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MAY 2017

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www.sea-technology.com May 2017 / st 15 NOAA The president's budget proposes a 16 percent cut ($1.5 billion) to the Department of Commerce budget, primarily from NOAA's budget. Trump's budget proposal for NOAA zeroes out more than $250 million in targeted NOAA grants and programs supporting coastal and marine management, research and education, including Sea Grant, which the administration believes primarily benefits industry and state and local stakeholders. These programs are a lower priority for the administration than what it considers core functions main- tained in the budget, such as surveys, charting and fisheries management. The budget would maintain the development of NO- AA's current generation of polar-orbiting and geostationary weather satellites, allowing the Joint Polar Satellite System and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite pro- D onald Trump's first budget as U.S. president empha- sizes military spending, with a $54 billion increase in defense spending in 2018 that is offset by targeted reduc- tions in nondefense spending. The following is a summary of the proposed budgets for maritime-related agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2018. Navy As 2016 came to a close, outgoing Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus crafted an FY 2018 budget submission for his agency in line with the Trump Administration's goals, re- ported USNI News. This budget defends fleet maintenance and adds a number of items, including 58 F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighters, six P-8A maritime multimission air- craft and $14 billion in readiness accounts. Congressional- ly directed cruiser modernization would get $3.5 billion. As of this writing, there has not been an official Navy budget proposal post-Mabus, but Vice Chief of Naval Op- erations William Moran said at the Navy's Future Strategy Forum: "Maintenance and modernization of both ships and submarines and aircraft are at the top of our list." The Trump Administration has talked about growing the fleet to 350 ships as part of the national security platform. US Government FY 2018 Budget Sailors prepare F/A-18E Super Hornets for launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). The ship and its carrier strike group are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security efforts in the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of operations. (Top) An aircraft examining the eye of a hurricane. Trump's budget outline calls for about $1 billion for the National Weather Service to maintain its forecasting capabilities. (Photo Credit: U.S. Navy, Brianna Bowens) (Photo Credit: NOAA)

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