2016 DOD budget for communications, electronics, and intelligence headed up after two flat years

WASHINGTON, 5 Feb. 2015. U.S. military electronics spending appears to be headed back up next after two years of modest funding levels. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is asking Congress for $11 billion in fiscal 2016 for procurement and research in military communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence (CET&I) technologies.

Feb 5th, 2015
2016 DOD budget for communications, electronics, and intelligence headed up after two flat years
2016 DOD budget for communications, electronics, and intelligence headed up after two flat years
WASHINGTON, 5 Feb. 2015. U.S. military electronics spending appears to be headed back up next after two years of modest funding levels. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is asking Congress for $11 billion in fiscal 2016 for procurement and research in military communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence (CET&I) technologies.

The Pentagon's 2016 CET&I request is up 13.4 percent from the $9.7 billion that Congress allocated for these accounts for this year. The Pentagon released its 2016 DOD budget request this week.

The $11 billion request for communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence equipment and research is the highest in at least two years. These accounts contained $15.1 billion as recently as fiscal 2012.

The DOD request for CET&I procurement and research does not include military activities with substantial electronics content, such as aircraft avionics, vetronics, and missile guidance; when these are added, DOD spending levels for military electronics and defense electro-optics next year could approach $90 billion, industry analysts believe.

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The DOD's CET&* budget request for fiscal 2016, which begins next October, includes $7.9 billion for procurement, which is up nearly 18 percent from this year's congressional enacted level of %6.7 billion.

The proposed budget also requests $3.1 billion for CET&I research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E), which is up 3.5 percent from this year's enacted level of $2.97 billion.

Highlights of the Army's CET&I 2016 budget request include $783.1 million for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T); $118.1 million for the Defense enterprise Wideband Satellite Communications Systems; $103 million for the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization program; and $314.4 million for the Distributed Common Ground System - Army (DCGS-A).

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Highlights of the Navy's CET&I request include $103.2 million for the AN/SQQ-89 surface anti-submarine warfare combat system; $214.8 million for attack submarine acoustics; $146.97 for the Fixed Surveillance System wide-area sonar; $148.2 million for shipboard information warfare exploitation; $279 million for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program; and $118.1 million for the Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT).

The Air Force CET&I request includes $140 million for strategic command and control; $43 million for general information technology; and $92.4 million for base communications infrastructure.

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