PUBLIC LAW 102-190—DEC. 5, 1991 105 STAT. 1461 ment of JSTARS aircraft in the quantities, and at the rate, necessary to meet the operational needs of the commanders of the unified commands at the earliest practicable date. (4) That any subsequent reduction in the procurement objective for the JSTARS aircraft program from the levels certified pursuant to paragraph (3) will be established solely on the basis of reduced war fighting requirements identified by the commanders of the unified commands. (5) That there are no technical limitations with the JSTARS aircraft program that would otherwise necessitate a change in the schedule for fielding the JSTARS aircraft under the program. (c) CONSULTATION. —Before submitting a certification pursuant to subsection (b), the Secretary of Defense shall consult with the commanders of the unified commands, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition regarding the matters to be certified. The certification shall include a certification by the Secretary that the Secretary has consulted with those officers. (d) INAPPLICABILITY DURING FISCAL YEAR 1992.— Section 1439 of such Act, as amended by subsection (a), shall not apply during fiscal year 1992. PART D—MATTERS RELATED TO ALLIES AND OTHER NATIONS SEC. 1041. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING UNITED STATES TROOPS IN EUROPE. It is the sense of Congress that— (1) the United States has a strong interest in continuing and strengthening the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to preserve world peace and security and to aid in the transition to a Europe that is whole and free; (2) the United States should work with its NATO allies to adapt NATO to better respond to the changing world situation, which includes— (A) the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact as a military and political alliance; (B) the reduction in the threat of attack on western Europe posed by the Soviet Union; (C) the reduction in the amount of financial resources that the United States is able to devote to defense spending; and (D) the improved ability of other member nations of NATO to carry a greater share of the common NATO defense burden; (3) barring unforeseen developments which result in a substantial increase in the threat to the national security of the United States, the Armed Forces should plan for an end strength level of members of the Armed Forces assigned to permanent duty ashore in European member nations of NATO that should not exceed approximately 100,000 members by the end of fiscal year 1995; and (4) a principal function of the members so sissigned should be to facilitate the rapid and large-scale reception of reinforcing United States troops in the event of a military necessity.
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