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PUBLIC LAW 100-000—MMMM. DD, 1988

PUBLIC LAW 100-456—SEPT. 29, 1988

102 STAT. 2005

(2) the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, and the headquarters of the unified and specified combatant commands should more clearly define the necessary operational capabilities and concepts of operations as part of the requirements process and should explicitly consider alternative acquisition programs based on probable levels of resources likely to be approved by Congress and trade-offs among the acquisition programs of the military departments; (3) the Secretary of Defense should ensure that resulting acquisition programs clearly reflect the objectives of national military strategy; and (4) the Secretary of Defense should commission an independent study to assess the degree to which the development and acquisition of weapon systems is currently linked to and determined by the national military strategy and to recommend improvements where necessary or desirable. SEC. 733. REPORT ON FUNDING FOR THE AMMUNITION PRODUCTION BASE

(a) SENSE OF CONGRESS.—It is the sense of Congress— (1) that the maintenance of the inactive portion of the Government-owned ammunition production base is critical to the defense of the United States; and (2) that sufficient funding should be provided to maintain this base to meet surge requirements and mobilization requirements of the military departments. (b) STUDY OF ALTERNATIVES.—The Secretary of Defense shall study alternatives to the current method of providing funds for maintenance of the ammunition production base in order to determine if there are methods other than the current one which would better ensure that appropriate levels of funds are used for the maintenance of that production base. (c) REPORT.—The Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the alternative methods considered by the Secretary under subsection (b) for providing funds for the simmunition production base. The Secretary shall include in the report such comments and recommendations with respect to such methods, including recommendations for legislation, as the Secretary considers appropriate. The report shall be submitted not later than December 1, 1988. SEC. 734. SENSE OF CONGRESS CONCERNING DECLASSIFICATION OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

It is the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Defense should take all reasonable measures to declassify classified material under the control of the Department of Defense that the Secretary determines to be no longer required in the interest of national security to be protected from unauthorized disclosure. SEC. 735. ADVANCE PAYMENTS OF ADMINISTRATIVE CLAIMS

(a) INCREASE IN MAXIMUM PAYMENT.—Subsection (a) of section 2736 of title 10, United States Code, is amended to read as follows: "(a)(1) In the case of a person who is injured or killed, or whose property is damaged or lost, under circumstances for which the Secretary of a military department is authorized by law to allow a claim, the Secretary of the military department concerned may