The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday advanced a draft fiscal 2019 spending bill which includes $675.0 billion in base and overseas contingency operations funding, representing a $20.4 billion increase above the current year’s allocation. The bill provides $350 million above the president’s request for Navy facility sustainment, restoration and modernization, according to a committee summary. The panel also recommended $846 million in additional funding for test and evaluation infrastructure, including:
- $200 million for Army test ranges and facilities;
- $206 million for Navy test and evaluation infrastructure;
- $280 million for Air Force test and evaluation support; and
- $160 million for operational test and evaluation infrastructure, including funds to support expanded hypersonic and directed energy testing.
The full committee is scheduled to mark up the spending measure on Thursday.