ICYMI: House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness Releases NDAA Markup Provisions

Apr 25, 2018
Press Release

ICYMI: House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness Releases NDAA Markup Provisions

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, of which Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) is the Chairman, published their proposals for tomorrow’s subcommittee markup hearing.

The Readiness Subcommittee's proposal:

Rebuilds troop readiness and makes investments in equipment maintenance by: 

  • Recommending increased funding for equipment maintenance, spare parts, and training to rebuild readiness for ships, aircraft squadrons, and ground combat units;
  • Recommending the Full Committee fund 20 Combat Training Center rotations across the Army—16 Active and 4 Army National Guard;
  • Requiring the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey Inspections be conducted on a no-notice basis and make details of those inspections unclassified and available to the public;
  • Requiring the Secretary of the Navy to provide a report on ways to optimize surface Navy vessel inspection and crew certifications to reduce redundancies and the burden on inspection visits that ships undergo;
  • Limiting the amount of time a Navy vessel is forward deployed overseas to no more than 10 years;
  • Ensuring the Navy retains sufficient ship repair capability and capacity in the Western Pacific by prohibiting the redevelopment of the Former Ship Repair Facility on Guam.

Ensures infrastructure supports military readiness by: 

  • Recommending the Full Committee increase funds for facility sustainment above the fiscal year 2019 request;
  • Establishing a new Defense Community Infrastructure Program which will provide for resilient facilities and utilities off-base that directly supporting our military installations;
  • Authorizes the Secretary of the military departments to carry out military construction projects to enhance force protection and safety on military installations;
  • Extends the Defense Laboratory Modernization Pilot Program until October 1, 2023, and clarifies that the authority can be used for architectural and engineering services in addition to construction of infrastructure projects.

Improves oversight by: 

  • Requiring the Department of Defense to include cyber and space in its quarterly readiness report to better reflect the National Defense Strategy and to ensure a comprehensive look at readiness across every domain of warfare;

Directing several assessments of the military departments’ plans to rebuild readiness, enhance exercises, and modernize training requirements.

The Readiness Subcommittee markup will be live streamed on the House Armed Services Committee’s website starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow.