Archive: Congress

Bush Budget Proposal Seeks $17.6 Billion For NASA In Fiscal 2009

By Dave Ahearn President Bush on Monday asked Congress to provide $17.6 billion for NASA in fiscal 2009, a 2.9 percent increase from the $17.1 billion that NASA actually is getting to spend in the current fiscal 2008. Congress had appropriated $17.3 billion for NASA in fiscal 2008, but budget recissions cut that to $17.1 […]

Navy Raises Shipbuilding Funding Requirement To Meet Challenge of Building 313-Ship Fleet

By Geoff Fein The next four years will be a challenging time for the Navy as the service looks to buy another aircraft carrier, five surface combatants, 18 littoral combat ships (LCS) and eight Virginia-class submarines, according to the Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan. Additionally, the Navy has revised its average steady-state annual shipbuilding funding requirement […]

Budget In Hand, Lawmakers Prepare For Plus-ups

By Jen DiMascio Now that the defense spending request is out of the hands of the president, lawmakers are meeting with the service chiefs of staff and some of the discussion will touch on items that could be added to the budget before it becomes law. The president’s request released Feb. 4 left open a […]

Navy’s $41 Billion Procurement Request Includes Fewer VH-71s, LCS

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s $149.3 billion FY ’09 budget request includes $41.1 billion for ships, aircraft and weapons procurement in FY ’09, but removes four VH-71 presidential helicopters and four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) from the plan projected at the release of last year’s budget. The new budget, released yesterday, includes seven new construction […]

Army $140.7 Billion FY ’09 Budget Request Continues Growth, Focuses On Soldiers, Balance

By Ann Roosevelt The Army’s $140.7 billion request in the FY ’09 president’s budget request is $12.3 billion, or 9.6 percent higher than the $128.9 billion FY ’08 projected for enacted funds and is intended to balance immediate warfighting needs with developing systems soldiers need for the future. The Army requests $51.8 billion, or 38 […]

Air Force Seeks $143.9 Billion In FY ’09 Dollars

By Jen DiMascio The president yesterday submitted to Congress a budget for $143.9 billion in Air Force funding, including $41 billion for modernization. The request for the second year defies a congressional mandate to develop two engines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Congress provided $134.6 billion last year, but service officials said that […]

President Requests $515.4 Billion For Basic Defense Funding In FY ’09

By Jen DiMascio The president yesterday asked Congress to approve $515.4 billion to fund the Pentagon’s basic operations in fiscal year 2009–along with an initial $70 billion placeholder request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That represents a 7.5 percent increase, or 35.9 billion more than what Congress approved last year, according to Defense […]

Army $140.7 Billion FY ’09 Budget Request Continues Growth, Focuses On Soldiers, Balance

The Army’s $140.7 billion request in the FY ’09 president’s budget request is $12.3 billion, or 9.6 percent higher than the $128.9 billion FY ’08 projected for enacted funds and is intended to balance immediate warfighting needs with developing systems soldiers need for the future. The budget was delivered to Congress Feb. 5. The Army […]

Bush Seeks $ 9.3 Billion For Missile Defense Agency In Fiscal 2009

By Dave Ahearn President Bush would provide $9.3 billion for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2009, under the budget plan that Bush yesterday sent to Congress for its review and approval. That would include $6.9 billion for development and testing of new and existing missile defense platforms, $1.7 […]

Air Force Space Budget Request Includes Increase In Situational Awareness Funding

By Jen DiMascio The president is asking for approximately $8.6 billion to fund research, development and purchasing of Air Force space platforms for fiscal year 2009, including a 21 percent increase in funding for programs that respond to the threat seen after the Chinese launched weapons against their own satellite last year. In addition, the […]