Fiscal Year 2018 House Defense Appropriations Bill

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The total funding for the Pentagon in FY 2018 is $658.1 billion, including $584.2 billion for base discretionary funding subject to budget caps ($68.1 billion above FY 2017 levels and $18.4 billion above the FY 2018 request) and a total of $73.9 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget that serves to evade the budget caps.[1]

Base + OCO Spending by Allocation**

FY 2018 Request: FY 2018 Bill: Allocated to:
146.0 138.3* Military Personnel
271.9 241.0 Operations & Maintenance
125.2 149.0 Procurement
83.3 84.3 Research and Development (RDT&E)

*Military personal and pay: increases military personnel by an additional 18,100 active forces and 9,700 selected reserve, as compared to FY 2017 authorized levels.

**Defense health program and military family programs: $34 billion

Selected Nuclear Weapons and Delivery Systems

(in millions of current dollars)

FY 2018 request: FY 2018 Bill: Allocated to:
2,003.6 1,983.6 Long Range Strike Bomber*
1,619.1 1,619.1 Ohio Submarine Replacement Program

(only procurement and R&D)

1,143.6 1,134.5 Trident II Ballistic Missile Modifications
215.7 215.7 Ground Based Strategic Deterrent
451.3 419.8 Long-Range Standoff Weapon

*Long Range Strike Bomber will serve both conventional and nuclear missions

[1] The total funds in this bill differ from the defense authorization bill because Department of Energy nuclear programs and Military Construction are contained in separate appropriations bills.

Major aircraft procurement programs:

  • $9.4 billion for 84 F-35 aircraft;
  • $1.8 billion for 24 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft;
  • $1.0 billion for 56 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters;
  • $1.2 billion for 12 V-22 aircraft
  • $1.2 billion for 7 P-8A Poseidon aircraft;
  • $2.4 billion for 15 KC-46 tanker aircraft;
  • $1.5 billion for 17 C/HC/KC/MC-130J aircraft

Major shipbuilding procurement programs:

  • $1.9 billion – Carrier Replacement Program
  • $2.6 billion – Carrier Replacement Program advance procurement
  • $3.3 billion – Virginia Class Submarine
  • $1.9 billion – Virginia Class Submarine advance procurement
  • $1.6 billion – CVN aircraft carrier Refueling Overhauls
  • $75.9 million – CVN aircraft carrier Refueling Overhauls advance procurement
  • $165.0 million – DDG–1000 Program
  • $3.5 billion – DDG–51 Destroyer
  • $90.3 million – DDG-51 Destroyer Advanced Procurement
  • $1.6 billion – Littoral Combat Ship
  • $1.7 billion – LHA Landing Helicopter Assault Replacement

Misc. provisions in defense portion of bill:

  • $324.6 million – Cooperative Threat Reduction funding
  • $705.8 million for Israeli Cooperative Programs
  • Section 8101 bars spending for any reductions or preparation for reductions in the number of deployed and non-deployed strategic delivery vehicles and launchers below the New START levels.
  • 4% pay increase for the military
  • Section 8113 bars spending for any Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round
  • Section 8116 bars spending to close the Guantanamo Bay prison
  • Provides $4.9 billion for Afghanistan Security Forces fund
  • Section 9013 provides $150 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative
  • Section 9018 bars funds from being used in Syria in contravention of the War Powers Resolution
  • National Defense Sealift Fund: Zeroed out by committee
  • Buy American: requires purchase from U.S. firms of anchor and mooring chains, ball and roller bearings, and supercomputers.
  • Section 9008 prohibits the use of funding in contravention of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
  • Section 9020 is new and requires the President to designate Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) /Global War on Terrorism funds.