Summary Of The Defense Appropriation Bill

Obama signed into law legislation that provides $636.3 billion for the U.S. military in fiscal 2010, including $128.3 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the White House announced today. Bill Total for Defense; FY2009 Enacted: $625.3 billion; President’s Request: $640.1 billion; House Passed: $636.3 billion; Senate Passed: $636.3 billion; 2010 Total Bill: $636.3 billion  Full Text About $65 billion of the war funding is for operations in Afghanistan. The bill is laden with earmarks.

Among the earmarks:

$18.9 million for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate sponsored by Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.)

$23 million item for the Hawaii Healthcare Network, sponsored by Senate appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii) Inouye got 37 earmarks totaling $198.2 million

Thad Cochran (R., Miss.) got 45 totaling $167 million

$20 million appropriation for the National World War II museum in New Orleans, by Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana

$5 million for a Heritage Center at San Francisco’s historic Presidio, an item included by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her “community funding requests.”

$300 million appropriation touted by Reps. Jim Moran (D., Va.) and Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), among others, to improve their region’s overstressed transportation system. The road widenings are justified by expanding operations at area military facilities, including new hospital facilities.

John Murtha (D., Pa.) sponsored 23 earmarks totaling $76.5 million.

C.W. “Bill” Young got 36 totaling $83.7 million.

The bill includes about $11 billion more than the $625.3 billion Congress approved for fiscal 2009.

Summary of the Defense Appropriation Bill

Military Pay: The bill provides a 3.4% military pay increase, 0.5% above the request.

First Class Medical Care: $29.2 billion, $3 billion above 2009 and $1 billion above the request, for the Defense Health Program to provide quality medical care for service members and their families. In addition $120 million is included for Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health Research.

Supporting Military Families: $472.4 million for Family Advocacy programs and full funding for Family Support and Yellow Ribbon to provide support to military families, including quality child care, job training for spouses, and expanded counseling and outreach to families experiencing the separation and stress of war.

Readiness and Training: $154 billion, $1.3 billion above 2009, for the Defense Operation and Maintenance Account to increase readiness and training of our troops.

Reining in Outsourcing: $5 billion, greater than the previous year, to allow defense personnel, not contractors, to perform critical department functions. Additionally, the bill reduces contracted advisory and assistance services by $51 million, and includes general provisions to stop further conversions by the Department of Defense from government functions to contractors.

Inspector General Oversight: $288 million, $16 million above the request, for the Inspector General to hire additional investigators to ensure proper oversight of DoD acquisition and contracting.

Undefinitized Contracts: The bill contains a provision restricting the use of funds in certain aircraft programs until prior year contracts are fully negotiated and definitized so that we know what exactly we are buying.

$104.4 billion for procurement, $3.46 billion above 2009 and $816 million below the request.

$80.5 billion for research and development, $17 million above 2009 and $1.9 billion above the request.

Bradley Fighting Vehicles: $526 million as requested for Situational Awareness upgrades to 353 vehicles.

Stryker Combat Vehicles: $364 million in the base bill, $25 million below the request due to excessive program management costs.

E-2D Hawkeye: $649 million, $142 million above the request, for 3 E-2D Hawkeye aircraft, one above the request; and $362.5 million for the continued development of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.

F-18 Super Hornet: $1.5 billion for 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Tactical aircraft, nine above the request; and $1.6 billion for 22 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft.

F-35 Lightning: $6.8 billion, matching the requested, for the procurement of 30 F-35 Lightning Aircraft, including 16 Short Take-off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variants for the Marine Corps, 4 Carrier variants for the Navy, and 10 conventional variants for the Air Force. The bill also includes $465 million, not requested, to continue development of the Alternative Engine for the Joint Strike Fighter.

V-22 Osprey: $2.7 billion for the procurement of 30 MV-22 and five CV-22 Osprey aircraft, equal to the President’s request.

E-8 JSTARS: $62 million, $46 million above the request, for JSTARS re-engining research and development and $54 million for continued procurement.

