Washington D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith and Chairman Mac Thornberry took an important step this week to begin the legislative process for crafting the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, by introducing H.R. 4909, the “by request” version of the bill.

This procedural measure is traditionally the first step in the legislative process for the NDAA. The legislation filed this week does not reflect any substantive work by the Armed Services Committee. Rather, provisions contained in the bill reflect legislative proposals submitted by the Department of Defense. When the Committee meets to consider the FY17 NDAA, the content of H.R. 4909 will be struck and replaced with subcommittee and full committee proposals. The full NDAA schedule is as follows:

Fiscal Year 2017


Wednesday, April 20

  • 11:30 AM - Subcommittee on Military Personnel
  • 1:30 PM - Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
  • 3:00 PM - Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

Thursday, April 21

  • 9:30 AM - Subcommittee on Readiness
  • 11:00 AM - Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • 12:00 PM - Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Wednesday, April 27

  • 10:00 AM - Full Committee