All six bills that formed the foundation of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018 were passed by The House Armed Services subcommittees on Wednesday and Thursday.
The six bills included plans for emerging threats, tactical air and land forces, readiness, strategic forces, military personnel, and seapower and projection forces. The NDAA is now closer to the fully formed bill they need to adequately set defense policy and priorities for the year.
House Armed Services Committee members will release the NDAA’s “chairman’s mark” next week, indicating the committee’s top-line funding estimate for FY18. The figure is expected to be above the budget estimate for national security spending, which was set at $603 billion earlier this year.
That $603 billion is “a 3.2% increase for national defense compared to the FY18 funding levels proposed in President Obama’s last budget request,” according to Rep. William McClellan “Mac” Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
The chairman’s mark will also include recommendations for extra aircraft, ships and weapons systems, including an extra five ships beyond the eight already recommended in the president’s original budget request.
TEAM DML blankets on sale now for Christmas (BUY NOW)
If you would like to receive Breaking News text alerts on a smartphone or tablet, download the DML APP which is completely FREE and easy to use. Go to the Google Play Store or the IOS App Store and search for DML APP. Be sure to keep the app’s notifications setting on. Another way to receive alerts is to text to 40404 the following message: follow @realdennislynch (be sure to put a space between the word follow and the @ symbol).
To see more stories like this, sign up below for Dennis Michael Lynch’s email newsletter.
Sign up to get breaking news alerts from Dennis Michael Lynch.
Republicans are seeking Navy expansion