Department of Defense

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

Sometime this fall, based on a recommendation by Secretary of Defense William Cohen, President Clinton is expected to make a decision about moving forward with a National Missile Defense system. On July 25, the Senate Armed Services Committee heard testimony from Cohen on the inputs to, and impacts of, this upcoming decision. Cohen clarified that Clinton's decision will not be on ultimate deployment of a system, but only on seeking contracts to allow some site construction to begin next year, should the next president choose to proceed.

8 Aug 2000

When President Clinton meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a June summit in Moscow, one of the topics for discussion will be a US national missile defense (NMD) system, and possible revisions to the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. While the Russians have been reluctant to consider revising the treaty to permit US construction of such a defensive shield, there are also questions and concerns about the proposed system closer to home.

17 May 2000

In April, the Council of the American Physical Society adopted a statement regarding the technical feasibility of the Clinton Administration's proposed National Missile Defense (NMD) system.

16 May 2000

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