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Foster Amendments Adopted in Final NDAA

Dec 11, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes three science-based amendments sponsored by Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL).

The three Foster-led amendments are:

  • Strengthening the requirements for flight testing of the ground-based midcourse defense (GMD) element of the ballistic missile defense system.
  • An independent study on the impacts of the development and deployment of long-range missile defenses on the security of the United States.
  • A requirement that the Secretary of Defense seek to enter into a contract to support the JASON scientific advisory group.

“I voted for the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act so that we ensure the men and women who serve our nation in the military continue to have the resources they need to do their jobs,” Foster said. “I am proud that the legislation strengthens our national security by including my amendments to enhance the transparency and accountability of our missile defense programs, as well as provide support and continuity for the JASON scientific advisory group which serves a vital role by providing independent technical expertise for U.S. policymakers.”