Impressed by 2022’s record Defense Department research budget? Wait ‘til next year, DOD undersecretary says

Jan. 24, 2022
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WASHINGTON – Next year’s U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) request for research and development likely will top this year’s record $112 billion appropriation, thanks to lawmakers who say they’re on board with Pentagon tech priorities, says the defense undersecretary for research and engineering. American Military News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

24 Jan. 2022 -- “In December, 15 members of Congress came over to the Pentagon and I was able to give them a briefing on what [research and engineering] is doing. And they were thrilled,” says Defense Undersecretary Heidi Shyu.

Congress displayed that enthusiasm in recent months by adding $24 billion to the Pentagon’s budget request in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act. In October, Shyu said she had expected to trim the Pentagon’s 2018 list of tech priorities, but instead added to them. For 2023, she has her eye on 32 key experiments in several areas.

Shyu says Pentagon researchers will demonstrate progress joint all-domain command and control, or JADC2, the linking together of weapons, vehicles, satellites and troops across the services and across the domains of air, land, sea, space and cyberspace.

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