Senate & House Committees Reach Defense Bill Compromise

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Unread post10 Dec 2013, 04:18

Senate and House Committees Reach Defense Bill Compromise 09 Dec 2013 USNI News Editor
"The House and Senate armed services committees have agreed to a last minute compromise defense bill that would authorize funds to fully fund the Pentagon’s budget for Fiscal Year 2014, committee leaders said in a press conference late Monday afternoon.

The draft of the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will fully fund the Department of Defense’s April $526 billion discretionary budget, according to a fact sheet from the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) provided to USNI News.

The NDAA also allows for an additional $80.7 billion to fund the war in Afghanistan in a so-called Overseas Contingency Operations.

With the Republican HASC and the Democrat Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) in alignment with the bill, the House and the Senate now will have the rest of the week to vote on the bill ahead of a congressional recess for the end of the year.

“This is the only way we can pass a bill this year,” Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said during the Monday press conference.

“We owe the men and women in uniform and the national security to finish this bill,” said Rep Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) at the same conference.

Levin said the ability for the Pentagon to give out for combat pay and variety of other authorizations prompted the compromise.

Several congressional sources told USNI News the compromise bill was likely to pass both houses.

However — even if the authorization bill is signed into law — a separate budget committee will weigh in on the appropriations for the defense bill. The committee will wrestle with the so-called sequestration cuts that cut 10 percent of the Pentagon’s budget as part of the 2011 Budget Control Act.

Both sides of the budget must be completed by Friday — the last day Congress is in session in 2013.

The bill’s provisions include:

- Starting work on an East Coast missile defense shield.
- Increased oversight on the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programs.
- Authorization for a new Gerald R. Ford-class nuclear aircraft carrier
- Advanced procurement for a new round of F-18 E/F Super Hornet carrier-based fighters
- Authorization for the Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV)
- Prohibits the Pentagon from starting a new round of base closures"

http://news.usni.org/2013/12/09/senate- ... compromise

FACT SHEET: http://news.usni.org/2013/12/09/documen ... fact-sheet
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http://www.scribd.com/document_download ... ension=pdf (300Kb)
page 7 top: "Two acquisition programs, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JCS) receive additional oversight. The NDAA requires an independent assessment of JSF software programs, as well as report
on the long-term sustainment plan for the autonomic logistics information system...."
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Unread post10 Dec 2013, 04:58

Hard to imagine what additional oversight they would need on top of what's already the most closely monitored program in the DoD's history...,oh well..

Re the F-18s, I wonder if these were actually requested by the Navy to,fill,a,specific,requirement or it was a political initiative? Maybe the Navy and/or Congress is confident that the CVN fleet will remain at current levels.
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Unread post10 Dec 2013, 05:52

Navy Cagey, Boeing Cocky, Over F-18′s Future 09 Dec 2013 Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
"PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION: “My job is to preserve options and that’s what I do,” said Capt. Francis Morley, Navy program manager for the F-18 fighter family. Will the Navy press ahead to buy more F-18s in the face of what seems pretty determined opposition from the Office of Secretary of Defense, eager to preserve F-35 funding? “I’ll let the folks in the building figure out what numbers they want,” Morley said.

In October, the Navy issued and then withdrew a pre-solicitation for “up to 36” F/A-18E/Fs and EA-18 Growlers to be bought in fiscal year 2015, when current long-term plans call for zero. “That was an error — my responsibility,” Morley said. “It got everybody excited, [but] it was no indication of what the intent was for FY ’15. That was purely the program maintaining options.”

In fact, Morley said, withdrawing the pre-solicitation was a formality that didn’t actually take any options off the table: “The decision space is still here.”

What about rumors that the Navy withdrew the F-18 pre-solicitation because the Office of the Secretary of Defense came down like a ton of bricks on a potential threat to its favorite plane, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter?

“Didn’t happen,” said Morley. [But do we believe him? -- the editor]

“We spend too much time on this F-18 vs. JSF [question],” added Morley’s boss, Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis, who oversees all Navy fighter programs. No matter what happens with the Hornets, the Navy F-35C won’t enter service until 2019 and will take years to enter the fleet in numbers. “Until JSF does arrive in the fleet,” Gaddis said, “the Super Hornet is Navy aviation. That’ s our striking power, it’s the mainstay of our force structure, and there’s nothing else out there.”

“Y’all talk a lot about leadership’s commitment to the JSF, but leadership is just as committed to the Super Hornet and to the Growler,” Gaddis said, and it’s going to invest in upgrading and sustaining both aircraft for two more decades. Ah, but whose leadership, we wonder?

