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Congress & the Middle East: National Defense
Authorization Act 2018

This bill authorizes FY2018 appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense (DOD) programs and activities, including military personnel strengths. It does not provide budget authority, which is provided in subsequent appropriations legislation.

The bill authorizes appropriations to DOD for: (1) Procurement, including aircraft, missiles, weapons and tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, shipbuilding and conversion, space procurement, and other procurement; (2) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation; (3) Operation and Maintenance; (4) Working Capital Funds; (5) the Joint Urgent Operational Needs Fund; (6) Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction; (7) Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities; (8) the Defense Inspector General; (9) the Defense Health Program; (10) the Armed Forces Retirement Home; (11) Overseas Contingency Operations; and (12) Military Construction.

For the first time, this bill includes a section on U.S.-Israel cooperation in countering unmanned aerial (UAV) systems. The new NDAA lays out a vision for U.S.-Israeli cooperation and joint funding for research and development efforts related to drones and UAV systems, and includes portions of the “United States-Israel Joint Drone Detection Cooperation Act.” 

This legislation includes $500 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation, and $50 million for U.S.-Israel counter-tunnel cooperation.

To read the full National Defense Authorization Act 2018, please click here.