H. Rept. 107-771: Expressing the Sense of Congress Concerning the Fiscal Year 2003 End Strengths Needed for the Armed Forces to Fight the War on Terrorism, Report together with Additional Views to Accompany H.R. 5132, November 4, 2002 [open pdf - 75KB]
"The Committee on Armed Services, to whom was referred the bill (H.R. 5132) to express the sense of Congress concerning the fiscal year 2003 end strengths needed for the Armed Forces to fight the War on Terrorism, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with an amendment and recommend that the bill as amended do pass. […] The purpose of H.R. 5132 is to express the sense of Congress that, in light of the global war against terrorism: the increases in military personnel end strengths recommended by the Senate and House of Representatives in their respective versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 are appropriate and justified, the President and Secretary of Defense should not reduce end strengths, and the President should support the recommended end strength increases. H.R. 5132 is a direct outgrowth of the committee's long-standing concerns about the inadequacy of the force structure and strength of the Armed Forces for carrying out the national military strategy, while also trying to sustain their long-term readiness and viability. Such concerns predate the September 11, 2001, commencement of the Nation's global war on terrorism. For example, committee initiatives led to the establishment of minimum end strength levels for each of the military services in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996, Public Law 104-106. More recently, a majority of committee Members in an August 2001 letter expressed to the Secretary of Defense their strong opposition to any effort to reduce Army force structure."
H. Rept. 107-771; House Report 107-771
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