The fiscal 2015 baseline budget request for the U.S. Navy, announced March 4, is $148 billion, compared to the $156 billion 2014 request, which was whittled down to $150 billion by the Budget Control Act and its mandatory sequestration spending cuts.
The plan also includes budget projections, in current fiscal 2015 dollars, of $160 billion in fiscal 2016; $161 billion in fiscal 2017; $164 billion in fiscal 2018; and $166 billion in fiscal 2019.
Over the course of the so-called Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) for these years, the budget request represents about $38 billion less than what had been included in the fiscal 2014 proposal.
The fiscal 2015 budget includes the construction of 44 ships across the FYDP, including 14 Littoral Combat Ships and a steady production of submarines and DDG destroyers to the tune of 10 apiece through fiscal 2019.
The FYDP also includes one aircraft carrier, one amphibious warfare assault ship (LHA) replacement, four T-ATF(X) fleet ocean tugs, three T-AO(X) fleet oilers and one Afloat Forward Staging Base platform.
The fiscal 2015 spending plan also includes a fleet of 283 battle-force ships, including the delivery of eight new ships and decommissioning of 13 vessels.
The Navy FDYP plan also includes 470 aircraft, including 105Joint Strike Fighters.
U.S.investments over that time include 133 AH-IZ-1/ helicopters and 64 Ospreys.
For unmanned systems during that time, the Navy plans to buy dozens of Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) aircraft and MQ-4 Triton Unmanned Systems through fiscal 2019.
Other aviation investments during the FYDP include 25 E-2D airborne early warning aircraft; 56multi-mission aircraft; 29 and eight MH-60S multi-mission helicopters; six VXX presidential helicopters; 13 CH-53K heavy-lift helicopters; six KC-130J refueling tankers and one C-40A logistics aircraft.
The Navy is looking to cut down on “contractual services” spending, which has grown by about $10 billion since 2000. The fiscal 2015 request reduces contractual spending in four key areas: knowledge-based services; research, development, test and evaluation; equipment-related services; and communications-related services.
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