The US Senate recently passed the 740.5 billion USD of
National Defence Authorisation Act.
The act allocates funds for military ships,
construction projects, aircrafts, nuclear weapons and other national security
Pacific Deterrence Initiative to counter China"
The act has allocated 2.2 billion USD to the Pacific
The initiative aims to enhance the American deterrence
and increase the capability and readiness of US forces in the Indo-Pacific
Also, it will deepen US cooperation with its allies and partners such
as Australia, India, China and Japan.
The Space Force is to start research and development
projects to promote competition in the National Security Space Launch
Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence:
The act is full of Artificial Intelligence and Cyber
The NDAA contains the AI Initiative Act, National AI
Research Resource Task Force Act and the Cyber security legislations.
The act holds many of the recommendations made by the
Cyberspace Solarium Commission.
This includes the creation of National Cyber
Director position in White House.
The act also holds new standards for cybersecurity maturity
National Defence Authorisation Act, 2020 : A Fact File
The National Defence Authorisation Act of 2020 brought India
at par with the NATO allies of America and other countries like South Korea and
National Defence Authorisation Act is one of the two bills
used by the US Congress to oversee the defence budget of the USA (the other
bill is Defence Appropriation Bill).
It specifies the annual budget and
expenditure of the country’s defence department.
This is a yearly bill. This
bill has been passed by the Congress for 60 years in a row.
This year’s bill
includes mandatory sanctions on Turkey for its acquisition of Russian missile
defence system, renaming of bases that currently honor Confederate leaders from
pro-slavery states, pay raises for service members, etc.