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Senate Passes $607B FY 2014 Defense Budget

Capitol_BuildingA bill authorizing a $607 billion defense budget for fiscal year 2014 awaits signature by President Barack Obama after being approved by the Senate Thursday night, Defense News reported Friday.

John Bennett writes the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act passed the Senate with an 84-15 vote on Thursday and cleared the House of Representatives in a 350-69 vote last week.

The NDAA provides $527 billion in the Pentagon’s base funding and another $80 million for overseas military operations, according to the article.

Defense News reports the legislation would fund the Army‘s WIN-T communications network project as well as Stryker and Bradley aircraft upgrades.

The bill also requires the Air Force to retain its RQ-4 Global Hawk program, according to the report.

Under the NDAA, the Navy will have to limit the costs of its lead aircraft carrier to $12.8 billion and succeeding carriers to $11.5 billion, Bennett writes.

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