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Download as PDF pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES 2970 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 6 / Tuesday, January 10, 2017 / Notices processes visible EO and IR spectrum to detect and image objects. c. AN/AQQ–2(V)1 Acoustic System. The Acoustic sensor system is integrated within the mission system as the primary sensor for the aircraft ASW missions. The system has multi-static active coherent (MAC) 64 sonobuoy processing capability and acoustic sensor prediction tools. d. AN/APY–10 Radar. The aircraft radar is a direct derivative of the legacy AN/APS- 137(V) installed in the P–3C. The radar capabilities include GPS selective availability anti-spoofing, SAR and ISAR imagery resolutions, and periscope detection mode. e. ALQ–240 Electronic Support Measures (ESM). This system provides real time capability for the automatic detection, location, measurement, and analysis of RF-signals and modes. Real time results are compared with a library of known emitters to perform emitter classification and specific emitter identification (SEI). f. Electronic Warfare Self Protection (EWSP). The aircraft EWSP consists of the ALQ–213 Electronic Warfare Management System (EWMS), ALE–47 Countermeasures Dispensing System (CMDS), and the AN/AAQ–24 Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM)/AAR–54 Missile Warning Sensors (MWS). The EWSP includes threat information. 3. If a technologically advanced adversary was to obtain access of the P– SA specific hardware and software elements, systems could be reverse engineered to discover USN capabilities and tactics. The consequences of the loss of this technology, to a technologically advanced or competent adversary, could result in the development of countermeasures or equivalent systems, which could reduce system effectiveness or be used in the development of a system with similar advanced capabilities. 4. A determination has been made that the recipient government can provide substantially the same degree of protection, for the technology being released as the U.S. Government. Support of the P–8A Patrol Aircraft to the Government of the Norway is necessary in the furtherance of U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives. 5. All defense articles and services listed in this transmittal have been authorized for release and export to the Government of Norway. [FR Doc. 2017–00248 Filed 1–9–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:59 Jan 09, 2017 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DOD–2016–OS–0058] Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ACTION: Notice. The Department of Defense has submitted to OMB for clearance, the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act. DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by February 9, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fred Licari, 571–372–0493. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title, Associated Form and OMB Number: Improving Caregiver Outcomes through Structured Support Via Military Caregiver Peer Forums; OMB Control Number 0704–XXXX. Type of Request: New. Number of Respondents: 90. Responses per Respondent: 1. Annual Responses: 90. Average Burden per Response: 1 hour. Annual Burden Hours: 90. Needs and Uses: The information collection requirement is necessary to assess how participants are using the Military Caregiver PEER (Personalized Experiences, Engagement and Resources) Forums, how participating in the PEER Forums benefits them, and the role that PEER Forums play in the landscape of social support services available to caregivers. Military Caregiver PEER Forums are located on military bases across the country where caregivers can convene, converse among their peers, share resources and best practices, and provide support for the challenges they face. The results will be used to determine how the PEER Forums are currently improving and might better continue to improve caregiver well-being by reducing caregiver burden and addressing caregiver isolation. DoD will use the information gathered by this project to assess the implementation of PEER Forums and implement improvements, if needed. A complementary objective is to use the information gathered by this project to provide DoD with a framework for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of PEER Forums. Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Frequency: On occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. OMB Desk Officer: Ms. Jasmeet Seehra. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection should be emailed to Ms. Jasmeet Seehra, DoD Desk Officer, at Oira_ submission@omb.eop.gov. Please identify the proposed information collection by DoD Desk Officer and the Docket ID number and title of the information collection. You may also submit comments and recommendations, identified by Docket ID number and title, by the following method: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, Docket ID number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. Dod Clearance Officer: Mr. Frederick Licari. Written requests for copies of the information collection proposal should be sent to Mr. Licari at WHS/ESD Directives Division, 4800 Mark Center Drive, East Tower, Suite 03F09, Alexandria, VA 22350–3100. Dated: January 5, 2017. