Johnson Amendment to Refine Weapon Systems Investments Included in House NDAA

July 2, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Filemon Vela (D-TX) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced a bipartisan amendment to the House of Representatives’ National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation focuses on improving the Department of Defense’s (DoD) approach to overseeing weapon systems investments.

“I’m thrilled that my amendment was added to the House of Representatives’ annual defense bill,” said Johnson. “This amendment will enable the Department of Defense to refine its weapon systems investments and save the taxpayers money while still accomplishing the mission. I am thankful to Congressman Vela and Congressman Wilson for partnering with me on this important measure.”

“I was proud to champion a bipartisan amendment that asks Department of Defense leadership to coordinate on the tools and workforce necessary to conduct enterprise-level portfolio management, ultimately streamlining our acquisition process and saving taxpayer dollars,” said Vela. 

“I am grateful to co-lead this important piece of legislation which requires the Department of Defense to use portfolio management best practices to improve weapon system investments. This approach would reduce government waste and inefficiency by significantly reducing duplicative efforts within DoD, saving our taxpayer dollars, and funding other crucial objectives to supporting our national security,” Congressman Wilson said. “I am also thankful that this legislation was included in the Fiscal Year 2021 NDAA that passed by unanimous consent out of the Armed Services Committee last night. I commend Representatives Dusty Johnson and Filemon Vela for their leadership on this issue and look forward to President Donald Trump signing this critical provision into law.”

If enacted, this provision will require DoD to develop a formal implementation plan to establish the necessary technology, systems, and data to perform enterprise-level portfolio management. As a result, the Department will be on a path toward maximizing taxpayer dollars to develop and field capabilities required by our men and women in uniform.