Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Senate Passes Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate on Dec. 4 unanimously approved its version of the Fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, providing $631.4 billion for national defense programs and the war in Afghanistan. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, told reporters that senators added 145 amendments to the full Senate's final version. Among its many provisions, the bill: 
  • supports the Pentagon’s plans for the Air Force to spend $3.7 billion on the F-35 fighter program
  • allows a 1.7 percent military pay increase
  • fully funds efforts to train and equip Afghan security forces
  • allows the Pentagon to continue pursuing biofuels
  • tightens sanctions on Iran
  • bans transfers of Guantanamo detainees to the United States
  • authorizes the Air Force to spend $87 million less on its KC-46 aerial tanker program than the $1.9 billion the service requested.
For more reading:
Air Force Magazine's Daily Report: Senate Passes Defense Authorization Bill

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