FY 2013 Senate Defense Appropriations Bill: Science and Technology Programs

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Publication date: 
28 August 2012
Number: 
112

Before  leaving for its summer recess, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the  FY 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill.  Passed by a vote of 30-0, this was the  eleventh of twelve FY 2013 appropriations bills (leaving only the  Interior-Environment bill outstanding) to be approved by Senate appropriators. 

Senate  Report 112-196 accompanies H.R.  5856.  Specific language and individual  program funding levels for Title V, Research, Development, Test and Evaluation can  be found starting on page 165 of the PDF version of this report.  Note that the FY 2012 funding and FY 2013  administration request figures are taken from a document prepared by the Office  of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller); the FY 2012 figures were used  in determining recommended increases or decreases in the House and Senate bills. 

Total  6.1 Basic Research:

FY  2012 funding is $2,112.4 million     The  FY 2013 request is $2,116.9 million, an increase of $4.5 million or 0.2 percent     The  House bill provides $2,116.9 million, an increase of $4.5 million or 0.2  percent     The  Senate bill provides $2,126.9 million, an increase of $14.5 million or 0.7  percent

Total  6.2 Applied Research:

FY  2012 funding is $4,739.3 million     The  FY 2013 request is $4,478.0 million, a decrease of $261.3 million or 5.5  percent     The  House bill provides $4,563.2 million, a decrease of $176.1 million or 3.7  percent     The  Senate bill provides $4,598.9 million, a decrease of $140.4 million or 3.0  percent

Total  6.3 Advanced Technology Development:

FY  2012 funding is $5,411.3 million     The  FY 2013 request is $5,266.3 million, a decrease of $145.0 million or 2.7  percent     The  House bill provides $5,529.8 million, an increase of $118.5 million or 2.2  percent     The  Senate bill provides $5,448.9 million, an increase of $37.6 million or 0.7  percent   

Total  Army 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3:

FY  2012 funding is $2,535.8 million     The  FY 2013 request is $2,209.5 million, a decrease of $326.3 million or 12.9  percent     The  House bill provides $2,295.9 million, a decrease of $239.9 million or 9.5  percent     The  Senate bill provides $2,427.9 million, a decrease of $107.9 million or 4.3  percent

Total  Navy 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3:

FY  2012 funding is $2,120.4 million     The  FY 2013 request is $1,979.7 million, a decrease of $140.7 million or 6.6  percent     The  House bill provides $2,063.4 million, a decrease of $57.0 million or 2.7  percent     The  Senate bill provides $2,116.7 million, a decrease of $3.7 million or 0.2  percent

Total  Air Force 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3:

FY  2012 funding is $2,435.7 million     The  FY 2013 request is $2,221.8 million, a decrease of $213.9 million or 8.8  percent     The  House bill provides $2,241.8 million, a decrease of $193.9 million or 8.0  percent     The  Senate bill provides $2,234.9 million, a decrease of $200.8 million or 8.2  percent

Total  Defense-Wide (i.e., DARPA) 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3:

FY  2012 funding is $5,171.2 million     The  FY 2013 request is $5,450.0 million, an increase of $278.8 million or 5.4  percent     The  House bill provides $5,608.8 million, an increase of $437.6 million or 8.5  percent     The  Senate bill provides $5,395.2 million, an increase of $224.0 million or 4.3  percent

In  addition to language on specific RDT&E programs, page 9 of the PDF version  of the report contained the following under the heading “Committee  Initiatives”:

“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. In several cases, funds are restored for programs which were  included in previous Department of Defense budget requests, and several are for  programs that the Committee believes are necessary to improve defense even  though they have not been included under the request formulated by the  Department of Defense.

“For  instance, the Committee provides additional research funding in the following  areas: alternative  energy, space situational awareness, unexploded ordnance and landmine  detection, nanotechnology, advanced metals and materials, military burn  treatment, 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  has also provided funding for programs that are chronically underfunded, such  as test and training range upgrades and range conservation.  The Committee directs that funding for these  initiatives are to be competitively awarded or provided to programs that have received  competitive awards in the past.”

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