rting Requirements
This amendment requires the Department of Defense to include child abuse reporting statistics in its Family Advocacy Reports.

“I’ve been alarmed by reports of increased child abuse in military families. One of the first steps to fully understand the scope of this problem is through surveys and data collection. With this new information, we can take commonsense steps to combat abuse and neglect.”

Clarification of Gross Human Rights Definition to Stop Child Abuse
This amendment clarifies the meaning of the Leahy amendment to further define gross human rights violations. As reported by the New York Times in September 2015, soldiers were told to ignore the systemic sexual abuse of boys by members of the Afghan military, and the U.S. military was unable to do anything about it. The Leahy Amendment is a current law that prevents the United States from providing military assistance to a foreign country if that country has committed a "gross violation of human rights.” This amendment ensures that “gross violation of human rights” includes sexual abuse of children.

“Our troops should not be forced to stand by as foreign soldiers boast of sexually abusing children. The United States should not and cannot support foreign militaries that allow this horrible conduct to take place.”

Gender Grant Reporting
This amendment directs the Under Secretary to brief the Committee on efforts to improve demographic data collection in grant awards.

“Last December, the GAO found that parts of the Department of Defense did not collect complete demographic data on its grant recipients. This data is necessary to assess whether women and other demographic groups have truly equal access to funding opportunities throughout the DoD. Ensuring equal access to grants is good business: It means we know DoD is allocating funding to the best recipients possible, regardless of who they are.”


Lifting Facilities Ban on Access to Abortion for Servicemembers
This amendment would enable servicemembers and their dependents to receive abortion services at defense medical facilities (MTFs) if they personally provide funding. Since 1996, federal law has prohibited DoD from providing abortion care at MTFs except in cases of rape, incest, and when a woman’s life is endangered.

“It is ridiculous that servicewomen are less able to exercise their constitutional right to an abortion than the civilian women they fight to protect. Women who are deployed or are abroad to support their loved ones deserve access to this important healthcare option.”



CTE Brain Injury Research Funding
Directs $25 million of the funds allocated for the Defense Health Program Advanced Development for Research to be spent for the purpose of grants to researchers pursuing early detection of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.  

“Ever since Dr. Bennet Omalu joined me for this year’s State of the Union Address, I have been concerned with the dangers of repetitive head injuries for our soldiers. The dangers of CTE are not confined to football or boxing: Exposure to explosive ordinance such as roadside IEDs mean that our servicemembers are exposed to brain trauma at higher rates than ever before. These grants will be an important step toward early detection and eventual treatment of CTE.”

Brain Donation Notification for Research
This amendment requires the Department of Defense to notify servicemembers during discharge processing of the option to opt into donating their brains for research after death. These brain donations go to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-Boston University Brain Donation Registry for research into traumatic brain injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

“DoD estimates that 300,000 servicemembers have been diagnosed with a TBI. We need to push the frontiers of brain science to protect servicemembers from this far too mysterious health threat. Brain and spinal cord donations are essential for research in brain science, from CTE to concussions to PTSD. I applaud my colleagues for passing this commonsense amendment.”

Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) Funding and Reporting
DIUx was created last year to build partnerships between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the private commercial tech sector. Utilizing the innovative talent in areas such as Silicon Valley, DIUx breaks down the divide between our military leaders and industry leaders, providing talented innovators and entrepreneurs direct access and communication with our military leaders. This amendment funds DIUx at the President’s budget request, $44.665 million for FY2017, as well as requires DIUx to report to Congress on progress, mission success measurements, and how it plans to expand to other talent areas such as Boston and Austin.

“The battlefield of tomorrow will hold unexpected challenges for our warfighters, and preparing our troops with the most cutting edge support will ensure we give our forces the best support we can. By creating an accessible one stop shop, where innovation can connect directly to DoD needs, we can eliminate the wall that exists between the best and brightest of private innovation and billions of dollars of DoD research and development.”

Prioritizing Cybersecurity
This amendment expands a cybersecurity report to cover the cybersecurity of subcontractors, including a classified explanation of DOD’s reported policy to, “move toward a posture which tries harder to protect our information,” because they’re worried about hacks.

“The Defense Department’s network is only as strong as its weakest link – unfortunately, that link is often in our subcontractor base. All you need to do is look at China’s J-31, which looks virtually identical to our F-35. This is no accident: The J-31 is designed using technology stolen from our F-35 program. We need to ensure that subcontractors are doing everything they can to protect our networks, our weapon system schematics, and weapon system software.”  

Red Team Staffing
This amendment directs the Department to ensure it maintains a supply of qualified Cyber Red Team operators to maintain cybersecurity readiness.

“We need to attract and retain qualified Cyber Red Team operators to ensure we’re ready for the threats of tomorrow. I am glad the committee recognizes the importance of these experts.”