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House and Senate FY 2009 Appropriation Bills for DOD S&T

Richard M. Jones
Number 92 - September 24, 2008  |  Search FYI  |   FYI Archives  |   Subscribe to FYI

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Figures have been compiled for defense science and technology program funding in the FY 2009 Defense Appropriations bills. Although the bills have not been passed by the full House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the below numbers provide an indication of the appropriators' approach to funding for the basic research, applied research, and advanced technology programs.

These numbers were compiled by the Coalition for National Security Research, to which the American Institute of Physics belong. They are taken from committee prints, and do not, of course, reflect any action that may be taken by the full committees.

Congress is trying to complete this week a continuing resolution to provide funding for government programs for the new fiscal year that begins on October 1. This legislative package should include the FY 2009 Defense, Homeland Security, and Military Construction - VA appropriations bills.

All percentage changes are based on the current FY 2008 budget. No allowances have been made for program changes or earmarked funding. Important note: the Administration's request does not include funding for the continuation of earmarked projects, resulting in FY 2009 requests that in some cases are less than this year's budget. See http://www.aip.org/fyi/2008/022.html for a comparison between budget requests for FY 2008 and FY 2009 that remove these earmarks.

AGGREGATE 6.1 BASIC RESEARCH
The current budget is $1,634 million.
The Administration requested $1,699 million, an increase of $65 million or 4.0 percent.
House appropriators recommended $1,816 million, an increase of $182 million or 11.2 percent.
Senate appropriators recommended $1,669 million, an increase of $35 million or 2.2 percent

AGGREGATE 6.2 APPLIED RESEARCH
The current budget is $5,058 million.
The Administration requested $4,245 million, a decrease of $813 million or 16.1 percent.
House appropriators recommended $4,886 million, a decrease $172 million or 3.4 percent.
Senate appropriators recommended $4,619 million, a decrease of $439 million or 8.7 percent.

AGGREGATE 6.3 ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
The current budget is $5,987 million.
The Administration requested $5,532 million, a decrease of $455 million or 7.6 percent.
House appropriators recommended $6,182 million, an increase of $195 million or 3.3 percent.
Senate appropriators recommended $5,869 million, a decrease of $118 million or 2.0 percent.

TOTAL 6.1, 6.2, AND 6.3
The current budget is $12,679 million.
The Administration requested $11,475 million, a decrease of $1,204 million or 9.5 percent.
House appropriators recommended $12,884 million, an increase of $205 million or 1.6 percent.
Senate appropriators recommended $12,157 million, a decrease of $522 million or 4.1 percent.

 

TOTAL ARMY 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3
The current budget is $2,891 million
The Administration requested $1,842 million, a decrease of $1,049 million or 36.3 percent.
House appropriators recommended $2,838 million, a decrease of $53 million or 1.8 percent.
Senate appropriators recommended $2,402 million, a decrease of $489 million or 16.9 percent.

TOTAL NAVY 6.1, 6.2, AND 6.3
The current budget is $2,021 million
The Administration requested $1,840 million, a decrease of $181 million or 8.9 percent
House appropriators recommended $1,971 million, a decrease of $50 million or 2.5 percent
Senate appropriators recommended $2,063 million, an increase of $42 million or 2.1 percent.

TOTAL AIR FORCE 6.1, 6.2, AND 6.3
The current budget is $2,255 million
The Administration requested $2,074 million, a decrease of $181 million or 8.0 percent.
House appropriators recommended $2,261million, an increase of $6 million or 0.3 percent.
Senate appropriators recommended $2,275 million, an increase $20 million or 0.9 percent.

TOTAL DEFENSE-WIDE (DARPA, ETC.) 6.1, 6.2, AND 6.3
The current budget is $5,512 million
The Administration requested $5,718 million, an increase of $206 million or 3.7 percent.
House appropriators recommended $5,814 million, an increase of $302 million or 5.5 percent.
Senate appropriators recommended $5,518 million, an increase of $6 million or 0.1 percent.

Richard M. Jones
Media and Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics
rjones@aip.org
301-209-3095