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Highlights of the Conference Report: Lawmakers would authorize $506.9 billion in 2008 budget authority for national defense, which include DOD and the national security programs of the Energy Department. Additions and reductions beyond the Administration request include:
• +$2.28 billion for eight C-17s
•  -$35 million from the Airborne Laser (looking for independent review)
•  -$100 million for Space Tracking and Surveillance System
• +$125 million for Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite
• +$6.1 million for small satellite efforts
• +51 million for space situational awareness (a response to China's A-Sat effort)
• -$100 million from GPS III (supportive, but concerned about ground systems) 
• -$150 million from TSAT (with expression of full support)
• +$197 million for alternate engine for Joint Strike Fighter