ARLINGTON, Va .– The Department of the Air Force on May 28 released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2022, which focused on investing in people and capabilities, building the future force and placing implementation of lethality and joint effectiveness.
The Department’s request of $ 173.7 billion includes the budgets of the US Air Force and US Space Force. The Air Force budget of $ 156.3 billion is a 2.3% increase and the Space Force budget of $ 17.4 billion is a 13.1% increase from fiscal year 2021.
“This budget puts us on the necessary path to organize, train and equip air and space forces to deter and, if necessary, overcome the challenges we foresee in 2030 and beyond,” said the acting secretary of the Air Force, John Roth. “This funds not only the capabilities required today, but also where the Air Force Department must compromise to invest in the capabilities required for future competition.”
The main modernization programs funded in the budget proposal include: strategic ground deterrence, replacement of the aging Minuteman III; Next-generation air domination, the future air superiority capability of the Air Force; Advanced Battle Management System, the Ministry’s contribution to joint command and control in all areas; and space-based capabilities such as the Next Generation Persistent Infrared Missile Warning System.
Roth said the spending plan, in addition to the capability-based modernization, also advances the department’s commitment to empower Airmen and Guardians, connect the Joint Force and expand partnerships.
Operation and maintenance (O&M) constitutes the largest part of the demand, accounting for 38% or $ 66.6 billion. O&M dollars are used directly to fund day-to-day operations and are critical to maintaining readiness. O&M demand also continues to prioritize investments in people, funding an additional $ 542 million to include a civilian wage increase of 2.7%.
The budget also takes action to address the difficult challenges of sexual assault, suicide and the disparate treatment of Airmen and Guardians to build resilience. Funding is increased by $ 7.7 million to develop prevention programs within the DAF focused on preventing behaviors harmful to readiness, including sexual assault, interpersonal violence and self-harm. In addition, $ 6 million is added for diversity and inclusion initiatives to include new training and recruitment grants.
The Ministry’s request for military personnel (MILPERS) of $ 38.4 billion represents an increase of $ 942 million from fiscal year 21. The FY22 request increases the final CFD strength by 3,400 people per year. report to the final workforce adopted for the fiscal year FY21. MILPERS funding includes a 2.7% increase in military salaries, a 3.8% increase in the Basic Housing Allowance, and a 2.3% increase in the Basic Living Allowance. In addition, the Space Force increases from 1,966 to 8,400 Guardians following mission transfers from the Air Force, Army and Navy.
The research, development, testing and evaluation (RTD & E) budget for fiscal year 2022 has an increase of $ 3 billion to support the Department of Defense commitment to modernize key capabilities. Much of the funding is spent on modernizing the nuclear company.
Nuclear command, control and communications are the central nuclear deterrent system; with oversight of two-thirds of the nuclear triad, the budget adds $ 71 million. This increase will advance security and provide resilient communication channels to align nuclear forces with the authority of national command in all conditions and phases of conflict.
The RDT & E budget aims to establish future strategic ground deterrence and replace current Minuteman III missile systems. The additional $ 1.1 billion includes funding for engineering, manufacturing and development activities for the GBSD and funding for other long-range ranged weapon developments.
Other important areas of RTD & E funding include the continued growth of the B-21 Raider, B-52 and F-35 programs. The budget includes funding that minimizes climate risks, upgrades aircraft fuel, and assesses alternative fuel options.
In order to focus resources on these and other modernization efforts, the budget also includes proposals for aging, expensive and poorly performing existing systems by removing 48 F-15C / D, 47 F-16 C / D, 42 A -10, 20 RQ-4 Block 30, 18 KC-135, 14 KC-10, 13 C-130H and four E-8s.
The Space Force’s RTD & E budget increases to a total demand of $ 11.3 billion, an increase of $ 725 million from fiscal year 21. In addition to the growth of classified programs, the proposal funds the next-generation persistent infrared missile warning system with an additional $ 132 million. This system creates a resilient network when combined with geosynchronous satellites and associated ground systems to increase missile warning and defense, battlespace awareness and technical intelligence.
The fiscal year 2022 procurement budget is $ 25.6 billion, with the Air Force’s share accounting for $ 22.9 billion.
The Air Force seeks to procure advanced weapon systems such as the hypersonic air-launched rapid reaction weapon and to increase the budget for the Joint Air-to-Ground Standoff missile to supply the quantities of advanced weapons. necessary to deter future conflicts. The Air Force is also requesting the purchase of F-35, KC-46 Pegasus, F-15EX Eagle II and MC-130J aircraft to ensure near-term availability while advancing fifth-generation aircraft for overtake the competition.
The Space Force’s procurement budget will increase by $ 456 million to purchase national security space launch vehicles that provide guaranteed access to space for the nation’s war and intelligence satellites. It also buys GPS III tracking spacecraft that offer new capabilities including a spot beam that offers 100 times the anti-jamming enhancement compared to current encrypted military code.
Military Construction (MILCON) and Family Housing portion of the budget increases by $ 1.1 billion for FY22. MILCON Focuses on Accelerating Settlement Readiness, Resilience, Modernization and the continuation of planning and design funds to strengthen program stability and coherence. The FY22 proposal would fund 56 major construction projects, including the grounding of planes at six Air Force bases. It is adding $ 105 million to military family housing projects to continue to focus on the health and safety of Air Force Department members and families.
“This budget strengthens our ability to operate jointly in all areas, continues to develop the Space Force, recapitalizes nuclear deterrents and accelerates modernization,” said Roth. “All with the aim of providing the nation with an unequivocal advantage through air and space power.”
DAF’s FY22 budget proposal is now submitted to Congress for consideration. According to the typical timetable, the budget must be approved and promulgated by the president before October 1, 2021, the date of the start of the new fiscal year.