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Appropriation Committee’s Major Changes to Administration’s Supplemental Request May 13, 2009

Posted by Stephen Abott in Analysis.
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The House Appropriations Committee made a number of major changes to the weapon systems included in President Obama’s war supplemental request. After the jump is a short description of the largest military system changes within the Pentagon’s $84.5 billion section of the bill, along with a table detailing all the major modifications.

Ah-64 Apache Modifications: The committee recommended the modification of 24 Army National Guard AH-64 helicopters to the AH-64D variation. As the A variant is considered un-deployable, the committee decided that the upgraded aircraft would increase Army assets.

C-17A: Despite the Pentagon’s assurance that they do not need to procure more than the 205 C-17 transport aircraft they have already acquired, the committee included $2.2 billion for 8 additional aircraft.

C-130: The committee added funding for 11 C-130 transport aircraft.

C-5 & C-17A: A number of programs were modified because of the Pentagon’s inability to complete aircraft modifications on schedule. Modifications to C-5 and C-17A defensive systems were cut by $45 million and $230 million, respectively, because the Air Force was unable to instill these systems on schedule.

National Guard and Reserve Equipment: The committee recommended $500 million for National Guard and reserve equipment. Because the Guard and reserve “…traditionally receive less than a proportionate share of funding to resource the[ir] equipment,” these funds will be used to procure “high value” equipment for combat and missions to support their state governors.

MRAP: The committee recommended $4.8 billion for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Fund (MRAP). This is more than $2.1 billion above the administration’s request.

MAJOR SYSTEM MODIFICATIONS

All #s in Thousands of $ (,000)

Obama Request

Committee

Difference

% Change

CH-47 Helicopter

120,000

210,000

90,000

75.0%

AH-64 (MOD)

354,360

787,060

432,700

122.1%

Stryker Vehicle

112,734

451,134

338,400

300.2%

Bradley Program (MOD)

541,000

784,600

243,600

45.0%

Sincgars-Ground

100,000

0

-100,000

-100.0%

Tactical Unmanned Aerial Sys

236,780

316,780

80,000

33.8%

Rough Terrain Container Handler

20,200

40,200

20,000

99.0%

UH-1Y/AH-IZ

102,400

277,400

175,000

170.9%

P-3 Series

0

100,000

100,000

n/a

Special Program Aircraft

84,645

0

-84,645

-100.0%

Common Ground Equipment

78,000

0

-78,000

-100.0%

Marine Corps Tactical Unmanned Aerial Syst (moved to Army)

65,937

0

-65,937

-100.0%

MATCALS (Marine Air Traffic Control and Landing System)

59,243

0

-59,243

-100.0%

Common Imagery Ground Surface Syst

24,518

0

-24,518

-100.0%

Common Computer Resources

58,903

42,703

-16,200

-27.5%

Physical Security Equip – part of program already complete

160,070

47,870

-112,200

-70.1%

C-17A (8 Aircraft)

0

2,245,200

2,245,200

n/a

C-130

0

904,200

904,200

n/a

MQ-9 UAV

195,858

305,858

110,000

56.2%

C-5 (Mods)

104,800

59,800

-45,000

-42.9%

C-17A (Mods)

230,200

0

-230,200

-100.0%

C-12

89,000

111,500

22,500

25.3%

C-130 (Mods)

189,910

118,410

-71,500

-37.6%

RQ-4 UAV (Mods)

32,000

0

-32,000

-100.0%

MQ-9 (Mods)

114,700

32,700

-82,000

-71.5%

Base Info Infrastructure

20,000

0

-20,000

-100.0%

National Guard & Reserve Equipment Fund

0

500,000

500,000

n/a

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