H.R. 5856: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013

H.R. 5856

Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013

Sponsor
Rep. C.W. Young

Date
July 18, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, the House began consideration of H.R. 5856, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2013, under an open rule. The bill was introduced on May 25, 2012, by Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-FL) and referred to the Committee on Appropriations. The bill is being considered under an open rule (H.Res. 717) providing for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5856 would provide a total of $519.2 billion in regular discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense (DoD) in fiscal year 2013. Regular DoD budget authority in the bill represents an increase of $1.1 billion or above last year’s spending level and $3.1 billion above the level requested by the President for FY 2013. H.R. 5856 would contribute to an overall level of discretionary budget authority of $1.028 trillion for FY 2013 as contained in H.Con.Res. 112, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

 

In addition to regular DoD discretionary spending, H.R. 5856 would provide $88.5 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding to continue to carry out the global war on terrorism, primarily through ongoing military operations in Afghanistan. Due to the strategic drawdown of U.S. forces, spending for overseas operations is $26.6 billion or 23 percent below the level of OCO funding in FY 2012. Overseas funding for the war on terrorism is effectively the same as the amount contained in the President’s budget request. When regular DoD funding and emergency contingency operations funds are combined, H.R. 5856 provides a total of $607.7 billion, about $25 billion below the amount of funding provided in FY 2012. As always, OCO funding contained in the legislation is not counted against overall discretionary caps contained in the FY 2013 budget resolution.

The bill would provide $128.46 billion to support 1,401,560 active-duty troops and 843,400 reserves, for a total military strength of 2,224,960. Under the legislation, military personnel would receive a 1.7 percent pay increase beginning on January 1, 2013. In addition the bill would provide $102.5 billion for military equipment procurement and $175.16 billion for DoD operations and maintenance. H.R. 5856 would also include provisions to prohibit funding for transfers of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. or its territories, prohibits funding to modify any facility in the U.S. to house detainees, and places conditions on the release of detainees to other countries.

H.R. 5856 Spending Totals

(In millions of dollars, as scored by CBO)

 

FY 2012

President Request

H.R. 5856

Change from FY 2012

Change from Request

Change from FY 2012 %

Change from Request %

DoD Regular Budget Authority

518,146

516,131

519,219

1,073

3,088

0.2%

0.6%

Overseas Contingency Operations

115,083

88,482

88,480

-26,603

-2

-23.1%

0.0%

 

The following is a summary of the spending highlights and other provisions in the bill:

 

Military Personnel

H.R. 5856 would provide $128.46 billion in FY 2013 funding for military personnel, which is a reduction of $2.6 billion below last year, and an increase of $32 million compared to the President’s request. Funding in the bill would provide for 1,401,560 active-duty troops and 843,400 reserves.  In addition, the bill would also include a 1.7 percent pay raise for the military, which is in-line with pending Defense authorization legislation. Generally, military personnel spending provides funds for pay, allowances, clothing, subsistence, gratuities, travel, and related expenses for active duty personnel and the reserve corps.

Personnel Levels: H.R. 5856 would provide for personnel levels slightly above the President’s request. The fiscal year 2013 budget request includes a decrease of 21,600 in total end strength for the active forces and a decrease of 9,700 in end strength for the Selected Reserve as compared to the fiscal year 2012 authorized levels. The bill would provide for total military personnel levels that are 6,000 above the request. Funding in the bill would provide for 1,401,560 active-duty troops and 843,400 reserves, for a total strength of 2,224,960.  

Military Pay Raise: H.R. 5856 would provide a 1.7 percent base pay raise for military personnel, effective January 1, 2013, which is in line with pending Defense Authorization legislation.

 

Operations and Maintenance

H.R. 5856 would provide $175.16 billion in discretionary spending for DoD operations and maintenance, an increase of $12 billion above FY 2012 levels and $220 million above the President’s request. The funds provide for the costs of operating and maintaining the military, including the reserves and related support activities of the DoD such as flight time and battle training, equipment and facility maintenance, and base operations. The operations and maintenance account also provides funding for civilian pay, services for maintenance, and spare parts for weapons and equipment. The bill would not include a civilian pay raise. According to the Committee on Appropriations, funding in the bill includes $589 million ($850 million bill-wide) to “pause” retirements and reassignments of Guard and Reserve aircraft until Congress and GAO review the cost-benefit analyses of the Air Force’s proposal, $133 million ($278 million bill-wide) to maintain the Global Hawk Block 30 aircraft, and $1.5 billion to restore unrealistic cuts to facility sustainment and base operating support.

