“(1)Pilot program authorized.—
The Secretary of Defense may carry out a pilot program to assess the feasibility and advisability of offering a program of instruction for Phase II joint professional military education (JPME II) on an other than in-residence basis.
The pilot program authorized by this subsection shall be carried out at the headquarters of not more than two combatant commands selected by the Secretary for purposes of the pilot program.
“(3)Program of instruction.—
The program of instruction offered under the pilot program authorized by this subsection shall meet the requirements of section 2155 of title 10
, United States Code.
“(4)Report.—Not later than one year before completion of the pilot program authorized by this subsection, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the pilot program. The report shall include the following:
The number of students enrolled at each location under the pilot program.
The number of students who successfully completed the program of instruction under the pilot program and were awarded credit for Phase II joint professional military education.
The assessment of the Secretary regarding the feasibility and advisability of expanding the pilot program to the headquarters of additional combatant commands, or of making the pilot program permanent, and a statement of the legislative or administrative actions required to implement such assessment.
The authority in this subsection to carry out the pilot program shall expire on the date that is five years after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 31, 2011].”