Fiscal 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations

Bill Number
H.R. 6157, as amended

Overview

On September 28, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 6157, which includes Department of Defense appropriations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill on September 26, while the U.S. Senate passed it on September 18.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.4 billion in total defense spending, which is an increase of $19.8 billion above FY18 funding levels.  The legislation provides $606.5 billion in base and discretionary funding for the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as $67.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding.  The legislation also provides funds to increase Army and Air National Guard Personnel funding, as well as Air National Guard end strength, above FY18 funding levels.

Bill Highlights

General Provisions

  • 2.6 percent pay raise for military personnel
  • $1.3 billion for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA), includes:
    • $421.0 million for the Army National Guard
    • $421.0 million for the Air National Guard

Army National Guard

  • $452.6 million for AH-64 Apache Block IIIB New Build helicopters for the Army, includes $168.0 million for 6 aircraft for the Army National Guard
  • $753.2 million for modernization of AH-64 Apache Block IIIA helicopters for the Army
  • $1.1 billion for UH-60 Black Hawk M Model helicopters for the Army, includes $156.0 million for 8 aircraft for the Army National Guard
  • $148.1 million for modernization of UH-60 Black Hawk A and L Model helicopters for the Army
  • $100.0 million for the Army National Guard High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) Modernization Program
  • $120.0 million for HMMWV ambulances for the Army

Air National Guard

  • $640.0 million for 8 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for the Air National Guard
  • $181.0 million for C-130H modernization, includes $55.0 million for NP2000 propellers and $74.0 million for T-56 3.5 engine upgrades
  • $157.7 million for A-10 Thunderbolt modernization for the Air Force and Air National Guard, includes $65.0 million for additional A-10 wing replacements
  • $67.2 million for F-15C Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) kits
  • $10.0 million for F-15C Eagle ALQ-128 Electronic Warfare Warning Sets (EWWS)
  • Allows the Air Force to move forward with the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS)
    • Prohibits retirement of Joint Surveillance Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft until 2028 or when ABMS reaches certain operational benchmarks
  • $40.0 million for Electronic Warfare Range Requirements Threat Emitters for the Air National Guard
  • $9.0 million for Air National Guard readiness ranges
  • $20.0 million available for PFOS/PFOA treatment to local water authorities in the vicinity non-federal Air Force and Air National Guard bases

Joint & Personnel Provisions

  • Adds $11.6 million for the National Guard State Partnership Program
  • $217.1 million for the National Guard Counter-drug Program
  • $25.2 million for National Guard Counter-drug Schools
  • $8.0 million for the National Guard preventative mental health pilot program
    • Provides $4.0 million for the Army National Guard and $4.0 million for the Air National Guard
  • Adds $1.8 million for Army National Guard Cyber Protection Teams
  • Adds $30.6 million for the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program
  • Adds $30.0 million for STARBASE