Coalition for National Security Research Issues FY 2013 Funding Statement

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Publication date: 
24 April 2012
Number: 
56

The  Coalition for National Security Research, “a broadly-based coalition of  industry, research universities, and associations united by a commitment to a  strong Defense S&T base” has issued a FY 2013 funding statement.  The American Institute of Physics and two of  its Member Societies, the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of  America, are coalition members.

The  coalition states:

“While  we recognize the severe fiscal restraints facing our country and difficult  spending decisions that must be made, we urge the Congress to prioritize  defense research as it develops the FY 13 Defense appropriations and  authorization bills. Specifically, CNSR urges Congress to provide at least  $2.117 billion for the DoD 6.1 basic research account and the FY 12 level of  funding for both the 6.2 applied research and 6.3 advanced technology  development accounts.”

The  Obama Administration requested $2,116.9 million, an increase of $4.5 million or  0.2 percent for the 6.1 basic research account over the current budget, and  reduced funding for the 6.2 and 6.3 accounts.

The  full statement follows:

The  Coalition for National Security Research (CNSR) applauds the strong recognition  by the Department of Defense of the critical role Defense Science and  Technology (S&T) plays in underpinning national security even during its  period of transformation.  While we  recognize the severe fiscal restraints facing our country and difficult  spending decisions that must be made, we urge the Congress to prioritize  defense research as it develops the FY 13 Defense appropriations and  authorization bills. Specifically, CNSR urges Congress to provide at least  $2.117 billion for the DoD 6.1 basic research account and the FY 12 level of  funding for both the 6.2 applied research and 6.3 advanced technology  development accounts. 

The  threats facing our nation are complex, unconventional and constantly  evolving.  The continued strength and  superiority of our defense system is rooted in the ability to develop a  sophisticated technological response, which flows directly from the DoD S&T  pipeline.  Past investments in the  Defense S&T program have yielded cutting edge technologies and innovations  that have led to superiority on the battlefield, life-saving therapies for  wounded soldiers, and better quality of life for civilians.  New sensor technologies help detect and  neutralize threats from improvised explosive devices, and will play a large  role as the need for remote monitoring and unmanned vehicles increase.  Battlefield medical protocols and prosthetics  have been revolutionized.  Furthermore,  technologies once created solely for military use, such as the Internet and  GPS, are now widely used around the globe.   Companies specializing in these technologies often originated in  university labs and have become economic drivers that provide thousands of  high-quality jobs across the country.   These investments are critical to our national security and underpin our  economic vitality.

The  DoD S&T portfolio is the incubator for the next generation of defense  technologies.  The 6.1 basic research  accounts support the long-term scientific discovery that provides the  foundational knowledge for new technologies.   The 6.2 applied research accounts refine discoveries by exploring and  determining the operational parameters and practicality of the technology to  military needs. The 6.3 advanced technology development accounts support the  creation of larger-scale hardware and technology to be tested in realistic  environments. 

In  addition to the critical research accounts, CNSR also urges Congress to provide  sufficient funding for DoD S&T programs that play an important role in  cultivating the next generation of talented engineers and scientists.  This was a key recommendation and a common  theme throughout the recent Defense Science Board report on defense basic  research that was released in February 2012.   In addition to graduate research assistantships and postdoctoral  fellowships that are supported by research grants, programs such as the  National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program and the  National Defense Education Program – which includes the Science, Mathematics  and Research for Transformation Scholarship, and the National Security Science  and Engineering Faculty Fellowship Program – provide education and research  opportunities that strengthen our nation’s scientific and technical workforce.

Finally,  CNSR notes the important role the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency  (DARPA) has played in funding high-risk research that has led to many of the  extraordinary, historical technological advances of our day.  CNSR urges Congress to acknowledge the  important role this agency plays in dealing with both near-term needs and the  game-changing technologies of the future by supporting the proposed increases  in the DARPA budget for 6.1 research.

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