The panel added nearly $200 million for the launch of the National Security Area over the government’s request
WASHINGTON — The defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee on June 15 approved votes defense financing account for fiscal year 2023.
The bill provides $761.6 billion for the Department of Defense, an increase of $32 billion over 2022 funding, but less than the $773 billion requested by the Biden administration. The full review of the bill by the credit committee is scheduled for June 22.
The Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations, or HAC-D, largely approved the funding of space programs for space power and national security. in line with the President’s request† That includes $3.7 billion to purchase satellites and launch services, and $15.4 billion to research, develop and test space technologies.
The panel added nearly $200 million for the launch of the National Security Area over the government’s request. The president’s proposed budget includes $1.3 billion for three National Security Space Launch (NSSL) missions and three Space Development Agency (SDA) satellite launches to low Earth orbit.
The HAC-D added approximately $160 million to NSSL’s procurement budget for two additional Space development agency launches and added $30 million to DoD’s $124 million request for NSSL research and development projects in partnership with domestic launch providers.
Funding for two additional SDA launches was: requested by the agency in April to accelerate the deployment of a $2.5 billion rocket-tracking constellation that the agency initially planned to launch in 2026, but now aims to accelerate to 2025.
SDA’s Tracking Layer, a constellation of infrared detection satellites in low Earth orbit, has emerged as a top priority for the Pentagon amid concerns that current defense systems may not be able to launch maneuverable high-speed missiles. to detect. The Tracking Layer is intended to be a global network of eyes in the sky that would provide a defensive shield against Russian and Chinese ballistic and hypersonic missiles.
The aim is to add as many as 100 satellites to the Tracking Layer over the next five years. Congress put $550 million into the Pentagon’s 2022 budget to accelerate the project. DoD’s budget request for fiscal year 2023 includes $500 million for the tracking layer.