NDAA Tops President’s “Insufficient” Protection Funds Proposal by $25 Billion
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Armed Companies Committee (SASC), voted with 22 of his colleagues this week to advance from committee the Fiscal 12 months 2022 Nationwide Protection Authorization Act (NDAA), which might elevate the Division of Protection’s (DOD) price range by $25 billion past President Joe Biden’s protection price range proposal. Senator Sullivan has argued repeatedly over the previous a number of weeks that the president’s protection price range is insufficient, not even maintaining tempo with inflation and amounting to a reduce.
“The Armed Companies Committee has delivered an amazing, bipartisan rebuke of President Biden’s insufficient price range proposal, elevating the Pentagon’s price range on this yr’s NDAA on the tempo beneficial by the 2018 bipartisan protection technique fee,” mentioned Senator Sullivan. “I applaud my colleagues—Republicans and Democrats—on the committee for doing what the president and far-left members of the administration did not do—prioritizing our nationwide safety and our troops.
“I’m glad to report that the FY 2022 protection authorization additionally contains a lot of important provisions that I secured recognizing the strategic significance of Alaska to our nation’s protection. Chief amongst these is the brand new ‘Arctic Safety Initiative.’ This initiative will direct the Pentagon to establish the sources and actions wanted to totally fund and implement the sequence of Arctic methods that we labored so exhausting to get the navy departments to launch over the previous few years. The ASI will in the end imply extra focus, personnel, vessels, infrastructure, plane and funding being directed to America’s Arctic—to Alaska—in protection of our nation’s pursuits on this critically-important area.”
Congress has traditionally solely approved two region-specific safety initiatives—the European Protection Initiative in 2014, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI) in 2021, following China’s militarization of the South China Sea and different provocative actions in Asia. Senator Sullivan was in a position to embrace a provision authorizing a 3rd such initiative within the FY 2022 NDAA—the Arctic Security Initiative (ASI), which includes a five-year plan to totally useful resource the DOD’s and particular person service-specific methods for the Arctic which have been launched over the previous a number of years.
Along with authorizing the ASI, the FY 2022 NDAA:
- Will increase funding for nationwide protection by $25 billion past President Biden’s request, matching the Nationwide Protection Technique Fee’s minimal advice of three % actual progress, bringing the overall funding approved for the DOD and nuclear weapons actions to a complete of $777.9 billion;
- Offers America’s service members with a 2.7 % pay elevate, makes obligatory enhancements to navy well being care, continues efforts to ensure navy spouses have entry to significant employment, gives service members with devoted bereavement go away, and ensures navy households have entry to high-quality housing;
- Will increase sources for the brand new Pacific Deterrence Initiative by $1 billion for the US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) commander’s highest priorities;
- Hardens America’s protection industrial base and provide chain in opposition to threats posed by China;
- Focuses consideration on U.S.-Taiwan protection cooperation, together with uneven navy capabilities;
- Requires an evaluation of present and rising offensive capabilities of China and different adversaries and disclosures of any printed circuit boards sourced from China;
- Accelerates analysis and growth of key modernization applied sciences on the coronary heart of strategic competitors with China;
- Provides greater than $2.5 billion for shipbuilding, with funding for an extra destroyer;
- Offers the most important funding in navy building in a decade—$12.735 billion—practically $2.9 billion greater than the president requested;
- Emphasizes the significance of the Floor-Primarily based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD);
- Offers key help for America’s allies, together with Taiwan, Ukraine, Israel, and Afghan civilians and translators who supported U.S. counterterrorism efforts;
- Continues to restrict navy cooperation between the U.S. and Russia, rejects Russian aggression, and authorizes a rise of $50 million for the Ukraine Safety Help Initiative;
- Invests in protection expertise to place America forward of its world rivals, together with microelectronics, synthetic intelligence, 5G, hypersonic weapons, and directed power;
- Totally funds United States Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) and protects in opposition to persistent cyberattacks by assessing and strengthening America’s offensive and defensive capabilities;
- Authorizes the DOD to move Afghan particular immigrant visa (SIV) candidates and different threatened Afghan companions exterior of Afghanistan for visa processing;
- Requires navy contractors to reveal any coaching associated to vital race principle.
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