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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 Oct 1998

Conferees in the House and the Senate have resolved their differences on H.R. 4103, the FY 1999 appropriations bill for the Department of Defense. The House approved the final version of the bill on September 28, the Senate on September 29. The bill now goes to President Clinton to be signed. The conference report accompanying the bill, H. Rpt. 105-746, provides information on funding for DOD research, as described below.

1 Jul 1998


The House, on June 24, passed H.R. 4103, the National Security Appropriations bill for FY 1999, which provides funding for the Department of Defense. The House Appropriations Committee completed its work on the bill on June 17. The details provided below are from the Appropriations Committee report (H. Report 105-591) which accompanies the bill, and from information provided by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It is not yet known whether any changes to research funding were made on the House floor.

5 Jun 1998

Within the next few weeks, senators will have the opportunity to vote in support of increased spending for the Defense Science and Technology Program. This move is being made to counteract projections for essentially flat S&T funding (after adjusting for inflation) through the year 2003.

21 Dec 1999

If the prediction of a senior defense official is correct, the Clinton Administration will seek a FY 2001 budget for defense science and technology that is $1 billion less than what Congress appropriated this year. Given the fiscal constraints facing the Administration, still operating under the budget caps, it is "not realistic," this official explained, to expect a request equal to this year's appropriation of $8.4 billion. If this official is correct, who was speaking on a "non attribution" basis, spending for 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 would decline 11.9% in the next fiscal year.

4 Nov 1999

The Clinton Administration is hard at work on the FY 2001 budget request it will submit to Congress early next year. Recently, 76 representatives and 20 senators wrote to President Clinton asking him to submit a defense science and technology budget that is at least 2% over the current inflation rate (which is now running at an annual rate of approximately 2.4%).

26 Oct 1999

Yesterday, President Clinton signed into law the $268 billion defense appropriations bill. Budgets for DOD's 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 programs would increase between 5.7% and 8.5% under this legislation.

The Army, Navy, and Air Force each have their own science and technology program budgets. There is also a separate defense- wide S&T program budget. The below figures represent total budgets by category:

10 Sep 1999

Within the next few weeks, Congress will vote on a final spending bill for Department of Defense R&D for the new fiscal year starting on October 1. At the same time, the Administration is working on the DOD R&D budget request for FY 2001. Which way these funding levels will go is still in play.


3 May 1999

The American Institute of Physics and two of its Member Societies, the Optical Society of America, and The American Physical Society, have joined sixteen other scientific and engineering associations in issuing a call to key Members of Congress urging a strong FY 2000 budget for the Defense Department's Science and Technology Program. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Materials Research Society, and SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, all AIP Affiliated Societies, were among those endorsing the statement.

6 Apr 1999

It is still an open question whether recent bipartisan efforts to increase the Department of Defense's S&T budget in FY 2000 are going to be successful. There has been considerable activity from all quarters to put more money into defense S&T how this will translate into the defense appropriations bill will not be known for another few months.

25 Feb 1999

One of the most noticed aspects of the Clinton Administration's FY 2000 R&D request is the 5 percent decline in the defense R&D budget. While Defense Secretary William Cohen did not address this issue directly in a February 18 speech to Microsoft employees, his remarks offer insight on his thinking regarding defense and technology. Selected portions of his remarks follow; the entire speech can be found at