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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.


23 Jun 2014

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on June 12 to focus on the threat of crude explosives using radiological materials and efforts to secure these materials.  The hearing drew on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Nuclear Nonproliferation: Additional Actions Needed to Increase the Security of U.S.

18 Jun 2014

Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee posted House Report 113-473 that accompanies H.R.  4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for FY 2015. This bill is now being considered on the House floor; passage is expected by the end of this week.

6 Jun 2014

Last month senators were given the opportunity to sign a letter voicing their support for providing total FY 2015 funding for the Department of Defense’s 6.1 Basic Research programs at “an amount closer to the level enacted for fiscal year 2014, if not higher.”  Eighteen senators signed this letter.

6 Jun 2014

A recent hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee reviewed the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 budget request for the science and technology programs of the Department of Defense.  Senior Pentagon officials discussed the potential of revolutionary offensive and defensive systems and the impacts on their programs of significant budgetary pressures.

27 Jan 2012

“We're depending a great deal on being at the  technological edge of the future.” – Defense Secretary Panetta

15 Apr 2014

Senior Pentagon officials appeared before House and Senate Armed Services subcommittees to discuss the FY 2015 request for the science and technology programs of the Department of Defense.  There were few if any expressed differences between the subcommittee members.

11 Apr 2014

“The evaluation is completed and it is staying put” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James in reply to a question at yesterday’s hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  James had been asked about the possible relocation of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) from its current location in Arlington, VA to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH.

4 Apr 2014

The appropriations cycle is moving ahead on Capitol Hill at a fast pace.  Two House appropriations subcommittees have already marked up their FY 2015 funding bills.  The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee hopes to have all twelve FY 2015 bills marked up by July 4.  The Senate Appropriations Committee is setting a similar schedule.

6 Mar 2014

The Department of Defense has requested $11,514.5 million for its three science and technology programs for FY 2015.  Total S&T funding would decline 4.1 percent from the current budget under this request.  The total Department of Defense budget would decline in FY 2015, from the current level of $496.0 billion to the requested $495.6 billion, a decline of $400 million or 0.1 percent.  Total defense S&T program funding would be 2.3 percent of the entire budget.