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Defense Authorization Bill
Forces Press Service
Oct. 31, 2000 -- A 3.7 percent military pay
TRICARE changes, military modernization and lifetime
benefits are just some of the aspects of the Floyd
Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal
2001 that President Clinton signed into law Oct. 30.
act gives DoD permission to spend an authorized overall
of $309.9 billion. The fiscal 2001 appropriations
signed in August actually provided the money.
authorization act set total military fiscal 2001 end
at 1,382,242. The Army's end strength is 480,000;
Navy's, 372,642; Air Force's, 357,000; and the
172,600. The Selected Reserve end strength is
with the Army National Guard's at 350,526, the Army
205,300 and the Naval Reserve's at 88,900. The
Corps Reserve will have 39,558 members, the Air
Guard is set at 108,022; the Air Force Reserve at
and the Coast Guard Reserve, 8,000.
strength is down 3,190 from fiscal 2000 for the active
and up by 4,366 for the Selected Reserve.
members did particularly well in quality of life
In addition to the 3.7 percent across-the-
pay raise that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2001, service
in pay grades E-5 to E-7 will receive a targeted,
monthly raise of $32 to $59 starting July 1, 2001.
has added funds to the Basic Allowance for Housing
reduce out-of-pocket expenses service members must pay
they live off base. Currently, service members living
base pay an average of 19 percent of their housing
out-of-pocket. The money will bring that average to
percent in fiscal 2001. The legislation authorizes the
secretary to raise BAH rates to eliminate out-of-
expenses by fiscal 2005.
act extends the military housing privatization program.
program allows commercial firms to build and run
family housing areas.
pay action calls for active and reserve military
to be able to use the Thrift Savings Plan. The
long a part of the Federal Employees Retirement
would allow military personnel to invest a
of their pre-tax pay toward retirement. Taxes on
investments and earnings are deferred while
the plan. Details remain to be worked out, but the act
for the system to be up and running 360 days after
president signs the legislation.
budget changes the TRICARE military medical system in
ways. For active duty personnel, TRICARE Prime
now covers family members as well as active duty
The act also eliminates co-payments for active
family members enrolled in TRICARE Prime. It also
travel reimbursements to those who must go more than
miles to see a TRICARE health-care provider.
biggest TRICARE change, however, covers Medicare-
retirees. The act restructures TRICARE to allow
military retirees and their family
to continue their coverage beginning in fiscal
Under the plan, Medicare-eligible beneficiaries would
no co-pays, deductibles or TRICARE enrollment fees or
Retirees can receive care under Medicare; also,
medical expense not covered by Medicare will be paid by
act also expands the mail-order pharmacy service to
all beneficiaries, including Medicare-eligible
act authorizes $63.2 billion in procurement. The
also called modernization, hits the $60 billion
Defense Secretary William S. Cohen called for in
ticket items in procurement include $4 billion for a
carrier, $2.7 billion for three Arleigh Burke-
destroyers, $1.2 billion for a Virginia-class attack
and $1.5 billion for two San Antonio-class
ships. The act also funds 16 MV-22 Osprey tilt-
aircraft, 12 C-17 strategic airlift jets and 10 F-22
act funds Army transformation efforts to the tune of
billion in fiscal 2001. These efforts will result in a
mobile and more lethal force able to cover the range
operations the Army may face in the future. The act
on the Army secretary to report to the Senate and
armed services committees with a "road map" charting
progress of the Army through 2012. The act authorizes
Army to procure medium-weight armored vehicles to test
against the transformation concept.
act provides $2.1 billion for the National Missile
program and $2.7 billion for Theater Missile
TMD breaks down to $550 million for the Theater
Missile Defense program, $462.7 million for
Navy Theater-Wide program, $274.2 million for the Navy
Defense program, and $365.5 million to procure
Joint Strike Fighter is the next generation ground
aircraft. The mammoth program will provide single-
attack aircraft to the Air Force, Navy and Marine
Congress is concerned the services are rushing the
The total authorization for JSF in fiscal 2001 is
million. In the act, Congress called on the defense
to report on the criteria before the JSF enters
engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the
DoD cannot enter this phase until the defense
certifies the key technologies in the craft are
procurement actions include:
million for Joint Direct Attack Munitions. These
weapons proved their worth over Yugoslavia
are the focus of NATO's Defense Capabilities
million for Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles,
"UAV of the future." The act also provides $32.1
to upgrade the current Predator UAV.
million for two F-15E Eagle all-weather air-to-
million for a 16th E-8C Joint Surveillance and Target
Radar System aircraft.
million for the Army Comanche helicopter
manufacturing and development program phases.
are two prototypes. Initial operating capability is
for fiscal 2006.
million for 18 Black Hawk helicopters for the Army
Guard -- 16 regular and two air ambulances.
billion for fiscal 2001 research and development,
$85 million for the Air Force Airborne Laser
$24.4 million for chemical and biological
R&D, $30 million for high-energy laser research,
million for R&D for the Navy's 21st century aircraft
and $539.8 million for R&D of the Navy's future
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