NDAA extends Sasse’s Cyberspace Solarium Commission and includes Intelligence Committee’s Intelligence Authorization Act.

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2020, which extends Sasse’s Cyberspace Solarium Commission and includes the Intelligence Committee’s partially-classified Intelligence Authorization Act.

"This defense bill works to make sure that America has the upper hand in cyberconflicts,” said Senator Sasse. “We’re not going to be refighting our grandfathers’ wars: 21st century warfare is going to combine cyberattacks with traditional air, land, and sea battles. This year’s defense bill includes my work with Senator King to extend the Cyber Solarium Commission that I jumpstarted last year. The commission is doing serious work to draft a cyber doctrine and this defense bill keeps that momentum going. 

“As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I’m proud that the Intelligence Authorization Act is also included in this bill. The committee works behind closed doors to address some of the most urgent and complex threats facing the United States. The Intelligence Authorization Act makes sure that our intelligence community deters our enemies abroad, defends critical infrastructure at home, and tackles a wide range of threats – everything from the return of competing powers like China and Russia to the new domain of cyberwar.”

Background: 

Sec. 1639 of the NDAA extends the authorities for the Cyberspace Solarium Commission which was established last year. 

The NDAA also includes the partially-classified Intelligence Authorization Act which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence completed earlier this year.