NDAA sets $310.2M in military spending for Guam

The NDAA includes about $662.8 million in funding for military construction on Guam. It also extends the H-2b labor authorization on Guam to civilian projects.
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Congressional negotiators have reached agreement on the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

It proposes hundreds of millions of dollars in military spending for Guam and the CNMI.

As it currently stands, the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act proposes $310.2 million in military spending for Guam.

That includes $226 million for military construction projects at Naval Base Guam and other Navy facilities on island. Another $65 million has been authorized for projects at Andersen Air Force Base and $19.2 million for Joint Region Marianas.

Among the specific construction projects are:

* $91.3 million for the construction of a machine gun range on Northwest Field;

* $19.2 million for the X-Ray Wharf refueling facility at Naval Base Guam;

* $34.1 million for the construction of a new bachelor enlisted quarters;

* $17 million for an Andersen Smart Grid and ICS control system on Naval Base Guam; and

* $2 million for the Marine Corps base.

The proposed NDAA also includes another $316 million over a three-year period to fund the planned divert airfield on Tinian for the Air Force.

The House version of the NDAA contained a provision to include Guam and the CNMI in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. However, during the conference committee that was removed from the final version of the bill.

Congress is expected to act on the NDAA before the Christmas break.