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House FY 2012 Defense Appropriations Bill: Science and Technology Programs

Richard M. Jones
Number 72 - June 16, 2011  |  Search FYI  |   FYI Archives  |   Subscribe to FYI

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On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee passed by voice vote its version of the FY 2012 Defense Appropriations Bill.  This bill provides a base appropriation of $530 billion in “non-emergency” funding for FY 2012, an increase of $17 billion over the current year, and $9 billion less than the Administration’s request.  Accompanying this yet unnumbered bill is a 349-page committee report outlining the appropriators’ instructions, recommendations, and proposed funding levels.

The report provides extensive language and tables of figures for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation starting on page 203.   Below are compiled figures from this report for the 6.1 Basic Research, 6.2 Applied Research, and 6.3 Advanced Technology Development Programs, as compared to current year FY 2011 appropriations and the Administration’s FY 2012 budget request.  Note that the FY 2011 appropriation figures were calculated and provided by the R&D Budget and Policy Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

6.1 Basic Research Program:

The FY 2011 appropriation was $2,011.7 million
The Administration’s FY 2012 request was $2,078.5 million
The House Appropriations Committee recommends $2,098.5 million, an increase of 4.3 percent or $86.8 million as compared to the current budget

6.2 Applied Research Program

The FY 2011 appropriation was $4,812.9 million
The Administration’s FY 2012 request was $4,687.3 million
The House Appropriations Committee recommends $4,656.8 million, a decrease of 3.2 percent or $156.1 million as compared to the current budget

6.3 Advanced Technology Development Program

The FY 2011 appropriation was $5,911.4 million
The Administration’s FY 2012 request was $5,481.2 million
The House Appropriations Committee recommends $5,424.5 million, a decrease of 8.2 percent or $486.9 million as compared to the current budget

Total 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 Programs

The FY 2011 appropriation was $12,736.0 million
The Administration’s FY 2012 request was $12,247.0 million
The House Appropriations Committee recommends $12,179.8 million, a decrease of 4.4 percent or $556.2 million as compared to the current budget.

Richard M. Jones
Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics
rjones@aip.org
301-209-3095