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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.


9 Jun 2011

The House Armed Services Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense are moving ahead on the authorization and appropriations bills for the Defense Department for FY 2012.  The House passed H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012 on May 26.  On June 14, the full House Appropriations Committee will consider the FY 2012 funding bill that was recently approved by its Subcommittee on Defense.

31 May 2011

The Coalition for National Security Research (CNSR) has issued an FY 2012 statement calling on Congress to fully fund the Pentagon’s request for the 6.1 basic research, 6.2 applied research, and 6.3 advanced technology development programs.

CNSR describes itself as “a broadly-based coalition of industry, research universities, and associations united by a commitment to a stronger Defense S&T base.”  The American Institute of Physics and several of its Member Societies participate in the Coalition.

6 Apr 2011

A hearing last month by the House Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee found consistent support and appreciation for defense science and technology programs on both sides of the aisle.  As a subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, the hearing was called to review the FY 2012 budget request.

12 May 2009

The Obama Administration has sent its FY 2010 budget request for the Department of Defense to Congress. DOD’s total budget would increase by 4 percent to $664 billion.

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) produced a 100 page budget justification document, “RDT&E Programs (R-1)” providing considerable numerical detail on the FY2010 request. The below “FY 2010 request” figures are from this document.

7 Aug 1995

Beginning August 5, members of the House of Representatives left
town for their August recess, or "district work period."  The
Senate hopes to follow them out of town at the end of this week,
although a number of issues remain on the Senate's calendar.  This
FYI provides updates on recent action on DOE and DOD
appropriations, while FYI #113 gives additional information on the
VA/HUD funding bill, and the rescissions bill for current-year

4 Sep 1997

The Committee questions whether never-ending budget growth in basic research is wise, particularly in the context of the Administration's failure to adequately address the Defense Department's weapon system modernization needs." - House Appropriations Committee

27 Aug 1997

Within the past month, the Administration has announced two nominations that are of interest to the science and technology community. Both will require Senate confirmation, but when that will occur is an open question. Congress returns next week from August recess, but will have its hands full trying to finish up the appropriations bills before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.

29 Jul 1997

House Appropriators, marking up the Department of Defense FY 1998 Appropriations bill (H.R. 2266) on July 22, made drastic reductions in the President's request for basic research funding. DOD officials have expressed concern at the continual decline in the department's technology base (see FYIs #49, 58.).

2 Jul 1997

It has been about six weeks since The DOD Quadrennial Review (QDR) was released. Although there has been considerable discussion about another round of base closings, less mention has been made of QDR recommendations regarding science and technology. This FYI provides appropriate selections from the QDR, using as noted the report's section headings. The full report (with recommendations on weapons systems) and other information can be found at the following site:

26 Jun 1997

June 12 was an important day for the defense community. On that day, both the House and Senate authorizing committees responsible for DOD completed their bills for FY 1998.