 

Procurement

H.R. 5856 would provide $102.5 billion for military equipment procurement, a reduction of $2.1 billion below last year’s levels and an increase of $875 million above the President’s request. Procurement funding pays for new equipment and upgrades to ensure that our military forces have the platforms, weapons, and other equipment they need to train, maintain military infrastructure, and conduct successful operations. According to the House Appropriations Committee, highlights of Defense procurement spending include the following:

  • $15.2 billion to procure 11 Navy ships, including three DDG-51 Destroyers and advance procurement for two SSN-774 Attack Submarines in fiscal year 2014;
  • $5.2 billion for 29 F-35 aircraft;
  • $3.6 billion for 12 E/A-18G Growlers and 37 F/A-18E/F Hornet aircraft, including advance procurement for 15 additional E/A-18G Growlers;
  • $2.5 billion for 69 UH-60 Blackhawk and 42 MH-60S/R helicopters;
  • $2.0 billion for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account; $1.7 billion for four Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles;
  • $1.2 billion for 14 C-130J variants; and
  • $677 million ($792 million bill-wide) to maintain and modernize three Navy cruisers slated for decommissioning.  

 

Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation

H.R. 5856 would provide $69.98 billion for the DoD’s research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDTE) efforts, a reduction of $2.4 billion below last year’s funding level and an increase of $576 million above the President’s requested level. This funding for basic and applied science research is specifically meant to advance the safety and success of current and future military operations, and help prepare our forces with the systems and equipment necessary to meet potential challenges. According to the Committee on Appropriations, the bill funds continued research and development of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the KC-46A tanker program, the P8-A Poseidon, the new Air Force bomber program, the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, the Navy Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle, the Ohio class submarine replacement, the Army and Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the Army Ground Combat Vehicle, the Israeli Cooperative Program, and other development programs.

 

Defense Health Programs

H.R. 5856 would provide $32.8 billion for DoD health programs, and increase of $380 million above last year and $333 million above the President’s request. According to the House Appropriations Committee, funding for DoD health programs includes $246 million for cancer research, $245 million for medical facility and equipment upgrades, $125 million for traumatic brain injury and psychological health research, and $20 million for suicide prevention outreach programs. The legislation also includes $2.3 billion for family support and advocacy programs.

Contingency operations and Overseas Deployment

In addition to regular DoD discretionary spending, H.R. 5856 would provide $88.5 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding to continue to carry out the global war on terrorism, primarily for ongoing military operations in Afghanistan. Due to the strategic drawdown of U.S. forces, spending for overseas operations is $26.6 billion or 23 percent below the level of OCO funding in FY 2012. Overseas funding for the war on terrorism is the same as the amount contained in the President’s budget request. This reduction in OCO funding reflects the cessation of U.S. combat operations in Iraq by the end of the first quarter of FY2012 and the reduction of the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, by the end of FY2012, to 68,000 personnel, thus ending the “surge” into that country of 33,000 additional U.S. troops announced by President Obama on December 1, 2009.

Other Provisions

Guantanamo Bay Detainees: H.R. 5856 would prohibit funding for transfers of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. or its territories, prohibits funding to modify any facility in the U.S. to house detainees, and places conditions on the release of detainees to other countries. These provisions are virtually identical to language contained in the FY 2011 Defense Appropriations legislation.

Reductions From the President’s Request: H.R. 5856 includes a number of provisions that reduce spending for DoD programs relative to the President’s budget request. In order to achieve savings from the President’s request, the bill makes a number of reductions from areas that will not affect the safety or success of our troops and missions, while also increasing overall funding for DoD activities above last year.  According to the House Appropriations Committee, some of these reductions include: -$2.5 billion in excess carryover funding from the Army Working Capital Fund; -$400 million in savings from the termination of the Medium Extended Air Defense System; -$500 million in savings from Marine Corps Field Logistics due to reduced force levels; and -$1.6 billion in savings from rescissions of unused prior-year funding.

 

 

SUMMARY Table

 

 

Title I - Military Personnel (In thousands of dollars)

Program

FY 2012

President’s Request

H.R. 5856

Change from FY 2012

Change from Request

% Change from FY 2012

% Change from request

Army

43,298,409

40,777,844

40,730,014

-2,568,395

-47,830

-5.9%

-0.1%

Navy

26,803,334

27,090,893

27,075,933

272,599

-14,960

1.0%

-0.1%

Marine Corps

13,635,136

12,481,050

12,560,999

-1,074,137

79,949

-7.9%

0.6%

Air Force

28,096,708

28,048,539

28,124,109

27,401

75,570

0.1%

0.3%

Army Reserve

4,289,407

4,513,753

4,456,823

167,416

-56,930

3.9%

-1.3%

Navy Reserve

1,935,544

1,898,668

1,871,688

-63,856

-26,980

-3.3%

-1.4%

Marine Corps Reserve

644,722

664,641

651,861

7,139

-12,780

1.1%

-1.9%

Air Force Reserve

1,712,705

1,741,365

1,743,875

31,170

2,510

1.8%

0.1%

Army National Guard

7,585,645

8,103,207

8,089,477

503,832

-13,730

6.6%

-0.2%

Navy National Guard

3,088,929

3,110,065

3,158,015

69,086

47,950

2.2%

1.5%

Title I - Military Personnel

131,090,539

128,430,025

128,462,794

-2,627,745

32,769

-2.0%

0.03%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title II - Operation and Maintenance (In thousands of dollars)

