FierceHomelandSecurity reports the Coast Guard’s 2012 appropriations bill has passed both the Senate and the House, as part of an Omnibus Bill, and the President is expected to sign it into law. It fully funds virtually all the administration’s budget requests for acquisitions. Included is $77M for long lead time items for the sixth National Security Cutter. $25M to begin the design process for the Offshore Patrol Cutter, and $358M should buy six Fast Response Cutters. C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) gets a boost with $65M for Rescue 21 and $38.5M for other C4ISR acquisitions. Also included is $27.8M for RDT&E with $8M specifically marked for shipboard unmanned air vehicles. Read More.