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The 2011 Defense Authorization Bill is on its way to the Senate….The House is done…..DADT is in it…..

The Bill now goes to the Senate…


ANY change from the Senate side means the Bill MUST go back to House for a re-vote……

The face-saving ‘Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell ‘ repeal is in the House version…..

Here’s highlights of the Bill……

  • Authorizing the creation of an independent National Defense Panel to assess the overall effectiveness of the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR);
  • Keeping Virginia-class nuclear attack submarines on track to reach two a year in 2011;
  • Providing funding for more F/A-18s for the Navy’s rapidly aging fighter fleet;
  • Keeping the F-22 production line open with parts funding for 12 additional aircraft; and
  • Requiring the Pentagon to submit a report to Congress justifying any decisions relating to the early retirement of legacy fighter jets.
  • Including funds for a second engine buy for the F-35.
  • Repeal of the Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell policy ¬†AFTER a certification from Def Sec Gates and Joint Chief Mullens, along with President Obama, that the military is ready to handle such repeal.
  • Authorizes an increase in the US Army numbers.
  • Authorizes an increase in military pay by 1.9%*
  • Backs a NEW Marine One contract and asks that the same mistakes not be made in the contract.
  • Requests the the Navy continue the Ohio class submarine class (Boomers ) sub program and limits funding for the program until the Sec of Def states his intentions for that program.
  • Approves a restructuring of the Sec of Def Office for clarity in command structure.
  • Increases Anti-Terrorism funding by $500 Million.
  • Limits the transfer of Gitmo detaines and cuts off any funding for transferring such detainees to with the United States proper.

The House Friday approved its version of the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill, 229-186, including language to repeal the 1993 policy that bans gays from openly serving in the military. Nine Republicans joined Democrats to pass the measure, while 26 Democrats voted against it.

The bill was passed after Democrats beat back a Republican procedural motion to amend the bill to freeze civilian employee pay in the military. The effort was defeated when it was ruled not germane, and members voted to table an appeal of that ruling by the chair.

The bill would authorize $567 billion for Defense Department and Energy Department national security programs for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

About $2.9 billion in the bill is for an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. That funding has drawn a veto threat from the White House, which is backed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

The language to lift the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was worked out by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House this week. That compromise prompted some angst from Democrats, who fear potential political damage from casting such a controversial vote as they head into the fall elections.

The amendment’s wording was designed to give political cover by delaying repeal until the Pentagon finishes its reviews of the issue and certifies a policy change will not harm military readiness or unit cohesion.

The Senate Armed Services Committee Friday announced it reported out its version of the defense authorization bill, which includes “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal language, but not the funding authorization for the alternate F-35 engine.


For a more detailed summary of the House Bill….Click Here…..

* My original post listed the raise as 3.2%…That is incorrect...It is 1.9%……Thanks Tom…. for the correction……


May 29, 2010 - Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | ,


  1. I support a revised VERSION — Didnt Ask, Never Knew, why does it matter

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  2. Where are the Tea partiers when we need them?

    This defense budget should be cut and cut and cut!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 29, 2010 | Reply

    • He, he, he……Defense Bills are JOBS Bills!

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  3. 1.9 percent pay raise, not 3.2%

    Comment by Tom Goering | May 29, 2010 | Reply

    • My Bad!….Thanks for the correction…….

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 29, 2010 | Reply

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