The Fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, which allots $816.7 billion to the Defense Department, has been signed into law by President Joe Biden.
The measure includes $45 billion more than what was originally asked to combat the impacts of inflation and hasten the execution of the National Defense Strategy. It results in a 4.6 percent pay increase for military and civilian department employees. The act also grants $378 million for additional defense-related operations and $30.3 billion for national security programs at the Department of Energy and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Additionally, it provides $3.8 billion more to cover cost increases in military construction. The act’s authorization of $2.5 billion for inflation impacts on DOD gasoline expenditures is evidence of the agency’s size.