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2017–00267 Filed 1–9–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Transmittal No. 16–66] 36(b)(1) Arms Sales Notification Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Department of Defense. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of a section 36(b)(1) arms sales notification. This is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104–164 dated July 21, 1996. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela Young, DSCA/SA&E–RAN, (703) 697–9107. The following is a copy of a letter to the Speaker of the House of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 6 / Tuesday, January 10, 2017 / Notices pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES Representatives, Transmittal 16–66 with attached Policy Justification and Sensitivity of Technology. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:59 Jan 09, 2017 Jkt 241001 Dated: January 5, 2017. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1 2971 2972 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 6 / Tuesday, January 10, 2017 / Notices 36(b)i 1) Control VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:59 Jan 09, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1 EN10JA17.001</GPH> pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES your Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 6 / Tuesday, January 10, 2017 / Notices Transmittal No. 16–66 Policy Justification Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended Government of Kuwait— Recapitalization of 218 M1A2 Tanks and Related Equipment and Support (i) Prospective Purchaser: Government of Kuwait (ii) Total Estimated Value: The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale in support of its recapitalization of 218 M1A2 tanks, to include two hundred and forty (240) .50 Cal M2A1 machine guns; four hundred and eighty (480) 7.62mm M240 machine guns; two hundred and forty (240) AN/VRC–92E SINCGARS radios; and one thousand and eight five (1,085) AN/PVS–7B Night Vision Goggles. Also included is the incorporation of cooling system/thermal management systems; Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station (CROWS) II—Low Profile Stabilized Weapon Stations; special armor; 120mm gun tubes; 2nd generation Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) sights; embedded diagnostics; gunner’s primary sights; Counter Sniper and Anti-Materiel Mount (CSAMM) hardware; upgrade/maintenance of engines and transmissions; depot level support; training devices; spare and repair parts; support equipment; tools and test equipment; technical data and publications; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. Total estimated program cost is $1.7 billion. This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. Kuwait intends to use this equipment to recapitalize its fleet of M1A2 full track tanks in order to modernize and extend the service of the tanks. Kuwait will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The principal contractors involved in this program are: General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, MI; Joint Services Manufacturing Center (JSMC), Lima, OH; Konsberg Defense Systems, Alexandria, VA, and Johnstown, PA; Raytheon, McKinney, TX; Meggitt Defense Systems, Irvine, CA; Palomar, Carlsbad, CA; Northrop Grumman, West Falls Church, VA; DRS Technologies, Arlington, VA; Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, MD; Honeywell, Morristown, NJ; Miltope, Hope Hull, AL. There are no known offset Major Defense Equipment* Other .................................... $ .04 billion $1.66 billion TOTAL .......................... $1.70 billion (iii) Description and Quantity or Quantities of Articles or Services under Consideration for Purchase: pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES Major Defense Equipment (MDE): Two hundred and forty (240) .50 Cal M2A1 Machine Guns Four hundred and eighty (480) 7.62mm M240 Machine Guns Two hundred and forty (240) AN/ VRC–92E SINCGARS Radios One thousand and eight five (1,085) AN/PVS–7B Night Vision Goggles Non-MDE includes: Incorporation of cooling system/thermal management systems; Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station (CROWS) II—Low Profile Stabilized Weapon Stations; special armor; 120mm gun tubes; 2nd generation Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) sights; embedded diagnostics; gunner’s primary sights; Counter Sniper and Anti-Materiel Mount (CSAMM) hardware; upgrade/maintenance of engines and transmissions; depot level support; training devices; spare and repair parts; support equipment; tools and test equipment; technical data and publications; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. (iv) Military Department: Army (UXA) (v) Prior Related Cases, if any: FMS Case KU–B–JAT (9 July 1993, $1.9 billion), FMS Case KU–B–UKO (20 July 2001, $44.3 million), FMS Case KU–B– UKN (23 July 2001, $42 million), FMS Case KU–B–ULB (19 May 2006, $36.8 million), FMS Case KU–B–ULX (20 July 2011, $34.8 million). (vi) Sales Commission, Fee, etc., Paid, Offered, or Agreed to be Paid: None (vii) Sensitivity of Technology Contained in the Defense Article or Defense Services Proposed To Be Sold: See Annex Attached (viii) Date Report Delivered to Congress: December 12, 2016 *as defined in Section 47(6) of the Arms Export Control Act. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:59 Jan 09, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2973 agreements proposed in connect with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale is estimated to require five to seven contractors and twenty-five to thirty U.S. Government representatives to Kuwait. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. Transmittal No. 16–66 Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act Annex Item No. vii (vii) Sensitivity of Technology: 1. Components considered to contain sensitive technology in the proposed sale are as follows: a. M1A2 Thermal Imaging System (TIS)—The TIS constitutes a target acquisition system which, when operated with other tank systems gives the tank crew a substantial advantage over the potential threat. The TIS provides the crew with the ability to effectively aim and fire the tank main armament system under a broad range of adverse battlefield conditions. The hardware itself is UNCLASSIFIED. The engineering design and manufacturing data associated with the detector and infrared (IR) optics and coatings are considered sensitive. The technical data package is UNCLASSIFIED with the exception of the specifications for target acquisition range which is CONFIDENTIAL and hardening data is classified up to SECRET. The consequences of such compromise would increase potential enemy capabilities to neutralize effectiveness of the tank main armament system by denying the crew ability to acquire targets. b. Special Armor—Major components of special armor are fabricated in sealed modules and in serialized removable subassemblies. Special armor vulnerability data for both chemical and kinetic energy rounds are classified SECRET. Engineering design and manufacturing data related to special armor are also classified SECRET. The consequences of such compromise of classified information would be the capability to neutralize or defeat the armor. The sale or transfer of armor modules are done on a government-togovernment basis. This serves to minimize, but not eliminate, the danger of compromise. c. 120mm Gun—the gun is composed of a 120mm smoothbore gun (cannon) manufactured at Watervliet Arsenal; ‘‘long rod’’ APFSDS warheads; and combustible cartridge case ammunition. E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1 pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES 2974 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 6 / Tuesday, January 10, 2017 / Notices There may be a need to procure/produce new gun cannon tubes from Watervliet Arsenal. New cannons inducted at Anniston Army Depot would be inspected according to established criteria and shipped to Lima Army Tank Plant for tank upgrade process. Gun production and technology are generally known. Disclosure of gun production and technology specific to the 120mm (advance materials and tolerances) would degrade the advantage. d. AGT–1500 Gas Turbine Propulsion System—The use of a gas turbine propulsion system in the M1A2 is a unique application of armored vehicle power pack technology. The hardware is composed of the AGT–1500 engine and transmission and is not UNCLASSIFIED. Manufacturing processes associated with the production of turbine blades, recuperator, bearings and shafts, and hydrostatic pump and motor are propriety and therefore commercially competition sensitive. Unauthorized release and exploitation of sensitive propulsion information would adversely impact U.S. commercial interests. Acquisition of production data by a potential enemy could enhance its ability to design and produce gas turbine engine propulsion system with application to land vehicles. e. Compartmentation—A major survivability feature of the M1 tank is the compartmentation of fuel and ammunition. Compartmentation is the positive separation of the crew and critical components from combustible materials such that in the event that the fuel or ammunition is ignited or deteriorated by an incoming threat round, the crew is fully protected. Sensitive information includes the performance of the ammunition compartments as well as the compartment design parameters. The design of the compartments cannot be protected, however the guidelines, parametric inductions and test data used to develop the compartments do not have to be disclosed to permit a sale. f. Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station—Low Profile (CROWS–LP)—The CROWS–LP (M153A2E1) is a commanders’ weapon station. It allows for under armor operation of weapons—M2HB, M2A1, M250B, and M240. The CROWS–LP is an updated version of the M153A2 CROWS that is approximately 10 inches shorter; the CROWS–LP M153A2E1 increases visibility over the weapon station. The fire control system of the CROWS–LP allows the ‘‘first-burst’’ on target capability from stationary and moving platforms. The CROWS–LP ingratiates a day camera (VIM–C), VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:59 Jan 09, 2017 Jkt 241001 thermal camera (TIM 1500), and laser range finder (STORM/STORM–PI). Engineering design and manufacturing data would provide potential enemy with the means to increase small arms fire control from under armor. The consequences of this would be improved enemy equipment in the field and decrease technological fire control advantages. 