WASHINGTON -- Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Committee on Armed Services, announced today that the committee has completed its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. The bill authorizes funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) and the national security programs of the Department of Energy (DOE). The committee approved the bill unanimously on Thursday, June 16, 2011. It now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
"For the 50th consecutive year, the committee has reported out a bill that supports the men and women of the armed forces and their families and provides them with the resources, training, and equipment they need to accomplish their missions," Levin said. "In this time of fiscal problems for our nation, I am pleased that we were able to support our troops and their families while finding savings of more than $6 billion. I want to commend Sen. McCain for his support throughout the markup process and for his help in producing this bipartisan bill that was reported out with the unanimous vote of our members."
"The bill contains a bipartisan compromise provision regarding detainee matters that provides a statutory basis for the detention of individuals captured in the course of hostilities conducted pursuant to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force and deals with other important matters relating to such detainees," Levin added. "The bill contains a unique requirement that the low-rate initial procurement contract for the fiscal year 2011 lot of the Joint Strike Fighter (LRIP-5) program must be a fixed price contract and the contract must require the contractor to absorb 100 percent of costs above the target cost."
Visit Sen. Levin's Web site for highlights and details of the bill.