The committee approved an amendment by Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) good to increase defense budget by $37 billion
WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee early thursday approved its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2023 by a vote of 57-1 after an overnight drafting session.
Hundreds of amendments were negotiated during the 17-hour drafting session. The annual defense policy law now goes to the House of Representatives.
The committee approved an amendment by Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) good to increase defense budget by $37 billion, a proposal HASC opposed President Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.)† Smith had recommended $772.5 billion for DoD. But Golden’s amendment was passed by the HASC by 42 votes to 17.
The HASC-approved funding increase is less than the $45 billion proposed by the Senate Armed Services Committee. The accounts will be reconciled in a conference committee later this year.
Amendment increases start-up funding
The HASC passed an amendment presented by Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) To Allow $100 Million For tactically responsive space† a program that funds experiments and demonstrations for launching small satellites. That’s $25 million more than the $75 million Smith recommended.
Another Horsford amendment passed by the HASC requires the US Space Force and Space Command to develop “responsive space strategy, principles, and a model architecture to be implemented throughout the United States Space Command.”
The bill would require DoD to “establish a program to demonstrate responsive space capabilities through operational drills, wargames and table drills,” according to the Horsford amendment. It also calls on the US to work with allies on joint space missions that “demonstrate rapid launch, reconstruction and satellite augmentation from locations in the Indo-Pacific, European and other areas of operations.”
Commercial Space Technology
The HASC passed an amendment by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) calling on the Space Force to “quickly integrate new capabilities related to space situational and domain awareness, satellite imagery, satellite communications, and others.”
The commission is preparing a report on “how the Space Force plans to communicate current and emerging needs in all mission areas with commercial space service providers and how commercial services can help meet space domain awareness requirements.”
Also approved was an amendment offered by Rep. Robert Wittman (R-Va.) who directed a report on how DoD plans to integrate commercial satellite communications into its larger satcom venture.
“The committee remains aware of the encouraging opportunities presented by integrated commercial and military satellite communications architectures for delivering robust, flexible and manageable business solutions to the Department of Defense,” the bill said.
It added that DoD should “continue to focus on the efficient acquisition of commercial satellite communications by adopting sustainable and efficient practices for contracts with commercial providers and by making appropriate and timely adjustments to respond to new demand signals from the military departments.” .”
The commission wants a report detailing “how contracts with commercial satellite communications capacity providers will adapt to future demand signals” and a description of how contracts with commercial satellite communications capacity providers are being designed to accommodate unforeseen increases in demand.
Commercial debris clearing services
The HASC passed an amendment by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) instructing the Department of Defense to submit a plan on how it will use commercially available technologies for in-orbit services and debris removal.
The amendment mentions the recently launched Space Force Orbital prime program to use commercial technologies for demonstrations in orbit. But the committee is concerned that DoD plans “are not properly incorporating recent advances in commercial orbiting service technology offerings to extend the life of operational spacecraft missions or allow for timely post-mission removals,” it said. the amendment.
The bill calls for a report detailing “plans to prioritize maintenance of existing spacecraft in orbit to extend lifespan, reduce debris, add resiliency and capacity with commercially available services, where possible.”