The Senate panel also funded the Pentagon’s effort to purchase biofuels, something that the three other congressional defense panels rejected.
But the committee followed the House and Senate defense committees in other areas. The Senate committee voted to pause for one year the Air Force’s force structure recommendation, and it adds $800 million to make up for those cuts, largely directed at the Air National Guard, during fiscal 2013.
The bill allows the Pentagon to use funding from previous years to keep alive Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk Block 30 program and Alenia’s C-27J Spartan program.
The committee adds $60 million for advance procurement of Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft. And it adds $163 million for AN-TPY 2 radar and $189 million for additional SM-3 Block 1B interceptors.
The bill fully funds the Next Generation bomber and Prompt Global Strike programs.