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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)


Allen West


July 12, 2023

Greetings, y’all, from Washington, DC, our nation’s capital, also known as the belly of the beast, the swamp, and, most recently, Cocaine City. I have been here this week to meet with GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), the largest committee of jurisdiction in the US House of Representatives with 73 members. The purpose of my visits have been to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for next year and some very important policy decisions that need to be made.

However, first, here is a little background on what the National Defense Authorization Act, first passed in 1961, is all about.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an annual piece of federal legislation passed by Congress that sets funding levels and policy priorities for the Department of Defense (DoD) and a variety of other federal defense-related programs, including nuclear weapons at the Department of Energy (DoE) and intelligence operations.

The NDAA is what’s known as an “authorization of appropriations.” Simply put, that means this bill sets a funding level, but it doesn’t actually provide any funding. The money comes later, via the Defense Appropriations bill. Along with setting the funding limit, the NDAA is a heavy policy-making bill. That is, it is full of changes as to how the DoD implements certain programs or undertakes operations. The NDAA is Congress’ annual opportunity to redirect or reaffirm our nation’s military posture and actions.

I sat on the HASC during my term in Congress, the 112th US Congress. The NDAA process begins with the SECDEF and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with the respective Service Chiefs and Secretaries, testifying before the HASC, and the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) about the status of our armed forces, and their priorities. There are also sub-committee hearings held for focus areas of our military. I sat on the Military Personnel and Emerging Technology subcommittees. The purpose of these subcommittee and full committee hearings was to develop the NDAA which is the authorization of missions for the US military, and military-related agencies. We did what was referred to as a “mark up,” meaning there was a process of voting on the respective measures to be included in the NDAA as well as voted on specific amendments presented.

The NDAA enables the Defense Appropriations subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee to develop the appropriations bill, funding, of the authorized missions and policies. The entire NDAA must also go before the full House of Representatives, as well as the defense appropriations bill. The full House can offer amendments which must be voted on based upon the Rules Committee ruling. This process is also done over in the Senate and both legislative bodies vote on the NDAA and final resolution is done in what is called a Conference Committee between HASC and SASC. When finally approved in the House and Senate, the NDAA goes to the President for signature. Remember, the Defense Appropriations bill is one of twelve appropriations bills that must be passed to fund our federal government by September 30th . . . which rarely happens. That is why you hear about continuing resolutions and worse, the infamous fiscal gumbo of spending called an omnibus bill.

My objective in meeting with HASC members was to emphasize leftist ideological agenda items in the NDAA, such as:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) offices and programs, along with cultural Marixist programs referred to as CRT..
  • Programs supporting service-members with the mental condition of gender dysphoria, policies advancing gender mutilation procedures, hormonal therapies, and puberty blockers of service-member dependent children. I think many of us were appalled at the US Navy drag queen recruiter endeavor and so-called “pride month” events promoted by our senior leadership. I addressed this in a video monologue.
  • US military policy supporting service members taking leave to travel to States allowing the murder of unborn babies in the womb. If a member of our armed forces kills and dismembers the enemy of the battlefield they will be imprisoned. Why is our military supporting the killing of American babies in the womb.
  • Military Service Academy DEI/CRT (cultural Marxist) studies and programs, as well as abiding by the recent SCOTUS decision of race-based preferences in admission. The ideals and principles of merit must be restored to our military.

There can be no debate that these leftist ideological agenda policies should not be funded by American taxpayers. These insidious policies are a contributing factor to the degradation of our military readiness, as reflected in the poor recruiting and retention numbers. As well, I don’t think I am the only one who finds it offensive and unconscionable that the Biden administration provides taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens invading our country, while our men and women in uniform, and their families, are relegated to applying for food stamps to survive!

I am asking you to answer the ACRU/Committee to Support and Defend call to action: contact your Representatives and Senators who sit on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, let’s be honest, Republican members . . . the Democrats are dead from the neck up. Tell them you want their support in not authorizing funding for the policy positions articulated above. We cannot Live Free if our US military is being decimated due to leftist indoctrination and policy/agenda implementation.

The mission of our military is simple: recruit, train, deploy, fight, win, and care for our military families. Leftist nonsense that undermines the mission of our military only puts our national security at risk. I am certain that China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Islamic jihadists ain’t funding defense policies about equity and accommodating adults confused about whether they are a boy or girl.

Steadfast and Loyal.



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