Bennet Secures Measures to Strengthen National Security and Defense Efforts in Senate-Passed National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced four of his measures to strengthen national security and defense efforts were included in the final 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the Senate today.

The Bennet-led measures include:  

Bennet also introduced an amendment to authorize the U.S. Air Force to reimburse local water districts for actions they took to treat and mitigate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in drinking water. He will continue to push for its inclusion as the process moves forward.

Also, included in the NDAA was the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020 passed out of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on a bipartisan vote in May.

Bennet-backed measures to the bill, which improves the Intelligence Community’s ability to defend the United States, include:  

  • Addressing technological threats from China and other nations by requiring assessments of the threat to U.S. national security posed by global adoption of 5G technology built by foreign companies and possible U.S.-led mitigation efforts, and of predatory and anticompetitive foreign economic influence.  
  • Enhancing access to innovation by requiring a report on the development of multi-use sensitive compartmented facilities where multiple companies can securely work on multiple projects at different security levels and on options for co-use and shared workspace environments such as: innovation, incubation, catalyst, and accelerator environments.