2. The M1 tank will include the following communications suite: Defense Advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver (DAGR); AN/ VAS–5 Driver’s Vision Enhancer (DVE) and Rear View Sensor System (RVSS); and Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS). a. Defense Advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver (DAGR)—DAGR is a lightweight (less than two pounds) hand-held or host platform-mounted, dual frequency, Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) based, Precise Positioning Service (PPS) device. The DAGR provides real-time positioning, velocity (ground speed), navigation, and timing (PVNT) information, in standalone (dismounted) and mounted (ground facilities, sea, air, and land vehicles) configurations. The DAGR can support missions involving land-based war-fighting and non-war fighting operations. The DAGR can also be used as a secondary or supplemental aid to aviation-based missions which involve operations in low-dynamic aircraft, and as an aid to navigation in water-borne operations. DAGR AN/PSN–13(A) is fitted with the Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) 3.7 and can accept cryptographic keys for increased PVNT accuracy and protection from intentional false or spoofed satellite signals. The AN/PSN– 13(A) DAGR does not output classified information. If a technology advanced adversary were to obtain knowledge of the specific hardware and software elements, the information could be used to identify ways of countering the detection capabilities of the DAGR or improve the performance of their GPS receivers; however, information available for the SAASM would not be obtainable. SAASM is a tamper-resistant security module. The remaining hardware used in the DAGR is considered mature and available in other industrial nation’s comparable performance thresholds. b. Drivers Vision Enhancer (DVE) AN/ VAS–5 and Rear View Sensor System (RVSS)—The AN/VAS–5 and RVSS are un-cooled thermal imaging systems developed for use while driving Combat Vehicles and Tactical Wheeled Vehicles. DVE and RVSS allow for PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 tactical vehicle movement in support of operational missions in all environment conditions (day/night and all weather) and provides enhanced driving capability during limited visibility conditions (darkness, smoke, dust, fog, etc.). The DVE program provides night vision targeting capabilities for armored vehicles and long-range night vision reconnaissance capability to the warfighter. Engineering design and manufacturing data would provide a potential enemy with the means to upgrade the quality of efficiency of thermal devices production. The consequences of this would be improved enemy equipment of the field. Technical information regarding DVE and RVSS, including UNCLASSIFIED information, should generally not be considered for release. The highest level of information that must be disclosed for production, operation or sale of the end item is UNCLASSIFIED/FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY. c. Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS)— The AN/VRC–92E and RT–1702 SINCGARS provides war-fighting commanders and troops with a highly reliable, secure, easily maintained Combat Net Radio (CNR) that has both voice and data handling capability in support of command and control operations. SINCGARS, with the Internet Controller, provides the communications link for the digitized force. SINCGARS is a radio fielded to tactical field elements. It facilitates the transmission of voice and/or data information, which allows for the conducting of a myriad of missions across the operational continuum. SINCGARS is available for the dismounted soldier, ground and aviation platforms. Training will vary for the radio (RT–1702) and spare and repair parts for the RT–1702 model are not supported by the Standard Army Supply Systems. There is sensitive or restricted information contained in the AN/VRC–92E or software. There would be adverse consequences of the AN/ VRC–92E and software were to be lost to a technically advanced adversary. If a technology advances adversary were to obtain knowledge of the specific hardware and software elements, the information could be used to identify ways of countering the Electronic Counter-Counter Measures (ECCM). The hardware used in the AN/VRC–92E and RT–1702 is considered mature. 3. This sale is necessary in furtherance of the U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives outlined in the Policy Justification. Moreover, the benefits to be derived from this sale, as outlined in the Policy E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 6 / Tuesday, January 10, 2017 / Notices Justification, outweigh the potential damage that could result if the sensitive technology were revealed to unauthorized persons. 4. All defense articles and services listed in this transmittal have been authorized for release and export to the Government of Kuwait. [FR Doc. 2017–00246 Filed 1–9–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity Meeting National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. ACTION: Announcement of an open meeting. AGENCY: This notice sets forth the agenda, time, and location for the February 22–24, 2017 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), and provides information to members of the public on requesting to make oral comments and submitting written statements at the meeting. The notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended. DATES: The NACIQI meeting will be held on February 22, 23, and 24, 2017, each day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: Hilton Alexandria Old Town Hotel, 1767 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Hong, Executive Director/ Designated Federal Official, NACIQI, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 6W250, Washington, DC 20202, telephone: (202) 453–7805, or email: Jennifer.Hong@ ed.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NACIQI’s Statutory Authority and Function: NACIQI is established under § 114 of the HEA. NACIQI advises the Secretary of Education with respect to: • The establishment and enforcement of the standards of accrediting agencies or associations under subpart 2, part G, Title IV of the HEA, as amended. • The recognition of specific accrediting agencies or associations. • The preparation and publication of the list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies and associations. • The eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:59 Jan 09, 2017 Jkt 241001 education under Title IV of the HEA and part C, subchapter I, chapter 34, Title 42, together with recommendations for improvement in such process. • The relationship between (1) accreditation of institutions of higher education and the certification and eligibility of such institutions, and (2) State licensing responsibilities with respect to such institutions. • Any other advisory function relating to accreditation and institutional eligibility that the Secretary of Education may prescribe by regulation. Meeting Agenda: Agenda items for the February 2017 are below. Agencies Applying for Renewal of Recognition 1. American Podiatric Medical Association Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Provisional Accreditation’’) throughout the United States of freestanding colleges of podiatric medicine and programs of podiatric medicine, including first professional programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. 2. Commission on English Language Program Accreditation Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of postsecondary, nondegree-granting English language programs and institutions in the United States. 3. The Council on Chiropractic Education Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of programs leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree and single-purpose institutions offering the Doctor of Chiropractic program. 4. Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of education programs in radiography, magnetic resonance, radiation therapy, and medical dosimetry, including those offered via distance education, at the certificate, associate, and baccalaureate levels. Agency Seeking Review of Compliance Report Western Association for Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Compliance report includes the following: (1) Findings identified in the April 5, 2016 letter from the senior Department official following the December 2015 NACIQI meeting available at: https://opeweb.ed.gov/ PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2975 aslweb/finalstaffreports.cfm, (2) Findings identified in the January 4, 2016 Secretary’s appeal decision available at: http://oha.ed.gov/ secretarycases/2014–10–O.pdf, (3) The limitation on ACCJC’s authority to approve single baccalaureate programs within the scope of accreditation of previously accredited institutions, as outlined in the April 5, 2016 letter from the senior Department official, (4) Review under 34 CFR 602.33 of complaints filed against the agency and analyzed by the staff. Requested Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate for Accreditation’’) of community and other colleges with a primarily pre-baccalaureate mission located in California, Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which offer certificates, associate degrees, and the first baccalaureate degree by means of a substantive change review offered by institutions that are already accredited by the agency, and such programs offered via distance education and correspondence education at these colleges. This recognition also extends to the Committee on Substantive Change of the Commission, for decisions on substantive changes, and the Appeals Panel. Agency Applying for an Expansion of Scope Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools Current Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions in the United States offering predominantly allied health education programs and the programmatic accreditation of medical assistant, medical laboratory technician and surgical technology programs, leading to a certificate, diploma, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Occupational Science, Academic Associate degree, or Baccalaureate degree, including those offered via distance education. This scope extends to the Substantive Change Committee, jointly with the Commission, for decisions on substantive changes. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary

[Transmittal No. 16-66]


36(b)(1) Arms Sales Notification

AGENCY: Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Department of Defense.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text 
of a section 36(b)(1) arms sales notification. This is published to 
fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104-164 dated 
July 21, 1996.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela Young, DSCA/SA&E-RAN, (703) 
697-9107.
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Representatives, Transmittal 16-66 with attached Policy Justification 
and Sensitivity of Technology.

