The legislation provides $511 billion for the Pentagon’s “base” budget and another $93.3 billion for the war in Afghanistan for the fiscal year that begins on October 1.
It would restore $800 million that the administration had sought to cut from the U.S. Air Force. The appropriations subcommittee also reversed the Navy’s proposal to prematurely retire seven cruisers and two amphibious ships, the committee summary of the legislation said.
Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican on the subcommittee, said the bill included money for the final year of development work on a joint ground-based missile defense program with Italy and Germany.
“This would enable us to meet our obligations with our European allies,” Shelby said but did not reveal the amount.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had urged lawmakers to include $400.9 million for the program, known as the Medium Extended Air and Missile Defense System (MEADS) built by Lockheed Martin Corp and its partners in Italy and Germany.