Senate Armed Services Committee Advances 2024 NDAA, Marking 63rd Consecutive Bipartisan Year
Tuesday June 27, 2023
The big picture: The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has advanced the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024, with a 24-1 vote. The committee considered 445 amendments, adopting 286 of them. The bipartisan bill aims to make the country stronger and safer, addressing broad issues from strategic competition with China and Russia, disruptive technologies, to modernizing military assets, according to the US Senate Committee on Armed Services.
What’s next: The bill is now due for consideration on the Senate floor. It needs to pass in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, be reconciled in a bicameral conference committee, and approved by both chambers before reaching the President’s desk for signing into law.
Catch up quickly: The NDAA sets defense funding levels and policies for the Defense Department and the Energy Department’s national security programs. It is a critical piece of legislation that guides the country’s defense strategy and resource allocation.
Between the lines: Senator Wicker, while acknowledging the achievements of this year’s NDAA, expressed concerns over the bill’s inadequate defense funding and signaled his intentions to increase the Department of Defense’s top level as the bill progresses.
Zoom in: This bill tackles pressing issues such as strategic competition with China and Russia, and disruptive technologies like AI, hypersonics, and quantum computing. It also seeks to modernize military platforms like ships, aircraft, and combat vehicles.
Zoom out: This marks the 63rd consecutive year that the committee has managed to advance a defense policy bill on a bipartisan basis, underlining a longstanding tradition of cross-aisle cooperation in defense matters.
The bottom line: The NDAA 2024 stands to significantly impact U.S. defense posture and capabilities amidst a shifting global security landscape. Its advancement underscores the bipartisan commitment to ensuring the country’s defense needs are met, despite disagreements on specifics of funding. It’s a critical step in establishing defense funding levels and set policies for the coming fiscal year.
The Amulus angle: The advancement of the NDAA 2024, with its focus on addressing key strategic challenges and investment in modernizing military platforms, opens up avenues for companies like Amulus. Its Robus Safe Haven, a solution providing ballistic protection and state-of-the-art communication, could be particularly relevant as defense strategy evolves to address new and existing threats. The adoption of 286 amendments also suggests an openness to innovative solutions to enhance the safety and operational capabilities of the U.S. military. As the U.S. moves towards modernizing its defense apparatus, solutions like the Robus Safe Haven can play a critical role in ensuring the safety of personnel in high-risk environments. The ongoing discussion around the level of defense funding may also offer opportunities for companies like Amulus to contribute their cutting-edge solutions to the national security mission.