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10 SECTION A • The Ocean/Marine Market • BG 2018 NASA The president requests $19.1 billion for NASA, a 0.8 percent decrease from the 2017 annualized continuing resolution level, with targeted increases consistent with the president's priorities. This proposal supports and expands public-private partnerships as the foundation of future U.S. civilian space efforts. The budget creates new opportunities for collaboration with industry on space station operations, supports public-private partnerships for deep-space habita- tion and exploration systems, funds data buys from compa- nies operating small satellite constellations, and supports work with industry to develop and commercialize new space technologies. The budget seeks to support a nascent commercial satellite servicing industry. The budget provides $1.8 billion for an Earth science portfolio that supports the priorities of the science and ap- plications communities. This is $102 million less than the 2017 annualized CR level. The budget terminates four Earth science missions: PACE, OCO-3, DSCOVR Earth-viewing instruments, and CLARREO Pathfinder. It also reduces fund- ing for Earth science research grants. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement BOEM and BSEE both fall under the Department of the Interior (DOI), and the president's budget proposes a 12 per- cent cut to DOI's budget for FY 2018. The president's budget outline does not specify proposals for BOEM and BSEE. Department of Energy The budget requests $28.0 billion for DOE, a $1.7 bil- lion, or 5.6 percent, decrease from the 2017 annualized CR level. This budget ensures the Office of Science continues to invest in the highest priority basic science and energy research and development, as well as operation and main- tenance of existing scientific facilities for the community, according to the administration. Funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Office of Nu- clear Energy, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, and the Fossil Energy Research and Develop- ment program will be focused on limited, early-stage ap- plied energy research and development activities where the federal role is stronger. The budget eliminates the Weather- ization Assistance Program and the State Energy Program to reduce federal intervention in state-level energy policy and implementation. This budget continues research, develop- ment and construction to support the Navy's current nuclear fleet and enhance the capabilities of the future fleet. Army Corps of Engineers USACE was funded at $6.0 billion under the 2017 CR, and Trump requests $5.0 billion for USACE in FY 2018. There was no request for funding of emergency require- ments. National Science Foundation The president's budget outline does not include a pro- posal for NSF. Environmental Protection Agency The president's 2018 budget request is $5.7 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, a $2.6 billion, or 31 US Government FY 2018 Budget D onald Trump's first budget as U.S. president empha- sizes military spending, with a $54 billion increase in defense spending in 2018 that is offset by targeted reduc- tions in nondefense spending. The following is a summary of the proposed budgets for maritime-related agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2018. Navy As 2016 came to a close, outgoing Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus crafted an FY 2018 budget submission for his agency in line with the Trump Administration's goals, re- ported USNI News. This budget defends fleet maintenance and adds a number of items, including 58 F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighters, six P-8A maritime multimission air- craft and $14 billion in readiness accounts. Congressional- ly directed cruiser modernization would get $3.5 billion. The Trump Administration has talked about growing the fleet to 350 ships as part of the national security platform. NOAA The president's budget proposes a 16 percent cut ($1.5 billion) to the Department of Commerce budget, primarily from NOAA's budget. Trump's budget proposal for NOAA zeroes out more than $250 million in targeted NOAA grants and programs supporting coastal and marine management, research and education, including Sea Grant, which the administration believes primarily benefits industry and state and local stakeholders. These programs are a lower priority for the administration than what it considers core functions main- tained in the budget such as surveys, charting and fisheries management. The budget would maintain the development of NO- AA's current generation of polar-orbiting and geostationary weather satellites, allowing the Joint Polar Satellite System and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite pro- grams to remain on schedule in order to provide forecasters with critical weather data to help protect life and property. Annual savings would be achieved from NOAA's Polar Fol- low On satellite program from the current program of re- cord by better reflecting the actual risk of a gap in polar sat- ellite coverage, according to the administration. This would also provide additional opportunities to improve robustness of the low Earth orbit satellite architecture by expanding the utilization of commercially provided data to improve weather models. The National Weather Service's forecasting capabilities would be maintained with an investment of more than $1 billion. U.S. Geological Survey USGS was funded at $1.1 billion in FY 2016 and the FY 2017 continuing resolution (CR). The president's budget proposes to cut USGS's budget by nearly 15 percent to ap- proximately $900 million. This allotment would focus on investments in what the administration considers essential science programs, such as the Landsat 9 ground system, as well as research and data collection that informs sustain- able energy development, responsible resource manage- ment and natural hazard risk reduction, the budget outline states.

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