FY 2011 Defense Funding

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FY 201 1 Defense Funding. In mid-April, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, HR 1473, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, which funds the federal government through the fiscal year (FY) ending September 30, 2011. The act, which calls for $38 billion in spending cuts, allots DoD a base budget of $513 billion, $18.1 billion less than requested by President Obama but $5 billion more than allotted in FY 2010. The legislation also contains $157.8 billion for overseas contingency operations, the amount requested by the President.

The appropriations act funds active duty end strength of 1,432,400; reserve component end strength of 846,200; and a 1.4 percent pay raise for military personnel. It provides $32.8 billion for the Defense Health Program; an additional $250 million for peer-reviewed breast, prostate and ovarian cancer research programs; and $100 million for peer-reviewed psychological health and traumatic brain injury programs. The legislation adds $850 million for reserve contingent equipment; provides funding to replace helicopters and fixed-wing aircrañ lost in battle; and provides $2. …