The U.S. military publication Stars and Stripes will survive another year after its operation was almost killed in September, according to the compromise defense policy bill released Thursday.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would keep funding for the editorially independent military newspaper at its fiscal year 2020 levels, said the compromise, known as a conference report.
The NDAA would also require the Defense secretary to submit a report to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees “detailing a business case analysis of continued operation of Stars and Stripes.”
The provision, which came from the House version of the bill, comes after President Trump in early September reversed the plans of his own administration and spared the publication weeks before it was scheduled to shutter.
The Pentagon had ordered the newspaper to stop publishing on Sept. 30