Military spending for electronics and communications stable after steep decline
WASHINGTON, 7 March 2014. Leaders of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) propose spending $10.67 billion in federal fiscal year 2015 for procurement and research in military communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence (CET&I) technologies.
That level of $10.67 billion would represent a slight increase in the DOD budget from the $10.07 billion that Congress enacted for CET&I this year, and is down from the Pentagon's fiscal 2014 request of $11.62 billion. The Pentagon's CET&I allocation as recently as 2012 was $15.14 billion. The DOD's 2015 budget proposal was released this week.
The 2015 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 could approach $90 billion, industry analysts believe.
Experts estimate that total DOD electronics, information technology, and electro-optics spending is roughly 15 percent of the total DOD budget. Most of the DOD's technology spending is in the procurement, research, and development accounts.
In fiscal 2015 Pentagon leaders propose spending $601 billion, which includes $495.6 billion in discretionary budget authority, $79 billion in overseas contingency operations, and $26.4 billion in a new Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative fund. Fiscal 2015 begins next October 1.
The DOD's CET&I budget request for next year includes $7.6 billion for procurement -- up 5 percent from this year's enacted level of $7.3 billion.
The DOD's total CET&I budget request also includes $3.04 billion for research and development, which is up nearly 11 percent from this year's enacted level of $2.8 billion.
The U.S. Army in 2015 is asking for $3.4 billion in CET&I procurement and research, which is down from this-year's enacted level of $3.6 billion, and down from this year's request of $4.5 billion.
The Air Force next year is asking for $3.14 billion for CET&I procurement and research, which is up from this year's enacted level of $2.53 billion, and also up from this year's request of $2.93 billion.
For defense agencies next year, the Pentagon is asking for Congress for $445 million for CET&I activities, which is down from this year's enacted level of $484.5 billion, and down from this year's request of $507 million.
The Pentagon's proposed budget for 2015 now goes to Congress, where lawmakers are scheduled to craft a final military spending plan by next fall.