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Provision introduced in Senate's 2012 NDAA

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - More on the buildup, but this time from the nation's capitol as the Senate starts crafting its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012. During a Subcommittee on Readiness Markup hearing today, it's clear ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee want more accountability before spending another dime on plans to realign the military in region.

It marked the first time in almost two decades, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management support held a markup that was open to the public. And today the subcommittee considered the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012.

Hearing like these are typically closed to the public during which secret negotiations are conducted between members. 

During today's markup a provision to the 2012 NDAA was added by three members of the committee, namely senators chairperson Carl Levin, ranking member John McCain and Jim Webb. The three you may remember criticized the Department of Defense's plans for the Guam, Japan and Korea as unrealistic, unaffordable, and unworkable.

Subcommittee chair Congresswoman Clair McCaskill of Missouri detailed their provision during today's open session.

 

"To require sound planning and justification before we spend more money for marine corps realignment  from Okinawa, Guam and on tour normalization in Korea with regard to Guam our provision would address substantial increases in costs by requiring the commandant of the marine corps to certify  his preferred force lay down in the pacific and then require the secretary of defense to provide the congress a master plan for the implementation of the buildup before sending more money this should provide the congress with greater clarity of the scope schedule and cost of this large and complex undertaking," she said.

Similar requirements were included for tour normalization in Korea.  As we reported the house version of the NDAA has already been passed. The senate is currently working on its version, which according to Senator McCaskill includes several cuts and provisions they believe will make the Department of Defense more efficient and come at a cost to taxpayers.

"You will see a theme here this subcommittee will not authorize such much multi billion dollar projects without showing the rigorous analysis behind showing why we are doing what we are doing and a well thought out mater plan detailing how we're going to get it done at a set cost and at a set schedule. This is oversight at its most basic level," she said.

Although today's subcommittee was held in public for the first time in 15 years, tomorrow's markup before the full Senate Armed Services Committee will be held behind closed doors.

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