As part of the FY 2003 Military Appropriations Act, Congress passed the National Call to Service Plan, which required that all of the services create an enlistment program which offered a two year active duty enlistment option, followed by four years in the Active Guard/Reserves, followed by two years in the Inactive Reserves.
The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) is a neutral, independent forum which has existed for more than fifty years. Its main function is to hear and decide post-award contract disputes between government contractors and the Department of Defense (DOD); the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as appropriate; and other entities with whom the ASBCA has entered into agreements to provide services.
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Contracts to supply a given country's military are awarded by the government, making arms contracts of substantial political importance. The link between politics and the arms trade can result in the development of what President Dwight D. Eisenhower described as a military-industrial-congressional complex, where the commerce, armed forces, and politics become closely linked. The European defense procurement is more or less similar to the U.S. military-industrial complex.