Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 114 Part 3.djvu/88

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114 STAT. 1654A-46 PUBLIC LAW 106-398—APPENDIX SEC. 249. DEFINITION. For purposes of this subtitle, the term "high energy laser" means a laser that has average power in excess of one kilowatt and that has potential weapons applications. SEC. 250. REVIEW OF DEFENSE-WIDE DIRECTED ENERGY PROGRAMS. (a) EVALUATION. —The Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology, shall evaluate expansion of the High Energy Laser management structure specified in section 242 for possible inclusion in that management structure of science and technology programs in related areas, including the following: (1) High power microwave technologies. (2) Low energy and nonlethal laser technologies. (3) Other directed energy technologies. (b) CONSIDERATION OF PRIOR STUDY.— The evaluation under subsection (a) shall take into consideration the July 1999 Department of Defense study on streamlining and coordinating science and technology and research, development, test, and evaluation within the Department of Defense. (c) REPORT. — The Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the findings of the evaluation under subsection (a). The report shall be submitted not later than March 15, 2001. Subtitle E—Other Matters SEC. 251. REPORTS ON MOBILE OFFSHORE BASE CONCEPT AND POTENTIAL USE FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES OF TECH- NOLOGIES ASSOCIATED WITH THAT CONCEPT. (a) REPORT ON MERITS OF MOBILE OFFSHORE BASE CONCEPT.— Not later than March 1, 2001, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the mobile offshore base concept. The report shall include the following: (1) A cost-benefit analysis of the mobile offshore base, using operational concepts that would support the National Military Strategy. (2) A recommendation regarding whether to proceed with the mobile offshore base as a program and, if so— (A) a statement regarding which of the Armed Forces is to be designated to have the lead responsibility for the program; and (B) a schedule for the program. (b) REPORT ON POTENTIAL USE FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES OF ASSO- CIATED TECHNOLOGIES.—Not later than March 1, 2001, the Secretary of the Navy shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the potential use of technologies associated with the mobile offshore base concept. The report shall include an assessment of the potential application and feasibility of using existing technologies, including those technologies associated with the mobile offshore base concept, to a sea-based landing platform for support of naval aviation training. SEC. 252. AIR FORCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PLANNING. (a) REQUIREMENT FOR REVIEW.— The Secretary of the Air Force shall conduct a review of the long-term challenges and short-term objectives of the Air Force science and technology programs. The