated, and amended 
     by section 351 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3346), is 
     amended in subsection (a)(1) by striking ``with'' before ``, 
     on a sole source''.
       (10) Section 2684(d)(1) is amended by striking ``section 
     2023.01 of title 54'' and inserting ``section 302101 of title 
     54''.
       (11) Section 2687a(d)(2) is amended by inserting ``fair 
     market'' before ``value''.
       (12) Section 2926, as added and amended by section 901(g) 
     of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3464), is amended in 
     subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) by striking ``for 
     Installations, Energy,'' each place it appears and inserting 
     ``for Energy, Installations,''.
       (13) Section 9314a(b) is amended by striking ``only so long 
     at'' and inserting ``only so long as''.
       (b) National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2015.--Effective as of December 19, 2014, and as if included 
     therein as enacted, the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291) is amended as 
     follows:
       (1) Section 351(b)(1) (128 Stat. 3346) is amended by 
     striking the period at the end of subparagraph (C) and 
     inserting ``; and''.
       (2) Section 901(g)(1)(F) (128 Stat. 3465) is amended by 
     inserting ``paragraph (4) of'' before ``subsection (b) of 
     section 2926''.
       (3) Section 1072(a)(2) (128 Stat. 3516) is amended by 
     inserting ``in the table of sections'' before ``at the 
     beginning of''.
       (4) Section 1079(a)(1) (128 Stat. 3521) is amended by 
     striking ``section 12102 of title 42, United States Code'' 
     and inserting ``section 3 of the Americans with Disabilities 
     Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12102)''.
       (5) Section 1104(b)(2) (128 Stat. 3526) is amended by 
     striking ``paragraph (2)'' and inserting ``paragraph 
     (1)(A)''.
       (6) Section 1208 (128 Stat. 3541) is amended by striking 
     ``of Fiscal Year'' each place it appears and inserting ``for 
     Fiscal Year''.
       (7) Section 2803(a) (128 Stat. 3696) is amended in 
     paragraph (2) of the subsection (f) being added by the 
     amendment to be made by that section by inserting ``section'' 
     before ``1105 of title 31''.
       (8) Section 2832(c)(3) (128 Stat. 3704) is amended by 
     striking ``United State Code'' and inserting ``United States 
     Code''.
       (c) National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2009.--Section 943(d)(1) of the Duncan Hunter National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 
     110-417; 122 Stat. 4578) by striking the second period at the 
     end of the first sentence.
       (d) National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2005.--Section 1208(f)(2) of the Ronald W. Reagan National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (Public Law 
     108-375; 118 Stat. 2086), as amended by section 1202(a) of 
     the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 
     (Public Law 110-181; 122 Stat. 363) and section 1202(c) of 
     the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 
     (Public Law 111-84; 123 Stat 2512), is further amended--
       (1) by redesignating the paragraphs (1) through (8) added 
     by section 1202(c) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 123 Stat 2512) as 
     subparagraphs (A) through (H), respectively; and
       (2) by moving the margins of such subparagraphs, as so 
     redesignated, two ems to the right.
       (e) Coordination With Other Amendments Made by This Act.--
     For purposes of applying amendments made by provisions of 
     this Act other than this section, the amendments made by this 
     section shall be treated as having been enacted immediately 
     before any such amendments by other provisions of this Act.

     SEC. 1082. SITUATIONS INVOLVING BOMBINGS OF PLACES OF PUBLIC 
                   USE, GOVERNMENT FACILITIES, PUBLIC 
                   TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, AND INFRASTRUCTURE 
                   FACILITIES.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 18 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     section:

     ``Sec. 383. Situations involving bombings of places of public 
       use, Government facilities, public transportation systems, 
       and infrastructure facilities

       ``(a) In General.--Upon the request of the Attorney 
     General, the Secretary of Defense may provide assistance in 
     support of Department of Justice activities related to the 
     enforcement of section 2332f of title 18 during situations 
     involving bombings of places of public use, Government 
     facilities, public transportation systems, and infrastructure 
     facilities.
       ``(b) Rendering-safe Support.--Military explosive ordnance 
     disposal units providing rendering-safe support to Department 
     of Justice activities relating to the enforcement of section 
     175, 229, or 2332a of title 18 in emergency situations 
     involving weapons of mass destruction shall provide such 
     support in a manner consistent with the provisions of section 
     382 of this title.
       ``(c) Regulations.--(1) The Secretary of Defense and the 
     Attorney General shall jointly prescribe regulations 
     concerning the types of assistance that may be provided under 
     this section. Such regulations shall also describe the 
     actions that Department of Defense personnel may take in 
     circumstances incident to the provision of assistance under 
     this section.
       ``(2)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the 
     regulations prescribed under paragraph (1) may not authorize 
     any of the following actions:
       ``(i) Arrest.
       ``(ii) Any direct participation in conducting a search for 
     or seizure of evidence related to a violation of section 175, 
     229, or 2332a of title 18.
       ``(iii) Any direct participation in the collection of 
     intelligence for law enforcement purposes.
       ``(B) Such regulations may authorize an action described in 
     subparagraph (A) to be taken under the following conditions:
       ``(i) The action is considered necessary for the immediate 
     protection of human life, and civilian law enforcement 
     officials are not capable of taking the action.
       ``(ii) The action is otherwise authorized under subsection 
     (a) or under otherwise applicable law.
       ``(d) Explosive Ordnance Defined.--The term `explosive 
     ordnance'--
       ``(1) means--
       ``(A) bombs and warheads;
       ``(B) guided and ballistic missiles;
       ``(C) artillery, mortar, rocket, and small arms ammunition;
       ``(D) all mines, torpedoes, and depth charges;
       ``(E) grenades demolition charges;
       ``(F) pyrotechnics;
       ``(G) clusters and dispensers;
       ``(H) cartridge- and propellant- actuated devices;
       ``(I) electroexplosives devices;
       ``(J) clandestine and improvised explosive devices; and
       ``(K) all similar or related items or components explosive 
     in nature; and
       ``(2) includes all munitions containing explosives, 
     propellants, nuclear fission or fusion materials, and 
     biological and chemical agents.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new item:

``383. Situations involving bombings of places of public use, 
              Government facilities, public transportation systems, and 
              infrastructure facilities.''.

     SEC. 1083. EXECUTIVE AGENT FOR THE OVERSIGHT AND MANAGEMENT 
                   OF ALTERNATIVE COMPENSATORY CONTROL MEASURES.

       (a) Executive Agent.--
       (1) In general.--Subchapter I of chapter 21 of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended by adding at the end of the 
     following new section:

     ``Sec. 430a. Executive agent for management and oversight of 
       alternative compensatory control measures

       ``(a) Executive Agent.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     designate a senior official from among the personnel of the 
     Department of Defense to act as the Department of Defense 
     executive agent for the management and oversight of 
     alternative compensatory control measures.
       ``(b) Roles, Responsibilities, and Authorities.--The 
     Secretary shall prescribe the roles, responsibilities, and 
     authorities of the executive agent designated under 
     subsection (a). Such roles, responsibilities, and authorities 
     shall include the development of an annual management and 
     oversight plan for Department-wide accountability and 
     reporting to the congressional defense committees.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of subchapter I of such chapter is amended by 
     adding at the end the following new item:

``430a. Executive agent for management and oversight of alternative 
              compensatory control measures.''.
       (b) Reports.--Not later than 30 days after the close of 
     each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees 
     a report on the oversight and management of alternative 
     compensatory control measures. Each such report shall 
     include--
       (1) the annual management and oversight plan required under 
     section 430a(b) of title 10, United States Code, as added by 
     subsection (a);
       (2) a discussion of the scope and number of alternative 
     compensatory control measures in effect;
       (3) a brief description of each alternative compensatory 
     control measures program and of the number of individuals 
     with access to such program; and
       (4) any other matters the Secretary considers appropriate.

     SEC. 1084. NAVY SUPPORT OF OCEAN RESEARCH ADVISORY PANEL.

       Section 7903 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by 
     striking subsection (c).

     SEC. 1085. LEVEL OF READINESS OF CIVIL RESERVE AIR FLEET 
                   CARRIERS.

       (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
       (1) The National Airlift Policy states that ``[t]he 
     national defense airlift objective is to ensure that military 
     and civil airlift resources will be able to meet defense 
     mobilization and deployment requirements in support of US 
     defense and foreign policies.''.
       (2) The National Airlift Policy also emphasizes the need 
     for ``dialogue and cooperation with our national aviation 
     industry,'' and it states that ``[i]t is of particular 
     importance that the aviation industry be apprised by the 
     Department of Defense of long-term requirements for airlift 
     in support of national defense.''.
       (3) The National Airlift Policy emphasizes the importance 
     of both military and civil airlift resources and their 
     interdependence in the fulfillment of the national defense 
     airlift objective, and it states that the ``Department of 
     Defense shall establish appropriate levels for peacetime 
     cargo airlift augmentation in order to promote the 
     effectiveness of Civil Reserve Air Fleet and

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     provide training within the military airlift system.''.
       (4) Civil Reserve Air Fleet carriers continue to be an 
     important component of the military airlift system in support 
     of United States defense and foreign policies.
       (b) Level of Readiness of Civil Reserve Air Fleet 
     Carriers.--
       (1) In general.--Chapter 931 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     section:

     ``Sec. 9517. Level of readiness of Civil Reserve Air Fleet 
       carriers

       ``The Civil Reserve Air Fleet program is an important 
     component of the military airlift system in support of United 
     States defense and foreign policies, and it is the policy of 
     the United States to maintain the readiness and 
     interoperability of Civil Reserve Air Fleet carriers by 
     providing appropriate levels of peacetime airlift 
     augmentation to maintain networks and infrastructure, 
     exercise the system, and interface effectively within the 
     military airlift system.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new item:

``9517. Level of Readiness of Civil Reserve Air Fleet carriers.''.
       (3) Definition of civil reserve air fleet program.--Section 
     9511 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at 
     the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(12) The term `Civil Reserve Air Fleet program' means the 
     program developed by the Department of Defense through which 
     the Department of Defense augments its airlift capability by 
     use of civil aircraft.''.
       (c) Report Requirement.--On the day the President submits 
     the budget to Congress for each of fiscal years 2017 and 
     2018, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a 
     report that sets forth, for each fiscal year during the 
     period covered by the current future-years defense program 
     under section 221 of title 10, United States Code, each of 
     the following, expressed separately for passenger and cargo 
     airlift services:
       (1) The results (including analytical and justification 
     materials) of an assessment, conducted in consultation with 
     the Civil Reserve Air Fleet carriers, of the level of 
     commercial airlift augmentation necessary to maintain the 
     readiness and interoperability of such carriers, maintain 
     networks and infrastructure, exercise the system, and 
     facilitate the regular interfacing between such carriers and 
     the military airlift system, which shall include--
       (A) a projection of the number of block hours necessary to 
     achieve such levels of commercial airlift augmentation;
       (B) a strategic plan for achieving such level of commercial 
     airlift augmentation; and
       (C) an explanation of any deviation from the previous 
     fiscal year's assessment of the projected number of block 
     hours under subparagraph (A).
       (2) A comparison (including analytical and justification 
     materials and explanations of any deviations) of the 
     forecasted number of block hours for each fiscal year of the 
     period covered by the report with the projected number of 
     block hours under paragraph (1)(A) for each such fiscal year.

     SEC. 1086. REFORM AND IMPROVEMENT OF PERSONNEL SECURITY, 
                   INSIDER THREAT DETECTION AND PREVENTION, AND 
                   PHYSICAL SECURITY.

       (a) Personnel Security and Insider Threat Protection in 
     Department of Defense.--
       (1) Plans and schedules.--Consistent with the Memorandum of 
     the Secretary of Defense dated March 18, 2014, regarding the 
     recommendations of the reviews of the Washington Navy Yard 
     shooting, the Secretary of Defense shall develop plans and 
     schedules--
       (A) to implement a continuous evaluation capability for the 
     national security population for which clearance 
     adjudications are conducted by the Department of Defense 
     Central Adjudication Facility, in coordination with the heads 
     of other relevant agencies;
       (B) to produce a Department-wide insider threat strategy 
     and implementation plan, which includes--
       (i) resourcing for the Defense Insider Threat Management 
     and Analysis Center and component insider threat programs, 
     and
       (ii) alignment of insider threat protection programs with 
     continuous evaluation capabilities and processes for 
     personnel security;
       (C) to centralize the authority, accountability, and 
     programmatic integration responsibilities, including fiscal 
     control, for personnel security and insider threat protection 
     under the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence;
       (D) to develop a defense security enterprise reform 
     investment strategy to ensure a consistent, long-term focus 
     on funding to strengthen all of the Department's security and 
     insider threat programs, policies, functions, and information 
     technology capabilities, including detecting threat behaviors 
     conveyed in the cyber domain, in a manner that keeps pace 
     with evolving threats and risks;
       (E) to resource and expedite deployment of the Identity 
     Management Enterprise Services Architecture; and
       (F) to implement the recommendations contained in the study 
     conducted by the Director of Cost Analysis and Program 
     Evaluation required by section 907 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66; 10 
     U.S.C. 1564 note), including, specifically, the 
     recommendations to centrally manage and regulate Department 
     of Defense requests for personnel security background 
     investigations.
       (2) Reporting requirement.--Not later than 180 days after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall submit to the appropriate committees of 
     Congress a report describing the plans and schedules required 
     under paragraph (1).
       (b) Physical and Logical Access.--Not later than 270 days 
     after the date of the enactment of this Act--
       (1) the Secretary of Defense shall define physical and 
     logical access standards, capabilities, and processes 
     applicable to all personnel with access to Department of 
     Defense installations and information technology systems, 
     including--
       (A) periodic or regularized background or records checks 
     appropriate to the type of physical or logical access 
     involved, the security level, the category of individuals 
     authorized, and the level of access to be granted;
       (B) standards and methods for verifying the identity of 
     individuals seeking access; and
       (C) electronic attribute-based access controls that are 
     appropriate for the type of access and facility or 
     information technology system involved;
       (2) the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and 
     the Chair of the Performance Accountability Council, in 
     coordination with the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator 
     of General Services, and, when appropriate, the Director of 
     National Intelligence, and in consultation with 
     representatives from stakeholder organizations, shall design 
     a capability to share and apply electronic identity 
     information across the Government to enable real-time, risk-
     managed physical and logical access decisions; and
       (3) the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in 
     conjunction with the Director of the Office of Personnel 
     Management and in consultation with representatives from 
     stakeholder organizations, shall establish investigative and 
     adjudicative standards for the periodic or regularized 
     reevaluation of the eligibility of an individual to retain 
     credentials issued pursuant to Homeland Security Presidential 
     Directive 12 (dated August 27, 2004), as appropriate, but not 
     less frequently than the authorization period of the issued 
     credentials.
       (c) Security Enterprise Management.--Not later than 180 
     days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of 
     the Office of Management and Budget shall--
       (1) formalize the Security, Suitability, and Credentialing 
     Line of Business; and
       (2) submit to the appropriate congressional committee a 
     report that describes plans--
       (A) for oversight by the Office of Management and Budget of 
     activities of the executive branch of the Government for 
     personnel security, suitability, and credentialing;
       (B) to designate enterprise shared services to optimize 
     investments;
       (C) to define and implement data standards to support 
     common electronic access to critical Government records; and
       (D) to reduce the burden placed on Government data 
     providers by centralizing requests for records access and 
     ensuring proper sharing of the data with appropriate 
     investigative and adjudicative elements.
       (d) Reciprocity Management.--Not later than two years after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the Chair of the 
     Performance Accountability Council shall ensure that--
       (1) a centralized system is available to serve as the 
     reciprocity management system for the Federal Government; and
       (2) the centralized system described in paragraph (1) is 
     aligned with, and incorporates results from, continuous 
     evaluation and other enterprise reform initiatives.
       (e) Reporting Requirements Implementation.--Not later than 
     180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Chair 
     of the Performance Accountability Council, in coordination 
     with the Security Executive Agent, the Suitability Executive 
     Agent, and the Secretary of Defense, shall jointly develop a 
     plan to--
       (1) implement the Security Executive Agent Directive on 
     common, standardized employee and contractor security 
     reporting requirements;
       (2) establish and implement uniform reporting requirements 
     for employees and Federal contractors, according to risk, 
     relative to the safety of the workforce and protection of the 
     most sensitive information of the Government; and
       (3) ensure that reported information is shared 
     appropriately.
       (f) Access to Criminal History Records for National 
     Security and Other Purposes.--
       (1) Definition.--Section 9101(a) of title 5, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(7) The terms `Security Executive Agent' and `Suitability 
     Executive Agent' mean the Security Executive Agent and the 
     Suitability Executive Agent, respectively, established under 
     Executive Order 13467 (73 Fed. Reg. 38103), or any successor 
     thereto.''.
       (2) Covered agencies.--Section 9101(a)(6) of title 5, 
     United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the 
     following:
       ``(G) The Department of Homeland Security.
       ``(H) The Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
       ``(I) An Executive agency that--
       ``(i) is authorized to conduct background investigations 
     under a Federal statute; or
       ``(ii) is delegated authority to conduct background 
     investigations in accordance with procedures established by 
     the Security Executive Agent or the Suitability Executive 
     Agent under subsection (b) or (c)(iv) of section 2.3 of 
     Executive Order 13467 (73 Fed. Reg. 38103), or any successor 
     thereto.
       ``(J) A contractor that conducts a background investigation 
     on behalf of an agency described in subparagraphs (A) through 
     (I).''.
       (3) Applicable purposes of investigations.--Section 
     9101(b)(1) of title 5, United States Code, is amended--
       (A) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) through (D) as 
     clauses (i) through (iv), respectively, and adjusting the 
     margins accordingly;
       (B) in the matter preceding clause (i), as redesignated--
       (i) by striking ``the head of'';

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       (ii) by inserting ``all'' before ``criminal history record 
     information''; and
       (iii) by striking ``for the purpose of determining 
     eligibility for any of the following:'' and inserting ``, in 
     accordance with Federal Investigative Standards jointly 
     promulgated by the Suitability Executive Agent and Security 
     Executive Agent, for the purpose of--
       ``(A) determining eligibility for--'';
       (C) in clause (i), as redesignated--
       (i) by striking ``Access'' and inserting ``access''; and
       (ii) by striking the period and inserting a semicolon;
       (D) in clause (ii), as redesignated--
       (i) by striking ``Assignment'' and inserting 
     ``assignment''; and
       (ii) by striking the period and inserting ``or 
     positions;'';
       (E) in clause (iii), as redesignated--
       (i) by striking ``Acceptance'' and inserting 
     ``acceptance''; and
       (ii) by striking the period and inserting ``; or'';
       (F) in clause (iv), as redesignated--
       (i) by striking ``Appointment'' and inserting 
     ``appointment'';
       (ii) by striking ``or a critical or sensitive position''; 
     and
       (iii) by striking the period and inserting ``; or''; and
       (G) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(B) conducting a basic suitability or fitness assessment 
     for Federal or contractor employees, using Federal 
     Investigative Standards jointly promulgated by the Security 
     Executive Agent and the Suitability Executive Agent in 
     accordance with--
       ``(i) Executive Order 13467 (73 Fed. Reg. 38103), or any 
     successor thereto; and
       ``(ii) the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum 
     `Assignment of Functions Relating to Coverage of Contractor 
     Employee Fitness in the Federal Investigative Standards', 
     dated December 6, 2012;
       ``(C) credentialing under the Homeland Security 
     Presidential Directive 12 (dated August 27, 2004); and
       ``(D) Federal Aviation Administration checks required 
     under--
       ``(i) the Federal Aviation Administration Drug Enforcement 
     Assistance Act of 1988 (subtitle E of title VII of Public Law 
     100-690; 102 Stat. 4424) and the amendments made by that Act; 
     or
       ``(ii) section 44710 of title 49.''.
       (4) Biometric and biographic searches.--Section 9101(b)(2) 
     of title 5, United States Code, is amended to read as 
     follows:
       ``(2)(A) A State central criminal history record depository 
     shall allow a covered agency to conduct both biometric and 
     biographic searches of criminal history record information.
       ``(B) Nothing in subparagraph (A) shall be construed to 
     prohibit the Federal Bureau of Investigation from requiring a 
     request for criminal history record information to be 
     accompanied by the fingerprints of the individual who is the 
     subject of the request.''.
       (5) Use of most cost-effective system.--Section 9101(e) of 
     title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end 
     the following:
       ``(6) If a criminal justice agency is able to provide the 
     same information through more than 1 system described in 
     paragraph (1), a covered agency may request information under 
     subsection (b) from the criminal justice agency, and require 
     the criminal justice agency to provide the information, using 
     the system that is most cost-effective for the Federal 
     Government.''.
       (6) Sealed or expunged records; juvenile records.--
       (A) In general.--Section 9101(a)(2) of title 5, United 
     States Code, is amended by striking the third sentence and 
     inserting the following: ``The term includes those records of 
     a State or locality sealed pursuant to law if such records 
     are accessible by State and local criminal justice agencies 
     for the purpose of conducting background checks.''.
       (B) Regulations.--
       (i) Definition.--In this subparagraph, the terms ``Security 
     Executive Agent'' and ``Suitability Executive Agent'' mean 
     the Security Executive Agent and the Suitability Executive 
     Agent, respectively, established under Executive Order 13467 
     (73 Fed. Reg. 38103), or any successor thereto.
       (ii) Development; promulgation.--The Security Executive 
     Agent shall--

       (I) not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of 
     this Act, and in conjunction with the Suitability Executive 
     Agent and the Attorney General, begin developing regulations 
     to implement the amendments made by subparagraph (A); and
       (II) not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of 
     this Act, promulgate regulations to implement the amendments 
     made by subparagraph (A).

       (C) Sense of congress.--It is the sense of Congress that 
     the Federal Government should not uniformly reject applicants 
     for employment with the Federal Government or Federal 
     contractors based on--
       (i) sealed or expunged criminal records; or
       (ii) juvenile records.
       (7) Interaction with law enforcement and intelligence 
     agencies abroad.--Section 9101 of title 5, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(g) Upon request by a covered agency and in accordance 
     with the applicable provisions of this section, the Deputy 
     Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services 
     shall make available criminal history record information 
     collected by the Deputy Assistant Secretary with respect to 
     an individual who is under investigation by the covered 
     agency regarding any interaction of the individual with a law 
     enforcement agency or intelligence agency of a foreign 
     country.''.
       (8) Clarification of security requirements for contractors 
     conducting background investigations.--Section 9101 of title 
     5, United States Code, as amended by this subsection, is 
     amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(h) If a contractor described in subsection (a)(6)(J) 
     uses an automated information delivery system to request 
     criminal history record information, the contractor shall 
     comply with any necessary security requirements for access to 
     that system.''.
       (9) Clarification regarding adverse actions.--Section 7512 
     of title 5, United States Code, is amended--
       (A) in subparagraph (D), by striking ``or'';
       (B) in subparagraph (E), by striking the period and 
     inserting ``, or''; and
       (C) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(F) a suitability action taken by the Office under 
     regulations prescribed by the Office, subject to the rules 
     prescribed by the President under this title for the 
     administration of the competitive service.''.
       (10) Annual report by suitability and security clearance 
     performance accountability council.--Section 9101 of title 5, 
     United States Code, as amended by this subsection, is amended 
     by adding at the end the following:
       ``(i) The Suitability and Security Clearance Performance 
     Accountability Council established under Executive Order 
     13467 (73 Fed. Reg. 38103), or any successor thereto, shall 
     submit to the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Committee on 
     Appropriations, and the Select Committee on Intelligence of 
     the Senate, and the Committee on Armed Services, the 
     Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Committee 
     on Appropriations, and the Permanent Select Committee on 
     Intelligence of the House of Representatives, an annual 
     report that--
       ``(1) describes efforts of the Council to integrate 
     Federal, State, and local systems for sharing criminal 
     history record information;
       ``(2) analyzes the extent and effectiveness of Federal 
     education programs regarding criminal history record 
     information;
       ``(3) provides an update on the implementation of best 
     practices for sharing criminal history record information, 
     including ongoing limitations experienced by investigators 
     working for or on behalf of a covered agency with respect to 
     access to State and local criminal history record 
     information; and
       ``(4) provides a description of limitations on the sharing 
     of information relevant to a background investigation, other 
     than criminal history record information, between--
       ``(A) investigators working for or on behalf of a covered 
     agency; and
       ``(B) State and local law enforcement agencies.''.
       (11) GAO report on enhancing interoperability and reducing 
     redundancy in federal critical infrastructure protection 
     access control, background check, and credentialing 
     standards.--
       (A) In general.--Not later than\ one year after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the 
     United States shall submit to the congressional defense 
     committees, the Committee on Homeland Security of the House 
     of Representatives, and the Committee on Homeland Security 
     and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on the 
     background check, access control, and credentialing 
     requirements of Federal programs for the protection of 
     critical infrastructure and key resources.
       (B) Contents.--The Comptroller General shall include in the 
     report required under subparagraph (A)--
       (i) a summary of the major characteristics of each such 
     Federal program, including the types of infrastructure and 
     resources covered;
       (ii) a comparison of the requirements, whether mandatory or 
     voluntary in nature, for regulated entities under each such 
     program to--

       (I) conduct background checks on employees, contractors, 
     and other individuals;
       (II) adjudicate the results of a background check, 
     including the utilization of a standardized set of 
     disqualifying offenses or the consideration of minor, non-
     violent, or juvenile offenses; and
       (III) establish access control systems to deter 
     unauthorized access, or provide a security credential for any 
     level of access to a covered facility or resource;

       (iii) a review of any efforts that the Screening 
     Coordination Office of the Department of Homeland Security 
     has undertaken or plans to undertake to harmonize or 
     standardize background check, access control, or 
     credentialing requirements for critical infrastructure and 
     key resource protection programs overseen by the Department; 
     and
       (iv) recommendations, developed in consultation with 
     appropriate stakeholders, regarding--

       (I) enhancing the interoperability of security credentials 
     across critical infrastructure and key resource protection 
     programs;
       (II) eliminating the need for redundant background checks 
     or credentials across existing critical infrastructure and 
     key resource protection programs;
       (III) harmonizing, where appropriate, the standards for 
     identifying potentially disqualifying criminal offenses and 
     the weight assigned to minor, nonviolent, or juvenile 
     offenses in adjudicating the results of a completed 
     background check; and
       (IV) the development of common, risk-based standards with 
     respect to the background check, access control, and security 
     credentialing requirements for critical infrastructure and 
     key resource protection programs.

       (g) Definitions.--In this section--
       (1) the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' means--
       (A) the congressional defense committees;
       (B) the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee 
     on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate; 
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       (C) the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the 
     Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the 
     Committee on Homeland Security of the House of 
     Representatives; and
       (2) the term ``Performance Accountability Council'' means 
     the Suitability and Security Clearance Performance 
     Accountability Council established under Executive Order 
     13467 (73 Fed. Reg. 38103), or any successor thereto.

     SEC. 1087. TRANSFER OF SURPLUS FIREARMS TO CORPORATION FOR 
                   THE PROMOTION OF RIFLE PRACTICE AND FIREARMS 
                   SAFETY.

