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Mar 31

The FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act: A Policy and Process Preview

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is one of the largest and most important pieces of legislation passed by Congress every year. The NDAA establishes policies and budgets for the military, the Department of Defense, the nuclear weapons portion of the Department of Energy and significant portions of the intelligence community. Last year’s NDAA covered issues as varied as the retirement of the A-10 Warthog aircraft, military retirement reform and environmental protections for the sage grouse.

The House and Senate Armed Services Committees are well into the process of developing their bills for fiscal year 2017. In the House, committee markups are expected in April and floor consideration is expected in mid-May. The Senate bill is only a week or two behind. And once again, the size of the defense budget could set up a fight between Congress and the White House, just like the use of Overseas Contingency Operations funding led to a veto last year.

Join us for a discussion with two former senior Armed Services Committee staff members about the process of building a bill every year that can exceed 1,000 pages, as well as the policies and politics that will impact this year’s bill. The Heritage Foundation will also be releasing a paper outlining suggested policy priorities for the FY2017 NDAA.

More About the Speakers

John Bonsell
Vice President for Government Affairs, SAIC, and former Minority Staff Director, Senate Armed Services Committee

Roger Zakheim
Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP; and former Deputy Staff Director, House Armed Services Committee

Justin Johnson
Senior Policy Analyst for Defense Budgeting Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Moderated by
Kristina Wong
Defense Reporter, The Hill