FY 2012 Defense Legislation: House Appropriations Bill, House and Senate Authorization Bills

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Publication date: 
28 July 2011
Number: 
96

Congress  is scheduled to go on its summer recess at the end of next week.  When it returns in September, continued work  on the FY 2012 defense authorization and appropriations bills will be on the  agenda.  The House passed its version of  the defense authorization bill, HR 1540, in  late May by a vote of 322-96.  In  mid-June, the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2012 funding bill,  HR 2219, by a voice vote.   Last month, the Senate Armed Services  Committee approved its version of the FY 2012 defense authorization bill, S.  1253, by a roll call vote of 26-0.

The  committee report accompanying the Senate authorization bill has extensive  language regarding Research, Development, Test and Evaluation starting on page  33.  Among items of interest: developing  advanced materials and microelectronics on page 51, airborne laser test bed on  page 52, technology transition from S&T to acquisition on page 53, Small  Rugged Reactor Technologies program on page 60, cooperation with NASA on page  61, weather observation on page 62, rare earth metals on page 65, space science  and technology strategy on page 71, and nanotechnology research on page 76.

The  funding recommendations in the three bills for the 6.1 Basic Research, 6.2  Applied Research, and 6.3 Advanced Technology Development Programs follow,  rounded to the nearest million.  The FY  2011 appropriation figures were calculated and provided by the R&D Budget  and Policy Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

6.1  Basic Research Program

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $2,012 million     The  Administration’s FY 2012 request was $2,079 million     The  House National Defense Authorization Act provides $2,073 million     The  Senate Armed Services Committee authorization bill recommends $2,078 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommends $2,099 million

6.2  Applied Research Program

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $4,813 million     The  Administration’s FY 2012 request was $4,687 million     The  House National Defense Authorization Act provides $4,639 million     The  Senate Armed Services Committee authorization bill recommends $4,638 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommends $4,657 million

6.3  Advanced Technology Development Program

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $5,911 million     The  Administration’s FY 2012 request was $5,481 million     The  House National Defense Authorization Act provides $5,461 million     The  Senate Armed Services Committee authorization bill recommends $5,602 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommends $5,425 million

Total  6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 Programs

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $12,736 million     The  Administration’s FY 2012 request was $12,247 million     The  House National Defense Authorization Act provides $12,173 million      The  Senate Armed Services Committee authorization bill recommends $12,318 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommends $12,180 million