       (a) Authorization of Transfer of Surplus Firearms to 
     Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms 
     Safety.--
       (1) In general.--Section 40728 of title 36, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(h) Authorized Transfers.--(1) Subject to paragraph (2), 
     the Secretary may transfer to the corporation, in accordance 
     with the procedure prescribed in this subchapter, surplus 
     caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols and spare parts and related 
     accessories for those pistols that, on the date of the 
     enactment of this subsection, are under the control of the 
     Secretary and are surplus to the requirements of the 
     Department of the Army, and such material as may be recovered 
     by the Secretary pursuant to section 40728A(a) of this title. 
     The Secretary shall determine a reasonable schedule for the 
     transfer of such surplus pistols.
       ``(2) The Secretary may not transfer more than 10,000 
     surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols to the corporation 
     during any year and may only transfer such pistols as long as 
     pistols described in paragraph (1) remain available for 
     transfer.''.
       (2) Technical and conforming amendments.--Such title is 
     further amended--
       (A) in section 40728A--
       (i) by striking ``rifles'' each place it appears and 
     inserting ``surplus firearms''; and
       (ii) in subsection (a), by striking ``section 40731(a)'' 
     and inserting ``section 40732(a)'';
       (B) in section 40729(a)--
       (i) in paragraph (1), by striking ``section 40728(a)'' and 
     inserting ``subsections (a) and (h) of section 40728'';
       (ii) in paragraph (2), by striking ``40728(a)'' and 
     inserting ``subsections (a) and (h) of section 40728''; and
       (iii) in paragraph (4), by inserting ``and caliber .45 
     M1911/M1911A1 surplus pistols'' after ``caliber .30 and 
     caliber .22 rimfire rifles'';
       (C) in section 40732--
       (i) by striking ``caliber .22 rimfire and caliber .30 
     surplus rifles'' both places it appears and inserting 
     ``surplus caliber .22 rimfire rifles, caliber .30 surplus 
     rifles, and caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 surplus pistols''; and
       (ii) in subsection (b), by striking ``is over 18 years of 
     age'' and inserting ``is legally of age''; and
       (D) in section 40733--
       (i) by striking ``Section 922(a)(1)-(3) and (5)'' and 
     inserting ``(a) In General.--Except as provided in subsection 
     (b), section 922(a)(1)-(3) and (5)''; and
       (ii) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
       ``(b) Exception.--With respect to firearms other than 
     caliber .22 rimfire and caliber .30 rifles, the corporation 
     shall obtain a license as a dealer in firearms and abide by 
     all requirements imposed on persons licensed under chapter 44 
     of title 18, including maintaining acquisition and 
     disposition records, and conducting background checks.''.
       (b) Pilot Program.--
       (1) One-year authority.--The Secretary of the Army may 
     carry out a one-year pilot program under which the Secretary 
     may transfer to the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle 
     Practice and Firearms Safety not more than 10,000 firearms 
     described in paragraph (2).
       (2) Firearms described.--The firearms described in this 
     paragraph are surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols and 
     spare parts and related accessories for those pistols that, 
     on the date of the enactment of this section, are under the 
     control of the Secretary and are surplus to the requirements 
     of the Department of the Army.
       (3) Transfer requirements.--Transfers of surplus caliber 
     .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols from the Army to the Corporation 
     under the pilot program shall be made in accordance with 
     subchapter II of chapter 407 of title 36, United States Code.
       (4) Reports to congress.--
       (A) Interim report.--Not later than 90 days after the 
     Secretary initiates the pilot program under this subsection, 
     the Secretary shall submit to Congress an interim report on 
     the pilot program.
       (B) Final report.--Not later than 15 days after the 
     Secretary completes the pilot program under this subsection, 
     the Secretary shall submit to Congress a final report on the 
     pilot program.
       (C) Contents of report.--Each report required by this 
     subsection shall include, for the period covered by the 
     report--
       (i) the number of firearms described in subsection (a)(2) 
     transferred under the pilot program; and
       (ii) information on any crimes committed using firearms 
     transferred under the pilot program.
       (c) Limitation on Transfer of Surplus Caliber .45 M1911/
     M1911A1 Pistols.--The Secretary may not transfer firearms 
     described in subsection (b)(2) under subchapter II of chapter 
     407 of title 36, United States Code, until the date that is 
     60 days after the date of the submittal of the final report 
     required under subsection (b)(4)(B).

     SEC. 1088. MODIFICATION OF REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFERRING 
                   AIRCRAFT WITHIN THE AIR FORCE INVENTORY.

       (a) Modification of Requirements.--Section 345 of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 
     (Public Law 111-383; 10 U.S.C. 8062 note) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (a)--
       (A) by striking the first sentence and inserting the 
     following: ``Before making an aircraft transfer described in 
     subsection (c), the Secretary of the Air Force shall ensure 
     that a written agreement regarding such transfer has been 
     entered into between the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and 
     the Director of the Air National Guard or the Chief of Air 
     Force Reserve.''; and
       (B) in paragraph (3), by striking ``depot'';
       (2) by striking subsection (b) and inserting the following 
     new subsection:
       ``(b) Submittal of Agreements to the Department of Defense 
     and Congress.--The Secretary of the Air Force may not take 
     any action to transfer an aircraft until the Secretary--
       ``(1) ensures that the Air Force has complied with 
     Department of Defense regulations applicable to the transfer; 
     and
       ``(2) for a transfer described in subsection (c)(1), 
     submits to the congressional defense committees an agreement 
     entered into pursuant to subsection (a) regarding the 
     transfer of the aircraft.''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new subsections:
       ``(c) Covered Aircraft Transfers.--
       ``(1) Covered transfers.--An aircraft transfer described in 
     this subsection is the transfer (other than as specified in 
     paragraph (2)) from a reserve component of the Air Force to 
     the regular component of the Air Force of--
       ``(A) the permanent assignment of an aircraft that 
     terminates a reserve component's equitable interest in the 
     aircraft; or
       ``(B) possession of an aircraft for a period in excess of 
     90 days.
       ``(2) Exceptions.--Paragraph (1) does not apply to the 
     following:
       ``(A) A routine temporary transfer of possession of an 
     aircraft from a reserve component that is made solely for the 
     benefit of the reserve component for the purpose of 
     maintenance, upgrade, conversion, modification, or testing 
     and evaluation.
       ``(B) A routine permanent transfer of assignment of an 
     aircraft that terminates a reserve component's equitable 
     interest in the aircraft if notice of the transfer has 
     previously been provided to the congressional defense 
     committees and the transfer has been approved by the 
     Secretary of Defense pursuant to Department of Defense 
     regulations.
       ``(C) A transfer described in paragraph (1)(A) when there 
     is a reciprocal permanent assignment of an aircraft from the 
     regular component of the Air Force to the reserve component 
     that does not degrade the capability of, or reduce the total 
     number of, aircraft assigned to the reserve component.
       ``(d) Return of Aircraft After Routine Temporary 
     Transfer.--In the case of an aircraft transferred from a 
     reserve component of the Air Force to the regular component 
     of the Air Force for which an agreement under subsection (a) 
     is not required by reason of subsection (c)(2)(A), possession 
     of the aircraft shall be transferred back to the reserve 
     component upon completion of the work described in subsection 
     (c)(2)(A).''.
       (b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 345(a)(7) of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 
     (Public Law 111-383; 10 U.S.C. 8062 note) is amended by 
     striking ``Commander of the Air Force Reserve Command'' and 
     inserting ``Chief of Air Force Reserve''.
       (c) Technical Amendments to Delete References to Aircraft 
     Ownership.--Section 345(a) of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Public Law 111-383; 
     10 U.S.C. 8062 note) is amended in paragraphs (2)(A), (2)(C), 
     and (3) by striking ``the ownership of''.

     SEC. 1089. REESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION TO ASSESS THE THREAT 
                   TO THE UNITED STATES FROM ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE 
                   ATTACK.

       (a) Reestablishment.--The commission established pursuant 
     to title XIV of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (as enacted into law 
     by Public Law 106-398; 114 Stat. 1654A-345), and 
     reestablished pursuant to section 1052 of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Public Law 
     109-163; 50 U.S.C. 2301 note), known as the Commission to 
     Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic 
     Pulse Attack, is hereby reestablished.
       (b) Membership.--Service on the Commission is voluntary, 
     and Commissioners may elect to terminate their service on the 
     Commission. If a Commissioner is unwilling or unable to serve 
     on the Commission, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation 
     with the chairmen and ranking members of the Committees on 
     Armed Services of the House of Representatives and the 
     Senate, shall appoint a new member to fill that vacancy.
       (c) Commission Charter Defined.--In this section, the term 
     ``Commission charter'' means title XIV of the Floyd D. Spence 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (as 
     enacted into law by Public Law 106-398; 114 Stat. 1654A-345 
     et seq.), as amended by section 1052 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Public Law 109-163; 
     50 U.S.C. 2301 note) and section 1073 of the John Warner 
     National Defense Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Public Law 109-
     364; 120 Stat. 2403).
       (d) Expanded Purpose.--Section 1401(b) of the Commission 
     charter (114 Stat. 1654A-345) is amended by inserting before 
     the period at the end the following: ``, from non-nuclear EMP 
     weapons, from natural EMP generated by geomagnetic storms, 
     and from proposed uses in the military doctrines of potential 
     adversaries of using EMP weapons in combination with other 
     attack vectors.''.
       (e) Duties of Commission.--Section 1402 of the Commission 
     charter (114 Stat. 1654A-346) is amended to read as follows:

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     ``SEC. 1402. DUTIES OF COMMISSION.

       ``The Commission shall assess the following:
       ``(1) The vulnerability of electric-dependent military 
     systems in the United States to a manmade or natural EMP 
     event, giving special attention to the progress made by the 
     Department of Defense, other Government departments and 
     agencies of the United States, and entities of the private 
     sector in taking steps to protect such systems from such an 
     event.
       ``(2) The evolving current and future threat from state and 
     non-state actors of a manmade EMP attack employing nuclear or 
     non-nuclear weapons.
       ``(3) New technologies, operational procedures, and 
     contingency planning that can protect electronics and 
     military systems from the effects a manmade or natural EMP 
     event.
       ``(4) Among the States, if State grids are protected 
     against manmade or natural EMP, which States should receive 
     highest priority for protecting critical defense assets.
       ``(5) The degree to which vulnerabilities of critical 
     infrastructure systems create cascading vulnerabilities for 
     military systems.''.
       (f) Report.--Section 1403 of the Commission charter (114 
     Stat. 1654A-345) is amended by striking ``September 30, 
     2007'' and inserting ``June 30, 2017''.
       (g) Termination.--Section 1049 of the Commission charter 
     (114 Stat. 1654A-348) is amended by inserting before the 
     period at the end the following: ``, as amended by the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016''.

     SEC. 1090. MINE COUNTERMEASURES MASTER PLAN AND REPORT.

       (a) Master Plan Required.--
       (1) Plan required.--At the same time the budget is 
     submitted to Congress for each of fiscal years 2018 through 
     2023, the Secretary of the Navy shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a mine countermeasures (in 
     this section referred to as ``MCM'') master plan.
       (2) Elements.--Each MCM master plan submitted under 
     paragraph (1) shall include each of the following:
       (A) An evaluation of the capabilities, capacities, 
     requirements, and readiness levels of the defensive 
     capabilities of the Navy for MCM, including an assessment 
     of--
       (i) the dedicated MCM force; and
       (ii) the capabilities of ships, aircraft, and submarines 
     that are not yet dedicated to MCM but could be modified to 
     carry MCM capabilities.
       (B) An evaluation of the ability of commanders--
       (i) to properly command and control air and surface MCM 
     forces from the fleet to the unit level; and
       (ii) to provide necessary operational and tactical control 
     and awareness of such forces to facilitate mission 
     accomplishment and defense.
       (C) An assessment of--
       (i) technologies having promising potential to improve MCM; 
     and
       (ii) programs for transitioning such technologies from the 
     testing and evaluation phases to procurement.
       (D) A fiscal plan to support the master plan through the 
     Future Years Defense Plan.
       (E) A plan for inspection of each asset with MCM 
     responsibilities, requirements, and capabilities, which shall 
     include proposed methods to ensure the material readiness of 
     each asset and the training level of the force, a general 
     summary, and readiness trends.
       (3) Form of submission.--Each MCM master plan submitted 
     under paragraph (1) shall be in unclassified form, but may 
     include a classified annex addressing the capability and 
     capacity to meet operational plans and contingency 
     requirements.
       (b) Report to Congress.--
       (1) Report required.--Not later than one year after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Navy 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report 
     that contains the recommendations of the Secretary--
       (A) regarding MCM force structure; and
       (B) ensuring the operational effectiveness of the surface 
     MCM force through 2025 based on current capabilities and 
     capacity, replacement schedules, and service life extensions 
     or retirement schedules.
       (2) Elements.--The report submitted under paragraph (1) 
     shall include the following:
       (A) An assessment of the MCM vessels, including the 
     decommissioned MCM-1 and MCM-2 ships and the potential of 
     such ships for reserve operating status.
       (B) An assessment of the Littoral Combat Ship MCM mission 
     package increment one performance against the initial 
     operational test and evaluation criteria.
       (C) An assessment of other commercially available MCM 
     systems that could supplement or supplant Littoral Combat 
     Ship MCM mission package systems.

     SEC. 1091. CONGRESSIONAL NOTIFICATION AND BRIEFING 
                   REQUIREMENT ON ORDERED EVACUATIONS OF UNITED 
                   STATES EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES INVOLVING 
                   SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

       (a) Notification Requirement.--The Secretary of Defense and 
     the Secretary of State shall provide notification to the 
     appropriate congressional committees as soon as practicable 
     upon the initiation of an ordered evacuation of a United 
     States embassy or consulate involving support provided by the 
     Department of Defense.
       (b) Briefing Requirement.--The Secretary of Defense and the 
     Secretary of State shall provide a briefing to the 
     appropriate congressional committees not later than 15 days 
     after the initiation of an ordered evacuation of a United 
     States embassy or consulate involving support provided by the 
     Department of Defense.
       (c) Appropriate Congressional Committees Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate congressional committees'' 
     means--
       (1) the congressional defense committees; and
       (2) the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and 
     the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of 
     Representatives.

     SEC. 1092. INTERAGENCY HOSTAGE RECOVERY COORDINATOR.

       (a) Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 60 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the President shall designate an 
     existing Federal official to coordinate efforts to secure the 
     release of United States persons who are hostages held 
     abroad. For purposes of carrying out the duties described in 
     paragraph (2), such official shall have the title of 
     ``Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator''.
       (2) Duties.--The Coordinator shall have the following 
     duties:
       (A) Coordinate activities of the Federal Government 
     relating to each hostage situation described in paragraph (1) 
     to ensure efforts to secure the release of hostages are 
     properly resourced and correct lines of authority are 
     established and maintained.
       (B) Chair a fusion cell consisting of appropriate personnel 
     of the Federal Government with purview over each hostage 
     situation described in paragraph (1).
       (C) Ensure sufficient representation of each Federal agency 
     and department at each fusion cell established under 
     subparagraph (B) and issue procedures for adjudication and 
     appeal.
       (D) Develop processes and procedures to keep family members 
     of hostages described in paragraph (1) informed of the status 
     of such hostages, inform such family members of updates that 
     do not compromise the national security of the United States, 
     and coordinate with the Federal Government's family 
     engagement coordinator or other designated senior 
     representative.
       (b) Quarterly Report and Briefing.--
       (1) Report.--
       (A) In general.--On a quarterly basis, the Coordinator 
     shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a 
     report that includes a summary of each hostage situation 
     described in subsection (a)(1).
       (B) Form of report.-- Each report under this subparagraph 
     (A) may be submitted in classified or unclassified form.
       (2) Briefing.--On a quarterly basis, the Coordinator shall 
     provide to the Senators representing the State, and the 
     Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner of the House of 
     Representatives representing the district, where a hostage 
     described in subsection (a)(1) resides a briefing with 
     respect to the status of such hostage.
       (3) Appropriate congressional committees defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate congressional committees'' 
     means--
       (A) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on the 
     Judiciary, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, 
     and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of 
     Representatives; and
       (B) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on the 
     Judiciary, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the 
     Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate.

     SEC. 1093. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON THE INADVERTENT TRANSFER OF 
                   ANTHRAX FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

       It is the sense of Congress that--
       (1) the inadvertent transfer of live Bacillus anthracis, 
     also known as anthrax, from an Army laboratory to numerous 
     laboratories located in many States and several countries 
     that was discovered in May 2015 represents a serious safety 
     lapse;
       (2) the Department of Defense, in cooperation with the 
     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, should continue 
     to investigate the cause of this lapse and determine what 
     protective protocols should be strengthened;
       (3) the Department of Defense should reassess all Select 
     Agent standards on a regular basis to ensure they are current 
     and effective to prevent a reoccurrence; and
       (4) the Department of Defense should keep Congress apprised 
     of the investigation, any potential public health or safety 
     risk, corrective actions taken, and plans to regularly 
     reassess standards.

     SEC. 1094. MODIFICATION OF CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO 
                   MAJOR MEDICAL FACILITY LEASE FOR A DEPARTMENT 
                   OF VETERANS AFFAIRS OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN TULSA, 
                   OKLAHOMA.

       Section 601(b) of the Veterans Access, Choice, and 
     Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-146; 128 Stat. 
     1793) is amended--
       (1) by striking ``in Tulsa.--'' and all that follows 
     through ``In carrying out'' and inserting ``in Tulsa.--In 
     carrying out'';
       (2) by striking paragraph (2);
       (3) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) through (E) as 
     paragraphs (1) through (5), respectively, and adjusting the 
     indentation of the margin of such paragraphs, as so 
     redesignated, two ems to the left;
       (4) in paragraph (1), as so redesignated, by striking 
     ``140,000 gross square feet'' and inserting ``140,000 net 
     usable square feet'';
       (5) in paragraph (2), as so redesignated, by striking ``not 
     more than the average'' and all that follows and inserting 
     ``not more than the average of equivalent medical facility 
     leases executed by the Department of Veterans Affairs over 
     the last five years, plus 20 percent;''; and
       (6) in paragraph (5), as so redesignated, by striking ``30-
     year life cycle'' and inserting ``20-year life cycle''.

     SEC. 1095. AUTHORIZATION OF FISCAL YEAR 2015 MAJOR MEDICAL 
                   FACILITY PROJECTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS 
                   AFFAIRS.

       (a) Authorization.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may 
     carry out the following major medical facility projects in 
     fiscal year 2015, with

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     each project to be carried out in an amount not to exceed the 
     amount specified for that project:
       (1) Construction of a community living center, outpatient 
     clinic, renovated domiciliary, and renovation of existing 
     buildings in Canandaigua, New York, in an amount not to 
     exceed $158,980,000.
       (2) Seismic corrections to the mental health and community 
     living center in Long Beach, California, in an amount not to 
     exceed $126,100,000.
       (3) Seismic correction of 12 buildings in West Los Angeles, 
     California, in an amount not to exceed $70,500,000.
       (4) Construction of a spinal cord injury building and 
     seismic corrections in San Diego, California, in an amount 
     not to exceed $205,840,000.
       (b) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized 
     to be appropriated to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for 
     fiscal year 2015 or the year in which funds are appropriated 
     for the Construction, Major Projects, account, a total of 
     $561,420,000 for the projects authorized in subsection (a).

     SEC. 1096. DESIGNATION OF CONSTRUCTION AGENT FOR CERTAIN 
                   CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS BY DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS 
                   AFFAIRS.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall 
     seek to enter into an agreement subject to subsections (b), 
     (c), and (e) of section 1535 of title 31, United States Code, 
     with the Army Corps of Engineers or another entity of the 
     Federal Government to serve, on a reimbursable basis, as the 
     construction agent for the construction, alteration, or 
     acquisition of any medical facility of the Department of 
     Veterans Affairs specifically authorized by Congress after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act that involves a total 
     expenditure of more than $100,000,000, excluding any 
     acquisition by exchange.
       (b) Agreement.--Under the agreement entered into under 
     subsection (a), the construction agent shall provide design, 
     procurement, and construction management services for the 
     construction, alteration, and acquisition of medical 
     facilities of the Department.

     SEC. 1097. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE STRATEGY FOR COUNTERING 
                   UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE.

       (a) Strategy Required.--The Secretary of Defense shall, in 
     consultation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 
     and the heads of other appropriate departments and agencies 
     of the United States Government, develop a strategy for the 
     Department of Defense to counter unconventional warfare 
     threats posed by adversarial state and non-state actors.
       (b) Elements.--The strategy required under subsection (a) 
     shall include each of the following:
       (1) An articulation of the activities that constitute 
     unconventional warfare threats to the United States and 
     allies.
       (2) A clarification of the roles and responsibilities of 
     the Department of Defense in providing indications and 
     warning of, and protection against, acts of unconventional 
     warfare.
       (3) An analysis of the adequacy of current authorities and 
     command structures necessary for countering unconventional 
     warfare.
       (4) An articulation of the goals and objectives of the 
     Department of Defense with respect to countering 
     unconventional warfare threats.
       (5) An articulation of related or required interagency 
     capabilities and whole-of-Government activities required by 
     the Department of Defense to support a counter-unconventional 
     warfare strategy.
       (6) Recommendations for improving the counter-
     unconventional warfare capabilities, authorities, and command 
     structures of the Department of Defense.
       (7) Recommendations for improving interagency coordination 
     and support mechanisms with respect to countering 
     unconventional warfare threats.
       (8) Recommendations for the establishment of joint doctrine 
     to support counter-unconventional warfare capabilities within 
     the Department of Defense.
       (9) Any other matters the Secretary of Defense considers 
     appropriate.
       (c) Submittal to Congress.--Not later than 180 days after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees 
     the strategy required by subsection (a). The strategy shall 
     be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a 
     classified annex.
       (d) Unconventional Warfare Defined.--In this section, the 
     term ``unconventional warfare'' means activities conducted to 
     enable a resistance movement or insurgency to coerce, 
     disrupt, or overthrow a government or occupying power by 
     operating through or with an underground, auxiliary, or 
     guerrilla force in a denied area.

                  TITLE XI--CIVILIAN PERSONNEL MATTERS

Sec. 1101. Procedures for reduction in force of Department of Defense 
              civilian personnel.
Sec. 1102. One-year extension of temporary authority to grant 
              allowances, benefits, and gratuities to civilian 
              personnel on official duty in a combat zone.
Sec. 1103. Extension of rate of overtime pay for Department of the Navy 
              employees performing work aboard or dockside in support 
              of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier forward deployed 
              in Japan.
Sec. 1104. Modification to temporary authorities for certain positions 
              at Department of Defense research and engineering 
              facilities.
Sec. 1105. Required probationary period for new employees of the 
              Department of Defense.
Sec. 1106. Delay of periodic step increase for civilian employees of 
              the Department of Defense based upon unacceptable 
              performance.
Sec. 1107. United States Cyber Command workforce.
Sec. 1108. One-year extension of authority to waive annual limitation 
              on premium pay and aggregate limitation on pay for 
              Federal civilian employees working overseas.
Sec. 1109. Pilot program on dynamic shaping of the workforce to improve 
              the technical skills and expertise at certain Department 
              of Defense laboratories.
Sec. 1110. Pilot program on temporary exchange of financial management 
              and acquisition personnel.
Sec. 1111. Pilot program on enhanced pay authority for certain 
              acquisition and technology positions in the Department of 
              Defense.
Sec. 1112. Pilot program on direct hire authority for veteran technical 
              experts into the defense acquisition workforce.
Sec. 1113. Direct hire authority for technical experts into the defense 
              acquisition workforce.

     SEC. 1101. PROCEDURES FOR REDUCTION IN FORCE OF DEPARTMENT OF 
                   DEFENSE CIVILIAN PERSONNEL.

       (a) Procedures.--Section 1597 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(f) Reductions Based Primarily on Performance.--The 
     Secretary of Defense shall establish procedures to provide 
     that, in implementing any reduction in force for civilian 
     positions in the Department of Defense in the competitive 
     service or the excepted service, the determination of which 
     employees shall be separated from employment in the 
     Department shall be made primarily on the basis of 
     performance, as determined under any applicable performance 
     management system.''.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that 
     the Secretary of Defense should proceed with the 
     collaborative work with employee representatives on the ``New 
     Beginnings'' performance management and workforce incentive 
     system authorized under section 1113 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 5 
     U.S.C. 9902 note) and begin implementation of the new system 
     at the earliest possible date.

     SEC. 1102. ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY AUTHORITY TO GRANT 
                   ALLOWANCES, BENEFITS, AND GRATUITIES TO 
                   CIVILIAN PERSONNEL ON OFFICIAL DUTY IN A COMBAT 
                   ZONE.

        Paragraph (2) of section 1603(a) of the Emergency 
     Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War 
     on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006 (Public Law 109-234; 
     120 Stat. 443), as added by section 1102 of the Duncan Hunter 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 
     (Public Law 110-417; 122 Stat. 4616) and as most recently 
     amended by section 1102 of the National Defense Authorization 
     Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 
     3525), is further amended by striking ``2016'' and inserting 
     ``2017''.

     SEC. 1103. EXTENSION OF RATE OF OVERTIME PAY FOR DEPARTMENT 
                   OF THE NAVY EMPLOYEES PERFORMING WORK ABOARD OR 
                   DOCKSIDE IN SUPPORT OF THE NUCLEAR-POWERED 
                   AIRCRAFT CARRIER FORWARD DEPLOYED IN JAPAN.

       Section 5542(a)(6)(B) of title 5, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking ``September 30, 2015'' and inserting 
     ``September 30, 2017''.

     SEC. 1104. MODIFICATION TO TEMPORARY AUTHORITIES FOR CERTAIN 
                   POSITIONS AT DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE RESEARCH AND 
                   ENGINEERING FACILITIES.

       Section 1107 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66; 127 Stat. 888) is 
     amended--
       (1) in subsection (a), by adding at the end the following:
       ``(4) Noncompetitive conversion to permanent appointment.--
     With respect to any student appointed by the director of an 
     STRL under paragraph (3) to a temporary or term appointment, 
     upon graduation from the applicable institution of higher 
     education (as defined in such paragraph), the director may 
     noncompetitively convert such student to a permanent 
     appointment within the STRL without regard to the provisions 
     of subchapter I of chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code 
     (other than sections 3303 and 3328 of such title), provided 
     the student meets all eligibility and Office of Personnel 
     Management qualification requirements for the position.'';
       (2) in subsection (c)(1), by striking ``3 percent'' and 
     inserting ``6 percent'';
       (3) in subsection (c)(2), by striking ``1 percent'' and 
     inserting ``3 percent''; and
       (4) in subsection (f)(2), by striking ``1 percent'' and 
     inserting ``2 percent''.

     SEC. 1105. REQUIRED PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR NEW EMPLOYEES OF 
                   THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

       (a) Required Probationary Period.--
       (1) In general.--Chapter 81 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     section:

     ``Sec. 1599e. Probationary period for employees

       ``(a) In General.--Notwithstanding sections 3321 and 
     3393(d) of title 5, the appointment of a covered employee 
     shall become final only after such employee has served a 
     probationary period of two years. The Secretary concerned may 
     extend a probationary period under this subsection at the 
     discretion of such Secretary.
       ``(b) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) The term `covered employee' means any individual--

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       ``(A) appointed to a permanent position within the 
     competitive service at the Department of Defense; or
       ``(B) appointed as a career appointee (as that term is 
     defined in section 3132(a)(4) of title 5) within the Senior 
     Executive Service at the Department.
       ``(2) The term `Secretary concerned' includes the Secretary 
     of Defense with respect to employees of the Department of 
     Defense who are not employees of a military department.
       ``(c) Employment Becomes Final.--Upon the expiration of a 
     covered employee's probationary period under subsection (a), 
     the supervisor of the employee shall determine whether the 
     appointment becomes final based on regulations prescribed for 
     such purpose by the Secretary of Defense.
       ``(d) Application of Chapter 75 of Title 5 for Employees in 
     the Competitive Service.--With respect to any individual 
     described in subsection (b)(1)(A) and to whom this section 
     applies, section 7501(1) and section 7511(a)(1)(A)(ii) of 
     title 5 shall be applied to such individual by substituting 
     `completed 2 years' for `completed 1 year' in each instance 
     it appears.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 81 of such title is amended by adding at 
     the end the following new item:

``1599e. Probationary period for employees.''.
       (b) Application.--The amendment made by subsection (a) 
     shall apply to any covered employee (as that term is defined 
     in section 1599e of title 10, United States Code, as added by 
     such subsection) appointed after the date of the enactment of 
     this section.
       (c) Conforming Amendments.--Title 5, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) in section 3321(c), by inserting at the end before the 
     period the following: ``, or any individual covered by 
     section 1599e of title 10'';
       (2) in section 3393(d), by adding at the end the following: 
     ``The preceding sentence shall not apply to any individual 
     covered by section 1599e of title 10.'';
       (3) in section 7501(1), by striking ``or who'' and 
     inserting ``or, except as provided in section 1599e of title 
     10, who'';
       (4) in section 7511(a)(1)(A)(ii), by inserting ``except as 
     provided in section 1599e of title 10,'' before ``who''; and
       (5) in section 7541(1)(A), by inserting ``or section 1599e 
     of title 10'' after ``this title''.

     SEC. 1106. DELAY OF PERIODIC STEP INCREASE FOR CIVILIAN 
                   EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BASED 
                   UPON UNACCEPTABLE PERFORMANCE.

       (a) Delay.--Under procedures established by the Secretary 
     of Defense, upon a determination by the Secretary that the 
     work of an employee is not at an acceptable level of 
     competence, the period of time during which the work of the 
     employee is not at an acceptable level of competence shall 
     not count toward completion of the period of service required 
     for purposes of subsection (a) of section 5335 of title 5, 
     United States Code, or subsection (e)(1) or (e)(2) of section 
     5343 of such title.
       (b) Applicability to Periods of Service.--Subsection (a) 
     shall not apply with respect to any period of service 
     performed before the date of the enactment of this Act.

