10 U.S. Code § 2373 - Procurement for experimental purposes

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(a) Authority.—
The Secretary of Defense and the Secretaries of the military departments may each buy ordnance, signal, chemical activity, transportation, energy, medical, space-flight, telecommunications, and aeronautical supplies, including parts and accessories, and designs thereof, that the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary concerned considers necessary for experimental or test purposes in the development of the best supplies that are needed for the national defense.
(b) Procedures.—
Purchases under this section may be made inside or outside the United States and by contract or otherwise. Chapter 137 of this title applies only when such purchases are made in quantities greater than necessary for experimentation, technical evaluation, assessment of operational utility, or safety or to provide a residual operational capability.
Transfer of Section

Pub. L. 116–283, div. A, title XVIII, §§ 1801(d), 1841(b)(1), Jan. 1, 2021, 134 Stat. 4151, 4243, provided that, effective Jan. 1, 2022, with additional provisions for delayed implementation and applicability of existing law, this section is transferred to chapter 301 of this title, as added by section 1841(a) of Pub. L. 116–283, inserted after the table of sections, and redesignated as section 4004 of this title. See Effective Date of 2021 Amendment note below.

Prior Provisions

Provisions similar to those in this section were contained in sections 4504 and 9504 of this title, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 103–160, § 822(c)(2).

Amendments

2018—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 115–232 inserted “telecommunications,” after “space-flight,”.

2015—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 114–92, § 814(a), inserted “transportation, energy, medical, space-flight,” before “and aeronautical supplies”.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 114–92, § 814(b), substituted “only when such purchases are made in quantities greater than necessary for experimentation, technical evaluation, assessment of operational utility, or safety or to provide a residual operational capability” for “only when such purchases are made in quantity”.

1996—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 104–106 inserted “only” after “applies” in second sentence.

1994—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103–337 substituted “chemical activity, and aeronautical supplies,” for “and chemical activity supplies,”.

Effective Date of 2021 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 116–283 effective Jan. 1, 2022, with additional provisions for delayed implementation and applicability of existing law, see section 1801(d) of Pub. L. 116–283, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.