NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 1998 (House of Representatives - June 19, 1997)

Subtitle C--Program Authorizations, Restrictions, and Limitations

SEC. 3131. BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE NATIONAL LABORATORY PROGRAM.
(a) Program: The Secretary of Energy shall establish a program for purposes of making available to the Secretary of Defense the expertise of the national laboratories for the ballistic missile defense programs of the Department of Defense.
(b) Task Force: The Secretary of Energy shall conduct the program through a task force consisting of the directors of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Sandia National Laboratories, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The chairmanship of the task force shall rotate each year among the directors of the laboratories. The director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shall serve as the first chairman.
(c) Activities: Under the program, the national laboratories shall carry out those activities necessary to respond to requests for assistance from the Secretary of Defense with respect to the ballistic missile defense programs of the Department of Defense. Such activities may include the identification of technical modifications and test techniques, the analysis of physics problems, the consolidation of range and test activities, and the analysis and simulation of theater missile defense deployment problems.
(d) Funding: Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated by section 3101(a)(1), $50,000,000 shall be available only for the program authorized by this section.

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