US Capital West Side, by Martin Falbisoner
With a bit of help from a friend, the actual FY2019 budget documents were located: “The Joint Explanation” and “The Conference Report.”
I found the Joint Explanation easiest to wade through. The Budget breakdown is found on pages 65 to 69 of the 612 page pdf.
Note in some cases I have rounded to the nearest $0.1M
Our total Coast Guard FY2019 budget is $12,015,921,000. This is $91,803,000 less than last year, but $577,720,000 more than the budget request.
The Operations and Support allocation is $7,808.2M. That is $434.9M more than last year (a 5.6% increase), and $215.1M more than requested.
I have provided information on the PC&I budget below including a complete list of line items that I was unable to provide before.
PROCUREMENT, CONSTRUCTION, AND IMPROVEMENTS (PC&I) $2,248.26M
Vessels and Boats
- Survey and design: 5.5M
- In service vessel sustainment: 63.25M
- National Security Cutter: 72.6M (Follow up on ships already funded)
- Offshore Patrol Cutter: 400M (Second of class + LLTM for third)
- Fast Response Cutter: 340M (Six Webber class including two for PATFORSWA)
- Cutter boats 5M
- Polar Security Cutter: 675M (First of class + LLTM for second)
- Waterways Commerce Cutter: 5M
- Polar sustainment: 15M (Polar Star Service Life Extension)
—-Vessels Subtotal: $1,581.35M
- HC-144 Conversion/Sustainment: 17M
- HC-27J Conversion/Sustainment: 80M
- HC-1330J Conversion/Sustainment: 105M
- HH-65 Conversion/Sustainment: 28M
- MH-60 Conversion/Sustainment: 120M
- Small Unmanned Aircraft: 6M
—Aircraft Subtotal: $356M
Other Acquisition Programs:
- Other Equipment and System: 3.5M
- Program Oversight and Managemen: 20M
- C4ISR 23.3M
- CG-Logistics Information Management System (CG-LIMS): 9.2M
—Other Acquisitions Programs Subtotal: $56M
Shore Facilities and Aids to Navigation:
- Major Construction; Housing; ATON; and Survey and Design: 74.51M
- Major Acquisition Systems Infrastructure: 175.4M
- Minor Shore 5M
—Shore Facilities and Aids to Navigation Subtotal: $254.91M
The PC&I total, $2,248.26M, was $446.48M less than FY2018, but it was $361.51M above the budget request.
R&D was cut by almost a third. This is probably a place to spend more not less.
Reserve Training disappeared as a separate line item, so I can’t tell what happened there.
Also included in the new budget is $5M for the National Coast Guard Museum
Incidentally, the total amount appropriated for the polar security program includes $359.6M (FY2018 and prior) + $675M (FY2019), or $1,034.6M, of which $20M is for Long Lead Time Material for the second ship, and the remainder is for the first ship and other program-related expenses.
With Operations and Support up more than 5% over 2018 and Procurement Construction &Improvement (PC&I) over $2B for the second year in a row, this is the kind of budget we can live with. It just needs to keep happening.