     SEC. 1107. UNITED STATES CYBER COMMAND WORKFORCE.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 81 of title 10, United States 
     Code, as amended by section 1105, is further amended by 
     adding at the end the following new section:

     ``Sec. 1599f. United States Cyber Command recruitment and 
       retention

       ``(a) General Authority.--(1) The Secretary of Defense 
     may--
       ``(A) establish, as positions in the excepted service, such 
     qualified positions in the Department of Defense as the 
     Secretary determines necessary to carry out the 
     responsibilities of the United States Cyber Command, 
     including--
       ``(i) positions held by staff of the headquarters of the 
     United States Cyber Command;
       ``(ii) positions held by elements of the United States 
     Cyber Command enterprise relating to cyberspace operations, 
     including elements assigned to the Joint Task Force-
     Department of Defense Information Networks; and
       ``(iii) positions held by elements of the military 
     departments supporting the United States Cyber Command;
       ``(B) appoint an individual to a qualified position (after 
     taking into consideration the availability of preference 
     eligibles for appointment to the position); and
       ``(C) subject to the requirements of subsections (b) and 
     (c), fix the compensation of an individual for service in a 
     qualified position.
       ``(2) The authority of the Secretary under this subsection 
     applies without regard to the provisions of any other law 
     relating to the appointment, number, classification, or 
     compensation of employees.
       ``(b) Basic Pay.--(1) In accordance with this section, the 
     Secretary shall fix the rates of basic pay for any qualified 
     position established under subsection (a)--
       ``(A) in relation to the rates of pay provided for 
     employees in comparable positions in the Department, in which 
     the employee occupying the comparable position performs, 
     manages, or supervises functions that execute the cyber 
     mission of the Department; and
       ``(B) subject to the same limitations on maximum rates of 
     pay established for such employees by law or regulation.
       ``(2) The Secretary may--
       ``(A) consistent with section 5341 of title 5, adopt such 
     provisions of that title to provide for prevailing rate 
     systems of basic pay; and
       ``(B) apply those provisions to qualified positions for 
     employees in or under which the Department may employ 
     individuals described by section 5342(a)(2)(A) of such title.
       ``(c) Additional Compensation, Incentives, and 
     Allowances.--(1) The Secretary may provide employees in 
     qualified positions compensation (in addition to basic pay), 
     including benefits, incentives, and allowances, consistent 
     with, and not in excess of the level authorized for, 
     comparable positions authorized by title 5.
       ``(2) An employee in a qualified position whose rate of 
     basic pay is fixed under subsection (b)(1) shall be eligible 
     for an allowance under section 5941 of title 5 on the same 
     basis and to the same extent as if the employee was an 
     employee covered by such section, including eligibility 
     conditions, allowance rates, and all other terms and 
     conditions in law or regulation.
       ``(d) Implementation Plan Required.--The authority granted 
     in subsection (a) shall become effective 30 days after the 
     date on which the Secretary of Defense provides to the 
     congressional defense committees a plan for implementation of 
     such authority. The plan shall include the following:
       ``(1) An assessment of the current scope of the positions 
     covered by the authority.
       ``(2) A plan for the use of the authority.
       ``(3) An assessment of the anticipated workforce needs of 
     the United States Cyber Command across the future-years 
     defense plan.
       ``(4) Other matters as appropriate.
       ``(e) Collective Bargaining Agreements.--Nothing in 
     subsection (a) may be construed to impair the continued 
     effectiveness of a collective bargaining agreement with 
     respect to an office, component, subcomponent, or equivalent 
     of the Department that is a successor to an office, 
     component, subcomponent, or equivalent of the Department 
     covered by the agreement before the succession.
       ``(f) Required Regulations.--The Secretary, in coordination 
     with the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, 
     shall prescribe regulations for the administration of this 
     section.
       ``(g) Annual Report.--(1) Not later than one year after the 
     date of the enactment of this section and not less frequently 
     than once each year thereafter until the date that is five 
     years after the date of the enactment of this section, the 
     Director of the Office of Personnel Management, in 
     coordination with the Secretary, shall submit to the 
     appropriate committees of Congress a detailed report on the 
     administration of this section during the most recent one-
     year period.
       ``(2) Each report submitted under paragraph (1) shall 
     include, for the period covered by the report, the following:
       ``(A) A discussion of the process used in accepting 
     applications, assessing candidates, ensuring adherence to 
     veterans' preference, and selecting applicants for vacancies 
     to be filled by an individual for a qualified position.
       ``(B) A description of the following:
       ``(i) How the Secretary plans to fulfill the critical need 
     of the Department to recruit and retain employees in 
     qualified positions.
       ``(ii) The measures that will be used to measure progress.
       ``(iii) Any actions taken during the reporting period to 
     fulfill such critical need.
       ``(C) A discussion of how the planning and actions taken 
     under subparagraph (B) are integrated into the strategic 
     workforce planning of the Department.
       ``(D) The metrics on actions occurring during the reporting 
     period, including the following:
       ``(i) The number of employees in qualified positions hired, 
     disaggregated by occupation, grade, and level or pay band.
       ``(ii) The placement of employees in qualified positions, 
     disaggregated by military department, Defense Agency, or 
     other component within the Department.
       ``(iii) The total number of veterans hired.
       ``(iv) The number of separations of employees in qualified 
     positions, disaggregated by occupation and grade and level or 
     pay band.
       ``(v) The number of retirements of employees in qualified 
     positions, disaggregated by occupation, grade, and level or 
     pay band.
       ``(vi) The number and amounts of recruitment, relocation, 
     and retention incentives paid to employees in qualified 
     positions, disaggregated by occupation, grade, and level or 
     pay band.
       ``(E) A description of the training provided to supervisors 
     of employees in qualified positions at the Department on the 
     use of the new authorities.
       ``(h) Three-year Probationary Period.--The probationary 
     period for all employees hired under the authority 
     established in this section shall be three years.
       ``(i) Incumbents of Existing Competitive Service 
     Positions.--(1) An individual occupying a position on the 
     date of the enactment of this section that is selected to be 
     converted to a position in the excepted service under this 
     section shall have the right to refuse such conversion.
       ``(2) After the date on which an individual who refuses a 
     conversion under paragraph (1) stops serving in the position 
     selected to be converted, the position may be converted to a 
     position in the excepted service.
       ``(j) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) The term `appropriate committees of Congress' means--
       ``(A) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Committee 
     on Appropriations of the Senate; and
       ``(B) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on 
     Appropriations of the House of Representatives.
       ``(2) The term `collective bargaining agreement' has the 
     meaning given that term in section 7103(a)(8) of title 5.
       ``(3) The term `excepted service' has the meaning given 
     that term in section 2103 of title 5.
       ``(4) The term `preference eligible' has the meaning given 
     that term in section 2108(3) of title 5.

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       ``(5) The term `qualified position' means a position, 
     designated by the Secretary for the purpose of this section, 
     in which the individual occupying such position performs, 
     manages, or supervises functions that execute the 
     responsibilities of the United States Cyber Command relating 
     to cyber operations.
       ``(6) The term `Senior Executive Service' has the meaning 
     given that term in section 2101a of title 5.''.
       (b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 3132(a)(2) of title 5, 
     United States Code, is amended in the matter following 
     subparagraph (E)--
       (1) in clause (ii), by striking ``or'' at the end;
       (2) in clause (iii), by inserting ``or'' after the 
     semicolon; and
       (3) by inserting after clause (iii) the following new 
     clause:
       ``(iv) any position established as a qualified position in 
     the excepted service by the Secretary of Defense under 
     section 1599f of title 10;''.
       (c) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 81 of title 10, United States Code, as 
     amended by section 1105, is further amended by adding at the 
     end the following new item:

``1599f. United States Cyber Command recruitment and retention.''.

     SEC. 1108. ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY TO WAIVE ANNUAL 
                   LIMITATION ON PREMIUM PAY AND AGGREGATE 
                   LIMITATION ON PAY FOR FEDERAL CIVILIAN 
                   EMPLOYEES WORKING OVERSEAS.

       Effective January 1, 2016, section 1101(a) of the Duncan 
     Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2009 (Public Law 110-417; 122 Stat. 4615), as most recently 
     amended by section 1101 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. 
     ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291), is further amended by 
     striking ``through 2015'' and inserting ``through 2016''.

     SEC. 1109. PILOT PROGRAM ON DYNAMIC SHAPING OF THE WORKFORCE 
                   TO IMPROVE THE TECHNICAL SKILLS AND EXPERTISE 
                   AT CERTAIN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE LABORATORIES.

       (a) Pilot Program Required.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     establish a pilot program to utilize the authorities 
     specified in subsection (b) at the Department of Defense 
     laboratories specified in subsection (c) to provide the 
     directors of such laboratories the authority to dynamically 
     shape the mix of technical skills and expertise in the 
     workforces of such laboratories in order to achieve one or 
     more of the following:
       (1) To meet organizational and Department-designated 
     missions in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.
       (2) To upgrade and enhance the scientific quality of the 
     workforces of such laboratories.
       (3) To shape such workforces to better respond to such 
     missions.
       (4) To reduce the average unit cost of such workforces.
       (b) Workforce Shaping Authorities.--The authorities that 
     shall be available for use by the director of a Department of 
     Defense laboratory under the pilot program are the following:
       (1) Flexible length and renewable term technical 
     appointments.--
       (A) In general.--Subject to the provisions of this 
     paragraph, authority otherwise available to the director by 
     law (and within the available budgetary resources of the 
     laboratory) to appoint qualified scientific and technical 
     personnel who are not currently Department of Defense 
     civilian employees into any scientific or technical position 
     in the laboratory for a period of more than one year but not 
     more than six years.
       (B) Benefits.--Personnel appointed under this paragraph 
     shall be provided with benefits comparable to those provided 
     to similar employees at the laboratory concerned, including 
     professional development opportunities, eligibility for all 
     laboratory awards programs, and designation as ``status 
     applicants'' for the purposes of eligibility for positions in 
     the Federal service.
       (C) Extension of appointments.--The appointment of any 
     individual under this paragraph may be extended without limit 
     in up to six year increments at any time during any term of 
     service under such conditions as the director concerned shall 
     establish for purposes of this paragraph.
       (D) Construction with certain limitation.--For purposes of 
     determining the workforce size of a laboratory in connection 
     with compliance with section 955 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-239; 
     126 Stat. 1896; 10 U.S.C. 129a note), any individual serving 
     in an appointment under this paragraph shall be treated as a 
     fractional employee of the laboratory, which fraction is--
       (i) the current term of appointment of the individual under 
     this paragraph; divided by
       (ii) the average length of tenure of a career employee at 
     the laboratory, as calculated at the end of the last fiscal 
     year ending before the date of the most recent appointment or 
     extension of the individual under this paragraph.
       (2) Reemployment of annuitants.--Authorities to authorize 
     the director of any science and technology reinvention 
     laboratory (in this section referred to as ``STRL'') to 
     reemploy annuitants in accordance with section 9902(g) of 
     title 5, United States Code, except that as a condition for 
     reemployment the director may authorize the deduction from 
     the pay of any annuitant so reemployed of an amount up to the 
     amount of the annuity otherwise payable to such annuitant 
     allocable to the period of actual employment of such 
     annuitant, which amount shall be determined in a manner 
     specified by the director for purposes of this paragraph to 
     ensure the most cost effective execution of designated 
     missions by the laboratory while retaining critical technical 
     skills.
       (3) Early retirement incentives.--Authorities to authorize 
     the director of any STRL to authorize voluntary early 
     retirement of employees in accordance with section 8336 of 
     title 5, United States Code, without regard to section 
     8336(d)(2)(D) or 3522 of such title, and with employees so 
     separated voluntarily from service.
       (4) Separation incentive pay.--Authorities to authorize the 
     director of any STRL to pay voluntary separation pay to 
     employees in accordance with section 8414(b)(1)(B) of title 
     5, United States Code, without regard to clause (iv) or (v) 
     of such section or section 3522 of such title, and with--
       (A) employees so separated voluntarily from service under 
     regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense for 
     purposes of the pilot program; and
       (B) payments to employees so separated authorized under 
     section 3523 of such title without regard to--
       (i) the plan otherwise required by section 3522 of such 
     title; and
       (ii) paragraph (1) or (3) of section 3523(b) of such title.
       (c) Laboratories.--The Department of Defense laboratories 
     specified in this subsection are the laboratories specified 
     in section 1105(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 123 Stat. 2486; 10 
     U.S.C. 2358 note).
       (d) Expiration.--
       (1) In general.--The authority in this section shall expire 
     on December 31, 2023.
       (2) Continuation of authorities exercised before 
     termination.--The expiration in paragraph (1) shall not be 
     construed to effect the continuation after the date specified 
     in paragraph (1) of any term of employment or other benefit 
     authorized under this section before that date in accordance 
     with the terms of such authorization.

