U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre, senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced today $458 million in military construction projects in North Carolina. Last night, the committee approved the 2013 Defense Authorization bill.
Congressman McIntyre stated, "The Defense Authorization Bill for 2013 bill strengthens our national defense, supports North Carolina military bases, and makes key investments in ensuring our servicemen and women have the tools they need to do their job. Ensuring our national security is a top priority for me, and this bill is a very positive step forward."
Congressman McIntyre successfully included in the bill an amendment to establish a National Guard Center for Excellence for leadership development which is strongly supported by the North Carolina National Guard.
North Carolina Military Construction Funding includes ($458 Million ):
Fort Bragg-- $198.5 million
Aerial Gunnery Range, $42 million
Infrastructure funding, $30 million
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Complex, $26 million
SOF Battalion Operations Facility, $40.5 million
SOF Civil Affairs Battalion Complex, $31.4 million
SOF Support Addition, $3.9 million
SOF Sustainment Brigade Complex, $24.7 million
Camp Lejeune -- $149.8 million
Base Access and Road, Phase 3, $40.9 million
Staff NCO Academy Facilities, $29 million
SOF Marine Battalion Company/Team Facilities, $53.4 million
SOF Survival Evasion Resistance Escape Training Facility, $5.5 million
Medical Clinic Replacement (TRICARE Management Activity), $21 million
Seymour Johnson - $55.45 million
Replace Pipeline, $1.85 million
Medical Clinic Replacement (TRICARE Management Activity), $53.6 million
Cherry Point - $45.6 million
Armory, $11.6 million
Marine Air Support Squadron Compound, $34 million
New River- $8.5 million
Personnel Administration Center, $8.5 million
General highlights of the defense bill include:
The Committee passed the bill that would:
authorize $554 billion for the Defense Department and national security programs and $88 billion for overseas contingency operations, primarily for the war in Afghanistan;
authorize an across-the-board pay raise of 1.7 percent for military personnel;
authorize the following amounts: $32.2 billion for the Defense Health Program; $10 million for the Cybersecurity Initiative; $172 million for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Defeat Technology program; $680 million from fiscal 2012 to 2015 for Israel's Iron Dome missile-defense system.
In addition, the bill would:
Require the Pentagon to declare when each of their F-35 fighter variants will reach "initial operational capability."
Bar the use of funds in the bill for an additional Base Realignment and Closure round.