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In a quiet affair without fanfare, President Barack Obama signed into law the $633 billion Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on 31 December while vacationing in his home state of Hawaii. While not an appropriations act providing the funding to pay for the provisions contained in the law, the NDAA does outline the specific projects and programs the Department of Defense (DoD) is authorized to pursue. Actual funding authorization will be included in an appropriations bill yet to be finalized.
The Marine Corps plans to deploy the V22 to Japan in August 2012[/caption]On 29 June, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced that a squadron of Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys will be deployed to Okinawa as planned, but will not engage in flight operations until investigations into two recent crashes are completed.