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Defense Primer: The NDAA Process

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provides authorization of appropriations for the Department of Defense, nuclear weapons programs, and other defense-related activities.

Unlike an appropriations bill, the NDAA does not provide budget authority for government activities. Historically, it has provided a fairly reliable indicator of congressional sentiment on subsequent appropriations for particular programs.

  • Author(s):
  • Valerie Heitshusen Brendan W. McGarry
  • Brendan W. McGarry
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Defense Primer: The NDAA Process
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Publisher:Congressional Research Service
Published:November 23, 2022
License:Public Domain

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