FY 2012 Senate Defense Appropriations Bill: Science and Technology Programs

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Publication date: 
26 September 2011
Number: 
118

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The  FY 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill has been approved by the  Senate Appropriations Committee.  Total  funding provided by this bill, H.R. 2219, is $620,240.5 million.  The House-passed bill  recommends  total funding of $638,326.8 million.  The  Obama Administration requested $646,415.7 million.  All of these figures are less than the  current year budget of $660,105.8 million.

Senate  report 112-77  details the  committee’s funding and policy recommendations.   Early in this 289-page report, in a section entitled “Committee  Initiatives” (page 6) the report states:

“The  Committee has included funding above the President’s budget request for several  programmatic initiatives which the Committee believes are of inherent value for  national defense. . . .   For instance,  the Committee provides additional research funding in the following areas:  cybersecurity, alternative energy, space situational awareness, unexploded  ordnance and landmine detection, nanotechnology, advanced metals, military  burn, and traumatic brain injury and psychological health. The Committee  believes additional research funding is warranted in these and other areas to ensure  that the Department of Defense continues to pursue technological advances  that are critical to our national defense. . . . The Committee directs that  funding for these initiatives are to be competitively awarded.”

There  are extensive funding tables and some policy language regarding Title IV;  Research, Development, Test and Evaluation starting on page 161 in the pdf  version of this report.      The  below Senate figures are taken from this section of the report:

6.1  Basic Research Program

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $2,011.7 million     The  Administration’s FY 2012 request was $2,078.5 million     The  House appropriations bill provides $2,098.5 million, an increase of $86.8  million or 4.3 percent as compared to the current budget     The  Senate Appropriations Committee bill provides $2,081.5 million, an increase of  $69.8 million or 3.5 percent as compared to the current budget

6.2  Applied Research Program

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $4,812.9 million     The  Administration’s FY 2012 request was $4,687.3 million     The  House appropriations bill provides $4,656.8 million, a decrease of $156.1  million or 3.2 percent as compared to the current budget     The  Senate Appropriations Committee bill provides $4,734.4 million, a decrease of $78.5  million or 1.6 percent as compared to the current budget

6.3  Advanced Technology Development Program

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $5,911.4 million     The  Administration’s FY 2012 request was $5,481.2 million     The  House appropriations bill provides $5,424.5 million, a decrease of $486.9  million or 8.2 percent as compared to the current budget     The  Senate Appropriations Committee bill provides $5,377.8 million, a decrease of $533.6  million or 9.0 percent as compared to the current budget

Total  6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 Programs

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $12,736.0 million     The  Administration’s FY 2012 request was $12,247.0 million     The  House appropriations bill provides $12,179.8 million, a decrease of $556.2  million of 4.4 percent as compared to the current budget.     The  Senate Appropriations Committee bill provides $12,193.7 million, a decrease of  $542.3 million or 4.3 percent as compared to the current budget