Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Kaufman Applauds Committee Passage of Defense Authorization Bill

Three Kaufman provisions related to Afghanistan included in final bill

May 27, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed his support for the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Authorization Bill, which the committee passed this evening by a vote of 18-10. The bill authorized more than $700 billion in funding for the Department of Defense and the men and women of the Armed Forces. Three Kaufman provisions related to counterinsurgency and Afghanistan were also included in the final bill.

“I am honored to serve on the Armed Services Committee and pleased to have participated in this thorough mark-up process,” said Kaufman upon passage of the bill.  “I applaud Chairman Levin for his commitment and leadership, and believe we have completed a bill that meets U.S. defense policy priorities, secures our domestic and international interests, supports the brave men and women in uniform, and addresses the needs of our military.  I am also pleased that the final bill includes key provisions which will strengthen our ability to engage in counterinsurgency operations globally, especially in Afghanistan.”

The first Kaufman amendment expresses support for ongoing integrated training with the military for all civilians deploying to the field in Afghanistan – a program that Kaufman highlighted in last year’s Supplemental spending bill and Defense Appropriations.  

The second Kaufman amendment emphasizes the importance of research and development, procurement, and fielding of non-lethal weapons, given their ability to reduce military and civilian casualties, and improve military mission accomplishment and effectiveness in counterinsurgency operations. 

The final amendment, which Kaufman introduced with Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Scott Brown (R-MA), highlights ongoing problems with the training of the Afghan National Police and requires three reports to expose inefficiencies in Afghan police training, review U.S. government oversight of contractors implementing the police training mission in Afghanistan, and assess the U.S. strategy for global police training and rule of law programs.    




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