The proposed U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) budget for fiscal year 2013 would cut military procurement and research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) spending by 11.3 percent over this year's request, according to DOD budget documents. The military procurement and RDT&E accounts hold the vast majority of money the Pentagon has earmarked for military electronics and electro-optics. Now the proposed Pentagon budget goes to Congress, where its approval is expected sometime next fall. Next year the Pentagon proposes to spend $166.8 billion on procurement and RDT&E, which is down 11.3 percent from this year's request of $188.1 billion. The U.S. Army takes the hardest hit in the 2014 Pentagon budget, with a proposed cut of 24.5 percent in procurement and research. The Navy and Marine Corps would take a cut 6.4 percent, while the Air Force would take a cut of 10 percent. Service-independent Pentagon agencies would take a 32.7 percent cut in procurement and research compared to this year's request.