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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.


27 Mar 2002

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has sent letters to key Members of the House of Representatives about the Defense Department decision to disband JASON. As reported this week on National Public Radio and in The New York Times, this action resulted from an impasse over the membership of this secretive panel that advises the Defense Department and other federal agencies.

24 Apr 2003

When House and Senate appropriators start writing their funding bills in the next few weeks, they will be working with Administration budget requests for physics-related S&T programs that in many cases provide for increases less than the increase in the consumer price index (see /fyi/2003/053.html.) Alternative funding recommendations to these requests are provided by four coalitions to which AIP and some of its Member Societies belong.

10 Feb 2003

The Bush Administration recommended a 4.9% reduction in FY 2004 funding for the science and technology programs of the Department of Defense. Under its request, funding would fall from the current FY 2003 enacted level of $10,763 million to $10,232 million in FY 2004.

One perspective on this funding level is provided by the Quadrennial Defense Review, which recommended that 3% of the total Defense Department budget be provided to the S&T programs. The total request is $379.9 billion, of which 2.68% is allocated to the three S&T programs.

8 Sep 2004

The new fiscal year starts in a little over three weeks, and twelve of the thirteen appropriations bills are far from complete. As Congress returns to work this week, it faces a daunting work load beset by real time constraints in a highly partisan environment. This FYI reviews the status of the appropriations bills of greatest interest to the physics community. A subsequent FYI will look at some of the constraints to the completion of these bills.


22 Jul 2004

Few appropriations bills are expected to be passed this year as stand-alone bills. Tight funding and policy differences are leading almost everyone to conclude that an omnibus bill containing almost all of the thirteen appropriations bills will be passed, although the schedule is unknown. There are exceptions to this, mostly notably the FY 2005 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, which cleared a House and Senate conference committee yesterday. With this bill, H.R.

29 Jun 2004

Both the House and Senate have now passed versions of the FY 2005 Department of Defense Appropriations bill. Under the House bill, H.R. 4613, total funding for the science and technology program categories (6.1, 6.2, and 6.3) would increase by 5.7% over the current budget to $12.8 billion. In the Senate bill, S. 2559, total funding for the three program categories would increase by 0.9% to $12.2 billion.

The Bush Administration's FY 2005 request for these S&T programs was $10.5 billion, which would have reduced funding by $1.6 billion or 13.2%.

17 Jun 2004

The Senate Armed Services Committee, in its FY 2005 Defense Authorization bill (S. 2400), has proposed a program to enhance the Defense Department's ability to recruit and retain technically-skilled workers. The bill would authorize $10.0 million for a three-year pilot program to provide scholarships to U.S. citizens in return for service to the Department.

6 Feb 2004

The Bush Administration has requested a 13.2% or $1.6 billion reduction in funding for Department of Defense science and technology programs in FY 2005. Under its request, the total budget for the 6.1 (basic research), 6.2 (applied research) and 6.3 (advanced technology development) programs would decline from $12.1 billion to $10.5 billion.

20 Dec 2005

At 5:04 A.M. on Sunday, December 18, 2005, the House of Representatives approved the final version of the $453.5 billion FY 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill. The House adjourned, leaving the Senate to grapple with this funding bill containing a provision tacked on by conferees permitting drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Senators are scheduled to vote on the bill on Wednesday, which could be tricky because of the highly controversial drilling provision.

4 Nov 2005

Within the new two weeks, Congress may settle on how much money the Defense Department will have for basic research in this new fiscal year. Twelve senators - from both sides of the aisle - have just written to the chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense asking them to support defense basic research funding. While it appears that there is general support in the Senate for this funding, the situation is less certain in the House.