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US Defense Bill Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

By Matthew Beinart | August 3, 2018
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Sikorsky H-60M Armed BLACK HAWK helicopter operated by UAE

Sikorsky H-60M BLACK HAWK in armed configuration. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky

The fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill passed the U.S. Senate Aug. 1 and now awaits the president's signature. Once signed, the $717 billion fiscal year 2019 bill would approve many major program requests, including the Army's full request for rotorcraft modernization.

Senators voted 87-to-10 to approve the conferenced version of the FY ‘19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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“[This bill] fully funds the military services’ end strength requests for fiscal year 2019. We are going to bring our troops, particularly the Army, up to the desired strength of our military leaders,” Sen. Jack Reed said.

The conference report calls for the Army to receive full funding for its AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter programs as well as targeted investments for its artillery modernization efforts and program to add active protection systems on its combat vehicles.

The House passed the conference report by a 359-to-54 vote July 26.

"I am grateful for the strong commitment of members on both sides of the aisle to pass this year's NDAA in record time. Together, they have demonstrated the deep and abiding bipartisan support our military enjoys," Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said in a statement. "It is now our duty to implement these policies responsibly and ensure a culture of performance and accountability."

This was originally published on sister publication Defense Daily.

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