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  • Margin Walker
    Posted by Paul McLeary 4:35 PM on Jun 17, 2011

    We’ve only just been able to give the Senate Armed Service Committee’s markup of the financial year 2012 budget a quick look, but here are some things that jumped out at us, and that we expect you’ll be hearing lots more about soon…

    • Fully supports the budget request of $884.4 million for the Army’s next-generation armored Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) development.
    • Funds fully ($3.2 billion) DOD’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP) fund, which provides for the sustainment and procurement of MRAPs and M-ATVs.
    • Authorizes $10.4 billion for U.S. Special Operations Command, an increase of 6 percent above fiscal year 2011 levels.
    • Authorizes more than $2.5 billion for DOD’s counter-improvised explosive device activities.
    • Authorizes $1.1 billion to continue development of the Ohio-class replacement program, SSBN(X), to modernize the sea-based leg of the nuclear deterrent system.
    • Includes a provision that would prohibit the Secretary of the Air Force from taking any action regarding the retirement of the U-2 aircraft until the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics certifies to Congress that the operating and sustainment (O&S) costs for the Global Hawk aircraft are less than the O&S costs for the U-2 aircraft it is intended to replace.
    • Cuts $451.9 million for the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) low rate initial production (LRIP) aircraft due to program delays.
    • Cuts $192.3 million from related Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) projects due to Early-Infantry Brigade Combat Team program termination.
    • Cuts $200.0 million of $775.8 million in the budget request for the Joint Tactical Radio System due to program delays with the Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) and Airborne, Maritime/Fixed (AMF) radios.
    • Cuts $406.6 million for the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), the amount of the budget request, in order to obtain a less-costly option for the program.
    • Transfers $27.0 million for the Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office, as requested by the Marine Corps, to reduce logistical resupply convoys, increase energy efficiency, and reduce risk to Marines in combat.
    • Requires the Secretary of Defense to ensure that the low-rate initial production contract for lot 5 of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program (aircraft funded in fiscal year 2011) is: (1) a fixed price contract; and (2) the contract requires that the contractor absorb 100 percent of costs above the target cost.

    Tags: budget, pentagon, senate, wellington, ar99

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