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Editorial

10 Sep 2010

Department of Defense FY 2011 Budget Request – Procurements and RDT&E
By: Sal Palma In the FY 2011 Budget Request, Secretary Gates and The President of the United States asked Congress to approve $214.7B in procurements. The Base Budget will shoulder $189.4B of that request with $25.3B coming from the OCO Budget. Approximately 40% of the total amount requested will be allocated to Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation accounts. The remaining 60% will go to procurement.
Source Base OCO

that the DoD considers vital and constitute investments.

Aircraft Procurement The first funding category is aircraft. The combined services and DoD wide accounts have requested $55.4B for new aircraft, modernization, maintenance and other accounts as follows.

RDT&E

Procurement Appropiations

76.5 0.6 77.1 $

112.9 24.6 137.5 214.6
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Table 1 All values are in billions of dollars .

Of the $137.5B requested for Procurement Appropriations Accounts, $80B will go to Major Defense Acquisition Programs. These are programs

The $55.4B identified as aircraft procurement funds a variety of accounts: Aircraft purchases, Modification of Aircraft, Spares and Repair Parts, Support Equipment & Facilities, as well as other service specific accounts. Who is getting the airplanes? Aircraft Procurement - U.S. Army Aircraft Procurement- U.S. Navy Aircraft Procurement- U.S. Air Force
$7.351B $19.544B

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Any differences between summarized values and actuals are due to rounding. Copyright, Sal Palma dba Twobirds-Flying Publication, 2010. All rights reserved.

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$14.201B

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Aircraft Procurement Distribution
MQ-1 Preda tor MQ-1 Preda tor (ER/MP Army Vers i on) MQ-9 Rea per RQ-4 Gl oba l Ha wk RQ-4 Gl oba l Ha wk (BAMS Na vy Vers i on) RQ-7 Sha dow (ISR) RQ-11 Ra ven (ISR) C130J Hercul es HC/MC130 C27J (Joi nt Ca rgo) F35 Joi nt Stri ke Fi ghter (CTOL/STOVL/CV) JPATS T-6B Texa n II (Tra i ner) V-22 Os prey AH-64 Apa che Longbow Bl ock 3 CH-47 Chi nook LUH Li ght Util i ty Hel i copter UH-60 Bl a ckha wk HH-60M Pa ve Ha wk E-2D Adva nced Ha wkeye F/A 18E/F Super Hornet EA-18G Growl er H-1 Huey Super Cobra MH 60-R Mul ti-Mi s s i on Hel i copter MH 60-S Fl eet Comba t Support Hel i copter P-8A Pos ei don

Army
29

Navy

Air Force

USMC

DoD Wide

48 4

312 8 9 8 20 38 30 5 23

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16 42 50 74 6 4 22 12 31 24 18 7

C4 Systems (Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems) C4 Systems will see about $11.1B in the FY 2011 Budget Request. The lion’s share of the funds requested is Theater Combat C3 and Services. DoD investments or major initiatives should see substantial funding with the largest distribution going to RDT&E for each of the major initiatives. Major initiatives in this group are: Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), which will see a combined Procurement and RDT&E allocation of $1.063B; Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Modernization, $3.186B combined procurement and RDT&E; Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T), $.621B combined procurement and RDT&E. Ground Systems Are investments that provide for the modernization and procurement of operational and maneuver support assets. These accounts include Combat Vehicles, Heavy Tactical Vehicles, Light Tactical Vehicles, Medium Tactical Vehicles, Support Equipment and Weapons.

In the FY 2011 Budget Request, Ground Systems will see a combined funding – that’s Base and OCO – of $23.3B. There are important initiatives funded from this request: the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), intended to replace the HMMWV and providing a scalable armor protection and MRAP capability; the Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) – this little gem will provide our soldiers with NBC protection, SINGARS capability, 400 mile cursing range at 70 mph; the AVS program will see procurement, DoD wide, of 200 vehicles in 2011; the Heavy Tactical Vehicles (PLS and HEMTT) will see procurement in the range of $738 million; the Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTV) has a planned procurement level of 4,652 units at a projected cost of just under $1.5B; the DoD will also be adding 21 A-1 Abrams tanks and 83 Stryker Armored Vehicles in FY 2011; the DoD will procure, in FY 2011, 860 HMMWVs. Weapons will see about $1.0B in FY 2011. I found it very interesting that the detailed schedule for this account shows procurement of about 5,000 handguns, 155 M110 SASS and roughly 1,500 M4s. Conspicuously absent from this Budget Request is the SCAR Program (in any caliber).2 Missile Defense Systems The MDS programs will get $9.9B combined Base and OCO funding that will be split between Tactical Ballistic Missile Defense (TBMD) $6.2B and Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) $3.7B. Munitions and Missiles This ho-hum set of accounts consists of everything from pistol ammunition to missiles; it will receive 12.9B of funding in FY2011. Approximately $5.6B is conventional munitions.

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Detailed line items can be found on page A-11A of Procurement Programs P-1 Schedule, FY 2011.

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Shipbuilding and Maritime Systems The in FY2011 Budget Request, the DoD has asked congress for a meager $25.1B in funding. I say meager because it seems, to me, to be woefully inadequate given the strategic importance of the functions served by these accounts. I would urge Congress to take a very close look at what is at stake. Assets funded in SMS set of accounts include the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), CVN21 Carrier Replacement, DDG 51 Aegis Destroyer, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), LPD Amphibious Transport Dock Ship, SSN 774 Virginia Class Submarine, LHA Replacement, Mobile Landing Platform and other Business As Usual (BAU) assets like refueling and cargo. Space Based and Related Systems The DoD requested $9.9B in combined funding to be allocated among three priorities; Satellite ($6B), Support ($2.6B) and Launch ($1.3B). Significant programs funded under this request are; the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) – a narrow band UHF communications satellite; the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) constellation scheduled to add capabilities currently not available from MILSTAR; the Evolved Expendable Launch System (EELS), replacing the Delta, Atlas and Titan launch vehicles; the Global Positioning System (GPS) – a replacement of the aging constellation that will provide enhanced capabilities to both the military and commercial markets; the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), a weather satellite system that will replace Defense Meteorological Space Program satellite; the Space Based Infrared System (SBIR). Closing Comments The DoD is a huge organization with a mind boggling array of priorities. What I’ve done in my two articles on the FY 2011 Budget Request is to give the reader

a highly summarized version of the 2011 Defense Budget. If you want to understand, what the leadership at the Department of Defense is thinking then you must dive into the budget details. I have done just that and I have reaped the rewards that come from knowledge. I encourage you to do the same. You cannot rely on today’s media outlets to provide you with an education. A vivid example of that was “The Runaway General” by Michael Hastings, published in The Rolling Stone. Here is a classic example of a guy who has never read FM 3-24 commenting on Gen McChrystal’s in theater performance; ultimately damaging several careers. It is all in your hands. -SP

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