FY 2012 Request for Defense Science and Technology Programs

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Publication date: 
25 February 2011
Number: 
26

A  budget document  released by the Office of Science and Technology Policy identified research  supported by the Department of Defense as one of the “Priorities for Federal  Research and Development in the 2012 Budget,” stating:

“The  2012 Budget invests in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) long-term scientific  and       technological  innovation to ensure that the Nation has access to the best defense systems in  the       world.  The Budget proposes $76.6 billion for DOD R&D, a $4.0 billion decrease from  the       2010  funding level, including $12.3 billion for early-stage science and technology  programs       (S&T).  The Budget proposes $3.0 billion for the Defense Advanced Research Projects  Agency (DARPA)  for its support of longer-term breakthrough research.”

The  document highlights basic research:

“The  2012 Budget sustains DOD’s basic research (‘6.1’) with a record commitment of  $2.1 billion, an increase of 14.5 percent over the 2010 funding level, and  provides increases for research in high-priority areas such as cybersecurity,  advanced learning, information access, systems engineering, power distribution,  and energy storage. DOD-funded research provides future affordable options for new  defense systems and helps the Nation avoid technological surprise by potential adversaries.  The Budget also prepares for emerging threats  and sustains the U.S. nuclear deterrent.”

A  227-page budget document prepared by the Office of the Under Secretary of  Defense (Comptroller) entitled “RDT&E Programs (R-1)” provides considerable numerical data on  various science and technology programs. Below are figures from this document,  with percentage changes based on the difference between the FY 2010 base and  the FY 2012 base request.  Note that it  is customary for an administration to not request funding for earmarked  projects.

Total  6.1 Basic Research

The  FY 2010 appropriation was $1,814.7 million     The  FY 2012 request is $2,078.5 million, an increase of 14.5 percent or $263.8  million 

Total  6.2 Applied Research

The  FY 2010 appropriation was $4,984.1 million     The  FY 2012 request is $4,687.3 million, a decline of 6.0 percent or $296.8 million

Total  6.3 Advanced Technology Research

The  FY 2010 appropriation was $6,506.9 million.     The  FY 2012 request was $5,481.2 million, a decline of 15.8 percent or $1,025.7  million

 

Total  Army 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3

The  FY 2010 appropriation was $3,108.0 million     The  FY 2012 request is $2,283.0 million, a decline of 26.5 percent or $825.0  million

Total  Navy 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3

The  FY 2010 appropriation was $2,113.5 million     The  FY 2012 request is $2,009.4 million, a decline of  4.9 percent or $104.1 million

Total  Air Force 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3

The  FY 2010 appropriation was $2,440.8 million     The  FY 2012 request is $2,286.2 million, a decline of 6.3 percent or $154.6 million

Total  Defense-Wide 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3

The  FY 2010 appropriation was $5,643.6 million     The  FY 2012 request is $5,668.4 million, an increase of 0.4 percent or $24.8  million

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