29 Nov '16, 11pm

NDAA Adds Manpower, but Not Proposed Jets and Ships

WASHINGTON — US House and Senate conferees finalized a $618.7 billion defense policy bill that strips added jets and ships, but boosts military manpower above President Obama’s budget. The measure would support ongoing operations overseas, split the chief weapons buyer’s office, cap the National Security Council staff at 200 and raise US Cyber Command from the US Strategic Command to its own combatant command. The bill ditches plans to short war funding for several months and changed policy provisions likely to bait Democratic opposition and the president’s veto. The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act is expected to go to a House floor vote on Friday and a Senate floor vote early next week. The NDAA would exclude House provisions for 14 more F/A-18E/F aircraft for the Navy and 11 more F-35 joint strike fighters across the services, and all but a fraction of the $2 bil...

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