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MAY 2013

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US Government Fiscal Year 2014 Budget T he White House Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget was released passed the deadline this year, coming out in April, instead of during the federally mandated frst Monday in February. This delay came in the wake of sequestration, which went into effect in March and resulted in across-theboard budget cuts throughout the government. In contention is how to deal with the U.S. defcit, projected by the Congressional Budget Offce to be $845 billion this year. The House of Representatives and the Senate passed their budget bills before the White House released its budget. President Barack Obama's budget can be seen as an attempt to craft a large-scale bargain on the defcit, according to Politico. Compromise will be hard to come by, however. "The document headed our way does not appear designed to bridge the differences between the House and Senatepassed budgets," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in regards to Obama's budget. Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington expressed hope for a "balanced and bipartisan deal." Whether or not that occurs, one certitude remains the troubled fnancial climate. Despite federal belt-tightening, however, there are still pockets of opportunity for ocean-related industries. Presented here are the maritime-related portions of the White House's FY 2014 budget. for system development and demonstration, $0.9 billion for management support and $3.4 billion for operational systems development. The operations and maintenance breakdown is: $11.2 billion for ship operations and maintenance, $8.6 billion for aviation operations and maintenance, $7.5 billion for base operations and support, $6.3 billion for Marine Corps operations and maintenance, $5.5 billion for combat/weapons support, $4.7 billion for service-wide support, $1.8 billion for training and education, $1.8 billion for reserve operations and maintenance, $0.3 billion for environmental restoration and $0.9 billion for mobilization. New ships would be built from FY 2013 to FY 2018: 10 in FY 2013, 8 in FY 2014, 8 in FY 2015, 7 in FY 2016, 9 in FY 2017 and 9 in FY 2018. The corresponding dollar amounts for new construction totals in those years are: $10.9 billion, $10.9 billion, $14.0 billion, $12.9 billion, $15.3 billion and $17.4 billion, respectively. Eleven battle-force ships will be retired: seven FFGs (guided missile frigates), one SSN (nuclear attack submarine), one LPD (amphibious transport dock), one MCM (mine countermeasures ship) and one T-AOE (fast combat support ship). The Navy has funded two nuclear attack submarines and continues to fund research and development for the next ballistic missile submarine. Navy The budget request for the Department of Defense provides $526.6 billion in discretionary funding for the base budget; a decrease of $3.9 billion, or 0.7 percent, below the 2012 enacted level. Of this, the Navy's base budget is $155.8 billion, comprising $43.5 billion for procurement, $16.0 billion for research and development, $48.5 billion for operations and maintenance, $45.4 billion for military persons and $2.3 billion for infrastructure. The Navy's procurement funds breakdown is: $14.3 billion for ships, $17.9 billion for aircraft, $3.1 billion for weapons, $1.3 billion for the Marine Corps, $0.6 billion for ammunition and $6.3 billion for other Navy procurement. The research and development breakdown is: $0.6 billion for basic research, $0.8 billion for applied research, $0.6 billion for advanced technology development, $4.7 billion for advanced component development, $5.0 billion NOAA For FY 2014, NOAA's budget request is $5.4 billion. Of this, the National Ocean Service would get $503.2 million, the National Marine Fisheries Service would get $896.5 million, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research would get $472.4 million, the National Weather Service (NWS) would get $1.1 billion, and the National Environmental Satellite, and Data, and Information Service would get $2.1 billion. The budget provides $2 billion to support the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite System - R Series (GOES-R), Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), Jason-3 satellite, and Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) satellites. As compared to the FY 2012 enacted budget, the two major increases are a $339 million increase for GOES-R and a $17 million increase for Jason-3. NOAA's satellites are critical to its ability to provide accurate weather forecasts and warnings that help to protect lives and property. 10 st / May 2013 www.sea-technology.com

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