Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Senator Jack Reed announced recently the filing of the 60th National Defense Authorization Act on Tuesday.

“While I do not support every provision in this bill, it makes important investments in readiness, modernization, and force protection and includes several needed reforms,” said Sen. Reed in a committee release. “I hope we can improve the bill on the floor.”

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 authorizes a topline of $740.5 billion for military and national security programs at the Department of Defense and Department of Energy.

The executive summary calls for the advancement of four defense priorities: supporting the defense workforce, charting the future of the national defense strategy, focus on building a “modern, innovative, and lethal force,” and streamlining Pentagon efficiency.

“What this bipartisan bill does is straightforward: care for our troops; preserve peace through strength; and defend this great nation,” said Sen Inhofe.

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