(RoyalPatriot.com )- Earlier this week, the House passed the $770 billion 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, which also set an objective to counter military action by both China and Russia.
With some of those funds, the Pentagon has plans to purchase from Boeing 12 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as well as 17 F-15EX fighters. According to Reuters, the number of F-15s that the Defense Department will purchase is higher than the initial request the department made back in May.
The agreement, which was struck on a bipartisan basis, also prevents the Air Force from fully retiring the A-10 Thunderbolt II. A provision in the Senate prevents that branch of the military from retiring any Warthog in 2022.
The Senate will soon take up the bill, which is expected to pass through the upper chamber. Of its total, $4 billion will be dedicated to the European Deterrence Initiative. The goal of that is to deter aggression by Russia throughout Eastern Europe, where it has been apparently building up forces to attack Ukraine.
NATO defenses have been building up in recent months as a potential counter and deterrence to Russia, which has angered Moscow. It may have ultimately resulted in Russian President Vladimir Putin being irritated that he’s being stopped in his tracks before he even really started.
NPR reported that another $7.1 billion in the act will go toward deterring military aggression from China, as part of the Pacific Deterrence Initiative. China has been building up forces and running military fly-overs of Taiwan in recent months, and still has illegitimate claims over the South China Sea.
Many conservatives have praised this defense bill, particularly the decision to jettison one proposal that would’ve expanded the Selective Service System in the United States to women.
Following the bill’s passage in the House, Texas Republican Representative Ronny Jackson tweeted:
“NO red flag laws. NO drafting our daughters. The WOKE liberal agenda Democrats tried to sneak into the NDAA is GONE. Democrats want to turn the military into a leftist social experiment — but WE stopped them!”
Liberals seemed to be in favor of the bill as well, with Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, saying it was a “strong, bipartisan defense bill.”
Included in it will be a pay increase to members of the military, which Pelosi said will help them and their families, while also “fortifying our military’s technological advantage” and supporting “partners” such as Ukraine.
Service members would see a pay increase of 2.7% if the bill is passed through the Senate as is and signed into law by President Joe Biden. It also includes some reforms to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Congress saved the A-10 yet again, even though the Defense Department has had the attack plane on the chopping block for the last few years.
Back in 2014, the Pentagon issued a request to retire the A-10, saving it would save about $3.5 billion.