Senate NDAA Day One Wrap: Weapon Programs Unscathed

The Senate on Wednesday (Nov. 28) completed its first day of floor debate on the 2013 Pentagon policy bill, and members left unchanged the parts of the Armed Services Committee’s legislation dealing with weapon programs.

Steep cuts to planned Pentagon spending are slated to kick in Jan. 2 unless Congress and the White House agree on a massive deficit-reduction measure in coming weeks — or something that gets part of the way to a $1.2 trillion goal while delaying $500 billion, 10-year cuts to defense and domestic spending.

And with a list of Defense Department accounts already made exempt by the president, including all personnel accounts, weapons development and purchasing accounts are set to take about a 9 percent cut each. Some analysts and lawmakers warn that could mean some programs will be placed on the chopping block.

For one day, at least, the Senate resisted making any major changes to the committee’s marks of the Pentagon’s plans for its weapon systems. The upper chamber gets back to work Thursday morning on its version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. You can follow the action live here.

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett