WASHINGTON, D.C. – Led by Chairman Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Ranking Member Rob Wittman (R-VA), the Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces today released their proposals for the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Subcommittee will meet at 4:30pm ET on Tuesday, June 23 in Rayburn 2118.  The markup will be live streamed on the committee’s website. The Subcommittee's mark is available here
Specifically, this year's proposal:
  • Recommends the restoration of a second Virginia Class submarine and the required advanced procurement to maintain the two per year build rate.
  • Recommends to the full committee that the Navy procure eight battle force ships including one Columbia class fleet ballistic missile submarine; two Virginia-class submarines; two DDG 51 Arleigh Burke destroyers; one guided missile Frigate (FFG); and two T-ATS towing, salvage, and rescue ships.
  • Prohibits the retirement of LCS-3 and LCS-4 until all operational tests have been completed. 
  • Prohibits the retirement of any aircraft carrier before its first refueling. 
  • Establishes a statutory floor that the Air Force is required to retain for air refueling aircraft.
  • Establishes a statutory floor that the Air Force is required to retain for tactical airlift aircraft. 
  • Recommends the reduction in KC-46A procurement to the minimum sustaining rate to minimize the number of aircraft that will require modification of the Remote Vision System given the Remote Vision System 2.0 is still in development.
  • Recommends six P-8 Poseidon aircraft.
  • Recommends four additional V-22 Osprey aircraft.
  • Recommends continuing support for the propulsion and propeller upgrades of Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve C-130H airlift aircraft.
  • Authorizes efficient construction of the first two Columbia class ballistic missile submarines.
  • Restricts funds associated with the Secretary of Defense until the 30-year shipbuilding plan is delivered.
  • In Fiscal Year 2021, prohibits the retirement of any navy vessel until the Secretary of Defense provides a Navy force structure assessment.
  • Authorizes the procurement of up to four used sealift vessels.  
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense to provide ship requirements to implement the Commandant’s Planning Guidance.
  • Establishes a Tanker Security Fleet to help fill the gap in at sea logistics.
  • Recommends full funding for the B-21 Raider program.
  • Recommends full funding for the VC-25B Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) program.
  • Recommends funding of the 4th National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) for the State Maritime Academies and recommends additional funds for previously authorized ships.
  • Continues to provide strict oversight of the Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV).