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The House and Senate have begun considering fiscal year 2014 budget proposals for several agencies.
On April 16, a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing focused on the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization request for DOD science and technology programs. The subcommittee heard testimony from Chief of Naval Research Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology Mary Miller.
Deputy Assistant Secretary Miller spoke to the importance of developing cutting-edge technologies and touted the critical role military science and technology programs play. “Our goal is to move from existing systems and concepts of operations toward a warfighting capability to counter predicted threats in an increasingly complex and uncertain environment,” said Miller. She added, “The U.S. Army depends on its S&T Enterprise to research, develop and demonstrate high pay-off technology solutions for hard problems faced by soldiers in ever-changing, complex environments against an increasingly diverse set of threats.”
On April 24, The House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Space received testimony on NASA’s budget request from Administrator Charles Bolden. Bolden said the agency’s request of $17.7 billion “will ensure the United States continues to lead the world in space exploration, technology, innovation and scientific discovery.” NASA’s request represents a decrease of $55 million from fiscal year 2012.
Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Chairman of the Space Subcommittee, expressed concerns about the budget request, stating that “NASA has neglected Congressional funding priorities and been distracted by new and questionable missions that detract from our ultimate deep space exploration goals. These distractions also take up precious lines in the budget at a time when NASA can least afford it.”
A Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on April 23 examined the Army's budget request for fiscal year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses included Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno. The senators and witnesses discussed the impact of federal budget cuts on the Army’s readiness and Gen. Odierno cautioned that the Army will be forced to eliminate a minimum of 100,000 troops if sequestration is not reversed.
AIA Source: rich.efford[at]aia-aerospace.org