June 30, 2017
Peters Amendments to National Defense Authorization Act Passed by Senate Armed Services Committee
Source: UPMatters.com, June 29, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, authored several provisions and amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for the Department of Defense (DoD) for Fiscal Year 2018. The legislation was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee this week.
“The National Defense Authorization Act will bolster American leadership around the world and provide our brave men and women in uniform with the support needed to complete their missions safely and effectively,” said Senator Peters, a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.“I am pleased that this legislation includes a number of my provisions to strengthen American presence among our NATO allies in Eastern Europe, help small businesses as they apply for federal contracts, make critical improvements and upgrades to our military assets, and better address mental health concerns for servicemembers.”
Peters’ provisions included in the NDAA FY 2018 include:
- An amendment directing DoD to provide personnel to the NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence (StratCom) in Riga, Latvia. StratCom is a multi-national and NATO-accredited international military organization that works to enhance strategic communication capabilities and help counter Russian propaganda efforts in Eastern Europe. Currently, the United States is not a participating nation. Earlier this month, Peters visited StratCom as part of his visit to Latvia to learn more about NATO activity in the Baltic region and Russian practices aimed at undermining and destabilizing democracies like Latvia. This amendment came about as a result of Peters’ visit. For over 20 years, Michigan’s National Guard has worked jointly with Latvia’s military through the State Partnership Program, participating in joint training and exercises in both Europe and Michigan. READ MORE….
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