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Congress Boosts Funds for Navy IT Network Program, Cuts Funds for Army Comms Programs

BudgetCongress passed the 2014 omnibus appropriations bill that increased funding for a U.S. Navy information technology network program and decreased spending for other U.S. Army communication systems, Nextgov reported Thursday.

Bob Brewin writes the Defense Appropriations Committee added $105 million to the Navy’s requested $1 billion budget for enterprise IT in order to support the Next Generation Enterprise Network program.

HP Enterprise Services began working on the initiative in November in order to provide network support for 800,000 Marines and sailors in the U.S., the report said.

The committee reduced the $974 million Army budget request by $204 million for the purchase of small Ku-band and Ka-band satellite receivers for tactical vehicles, Nextgov reports.

The procurement is under the General Dynamics-led initiative called Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, which is meant to support troop communications while on the move, according to the report.

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