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10 U.S. Code § 127f - Expenditure of funds for clandestine activities that support operational preparation of the environment

(a) Authority.—
Subject to subsections (b) through (d), the Secretary of Defense may expend up to $15,000,000 in any fiscal year for clandestine activities for any purpose the Secretary determines to be proper for preparation of the environment for operations of a confidential nature. Such a determination is final and conclusive upon the accounting officers of the United States. The Secretary may certify the amount of any such expenditure authorized by the Secretary that the Secretary considers advisable not to specify, and the Secretary’s certificate is sufficient voucher for the expenditure of that amount.
(b) Funds.—
Funds for expenditures under this section in a fiscal year shall be derived from amounts authorized to be appropriated for that fiscal year for operation and maintenance, Defense-wide.
(c) Limitation on Delegation.—
The Secretary of Defense may not delegate the authority under this section with respect to any expenditure in excess of $250,000.
(d) Exclusion of Intelligence Activities.—
This section does not constitute authority to conduct, or expend funds for, intelligence, counterintelligence, or intelligence-related activities.
In this subsection, the terms “intelligence” and “counterintelligence” have the meaning given those terms in section 3 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3003).
(e) Quarterly Briefing.—On a quarterly basis, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, in coordination with elements of the Department of Defense that the Assistant Secretary determines appropriate, shall provide to the congressional defense committees a briefing outlining the clandestine activities carried out pursuant to subsection (a) during the period covered by the briefing, including—
an update on such activities carried out in each geographic combatant command and a description of how such activities support the respective theater campaign plan;
an overview of the authorities and legal issues, including limitations, relating to such activities; and
any other matters the Assistant Secretary considers appropriate.
(f) Annual Report.—Not later than December 31 each year, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on expenditures made under this section during the fiscal year preceding the year in which the report is submitted. Each report shall include, for each expenditure under this section during the fiscal year covered by such report—
the amount and date of such expenditure;
a detailed description of the purpose for which such expenditure was made;
an explanation why other authorities available to the Department of Defense could not be used for such expenditure; and
any other matters the Secretary considers appropriate.
(g) Non-Conventional Assisted Recovery Capabilities.—
Funding used to establish, develop, and maintain non-conventional assisted recovery capabilities under this section may only be obligated and expended with the concurrence of the relevant Chief of Mission or Chiefs of Mission.
Editorial Notes

2022—Subsecs. (e) to (g). Pub. L. 117–263 added subsec. (e) and redesignated former subsecs. (e) and (f) as (f) and (g), respectively.

2021—Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 117–81 added subsec. (f).