by Michaela Dodge, Steven P. Bucci
The Heritage Foundation
March 20, 2014
Two key bills guide the policies of the U.S. Department of Defense: (1) the appropriations bill, which provides defense funding, and (2) the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policies and guidelines for how the money will be spent. Over the past half-century, the NDAA has been the only bill that has made it to the President’s desk for his signature each year. A Heritage Foundation team of top national security experts has identified 12 key policy issues that Congress should address in the next NDAA. Confronting these policy concerns will strengthen U.S. safety and security, as well as alliances and partnerships at home and abroad.