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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.
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…
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