     SEC. 1110. PILOT PROGRAM ON TEMPORARY EXCHANGE OF FINANCIAL 
                   MANAGEMENT AND ACQUISITION PERSONNEL.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary of Defense may carry out a 
     pilot program to assess the feasibility and advisability of 
     the temporary assignment of covered employees of the 
     Department of Defense to nontraditional defense contractors 
     and of covered employees of such contractors to the 
     Department.
       (b) Covered Employees; Nontraditional Defense 
     Contractors.--
       (1) Covered employees.--An employee of the Department of 
     Defense or a nontraditional Defense contractor is a covered 
     employee for purposes of this section if the employee--
       (A) works in the field of financial management or in the 
     acquisition field;
       (B) is considered by the Secretary of Defense to be an 
     exceptional employee; and
       (C) is compensated at not less than the GS-11 level (or the 
     equivalent).
       (2) Nontraditional defense contractors.--For purposes of 
     this section, the term ``nontraditional defense contractor'' 
     has the meaning given that term in section 2302(9) of title 
     10, United States Code.
       (c) Agreements.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall provide for 
     a written agreement among the Department of Defense, the 
     nontraditional defense contractor concerned, and the employee 
     concerned regarding the terms and conditions of the 
     employee's assignment under this section.
       (2) Elements.--An agreement under this subsection--
       (A) shall require, in the case of an employee of the 
     Department, that upon completion of the assignment, the 
     employee will serve in the civil service for a period at 
     least equal to three times the length of the assignment, 
     unless the employee is sooner involuntarily separated from 
     the service of the employee's agency; and
       (B) shall provide that if the employee of the Department or 
     of the contractor (as the case may be) fails to carry out the 
     agreement, or if the employee is voluntarily separated from 
     the service of the employee's agency before the end of the 
     period stated in the agreement, the employee shall be liable 
     to the United States for payment of all expenses of the 
     assignment unless that failure or voluntary separation was 
     for good and sufficient reason, as determined by the 
     Secretary.
       (3) Debt to the united states.--An amount for which an 
     employee is liable under paragraph (2)(B) shall be treated as 
     a debt due the United States. The Secretary may waive, in 
     whole or in part, collection of such a debt based on a 
     determination that the collection would be against equity and 
     good conscience and not in the best interests of the United 
     States.
       (d) Termination.--An assignment under this section may, at 
     any time and for any reason, be terminated by the Department 
     of Defense or the nontraditional defense contractor 
     concerned.
       (e) Duration.--An assignment under this section shall be 
     for a period of not less than three months and not more than 
     one year.
       (f) Status of Federal Employees Assigned to Contractors.--
     An employee of the Department of Defense who is assigned to a 
     nontraditional defense contractor under this section shall be 
     considered, during the period of assignment, to be on detail 
     to a regular work assignment in the Department for all 
     purposes. The written agreement established under subsection 
     (c) shall address the specific terms and conditions related 
     to the employee's continued status as a Federal employee.
       (g) Terms and Conditions for Private Sector Employees.--An 
     employee of a nontraditional defense contractor who is 
     assigned to a Department of Defense organization under this 
     section--
       (1) shall continue to receive pay and benefits from the 
     contractor from which such employee is assigned;

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       (2) shall be deemed to be an employee of the Department of 
     Defense for the purposes of--
       (A) chapter 73 of title 5, United States Code;
       (B) sections 201, 203, 205, 207, 208, 209, 603, 606, 607, 
     643, 654, 1905, and 1913 of title 18, United States Code, and 
     any other conflict of interest statute;
       (C) sections 1343, 1344, and 1349(b) of title 31, United 
     States Code;
       (D) chapter 171 and section 1346(b) of title 28, United 
     States Code (popularly known as the Federal Tort Claims Act), 
     and any other Federal tort liability statute;
       (E) the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App. 101 
     et seq.);
       (F) chapter 21 of title 41, United States Code; and
       (G) subchapter I of chapter 81 of title 5, United States 
     Code, relating to compensation for work-related injuries; and
       (3) may not have access, while the employee is assigned to 
     a Department organization, to any trade secrets or to any 
     other nonpublic information which is of commercial value to 
     the contractor from which such employee is assigned.
       (h) Prohibition Against Charging Certain Costs to Federal 
     Government.--A nontraditional defense contractor may not 
     charge the Department of Defense or any other agency of the 
     Federal Government, as direct or indirect costs under a 
     Federal contract, the costs of pay or benefits paid by the 
     contractor to an employee assigned to a Department 
     organization under this section for the period of the 
     assignment.
       (i) Consideration.--In providing for assignments of 
     employees under this section, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     take into consideration the question of how assignments might 
     best be used to help meet the needs of the Department of 
     Defense with respect to the training of employees in 
     financial management or in acquisition.
       (j) Numerical Limitations.--
       (1) Department employees.--The number of employees of the 
     Department of Defense who may be assigned to nontraditional 
     defense contractors under this section at any given time may 
     not exceed the following:
       (A) Five employees in the field of financial management.
       (B) Five employees in the acquisition field.
       (2) Nontraditional defense contractor employees.--The total 
     number of nontraditional defense contractor employees who may 
     be assigned to the Department under this section at any given 
     time may not exceed 10 such employees.
       (k) Termination of Authority for Assignments.--No 
     assignment of an employee may commence under this section 
     after September 30, 2019.

     SEC. 1111. PILOT PROGRAM ON ENHANCED PAY AUTHORITY FOR 
                   CERTAIN ACQUISITION AND TECHNOLOGY POSITIONS IN 
                   THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

       (a) Pilot Program Authorized.--The Secretary of Defense may 
     carry out a pilot program to assess the feasibility and 
     advisability of using the pay authority specified in 
     subsection (d) to fix the rate of basic pay for positions 
     described in subsection (c) in order to assist the Office of 
     the Secretary of Defense and the military departments in 
     attracting and retaining high-quality acquisition and 
     technology experts in positions responsible for managing and 
     developing complex, high-cost, technological acquisition 
     efforts of the Department of Defense.
       (b) Approval Required.--The pilot program may be carried 
     out only with approval as follows:
       (1) Approval of the Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, in the case of 
     positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
       (2) Approval of the Service Acquisition Executive of the 
     military department concerned, in the case of positions in a 
     military department.
       (c) Positions.--The positions described in this subsection 
     are positions that--
       (1) require expertise of an extremely high level in a 
     scientific, technical, professional, or acquisition 
     management field; and
       (2) are critical to the successful accomplishment of an 
     important acquisition or technology development mission.
       (d) Rate of Basic Pay.--The pay authority specified in this 
     subsection is authority as follows:
       (1) Authority to fix the rate of basic pay for a position 
     at a rate not to exceed 150 percent of the rate of basic pay 
     payable for level I of the Executive Schedule, upon the 
     approval of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, 
     Technology, and Logistics or the Service Acquisition 
     Executive concerned, as applicable.
       (2) Authority to fix the rate of basic pay for a position 
     at a rate in excess of 150 percent of the rate of basic pay 
     payable for level I of the Executive Schedule, upon the 
     approval of the Secretary of Defense.
       (e) Limitations.--
       (1) In general.--The authority in subsection (a) may be 
     used only to the extent necessary to competitively recruit or 
     retain individuals exceptionally well qualified for positions 
     described in subsection (c).
       (2) Number of positions.--The authority in subsection (a) 
     may not be used with respect to more than five positions in 
     the Office of the Secretary of Defense and more than five 
     positions in each military department at any one time.
       (3) Term of positions.--The authority in subsection (a) may 
     be used only for positions having terms less than five years.
       (f) Termination.--
       (1) In general.--The authority to fix rates of basic pay 
     for a position under this section shall terminate on October 
     1, 2020.
       (2) Continuation of pay.--Nothing in paragraph (1) shall be 
     construed to prohibit the payment after October 1, 2020, of 
     basic pay at rates fixed under this section before that date 
     for positions whose terms continue after that date.

     SEC. 1112. PILOT PROGRAM ON DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY FOR VETERAN 
                   TECHNICAL EXPERTS INTO THE DEFENSE ACQUISITION 
                   WORKFORCE.

       (a) Pilot Program.--The Secretary of Defense may carry out 
     a pilot program to assess the feasibility and advisability of 
     appointing qualified veteran candidates to positions 
     described in subsection (b) in the defense acquisition 
     workforce of the military departments without regard to the 
     provisions of subchapter I of chapter 33 of title 5, United 
     States Code. The Secretary shall carry out the pilot program 
     in each military department through the service acquisition 
     executive of such military department.
       (b) Positions.--The positions described in this subsection 
     are scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics 
     positions, including technicians, within the defense 
     acquisition workforce.
       (c) Limitation.--Authority under subsection (a) may not, in 
     any calendar year and with respect to any military 
     department, be exercised with respect to a number of 
     candidates greater than the number equal to 1 percent of the 
     total number of positions in the acquisition workforce of 
     that military department that are filled as of the close of 
     the fiscal year last ending before the start of such calendar 
     year.
       (d) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``employee'' has the meaning given that term 
     in section 2105 of title 5, United States Code.
       (2) The term ``veteran'' has the meaning given that term in 
     section 101 of title 38, United States Code.
       (e) Termination.--
       (1) In general.--The authority to appoint candidates to 
     positions under the pilot program shall expire on the date 
     that is five years after the date of the enactment of this 
     Act.
       (2) Effect on existing appointments.--The termination by 
     paragraph (1) of the authority in subsection (a) shall not 
     affect any appointment made under that authority before the 
     termination date specified in paragraph (1) in accordance 
     with the terms of such appointment.

     SEC. 1113. DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY FOR TECHNICAL EXPERTS INTO 
                   THE DEFENSE ACQUISITION WORKFORCE.

       (a) Authority.--Each Secretary of a military department may 
     appoint qualified candidates possessing a scientific or 
     engineering degree to positions described in subsection (b) 
     for that military department without regard to the provisions 
     of subchapter I of chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code.
       (b) Applicability.--Positions described in this subsection 
     are scientific and engineering positions within the defense 
     acquisition workforce.
       (c) Limitation.--Authority under this section may not, in 
     any calendar year and with respect to any military 
     department, be exercised with respect to a number of 
     candidates greater than the number equal to 5 percent of the 
     total number of scientific and engineering positions within 
     the acquisition workforce of that military department that 
     are filled as of the close of the fiscal year last ending 
     before the start of such calendar year.
       (d) Nature of Appointment.--Any appointment under this 
     section shall be treated as an appointment on a full-time 
     equivalent basis, unless such appointment is made on a term 
     or temporary basis.
       (e) Employee Defined.--In this section, the term 
     ``employee'' has the meaning given that term in section 2105 
     of title 5, United States Code.
       (f) Termination.--The authority to make appointments under 
     this section shall not be available after December 31, 2020.

             TITLE XII--MATTERS RELATING TO FOREIGN NATIONS

                  Subtitle A--Assistance and Training

Sec. 1201. One-year extension of logistical support for coalition 
              forces supporting certain United States military 
              operations.
Sec. 1202. Strategic framework for Department of Defense security 
              cooperation.
Sec. 1203. Redesignation, modification, and extension of National Guard 
              State Partnership Program.
Sec. 1204. Extension of authority for non-reciprocal exchanges of 
              defense personnel between the United States and foreign 
              countries.
Sec. 1205. Monitoring and evaluation of overseas humanitarian, 
              disaster, and civic aid programs of the Department of 
              Defense.
Sec. 1206. One-year extension of funding limitations for authority to 
              build the capacity of foreign security forces.
Sec. 1207. Authority to provide support to national military forces of 
              allied countries for counterterrorism operations in 
              Africa.
Sec. 1208. Reports on training of foreign military intelligence units 
              provided by the Department of Defense.
Sec. 1209. Prohibition on security assistance to entities in Yemen 
              controlled by the Houthi movement.

        Subtitle B--Matters Relating to Afghanistan and Pakistan

Sec. 1211. Extension and modification of Commanders' Emergency Response 
              Program.
Sec. 1212. Extension and modification of authority for reimbursement of 
              certain coalition nations for support provided to United 
              States military operations.
Sec. 1213. Additional matter in semiannual report on enhancing security 
              and stability in Afghanistan.

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Sec. 1214. Extension of authority to acquire products and services 
              produced in countries along a major route of supply to 
              Afghanistan.
Sec. 1215. Extension of authority to transfer defense articles and 
              provide defense services to the military and security 
              forces of Afghanistan.
Sec. 1216. Modification of protection for Afghan allies.

             Subtitle C--Matters Relating to Syria and Iraq

Sec. 1221. Extension of authority to support operations and activities 
              of the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq.
Sec. 1222. Strategy for the Middle East and to counter violent 
              extremism.
Sec. 1223. Modification of authority to provide assistance to counter 
              the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Sec. 1224. Reports on United States Armed Forces deployed in support of 
              Operation Inherent Resolve.
Sec. 1225. Matters relating to support for the vetted Syrian 
              opposition.
Sec. 1226. Support to the Government of Jordan and the Government of 
              Lebanon for border security operations.
Sec. 1227. Sense of Congress on the security and protection of Iranian 
              dissidents living in Camp Liberty, Iraq.

                  Subtitle D--Matters Relating to Iran

Sec. 1231. Modification and extension of annual report on the military 
              power of Iran.
Sec. 1232. Sense of Congress on the Government of Iran's malign 
              activities.
Sec. 1233. Report on military-to-military engagements with Iran.
Sec. 1234. Security guarantees to countries in the Middle East.
Sec. 1235. Rule of construction.

         Subtitle E--Matters Relating to the Russian Federation

Sec. 1241. Notifications relating to testing, production, deployment, 
              and sale or transfer to other states or non-state actors 
              of the Club-K cruise missile system by the Russian 
              Federation.
Sec. 1242. Notifications of deployment of nuclear weapons by Russian 
              Federation to territory of Ukrainian Republic or Russian 
              territory of Kaliningrad.
Sec. 1243. Measures in response to non-compliance by the Russian 
              Federation with its obligations under the INF Treaty.
Sec. 1244. Modification of notification and assessment of proposal to 
              modify or introduce new aircraft or sensors for flight by 
              the Russian Federation under the Open Skies Treaty.
Sec. 1245. Prohibition on availability of funds relating to sovereignty 
              of the Russian Federation over Crimea.
Sec. 1246. Limitation on military cooperation between the United States 
              and the Russian Federation.
Sec. 1247. Report on implementation of the New START Treaty.
Sec. 1248. Additional matters in annual report on military and security 
              developments involving the Russian Federation.
Sec. 1249. Report on alternative capabilities to procure and sustain 
              nonstandard rotary wing aircraft historically procured 
              through Rosoboronexport.
Sec. 1250. Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.
Sec. 1251. Training for Eastern European national military forces in 
              the course of multilateral exercises.

        Subtitle F--Matters Relating to the Asia-Pacific Region

Sec. 1261. Strategy to promote United States interests in the Indo-
              Asia-Pacific region.
Sec. 1262. Requirement to submit Department of Defense policy regarding 
              foreign disclosure or technology release of Aegis Ashore 
              capability to Japan.
Sec. 1263. South China Sea Initiative.

                       Subtitle G--Other Matters

Sec. 1271. Two-year extension and modification of authorization for 
              non-conventional assisted recovery capabilities.
Sec. 1272. Amendment to the annual report under Arms Control and 
              Disarmament Act.
Sec. 1273. Extension of authorization to conduct activities to enhance 
              the capability of foreign countries to respond to 
              incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.
Sec. 1274. Modification of authority for support of special operations 
              to combat terrorism.
Sec. 1275. Limitation on availability of funds to implement the Arms 
              Trade Treaty.
Sec. 1276. Report on the security relationship between the United 
              States and the Republic of Cyprus.
Sec. 1277. Sense of Congress on European defense and the North Atlantic 
              Treaty Organization.
Sec. 1278. Briefing on the sale of certain fighter aircraft to Qatar.
Sec. 1279. United States-Israel anti-tunnel cooperation.
Sec. 1280. NATO Special Operations Headquarters.
Sec. 1281. Increased presence of United States ground forces in Eastern 
              Europe to deter aggression on the border of the North 
              Atlantic Treaty Organization.

                  Subtitle A--Assistance and Training

     SEC. 1201. ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF LOGISTICAL SUPPORT FOR 
                   COALITION FORCES SUPPORTING CERTAIN UNITED 
                   STATES MILITARY OPERATIONS.

