This bill would authorize $577.9 billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2017, a total that’s $5.2 billion more than what was enacted in 2016 and $1.6 billion more than the Obama administration’s budget request. Of this, base discretionary funding rose by $2 billion to $516.1 billion, and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) / Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding increased by $3.2 billion to $61.8 billion.
Military Personnel and Pay: $132.1 billion would be spent to provide for 1,305,000 active-duty troops and 813,200 Guard and Reserve troops. Troop reductions that had been included in the Obama administration’s defense budget for FY 2017 would be denied, and military pay would increase by 2.1 percent instead of 1.6 percent as per the Obama administration’s proposal.
Operation and Maintenance: $215.3 billion would be spent on operation and maintenance, with $167.6 billion in base funding and $47.7 billion for OCO/GWOT requirements. It would support additional readiness programs to prepare troops for combat and peacetime missions, training, and maintaining facilities and equipment.
Equipment Procurement: $117.8 billion would be provided for equipment and upgrades, of which $108.4 billion would come from base funding and $9.4 billion for OCO/GWOT requirements. This funding goes toward providing the platforms, weapons, and equipment the military needs to train and conduct successful operations. The biggest line items of this section include $21.2 billion for 13 Navy ships, $8.2 billion for 74 F-35 aircraft, $1.1 billion for 14 F-18 Super Hornet aircraft; $1.1 billion for 61 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. Additionally, $600.7 million would go to Israel Cooperative Programs.
Research and Development: $72.7 billion — $407 million of which is OCO/GWOT funding — would go to research, development, testing and evaluation of new defense technologies. Among the programs on which research and development would focus are the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the GPS III operational control and space segments, the new Air Force bomber program, a next-generation JSTARS aircraft, the RQ-4 Triton drone, and the Ohio-class submarine replacement.