NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) program: authority of Secretary of Defense
(a)Authority Under AWACS Program.—The Secretary of Defense, in carrying out an AWACS memorandum of understanding, may do the following:
(1) Waive reimbursement for the cost of the following functions performed by personnel other than personnel employed in the United States Air Force Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) program office:
Planning, programming, and management services.
Waive any surcharge for administrative services otherwise chargeable.
(3) In connection with that Program, assume contingent liability for—
program losses resulting from the gross negligence of any contracting officer of the United States;
identifiable taxes, customs duties, and other charges levied within the United States on the program; and
the United States share of the unfunded termination liability.
(b)Contract Authority Limitation.—
Authority under this section to enter into contracts shall be effective for any fiscal year only to such extent or in such amounts as are provided in appropriation Acts.
(c)Definition.—In this section, the term “AWACS memorandum of understanding” means—
the Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Ministers of Defence on the NATO E–3A Cooperative Programme, signed by the Secretary of Defense on December 6, 1978;
the Memorandum of Understanding for Operations and Support of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force, signed by the United States Ambassador to NATO on September 26, 1984;
the Addendum to the Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Ministers of Defence on the NATO E–3A Cooperative Programme (dated December 6, 1978) relating to the modernization of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control (NAEW&C) System, dated December 7, 1990; and
any other follow-on support agreement for the NATO E–3A Cooperative Programme.
(Added Pub. L. 101–189, div. A, title IX
, § 932(a)(1), Nov. 29, 1989
, 103 Stat. 1536
; amended Pub. L. 102–190, div. A, title X
, § 1051, Dec. 5, 1991
, 105 Stat. 1470
; Pub. L. 103–160, div. A, title XIV
, § 1413, Nov. 30, 1993
, 107 Stat. 1829
1993—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 103–160 struck out subsec. (d) which read as follows: “Expiration.—The authority provided by this section expires on September 30, 1993.”
1991—Subsec. (c)(3), (4). Pub. L. 102–190, § 1051(1), added par. (3) and redesignated former par. (3) as (4).
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 102–190, § 1051(2), substituted “1993” for “1991”.
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