Air Force Cargo Aircraft: $2.5 billion for 10 additional C-17s above the budget request; $905 million for five C/HC/MC-130Js and advance procurement for 20 C/HC/MC-130s; $319 million, matching the request, for eight C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft; and $202 million, $49 million above the request, for Infrared Missile Countermeasures for the C-17 and C-130 aircraft.

Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft: $1.2 billion for the continued development of the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft.

Next Generation Aerial Refueling Aircraft: $306 million for the development of the Next Generation Aerial Refueling Aircraft.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): $554 million, matching the request, to procure RQ-4 Global Hawk UAVs; and $489 million for 24 MQ-9 Reapers.

Military Helicopters: $3.34 billion to increase and improve the military’s fleet of helicopters, including $326 million, as requested, for 54 Light Utility Helicopters; $1.26 billion as requested for 79 UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters; $882 million for 27 CH-47 Chinook Helicopters; $584.8 million for 24 UH-1Y Huey/AH-1Z Cobra Helicopters; and $145 million above the request for five HH-60M helicopters and modifications to the existing HH-60G fleet.

Presidential Helicopter: $130 million, of which $100 million is for technology capture to recoup investments in research and development of the VH-71.

Tactical Wheeled Vehicles: $498 million for the procurement of Medium Tactical Vehicles, and $613 million for the procurement of Heavy Tactical Vehicles.

Targeting pods: $68 million, $18.5 million above the request, for targeting pods to increase the combat effectiveness and precision strike ability of U.S. military aircraft.

Guided MLRS Rockets: $293.6 million, as requested, for 2,628 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Rockets.

Shipbuilding: $15 billion, $120 million above the request, for the procurement of 7 Navy ships, including: one DDG-51 Guided Missile Destroyer; one SSN-774 Attack Submarine; two Littoral Combat Ships; one Intra-theater Connector Ship; and two T-AKE Auxiliary Dry Cargo Ammunition Ships.

Enhanced Radar Technology: $32 million, $30 million above the request, for advanced radar technology.

Electronic Warfare: $248.5 million, as requested, for continued development of electronic warfare devices to protect our troops.

Advanced Communications: $880 million, as requested, for continued development of the Joint Tactical Radio System; and $50 million for Digital Communications, $50 million above the request.

Missile Defense: $589 million, matching the request, for the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and the Standard Missile 3 (SM-3); $569 million, matching the request, for the continued development of the Patriot/MEADS Combined Aggregate Program; $638.8 million, matching the request, for Ballistic Missile Defense Sensors Capability; $50.5 million, matching the request, for Ballistic Missile Defense European Capability; $202 million, $82.8 million above the request, for the Israeli Cooperative Program; and $80 million, not requested, for the Early Interceptor Program.

Future Combat Systems: $2.29 billion for continued development of the restructured Future Combat Systems Program. The recommendation is $330 million below the request due to excessive termination liability and $1.1 billion below 2009.

SPACE: $292 million, $97.4 million below the request, for the Global Positioning System III, operational control segment (OCX), plus $50 million for next generation military satellite communications system.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): $3 billion, $246 million below the request for research and development programs because of chronic under-execution.

$15 billion for military personnel.

$5 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations Transfer Fund, to respond to the highly variable nature of the costs to rebalance US forces between Iraq and Afghanistan.

$1.2 billion for defense health programs to provide medical care to active forces as well as mobilized Reserve Components, and their family members.

$6.3 billion, $825 million above the request, for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle Fund to procure over 6,600 new MRAP all-terrain vehicles to protect our troops.

$80 million for the procurement of MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

$1.1 billion, $187 above the request, for the procurement of High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs).

$863 million, $577 million above the request, for the procurement of Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles.

$803 million, $180 million above the request, for the procurement of Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles.

$1.2 billion, a reduction of $300 million from the request, for the Commanders Emergency Response Program (CERP).

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