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SAC-D Rejects F136 Dough

UPDATED: Summary of SAC-D Markup; GE Says "More to Come"

Sen. Daniel Inouye, longtime supporter of the second Joint Strike Fighter engine, could not save the program again and his Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee dropped funding for the engine during its markup today.

The Senate has long been less certain source of support for the program, but the canny Inouye had helped save it in the past. And the likely course for the defense spending bill is uncertain with most observers thinking an omnibus or continuing resolution is most likely. So the SAC-D move may be moot legislatively but it is certainly an important political tell.

Pratt & Whitney responded rapidly to the news, saying it was "pleased" with Inouye's action. "This Senate action is a clear message that the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Defense supports President Obama and Secretary Gates in their position that funding an alternate engine will not save taxpayer's money or improve military readiness in any way," spokeswoman Erin Dick said.

"GE-RR is not surprised by the SAC-D action," GE spokesman Rick Kennedy sad in an email. "Senators Inouye and Cochran are public supporters. As you recall, Inouye and Cochran in 2009 sought to avoid a confusing floor fight and took their F136 support to conference. Levin iin authorization took the same approach - more to come."

The bill

* Provides $669.871 billion in new discretionary spending authority for the Department of Defense for functions under the Defense Subcommittee’s jurisdiction, including $157.7 billion for overseas contingency operations * Recommendation is $8.1 billion below the President’s FY 2011 base budget request * Provides $4.5 billion in General Transfer Authority

Title I – Military Personnel $127.2 billion

· Funds an active duty end strength of 1,432,400 and a reserve component end strength of 846,200

Title II – Operation and Maintenance $167.3 billion

· Fully funds key readiness programs critical to prepare forces for combat operations and other peace time missions: OPTEMPO flying hours and steaming days, depot maintenance, training, spare parts, and base operations

· Provides additional funding to address Army base operating support shortfalls

· Provides $162 million above the request for tuition assistance for military spouses

· Fully funds the request for the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund

Title III – Procurement $104.8 billion

· Funds new equipment and upgrade programs to ensure that military forces have the platforms, weapon systems, and other equipment needed to support training, sustain the infrastructure and ensure readiness for military operations.

Aircraft

o Increases Army helicopter procurement with an additional 12 UH-60 Black Hawks and 6 CH-47 Chinooks

o Accelerates modernization of 10 UH-60A Black Hawks to the UH-60L configuration

o Funds a total of 32 F-35 aircraft (6 Navy, 10 Marine Corps and 16 Air Force planes), deleting 10 aircraft from the requested level

o Funds the requested quantity of 12 E/A-18 G Growlers and 22 F/A-18E/F Hornets

o Fully funds the request for 30 Navy V-22 and 5 Air Force CV 22 aircraft

o Fully funds the MH-60S and MH-60R programs and supports multiyear procurement for the helicopters

o Funds the UH-1Y and AH-1Z programs

o Fully funds the request for 7 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

o Fully funds the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program and adds funds for reliability enhancements for the E-2C

o Funds 38 Joint Primary Air Training Systems (JPATS) aircraft for the Navy

o Funds one C-40 aircraft for the Navy Reserve

o Fully funds 8 C-130Js, 4 HC-130Js and 5 MC-130J aircraft

o Fully funds 8 C-27 Joint Cargo aircraft

o Fully funds the Air Force’s new Light Mobility Aircraft program

o Funds 3 Air Force HH-60 helicopters in the Operational Loss Replacement program

o Continues support for unmanned aerial system by funding 4 Global Hawk and 24 MQ-9 Reapers. Additional Reapers are funded in Title IX (below).

o Increases funding to accelerate procurement of AESA radars for the Air National Guard F-15Cs

o Funds the C-5 Reliability Enhancement and Reengining Program (RERP)