Army Operations

31,072,902

36,608,592

36,422,738

5,349,836

-185,854

17.2%

-0.5%

Navy Operations

38,120,821

41,606,943

41,463,773

3,342,952

-143,170

8.8%

-0.3%

Marine Operations

5,542,937

5,983,163

6,075,667

532,730

92,504

9.6%

1.5%

Air Force Operations

34,985,486

35,435,360

35,408,795

423,309

-26,565

1.2%

-0.1%

Defense -Wide Operations

30,152,008

31,993,013

31,780,813

1,628,805

-212,200

5.4%

-0.7%

Army Reserves Operations

3,071,733

3,162,008

3,199,423

127,690

37,415

4.2%

1.2%

Navy Reserves Operations

1,305,134

1,246,982

1,256,347

-48,787

9,365

-3.7%

0.8%

Marine Reserve Operations

271,443

272,285

277,377

5,934

5,092

2.2%

1.9%

Air Force Reserve Operations

3,274,359

3,166,482

3,362,041

87,682

195,559

2.7%

6.2%

Army National Guard Operations

6,924,932

7,108,612

7,187,731

262,799

79,119

3.8%

1.1%

Air National Guard Operations

6,098,780

6,015,455

6,608,826

510,046

593,371

8.4%

9.9%

Armed Forces Court of Appeals

13,861

13,516

13,516

-345

0

-2.5%

0.0%

Army Environmental Restoration

346,031

335,921

335,921

-10,110

0

-2.9%

0.0%

Navy Environmental Restoration

308,668

310,594

310,594

1,926

0

0.6%

0.0%

Air Force Environmental Restoration

525,453

529,263

529,263

3,810

0

0.7%

0.0%

Defense-Wide Environmental Restoration

10,716

11,133

11,133

417

0

3.9%

0.0%

Formerly Used Sites Restoration

326,495

237,543

237,543

-88,952

0

-27.2%

0.0%

Overseas Humanitarian Aid

107,662

108,759

108,759

1,097

0

1.0%

0.0%

Cooperative Threat Reduction

508,219

519,111

519,111

10,892

0

2.1%

0.0%

Workforce Development Fund

105,501

274,198

50,198

-55,303

-224,000

-52.4%

-81.7%

Title II - Operation and Maintenance

163,073,141

174,938,933

175,159,569

12,086,428

220,636

7.4%

0.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title III - Procurement (In thousands of dollars)

