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TITLE IIó RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST, AND EVALUATION

 

House Conference Report 109-360

SEC. 260. DELAYED EFFECTIVE DATE FOR LIMITATION ON PROCUREMENT OF SYSTEMS NOT GPS-EQUIPPED.

    (a) Delayed Effective Date- Section 152(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 (10 U.S.C. 2281 note) is amended by striking `After September 30, 2005' and inserting `After September 30, 2007'.

    (b) Ratification of Actions- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall be deemed to have taken effect at the close of September 30, 2005, and any obligation or expenditure of funds by the Department of Defense during the period beginning on October 1, 2005, and ending on the date of the enactment of this Act to modify or procure a Department of Defense aircraft, ship, armored vehicle, or indirect-fire weapon system that is not equipped with a Global Positioning System receiver is hereby ratified with respect to the provision of law specified in subsection (a).

Delayed effective date for limitation on procurement of systems not GPS-equipped (sec. 260)

The Senate amendment contained a provision (sec. 247) that would delay the effective date by which the military services must complete equipping their forces with the global positioning system (GPS) from 2005 to 2007.

The House bill contained no similar provision.

The House recedes with a technical amendment.

The conferees recognize that the Department of Defense is still working toward compliance with section 152(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 (Public Law 103-160) with regard to equipping all aircraft, ships, armored vehicles, and indirect fire systems with GPS capability. The current program calls for Army compliance by the end of fiscal year 2007 and for Air Force compliance in fiscal year 2015. The conferees believe there may not be value added to modifying certain platforms currently planned for modification after 2007. Therefore, the conferees direct the Secretary of Defense to perform an assessment of all Department of Defense aircraft, ships, armored vehicles, and indirect fire system that will not be equipped with GPS capability by the end of fiscal year 2007 to determine whether the operational value of modifying each system with GPS is worth the cost of so doing. A report of the results of this assessment is due to the congressional defense committees by February 1, 2007.

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