On one hand, I like the idea of more exact phrasing. If you're talking about activities in Iraq or Afghanistan or Africa specifically, then yes, let's be precise as to what we mean.
But I don't like the way that the reason for the war is being expunged from the bill's language. How is anyone to know why we're fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere if we don't mention in the bill and its report that terrorists, their organizations, and the states which fund their activities, are the enemy?
I think there needs to be at least some mention that we are fighting a global war on terrorism in the defense budget bill and not just vague 'wars' for no explained reason.