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Department of Defense

FYI focuses on DOD’s basic research (6.1), applied research (6.2), and advanced technology development (6.3) activities. FYI also covers DOD’s overall R&D strategy.


6 Jul 2015

The Coalition for National Security Research recently issued a statement regarding the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization bills passed by the House and Senate.  Each of the two bills authorizes a decrease in the budget for the 6.1 Basic Research Program. 

19 Jun 2015

Yesterday, in a 50-45 floor vote, the Senate failed to muster the necessary votes to proceed to consideration of the $567 billion FY 2016 Defense Appropriations bill.  The vote fell along party lines, with Republican senators supporting the bill as it was reported out of committee and Democratic senators opposing.

19 May 2015

The House of Representatives approved the National Defense Authorization Act last Friday by a vote of 269-151 on a mostly party line vote.  Disputes regarding how the bill worked around strict spending limits imposed by the Budget Control Act caused many Democrats to vote against H.R. 1735, including Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA).

This bill sets policy and program spending limits for the Department of Defense and the nuclear weapons programs of the Department of Energy.  Actual funding is provided by appropriations bills.

8 May 2015

“We urge you to support all of this valuable work” said Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, when discussing various programs to maintain U.S. military superiority.  “But most of all, we urge you to permanently repeal the threat of sequestration.  Removing this specter would do more than any other single act to spur innovation and preserve our military technological superiority.”

13 Apr 2015

The Coalition for National Security Research (CNSR), “a broadly-based coalition of industry, research universities, and associations united by a commitment to a stronger Defense S&T base” has issued an FY 2016 funding statement recommending a higher level of funding for science and technology programs than that requested by the Obama Administration.  The American Institute of Physics and two of its Member Societies, the American Physical Society and The Optical Society, are members of CNSR.

7 Apr 2015

Three major themes were discussed during the March 26 hearing of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee reviewing defense science and technology programs.  On each, there was consensus on both sides of the witness table. 

5 Feb 2015

The Obama Administration has requested an increase of 0.1 percent in the budget for the three science and technology programs of the Department of Defense in FY 2016.  Under this request, sent to Congress on Monday, the total budget would increase from $12,252.0 million to $12,266.6 million.

12 Dec 2014

Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with yesterday’s House approval of a $1.1 trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015.  Senate action is expected within a day.