       Section 1234 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110-181; 122 Stat. 394), as most 
     recently amended by section 1223(a) of the Carl Levin and 
     Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3548), is 
     further amended--
       (1) in subsection (a), by striking ``fiscal year 2015'' and 
     inserting ``fiscal year 2016'';
       (2) in subsection (d), by striking ``during the period 
     beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on December 31, 
     2015'' and inserting ``during the period beginning on October 
     1, 2015, and ending on December 31, 2016''; and
       (3) in subsection (e)(1), by striking ``December 31, 2015'' 
     and inserting ``December 31, 2016''.

     SEC. 1202. STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 
                   SECURITY COOPERATION.

       (a) Strategic Framework.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense, in consultation 
     with the Secretary of State, shall develop and issue to the 
     Department of Defense a strategic framework for Department of 
     Defense security cooperation to guide prioritization of 
     resources and activities.
       (2) Elements.--The strategic framework required by 
     paragraph (1) shall include the following:
       (A) Discussion of the strategic goals of Department of 
     Defense security cooperation programs, overall and by 
     combatant command, and the extent to which these programs--
       (i) support broader strategic priorities of the Department 
     of Defense; and
       (ii) complement and are coordinated with Department of 
     State security assistance programs to achieve United States 
     Government goals globally, regionally, and, if appropriate, 
     within specific programs.
       (B) Identification of the primary objectives, priorities, 
     and desired end-states of Department of Defense security 
     cooperation programs.
       (C) Identification of challenges to achieving the primary 
     objectives, priorities, and desired end-states identified 
     under subparagraph (B), including--
       (i) constraints on Department of Defense resources, 
     authorities, and personnel;
       (ii) partner nation variables and conditions, such as 
     political will, absorptive capacity, corruption, and 
     instability risk, that impact the likelihood of a security 
     cooperation program achieving its primary objectives, 
     priorities, and desired end-states;
       (iii) constraints or limitations due to bureaucratic 
     impediments, interagency processes, or congressional 
     requirements;
       (iv) validation of requirements; and
       (v) assessment, monitoring, and evaluation.
       (D) A methodology for assessing the effectiveness of 
     Department of Defense security cooperation programs in making 
     progress toward achieving the primary objectives, priorities, 
     and desired end-states identified under subparagraph (B), 
     including an identification of key benchmarks for such 
     progress.
       (E) Any other matters the Secretary of Defense determines 
     appropriate.
       (3) Frequency.--The Secretary of Defense shall, at a 
     minimum, update the strategic framework required by paragraph 
     (1) on a biennial basis and shall update or supplement the 
     strategic framework as appropriate to address emerging 
     priorities.
       (b) Report.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, and on a biennial basis 
     thereafter, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with 
     the Secretary of State, shall submit to the appropriate 
     congressional committees a report on the strategic framework 
     required by subsection (a).
       (2) Form.--The report required by paragraph (1) shall be 
     submitted in an unclassified form, but may include a 
     classified annex.
       (3) Definition.--In this subsection, the term ``appropriate 
     congressional committees'' means--
       (A) the congressional defense committees; and
       (B) the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and 
     the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of 
     Representatives.
       (c) Sunset.--This section shall cease to be effective on 
     the date that is 6 years after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act.

     SEC. 1203. REDESIGNATION, MODIFICATION, AND EXTENSION OF 
                   NATIONAL GUARD STATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM.

       (a) Redesignation.--The heading of section 1205 of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 
     (Public Law 113-66; 127 Stat. 897; 32 U.S.C. 107 note) is 
     amended to read as follows:

     ``SEC. 1205. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE STATE PARTNERSHIP 
                   PROGRAM.''.

       (b) Scope of Authority.--Subsection (a) of such section is 
     amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``a program of 
     exchanges'' and all that follows and inserting ``a program of 
     activities described in paragraph (2), to support the 
     security cooperation objectives of the United States, between 
     members of the National Guard of a State or territory and any 
     of the following:
       ``(A) The military forces of a foreign country.
       ``(B) The security forces of a foreign country.
       ``(C) Governmental organizations of a foreign country whose 
     primary functions include disaster response or emergency 
     response.''; and
       (2) by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following 
     new paragraph (2):
       ``(2) State partnership.--Each program established under 
     this subsection shall be known as a `State Partnership'.''.

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       (c) Limitation.--Subsection (b) of such section is amended 
     by striking ``activity under a program'' and all that follows 
     through ``State or territory,'' and inserting ``activity with 
     forces referred to in subsection (a)(1)(B) or organizations 
     described in subsection (a)(1)(C) under a program established 
     under subsection (a)''.
       (d) Coordination of Activities.--Such section is further 
     amended--
       (1) by redesignating subsections (c) through (g) as 
     subsections (d) through (h), respectively; and
       (2) by inserting after subsection (b) the following new 
     subsection (c):
       ``(c) Coordination of Activities.--The Chief of the 
     National Guard Bureau shall designate a director for each 
     State and territory to be responsible for the coordination of 
     activities under a program established under subsection (a) 
     for such State or territory and reporting on activities under 
     the program.''.
       (e) Annual Report.--Paragraph (2)(B) of subsection (f) of 
     such section, as redesignated by subsection (d)(1) of this 
     section, is amended--
       (1) in clause (iii), by inserting ``or other government 
     organizations'' after ``and security forces'';
       (2) in clause (iv), by adding before the period at the the 
     following: ``and country'';
       (3) in clause (v), by striking ``training'' and inserting 
     ``activities''; and
       (4) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(vi) An assessment of the extent to which the activities 
     conducted during the previous year met the objectives 
     described in clause (v).''.
       (f) State Partnership Program Fund.--
       (1) Assessment of establishment of fund.--Not later than 
     180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the 
     Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Under Secretary 
     of Defense (Comptroller) shall jointly submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report setting forth a 
     joint assessment of the feasibility and advisability of 
     establishing a central fund to manage funds for programs and 
     activities under the Department of Defense State Partnership 
     Program under section 1205 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, as amended by this 
     section.
       (2) Recommendation for legislative action.--If the report 
     under paragraph (1) concludes that the establishment of a 
     fund as described in that paragraph is feasible and 
     advisable, the Secretary of Defense shall include with the 
     materials submitted to Congress in support of the budget of 
     the President for fiscal year 2017 pursuant to section 1105 
     of title 31, United States Code, a recommendation for such 
     legislation as the Secretary considers appropriate to 
     establish the fund.
       (g) Conforming Amendments.--Paragraph (2)(A) of subsection 
     (f) of such section, as redesignated by subsection (d)(1) of 
     this section, is amended--
       (1) by striking ``a program'' and inserting ``each 
     program''; and
       (2) by striking ``the program'' and inserting ``such 
     program''.
       (h) Recipients of Reports and Notifications.--Paragraph (1) 
     of subsection (h) of such section, as redesignated by 
     subsection (d)(1) of this section, is amended by striking 
     subparagraphs (A) and (B) and inserting the following new 
     subparagraphs (A) and (B):
       ``(A) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations, and the Committee on Appropriations of the 
     Senate; and
       ``(B) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs, and the Committee on Appropriations of the 
     House of Representatives.''.
       (i) Five-year Extension.--Subsection (i) of such section is 
     amended by striking ``September 30, 2016'' and inserting 
     ``September 30, 2021''.

     SEC. 1204. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY FOR NON-RECIPROCAL 
                   EXCHANGES OF DEFENSE PERSONNEL BETWEEN THE 
                   UNITED STATES AND FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

       Section 1207(f) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 123 Stat. 2514; 10 
     U.S.C. 168 note), as amended by section 1202 of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 
     112-239; 126 Stat. 1980), is further amended by striking 
     ``September 30, 2016'' and inserting ``December 31, 2021''.

     SEC. 1205. MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF OVERSEAS 
                   HUMANITARIAN, DISASTER, AND CIVIC AID PROGRAMS 
                   OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

       (a) In General.--Of the amounts authorized to be 
     appropriated by this Act for Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, 
     and Civic Aid, the Secretary of Defense is authorized to use 
     up to 5 percent of such amounts to conduct monitoring and 
     evaluation of programs that are funded using such amounts 
     during fiscal year 2016.
       (b) Briefing.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall provide 
     a briefing to the appropriate congressional committees on 
     mechanisms to evaluate the programs conducted pursuant to the 
     authorities listed in subsection (a).
       (c) Definition.--In this section, the term ``appropriate 
     congressional committees'' means the following:
       (1) The congressional defense committees.
       (2) The Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and 
     the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of 
     Representatives.

     SEC. 1206. ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF FUNDING LIMITATIONS FOR 
                   AUTHORITY TO BUILD THE CAPACITY OF FOREIGN 
                   SECURITY FORCES.

       Section 1205(d) of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' 
     McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3536) is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1)--
       (A) by striking ``for fiscal year 2015'' and all that 
     follows through ``section 4301'' and inserting ``for fiscal 
     year 2015 or 2016 for the Department of Defense for operation 
     and maintenance''; and
       (B) by inserting ``, in such fiscal year'' before the 
     period; and
       (2) in paragraph (2), by striking ``for fiscal year 2015'' 
     and inserting ``for a fiscal year specified in that 
     paragraph''.

     SEC. 1207. AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO NATIONAL MILITARY 
                   FORCES OF ALLIED COUNTRIES FOR COUNTERTERRORISM 
                   OPERATIONS IN AFRICA.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary of Defense is authorized, in 
     coordination with the Secretary of State, to provide, on a 
     nonreimbursable basis, logistic support, supplies, and 
     services to the national military forces of an allied country 
     conducting counterterrorism operations in Africa if the 
     Secretary of Defense determines that the provision of such 
     logistic support, supplies, and services, on a 
     nonreimbursable basis, is--
       (1) in the national security interests of the United 
     States; and
       (2) critical to the timely and effective participation of 
     such national military forces in such operations.
       (b) Notice to Congress on Support Provided.--Not later than 
     15 days after providing logistic support, supplies, or 
     services under subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall 
     submit to the congressional defense committees a notice 
     setting forth the following:
       (1) The determination of the Secretary specified in 
     subsection (a).
       (2) The type of logistic support, supplies, or services 
     provided.
       (3) The national military forces supported.
       (4) The purpose of the operations for which such support 
     was provided, and the objectives of such support.
       (5) The estimated cost of such support.
       (6) The intended duration of such support.
       (c) Limitations.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense may not use the 
     authority in subsection (a) to provide any type of support 
     that is otherwise prohibited by any other provision of law.
       (2) Amount.--The aggregate amount of logistic support, 
     supplies, and services provided under subsection (a) in any 
     fiscal year may not exceed $100,000,000.
       (d) Reports.--Not later than six months after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, and every six months thereafter 
     through the expiration date in subsection (f) of the 
     authority provided by this section, the Secretary of Defense 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report 
     setting forth a description of the use of the authority 
     provided by this section during the six-month period ending 
     on the date of such report. Each report shall include the 
     following:
       (1) An assessment of the extent to which the support 
     provided under this section during the period covered by such 
     report facilitated the national military forces of allied 
     countries so supported in conducting counterterrorism 
     operations in Africa.
       (2) A description of any efforts by countries that received 
     such support to address, as practicable, the requirements of 
     their forces for logistics support, supplies, or services for 
     conducting counterterrorism operations in Africa, including 
     under acquisition and cross-servicing agreements.
       (e) Logistic Support, Supplies, and Services Defined.--In 
     this section, the term ``logistic support, supplies, and 
     services'' has the meaning given that term in section 2350(1) 
     of title 10, United States Code.
       (f) Expiration.--The authority provided by this section may 
     not be exercised after September 30, 2018.

     SEC. 1208. REPORTS ON TRAINING OF FOREIGN MILITARY 
                   INTELLIGENCE UNITS PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT 
                   OF DEFENSE.

       (a) Reports Required.--Not later than 30 days after each 
     calendar half-year beginning on or after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act and ending with the second calendar 
     half-year of 2017, the Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Intelligence shall submit to the Committees of Armed Services 
     of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report 
     setting forth the following:
       (1) All the training of foreign military intelligence units 
     provided by the Department during the calendar half-year 
     covered by such report.
       (2) The authority or authorities under which the training 
     described in paragraph (1) was provided.
       (b) Form.--Each report under subsection (a) should be 
     submitted in classified form.

     SEC. 1209. PROHIBITION ON SECURITY ASSISTANCE TO ENTITIES IN 
                   YEMEN CONTROLLED BY THE HOUTHI MOVEMENT.

       (a) Prohibition.--No amounts authorized to be appropriated 
     for fiscal year 2016 for the Department of Defense by this 
     Act may be used to provide security assistance to an entity 
     in Yemen that is controlled by members of the Houthi 
     movement.
       (b) National Security Exception.--
       (1) In general.--The prohibition in subsection (a) shall 
     not apply if the Secretary of Defense determines, with the 
     concurrence of the Secretary of State, that the provision of 
     security assistance as described in that subsection is 
     important to the national security interests of the United 
     States.
       (2) Notice and wait.--If security assistance as described 
     in subsection (a) is provided pursuant to an exception under 
     paragraph (1), not later than 15 days before such assistance 
     is so provided, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of 
     State shall jointly submit to the appropriate committees of 
     Congress a notice on the provision of such assistance, 
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     assessment by the Director of National Intelligence on 
     whether any entity controlled by members of the Houthi 
     movement to be provided such assistance is also receiving 
     direct assistance from the Government of Iran.
       (3) Appropriate committees of congress defined.--In this 
     subsection, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (A) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations, and the Committee on Appropriations of the 
     Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs, and the Committee on Appropriations of the 
     House of Representatives.

        Subtitle B--Matters Relating to Afghanistan and Pakistan

     SEC. 1211. EXTENSION AND MODIFICATION OF COMMANDERS' 
                   EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM.

