Defense Bill Breakdown


Note: This fact sheet has been re-published on November 30, 2015 to reflect the final version of the NDAA.

Defense Bill Breakdown: What Made the Final Cut

Key Military Aid Issues in the New Version of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act 

Updated on November 25, 2015

On November 25, 2015, the President signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2016 (S. 1356) to authorize Defense Department programs and policies for next year. While renewing many previously created military aid funding authorities, this law authorizes four new military aid authorities or programs (see the asterisk for these authorities) worth a total $478 million. The legislation creates or extends several new military aid restrictions, policy statements, and reports. The new law also includes $5 billion in budgetary cuts after the President vetoed an earlier version of the bill submitted to him by Congress in October. The following table shows the key differences between this new law and earlier House and Senate passed bills.

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Global Military Aid Authorities

Regional/Country-Specific Military Aid Authorities

Separate Military Aid Restrictions

Military Aid Related Policy Statements, Sense of Congresses and Additional Reports