House Armed Services Committee advances 2023 NDAA, increases DoD spending by $37 billion

The committee approved an amendment by Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) to increase the defense budget by $37 billion.

WASHINGTON- The House Armed Services Committee early thursday passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2023 with a vote of 57-1 after an all-night marking session.

Hundreds of amendments were negotiated during the 5-hour marking session. The annual defense policy bill now heads to the House floor.

The committee approved an amendment by Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) to increase the defense budget by $37 billion, a proposal HASC opposed. Chairman Representative Adam Smith (D-Washington). Smith had recommended $772.5 billion for the Department of Defense. But Golden’s amendment passed HASC by a vote of 42-17.

The funding increase approved by HASC is less than the $45 billion proposed by the Senate Armed Services Committee. The bills will be reconciled in a conference committee later this year.

Amendment increases launch funding

The HASC approved an amendment offered by Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) to authorize $100 million for tactically responsive space, a program that funds small satellite launch experiments and demonstrations. That’s $25 million more than the $75 million Smith had recommended.

Another Horsford amendment adopted by HASC requires the US Space Force and Space Command to develop a “responsive space strategy, principles, and model architecture to be implemented throughout US Space Command.”

The bill would require the Department of Defense to “establish a program to demonstrate responsive space capabilities through operational exercises, war games, and simulation exercises,” Horsford’s amendment said. He also calls on the US to work with allies on joint space missions that demonstrate “rapid launch, reconstitution, and augmentation of satellites from locations in the Indo-Pacific, Europe, and other theaters of operations.”

Commercial space technologies

HASC approved an amendment by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) that calls for the Space Force to “rapidly integrate new capabilities related to space situational and domain awareness, satellite imagery, satellite communications, and others.”

The committee requires a report on “how the Space Force plans to communicate current and emerging needs in all mission areas to commercial space service providers and how commercial services can contribute to meeting space domain knowledge requirements.” .

satellite communications

An amendment offered by Rep. Robert Wittman (R-Va.) leading a report on how the Department of Defense plans to integrate commercial satellite communications into its largest satcom enterprise also passed.

“The committee remains aware of the exciting opportunities presented by integrated military and commercial satellite communications architectures to provide robust, flexible, and manageable enterprise solutions for the Department of Defense,” the bill says.

He added that the Department of Defense “must continue to focus on efficient procurement of commercial satellite communications by applying sustainable and efficient practices to contract commercial vendors and making appropriate and timely adjustments to react to new signals of demand from military departments.” .

The committee wants a report detailing “how contracting with commercial providers for satellite communication capabilities will adjust to future demand signals” and a description of how contracts with commercial providers for satellite communication capabilities are designed to accommodate increases in demand. contingencies.

Commercial debris removal services

HASC adopted an amendment by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) directing the Department of Defense to submit a plan for how it will use commercially available technologies for in-orbit services and debris removal.

The amendment mentions the recent launch of the Space Force first orbital program to use commercial technologies for in-orbit demonstrations. But the committee is concerned that the Defense Department’s plans “do not adequately incorporate recent advances in commercial in-orbit servicing technology offerings to extend the life of operational spacecraft missions or enable timely post-mission disposal.” “says the amendment.

The bill calls for a report detailing “plans to prioritize servicing existing orbiting spacecraft to extend service life, alleviate debris, add resiliency and capacity with commercially available services, wherever possible.”

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