    Dated: January 5, 2017.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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Transmittal No. 16-66
Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 
36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended
    (i) Prospective Purchaser: Government of Kuwait
    (ii) Total Estimated Value:

 
 
 
Major Defense Equipment*................  $ .04 billion
Other...................................  $1.66 billion
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    TOTAL...............................  $1.70 billion
 

    (iii) Description and Quantity or Quantities of Articles or 
Services under Consideration for Purchase:

Major Defense Equipment (MDE):
    Two hundred and forty (240) .50 Cal M2A1 Machine Guns
    Four hundred and eighty (480) 7.62mm M240 Machine Guns
    Two hundred and forty (240) AN/VRC-92E SINCGARS Radios
    One thousand and eight five (1,085) AN/PVS-7B Night Vision Goggles

    Non-MDE includes: Incorporation of cooling system/thermal 
management systems; Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station (CROWS) 
II--Low Profile Stabilized Weapon Stations; special armor; 120mm gun 
tubes; 2nd generation Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) sights; embedded 
diagnostics; gunner's primary sights; Counter Sniper and Anti-Materiel 
Mount (CSAMM) hardware; upgrade/maintenance of engines and 
transmissions; depot level support; training devices; spare and repair 
parts; support equipment; tools and test equipment; technical data and 
publications; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. 
Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support 
services, and other related elements of logistics support.
    (iv) Military Department: Army (UXA)
    (v) Prior Related Cases, if any: FMS Case KU-B-JAT (9 July 1993, 
$1.9 billion), FMS Case KU-B-UKO (20 July 2001, $44.3 million), FMS 
Case KU-B-UKN (23 July 2001, $42 million), FMS Case KU-B-ULB (19 May 
2006, $36.8 million), FMS Case KU-B-ULX (20 July 2011, $34.8 million).
    (vi) Sales Commission, Fee, etc., Paid, Offered, or Agreed to be 
Paid: None
    (vii) Sensitivity of Technology Contained in the Defense Article or 
Defense Services Proposed To Be Sold: See Annex Attached
    (viii) Date Report Delivered to Congress: December 12, 2016
    *as defined in Section 47(6) of the Arms Export Control Act.

Policy Justification

Government of Kuwait--Recapitalization of 218 M1A2 Tanks and Related 
Equipment and Support

    The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale in support 
of its recapitalization of 218 M1A2 tanks, to include two hundred and 
forty (240) .50 Cal M2A1 machine guns; four hundred and eighty (480) 
7.62mm M240 machine guns; two hundred and forty (240) AN/VRC-92E 
SINCGARS radios; and one thousand and eight five (1,085) AN/PVS-7B 
Night Vision Goggles. Also included is the incorporation of cooling 
system/thermal management systems; Common Remotely Operated Weapons 
Station (CROWS) II--Low Profile Stabilized Weapon Stations; special 
armor; 120mm gun tubes; 2nd generation Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) 
sights; embedded diagnostics; gunner's primary sights; Counter Sniper 
and Anti-Materiel Mount (CSAMM) hardware; upgrade/maintenance of 
engines and transmissions; depot level support; training devices; spare 
and repair parts; support equipment; tools and test equipment; 
technical data and publications; personnel training and training 
equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and 
logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics 
support. Total estimated program cost is $1.7 billion.
    This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and 
national security of the United States by helping to improve the 
security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an 
important force for political stability and economic progress in the 
Middle East.
    Kuwait intends to use this equipment to recapitalize its fleet of 
M1A2 full track tanks in order to modernize and extend the service of 
the tanks. Kuwait will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into 
its armed forces.
    The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the 
basic military balance in the region.
    The principal contractors involved in this program are: General 
Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, MI; Joint Services 
Manufacturing Center (JSMC), Lima, OH; Konsberg Defense Systems, 
Alexandria, VA, and Johnstown, PA; Raytheon, McKinney, TX; Meggitt 
Defense Systems, Irvine, CA; Palomar, Carlsbad, CA; Northrop Grumman, 
West Falls Church, VA; DRS Technologies, Arlington, VA; Lockheed 
Martin, Bethesda, MD; Honeywell, Morristown, NJ; Miltope, Hope Hull, 
AL. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connect with this 
potential sale.
    Implementation of this proposed sale is estimated to require five 
to seven contractors and twenty-five to thirty U.S. Government 
representatives to Kuwait.
    There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a 
result of this proposed sale.
Transmittal No. 16-66
Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 
36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act
Annex Item No. vii
    (vii) Sensitivity of Technology:
    1. Components considered to contain sensitive technology in the 
proposed sale are as follows:
    a. M1A2 Thermal Imaging System (TIS)--The TIS constitutes a target 
acquisition system which, when operated with other tank systems gives 
the tank crew a substantial advantage over the potential threat. The 
TIS provides the crew with the ability to effectively aim and fire the 
tank main armament system under a broad range of adverse battlefield 
conditions. The hardware itself is UNCLASSIFIED. The engineering design 
and manufacturing data associated with the detector and infrared (IR) 
optics and coatings are considered sensitive. The technical data 
package is UNCLASSIFIED with the exception of the specifications for 
target acquisition range which is CONFIDENTIAL and hardening data is 
classified up to SECRET. The consequences of such compromise would 
increase potential enemy capabilities to neutralize effectiveness of 
the tank main armament system by denying the crew ability to acquire 
targets.
    b. Special Armor--Major components of special armor are fabricated 
in sealed modules and in serialized removable subassemblies. Special 
armor vulnerability data for both chemical and kinetic energy rounds 
are classified SECRET. Engineering design and manufacturing data 
related to special armor are also classified SECRET. The consequences 
of such compromise of classified information would be the capability to 
neutralize or defeat the armor. The sale or transfer of armor modules 
are done on a government-to-government basis. This serves to minimize, 
but not eliminate, the danger of compromise.
    c. 120mm Gun--the gun is composed of a 120mm smoothbore gun 
(cannon) manufactured at Watervliet Arsenal; ``long rod'' APFSDS 
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There may be a need to procure/produce new gun cannon tubes from 
Watervliet Arsenal. New cannons inducted at Anniston Army Depot would 
be inspected according to established criteria and shipped to Lima Army 
Tank Plant for tank upgrade process. Gun production and technology are 
generally known. Disclosure of gun production and technology specific 
to the 120mm (advance materials and tolerances) would degrade the 
advantage.
    d. AGT-1500 Gas Turbine Propulsion System--The use of a gas turbine 
propulsion system in the M1A2 is a unique application of armored 
vehicle power pack technology. The hardware is composed of the AGT-1500 
engine and transmission and is not UNCLASSIFIED. Manufacturing 
processes associated with the production of turbine blades, 
recuperator, bearings and shafts, and hydrostatic pump and motor are 
propriety and therefore commercially competition sensitive. 
Unauthorized release and exploitation of sensitive propulsion 
information would adversely impact U.S. commercial interests. 
Acquisition of production data by a potential enemy could enhance its 
ability to design and produce gas turbine engine propulsion system with 
application to land vehicles.
    e. Compartmentation--A major survivability feature of the M1 tank 
is the compartmentation of fuel and ammunition. Compartmentation is the 
positive separation of the crew and critical components from 
combustible materials such that in the event that the fuel or 
ammunition is ignited or deteriorated by an incoming threat round, the 
crew is fully protected. Sensitive information includes the performance 
of the ammunition compartments as well as the compartment design 
parameters. The design of the compartments cannot be protected, however 
the guidelines, parametric inductions and test data used to develop the 
compartments do not have to be disclosed to permit a sale.
    f. Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station--Low Profile (CROWS-
LP)--The CROWS-LP (M153A2E1) is a commanders' weapon station. It allows 
for under armor operation of weapons--M2HB, M2A1, M250B, and M240. The 
CROWS-LP is an updated version of the M153A2 CROWS that is 
approximately 10 inches shorter; the CROWS-LP M153A2E1 increases 
visibility over the weapon station. The fire control system of the 
CROWS-LP allows the ``first-burst'' on target capability from 
stationary and moving platforms. The CROWS-LP ingratiates a day camera 
(VIM-C), thermal camera (TIM 1500), and laser range finder (STORM/
STORM-PI). Engineering design and manufacturing data would provide 
potential enemy with the means to increase small arms fire control from 
under armor. The consequences of this would be improved enemy equipment 
in the field and decrease technological fire control advantages.
