McCain (UC)

National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735)

Senator McCain: (11:08 AM)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • At 1:00 PM, the Senate stand in recess until 2:00 PM.
  • (Without objection)
  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "The acquisition reforms in this legislation center on five principal objectives. First, legislation establishes effective accountability for results. We give greater authority to the military services to manage their own programs and we enhance the role of the service chiefs in the acquisition process. In exchange for greater authority, the bill demands accountability and creates new mechanisms to deliver it. Service chiefs, service secretaries, service acquisition executives, and program managers would sign up to binding management requirement and resource commitments. The bill also creates new incentives for the services to deliver programs on time and on budget … Second, the legislation supports the use of flexible acquisition authorities and the development of alternative acquisition paths to acquire critical national security capabilities. The bill establishes a new streamlined acquisition and requirements process for rapid prototyping and rapid fielding within two to five years … Third, the NDAA improves access to nontraditional and military contractors. To get our military the necessary capabilities to defend the nation, the Department of Defense must be able to access organization in in areas such as cyber, robotics, data analytics, miniaturization, and autonomy. Information that is much more likely to some from Silicon Valley, Austin or Mesa than Washington."