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Department of Defense

FYI focuses on DOD’s basic research (6.1), applied research (6.2), and advanced technology development (6.3) activities. FYI also covers DOD’s overall R&D strategy.


24 Feb 2011

The  Administration has requested level funding for FY 2012 for the National  Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), unchanged from the FY 2010  appropriation of $18,724.3 million.  Said  NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in a message accompanying the FY 2012 budget summary:

19 Feb 2011

The  FY 2012 budget request that President Obama sent to Congress sustains his  commitment to keep the budgets of the National Science Foundation, the  Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the laboratory programs of the  National Institute of Science and Technology on a doubling trajectory.  Set against the second year of a proposed  five year freeze in total non-security discretionary spending, the S&T request  is a reaffirmation of the President’s belief in the importance of science and  technology to strengthen the nation’s economic and national security.

26 Jun 2012

Six  of the twelve FY 2013 appropriations bills will have been considered on the  House floor by the end of this week.  Awaiting  floor action, which may occur in late July, is H.R. 5856, the FY 2013  Department of Defense Appropriations Bill.   The full House Appropriations Committee passed this bill by voice vote,  and has issued House Report 112-493, a 356-page document containing funding and  policy recommendations. 

23 Jun 2014

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on June 12 to focus on the threat of crude explosives using radiological materials and efforts to secure these materials.  The hearing drew on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Nuclear Nonproliferation: Additional Actions Needed to Increase the Security of U.S.

18 Jun 2014

Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee posted House Report 113-473 that accompanies H.R.  4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for FY 2015. This bill is now being considered on the House floor; passage is expected by the end of this week.

6 Jun 2014

Last month senators were given the opportunity to sign a letter voicing their support for providing total FY 2015 funding for the Department of Defense’s 6.1 Basic Research programs at “an amount closer to the level enacted for fiscal year 2014, if not higher.”  Eighteen senators signed this letter.

6 Jun 2014

A recent hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee reviewed the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 budget request for the science and technology programs of the Department of Defense.  Senior Pentagon officials discussed the potential of revolutionary offensive and defensive systems and the impacts on their programs of significant budgetary pressures.

27 Jan 2012

“We're depending a great deal on being at the  technological edge of the future.” – Defense Secretary Panetta