Conferees OK Defense Dept. appropriations

House and Senate conferees approved a $416.2 billion fiscal 2005 Defense appropriations bill late last month and sent it to President Bush to sign.

The proposal is $1.6 billion lower than the $417.8 billion Bush requested and $25.4 billion more than in fiscal 2004.

Because of scheduling delays, conferees voted unanimously to slash money from several key programs, including the Army's Future Combat Systems initiative and missile defense programs and the Air Force's Space-Based Radar program.

The conferees included $2.9 billion for the Army's Future Combat Systems, a project to develop networked combat vehicles and weapons systems. The proposal would slash President Bush's re-
quest by $268 million.

The budget also includes $25 billion in emergency funding for operations in Iraq and Afghani-
stan.

Featured

  • business meeting (Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com)

    Civic tech volunteers help states with legacy systems

    As COVID-19 exposed vulnerabilities in state and local government IT systems, the newly formed U.S. Digital Response stepped in to help. Its successes offer insight into existing barriers and the future of the civic tech movement.

  • data analytics (Shutterstock.com)

    More visible data helps drive DOD decision-making

    CDOs in the Defense Department are opening up their data to take advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools that help surface insights and improve decision-making.

Stay Connected