House adopts its version of the 2022 NDAA
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The House of Representatives late Thursday passed a $ 768 billion defense law for 2022 by 316-113 votes by a vote of 316-113 – approving a $ 24 billion increase in total spending over the Biden administration’s budget proposal – a move that may alleviate debate as the legislation advances.
The passage of the law came after the White House rejected several provisions that restrict military services from alienating legacy platforms and bragging rights major policy changes including expanding conscription to all Americans, improvements in software procurement, and cyber training for Department of Defense personnel.
The bill also includes an amendment tabled by Rep. Jim Langevin (DR.I.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives on Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems, who seeks special immigration status for science and technology workers that for national security innovation.
“The United States attracts and develops some of the brightest minds in the world,” said Langevin called. “However, our narrow paths to residency and citizenship drive this talent into the arms of our opponents, so we face intense competition from other countries offering large research grants and expedited citizenship to poach this talent.”
Other modification would create four critical technology security centers through competitive grants from the Department of Homeland Security to universities, government-funded research and development centers, or national laboratories. The centers would focus on research in the areas of network technology, industrial network control systems, open source software, and federally critical software.
The Senate has yet to approve its version of the must-pass law, which sets the Department of Defense’s political priorities and approves spending caps. The Senate Armed Forces Committee has its execution the bill in July. Once the Senate has passed its NDAA, the two houses will go to a conference to work out differences between the bills.
Lauren C. Williams is Senior Editor for FCW and Defense Systems, specializing in defense and cybersecurity.
Prior to joining FCW, Williams was a tech reporter at ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In previous positions, Williams has reported on health care, politics, and crime for a variety of publications including the Seattle Times.
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