Washington, DC – The Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report which was unveiled last week includes language (Sec. 241) directing the establishment of a new Joint Energetics Transition Office (JETO) within the Department of Defense (DoD).
The provision tasks the JETO with developing a comprehensive energetics strategy, assessing and strengthening the energetics supply chain, and coordinating research, development, testing, and evaluation efforts across the DoD.
The conference report will be voted on by the Senate and House of Representatives later this week. The following is a statement from Executive Director Charlie Zisette:
“On behalf of the more than 1,100 members of the National Armaments Consortium (NAC), I’d like to applaud Congress for recognizing the strategic importance of energetics technologies to our national security. The Joint Energetics Transition Office (JETO) will enable the DoD to organize, strategize, and execute a cohesive energetics strategy moving forward. This will increase the resiliency of our supply chain and help our warfighters dominate the battlefield of today and tomorrow.
“In addition, the FY24 NDAA conference report includes four other energetics-related provisions including:
- Consideration of lethality in the analysis of alternatives for munitions. (Sec. 242)
- A pilot program on incorporation of the CL20 compound into weapons systems. (Sec. 243)
- The limitation of sourcing chemical materials for munitions from specific nations, including China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. (Sec. 244)
- The authority to establish the Defense Industrial Base Munition Surge Capacity Critical Reserve to procure long-lead items and components to accelerate the delivery of certain munitions. (Sec. 245)
“These provisions are critically important developments as we continue our efforts to encourage collaboration among government, industry, and academia to address the important energetics-related challenges facing our nation. The NAC and our members stand ready to support these efforts going forward.”
About the National Armaments Consortium
The National Armaments Consortium (NAC) is the largest collaborative organization working with the DOD to develop armaments and energetics technologies in support of our Nation’s security.
The NAC’s focus: transitioning technology to the warfighter at the pace of need; promoting innovation; recruiting a community of world-class technologists; encouraging collaboration with government, industry, and academia; removing barriers in working with the DoD; promoting nontraditional defense contractor contributions and participation; promoting and enabling the industrial base; supporting the nation’s equities for future capabilities. For more information about the NAC, please visit www.nacconsortium.org.