$72.32 billion. The Pentagon’s research budget handles
weapons and enabling technologies from the basic laboratory level through to advanced systems development.
This budget is intended to create cutting-edge military
technologies, capabilities, and defense systems.
The RDT&E budget also is expected to influence
future-year procurement and operations and maintenance budgets, as research typically is at the beginning
of the long military systems development, procurement,
and maintenance pipeline.
All the U.S. military services except the U.S. Navy
have increases to their research budgets next year.
Federal fiscal year 2018 begins next October 1.
The U.S. Army’s proposed research budget for next
year is $9.54 billion, up 18. 5 percent from 2017’s $8.05
billion; the Navy is asking for $17.8 billion, down 4 percent from 2017’s $18.53 billion; the Air Force is asking for
$35.05 billion, up 34 percent from 2017’s $26.08 billion;
and defense agencies are asking for $20.72 billion, up 6.5
percent from 2017’s $19.46 billion.