FY 2015 Budget Request: Department of Defense Science and Technology Programs

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Publication date: 
6 March 2014
Number: 
37

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.

The budget request for RDT&E Programs is described in an 88-page document known as the R-1 that is prepared by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).  Requests for various Program Elements are listed in this document.

The R-1 contains no narrative and defense S&T programs were not discussed in the main Pentagon budget briefing on the request.  The FY 2015 Overview prepared by the Comptroller states the following on page 6-9 and 6-10:

“Although the FY 2015 request is slightly lower than the FY 2014 enacted amount of $12.0 billion, the Department’s S&T program remains strong and continues the focus on Anti-access/Area-denial, and the rebalance to the Asia Pacific region.

“The FY 2015 President’s Budget includes:
• Maintaining a robust Basic Research program at $2 billion
• A modest increase to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency budget, now $2.9 billion (FY 2014 enacted, $2.8 billion), to develop technologies for revolutionary, high-payoff military capabilities.
• Additional funding for the President’s National Advanced Manufacturing Initiative at five centers to support the President’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation plan and the National Economic Council’s manufacturing goals."

In addition:

“A strong S&T investment enables the Department to focus on and align content to meet the defense strategy. This strategy will emphasize several missions with strong technology dimensions, including:
• Project Power Despite Anti-access/Area-denial Challenges ($2.0 billion)
• Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction ($1.0 billion)
• Operate Effectively in Cyberspace and Space ($0.9 billion)
• Electronic Warfare ($0.5 billion)
• High-speed Kinetic Strike ($0.3 billion)”

According to the R-1, the Administration requested the following for the three science and technology programs:

Total 6.1 Basic Research:
The FY 2014 appropriation was $2,166.6 million
The FY 2015 request is $2,017.5 million, a decrease of $149.1 million or 6.9 percent

Total 6.2 Applied Research:
The FY 2014 appropriation was $4,641.2 million
The FY 2015 request is $4,457.0 million, a decrease of $184.2 million or 4.0 percent

Total 6.3 Advanced Technology Development:
The FY 2014 appropriation was $5,200.8 million
The FY 2015 request is $5,040.0 million, a decrease of $160.8 million or 3.1 percent

Total 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3:
The FY 2014 appropriation was $12,008.6 million
The FY 2015 request is $11,514.5 million, a decrease of $494.1 million or 4.1 percent

 

Total Army 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3:
The FY 2014 appropriation was $2,454.6 million
The FY 2015 request is $2,204.6 million, a decrease of $250.0 million or 10.2 percent

Total Navy 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3:
The FY 2014 appropriation was $2,102.3 million
The FY 2015 request is $1,992.2 million or a decrease of $110.1 million or 5.2 percent

Total Air Force 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3:
The FY 2014 appropriation was $2,307.6 million
The FY 2015 request is $2,129.4 million or a decrease of $178.2 million or 7.7 percent

Total Defense-Wide (i.e., DARPA, etc.) 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3:
The FY 2014 appropriation was $5,144.0 million
The FY 2015 request is $5,188.3 million, an increase of $44.3 million or 0.9 percent

 

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