Army under secretary says CR would impact multiyear authorities

By Dan Schere / September 6, 2023 at 4:29 PM

Army Under Secretary Gabe Camarillo said Wednesday that the service's ability to procure quantities for programs with requested multiyear authorities set to begin in fiscal year 2024, such as the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement, would be impacted by a stopgap continuing resolution lawmakers are preparing to consider.

Congress must pass a CR by the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1 to avert a government shutdown. Under a CR, new-start contracts are not allowed and programs transitioning from development to production would also be impacted, Camarillo said at a Defense News conference in Arlington, VA.

The Army had requested multiyear authorities from Congress for PAC-3 MSE and the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System starting in FY-24. The service has estimated multiyear contracts for PAC-3 MSE and GMLRS could save more than the initially projected $147 million.

“Without that authority, it will affect how much quantity we’re going to be able to buy,” Camarillo said Wednesday in reference to PAC-3 MSE.

Another program that could be impacted by a CR is the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, the Army’s replacement for the M113 armored personnel carrier. The service recently announced the transition of that program from low-rate initial production to full-rate production and subsequently awarded the full-rate production contract to manufacturer BAE Systems. Mid-range capability, one of the Army’s long range fires priorities that is scheduled to transition to a program of record, could also be delayed, Camarillo said.

However, he said, much of the United States’ support for Ukraine during its war with Russia has been funded through supplemental appropriations from Congress.

“Nothing would impact our ability to support Ukraine,” he said. “We’re in this as long as it takes.”

The White House, meanwhile, is seeking a $40 billion supplemental spending package for Ukraine, with nearly $10 billion pegged for military aid, which is contingent on support from Congress.