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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.


22 Dec 2015

The Senate confirmed Cherry Murray as Director of the Department of Energy Office of Science and Stephen Welby as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

21 Dec 2015

The annual spending law for FY 2016 increases spending for Department of Defense Science and Technology by 8.2 percent over FY 2015 levels.

4 Dec 2015

President Obama signed into law the final 2016 defense policy authorization bill after vetoing an earlier version. The law includes a number of provisions supporting scientific research and collaboration at the Departments of Defense and Energy, including an easing of conference travel restrictions on federal scientists and engineers.

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.