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Army tightens belt for fiscal year 2012.

THE Army's fiscal year 2012 budget HE request includes funding for a 1.5-percent pay raise for Soldiers, a 3.1-percent increase in housing allowance, and a 3.4-percent increase in subsistence.

But the $144.9-billion Army base budget request for FY 2012 was just $1.5 billion more than last year's request. And the $71.1-billion overseas contingency operations budget was $31 billion less than the FY 2011 request.

The reduction was possible because Operation New Dawn in Iraq is scheduled to end in December, said Maj. Gen. Phillip McGhee, director of the Army Budget.

Overall, the Army is asking for about $29.5 billion less in FY 2012 than it did in FY 2011.

One place the Army is not asking for less money is the military personnel budget, coming in at $60.6 billion.

"The Army leadership's highest priority is caring for our people," McGhee said.

"The $45 billion operation and maintenance budget includes "a revised combined-arms training strategy, that focuses and shifts training from major combat operations to full-spectrum operations, so funding will support 24 rotations to the combined arms training centers for all the BCTs (brigade combat teams) and 33 warfighting exercises for our multi-functional and our functional support brigades," McGhee said.

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The Army's procurement request will support modernization of the UH-60M/HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter fleet, including $1.5 billion for 71 new aircraft. An additional $1.4 billion is marked for modernization of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the "D" to the "F" model. The Army will purchase 32 new Chinooks in FY 2012.

Additionally, $1.4 billion of the budget is dedicated for missile procurement in FY 2012.

The Army also expects in FY 2012 to upgrade 21 Abrams tanks to M1-A2 vehicles, and to convert 100 Strykers into nuclear, biological and chemical reconnaissance vehicles.

The Army found efficiencies through the consolidation of six Installation Management Command regions into four. Also, through portfolio reviews, the service determined it could terminate both the costly SLAMRAAM surface-to-air missile program and the Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System.

--C. Todd Lopez/ARNEWS
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Title Annotation:ARMY NEWS: From Army News Service and other sources
Author:Lopez, C. Todd
Publication:Soldiers Magazine
Date:May 1, 2011
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