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Summary of the FY
2003 Defense Budget (signed into law on October 23, 2002)
House Republicans: Committee Central
The bill reported by
the Defense Appropriations Conference provides a total of $355.1 billion
in new discretionary spending authority for the Defense Department
for FY 2003, a reduction of $1.6 billion to the budget request (not
including the $10 billion reserve). It is also an increase of $37.5
billion over FY 2002 levels (not including supplementals).
$788 million for
procurement of the Army’s Stryker Interim Armored Vehicle, and
additions of $60 million over the budget request for Stryker Brigade
Termination of the
Army’s Crusader artillery system and acceleration of funding for
other indirect fire weapons, including $369 million for the
Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) cannon system, an addition of $173 million
to the budget).
$251 million for
the Army’s Future Combat System, including an addition to the amended
budget request of $105 million.
Addition of $30
million over the budget request for the Navy’s Littoral Combat
$131 million for
procurement of 22 Predator UAVs, an addition of $26 million over
the budget request.
$129 million for
procurement of 3 Global Hawk UAVs, and $42 million to accelerate
development of a Navy Global Hawk variant (Broad Area Maritime
$338 million for
the Air Force’s Multi-sensor Command and Control Constellation
(MC2C) development program.
Approves an increase
of 17 percent for the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA)
over FY 2002 levels.
Adds $34 million
over the request for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Unconventional
Nuclear Threat initiative, and added $25 million over the request
for a Chemical/Biological Defense Initiative Fund to take advantage
of rapidly emerging technologies.
SURVEILLANCE AND RECONNAISSANCE
Approves net increases
to the President’s request for the National Foreign Intelligence Program
(NFIP), which had represented the largest one-year increase in intelligence
spending in over two decades
Total funding of $7.4
billion, a net reduction of $43 million to the budget request.
Includes full funding
for major initiatives such as the Ground-Based Midcourse
Segment/Pacific Test Bed and the Airborne Laser.
Adds funds to Theater
Missile Defense systems including PATRIOT PAC-3 ($672 million,
a net addition of $50 million to the budget request) and the joint
U.S.-Israel ARROW program ($136 million, an addition of $70 million
to the budget request)
Approves $3.3 billion
for 15 C-17 transport aircraft, an addition of $586 million to
the budget to fully fund the FY 2003 acquisition costs instead
of incremental funding as proposed by the Air Force.
request for future procurement of 40 C-130Js for the Air Force
and 24 KC-130Js for the Marine Corps.
STEWARDSHIP OF DEFENSE DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS
requiring rigorous operational assessment of the Navy-Marine Corps
Internet program before entering next phase of program expansion.
Sets ceiling on
the use of management reserve funds for service chiefs and secretaries
of $160 million.
advisory and assistance and business management workyears, resulting
in savings of $850 million.
BAT anti-armor program (-$145 million) while also providing $45
million for multi-mode seeker technology based on BAT work to date.
Terminates the Wide
Area Munition (WAM) program due to severe technical issues related
to sensors and extremely high projected unit costs (-$46.4 million).
Reduces budget request
by $97 million due to savings from improved management of Government
purchase card program.
Reduces budget request
by $59 million due to unwarranted growth in DoD travel expenses.
- $93.6 billion ($11.5 billion over FY 2002)
Supports the budget
request for 1.4 million active duty and 864,558 guard and reserve
Fully funds the
pay raise of 4.1 percent.
Adds $110 million
over the budget for enhanced force structure for B-52 squadrons,
and Guard and Reserve full time support personnel.
MAINTENANCE - $114.8 billion ($9.7 billion over FY 2002)
Fully funds budgeted
increases in steaming, flying, and training hours.
Fully funds proposed
Administration increases for spare parts, real property and depot
$71.6 billion ($10.7 billion over FY 2002)
RDTE - $58.6
billion ($9.9 billion over FY 2002)
$270 million for
19 Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, an increase of $116 million
and 7 aircraft to the budget request.
$3.2 billion for
46 Navy F/A-18 E/F fighters, including an additional $120 million
over the budget request for 2 additional aircraft.
$4.0 billion for
23 F-22 fighters, the budgeted amount.
$3.5 billion for
continued development of the multi-service Joint Strike Fighter.
$1.25 billion for
Army ammunition, $94 million over the budget request.
$249 million for
Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles.
$770 million for
Navy/Air Force JDAM precision-guided bomb kits.
Total funding of $9.0
billion, a net increase of $842 million over the budget request. Programs
$2.3 billion for
2 DDG-51 AEGIS destroyers;
$1.5 billion for
1 Virginia-class attack submarine;
$645 million for
continued conversion of 4 Trident ballistic missile submarines
to cruise missile attack submarines;
$90 million over
the budget request to incorporate a modern Integrated Warfare System
(IWS) on the CVN-77 aircraft carrier;
$160 million over
the budget request for CVN(X) Next Generation Aircraft Carrier
risk mitigation; and
$1.3 billion to
buy down costs associated with prior year shipbuilding, an add
of $635 million over the budget, including $311 million for costs
associated with the workload swap for the DDG-51 and LPD-17 programs.
REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT
Provides $1.78 billion
for Defense Working Capital Funds.
Provides $943 million
for the National Defense Sealift Fund.
DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM
- $14.8 Billion
Life" post-65 military retirement medical care funded at $7.7
Provides $150 million
for Breast Cancer Research.
Provides $85 million
for Prostate Cancer Research.
- $882 million
Approved over $28 billion
in personnel and readiness funding for the Guard and Reserve, and added
$100 million over the budget request for dedicated Guard and Reserve
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