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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.


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

5 Feb 1999

Defense Secretary Bill Cohen started his briefing this week with the words, "The central aim of the fiscal 2000 budget is to preserve America's military strength." The budget request calls for a $12.6 billion increase in defense spending over previously planned levels, part of a $112 billion increase in DOD resources from FY 2000 to FY 2005. This would be the first sustained increase since the end of the Cold War. The total DOD request is $267.2 billion.

Few FY 2000 Basic and Applied Research accounts would increase, and many would fall:

12 Dec 2001

The way is now clear for Congress to pass the FY 2002 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill. Late Friday night the Senate gave final approval to its version of this bill. Under the Senate legislation, total funding for basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development would increase 8.0% over last year. The House bill cut this amount by 3.5% in its version of the bill.

29 Nov 2001

The House of Representatives yesterday passed its version of the FY 2002 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill. Total funding for basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development would fall 3.5% from last year's level under this legislation. H.R. 3338 now goes to the Senate, which is expected to take up its own version of this bill within the next week.

Under this House bill: