Defense Secretary Bill Cohen started his briefing this week with the words, "The central aim of the fiscal 2000 budget is to preserve America's military strength." The budget request calls for a $12.6 billion increase in defense spending over previously planned levels, part of a $112 billion increase in DOD resources from FY 2000 to FY 2005. This would be the first sustained increase since the end of the Cold War. The total DOD request is $267.2 billion.
Few FY 2000 Basic and Applied Research accounts would increase, and many would fall: