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FY 2012 Senate Defense Appropriations Bill: Science and Technology Programs

Richard M. Jones
Number 118 - September 26, 2011  |  Search FYI  |   FYI Archives  |   Subscribe to FYI

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The FY 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Total funding provided by this bill, H.R. 2219, is $620,240.5 million.  The House-passed bill recommends total funding of $638,326.8 million.  The Obama Administration requested $646,415.7 million.  All of these figures are less than the current year budget of $660,105.8 million.

Senate report 112-77 details the committee’s funding and policy recommendations.  Early in this 289-page report, in a section entitled “Committee Initiatives” (page 6) the report states:

“The Committee has included funding above the President’s budget request for several programmatic initiatives which the Committee believes are of inherent value for national defense. . . .   For instance, the Committee provides additional research funding in the following areas: cybersecurity, alternative energy, space situational awareness, unexploded ordnance and landmine detection, nanotechnology, advanced metals, military burn, and traumatic brain injury and psychological health. The Committee believes additional research funding is warranted in these and other areas to ensure that the Department of Defense continues to pursue technological advances that are critical to our national defense. . . . The Committee directs that funding for these initiatives are to be competitively awarded.”

There are extensive funding tables and some policy language regarding Title IV; Research, Development, Test and Evaluation starting on page 161 in the pdf version of this report.  The below Senate figures are taken from this section of the report:

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 bill provides $2,098.5 million, an increase of $86.8 million or 4.3 percent as compared to the current budget
The Senate Appropriations Committee bill provides $2,081.5 million, an increase of $69.8 million or 3.5 percent 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 bill provides $4,656.8 million, a decrease of $156.1 million or 3.2 percent as compared to the current budget
The Senate Appropriations Committee bill provides $4,734.4 million, a decrease of $78.5 million or 1.6 percent 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 bill provides $5,424.5 million, a decrease of $486.9 million or 8.2 percent as compared to the current budget
The Senate Appropriations Committee bill provides $5,377.8 million, a decrease of $533.6 million or 9.0 percent 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 bill provides $12,179.8 million, a decrease of $556.2 million of 4.4 percent as compared to the current budget.
The Senate Appropriations Committee bill provides $12,193.7 million, a decrease of $542.3 million or 4.3 percent as compared to the current budget

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