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AMENDMENT NO.llll

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Purpose: To require a report on military activities to deny or significantly degrade the use of air power against civilian and opposition groups in Syria.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES112th Cong., 2d Sess.

S. 3254 To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes. Referred to the Committee on llllllllll and ordered to be printed Ordered to lie on the table and to be printed AMENDMENT intended to be proposed by Mr. MCCAIN Viz: 1 At the end of subtitle C of title XII, add the fol-

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SEC. 1233. REPORT ON MILITARY ACTIVITIES TO DENY OR SIGNIFICANTLY DEGRADE THE USE OF AIR POWER AGAINST CIVILIAN AND OPPOSITION GROUPS IN SYRIA.

(a) REPORT REQUIRED.Not later than 60 days

8 after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary 9 of Defense shall, in consultation with the Chairman of the 10 Joint Chiefs of Staff, submit to the congressional defense

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2 1 committees a report identifying the limited military activi2 ties that could deny or significantly degrade the ability of 3 President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, and forces loyal to 4 him, to use air power against civilians and opposition 5 groups in Syria. 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 (b) NATURE OF MILITARY ACTIVITIES. (1) PRINCIPAL
PURPOSE.The

principal pur-

pose of the military activities identified for purposes of the report required by subsection (a) shall be to advance the goals of President Obama of stopping the killing of civilians in Syria and creating conditions for a transition to a democratic, pluralistic political system in Syria. (2) ADDITIONAL
GOALS.The

military activi-

ties identified for purposes of the report shall also meet the goals as follows: (A) That the United States Armed Forces conduct such activities with foreign allies or partners. (B) That United States ground troops not be deployed onto Syrian territory. (C) That the risk to civilians on the ground in Syria be limited. (D) That the risks to United States military personnel be limited.

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3 1 2 3 4 (E) That the financial costs to the United States be limited. (c) ELEMENTS
TIES.The ON

POTENTIAL MILITARY ACTIVI-

report required by subsection (a) shall include

5 a comprehensive description, evaluation, and assessment 6 of the potential effectiveness of the following military ac7 tivities, as required by subsection (a): 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 (1) The deployment of air defense systems, such as Patriot missile batteries, to neighboring countries for the purpose of denying or significantly degrading the operational capability of Syria aircraft. (2) The establishment of one or more no-fly zones over key population centers in Syria. (3) Limited air strikes to destroy or significantly degrade Syria aircraft. (4) Such other military activities as the Secretary considers appropriate to achieve the goals stated in subsection (b). (d) ELEMENTS
IN

DESCRIPTION

OF

POTENTIAL

21 MILITARY ACTIVITIES.For each military activity that 22 the Secretary identifies in subsection (c), the comprehen23 sive description of such activities under that subsection 24 shall include, but not be limited to, the type and the num25 ber of United States military personnel and assets to be

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4 1 involved in such activities, the anticipated duration of such 2 activities, and the anticipated cost of such activities. The 3 report shall also identify what elements would be required 4 to maximize the effectiveness of such military activities. 5 (e) NO AUTHORIZATION
FOR

USE

OF

MILITARY

6 FORCE.Nothing in this section shall be construed as a 7 declaration or war or an authorization for the use of force.