Line 007 shows the Advance Procurement in thousands of dollars for the 2010 Calendar Year (CY). So what looks, at first glance, to be a half a million dollars is actually $4.8 million for 2010.
F136 Development .............................................$[215,000]...$[215,000]
The FY 2010 request for program element 0604800F was $1,858,055 timed $1,000 or $1,858,055,000 that's $1.8 billion. What the Conference Agreed to was $2,073,055 times $1,000 or $2,073,055,000 which is more than $2 billion. The bracketed amount represents the $215,000,000 more than the President requested.
"Ms. PINGREE of Maine. Mr. Chairman, this amendment prohibits any further funding for the alternate F-35 engine.
In 2001, Pratt & Whitney won the award for the primary engine for the Joint Strike Fighter through a competitive bidding process. This process was set up to save millions in taxpayer dollars. Since then, Congress has authorized an astonishing $1.3 billion of unrequested funds for the development of this extra unnecessary engine. The Bush administration opposed this program. The Obama administration opposes this program. And yet if this amendment fails today, we will continue to fund a defense program that is a complete waste of money.
I could not put it any better than the Secretary of Defense put it himself: Given the many pressing needs facing our military and the fiscal challenges facing our country, we cannot afford a ``business as usual'' approach to the defense budget. Tough choices must be made by both the Department and Congress to ensure that current and future military capabilities can be sustained over time. This means programs and initiatives of marginal or no benefit, like the F136 engine, are unaffordable luxuries."