Congress Releases FY19 Defense Policy Bill

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets AnalystForecast International.

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct strike group operations.
Source: U.S. Navy

U.S. House and Senate lawmakers completed the conference markup of the FY19 defense authorization bill on July 23.  The defense policy bill adheres to the spending levels agreed upon in the bipartisan budget act, providing a defense base budget of $639.1 billion.  That figure comprises $616.9 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Defense, $21.9 billion for nuclear programs in the Department of Energy, and around $300 million for defense-related activities outside the DoD.  Another $69 billion is provided for Overseas Contingency Operations, for a total of $708.1 billion in discretionary defense spending.  When including $8.9 billion in mandatory spending, the FY19 topline authorized in the legislation totals $717 billion.  The separate congressional appropriations process will finalize how much money the military actually has available to spend in FY19.

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U.S. House Passes FY19 Defense Authorization Bill

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets AnalystForecast International.

E-8C JSTARS Radar aircraft

The House Armed Services Committee wants the Air Force to restart the E-8C JSTARS Recapitalization program.
Source: U.S. Air Force

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed its version of the FY19 defense authorization bill by a vote of 351-66.  The bill supports a Pentagon base budget of $639.1 billion, which complies with the two-year budget deal agreed upon earlier this year that amended national security spending caps in FY18 and FY19.  This base spending includes $617.1 billion for the Pentagon, $21.8 billion for nuclear programs in the Department of Energy, and $214 million for other defense-related activities.  The bill recommends $69 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), matching the request, for a total of $708.1 billion in discretionary defense spending in FY19.  Continue reading

JSTARS Replacement Program Canceled Yet Again

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Recapitalization (JSTARS Recap) program funding dropped in FY19.

It’s official.  The U.S. Air Force has taken formal steps to implement its stated intention to abandon the JSTARS Recap program. In the Department of Defense’s recently released forecast year 2019 budget documents, all requests for funding related to JSTARS Recap research, development, testing, and evaluation were dropped, with FY18’s budget of $417.2 million reduced to nothing. Continue reading

USAF’s JSTARS Recap Program Takes a Step Forward

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronics Analyst, Forecast International.

Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Recapitalization (JSTARS Recap) program underway.

Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Recapitalization (JSTARS Recap) program underway.

Another step in the ongoing saga that is the U.S. Air Force’s Joint STARS Recapitalization program has taken place. On November 19, the Air Force released its latest risk-reduction sources-sought notification, encapsulating work related to the airborne battle management command-and-control platform’s radar subsystem. Specifically, the sources-sought notification seeks a contractor to reduce technical and integration risk for the final radar system. The assessment will be used to build the radar subsystem for the JSTARS Recap test aircraft, increase the manufacturing readiness level, and reduce risk associated with delivery of the first radar test article. Continue reading

With Several New Contracts, the U.S. Air Force’s JSTARS Recap Moves Forward

By Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Recapitalization (JSTARS Recap) program underway.

On August 7, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that the U.S. Air Force had awarded funding to three contractors as part of the pre-engineering and manufacturing development efforts for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Recapitalization (JSTARS Recap) program. As part of these awards, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman will all develop unique platform solutions for the JSTARS Recap. The three contracts together have a value of $31.4 million. Continue reading