Aircraft Procurement, Army

5,360,334

5,853,729

6,115,226

754,892

261,497

14.1%

4.5%

Missile Procurement, Army

1,461,223

1,302,689

1,602,689

141,466

300,000

9.7%

23.0%

Procurement of Weapons and Tracked Combat Vehicles, Army

2,070,405

1,501,706

1,884,706

-185,699

383,000

-9.0%

25.5%

Procurement of Ammunition, Army

1,884,424

1,739,706

1,576,768

-307,656

-162,938

-16.3%

-9.4%

Other Procurement, Army

7,924,214

6,326,245

6,488,045

-1,436,169

161,800

-18.1%

2.6%

Aircraft Procurement, Navy

17,675,734

17,129,296

17,518,324

-157,410

389,028

-0.9%

2.3%

Weapons Procurement, Navy

3,224,432

3,117,578

3,072,112

-152,320

-45,466

-4.7%

-1.5%

Procurement of Ammunition, Navy and Marine Corps

626,848

759,539

677,243

50,395

-82,296

8.0%

-10.8%

Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy

14,919,114

13,579,845

15,236,126

317,012

1,656,281

2.1%

12.2%

Other Procurement, Navy

6,013,385

6,169,378

6,964,191

950,806

794,813

15.8%

12.9%

Procurement, Marine Corps

1,422,570

1,622,955

1,482,081

59,511

-140,874

4.2%

-8.7%

Aircraft Procurement, Air Force

12,950,000

11,002,999

11,304,899

-1,645,101

301,900

-12.7%

2.7%

Missile Procurement, Air Force

6,080,877

5,491,846

5,449,146

-631,731

-42,700

-10.4%

-0.8%

Procurement of Ammunition, Air Force

499,185

599,194

599,194

100,009

0

20.0%

0.0%

Other Procurement, Air Force

17,403,564

16,720,848

16,632,575

-770,989

-88,273

-4.4%

-0.5%

Procurement, Defense-Wide

4,893,428

4,187,935

4,429,335

-464,093

241,400

-9.5%

5.8%

Defense Production Act Purchases

169,964

89,189

63,531

-106,433

-25,658

-62.6%

-28.8%

Title III -  FY 2012 Procurement

104,579,701

101,621,377

102,496,191

-2,083,510

874,814

-2.0%

0.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title IV - Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (In thousands of dollars)

RDTE, Army

  8,745,492

8,929,415

8,593,055

-152,437

-336,360

-1.7%

-3.8%

RDTE, Navy

       17,753,940

16,882,877

16,987,768

-766,172

104,891

-4.3%

0.6%

RDTE, Air Force

       26,535,996

25,428,046

25,117,692

-1,418,304

-310,354

-5.3%

-1.2%

RDTE, Defense-Wide

       19,193,955

17,982,161

19,100,362

-93,593

1,118,201

-0.5%

6.2%

Operational Test and Evaluation, Defense

             191,292

185,268

185,268

-6,024

0

-3.1%

0.0%

Title IV - Research, Development, Test and Evaluation

72,420,675

69,407,767

69,984,145

-2,436,530

576,378

-3.4%

0.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title V - Revolving and Management Funds (In thousands of dollars)

Defense Working Capital Fund

1,575,010

1,516,184

1,516,184

-58,826

0

-3.7%

0.0%

National Defense Sealift Fund

1,100,519

608,136

564,636

-535,883

-43,500

-48.7%

-7.2%

Title V - Revolving and Management Funds

2,675,529

2,124,320

2,080,820

-594,709

-43,500

-22.2%

-2.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title VI -Other Department of Defense Programs (In thousands of dollars)

Defense Health Program

32,482,059

32,528,718

32,862,234

380,175

333,516

1.2%

1.0%

Chemical Agents Destruction

1,554,422

1,301,786

1,301,786

-252,636

0

-16.3%

0.0%

Drug Interdiction

1,209,620

999,363

1,133,363

-76,257

134,000

-6.3%

13.4%

IED Defeat Fund

0

227,414

217,414

217,414

-10,000

N/A

-4.4%

Inspector General

346,919

273,821

350,321

3,402

76,500

1.0%

27.9%

Title VI -Other Department of Defense Programs

35,593,020

35,430,579

35,865,118

272,098

434,539

0.8%

1.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title VII - Related Agencies (In thousands of dollars)

CIA Retirement System Fund

513,700

514,000

514,000

300

0

0.1%

0

Intelligence Community Management Account

547,891

540,252

511,476

-36,415

-28,776

-6.6%

-5.3%

Title VII - Related Agencies

1,061,591

1,054,252

1,025,476

-36,115

-28,776

-3.4%

-2.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title VIII - General Provisions

Title VIII - General Provisions

-2,597,704

8,000

-3,397,740

-800,036

-3,405,740

30.8%

-42572%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title IX -  Overseas Contingency Operations (Global War on Terrorism funding, in thousands of dollars)

Military Personnel

11,639,252

13,788,421

13,786,221

2,146,969

-2,200

18.4%

0.0%

Operations and Maintenance

89,016,326

62,512,514

63,478,841

-25,537,485

966,327

-28.7%

1.5%

Procurement

13,633,461

7,911,841

7,906,039

-5,727,422

-5,802

-42.0%

-0.1%

Research, Development, Test and Evaluation

526,358

245,516

235,516

-290,842

-10,000

-55.3%

-4.1%

Working Capital Funds

435,013

503,364

293,600

-141,413

-209,764

-32.5%

-41.7%

Other Provisions

4,137,785

3,249,089

3,088,589

-1,049,196

-160,500

-25.4%

-4.9%

Title IX - Contingency Overseas Deployment

114,965,635

88,210,745

88,208,906

-26,756,729

-1,839

-23.3%

0.0%

H.R. 5858 Spending Totals
(In Millions of Dollars)

 

FY 2012

President Request

H.R. 5856

Change from FY 2012

Change from Request

Change from FY 2012 %

Change from Request %

Defense Non-Emergency Budget Authority

518,146

516,131

519,219

1,073

3,088

0.2%

0.6%

Emergency Overseas Contingency Operations

115,083

88,482

88,480

-26,603

-2

-23.1%

0.0%

Total Budget Authority

633,229

604,613

607,699

-25,530

3,086

-4.0%

0.5%