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Legislative Update 8 Navy | Winter 2018 Defense Sees Gains in NDAA, New Budget Deal T he AUSN Legislative Affairs team has been hard at work analyzing the recently released National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018. e 2018 NDAA was signed into law on Dec. 12. e NDAA saw an increase from 2017, with the bill authorizing almost $700 billion for Department of Defense (DoD) operations in fiscal 2018. is is $80 billion over the defense budget cap, which was set under the 2011 Budget Control Act. Additionally, the 2018 NDAA will give a 2.4 percent pay raise to military personnel. e Navy and Marine Corps will see an increase in end strength, with the NDAA allowing for the hiring of 1,000 more Marines and 4,000 Sailors. Congress and the DoD believe this will help retain and recruit the best personnel. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has said that the 2018 NDAA will launch a military buildup and be a remedy to a readiness crisis brought about by budget uncer- tainty. e NDAA is not an oper- ating budget; it only authorizes appropriations and sets forth policies for DoD programs and activities, including military personnel strengths, a congressional summary of the bill says. Budget authority comes from subsequent appropria- tions legislation. On Feb. 9, aer a short five-hour federal govern- ment shutdown, the U.S. House and Senate sent a temporary budget to President Donald J. Trump's desk that included a 10 percent jump in funding for the Department of Defense from the $600 billion spent in each of the last two years on defense. e legislation, which was signed into law, appropriates a little over $700 billion for national defense and Overseas Contin- gency Operations spending in 2018, and $716 billion in 2019. e House and Senate Armed Services Commit- tees believe long-term contracts with shipbuilders are essential to reducing costs and delivering the ships the Navy needs. e current NDAA has reflected that by giving the Navy the go-ahead to enter into long-term contracts for Arleigh Burke- class destroyers and Virgin- ia-class subma- rines. Five-year contracts in both programs are projected to save almost 15 percent over a typical procurement that orders ships on an annual basis. e Navy and Marine Corps will see an increase in funding for ships, aircra and personnel. Congress has authorized the Department of the Navy (DoN) to build 14 ships, with a budget of $26.2 billion in fiscal 2018. is will allow the Navy to begin building toward a fleet of 355 ships. e NDAA will add an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, three littoral combat ships and a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. In the NDAA, the Navy MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS VIC TORIA FOLE Y An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 94, waits to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Gulf Jan. 20. The 2018 NDAA calls for 24 new F/A-18 Super Hornets with a budget of $1.9 billion, higher than that requested by the president.

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