FY 2009 Defense Department authorization

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The FY 2009 Defense Department budget is comprised of two separate bills:

  • An authorization bill (the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2009 - S.3001) to "authorize" spending for certain programs, and
  • An appropriations bill (not yet introduced) to actually allocate the money.

The bills cover the government's 2009 fiscal year, from October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009.

The bill passed in the House on September 24, 2008, followed closely by the Senate on September 27.

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House version

Bill summary

If appropriated the Defense spending bill would authorize $612 billion for:

  • A 3.9 percent pay raise for military personnel, as well as additional benefits and bonuses.
  • Provide an additional $70 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, including prohibitions on the use of contractors during interrogations. The bill also extends the statute of limitations on contractor abuses from three years to five.
  • Authorization of President Bush's planned anti-ballistic missile system in Eastern Europe.


House passage of authorization

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Senate version

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Robert McElroy, "Managing America: Defense Authorizations," TheWeekInCongress, Sept. 12, 2008.

External resources

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