DUGWAY PROVING GROUND,Utah - In a statement released on The White House website Dec. 27, 2021, President Joseph Biden said, “I have signed into law S. 1605, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022.”

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The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 touches on a wide range of subjects. Several of the topics relate directly to Dugway Proving Ground as a remote military installation.

In addition to numerous quality of life provisions for remote military installations, the Act has an eight million dollar budget increase for Test and Evaluation facilities. It also states that the Secretary of Defense will identify Major Range and Test Facility Bases with hypersonic test capabilities and there will be an increase in remote site pay allowance for eligible personnel at remote installations. The pay increase will begin on the first day of the first pay period beginning after the date the pay recommendation is submitted, which is due no later than March 31, 2022.

Regarding the quality of life provisions, section 568 of the Act states: Not later than April 1, 2022, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretaries of the military departments, shall develop a uniform policy for how to identify remote military installations; and assess and manage challenges associated with remote military installations. The challenges under consideration include:

(1) Activities and facilities for the morale, welfare, and

recreation of members of the Armed Forces.

(2) Availability of housing, located on and off remote

military installations.

(3) Educational services for dependents of members of the

Armed Forces, located on and off remote military installations.

(4) Availability of health care.

(5) Employment opportunities for military spouses.

(6) Risks associated with having insufficient support

services for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.

No later than July 1, 2022, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report setting forth quality of life recommendations for remote military installations.