McAleese & Associates: FY 2020 Defense Spending Bill to Appropriate $21.7B for Navy Shipbuilding

Jim McAleese

A McAleese & Associates report says the U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding programs would receive $21.7B under the $690B fiscal 2020 defense funding bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee.

Jim McAleese, founder and principal at McAleese & Associates and a 2019 Wash100 winner, listed in the report some of the fully funded shipbuilding programs, including $1.6B in advance procurement funds for the Columbia-class submarine; $2.1B for CVN-81 aircraft carrier; $5.2B for three DDG-51 Flight III guided-missile destroyers; and $1.3B for frigates.

The proposed legislation would earmark $19.1B for Navy’s aircraft procurement efforts. Some of the “big plus-ups” in the funding measure are V-22, P-8, E-2D planes, while the fully funded initiatives include the Super Hornet fighter jet, F-35 carrier variant; F-35 short takeoff/vertical landing variant; and the CH-53K helicopter.

The bill would appropriate $19.3B for the Navy’s fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds, reflecting a 3 percent increase from the current budget. McAleese cited directed energy and electric weapon systems; force protection applied research; and ocean warfighting environment applied research as some of the plus-ups in the measure.

The Navy’s weapons acquisition would receive $4.2B in fiscal 2020 funds. Most of the fully funded programs under the account include the Trident II Mods missile; SM-6 missile; and the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile.

The House bill would set aside $2.8B for the U.S. Marine Corps’ procurement programs. Fully funded initiatives include the Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1; Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar; and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, according to the report.

The Navy and the Marines would get $67B in FY 2020 funds for operation and maintenance; $46.3B for military personnel; and $1B for ammunition procurement.

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