Six major bills passed by defense committee

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.

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