The Senate Armed Services Committee completed its mark of the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act last week,
voting unanimously to report the bill to the full Senate. SASC proposed spending $640 billion in the base defense budget and $60 billion in overseas contingency operations (OCO), according to a
summary released by the committee. The $700 billion grand total for defense spending is close to the $696 billion recently proposed by the House Armed Services Committee in its
mark, but the House would include only $621 billion in base spending with $75 billion moved to OCO. The SASC and HASC budgets would each exceed the spending cap of $549 billion established by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The SASC mark would fund 94 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, including 60 F-35As for the Air Force, and 17 KC-46 aircraft. HASC would only fund 87 F-35s, 56 of which would be the A variant, but has money for 18 KC-46s. The SASC mark also includes acquisition reform policy, expanding the role of the Chief Management Officer, a position created in the FY17 NDAA, to be the Pentagon’s No. 3 official and to oversee all business operations of the service Secretaries. It also creates a new Chief Information Warfare Officer who would oversee all information warfare in the areas of “cybersecurity and cyber warfare, space and space launch systems, electronic warfare, and the electromagnetic spectrum.”—Wilson Brissett
A dummy attached to a GR7000 parachute is recovered following a test drop at the ROWE drop zone south of Edwards AFB, Calif. Members of the 418th Flight Test Squadron are testing a new parachute canopy for the Advanced Concept Ejection Seat II, or ACES II.
Air Force photo by Ethan Wagner.
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