12 Feb '18, 7pm

DoD R&D Soars 24%, Procurement Up 15%; Army Up Most - Breaking Defense

DoD R&D Soars 24%, Procurement Up 15%; Army Up Most - Breaking Defense

PENTAGON: The Defense Department’s budget request for 2019 dramatically increases spending on research and new weapons, less so on personnel and readiness. That’s as promised by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis — and contrary to candidate Trump’s emphasis on a larger force during the campaign — but the actual figures are striking: 23.9 percent more spending on Research, Development, Testing, & Evaluation, the “seed corn” for future high-tech weapons; 14.9 percent more on procurement, i.e. actually buying new equipment right now; 9.4 percent more on uniformed personnel, which has historically consumed an ever-larger share of the defense budget over time — but not this year. 8.4 percent more on Operations & Maintenance, what’s generally meant by “readiness,” which was the big focus in 2018. Broken out by services, the Army (14.9 percent) and Air Force (14.1 percent) got the larg...

Full article: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/02/dod-r-army-up-most/

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