US defence bill boosts funding for missile defence to $11.8 billion
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A compromise defence bill proposed on Monday by US lawmakers would boost spending on missile defence by US$358 million (S$447 million) to $9.5 billion, mandating an additional homeland defence radar and increasing funding for US-Israeli cooperative efforts.
Leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services committees released details of a slimmed-down defence authorisation bill for fiscal 2014 late on Monday, calling for a final vote on the measure before Congress leaves for the year.
The bill includes $80 million in additional funding to address the problem that caused a missile defence test flight failure in July, and $30 million for design and development of a new, enhanced "kill vehicle," the part of the rocket that is used to hit the target missile and destroy it on impact.
In addition to added funding, the measure requires the Pentagon to develop options and plans to improve the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system run by Boeing Co.