Final defense policy bill increases Stryker funding

By Ethan Sterenfeld / December 4, 2020 at 10:47 AM

Congressional conferees included additional Stryker vehicle upgrades, one of the Army's unfunded priorities, in the final fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill, released Dec. 3.

The authorization conference bill, which is expected to pass Congress next week, includes nearly $1.2 billion to upgrade 214 Stryker vehicles to double-V hulls.

The Army's budget for FY-21 requested $847 million to upgrade Stryker vehicles, which the Senate's version of the authorization bill matched.

But the House version included an additional $335 million to upgrade 60 more vehicles, after the Army listed the additional vehicle upgrades as an unfunded priority in February.

The House and Senate Appropriations committees both joined the House Armed Services Committee in increasing Stryker funding in the defense appropriations bills they passed this year.