On Monday, August 13, President Trump signed the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act, known as the NDAA, into law. Which begs the question: what is an NDAA?
The NDAA is the annual legislation Congress passes to outline its priorities for defense spending. Think of it as a legislative “To Do” list that is specifically about funding for our troops — a plan to spend X amount on pay raises, Y amount on new planes, and Z amount on training. The NDAA is then followed by a defense appropriations bill, which is the process of “signing the check” so to speak ( IE allocating money to pay for these priorities). It’s a two-step process, and one step is now complete.
Now that we know what the NDAA is, what exactly does this mean for our troops? What was in the FY19 bill?
- The largest pay raise for our troops in nine years
- Funding to boost training and upgrade equipment
- Greater support for military spouses and families
- Reforms at the Pentagon
- Extension of resources for global counterterrorism efforts
- Initiatives to make the U.S. the global leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI)
And much, much more. After years of cuts under the Obama administration, our military was left in a state of disrepair, and House Republicans made a promise that we’d rebuild. We’ve kept that promise. Not only kept the promise — but delivered earlier than we have in 40 years. This is the earliest we’ve passed an NDAA since 1977.
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