Jeremy Herb writes Thornberry’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 is in line with President Barack Obama’s FY 2017 budget request and would move $18 billion from the overseas contingency operations budget to the Defense Department’s base funding.
The proposed $18 billion would be in addition to the $5 billion in OCO funds DoD has allocated for base requirements, bringing the total of the OCO-backed base budget to $23 billion, according to Politico.
The Pentagon uses the OCO budget to support military operations in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The HASC’s defense policy bill that is set to be introduced in a week would allocate $3 billion in budget for the procurement of 11 more F-35s and 14 additional F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets as well as $2 billion in funds for the U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding operations.
The proposed legislation would also authorize 27,000 active-duty service personnel and 25,000 reservists, Gould reports.