When the House resumes debate on the $187.8 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 1984, first on the agenda will be Title I -- the shopping list of guns, ships, missiles and other hardware that accounts for about $89 billion of the total Pentagon request.
The procurement request, which the Armed Services Committee approved with only a few changes, includes 27 different kinds of aircraft, from the Apache to the Quick Fix, and 22 different missiles, from the Harm to the Hellfire, in addition to hand-launched, miniature mobile targets that impersonate submarines in training exercises and hundreds of other gadgets.
Altogether, the Defense procurement account has grown 63 percent over the past three years after inflation is factored out, according to the committee report. Procurement accounted for about 30 percent of all military spending (which includes several smaller authorization bills) in 1982; by 1986, its share is expected to increase to 38 percent.
Defense officials say the spending would make up for a decade of inadequate purchases. Critics contend that Congress is locking itself into so many high-priced weapons programs, whose costs are almost certain to escalate, that not enough money will be left in a few years to pay the people who carry or operate the weapons and buy spare parts to fix them.
For the moment, however, the committee has said yes to almost everything Defense has asked for. Not counting money set aside for purchases in 1985 and beyond, the procurement bill includes:
* 240 air-launched nuclear cruise missiles, for $441.2 million.
* 120 ground-launched nuclear cruise missiles, planned for deployment in Europe, for $581.5 million.
* 95 Pershing II nuclear missiles, also destined for Europe, for $407.7 million.
* A $2.6 billion down payment on 100 MX missiles.
* 124 Tomahawk cruise missiles, which can be nuclear or conventionally armed and fired from ships or from the air, for $356.8 million.
* 52 Trident I missiles, the Navy's big nuclear missiles that will soon be replaced with bigger Trident II ballistic missiles, for $724.3 million.
* A number of antitank missiles, including 5,351 laser Hellfires to be fired from helicopters, for $238.8 million, and 20,200 tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided TOW II missiles to be fired from the ground or air, for $181 million.
* 290 Phoenix long-range missiles for air warfare for the Navy, for $320.8 million.
* 1,700 Sparrow missiles for air warfare or ship-to-air shooting, for the Navy and the Air Force, for $337 million.
* 2,050 Sidewinder missiles for short-range air warfare, for the Navy and Air Force, for $135 million.
* Several missiles for shooting down planes from the ground, including 400 Hawks for the Marines for $101.6 million, 553 Patriot missiles for the Army and Air Force for $1 billion and 2,214 shoulder-carried Stinger missiles for $177.8 million.
* Black Hawk helicopters (84 for $332.4 million) for the Army and Sea Hawk helicopters (21 for $446.9 million) for the Navy; the committee denied the Air Force's request for Night Hawk helicopters.
* 12 Quick Fix helicopters for electronic warfare for $122.8 million, 112 Apache attack helicopters for $1.2 billion, 11 Superstallion heavylift helicopters for $206.8 million and 21 Sea Ranger training helicopters for $31.4 million.
* For fighting in the air, 24 F14 fighter jets for $861.5 million, 30 F15s for $1.1 billion, 144 F16s for $2.0 billion and 84 F18s for $2.1 billion.
* For bombing missions, 10 B1s for $3.8 billion and 6 Intruder A6Es for $205.4 million.
* A number of surveillance and espionage planes, including six Hawkeyes for the Navy for $309.6 million and three Air Force AWACS for $76.2 million, five TR1/U2 surveillance planes for $202.8 million, six Prowlers for $325.6 million and one Orion EP3 for $45.1 million.
* Also in the air, six Huron C12 cargo aircraft for $18.2 million; six Greyhound turboprops to deliver supplies to aircraft carriers for $135.7 million, 20 Mentor training planes for $26.7 million, 12 Hercules airlift and tanker planes for $236.4 million, 32 vertical takeoff Harriers for $810.1 million, 8 modified DC10s for cargo transport, for $334 million, and 50 C5 cargo planes for $1.4 billion.
* Still in the air but without pilots, $113 million for aerial targets for Navy training exercises and $78 million for Air Force target and tactical drones.
* 720 M1 Abrams tanks for $1.4 billion and, to accompany the tanks, 600 Bradley armored fighting vehicles for $799 million and 130 DIVAD Sergeant York guns, mounted on tank chasis, for $541.5 million.
* The Navy's 11th Trident ballistic missile submarine, for $1.8 billion, three nuclear-powered attack submarines for $1.7 billion and a $900,000 surface ship to resupply submarines at sea.
* Three minesweeper ships for $301 million and $65 million to begin developing a new class of minehunters.
* Three cruisers with Aegis guided missile systems for $3.4 billion.
* For the lead ship of a new class of amphibious assault ships, the LHD-1, $1.4 billion.
* Also at sea, $16.1 million for a combat stores ship and $119 million for tug boats, barges, floating cranes and patrol boats. And to take care of the casualties, $260 million for a hospital ship.