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Wednesday
May132009

Appropriation Committee’s Major Changes to Administration’s Supplemental Request

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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