Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed into law the John S. McCain Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2019, which authorizes $719 billion in appropriations and set policies for the Department of Defense and related activities for FY 2019, also known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA is annual, must-pass legislation that expresses Congressional intent for national security policy in the Department of Defense.
In particular, there are four sections in the FY19 NDAA which are relevant to languages and international education: Sections 1263, 1640, 1091, and 1286.
- NDAA Restricts All funding for Confucius Institutes
- Creates of Cyber Institute Partnerships with "Strategic Foreign Language Proficiency" Focus
- Armed Forces to be Evaluated on Critical Language Shortfalls
- New Initiative for Higher Education Institutions Involved with Foreign Talent-Recruitment Programs