Summary: FY 2019 Senate Defense Appropriations Bill (S.3159)

Top Line

A. Total Appropriations[1]

    • Total discretionary funding: $668.0 billion (an increase of $15.6 billion from FY 2018)
    • Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO): $67.9 billion (included in $668.0 billion)

B. Major categories of spending

Title I—Military Personnel: $139.3 billion

Title II—Operation and Maintenance: $194.0 billion

Title III—Procurement: $135.2 billion

Title IV—Research, development, test and evaluation: $95.1 billion

Title VI—Other Department of Defense Programs: $36.3 billion

Title IX—Overseas Contingency Operation: $67.9 billion

C. Military Pay

  • Military pay increase: 2.6%
  • Civilian pay increase: 1.9%


Select Nuclear and Related Weapons Programs

A. Ohio Replacement Strategic Submarine (Columbia Class)

  • $3.2 billion: Procurement
  • $542.8 million: Research and Development

B. Long range strike bomber (Conventional and Nuclear)

  • $2.3 billion Research and Development

C. Long Range Standoff Weapon (LRSO)

  • $624.9 million Research and Development

D. Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD – ICBM replacement)

  •  $345.0 million Research and Development

E. Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missile

  •  Modifications: $1.1 billion Procurement

F. Missile Defense Agency

  • $10.5 billion for the entire agency, an increase of $1.2 billion from request
  • Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD)
    • Procurement: $450.0 million
    • Demonstration: $803.4 million
    • Counter Improvised-Threat Demonstration, Prototype: $72.6 million
  • $1.0 billion Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) procurement
  • AEGIS ballistic missile defense
    • Procurement: $708.7 million
    • Aegis Ashore Phase III: $35.0 million
    • Aegis Hardware and Software: $97.1 million
    • Demonstration and Validation: $773.5 million


Other programs of interest

A. Prompt Global Strike Capability development

  • $615.9 million Research and Development (increase of $352.5 million from request)

B. Afghanistan Security Forces Fund

  • $4.7 billion

C. Cooperative Threat Reduction

  • $335.2 million

D. Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction, Defense

  • $993.8 million

E. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

  • $545.8 million: Base Budget
  • $321.9 million: Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Account


Select Conventional Program Programs

A. Shipbuilding

Navy Shipbuilding Program Total: $24.0 billion, funds the construction of 13 new ships: 

      • 2 Virginia class submarines
      • 3 DDG-51 destroyers
      • 2 Littoral Combat Ships, an increase of 1 from the request
      • 1 Expeditionary Fast Transport ship
      • 2 TAO Fleet Oilers
      • 1 Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ship
      • 1 Cable ship 


B. Aviation programs

$42.2 billion for procurement of military aircraft

      • 24 F/A–18E/F (fighter) Hornet (Navy)
      • 17 Joint Strike Fighter (Navy), an increase of 8 from the request
      • 48 Joint Strike Fighter (Air Force)
      • 24 Joint Strike Fighter (Navy) short take-off and vertical landing aircraft, an increase of 4 from the request
      • 10 V-22 aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing, an increase of 3 from the request (Navy)
      • 15 KC-46A tanker (Air Force
      • 1 Presidential aircraft replacement ($616.4 million)


Misc. provisions

A. Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead – No funds may be used to deploy the W-76-2, a new low-yield variant, until the Department of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, submits a report that covers the Navy equities needed to support the warhead, any changes necessary to crew or personnel training to support the warhead, the rationale for deployment, and a description of actions that will be taken to mitigate any risks of miscalculation associated with the new warhead.

B. F -35s to Turkey– bars transferring F-35 aircraft to Turkey unless the Secretary of Defense can certify that Turkey is not purchasing the S-400 missile defense system from Russia (Section 8113).


[1] While Department of Energy nuclear programs and military construction are included in the defense authorization bill, they are covered in separate appropriations bills.