The Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee approved a $725.8 billion defense-spending bill for fiscal year 2022, which begins on Oct. 1 and continues through next Sept. 30. The measure represents a $29.3-billion increase over what was enacted for fiscal 2021. Also, for the first time since 2010, the measure contains no funding for overseas contingency operations.
Key points include:
• Reductions of $3.3 billion in Space Force overhead persistent satellites, and rescission of $436 million in un-obligated prior-year funds from the production of Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMS), brought on by long delays in manufacturing. The savings will be used to foster operations aimed at thwarting Chinese expansion in the Indo-Pacific theater, artificial intelligence, space and infrastructure and public shipyards.
• Other efforts to counter China. These would include $793 million for Marine Corps unfunded priorities, $750 million more to accelerate missile-tracking demonstration in the Indo-Pacific, and $100 million to establish the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve.
• Artificial Intelligence, Cyber and Microelectronics programs.
• $17.9 billion to fund Space Force acquisitions, personnel and operations
• Another $120 million for unfunded Space Force priorities in systems sustainment, $61 million to cislunar flight experimentation, and $75 million for increased basic research.
• Increases in infrastructure and public shipyards, to include $1.6 billion across the services, $1.3 billion for test and evaluation infrastructure and next-generation weapons, and increases by $480 million for navy shipyard infrastructure optimization.