10 U.S. Code § 1051a - Liaison officers of certain foreign nations; administrative services and support; travel, subsistence, medical care, and other personal expenses
(a) Authority.— The Secretary of Defense may provide administrative services and support for the performance of duties by a liaison officer of another nation involved in a military operation with the United States while the liaison officer is assigned temporarily as follows:
(1) To the headquarters of a combatant command, component command, or subordinate operational command of the United States in connection with the planning for, or conduct of, a military operation.
(b) Travel, Subsistence, and Medical Care Expenses.—
(1) The Secretary may pay the expenses specified in paragraph (2) of a liaison officer of a developing country in connection with the assignment of that officer to the headquarters of a combatant command as described in subsection (a), if the assignment is requested by the commander of the combatant command.
(2) Expenses of a liaison officer that may be paid under paragraph (1) in connection with an assignment described in that paragraph are the following:
(B) Personal expenses directly necessary to carry out the duties of that officer in connection with that assignment.
(C) Expenses for medical care at a civilian medical facility if—
(i) adequate medical care is not available to the liaison officer at a local military medical treatment facility;
(ii) the Secretary determines that payment of such medical expenses is necessary and in the best interests of the United States; and
(3) The Secretary may pay the mission-related travel expenses of a liaison officer described in subsection (a) if such travel is in support of the national interests of the United States and the commander of the headquarters to which the liaison officer is temporarily assigned directs round-trip travel from the assigned headquarters to one or more locations.
(c) Reimbursement.— To the extent that the Secretary determines appropriate, the Secretary may provide the services and support authorized by subsection (a) and the expenses authorized by subsection (b) with or without reimbursement from (or on behalf of) the recipients.
Source(Added Pub. L. 107–314, div. A, title XII, § 1201(a)(1),Dec. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 2662; amended Pub. L. 109–13, div. A, title I, § 1010,May 11, 2005, 119 Stat. 244; Pub. L. 109–163, div. A, title XII, § 1205,Jan. 6, 2006, 119 Stat. 3456; Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title XII, § 1203(a)–(e)(1), Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 364, 365; Pub. L. 111–84, div. A, title XII, § 1205(a),Oct. 28, 2009, 123 Stat. 2514.)
2009—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 111–84substituted “assigned temporarily as follows:” for “assigned temporarily”, designated remainder of existing provisions as par. (1) and realigned margins, substituted “To the headquarters” for “to the headquarters”, and added par. (2).
2008—Pub. L. 110–181, § 1203(e)(1), amended section catchline generally, substituting “Liaison officers of certain foreign nations; administrative services and support; travel, subsistence, medical care, and other personal expenses” for “Coalition liaison officers: administrative services and support; travel, subsistence, and other personal expenses”.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110–181, § 1203(a), substituted “involved in a military operation” for “involved in a coalition” and “military operation” for “coalition operation”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 110–181, § 1203(b)(1), substituted “, Subsistence, and Medical Care” for “and Subsistence” in heading.
Subsec. (b)(2)(C). Pub. L. 110–181, § 1203(b)(2), added subpar. (C).
Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 110–181, § 1203(b)(3), added par. (3).
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 110–181, § 1203(c), substituted “Definition” for “Definitions” in heading, redesignated par. (1) as subsec. (d), and struck out par. (2) which read as follows: “The term “coalition” means an ad hoc arrangement between or among the United States and one or more other nations for common action.”
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 110–181, § 1203(d), struck out heading and text of subsec. (e). Text read as follows: “The authority under this section shall expire on September 30, 2007.”
2006—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 109–163, which directed amendment of subsec. (e) by substituting “September 30, 2007” for “September 30, 2005”, was executed by making the substitution for “December 31, 2005”, to reflect the probable intent of Congress and the amendment by Pub. L. 109–13. See note below.
2005—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 109–13substituted “December 31, 2005” for “September 30, 2005”.
Effective Date of 2009 Amendment
Pub. L. 111–84, div. A, title XII, § 1205(b),Oct. 28, 2009, 123 Stat. 2514, provided that: “Paragraph (2) of section 1051a (a) of title 10, United States Code (as added by subsection (a)), shall take effect on October 1, 2009, or the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 28, 2009], whichever is later.”
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