Combatant commands: funding through the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff
From funds made available in any fiscal year for the budget account in the Department of Defense known as the “Combatant Commander Initiative Fund”, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff may provide funds to the commander of a combatant command, upon the request of the commander, or, with respect to a geographic area or areas not within the area of responsibility of a commander of a combatant command, to an officer designated by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for such purpose. The Chairman may provide such funds for any of the activities named in subsection (b).
Combatant Commander Initiative Fund.—
Activities for which funds may be provided under subsection (a) are the following:
Command and control.
Joint exercises (including activities of participating foreign countries).
Humanitarian and civic assistance, in coordination with the relevant chief of mission to the extent practicable, to include urgent and unanticipated humanitarian relief and reconstruction assistance.
Military education and training to military and related civilian personnel of foreign countries (including transportation, translation, and administrative expenses).
Personnel expenses of defense personnel for bilateral or regional cooperation programs.
Joint warfighting capabilities.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in considering requests for funds in the Combatant Commander Initiative Fund, should give priority consideration to—
requests for funds to be used for activities that would enhance the war fighting capability, readiness, and sustainability of the forces assigned to the commander requesting the funds;
the provision of funds to be used for activities with respect to an area or areas not within the area of responsibility of a commander of a combatant command that would reduce the threat to, or otherwise increase, the national security of the United States; and
the provision of funds to be used for urgent and unanticipated humanitarian relief and reconstruction assistance, particularly in a foreign country where the armed forces are engaged in a contingency operation.
Any amount provided by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during any fiscal year out of the Combatant Commander Initiative Fund for an activity referred to in subsection (b) shall be in addition to amounts otherwise available for that activity for that fiscal year.
Relationship to Other Funding.—
Of funds made available under this section for any fiscal year—
not more than $20,000,000 may be used to purchase items with a unit cost in excess of $250,000;
not more than $10,000,000 may be used to pay for any expenses of foreign countries participating in joint exercises as authorized by subsection (b)(5); and
not more than $5,000,000 may be used to provide military education and training (including transportation, translation, and administrative expenses) to military and related civilian personnel of foreign countries as authorized by subsection (b)(7).
Funds may not be provided under this section for any activity that has been denied authorization by Congress.
For purposes of this section, the Commander, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command shall be considered to be a commander of a combatant command.
Inclusion of NORAD.—
(Added Pub. L. 102–190, div. A, title IX, § 902(a), Dec. 5, 1991, 105 Stat. 1450; amended Pub. L. 102–396, title IX, § 9128, Oct. 6, 1992, 106 Stat. 1935; Pub. L. 102–484, div. A, title IX, § 934, Oct. 23, 1992, 106 Stat. 2477; Pub. L. 103–35, title II, § 201(a), May 31, 1993, 107 Stat. 97; Pub. L. 105–85, div. A, title IX, § 902, Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 1854; Pub. L. 108–136, div. A, title IX, § 902(a)(2), (b), (c), Nov. 24, 2003, 117 Stat. 1558; Pub. L. 109–364, div. A, title IX, § 902, Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2351; Pub. L. 111–84, div. A, title IX, § 904, Oct. 28, 2009, 123 Stat. 2424; Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title VIII, § 833(b)(1)(C), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2284.)