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APA Fellow Delivers Defense Research Testimony on Capitol Hill

APA’s Science Government Relations Office succeeded in procuring a coveted oral testimony slot again this year, and Strickland and other witnesses each were given four minutes to present funding recommendations.

By Heather O'Beirne Kelly

On May 16th, APA Fellow William J. Strickland, delivered APA’s oral testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. APA’s Science Government Relations Office succeeded in procuring a coveted oral testimony slot again this year, and Strickland and other witnesses each were given four minutes to present funding recommendations related to the Department of Defense (DoD) for Fiscal Year 2008 (earlier in the month APA had submitted longer, written testimony for the record).

As a former Director of the Air Force Human Resources Lab and current Vice President of the Human Resources Research Organization, Strickland was uniquely positioned to present APA’s funding requests to the Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI). Testimony focused on the need to restore proposed Administration cuts to DoD research programs, protect an important counterintelligence behavioral research program potentially slated for extinction, and increase support for the Center for Deployment Psychology training program (developed out of an APA Education Directorate collaboration with DoD).

Following Strickland’s testimony, Chairman Inouye emphasized the Subcommittee’s strong historical support of psychology, particularly within DoD. APA’s Science Government Relations staff will continue to lobby appropriators on research and training issues as the Senate and House funding bills move through Congress. Read APA’s written and oral defense appropriations testimony for more information.