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Army budget supports current operations and reset of critical equipment assets.

President Barack Obama's proposed budget for the Army, submitted to Congress in May, asks for funds to support overseas contingency operations (OCO), continued modutarization of the Army, and reset of forces and equipment. The President is seeking $225.212 billion for the Army for fiscal year (FY) 2010, which is a decrease of $5.78 billion, or 2.5 percent, from the $230.992 billion that Congress appropriated for FY 2009.

The FY 2009 appropriations total includes supplement appropriations approved for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This year, the President has requested $83.081 billion for OCO, a decrease of $7.725 billion, or 8.5 percent, from the FY 2009 OCO appropriation of $90.806 billion. However, the President is seeking a $1.994 billion increase in the Army's base budget to $142.131 billion, or a 1.39-percent increase over the FY 2009 base appropriation of $140.187 billion.

Spending requests by major category are--

* Military personnel: $63.452 billion in FY 2010 (an increase of 5.96 percent from the FY 2009 appropriation).

* Operation and maintenance: $92.849 billion in FY 2010 (up .955 percent from FY 2009 spending).

* Procurement: $30.621 billion in FY 2010 (down 16.53 percent from FY 2009).

* Research, development, test, and evaluation: $10.496 billion in FY 2010 (a decrease of 13.21 percent from the FY 2009 appropriation).

* Military construction: $5.386 billion in FY 2010 (down 24.01 percent).

* Family housing: $796.7 million in FY 2010 (down 17.24 percent).

In FY 2010, the procurement request will support the acquisition of--

* 79 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters with digitized cockpits, new engines, and wide-chord blades for $1.258 billion.

* 8,027 parachutes for $66.4 million. This includes 7,160 advanced tactical parachute delivery systems, 501 joint precision airdrop systems (2,000-pound variant), and 366 enhanced container delivery systems (which can carry a 10,000-pound load).

* 241 systems from the mine-protected vehicle family, including 52 Buffalo mine-protected clearance vehicles, 93 medium mine-protected vehicles, and 96 vehicle mounted mine detection systems, for $402.5 million.

* 569 M915A5 line-haul tractor trucks for $137.4 million.

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* Family of heavy tactical vehicles equipment, including 1,743 heavy expanded-mobility tactical trucks (HEMTTs), 264 heavy equipment transporter system (HETS) tractors, 63 HETS trailers, 540 palletized load system (PLS) trucks, 130 PLS trailers, 5,725 container roll-in/out platforms, 85 enhanced container handling units, and 9,955 Movement Tracking Systems, totaling $1.436 billion.

* Recapitalization of 504 HEMTTs through the HEMTT Extended Service Program for $180.8 million.

* 5,532 trucks and 2,720 trailers of the family of medium tactical vehicles for $1.62 billion. 10,214 high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs) for $1.532 billion.

* 8,222 light tactical trailers for $97.841 million. 121 rough-terrain container handlers for $95.6 million. These will support the movement of a large number of containers through overseas ports and the theater distribution system to forward support areas.

* 555 forklifts, including 480 all terrain lifter, Army system, and 75 5,000-pound light capability rough-terrain forklifts, for $94.2 million.

* 37 water purification systems for $10.2 million. The procurement is for two types of water purifiers: the 1,500-gallons-per-hour (GPH) tactical water purification system, which replaces the aged 600-GPH reverse osmosis water purification unit, and the lightweight water purifier, a portable purifier used during early entry, rapid tactical movement, and independent operations.

* 551 petroleum and water distribution systems for $142.6 million. These include 5 assault hoseline systems, 81 fuel system supply points, 3 advanced aviation forward area refueling systems, 2 modular fuel systems, 143 forward area water point supply systems, 255 hippos, 15 camels, and 47 tank and pump unit systems.

* 24 laundry advanced systems for $21.6 million.

* Field feeding equipment for $61.9 million. This includes containerized kitchens, assault kitchens, refrigeration container systems, and sanitation centers needed to fill Army modular force requirements.

* 20 Force Provider modules for $245.4 million. Currently, the stock of these modular, containerized tent cities has been depleted within Army pre-positioned stocks, leaving only 2 modules on hand for emergency use.

* 273 combat service support medical systems for $45.1 million.

* 36 mobile integrated remains collection systems (MIRCSs) for $16.6 million.

* 973 mobile maintenance equipment systems for $149.4 million. These systems include shop equipment contact maintenance trucks, shop equipment welding trailers, standard automotive tool sets, and forward repair systems for maintenance on the battlefield.

* 117 lightweight maintenance enclosures for $2 million. This is the first new maintenance tent to be fielded to the Army in over 40 years.

* $208.3 million for generators and associated equipment to replace and modernize the Army's generator inventory. This includes removing gasoline from the generator inventory, reducing generator noise levels, and improving battlefield survivability.

* 1 joint high-speed vessel for $183.7 million. This is the third of three joint high-speed vessels the Army will acquire to support logistics over-the-shore, in-theater port control, and riverine logistics operations.
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