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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.


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:

14 Oct 2002

The budget cycle never really stops. As Congress voted on the final FY 2003 Defense Department appropriations bill last week, the Pentagon continued its work on the FY 2004 request that will go to Congress early next year. An input to this request may be a recently issued report by the Defense Science Board reaffirming their earlier recommendation that 3% of DOD's budget be allocated to S&T spending. Last month, however, a top Pentagon official cast doubt on using a "percentage number" for setting S&T spending.

7 May 2002

On Thursday, the full House of Representatives will begin consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2003. One of the provisions in this bill, H.R. 4546, would affect the readiness of the Department of Energy to test nuclear weapons. It is estimated that it would require almost three years for the United States to resume underground nuclear testing. To reduce this time, H.R.

26 Apr 2002


Next week the House Armed Services Committee is scheduled to mark up the FY 2003 defense authorization bill. The Senate Armed Service Committee should complete its work before mid- May. While the process is months from being completed, the action taken by both committees will help determine the parameters for defense S&T spending next year.