    2. The M1 tank will include the following communications suite: 
Defense Advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver (DAGR); AN/
VAS-5 Driver's Vision Enhancer (DVE) and Rear View Sensor System 
(RVSS); and Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).
    a. Defense Advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver 
(DAGR)--DAGR is a lightweight (less than two pounds) hand-held or host 
platform-mounted, dual frequency, Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing 
Module (SAASM) based, Precise Positioning Service (PPS) device. The 
DAGR provides real-time positioning, velocity (ground speed), 
navigation, and timing (PVNT) information, in stand-alone (dismounted) 
and mounted (ground facilities, sea, air, and land vehicles) 
configurations. The DAGR can support missions involving land-based war-
fighting and non-war fighting operations. The DAGR can also be used as 
a secondary or supplemental aid to aviation-based missions which 
involve operations in low-dynamic aircraft, and as an aid to navigation 
in water-borne operations. DAGR AN/PSN-13(A) is fitted with the 
Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) 3.7 and can accept 
cryptographic keys for increased PVNT accuracy and protection from 
intentional false or spoofed satellite signals. The AN/PSN-13(A) DAGR 
does not output classified information. If a technology advanced 
adversary were to obtain knowledge of the specific hardware and 
software elements, the information could be used to identify ways of 
countering the detection capabilities of the DAGR or improve the 
performance of their GPS receivers; however, information available for 
the SAASM would not be obtainable. SAASM is a tamper-resistant security 
module. The remaining hardware used in the DAGR is considered mature 
and available in other industrial nation's comparable performance 
thresholds.
    b. Drivers Vision Enhancer (DVE) AN/VAS-5 and Rear View Sensor 
System (RVSS)--The AN/VAS-5 and RVSS are un-cooled thermal imaging 
systems developed for use while driving Combat Vehicles and Tactical 
Wheeled Vehicles. DVE and RVSS allow for tactical vehicle movement in 
support of operational missions in all environment conditions (day/
night and all weather) and provides enhanced driving capability during 
limited visibility conditions (darkness, smoke, dust, fog, etc.). The 
DVE program provides night vision targeting capabilities for armored 
vehicles and long-range night vision reconnaissance capability to the 
warfighter. Engineering design and manufacturing data would provide a 
potential enemy with the means to upgrade the quality of efficiency of 
thermal devices production. The consequences of this would be improved 
enemy equipment of the field. Technical information regarding DVE and 
RVSS, including UNCLASSIFIED information, should generally not be 
considered for release. The highest level of information that must be 
disclosed for production, operation or sale of the end item is 
UNCLASSIFIED/FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY.
    c. Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS)--The 
AN/VRC-92E and RT-1702 SINCGARS provides war-fighting commanders and 
troops with a highly reliable, secure, easily maintained Combat Net 
Radio (CNR) that has both voice and data handling capability in support 
of command and control operations. SINCGARS, with the Internet 
Controller, provides the communications link for the digitized force. 
SINCGARS is a radio fielded to tactical field elements. It facilitates 
the transmission of voice and/or data information, which allows for the 
conducting of a myriad of missions across the operational continuum. 
SINCGARS is available for the dismounted soldier, ground and aviation 
platforms. Training will vary for the radio (RT-1702) and spare and 
repair parts for the RT-1702 model are not supported by the Standard 
Army Supply Systems. There is sensitive or restricted information 
contained in the AN/VRC-92E or software. There would be adverse 
consequences of the AN/VRC-92E and software were to be lost to a 
technically advanced adversary. If a technology advances adversary were 
to obtain knowledge of the specific hardware and software elements, the 
information could be used to identify ways of countering the Electronic 
Counter-Counter Measures (ECCM). The hardware used in the AN/VRC-92E 
and RT-1702 is considered mature.
    3. This sale is necessary in furtherance of the U.S. foreign policy 
and national security objectives outlined in the Policy Justification. 
Moreover, the benefits to be derived from this sale, as outlined in the 
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Justification, outweigh the potential damage that could result if the 
sensitive technology were revealed to unauthorized persons.
    4. All defense articles and services listed in this transmittal 
have been authorized for release and export to the Government of 
Kuwait.
[FR Doc. 2017-00246 Filed 1-9-17; 8:45 am]
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