Basic and Applied Defense Research Levels Down in President’s Budget

President Obama's 2010 budget has increased research spending in most areas, but has decreased the DoD Science and Technology funding by almost 15%. The effect of how these cuts will impact behavioral research is unknown, but Science GRO and colleagues in the university and scientific association community will urge Congress to reverse cuts to the DoD program.
While other federal science agencies would see substantial increases in their research budgets in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget, the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) basic and applied research programs would face cuts from current year funding.  The overall DoD Science and Technology account would fall almost 15% -- from $13.643 billion to $11.649 billion.  It is unclear how behavioral research specifically would fare in the President’s budget scenario for DoD, but Science GRO and colleagues in the university and scientific association community will urge Congress to reverse cuts to the DoD program.