Even Gaddis’s ringing endorsement of the F-18, however, doesn’t actually answer the question of whether the Navy hopes to buy more in 2015, let alone whether OSD will allow it...."

http://breakingdefense.com/2013/12/navy ... 8s-future/

Then the BOING B/S after that but good luck to 'em - as long as whatever they do does not impact the F-35C! :devil:
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Unread post10 Dec 2013, 08:28

Just because the might Hornet fambly are mentioned in this thread on their 35th? year here are a goodly bunch of photos:

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Unread post10 Dec 2013, 18:16

Lawmakers Reach Deal on U.S. Defense Authorization Bill 10 Dec 2013 Roxana Tiron
"U.S. House and Senate negotiators settled on a $552.1 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2014 that would revamp how the U.S. military handles sexual assault cases and approve the Pentagon’s request for F-35 fighters....

...F-35 Purchases
Under the bill unveiled yesterday, the Pentagon would be allowed to buy the 29 F-35 jets it had requested. The fighter, made by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT), is the military’s costliest weapons program.

The Pentagon’s current five-year plan calls for increasing F-35 production to 42 jets in fiscal 2015, which begins Oct. 1, 2014, from 29 this year and in fiscal 2013. The rate would increase to 62 in 2016, 76 in 2017 and 100 in 2018, according to internal Pentagon budget documents. The new plan will be released next year with the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget plan.

The Pentagon’s projected price tag of $391.2 billion for a fleet of 2,443 aircraft is a 68 percent increase from the projection in 2001, as measured in current dollars. The number of aircraft also is 409 fewer than called for in the original program...."

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F-35, Flying Hours Top Air Force’s Wish List Under Potential New Budget 13 Dec 2013 Kris Osborn
"The Air Force’s top uniformed acquisition leader said the service would prioritize adding funds to readiness and training accounts and fully fund its initial production lot of F-35 aircraft should $3 to $7 billion get returned to the Air Force’s budget as part of the bipartisan budget deal passed by the House Thursday....

...Each of the services stand to get anywhere from $3 to $7 billion in appropriated funds for fiscal year 2014, allowing them the opportunity to make new plans and reverse some of the consequences of sequestration. Davis said the Air Force is examining which accounts would receive additional funds.

“Big chunk of that starts with readiness, flying hours for squadrons and the major training activities such as the Red Flag exercises which are critically important to the Air Force. That is where we would initially start buying back if we got $3 or $4 billion back,” Davis said. “There will be other things that we had to cut to create efficiencies whether its munitions buys or fully funding the production lot for the F-35. The F-35 is 17– to 18-percent of our budget, so we’ve got a list that we are working on.”

The Air Force budget request for fiscal year 2014 asks for $3.4 billion for F-35 procurement and roughly $800 million in research, development, test and evaluation for the aircraft....

...The Air Force has identified the F-35, its new long-range strike bomber program, or LRS-B and the KC-46 tanker program as its top acquisition priorities."

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Unread post17 Dec 2013, 22:40

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 mooted - not passed yet (PDF 2Mb) attached. Searching PDF for 'F-35' is one way to see stuff....

http://armedservices.house.gov/index.cf ... 9D800AF2DB
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Unread post26 Dec 2013, 02:15

spazsinbad wrote:The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 mooted - not passed yet (PDF 2Mb) attached. Searching PDF for 'F-35' is one way to see stuff....

http://armedservices.house.gov/index.cf ... 9D800AF2DB


It passed the Senate, and is awaiting Presidential signature - which is expected. There was no change to the House funding numbers for Navy F-35C or Marine F-35B, but a $71.5M decrease in funding for certain engineering initiatives for the AF F-35A. Some language was added to enable closer scrutiny of certain aspects (software and ALIS) of the JSF program, and removing some reporting requirements. $75M in unrequested funding was added for Super Hornet advanced procurement. Boeing is hoping for 44 additional orders over the next few years - which may translate into delayed or even lost orders for F-35C.
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Unread post27 Dec 2013, 10:56

Obama Signs Bipartisian Budget Easing $63 Billion in Cuts 27 Dec 2013 Derek Wallbank and Roger Runningen
"... approving the Pentagon’s request for F-35 fighters...."

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Unread post15 Jan 2014, 05:43

Lockheed F-35 Comes Out Ahead in Spending Bill’s Defense Accord 14 Jan 2014 Roxana Tiron & Tony Capaccio
"...Lockheed’s F-35: The bill provides funding for all 29 F-35s requested by the Pentagon. It also permits the Pentagon to start advance hardware purchases for 39 of the next 42 fighters that the Pentagon plans to buy in fiscal 2015. Senate appropriators had voted in August to fund parts purchases for no more than 36 planes....

...Boeing Super Hornets: The Navy would get $75 million in advance procurement money for 22 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets made by Chicago-based Boeing Co. (BA:US) as part of a multiyear procurement. Neither the advance funds nor the procurement authority was requested by the Pentagon...."

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