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The Coalition for National Security Research (CNSR), “a broadly-based coalition of industry, research universities, and associations united by a commitment to a stronger Defense S&T base” has issued an FY 2016 funding statement recommending a higher level of funding for science and technology programs than that requested by the Obama Administration.  The American Institute of Physics and two of its Member Societies, the American Physical Society and The Optical Society, are members of CNSR.

13 Apr 2015

Three major themes were discussed during the March 26 hearing of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee reviewing defense science and technology programs.  On each, there was consensus on both sides of the witness table. 

7 Apr 2015

The Obama Administration has requested an increase of 0.1 percent in the budget for the three science and technology programs of the Department of Defense in FY 2016.  Under this request, sent to Congress on Monday, the total budget would increase from $12,252.0 million to $12,266.6 million.

5 Feb 2015

Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with yesterday’s House approval of a $1.1 trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015.  Senate action is expected within a day. 

12 Dec 2014

The agenda for the November 14 meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) was wide-ranging, with upbeat briefings on NASA science, corporate investments in the BRAIN Initiative, DARPA, and the federal government’s response to Ebola.   PCAST is co-chaired by OSTP Director John Holdren and Eric Lander, President and Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

3 Dec 2014

The Coalition for National Science Funding and the Coalition for National Security Research have issued separate letters to Members of Congress urging the passage of funding legislation providing the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense’s basic research program with budget increases in FY 2015.  It is uncertain if Members will be given an opportunity to vote on an omnibus appropriations bill with these increases before short term funding expires on December 11.

21 Nov 2014

A Defense Science Board Task Force recommends a 30% increase in university science and technology funding to enable the Department of Defense to better access new S&T and engineering capabilities. This was one of four major recommendations in the "Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on the Technology Capabilities of Non-DoD Providers," written in response to a provision in the FY 1998 defense authorization act, which recently became available.

30 Nov 2000

The parameters of defense research funding for FY 2001 are coming into focus, although the picture is a somewhat confusing one. There are two different bills to watch, each with their own version in the House and Senate. Action has, or is nearing, completion on all of them. It now appears that the aggregate FY 2001 defense S&T appropriation will equal, and perhaps surpass, the current budget.

14 Jun 2000

Cohen Statement As reported in FYI #94, within the next few months President Clinton is expected to make a decision that would lead the nation a step closer to deployment of a national missile defense (NMD) system - a decision to start letting construction contracts in preparation for building a radar site at Shemya Island, Alaska. On July 26, 31 Democratic members of the Senate sent a letter to Clinton, expressing concern over the feasibility of the system and its impact on national security.

8 Aug 2000

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