House NDAA packed with facilities in technology, cyber and R&D – MeriTalk

The House Armed Services Committee has done that issued on Monday, his version of the fiscal year 2025 defense policy bill includes numerous provisions aimed at advancing cyber capabilities, strengthening innovative research and development and accelerating investments in critical technology across the Pentagon.

The FY2025 Service Member Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would authorize $849.8 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD), consistent with the spending cap established in last year’s debt ceiling agreement.

The bill would authorize critical investments in military technology, strengthen cyber capabilities, and support various research and development efforts underway at the DoD.

The House Armed Services Committee will draft the defense policy bill next week. The Senate Armed Services Committee has not released its version of the NDAA, but has done so planned markup hearings begin June 12.

Bill Oke’s DoD ‘Space Reserve’ Plan

The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Armed Services in its portion of the NDAA would open the door for the Defense Department to create a commercial “space reserve” to bolster military satellite capabilities in wartime.

The stock The subcommittee’s draft would give the Secretary of Defense authority to establish the “Commercial Augmentation Space Reserve” (CASR) program.

The program – first initiated by the Space Force in its new Commercial Space Integration Strategy, issued in April – would create a “hybrid space architecture” that connects national security, commercial, civilian and allied satellites into a massive mesh network.

“Under the program, the Secretary may include in a contract for the procurement of space products or services one or more provisions under which a qualified contractor agrees to provide additional space products or services, if necessary, under certain circumstances to the Department of Defense. determined by the Secretary,” the bill reads.

The Space Force strategy wanted commercial capabilities that would meet military requirements and capability needs across the spectrum of conflict. The defense bill would limit participation to American companies and American citizens. It also emphasizes that any new contracts under CASR must be compatible with Pentagon security requirements, including those around access to classification.

Army to create a Center of Excellence for electronic warfare

The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces wants the military to establish an Electronic Warfare Center of Excellence, according to a study. stock in the Defense Policy Act for the fiscal year 2025.

Centers of Excellence are the primary tool the military uses to train soldiers in their respective fields, whether it be artillery, aviation or even electronic warfare. The creation of the Electronic Warfare Center would move training for soldiers in this area from the Army’s Cyber ​​Center of Excellence.

Under the proposed legislation, after the bill is passed into law, the Army would have one year to transfer electronic warfare-related programs, projects and activities from the Cyber ​​Center of Excellence to the Electronic Warfare Center of Excellence.

Strengthen DoD cyber capabilities

The Subcommittee on Cyber, Information Technology, and Innovation included several provisions in the FY2025 NDAA aimed at strengthening DoD capabilities in cyberspace. The most standard is a directive to conduct detailed evaluations of products and services aimed at improving mobile device cybersecurity across the DoD.

The subcommittee also included language focusing on the DoD’s Authorization to Operate (ATO) processes. According to the text of the bill would require the DoD to “take actions aimed at improving and streamlining the processes related to the ‘Authority to Operate’ for information technology.”

The Ministry of Defense has started it address the challenges associated with the ATO process and the barriers to rapid technology and software innovation.

In addition, the bill again includes a provision that would strengthen the legal basis for the United States Marine Corps Cyber ​​Auxiliary program, and allow the other military services to establish their own Cyber ​​Auxiliary programs.

The subcommittee included a similar provision in the FY24 NDAA.

Strengthening R&D at DoD

The Subcommittee on Cyber, Information Technology, and Innovation also authored several legislative provisions that would strengthen innovative research and development efforts across the DoD.

Specifically, the subcommittee directs the Pentagon to develop a plan to establish a secure computing and data storage environment to test artificial intelligence (AI) trained on biological data.

It would require the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering – in coordination with the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer – to submit an “implementation plan on the feasibility of establishing a secure computing and data storage environment to support the testing of (AI) models that are trained on biological data and the development and testing of products generated by such models.”

This plan should be submitted no later than one year after the enactment of the NDAA for fiscal year 2025, according to text in the account.

The bill also pushes for the advancement of quantum information science technologies within the DoD.

Specifically, it would require the Secretary of Defense to “develop a strategic plan to guide the development and maturation of quantum information science technologies within the Department of Defense and across the military services. “

In addition, under this provision, the DoD would establish a quantum computing center of excellence in an existing military laboratory.