S.3001, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009, would authorize $612.5 billion in budget authority for defense programs in Fiscal Year 2009. This amount is consistent with the Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Resolution, and consistent with the President’s overall request for the national defense budget, which included a base budget request of $542.5 billion and a war-related funding request for $70 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The war-related request would serve as a placeholder: it would provide sufficient funding to allow the next administration to take office without facing a budget crisis in the Department of Defense (DOD), but would not cover all of Fiscal Year 2009 war-related expenses.
While the Administration has not yet offered detailed allocation of its $70 billion war funding request, the Senate bill separates out funding authorizations for Afghanistan, Iraq and military construction in order to provide a clear account of the cost of war. S.3001 includes $19.9 billion for Afghanistan-related operations under title XV, $49.6 billion for operations in Iraq under titles XV and XVI, and $500 million for war-related military construction under title XXIX.
Title I – Procurement
S.3001 includes $103.9 billion in base budget authority for procurement, which is $1.2 billion more than the President’s budget request. Additionally, the bill authorizes $3.7 billion in funds for procurement related to operations in Afghanistan as well as $10.5 billion for Iraq-related procurement.
Army. S.3001 includes $25 billion in base budget authority for Army procurement, which is $24.9 million below the President’s budget request. The bill would transfer $496.3 million in funding for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund (JIEDDF) included in the President’s base budget request to the war-related accounts, provided in titles XV and XVI of the bill.
The bill’s base budget Army procurement provisions would: