U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) has introduced a bill that would, if enacted into law, direct the U.S. Secretary of Defense to produce ongoing reports about foreign land purchases around U.S. military bases.
This, according to a press release that Green and members of his staff published on his website this week.
Green titled the bill the Military Perimeter Transparency Act.
“It’s critically important for the Department of Defense to identify when foreign adversaries like China or Russia acquire land near American military bases. America’s adversaries, especially those with a history of cyberattacks, espionage, and disinformation warfare, should never be allowed within reach of a U.S. military installation. Doing so would be a risk to our security and a major strategic mistake,” Green said in the press release.
“The Secretary of Defense and the heads of our Armed Forces must have full visibility when foreign governments attempt to acquire and use land in close proximity to our military bases. My bill is a commonsense measure that will strengthen our defense and ensure transparency when it comes to securing the perimeter of our military bases.”
According to Green’s bill, the U.S. Secretary of Defense would coordinate with the secretaries of the various military departments. The U.S. defense secretary would submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives a report that identifies land that a foreign adversary owns or seeks to own or occupy. The report would also recommend the appropriate response or responses to a foreign adversary’s ownership or occupancy of real property in the vicinity of military installations, according to the bill.
Green introduced a bill last month that would, if enacted into law, fight back against Critical Race Theory (CRT) training in the U.S. Military Service Academies. Green’s press release defined CRT as a school of thought that teaches America–and every American institution–is based on a foundation of racism, instead of upon the principles of equality, justice, and freedom.
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