Fiscal 2019 NDAA

Bill Number
H.R. 5515, as amended

Overview

On August 13, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill on July 26, while the U.S. Senate passed it on August 1.

The FY19 NDAA authorizes $708.1 billion in total defense spending.  The legislation authorizes $639.1 billion in base and discretionary funding for the Department of Defense (DoD), which is $49.6 billion above FY18 funding levels, and $68.5 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding.  The legislation also authorizes increased funding above FY18 levels for Army National Guard Operations and Maintenance, as well as Air National Guard end strength.

Bill Highlights

General Provisions

  • Authorizes a 2.6 percent pay raise for military personnel
  • Prohibits a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)

Army National Guard

  • Authorizes $452.6 million for new build AH-64 Apache helicopters for the Army, includes:
    • $168.0 million for 6 AH-64Es to address Army National Guard shortfalls
  • Authorizes $753.2 million for remanufactured AH-64 Apache helicopters for the Army
  • Authorizes $1.0 billion for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Army, includes:
    • $85.0 million for 5 additional UH-60Ms for the Army National Guard
  • Authorizes $146.1 million for modernized UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the Army (SEC. 4101)
  • Authorizes an additional $25.0 million for Army National Guard High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) modernization
    • First time program included in NDAA
  • Authorizes $202.1 million in Army National Guard military construction (MILCON) funding, includes funding for projects in 10 states

Air National Guard

  • Authorizes continued C-130J multi-year procurement authority for the Air Force
  • Authorizes $151.0 million for C-130H modernization, includes:
    • $55.0 million for NP2000 propellers
    • $74.0 million for T-56 3.5 engine upgrades
  • Authorizes $163.7 million for A-10 Thunderbolt modernization for the Air Force and Air National Guard, includes:
    • $65.0 million for additional A-10 wing replacements
  • Authorizes $67.2 million for F-15C Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) kits
  • Limits retirement of Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar Systems (JSTARS) until the Air Force declares initial operational capability of Increment 2 of the Advanced Battle-Management System (ABMS)
  • Authorizes $11.0 million for Air National Guard PFOS/PFOA remediation
  • Authorizes $191.1 million in Air National Guard military construction (MILCON) funding, includes funding for projects in 10 states

Joint & Personnel Provisions

  • Authorizes the Secretary of the Army or Air Force to adjust the effective date of promotion for National Guard officers experiencing undue delays through no fault of their own
    • House Report Language mandated the Army and Air Force report on National Guard federal recognition processes, wait times, and suggested efficiencies to Congress by 1 December 2018
  • Authorizes High Deployment Allowance accrual for all Reserve Component servicemembers and non-reduction in pay for Reserve Component servicemembers, who are also federal employees, under 12304b orders
  • Authorizes $137.1 million for the National Guard Counterdrug program
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Homeland Security to report on Reserve Component cyber civil support teams
  • Authorizes DoD transfer of equipment and facilities to the National Guard to carry out the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program
  • Authorizes an additional $15.0 million for STARBASE