WASHINGTON — A powerful US House oversight panel has rejected a Pentagon request to shift more than $442 million within its 2013 budget.
While less than 5 percent of the Defense’s Department’s $9.6 billion reprogramming request, the House Appropriations defense subcommittee denied portions of the Pentagon request that would have moved money out of several Army tactical vehicle programs, an Air Force satellite program and the Navy’s RQ-4 Triton program.
Specifically, the procurement rejections include:
■ $17 million of a requested $37 million from Stryker modernization.
■ $11 million of a requested $101 million from the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles.
■ $10 million of a requested $30.7 million from the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles.
■ $64 million of a requested $128 million from the WIN-T Ground Forces Tactical Network.
■ $7.8 million of a requested $17.8 million from the High Mobility Engineer Excavator.
■ $6 million of a requested $13.1 million from the Field Feeding Equipment, Refrigerated Container System.
■ $9 million from the Navy AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare Suite.
■ $12 million from the Marine Corps Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon.
■ $9.8 million from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
■ $39 million of a $70 million request from Air Force communication security equipment
In research and development, the subcommittee rejected:
■ $10 million from Navy combat system integration.
■ $10 million from Navy cooperative engagement.
■ $10 million from Navy standards development.
■ $8.2 million from the Air Force manufacturing technology program
In addition, the House panel denied a DoD request to move $171 million from procurement of the Army’s High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle recapitalization program.
“The Committee understands that the funds are necessary and executable to sustain RESET as units return home from Afghanistan and other deployments around the world and that rapid RESET is vital to unit readiness,” subcommittee Chairman Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., said in a June 6 letter to Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale.
Lawmakers also denied a request to move $47 million from the Navy RQ-4 Triton unmanned surveillance aircraft program.
The committee has not made final decisions on $172 million of requested increases and $219 million of requested sources “but will do so as soon as is feasible.”