Tech amendments in the House NDAA


Tech amendments in the House NDAA


Debate over the 2020 defense authorization bill is headed to the House floor with more than 400 amendments. Several tech amendments were included in the bill touching on cyber (especially related to the workforce), algorithmic bias, developing cybersecurity policies for small and mid-tier manufacturers and software acquisition.

Here’s a quick rundown:

Creating a new quantum center. An amendment submitted by Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.) directs the Pentagon and Air Force to stand up a Quantum Information Science Innovation Center and calls for $10 million to get it started.

Limiting algorithmic bias. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) issued an amendment that inserts language that requires “emerging technologies procured and used by the military will be tested for algorithmic bias and potential discriminatory outcomes.”

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