Weapons/Missiles

o Fully funds Patriot missile program and provides an additional $133 million for Army unfunded requirements

o Eliminates funding for the BCT Non Line of Sight Launch System due to program termination

o Fully funds Tomahawk missile program

o Fully funds Hydra Rockets

o Fully funds grenades

Shipbuilding

o Fully funds the budget request for the Carrier Replacement Program, Virginia Class Submarine Program, DDG-51 Program, DDG 1000 Program and LHA (R) Program

o Reduces funding for the Littoral Combat Ship by $615 million and one ship

Vehicles/Force Protection

o Funds Army Stryker vehicles and modifications

o Funds upgrades for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle fleet

o Fully funds the M1 Abrams Tank modification and upgrade programs

o Provides funds for the Army Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles and the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles

o Funds the Army Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck Extended Service Program

Missile Defense Agency

o Provides an additional $121 million for 13 Standard Missile-3 Block IA interceptors

o Provides $205 million for the Israeli Iron Dome program

o Reduces the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor program by $425 million due to at least a one-year delay in production

Other

o Provides $500 million for National Guard and Reserve Equipment Appropriation

o Provides funds for the Warrior Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T)

o Provides funds for the Army’s Joint Tactical Radio System

o Funds the Brigade Combat Team Network and Unmanned Ground Vehicle programs

o Fully funds procurement to support the Navy and Marine Corps Next Generation Enterprise Network

o Increases funding for training and weapons range readiness initiatives across the services

Title IV – Research, Development, Test and Evaluation $76.2 billion

o Invests in basic and applied scientific research, the development, test and evaluation of new technologies and equipment, and provides support for the research community so forces will have the systems and equipment for tomorrow’s challenges

Aircraft

o Provides nearly $540 million for the tanker replacement program

o Defers follow-on software development for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and reduces Navy test funds due to under-execution

o Includes no funds for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine development

o Increases funding for the Navy EP-3/Special Project Aircraft systems development

o Fully funds research and development for the P8-A Poseidon, Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) UAV, Navy Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (N-UCAS) and CH-53K

Shipbuilding

o Eliminates funding for Conventional Trident Modification efforts

o Supports funding for the Ohio class submarine replacement program with an adjustment for slow program ramp-up

Vehicles and Ground Forces

o Adds $128 million for the Stryker Double-V Hull modification

o Fully funds the Army’s restructured Ground Combat Vehicle program

o Fully funds Army combat vehicle modernization

o Fully funds further development of Army’s Brigade Combat Team Modernization program

o Provides an additional $30 million for Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program, as authorized

o Fully funds technology development efforts for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, but defers follow-on development funding

o Funds reliability testing for the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle and provides for termination costs in the event of test failure

Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)

o Fully funds new starts requested in FY 2011

o Fully funds the continuation of new starts initiated in FY 2010

o Fully funds Global Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance programs

Other

o Provides an additional $125 million for alternative energy research

o Adds funds to fully support Army requirements for test range infrastructure

o Eliminates unjustified increases for the Joint Tactical Radio Systems Airborne-Maritime Fixed Radio

o Provides an increase of $88 million for the Israeli cooperative programs, including Short-Range Ballistic Missile Defense (David’s Sling), Arrow-2 and Arrow-3

o Provides $50 million for sensor development of the Defense Weather Satellite System and no funding for the National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS)

o Includes an additional $40 million in the Operationally Responsive Space program for responsive launch capabilities

o Provides an additional $30 million for the Industrial Base Innovation Fund (IBIF), as authorized

o Provides $20 million for cyber security pilot programs

o Provides an additional $18 million to fully fund development test and system engineering requirements to implement the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009

Title V – Revolving and Management Funds $2.5 billion

Title VI – Other Department of Defense Programs $34.5 billion

Defense Health Programs $31.5 billion

o Provides $595 million above the President’s budget request

o Provides $240 million for cancer research. The total amount is distributed as follows:

· $150 million for the Breast Cancer Research Program

· $80 million for the Prostate Cancer Research Program

· $10 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program

o Provides $60 million for the Peer Reviewed Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program

o Provides $50 million for a medical research fund

o Provides $8 million for the Peer Reviewed Gulf War Illness Research Program

Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction $1.5 billion

Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities $1.2 billion

o Provides an additional $35 million for National Guard Counter-Drug plans, as authorized

Office of the Inspector General $304 million

o Provides an additional $21 million to accelerate the growth of the Office of the Inspector General and keep pace with increases in the size of the defense budget and number of defense contracts

Title IX: Overseas Deployments and Other Activities $157.7 billion

* Provides $157.7 billion in new discretionary spending authority for the Department of Defense for functions under the Defense Subcommittee’s jurisdiction for overseas deployments and other activities * Provides $4 billion in Special Transfer Authority * Fully funds current deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan

Military Personnel $ 16 billion

o Provides pay and allowances for mobilized Reservists and Guardsmen and special pay and allowances for deployed active duty personnel

o Supports required Pre- and Post-Mobilization Training for Reserve and Guard units

o Provides an additional $900 million to cover anticipated military personnel shortfalls resulting from higher than budgeted personnel and mobilization levels

Operation and Maintenance $112.6 billion

o Fully funds key readiness programs critical to prepare forces for combat operations and other missions: OPTEMPO flying hours and steaming days, depot maintenance, training, spare parts, and base operations

o Provides additional depot maintenance funding for the Navy and Air Force to address funding shortfalls

o Provides $11.6 billion for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund to train and equip Afghan Security Forces

o Provides $1 billion for the Iraq Security Forces Fund to train and equip the Iraq Security Forces

o Provides $900 million for the Commander’s Emergency Response Program and caps projects at $20 million, realigning the program for its original purpose

Procurement $ 23.1 billion

Aircraft

o Provides additional funds for one AH-64 Apache and 3 UH-60 Black Hawk battle loss helicopters for the Army

o Increases funding to complete the last battalion of AH-64A to D conversions for the Army National Guard

o Funds 3 aircraft in the Navy UH-1Y/AH-1Z program, as requested

o Adds funds to procure an additional 10 HH-60 helicopters to replace battle losses and nondeployable aircraft

o Increases funding to procure 24 MQ-9 Reapers for theater use

o Provides additional funds for one MH-60 Black Hawk and one MH-47 Chinook battle loss helicopters for Special Operations Command

o Adds $210 million to address Navy shortfalls in aviation spares

Weapons/Missiles

o Provides a total of $1.7 billion for the purchase of ammunition and missiles to replenish war expenditures and reserve stockpiles

o Provides an additional $111 million for 12 Standard Missile-3 Block IA missiles

Vehicles/Force Protection

o Fully funds Mine Resistant Ambush Protected-All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) force protection upgrades and sustainment

o Provides $318 million for additional Stryker vehicles and Double-V Hull modification kits to equip vehicles deploying to Afghanistan.

o Funds the Army’s Mine Protection Vehicle Family program

o Provides funds to continue recapitalization of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs)

o Fully funds both handheld and ground standoff mine detection equipment

Other

o Increases funding for the Army’s Defense Advanced Global Positioning System Receivers to address unfunded shortfalls

o Provides additional funding for Army biometrics equipment

o Adds $55 million to address unfunded shortfalls in Navy’s aviation spares program

o Increases funds to address a number of Marine Corps-identified battlefield shortfalls

Research, Development, Test and Evaluation $874 million

o Fully funds the quick reaction capability of the Hostile Fire Detection System for aircraft survivability

o Adds funds to fully resource the deployment of Marine Corps cargo unmanned aerial systems

Revolving and Management Funds $485 million

o Includes $17 million in the Transportation Working Capital Fund for the transportation of fallen heroes.

Defense Health Programs $1.4 billion

Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities $441 million

o Funds drug interdiction and counter-drug activities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia

Office of the Inspector General $ 11 million

Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) $2.8 billion

o Realigns $419 million within JIEDDO for proper execution

o Transfers several programs to Service accounts for proper execution

General Provisions

o Includes language which prohibits the transfer, release, or incarceration of any individual who was detained as of October 1, 2009, at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to or within the United States or its territories which is consistent with language previously adopted by the Senate

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