       (a) One-year Extension.--Section 1201 of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 
     112-81; 125 Stat. 1619), as most recently amended by section 
     1221 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 
     113-291; 128 Stat. 3546), is further amended by striking 
     ``fiscal year 2015'' in subsections (a), (b), and (f) and 
     inserting ``fiscal year 2016''.
       (b) Restriction on Amount of Payments.--Subsection (e) of 
     such section 1201, as so amended, is further amended by 
     striking ``$2,000,000'' and inserting ``$500,000''.
       (c) Submittal of Revised Guidance.--Not later than 15 days 
     after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
     Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees 
     a copy of the guidance issued by the Secretary to the Armed 
     Forces concerning the Commanders' Emergency Response Program 
     in Afghanistan as revised to take into account the amendments 
     made by this section.
       (d) Authority for Certain Payments To Redress Injury and 
     Loss in Iraq.--
       (1) In general.--During fiscal year 2016, amounts available 
     pursuant to section 1201 of the National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, as amended by this 
     section, shall also be available for ex gratia payments for 
     damage, personal injury, or death that is incident to combat 
     operations of the Armed Forces in Iraq.
       (2) Notice and wait.--The authority in this subsection may 
     not be used until 30 days after the date on which the 
     Secretary of Defense submits to the congressional defense 
     committees a report setting forth the following:
       (A) The amount that will be used for payments pursuant to 
     this subsection.
       (B) The manner in which claims for payments shall be 
     verified.
       (C) The officers or officials who shall be authorized to 
     approve claims for payments.
       (D) The manner in which payments shall be made.
       (3) Limitation on amount available.--The total amount of 
     payments made pursuant to this subsection in fiscal year 2016 
     may not exceed $5,000,000.
       (4) Authorities applicable to payment.--Any payment made 
     pursuant to this subsection shall be made in accordance with 
     the authorities and limitations in section 8121 of the 
     Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 (division C of 
     Public Law 113-235), other than subsection (h) of such 
     section.
       (5) Construction with restriction on amount of payments.--
     For purposes of the application of subsection (e) of such 
     section 1201, as so amended, to any payment pursuant to this 
     subsection, such payment shall be deemed to be a project 
     described by such subsection (e).

     SEC. 1212. EXTENSION AND MODIFICATION OF AUTHORITY FOR 
                   REIMBURSEMENT OF CERTAIN COALITION NATIONS FOR 
                   SUPPORT PROVIDED TO UNITED STATES MILITARY 
                   OPERATIONS.

       (a) Extension.--Subsection (a) of section 1233 of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 
     (Public Law 110-181; 122 Stat. 393), as most recently amended 
     by section 1222 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' 
     McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3547), is further amended 
     by striking ``fiscal year 2015'' and inserting ``fiscal year 
     2016''.
       (b) Limitation on Amounts Available.--Subsection (d)(1) of 
     such section, as so amended, is further amended--
       (1) in the second sentence, by striking ``during fiscal 
     year 2015 may not exceed $1,200,000,000'' and inserting 
     ``during fiscal year 2016 may not exceed $1,260,000,000''; 
     and
       (2) in the third sentence, by striking ``during fiscal year 
     2015 may not exceed $1,000,000,000'' and inserting ``during 
     fiscal year 2016 may not exceed $900,000,000''.
       (c) Extension of Notice Requirement Relating to 
     Reimbursement of Pakistan for Support Provided by Pakistan.--
     Section 1232(b)(6) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2008 (122 Stat. 393), as most recently 
     amended by section 1222(d) of the Carl Levin and Howard P. 
     ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2015 (128 Stat. 3548), is further amended by striking 
     ``September 30, 2015'' and inserting ``September 30, 2016''.
       (d) Extension of Limitation on Reimbursement of Pakistan 
     Pending Certification on Pakistan.--Section 1227(d)(1) of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 
     (Public Law 112-239; 126 Stat. 2001), as most recently 
     amended by section 1222(e) of the Carl Levin and Howard P. 
     ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2015 (128 Stat. 3548), is further amended by striking 
     ``fiscal year 2015'' and inserting ``fiscal year 2016''.
       (e) Additional Limitation on Reimbursement of Pakistan 
     Pending Certification on Pakistan.--Of the total amount of 
     reimbursements and support authorized for Pakistan during 
     fiscal year 2016 pursuant to the third sentence of section 
     1233(d)(1) of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2008 (as amended by subsection (b)(2)), 
     $350,000,000 shall not be eligible for the waiver under 
     section 1227(d)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2013 (126 Stat. 2001) unless the Secretary of 
     Defense certifies to the congressional defense committees 
     that--
       (1) Pakistan continues to conduct military operations in 
     North Waziristan that are contributing to significantly 
     disrupting the safe haven and freedom of movement of the 
     Haqqani Network in Pakistan;
       (2) Pakistan has taken steps to demonstrate its commitment 
     to prevent the Haqqani Network from using North Waziristan as 
     a safe haven; and
       (3) the Government of Pakistan actively coordinates with 
     the Government of Afghanistan to restrict the movement of 
     militants, such as the Haqqani Network, along the 
     Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
       (f) Availability of Certain Funds for Stability Activities 
     in FATA.--
       (1) In general.--In addition to the total amount of 
     reimbursements and support authorized for Pakistan during 
     fiscal year 2016 pursuant to the third sentence of section 
     1233(d)(1) of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2008 (as so amended), of the total amount of 
     funds made available for the Department of Defense for fiscal 
     year 2016 for overseas contingency operations for operation 
     and maintenance, Defense-wide activities, $100,000,000 may be 
     available for stability activities undertaken by Pakistan in 
     the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), including the 
     provision of funds to the Pakistan military and the Pakistan 
     Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for activities undertaken 
     in support of the following:
       (A) Building and maintaining border outposts.
       (B) Strengthening cooperative efforts between the Pakistan 
     military and the Afghan National Defense Security Forces in 
     activities that include--
       (i) bilateral meetings to enhance border security 
     coordination;
       (ii) sustaining critical infrastructure within the 
     Federally Administered Tribal Areas, such as maintaining key 
     ground lines of communication;
       (iii) increasing training for the Pakistan Frontier Corps 
     Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; and
       (iv) training to improve interoperability between the 
     Pakistan military and the Pakistan Frontier Corps Khyber 
     Pakhtunkwha.
       (2) Limitation.--
       (A) In general.--Funds available under paragraph (1) may 
     not be obligated or expended until the Secretary of Defense 
     certifies to the congressional defense committees that the 
     conditions described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of section 
     1227(d)(1) of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2013 (126 Stat. 2001), as amended by subsection 
     (d), have been met.
       (B) Waiver.--The Secretary of Defense may waive the 
     limitation in subparagraph (A) if the Secretary certifies to 
     the congressional defense committees in writing that the 
     waiver is in the national security interests of the United 
     States and includes with such certification a justification 
     for the waiver.
       (3) Report.--Not later than December 31, 2017, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall submit to the appropriate 
     congressional committees a report on the expenditure of funds 
     available under paragraph (1), including a description of the 
     following:
       (A) The purpose for which such funds were expended.
       (B) Each organization on whose behalf such funds were 
     expended, including the amount expended on such organization 
     and the number of members of such organization trained with 
     such amount.
       (C) Any limitation imposed on the expenditure of funds 
     under that paragraph, including on any recipient of funds or 
     any use of funds expended.
       (4) Appropriate congressional committees defined.--In this 
     subsection, the term ``appropriate congressional committees'' 
     has the meaning given that term in section 1233(g) of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008.

     SEC. 1213. ADDITIONAL MATTER IN SEMIANNUAL REPORT ON 
                   ENHANCING SECURITY AND STABILITY IN 
                   AFGHANISTAN.

       Section 1225(b) of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' 
     McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2015 (Public Law 113-291; 128 Stat. 3550) is amended by 
     adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(7) Assessment of risks associated with drawdown of 
     united states forces.--An assessment of the risks to the 
     mission in Afghanistan associated with any drawdown of United 
     States forces that occurred during the period covered by such 
     report.''.

     SEC. 1214. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY TO ACQUIRE PRODUCTS AND 
                   SERVICES PRODUCED IN COUNTRIES ALONG A MAJOR 
                   ROUTE OF SUPPLY TO AFGHANISTAN.

       Section 801(f) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 123 Stat. 2399), as 
     most recently amended by section 832(a) of the National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (Public Law 
     113-66; 127 Stat. 814), is further amended by striking 
     ``December 31, 2015'' and inserting ``December 31, 2016''.

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     SEC. 1215. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER DEFENSE 
                   ARTICLES AND PROVIDE DEFENSE SERVICES TO THE 
                   MILITARY AND SECURITY FORCES OF AFGHANISTAN.

       (a) Extension.--Subsection (h) of section 1222 of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 
     (Public Law 112-239; 126 Stat. 1992), as amended by section 
     1231 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 
     113-291; 128 Stat. 3556), is further amended by striking 
     ``December 31, 2015'' and inserting ``December 31, 2016''.
       (b) Quarterly Reports.--Subsection (f)(1) of such section, 
     as so amended, is further amended by striking ``March 31, 
     2016'' and inserting ``March 31, 2017''.
       (c) Excess Defense Articles.--Subsection (i)(2) of such 
     section, as so amended, is further amended by striking ``and 
     2015'' each place it appears and inserting ``, 2015, and 
     2016''.

     SEC. 1216. MODIFICATION OF PROTECTION FOR AFGHAN ALLIES.

       (a)  Covered Afghans.--
       (1) Term of employment.--Clause (ii) of section 
     602(b)(2)(A) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 (8 
     U.S.C. 1101 note) is amended by striking ``year--'' and 
     inserting ``year, or, if submitting a petition after 
     September 30, 2015, for a period of not less than 2 years--
     ''.
       (2) Technical amendments.--
       (A) Successor name for international security assistance 
     force.--Subclause (II) of section 602(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the 
     Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 (8 U.S.C. 1101 note) is 
     amended--
       (i) in the matter preceding item (aa), by striking 
     ``Force'' and inserting ``Force (or any successor name for 
     such Force)'';
       (ii) in item (aa), by striking ``Force,'' and inserting 
     ``Force (or any successor name for such Force),''; and
       (iii) in item (bb), by striking ``Force;'' and inserting 
     ``Force (or any successor name for such Force);''.
       (B) Short title.--Section 601 of the Afghan Allies 
     Protection Act of 2009 is amended by striking ``This Act'' 
     and inserting ``This title''.
       (C) Executive agency reference.--Section 602(c)(4) of the 
     Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 is amended by striking 
     ``section 4 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act 
     (41 U.S.C. 403)'' and inserting ``section 133 of title 41, 
     United States Code''.
       (b) Numerical Limitations.--Subparagraph (F) of section 
     602(b)(3) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 (8 
     U.S.C. 1101 note) is amended--
       (1) in the heading, by striking ``2015 AND 2016'' and 
     inserting ``2015, 2016, AND 2017'';
       (2) in the matter preceding clause (i)--
       (A) by striking ``and ending on September 30, 2016'', and 
     inserting ``until such time that available special immigrant 
     visas under subparagraphs (D) and (E) and this subparagraph 
     are exhausted,'' and
       (B) by striking ``4,000.'' and inserting ``7,000.'';
       (3) in clause (i), by striking ``September 30, 2015;'' and 
     inserting ``December 31, 2016;'';
       (4) in clause (ii), by striking ``December 31, 2015;'' and 
     inserting ``December 31, 2016;''; and
       (5) in clause (iii), by striking ``March 31, 2017.'' and 
     inserting ``the date such visas are exhausted.''.
       (c) Reports and Sense of Congress.--Section 602(b) of the 
     Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 (8 U.S.C. 1101 note) is 
     amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(15) Reports informing the conclusion of the afghan 
     special immigrant visa program.--Not later than June 1, 2016, 
     and every six months thereafter, the Secretary of Defense, in 
     conjunction with the Secretary of State, shall submit to the 
     Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on the 
     Judiciary of the Senate and the Committee on Armed Services 
     and the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of 
     Representatives a report that contains--
       ``(A) a description of the United States force presence in 
     Afghanistan during the previous 6 months;
       ``(B) a description of the projected United States force 
     presence in Afghanistan;
       ``(C) the number of citizens or nationals of Afghanistan 
     who were employed by or on behalf of the entities described 
     in paragraph (2)(A)(ii) during the previous 6 months; and
       ``(D) the projected number of such citizens or nationals 
     who will be employed by or on behalf of such entities.
       ``(16) Sense of congress.--It is the sense of Congress that 
     the necessity of providing special immigrant status under 
     this subsection should be assessed at regular intervals by 
     the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate and the 
     Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives, 
     taking into account the scope of the current and planned 
     presence of United States troops in Afghanistan, the current 
     and prospective numbers of citizens and nationals of 
     Afghanistan employed by or on behalf of the entities 
     described in paragraph (2)(A)(ii), and the security climate 
     in Afghanistan.''.

             Subtitle C--Matters Relating to Syria and Iraq

     SEC. 1221. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY TO SUPPORT OPERATIONS AND 
                   ACTIVITIES OF THE OFFICE OF SECURITY 
                   COOPERATION IN IRAQ.

       (a) Extension of Authority.--Subsection (f)(1) of section 
     1215 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
     Year 2012 (10 U.S.C. 113 note) is amended by striking 
     ``fiscal year 2015'' and inserting ``fiscal year 2016''.
       (b) Amount Available.--Such section is further amended--
       (1) in subsection (c), by striking ``fiscal year 2015'' and 
     all that follows and inserting ``fiscal year 2016 may not 
     exceed $80,000,000.''; and
       (2) in subsection (d), by striking ``fiscal year 2015'' and 
     inserting ``fiscal year 2016''.
       (c) Superseding Report Requirements.--Subsection (g) of 
     such section is amended to read as follows:
       ``(g) Reports.--
       ``(1) In general.--Not later than September 30, 2015, and 
     every 180 days thereafter until the authority in this section 
     expires, the Secretary of Defense shall, in consultation with 
     the Secretary of State, submit to the appropriate committees 
     of Congress a report on the activities of the Office of 
     Security Cooperation in Iraq.
       ``(2) Elements.--Each report under this subsection shall 
     include the following:
       ``(A) A current description of capability gaps in the 
     security forces of Iraq, including capability gaps relating 
     to intelligence matters, protection of Iraq airspace, and 
     logistics and maintenance, and a current description of the 
     extent, if any, to which the Government of Iraq has requested 
     assistance in addressing such capability gaps.
       ``(B) A current description of the activities of the Office 
     of Security Cooperation in Iraq and the extent, if any, to 
     which the programs conducted by the Office in conjunction 
     with other United States programs (such as the Foreign 
     Military Financing program, the Foreign Military Sales 
     program, and the assistance provided pursuant to section 1236 
     of the Carl Levin and Howard P. `Buck' McKeon National 
     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 
     113-291)) will address the capability gaps described pursuant 
     to subparagraph (A).
       ``(C) A current description of how the activities of the 
     Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq are coordinated with, 
     and complement and enhance, the assistance provided pursuant 
     to section 1236 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. `Buck' McKeon 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.
       ``(D) A current description of end use monitoring programs, 
     and any other programs or procedures, used to improve 
     accountabilit